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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.

 

Rose & Brian

Rosie & Brian's Big Adventure: Part 4 - Rhu to Holyhead - by Sea

MoonsetWe spent the last two weeks of March thoroughly frightening ourselves with the thought of setting off in our own boat across the wild Irish sea! Sleepless nights and churning stomachs mixed with logical knowledge that we were perfectly capable of doing this – but we were both very nervous! I made various calls to get the Small Ship Register re-registration underway (the previous owner had de-registered), booked a place at Holyhead marina, and got a tonnage survey organised for the SSR. We worked out a rough zigzag passage from Scotland via Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man to get to Holyhead. Neither of us had done much night sailing, and we felt that daytime sailing was as much as we wanted to do for our first trip.

Read more: Rosie & Brian's Big Adventure: Part 4 - Rhu to Holyhead - by Sea

Rosie & Brian's Big Adventure - Part 3 - Fitting out

Rosie at the helmRosie & Brian have decided to sell up and sail the world. Sailers is following their big adventure. This second installment, written by Rosie, describes the choosing of their yacht.

How do you decide what to call your first boat (or any boat for that matter)? We went through all sorts of options – sisters’ first names (too corny); Greek Goddesses (none original enough or pronounceable); culling from our favourite science fiction (Clear Air Turbulence was an option but a bit of a mouthful for radio comms); and then finally decided that we would keep the name she has – Alixora. As it turned out, it was a good decision.

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Rosemary & Brians Big Adventure

RosemaryRosemary and Brian are planning the big get-away.  Rosemary has agreed to write about the plans as they develop, so we will follow their adventure on Sailers.  In the first article, Rosemary tells us how it all began...

We are having great fun planning our adventure. It doesn’t really count as a major adventure, because many people have done it before and it isn’t that unusual. But for us it is a bit frightening because it is the unknown and it will be a major change in lifestyle for me, Rosemary, and Brian.

We are both mid fifties and the adventure could last for a decade or more. It is also possibly the last active adventure before we have to be more considerate of age and infirmity.

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Rosemary & Brian's Big Adventure. Part 2

AlexoraRosie & Brian have decided to sell up and sail the world. Sailers is following their big adventure. This second installment, written by Rosie, describes the choosing of their yacht.

The two week Christmas break was spent scouring the online advertisements for boats, making lists, and preparing ourselves mentally for the big change to our lives.

Compiling a shortlist of potential boats was hard work – both mentally and physically – hours and days scanning specifications and filling in a spreadsheet with the details we had decided were important to our selection. Some of the basic information was easy to locate but it took some digging to find the rest that we needed.

Read more: Rosemary & Brian's Big Adventure. Part 2

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