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Category: Safety

Sailing Close to the Wind

  As is often the case sailing close to the wind has its origins in sailing, in general life it means taking a risk, cutting it fine, and for experienced sailing skippers that is what life is about, the adrenaline rush, challenging yourself against the elements, enjoying the rush, literally. Sailing close to the wind…
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October 30, 2018 0

When is a Rope Not a Rope?

When it is a Sheet. In general terms a rope is not called a rope when on a boat, so what is it called and why does it matter? It matters because communication is important when sailing on any boat where there are two or more people crewing, using the correct terminology is not about…
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October 19, 2018 0

Time and Tide Wait for no Man (or Woman)!

There is a lot of truth in the old adage for boating people especially. But, what is the tide and what does it mean to you? Experienced boaters and commercial mariners know how to work with the tides, newbie boaters and inexperienced sailors are advised to attend an approved training course to receive guidance about…
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October 13, 2018 0

Oh! Boy What’s That in the Water?

A Buoy of course! A buoy is a floating object that will perform any of a number of functions, they may be secured in position of floating depending on what their job is. Essentially, they are a warning or advisory marker telling boaters to take note. A sea mark buoy is in place to mark…
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October 10, 2018 0

Wind Fills Sails but…

People often use the old saying, ‘Knowing which way the wind is blowing’ but in fact this is vital information and may not always be as it would seem. Winds are designated based on from where they originate, a wind blowing from the sea in the direction of the shore is an on-shore wind, conversely…
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October 8, 2018 0

Out of Sight, Out of Mind, and in Danger!

Boaters are often out of sight, depending on what size of boat you are sailing and where you are. Larger and professionally operated boats take going to sea very seriously and do not put themselves, their passengers and crews, at risk. Should problems happen may be both out of sight and out of mind –…
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October 7, 2018 0

Don’t Know Your Left from Your Right? Hands Up, We Won’t Tell…

We do not wish to be judgmental, but some folks do not appear to know which is right and which is left, just take a drive in any city on the planet and you will see what we mean – left blinker on and the driver turns right, and vice versa. As previously discussed Knowing…
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October 4, 2018 0

Who Has Right of Way at Sea?

In Short Size Does Matter! Traditionally ‘sail before steam’ is the maxim that is often stated, and traditionally (in days of yore) respect for the rules of the ‘road’ were respected.  However, a touch of pragmatism is called for in todays world. Sure, when sailing the Bay motor powered boats will usually give way because…
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September 28, 2018 0

Why is Knowing the Depth of Water Beneath Your Boat So Important?

In our experience far too many people have no idea of the depth of water beneath their boat which is worrying because novice boaters, and more than a few experienced boating folks, show no understanding of the ‘craft’ of sailing safely. In home waters boaters may have some awareness of shallows, reefs and submerged obstacles…
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September 27, 2018 0

Some Weather Terms That Boaters Need to Know

What is a Cyclone? This is a meteorological phenomenon in which a large mass of air rotates around a centre of low atmospheric pressure and they are characterized by spiraling winds rotating about a zone of low pressure. The largest low-pressure systems are polar vortices and extra tropical cyclones. Tropical cyclones cause numerous thunderstorms, exceptionally…
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September 25, 2018 0