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Ahoy There Captain!

Boating is a hugely relaxing pastime and as such we shouldn’t allow many things out there on the water to annoy us. I don’t easily get annoyed and even smile

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Painting an RIB

Recently we took delivery of a 5-year-old Rayglass Projet and while the bright yellow Hypalon tubes were still in great condition and lacking none of their sheen, it wasn’t the

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Crossing a Bar

Most bar crossing advice pontificates on the right and wrong ways of crossing a bar, what to look for, what to do and where to go. But as I discovered

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Retrofitting a Bow Thruster

WHEN THE ‘NEW’ OWNERS OF MY COLONSAY, A 15M, 29 YEAR OLD TIMBER SEMI-DISPLACEMENT CRUISER KEPT EXPERIENCING MANOEUVRING PROBLEMS ENTERING AND EXITING THE TIGHT CONFINES OF THEIR BERTH IN THE GULF HARBOUR WATERWAYS, THEY

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Facts about Foils

It is fair to say that by now, most people out there with any kind of interest in boats at all will have a pretty good understanding of what ‘foils’ are and what

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Medical Safety At Sea

Hopefully, you’ve got a first aid kit aboard your boat. Equally hopefully, you check its contents on a regular basis. The kit may be where you left it, but the contents may

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Serious Anchoring

If I had a dollar for every hour I spent awake nervously monitoring my plough anchor during the night, I’d be a very wealthy man. Unfortunately, this sleep deprived sacrifice is just part and

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Countering Corrosion in Alloy Boats

Trailerable aluminium boats have been around for 50 years or so and while at first they were rudimentary open rowing dinghies, the larger ones even handled a small outboard. As trailerboating developed, so

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Beach Launching Made Easy

Every summer, thousands of us head to the beach for our holidays and for many of us that means taking the boat along. Now if you are a suburbanite then you will normally do

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