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Category: sailing

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

What is a Marina?

New boaters may not know what a Marina is, and some ‘old hands’ may wish to share their knowledge with our newbies. Marina owners may wish to have their say too, you are welcome. Boaters are invited to send in your favourites and we may publish them with your name – with your express permission only, for…
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October 1, 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

Heavy Weather Is Dangerous If Not Taken Seriously!!!

[arve url=”https://youtu.be/pZcb44TjrEc” align=”center” title=”Heavy Weather Is Dangerous If Not Taken Seriously” autoplay=”yes” loop=”yes” /] Only the very foolish go to sea without checking the weather beforehand and acting sensibly. Wind speeds are generally acknowledged as fitting into the bands of the Beaufort Scale a universally known and often used warning. The Beaufort Scale begins at…
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September 21, 2018 0

Teach Young People to Sail Right!

Start youngsters to sail as soon as they show an interest, bear in mind that square pegs don’t fit in round holes, so if a youngster hates the idea leave them until they are ready. Many sailing people around the world began as children, some of necessity because the family fish or dive for a…
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September 19, 2018 0

Incoming Heavy Weather? Don’t know What to do?

Head for Safety, Fast! Inexperienced boaters and boaters sailing in waters unknown to them should always establish what the conditions are going to be before setting sail, and ideally have someone with them who will know what to do if matters get out of hand. If the weather is known to be deteriorating stay on…
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September 15, 2018 0

Sadly, for Many Boaters the Time Has Come to Prepare for Winter, So What Should You Do Now?

Looking forward to next seasons sailing already? Outstanding! There are a few things that need to be done now so that your boat will be fit for action in Spring 2019. Clean the boat thoroughly, inside and out, remove any vegetation and encrustations from shafts, props, rudders, hull and struts, wash down with a jet/power-wash and…
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September 4, 2018 0