Experts’ forum

Pulse Compressed Radar

Raymarine Pro Ambassador Alan Watson, describes the technique and the benefits of pulse compression radar. Although new to leisure radars the technique of pulse compression in radar is not a recent innovation. In fact the original patents date back to the 1940s. However one of the requirements of implementing this technology in small craft is to move away from magnetron ...

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Mike Peskett, Principal Race Officer

Mike Peskett, Principal Race Officer of the J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race, gives an insight into the build-up to this iconic event and reflects on his long-standing involvement. The date of this year’s edition of the J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race, organised by the Island Sailing Club in Cowes, is 2 July. Each year ...

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Solo sailing

Chris Warwick is Managing Director of Universal Yachting, specialists in Solent based yacht charters, outdoor activities and RYA sailing tuition. Getting afloat as a solo novice or stepping up from dinghy sailing to go yacht sailing can be challenging, especially if you do not own a suitable boat, have a keen sailing buddy or boat owning friends to go with. ...

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Market trends in boating

Neil Chapman, founding broker at Boatshed, highlights some current market trends and practise in the used boat sector that are likely to be of interest to both sellers and buyers. Overall, the key market points of the last six months are as follows: Although the market remains smaller than it was, there are a growing number of buyers looking for ...

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Guarantees and Warranties

Buying a boat is exciting – and an important investment that you will want to protect. Paul Finney from Boats and Yachts Warranty talks us through different types of boat sales, plus seller obligations with regards to guarantees and warranty. It is important to remember that a guarantee or warranty acts as an addition to a buyer’s statutory rights. What ...

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Fighting fire

Jim Dobie is chief instructor and training manager for Vortec Marine Training. An RYA examiner, instructor and Oceanmaster he has spent his life on the ocean and is an accomplished ocean/offshore racing skipper and yacht training specialist. He also spends his time writing, speaking and advising on yacht safety. Fire at sea is one of the most terrifying things that ...

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Propeller Protection

Paul Martin, Director at BHG Marine, and Andy Sims, Managing Director at AJS Technical Services, look at the discussion surrounding the use of propeller guards. Andy Sims                                   Over the last few years there have been many truths, untruths and even lies surrounding the issue of propeller protection. Most, I would argue, being down to a lack of understanding of ...

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New year sails

As we head into 2016 Matt Atkins, Director at Kemp Sails, explains why making your sails last is important – but so too is using them efficiently. Here he lists a few of the basics you need to know. Genoas Make sure the sheet leads are in the right position on the track. As a rule of thumb, the sheet’s ...

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Winter Propeller Checks

Paul Williams, Managing Director at Clements Engineering, offers a few pointers to look out for to ensure propellers and stern gear are in tip top shape. Now that winter has arrived and many people are lifting their boats out for the season they are often seeing the propellers for the first time in a year. Once out of the water, ...

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Selling Up

When the time comes to sell your pride and joy, it can often be a difficult and emotional time. Neil Chapman, founder of Boatshed, shares his top tips for smooth sailing when it comes to selling.   At Boatshed we have now been involved in the sale of over 20,000 boats, so we understand a little bit about the emotions from ...

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