Experts’ forum

The effect of weather on boaters’ eyes and keeping them healthy

Optometrist Sarah Farrant offers her top tips for keeping your eyes healthy at sea. Keep your peepers under wraps The weather can cause the moisture that lubricates our eyes to evaporate too quickly causing our eyes to stream with water or dry–up and feel gritty. Wearing wraparound sunglasses will protect your eyes not just from harsh UV rays but from ...

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LONG DISTANCE SAILING PREPARATION

Andy Willett of Stella Maris Yachting explains how to properly prepare for a long distance sailing trip. The current interest in long distance sailing shows no sign of slowing down as many owners, crews, couples and families give up their jobs to buy a comfortable boat, usually 40ft plus, and make plans to head off across the Atlantic, through the ...

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Why go sailing in the autumn in the Mediterranean?

Paul Mason, Principal & Chief Instructor, Sunsail Agana, Croatia Marine Division, believes that autumn is the best time to explore the Med. As a professional sailor and having worked for several years in the sail training and charter industries, I tend to get ask the same questions by my guests. They are usually something along the lines of ‘’What do ...

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Buying the dream

With many people looking to buy a boat at next month’s Southampton Boat Show Stuart Austin, MD of Promarine Finance, looks at finance options to help you live the dream. The dream of boat ownership or upgrading your existing boat need not be that far away. This could be a motorboat with a cuddy or an extra berth, changing from ...

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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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