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Category: Safety

Safety on board: briefing is important

No matter you take a sailboat or a motorboat, with friends or for business, safety on board is always crucial and everyone agrees on a good briefing before leaving the port: just like when you step on an airplane, same stuff. Be it a watercraft…

Life aboard: rules and roles.

Like in any family, company or group of people that join to manage their daily life, also life on board needs rules and roles. So parents become the partners of a company and a company’s CEO becomes the master of a ship. But, to make…

Improve safety on board

Many people ask me how to improve their safety and their boat safety equipment. Given that we all have our own navigation style, most of the boats I visit aren’t compliant with their national marine standards for what concerns safety equipment: the liferaft is stuck…

Suggestions on anchorage in bay

A boat anchorage requires careful analysis of two crucial variables: the anchor and the most suitable place for mooring. The choice of the anchor depends on several aspects such as: Shape of the roller and space available on deck; Type of vessel; Navigation programme; Reliability…

Vade mecum for sailboat dry storage

  Once the season of joy has come to an end, here it comes the season of troubles…. Those who have to separate from their beloved boat for some months often have to beach and winterize it. Here is the step-by-step procedure.   • Remove…

Guide: onboard batteries

Batteries are the heart of the electrical system: they start the engine and power all the boat electrical devices (lights, electric instruments, radio, fridge, etc.). These two fields of application are markedly different: engine starting needs very high currents (up to 700-900 Ampere) for a…

Test: SKYWATCH Eole-Meteos portable windmeter

The windmeter tested immediately reveals good quality from the very packaging and confirms this objet as a professional instrument. This device is simple and user-friendly: just take off the protective cap from the 3-blade impeller – quite surprisingly it’s not fitted with the traditional cups,…

Guide: lifejackets

A diligent sailor always wears a lifejacket. Very often, however, due to summer heat or as sailors usually consider themselves experts, this important equipment lies forgotten in the locker. In countries which benefit from a widespread nautical culture such as France and Great Britain the…

VHF: performance and procedures

VHF is the device ‘par excellence’ for safe navigation, effective when used in full knowledge of its performance and procedures. The range of VHF radio communications doesn’t come first and foremost from the device power but above all from the position height of the transmitter’s and…

Tips & tricks: Mooring lines

In the choice of mooring lines what is important is not to underestimate the role they play. As it is when your boat is at dock, or lies at anchor or tied-up that you really put it at risk! Massive damage are caused by a…

Navigation lights

Navigation lights: shall be paid much more attention than we usually dedicate them Pleasure boats usually have 4 navigation lights: 1) Navigation lights – Green and Red (112.5° on each side) 2) Stern light – White (135°) 3) Steaming light – White oriented towards the…