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January 2017 tips - Pre-departure checks

Getting on a yacht and sailing into the sunset sounds so great, but before the sailing can commence, a few checks should be done, to ensure that everyone is safe on board.

I found a great article about pre-depature checks.

Source: http://www.teamwindcraft.com/yacht-maintenance/  

Yacht Maintenance – Pre-Departure Checks

It really is worth taking a few extra minutes to check your boat over every time you go sailing. It’s a great way to get to know your boat and spot any problems while you’re in the safety of the marina berth.

Here’s a basic pre-departure checklist for harbour sailing: 

  • Do you know how your yacht works, including emergency steering and valve locations?
  • Check the current weather forecast
  • Check engine fluid levels and engine bilge for contamination
  • Check fuel level and glass bowl filter for any contamination
  • Check battery levels and voltages
  • Check bilge pump operation and bilges for fluids
  • Check fresh water levels, filter and pump operation
  • Operate seacocks
  • Check navigation lights and VHF radio
  • Stow loose items
  • Is the LPG bottle turned off?
  • Brief any new crew about using winches, moving around on deck, where safety items are and how to use the head
  • Walk around on deck and check boat hook, anchor, shackles and halyards
  • Start engine and check exhaust water and gear operation before you drop the mooring lines
Be safe and enjoy the sunset.
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So you want a Sailboat?

Buying a sailboat is not simply picking out a boat among sailboats for sale. You should think about not only the type of boat, but also the size of boat and what do you want to use it for. Sailing with the family or do you want so time away from the family?

- Learn a bit more about the different types of sail boats and what will suit your needs. 

Have a look at this website:

http://sailing.about.com/od/typesofsailboats/ss/Sailboatrigs.htm#step1

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 - Where will you be sailing? Around the bay or around the world? Day sailing or cruising? Will this be over a weekend or do you plan longer trips?

- The cost of all this is also really important to consider. Where will you store your boat? Will it be looked after if you are not around? What is the monthly cost involved in the upkeep?

Smaller boats have a relative low maintenance than your bigger boats. 

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- Do you want a brand new boat or a used boat? The cost with this will also have a huge difference.

- If you are planning a long distance trip, do you have crew that will assist you? How will you pay them?

For some more reading on this, go to this website 

http://sailing.about.com/od/typesofsailboats/a/How-To-Buy-A-Sailboat.htm

 

 

 

 

New to Sailing

So you want to start sailing, but your are not sure if you would like it? Should you be fit for sailing or can anyone do this?

Source: http://www.newtosailing.com/

Would I like sailing?

If you want to try sailing, to see if you like it, there are ways to have a go without any major financial commitment. Your nearest sailing club may be able to arrange a trial sail, or you can try a watersports holiday. Our sport is full of people keen to help newcomers get interested.

Can anyone sail?

You do not need to be fit or able-bodied to sail, as there are such a variety of boats to cater for everyone. If you cannot swim, do not sail alone - just make sure your instructor or companion is aware. Disabled sailors may have to travel further to find a suitably-equipped sailing venue.

What about children?

Children as young as 8 can sail small boats alone, and there are many craft suitable for families with tiny children too. Nearly all sailing clubs cater for children of any age.

Is sailing expensive?

Sailing is not an expensive sport, unless you choose to race at the highest level! Secondhand boats can be bought very cheaply, but you do not have to have your own boat at all. Many boats need 2 or more people to sail them, so finding opportunities to sail on someone else's boat is not difficult. Specialist sailing clothing can seem a little expensive, but again you do not have to own any, or buy brand new. It all depends how much you get hooked!

 

World Ocean day 8 June 2016

Today is World Ocean day all. Like the quote says: "Healthy oceans, healthy planet". That is also the theme for this year.

Source: http://www.un.org/en/events/oceansday/

The ocean is the heart of our planet. Like your heart pumping blood to every part of your body, the ocean connects people across the Earth, no matter where we live. The ocean regulates the climate, feeds millions of people every year, produces oxygen, is the home to an incredible array of wildlife, provides us with important medicines, and so much more! In order to ensure the health and safety of our communities and future generations, it’s imperative that we take the responsibility to care for the ocean as it cares for us.

Why do we celebrate World Oceans Day?

  • To remind everyone of the major role the oceans have in everyday life. They are the lungs of our planet, providing most of the oxygen we breathe.
  • To inform the public of the impact of human actions on the ocean.
  • To develop a worldwide movement of citizens for the ocean.
  • To mobilize and unite the world’s population on a project for the sustainable management of the world's oceans. They are a major source of food and medicines and a critical part of the biosphere.
  • To celebrate together the beauty, the wealth and the promise of the ocean.
 

The concept of a 'World Oceans Day' was first proposed in 1992 at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro as a way to celebrate our world’s shared ocean and our personal connection to the sea, as well as to raise awareness about the crucial role the ocean plays in our lives and the important ways people can help protect it.

To raise awareness about the role the United Nations and international law can play in the sustainable development and use of the oceans and their living and non-living resources, the UN Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea is actively coordinating different activities of he World Oceans Day.

For more reading on World ocean day, visit the website and get inspired to do your bit for our ocean. 

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Sailing Team Yachtport

Sailing team Yachtport took part in the Mykonos Offshore Regatta. The team competed in Club division 1 with their Fast 42 and finished 4th overall for the weekend, a great result in a tightly contested division. 

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