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Boat maintenance

In order to keep your vessel looking brand new and performing well, it is essential to start thinking about boat maintenance from the moment of purchase. We have therefore listed below several ways in which you can avoid deterioration to the look and quality of your boat, and assure it reaches its full potential.

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Anchoring

A good skipper not only must be able to handle a vessel in full flow, but also keep it in one place when necessary. A good anchor and good anchoring skills are therefore important strings to a sailor’s bow.

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Boating and the environment

Most boaters choose a life on the water because they feel a kinship with the marine world. So to preserve the environment which they cherish, they believe that every effort should be made to minimise their impact on it.

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Buoys and marine traffic

Many boaters are attracted onto the water because of the freedom it offers away from the traffic clogged dry land, but in order to keep life on the water safe, there are nevertheless some ‘rules of the road’ that need to be observed.

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Man overboard

A ‘man overboard’ situation is a very common occurrence on the water, but whether it leads to a simple rescue or a terrifying emergency is down to the knowledge and actions of the crew.

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Seasickness

Seasickness is a very common affliction that affects even the most competent of seafaring individuals. Fortunately however, its often debilitating effects can be prevented.

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Docking and mooring

It is not so uncommon for an engine to cut out when a driver is counting on it to brake the hull. A good idea is to put the vessel into reverse briefly when a fair distance out, so as to slow momentum and ensure the motor doesn’t die when it’s most needed. 

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Sailing with children

Sailing and boating should be a safe and enjoyable experience for the whole family. Therefore, particularly with young children on board, there are a few standard safety rules to adhere to in order to ensure everyone’s wellbeing, as well as enjoyment.

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Towing your boat

Towing a large and expensive vessel on the road can seem like a daunting process for any first-time boat owner. However, adherence to some basic rules and a little extra care will quickly turn any fears into ease and confidence on the road.

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Navigation

At sea there are no helpful road signs, few identifiable landmarks, and even fewer helpful strangers on hand to point the way. Instead, a skipper must rely on various navigation methods to find their way.

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