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

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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

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Lighthouses to be downgraded?

The days of the traditional Lighthouse are numbered. Trinity House, the organisation that runs Lighthouses in the UK, has published a draft plan to downgrade their importance following a review earlier this year. (See our Editorial)

In a 'Notice to Mariners' (No.34/2014 ATON Review 2015) published today, they say:  "reliance on the traditional system of lighthouses around the coast has diminished. With the exception of leading lights and “PELS” (Sector Lights - Ed), landfall lights and passing lights are now less important and their primary function is for coastal navigation, confirmation of position and spatial awareness. Thus the “traditional” AtoN's (Aids to Navigation - Ed) can be regarded as a secondary but complementary system to the primary navigation system of GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite Systems - Ed). The full text of the Notice to Mariners is appended below.

Read more: Lighthouses to be downgraded?

Yachtsmen asked for help with safety research

The RYA, the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) and the Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) are asking for help from yacht sailors with a new join research project.

The research aims to explore the ways that yacht sailors participate in their sport and their attitudes to safety and risk while sailing.

The research will also look at what motivates sailors, experience and training, awareness of potential hazards and use of safety procedures and equipment. The findings will be used by the three partners to help develop tailored and relevant safety messages for the yacht sailing community.

An online questionnaire launched on the 9 October will run for four weeks, during which time anyone who participates in yacht sailing – no matter how often or what level of experience – is invited to visit and complete the short survey.

Anyone who completes the survey has the option of being entered into a prize draw for the chance to win a McMurdo Fast Find Personal Locator Beacon (PLB).

Read more: Yachtsmen asked for help with safety research

Green Blue gets Chartered!

Dan ReadingDan Reading, the Green Blue team’s Sustainability Officer, is celebrating success.  He has been awarded Chartered Environmentalist status from the Society for the Environment, formally recognising the environmental improvement work he has carried out at The Green Blue.

The Green Blue is the joint environment initiative created by the British Marine Federation and Royal Yachting Association to encourage a more sustainable recreational boating sector. Launched in 2005 at the PSP Southampton Boat Show, the project enjoys the support of The Crown Estate’s Marine Stewardship Programme and the Environment Agency.

Read more: Green Blue gets Chartered!

New Lighthouse Visitor Centre for Portland Bill

Trinity House has agreed a lease with The Crown Estate for the former lighthouse keepers’ cottages at Portland Bill Lighthouse in Dorset (Photo © Kevin Borg). The premises will be rejuvenated to house a new visitor experience themed around Trinity House’s maritime history and its responsibilities providing aids to navigation, charitable support and educational services to the mariner since 1514.

Portland Bill Lighthouse has been popular with visitors for many years but their experience to date has been limited to ascending the lighthouse; the new centre will engage visitors in the history, workings and importance of aids to navigation such as lighthouses and fog signals and the people who made it all work. The displays will demonstrate the nature of modern aids to navigation and demonstrate why as an island nation—dependent on the sea for trade—they remain of critical importance to the safety of the mariner and to a growing maritime leisure community.

Read more: New Lighthouse Visitor Centre for Portland Bill

How to buy a Yacht without making expensive mistakes

Seven Steps to Buying a YachtAfter delivering new and second-hand yachts for new owners and hearing stories of things they'd got wrong, an experienced delivery skipper decided to put pen to paper.  The result is a guide to buying a new or second hand yacht that may well help prospective yacht owners save a considerable amount of money. It's available on Amazon (link here).

The book takes the reader through all the possible pitfalls of buying a yacht.  It looks at the kind of sailing you want to do, what your budget is, what the hidden expenses might cost you, what hull shape and sail plan will suit you, and what kind of equipment you might need.  There's even a section written by new owners about their own experiences.

It's already becoming a best seller on Amazon with five star reviews, and at only just over £3 isn't going to break the bank.  It's available here.


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