Special Features

The Helmsman – A View From My Window

Our lounge window has a wide-angle view from Portland Bill to St Mary Church in Torquay and a zoomed-in view over Lyme Regis Harbour and slipway. In our long occupancy, the number of boats using these waters has certainly tripled and the percentage of good drivers has probably lessened by the same amount. And yet, driving a powerboat well is ...

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About A Buoy

With the new season now well underway, isn’t it time you brushed up on those vital markers. Jon Mendez talks about must-know buoyage. Why do we have buoyage? It’s probably easiest to think of it as a system of floating road signs. But unlike a road, which is obviously a visible channel with a prescribed direction, we tend to need ...

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An Idyllic Isle


You need only spend a few days exploring the coast, waterways or lakes of Ireland to realise that this is a unique place to experience the utter joys of unrestricted boating. Boating facilities in England are becoming ever more congested and expensive with huge numbers of craft vying for space at popular venues and owners fighting for berths at oversubscribed ...

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Going Foreign


Here’s David Greenwood’s guide to what you need to take with you. We’re all part of the EU these days, so you’d think that a trip across the Channel or the North Sea would be bureaucracy free, but the truth is that if you’re planning on taking your boat abroad you’ll need to have the right documentation – even though ...

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Engine Q&A


Engines are one of the most asked about areas of boating, and so here Irving Stewart puts you on the road to trouble free boating. We’ve recently enjoyed Easter, traditionally the first holiday of the year when many recreational boaters get afloat. The holiday is also a major headache for the RNLI who are called out many times all round ...

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Getting Afloat Q&A


The start of a new boating season brings a flurry of activity and in anticipation of some half decent weather you may have passages to plan and perhaps some personal challenges to take up. Angela Clay answers your questions about getting ready for a summer afloat and caring for your boat. Q. How can I make my boat as safe ...

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Moorings – The Cheaper Option


There are money saving alternatives to a marina berth, but less money doesn’t necessarily equal less work. David Greenwood finds out more. These days many of us are looking to reduce boating costs and cheaper moorings may be the answer. The difference in price between a mooring and a marina can be tenfold, and it has to be said, even ...

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Cruise By Kayak


David Greenwood explains how a last minute change of plan led to a fantastic summer holiday spent aboard a kayak in France. Non-boating people think of boating as a carefree pastime. More experienced, hard bitten boaters, however, also think of the anxiety associated with it – the weather, the tide, and accuracy of navigation. Shouldn’t that buoy have appeared by ...

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Dinghy World


In the last part of his series on hull materials, David Webber considers the merits of timber dinghies. Traditionally, timber is a material well suited to boats such as dinghies. In fact, many of the old clinker style versions are still in existence and used daily. You sometimes see them on the used market, shining out from the ocean of ...

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Weather Or Not


Weather is a huge subject but, from a boater’s point of view, there are really only a couple of questions – can we go out and can we get back. Jon Mendez makes it simple. How we come to the decisions regarding what we can and can’t do with our boats is really based on the weather forecasts in the ...

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