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The 3 measurements of anchor chain diameter

Normally the chain diameter of ships should be measured during the Docking Survey. But it is not easy to measure. The below information will help to some extent. Photo and drawing are available if you have interest.

The original diameter

The original diameter is given in the survey report but sometimes the original diameter is unknown because of the report cannot be found on site. We can guess the original diameter measuring the length of the link and divide it by 6. The result will be the original diameter. The length of the link, even in old ships, shows practically no change.

The measured diameter

It is difficult to measure the diameter of all links in the limited docking period, so they pick out 2 or 3 cables on both P and S-side at random and measure the diameter of both end and middle link. The average value is the chain diameter. Measured diameter should be entered in the survey report for the next docking survey.

The wear limit of diameter

The wear limit was 10% according to conventional rules, but after the unification of the IACS standards, this limit has been amended to 12%. When the rule diameter of the chain is 100 mm, a diameter up to 88 mm may be acceptable. If the average value of measured diameter is exceeds 12% the chain cable should be renewed. But the chain cable is a production by order so it is impossible to get the new one immediately. Generally surveyor makes an outstanding recommendation within six months or so.


The Best Time of Year to Take a Mediterranean Cruise

The Mediterranean climate is very similar to that of Southern California, with warm sunny summers and cool, wet winters. Traditionally, summer time is the peak cruise period for the Mediterranean, though shoulder season (fall and spring)--and even winter season--cruises offer intriguing alternatives for tourists looking to avoid the crowds.     

Location Differences

Your cruise destinations may play a part in when you decide to go. The southern nations along the coast of Africa tend to be warmer and drier than those on the European side. Eastern Mediterranean countries, such as Greece and Turkey, are often warmer and drier than those in the west. Such nations may make a more appealing winter cruise than western nations such as Spain or Italy, since rainfall is limited and daytime highs remain tolerable.

 Peak Season

Peak season runs from May until August, when the climate is the most appealing. Temperatures are high -- 70s and 80s in most Mediterranean locales -- and rainfall is largely nonexistent. Cruise ships tend to fill with a greater variety of people, allowing for more social interactions, and the museums and sites of the region are open for tourists. Crowds tend to swell, however, making it more difficult to visit key sites. The hot sun can be oppressive as well, especially if the region experiences a heat wave.

Shoulder Season

Shoulder season takes place in March and April in the spring and September and October in the fall. Adventure Life International, Cruise Critic, and other experts consider this the best time to take a cruise; the weather remains cooperative with mild clear days, and the crowds are smaller than they are in July and August. Itineraries may be more limited than they are in the summer, however, and cruises may be shorter.

Off Season

Winter is the off-season in the Mediterranean -- November through February when the temperatures drop and the seas are choppy. Some cruise lines don’t run in the winter time at all, while others limit their cruises to southern regions such as Morocco and the Canary Islands. Rain can upset plans to lie on the beach, and some museums may have limited hours of operation. On the plus side, crowds are extremely light, and many cruises offer discounts on ticket prices. Some cruise lines also unveil their newest ships in the Mediterranean in the off season.

Source: www.raveltips.usatoday.com  


April 2015

Midnight Blue

I know that we always refer to a yacht/powerboat as a 'she', but for me, I can only describe Midnight Blue as "tall, dark and handsome".

We did a nice new layer of anti-fouling and got "him" looking as sexy and sleek as ever.


For service with a smile, visit us for quotations and let us take care of your vessel.




Can you remember "Cape song"? Well here are some before and after photos of this ugly duckling, turning into a beautiful princess. 

Meet Adriana.



Atlantic Crossings - Knowing the Dangers That Lie Within

I came across an interesting article and though that I might share it with you all. It is really important that when you do decide to do a crossing, to take notice of the weather. Now mother earth is really an unpredictable lady. Things can go from good to bad in a matter of seconds. 

I found this article on the following website : http://yachtpals.com/atlantic-crossings-9439 

I am only posting some of it, so please follow the link for the rest of the information. It is really interesting.


It happens every year. Autumn in the Northern Hemisphere brings an end to the summer boating season across the Mediterranean assailing yachts and power boats begin their exodus across the Atlantic to their winter ports of call farther west. And of course with the change in season comes changes in the weather - it’s just a fact of life.


As with any transit, weather is one of the most if not the single most important factor in planning when making such a lengthy transit. There’s just so many weather features to consider. Everything from cold fronts, gales, and storms, to high pressure ridges… and oh yes, the tropics. One must always be mindful and have an awareness of the dangers that lie ahead. As everyone knows, knowledge is power and with this in mind we will take an in-depth look at typical weather patterns and features to consider. Going beyond that, we will also provide some helpful hints and tactics that should be considered in avoiding the adverse weather that often accompanies the weather features involved…


So without further ado, let’s have a look! 



Typical Atlantic Weather Patterns:

The weather pattern in the North Atlantic this time of year is said to be in transition. As time goes on, we’re talking less about the tropics - then again, the tropics are not completely gone from our thoughts yet. However, the weather becomes increasingly active as gales and storms become increasingly frequent, larger, and stronger over time. Further, the cold fronts that are associated with these systems are more frequent and intense, covering a greater area, and slower to weaken.


Gales and storms during mid to late fall as a general rule track from the Canadian Maritimes and Gulf of St. Lawrence eastward through the Grand Banks, and farther east across the North Atlantic to the British Isles. Associated cold fronts extend southward along and near the U.S. East Coast to the eastern coast of Florida, reaching the coast about every three or four days. These fronts then move toward the east and southeast, commonly sweeping across much of the Bahamas during November, with fronts typically not weakening until they are well offshore, beginning around 55W-60W (Figure 1).




St Helena Island - Some interesting information

Saint Helena Island is in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean and is one of the world's most isolated islands.


Capital Jamestown
Currency Saint Helena pound (SHP), UK pound sterling (GBP)
Area 121km²
Population 4,255
Language English
Religion Anglican, Roman Catholic

The RMS St Helena does regular round-trips from Cape Town to St Helena, sometimes via Walvis Bay. It also makes frequent trips to Ascension Island. Direct trips by sea from the UK are no longer possible after the ship set sail from Portland, Dorset, on 14 October 2011. The ship itself, however, is a fantastic experience. Filled with the locals travelling home and tourists, it is a great opportunity to meet some very interesting people and talk more about Saint Helena before you arrive. The staff have planned some fun activities that seem like a home-made version of what you might get on big cruise ships. These are truly charming. Cricket on the deck for the Curry Cup is a must! Unfortunately, the RMS St Helena will be withdrawn from service when the new airport opens in early 2016.

So what is there to do on an Island. 

To see : Jamestown

  • The Museum of Saint Helena is a great place to start your visit, though like most other attractions, the hours are very limited. The museum is located in an early 19th century warehouse at the foot of Jacob's Ladder in Jamestown. It has a variety of exhibits on the island's history and natural history. It was established in 2002, so the information is up to date and the installations are beautiful.
  • The Cenotaph on the wharf in Jamestown includes the names of all Saints who died in the two world wars, including those who perished in a German U-boat attack in James Harbor in 1941.

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    Jacob's Ladder is the somewhat misnamed staircase that rises from Jamestown to Half Tree Hollow high above. It is said to have 699 steps. The "Ladder" was built in 1829 as an inclined plane to bring goods down from the farming areas in the centre of the island, and manure up out of town. The planes are on either side of the steps, and the cart on one side was used to counterweight the cart on the other. The Ladder is a prodigious climb, and very few are the tourists who can climb it in one go. In addition to its length, its stairs are somewhat high, making the climb all the more difficult. There are railings, but no landings for the entire length, and those who are afraid of heights may not want to look down! If you see a kid around, you might want to ask them to show you how to slide down the railings; they are reputed to have invented a way to do this scary feat without killing themselves. The Ladder is lit at night.
  • Heart-Shaped Waterfall. You might be excused for thinking that the water itself falls in the shape of a heart, but really this waterfall is so named because of the heart-shaped rock over which it falls. It can be seen from the north road out of Jamestown or walk to the foot of the 90m fall,simply follow the valley up from Jamestown. Details at the St Helena National Trust.
Just to name a few.

The island must be one of the safest places on earth. Crime is practically non-existent, though there is a jail with a few inmates. You can feel comfortable walking at night anywhere on the island. There are no bugs or animals of concern (with the exception of scorpions). The only safety issue might be falls for those who want to do some climbing. Law, order and security on the island is provided by the St. Helena Police Service.



So for those who had enough of the 8 to 5 daily routines, grab the next boat leaving and go and enjoy a nice quite life on this beautiful Island. 

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