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Young at Heart

It is time for one wine to get its yearly debut, while a fizz is still seeing a huge increase in UK sales. Every year on the third Thursday of November, the young red vin de primeur Beaujolais nouveau is released on to the market in a frenzy of promotion, buying and drinking. Just six to eight weeks old, the ...

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UNDERSTANDING NMEA AND INSTALLATION ON YOUR BOAT

Phil Whitehurst is the CEO of NMEA specialist Actisense, a marine electronics manufacturer based in Poole. NMEA, which stands for National Marine Electronics Association, is a not for profit organisation based in the USA. Its mission is to improve communications between marine electronics manufacturers. The latest standard is known as NMEA 2000 or N2K and is intended as the eventual ...

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Protecting marine environments

  The RYA reflects on the Government response to the Environmental Audit Committee’s MPAs inquiry The Government has not adequately responded to concerns around Marine Protected Areas, according to the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC). The suite of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) is designed to protect and enhance the marine environments of the Overseas Territories and around the UK coast, whilst ...

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Celebrating Trafalgar

This year celebrate Trafalgar Day with a Nelson’s Eye. October is the month for Trafalgar Day events – 21 October was the actual day of the 1805 victory. At the annual Great British Beer Festival at Olympia, London, back in August, I kept an eye out for something appropriate for Trafalgar events and found Nelson’s Eye from the Heavy Industry ...

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How active is your marina?

For any boater, there is no greater pleasure than enjoying the fun and freedom of being out on the water.  For those of us who are lucky enough to own a boat, finding the time to fit cruising into our busy lifestyles or having the confidence to explore and extend our horizons can at times become challenging. Since its launch ...

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Marine heating systems – Buyer Beware

Peter Collard, technical manager for Eberspächer UK, who celebrate 40 years in the business this year, offers advice on buying a heating system. Many owners looking to extend their season or cruise in colder climates, may contemplate fitting an on board heating system. The popularity of the internet as a source of information, and marine discussion forums and blogs in ...

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Dust, Debris and Drips

Emma Barton, RYA Planning & Environmental Manager As the nights draw in, thoughts will be turning to annual winter maintenance tasks and the chore of scrubbing down hulls and applying a new coat of antifoul for next season. Antifouling paints are hazardous mixtures that prevent the build-up of marine organisms on vessel hulls. They work largely by releasing biocides into ...

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RYA on show

If you are visiting the YachtMarket.com Southampton Boat Show this month pay a visit to the RYA. Now in its 49th year, the Southampton Boat Show is one of Europe’s biggest purpose-built marinas showcasing the very best that the international marine industry has to offer. Celebrating the lifestyle, fun and excitement that being on the water has to offer, Britain’s ...

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Choosing a downwind sail

Jeremy White, Loft Manager Elvstrøm Sails UK, considers the factors involved in choosing the right downwind sail. There are times when drifting downwind with the jib not pulling simply will not get you home fast enough. And motoring is not the reason we own a sailing yacht. Choosing the right downwind sail enhances your sailing time, and is fun for ...

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Unique bottle for boaters

Which came first – the bottle or the wine? In the case of J.P. Chenet the answer is the bottle. And, if you are looking for a rosé to take on a September afternoon boat party, my small tasting panel recently gave the thumbs up for J.P. Chenet Grenache-Cinsault rosé in a curvy, slightly asymmetric 750ml bottle. This pale pink, ...

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