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How to avoid expensive mistakes when you buy a new or second-hand yacht. 

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Icom IC-M35We review the Icom IC-M35 handheld.  Read the full review here.

GMDSS A User's Handbook

By Denise Bréhaut

GMDSS A user's handbook








The Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) provides a fast and efficient way of calling for assistance at sea, whatever the size of craft or its geographical position. Since it was first published, this book has helped explain the system for anyone using GMDSS and has been excellent pre-course reading for students.



SafaSail HatThe SafaSail Hard Hat looks just like a sailing cap, but will help protect you if you get a bang to the head.  See our review here


So what's all the fuss about?

beerI remember a couple of years ago entering Poole Harbour as skipper of a large Lagoon catamaran. I looked round, and behold, a policeman on a Jet Ski was holding a speed gun at my stern to check that I wasn’t exceeding four knots.  And no, I hadn’t been drinking!  I remember thinking at the time that things could only get more complicated. Speed over the ground in the entrance to Poole harbor is likely to be very different from speed through the water – and not everyone has GPS.

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Ocean racing needs to restore credibility

Ronald JourdainSomething has got to be done about the popular image of yacht racing. This fantastic sport has failed to capture the public imagination since the earliest days of the America’s Cup. And it’s not difficult to see why when flagship events like the Vendee Globe and the Volvo Race are degenerating into demolition derbies.

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RYA and Lifejackets

RNLI Logo Useless unless wornRYA reluctant to lead on life jackets

In this edition of Sailers we report the inquest of a Somerset yachtsman knocked overboard in an uncontrolled gybe (here).  But it wasn’t the gybe that killed him. Pathologist Dr Richard Jones said if Mr Gibbs had received the blow to the head on dry land he might have survived as he had no evidence that it caused anything except concussion.

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Are Flares Outdated?

EPIRBHas the time come for a re-think about flares? 

It has been drummed into most of us during sail training, by sailing schools, and by the RNLI and other safety-related organisations that we shouldn’t go to sea without the proper flare pack.  In some cases, it’s a legal requirement.

But the widely-reported accident in April 2006, when Duncan McDougall was seriously injured whilst demonstrating the firing of a hand-held flare, has caused many of us to question the received wisdom about carrying flares.

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