Experts’ forum

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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LILY DEVINE, PHYSIOTHERAPIST

I qualified as a physio in 2002 and like most physios I worked for four years in the NHS, getting my basic training and development done. Alongside this I did lots of volunteer and evening work with small sporting teams to build up my experience. In 2005/06 I got a bit of a break and got a job with Saracens RFC ...

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Next-Gen Internet draws travellers afloat

Romain Butet, maritime communications expert from MVG, explains what telecommunication breakthroughs mean for the maritime industry and what the future holds.   Just a few years ago, time at sea meant very limited communications with those back at home or work and if you did need to reach someone in most cases it was very expensive. With recent improvements and ...

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Harsh realities of modern diesel’s effect on marine engines

Today’s diesel fuel is very different to the diesel that was supplied a few years ago; quality has steadily decreased as supply chains have increased and new emission control standards have resulted in ULSD (Ultra Low Sulphur Diesel) and biodiesel finding their way into the supply chain. Peter Weide of MarShip UK examines the implications of this and what users ...

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Using mobile devices at sea

Paul Cuss, from marine logbook app WaveTrax, explains how a mobile device can enhance your boating experience. Personal mobile devices, with their increasing number of apps, can now replicate much of the navigation, mapping and tracking functionality that until recently you could only get with a complicated on-board device. The technologies of cellular data and Wi-Fi means that being tied to ...

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Emergency repairs

When talking about safety on board, everybody immediately thinks of lifejackets, emergency boats and flares, but what about repair kits? Álvaro Pipó, CEO of Composite Patch, explains why offshore sailors should all have one.   One great thing about most boats today is they are built of composite materials. Composites are everywhere: airplanes, cars, windmills, oil industry, bicycles and, of ...

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RTIR Weather Briefing

Race meteorologist Chris Tibbs gives the Raymarine Weather Briefing at the J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race and here he offers All at Sea readers essential race advice. In late June around 1600 boats of all shapes and sizes will be out on the Solent for the Round the Island Race. From large classic yachts like Mariquita from ...

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