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Some Skippers Tips

If you observe an experienced yacht skipper, they will run a vessel in such a way that they often appear to be doing very little. It is sometimes said that the best skippers are those who seem to do very little, but the boat is still run smoothly and safely.

How can they do that, and is it something that can be learned?

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Summer time

With summer around the corner, we all want our boats to look shiny and new. A nice wash and polish or a new coat of paint, come and visit us for a quotation or some shopping and end it with something to eat or drink.

 

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Tip of the month - September

Shorthanded boat handling in a tight space

If you have to take a boat off a berth when you are alone, it can be very difficult to move about the boat to stow the ropes and fenders when you are in a confined space.

This is particularly a problem if you are moving from one berth to another and need to swap the ropes and fenders to the other side.

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Short and Sweet

Winch handle pockets degrade over time and end up looking dirty and messy – so stick them on with industrial-strength Velcro and keep them down below when the boat’s not in use.

 

SOURCE:

Read more at http://www.pbo.co.uk/expert-advice/tips/427379/save-your-pockets#hUgSf3m16BI8tv4W.99

Shark Week Aug 10 - Aug 15

Shark Week Aug 10 - Aug 15

It's shark week and the environmental sphere is buzzing, as part of shark week we would like to promote Pew and the wonderful conservation work they do. Below you will find an extract from the Pew website, we hope you find it just as educational and interesting as we did. 

Working with government leaders, scientists, fisheries experts, diplomats, and even survivors of shark attacks, Pew works to highlight the plight of sharks from over fishing and to urge countries to take action to conserve them.

Sharks have roamed our oceans since before the time of dinosaurs, but their long reign at the top of the ocean food chain may be ending. The onset of industrial fishing over the past 60 years has drastically depleted their populations. Of the shark and ray species assessed by scientists for the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), nearly 50 percent are threatened or near-threatened with extinction.

Every year approximately 100 million sharks are killed in commercial fisheries.   The catch of shark for their fins, meat, liver oil, cartilage, and other parts remains largely unregulated in most of the world, driving some populations toward extinction.

In general, sharks grow slowly, mature late and produce few young over long lifetimes, leaving them exceptionally vulnerable to overexploitation and slow to recover from depletion. As key predators, their depletion also has risks for the health of entire ocean ecosystems. For example, tiger sharks have been linked to the quality of seagrass beds through their prey, dugongs and green sea turtles, which forage in these beds. Without tiger sharks to control their prey’s foraging, an important habitat is lost.

Pew has identified the present moment as a critical time to reverse the global decline of shark populations. We work internationally to influence the fishing nations and treaty organizations that regulate high seas fisheries. In addition, we work with nations whose waters still have diverse populations of sharks to declare shark sanctuaries and to advocate for international shark conservation.

SOURCE: http://www.pewtrusts.org/en/projects/global-shark-conservation

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