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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. 



-- 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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---------- June 2013 ---------

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 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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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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---------- May 2013 ----------

By now we can really feel the chill in the air, winter is in full swing and half the year has already past. This year so far has been a busy but wonderful one and looking back on all of the work we have done during the past six months I cannot help but be proud of what we have accomplished - Feel free to browse through our news archive and pop me an email should you have any questions or comments.  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Back to the business on hand - Here are some of the vessels we worked on this month.

Spirit of Adventure 

This spectacular vessel was designed by Mr Merf Owen and will now be calling Yachtport SA her home for the next few months - We were proud to haul her out and give her some much needed TLC.

She is currently up for sale, for more information kindly contact our offices.

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Ocean Adventurer

When David de Villiers first arrived at YPSA with Ocean Adventurer 2 we were all stunned at the beauty of this amazing vessel, She recently completed the East African Marine Transect where they travelled along the Eastern Coast of Africa gathering large-scale quantitative data on diversity, abundance and fish body size from South Africa to Somalia.

For some more information regarding this expedition visit http://marinetransect.org/about

She was high pressure cleaned and antifouled. We hope to see her again soon.



Mr Brian Thornton's Liberty came out this month for a high pressure clean and antifouling - We would like to thank him for choosing Yachtport SA and we can't wait to see him and Liberty again. 

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