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-- September tip of the Month --

Greener Boating

As a Blue Flag marina YachtportSA encourages the use of "greener" products, we are constantly looking for items we can use to replace harmful hazardous products while still having the same result and effect.

Below you will find some "greener" alternatives. 

Bleach 

Borax

Scouring Powders

Baking Soda or rub the area with one-half lemon dipped in Borax - Then rinse 

General Cleaner 

Baking Soda and vinegar or lemon juice combined with Borax paste 

Floor Cleaner 

One cup vinegar to 3L of water  

Window Cleaner 

One cup vinegar to 1L of warm water, Rinse and squeegee 

Aluminium Cleaner 

2 Tbsp. Cream of tartar to 1L of warm water

Brass Cleaner  

Worcestershire sauce or paste made of equal amounts of salt, vinegar and water

Copper Cleaner  

Lemon Juice and water or paste of lemon juice, salt and flower. 

Chrome Cleaner/Polish  

Apple cider vinegar to clean, baby oil to polish 

Stainless Steel Cleaner  

Baking Soda or mineral oil for polishing, then use vinegar to remove marks. 

Fiberglass Stain Remover  

Baking Soda Paste 

Mildew Remover  

Paste with equal amounts of lemon juice and salt, or white vinegar and salt 

Wood Polish  

Olive or Almond Oil (Interior walls only) 

 

 

--- Sailing Terminology ---

Sailing Terminology 

For most people in the boating industry these terms are a second language, but for those who are still finding their feet here is a list of the more common sailing terms. 

Abeam: Directly to the side of the boat.

Astern: Behind the boat.

Beam: Measurement of the width of a boat.

Bow: The forward part of the boat.

Dinghy: A small boat used to ferry people to a yacht, also used for sailing or rowing; also called a tender.

Hull: The body of the boat.

Keel: Centreline backbone at the bottom of the boat.

Port: The left hand side of the boat.

Rig: Arrangements of masts and sails.

Rudder: A vertical metal or wooden plate attached to the stern, whose movements steer the boat.

Spinnaker: A large, light, balloon shaped sail set forward of the mainsail when running before the wind.

Starboard: Right hand side of a boat looking forward towards the bow.

Stern: After end of the boat. 

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-- August tip of the Month --

Basic Yachting Safety Tips

With warmer weather approaching the yachting industry is back in full swing, amid all of the excitement and sparking to get back in the water please do not forget these basic safety tips. 

1. Always wear a life jacket - I know this is the last thing the fashion conscious sailor would like to hear but wearing a life jacket is of extreme importance, statistics show that a vast majority of recreational yachting deaths come about when individuals are not wearing life jackets, so always make sure that your life jackets are in a good working condition. 

2. A cocktail while out at sea might sound enjoyable, but NEVER operate a yacht or any other water craft whilst intoxicated, if you choose to do have a drink make sure you have a licensed (sober) skipper to steer you back to shore. 

3. Make sure you are not the only one on the yacht who knows how to operate it, in the event of an accident or you are incapacitated having a first mate of some sorts ensures that you and your guests get safely back to shore. 

4. ALWAYS make sure to tell someone where you will be going and for how long you will be gone. 

5. Check the weather, luckily we live in a day and age where weather can easily be checked from one's cellphone, so make sure to visit websites such as Windguru, SA Tides and Weather SA for synoptic charts/wind direction/wind speed etc. links to these     websites can be found on the bottom of this page. 

6. Regularly do checks on all of your fire and life saving equipment

 

We hope that you enjoy the yachting season and please feel free to give us a call for any quotes or information you might require. 

Safe Sailing 

 

Weather links: Windguru - http://www.windguru.cz/int/

                     SA Tides - http://www.satides.co.za/common/scripts/today/?loc=rsa_sa

                     Koola Sun - http://www.koolasun.co.za/weather/sa-weather-chart.html

 

 

---------- July 2013 ----------

Pegasus of Yorkshire

This month we bid farewell to Mr Harvey Atkinson and his beautiful vessel Pegasus of Yorkshire, Harvey was with YPSA for almost a year and have come to feel like a part of the YPSA family, he will surely be missed, but we wish him and Pegasus smooth sailing.

While Pegasus was here she received a complete make-over, new engine - newly spray painted - deck re-done and lastly antifouled.

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Soul of Sea

We were extremely happy to welcome back the gorgeous Soul of Sea, she was last antifouled at YPSA two years ago and still looked perfect when we hauled her out this month! She received some TLC and antifouling and is now mooring at YPSA.

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Time Out

We were very happy to get to work on the beautiful Time Out this month. She received high pressure cleaning and antifouling. We wish her smooth sailing and hope to see her again next year.

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Ayoba 

Ayoba is definitely one of a kind with a slim, sleek design. She too came out for a high pressure clean and antifouling. We hope to see her again next year!

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Taipan

Our Australian friends were on their way out of South Africa when they encountered some problems with their main-sail, they then turned back and have been spending a few weeks with us. While they are waiting for the sail to be replaced they decided to give Taipan some TLC - She came out for a high pressure clean and some antifouling.

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