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CARING FOR YOUR ON BOARD BATTERIES

Nick Eales, managing director at Sea Start discusses battery use and care. Battery problems at sea are not uncommon. Sea Start, a marine breakdown service, attends more than 2,000 call outs each year, mostly for electrical faults. These can cover a whole multitude of issues such as starter motors, alternators, fuses, engine management system, switches, corroded contacts and, of course, ...

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The best Irish solution… have a party!

One way or another it looks like Ireland will still be in the news this month. It is also time for the annual onslaught of green face paint, Guinness hats and shamrock bunting to celebrate St Patrick’s Day on 17 March. Forget the border question for a while and enjoy some good old-fashioned Irish craic. Create a balanced drinks list ...

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WHAT DOES THE RYA DO FOR ME?

Did you know last year more than £3m from RYA membership fees was re-invested into getting more people on the water more often, in a safe way? The support of the membership base enables the RYA to lobby and campaign on critical issues, including safety, access and freedom to go afloat; to support sport and club development at 1,500 affiliated ...

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One ale of a drink!

Here is a Trappist beer made in England – a timely Brexit backstop. Mount Saint Bernard Abbey Tynt Meadow English Trappist® Ale became available last July after a five year development programme by the monks. It has come as a timely replacement for the established range of Trappist ales, which are mostly Belgian, as a backstop against a potential interruption ...

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Find your tribe at the RYA Dinghy Show

Set to return to the magnificent Alexandra Palace over the weekend of 2 – 3 March, the RYA Dinghy Show in association with Yachts & Yachting and Suzuki is a long standing favourite with dinghy sailors. This year the RYA will be celebrating the diversity within the sport, recognising the different ‘tribes’ that make up the dinghy sailing community through ...

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#GoGreenFor2019

The Green Blue calls on boaters to #GoGreenFor2019. As boaters we all have a vested interest in protecting the environment where we spend our leisure time and The Green Blue is dedicated to ensuring you get the best possible advice on how to do that. Demand for support, advice and resources from The Green Blue has never been stronger, with ...

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A TOUCH OF SPICE

Face the winter days with a spicy winter ale or tangy, fruity zero-alcohol spritzer. January, cold and wet and short days, the cheery Christmas lights have gone and no London Boat Show to provide sunshine-sailing escapism. Some will ease into the New Year enjoying appropriate winter ales. Others might take a course of voluntary abstention to recover their body or ...

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Fast Track to Success

Looking for a New Year Challenge? Or perhaps a new career direction? Whatever your incentive, fast-tracking to your goals is one way to get there – all you need is determination, drive and our top tips along the way.  You might have seen and heard the promises – ‘become a Yachtmaster Offshore in as little as 14 weeks’. It is ...

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Safeguarding the future

RYA encourages its 112,000 members to contact local MPs to highlight recreational boating issues. Following a summer of discontent over the Chequers proposal, it seemed that the Government was finally making progress in its negotiations with the EU as national leaders prepared to gather for the European Council meeting in Salzburg in September. In the weeks leading up to the ...

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REASONS TO BE CHEERFUL

Colourful beer cans and craftily strong spirits to keep yours up through the festive season. New ‘craft’ beers from young entrepreneurs offer new flavours and styles from the USA and Europe. The favoured packaging seems to be cans branded with bold and colourful Banksy-style artworks or stark industrial minimalist graphics. Collectively in-store they create a cheerful burst of colour which ...

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