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“My advice to any sailor looking for a small and sporty cruiser-racer is still to study classified ads and brokerage listings. There are many production yachts around 25ft of this ilk – several heavily influenced by competitive Quarter Tonners…”
“Once you’ve found a boat with enough potential to make an offer for it, a whole lot more questions open up. How much to offer? Is there a set formula I can apply? What about the legal process: is there proof of unencumbered ownership? Will any deposit be safely held? What about surveys?”
“The scenery was truly awesome as we approached Skye to the dulcet tones of the skipper’s wife singing This Fair Cullins…”
“She may only be a 17-footer but her impact is immense, for this is the 200th wheelchair-accessible powerboat launched by the Sussex-based Wheelyboat Trust.
Designed to be used with outboards of up to 100hp, the Coulam Wheelyboat V17 can exceed speeds of 25 knots. For more leisurely boating on inland waterways, there’s a tiller-driven model for outboards of up to 15hp…”
“With 360,000 YouTube subscribers, 1.8 million views per month and 125,000 Instagram followers, SV Delos have made a real name for themselves. But what sets them apart from many of the 800 or so other sailing YouTube channels?”
“In Staffin Bay a local man told us there was a serious gale coming in the next day.
Sure enough, the next day’s forecast was for storm force winds. We weighed anchor fairly early and set out across the Sound of Raasay to Rona (also known as South Rona). Before long the wind was rising to near gale force…”
“Don and Renae Shore had flown down from Minnesota to join us in Florida for a week’s cruise, to experience the gentle art of sailing – or at least, that’s what they thought! The Shores had never been on a sailboat before, and they wanted the experience – such as it could ever be in a week on the ICW – to see if they liked sailboats, with a view of possibly buying one themselves eventually…”
“It was mid-July before I reached Denmark. It had been a pleasant voyage so far, but inevitably there comes a low point in every journey, usually in the form of challenges such as bad weather or gear failure and, if I’m really unlucky, something seems to spark off a whole chain of misfortunes.”
Practical and DIY features
“Preparing for winter need not be onerous or time-consuming, but failing to do so risks creating significant problems, including damage while moored or ashore, which invariably leads to a slow start to the following season…”
“It didn’t take me long to find a solution: remove the keel, build a frame around the boat, and turn the boat with the frame on its side. The container door opening height is 8ft 6¼in (2.60m), the boat beam is 7ft 10in (2.40m). That would give us 8in (20cm) of clearance – more than enough to bring the boat in…”
“Some of the issues I’ve seen recently have arisen from boat owners keeping their craft in the water for longer periods without wintering ashore. Rudder blades – due to the poor selection of materials – will absorb water over time. So if you’re not sailing over winter – or for a long period of time – my advice is to keep your boat ashore…”
“I thought I knew every corner of my Channel Islands 32 Island Girl having methodically worked through countless improvements over the last ten years from our home in Jersey. However, one item I’d not looked into especially closely was the bow thruster…”
“It’s not difficult to achieve a professional finish using woodworking machines and there are bargains to be had every day on ebay and other buying and selling forums. But do you really need them, you might ask? With the tools listed here, you’ll be well on your way to having a professional machine shop.”