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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 CAP

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

The News

DIY leads to boat deaths - MAIB

The Marine Accident Investigation Board (MAIB) report (full copy here) on the two fatalities on board the Bayliner 285 Arniston on Windermere on 1 April 2013 has found that DIY alterations to a portable generator was the cause.

A mother and her daughter were overcome by fumes from a portable generator which had been installed in the engine bay and modified by the addition of an exhaust which subsequently failed allowing the small sleeping area to fill with lethal carbon monoxide.

The report found that:

  • The installation of the portable air-cooled petrol generator in the enclosed engine bay was against the advice provided by the manufacturer.
  • The improvised exhaust system fitted to the generator was not fit for purpose.
  • All safety critical work on boats should be undertaken by a competent marine engineer using the correct materials.
  • The boats occupants were not alerted to the presence of CO because the alarms fitted on board were not working.
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