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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

The News


The David Thomas Regatta



MAY 9th-10th-11th 

Hamble, Hampshire, UK:  

In 2014, the yacht designer and sailing legend David Thomas is celebrating 25 years as a member of the Royal Southern Yacht Club and, in recognition, the Royal Southern is inviting owners of David Thomas-designed yachts to celebrate this landmark anniversary between 9th and 11th May.  

Owners will have the opportunity to get together, partake in some light-hearted class and handicap racing, socialise and enjoy a celebratory dinner.  Above all, this is an opportunity to celebrate in the company of this great man, his wife Trudi and his family.

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Historic Shipbuilding returns to Buckler's Hard

Buckler's HardBuckler’s Hard, on the banks of the Beaulieu River, could soon become a centre for the teaching and study of traditional shipbuilding with students able to work with large timbers under the supervision of a shipwright. This will soon be a reality thanks to a £3.75m Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) grant to Portsmouth Naval Base Property Trust (PNBPT) for its Boatbuilding & Heritage Skills Training Centre project, which includes a Shipwright’s School to be established at Buckler’s Hard.

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Malta moves to reduce charter VAT

Valetta Harbour, MaltaIn a move calculated to boost Malta's location as a holiday yacht charter hub, Maltese authorities have published new guidelines aimed at reducing the VAT on holiday yacht charters.  The move follows similar announcements by France and Italy, where use of a charter yacht outside national waters will be subject to reduced taxation.  VAT in Malta is only 18% at present, and if a proportion of a charter is non-VAT rated, it will make Malta a highly attractive option for starting a charter holiday

Malta is itself a nice cruising area (pic: Valetta Harbour), and the south and east coasts of Sicily are easily accessible. The new guidelines are explained in an article by Alison Vasallo writing in the financial website and is reproduced in full below.

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Calamity Yachtsman arrested after 10th rescue

Tim FreemanA british man who went sailing with little training or qualifications has been arrested following a 10th rescue operation in a month.  (Full story: Bournemouth Echo).

Tim Freeman, 24, was arrested on unrelated charges close to where he had ran his 24ft yacht aground at the beach at Studland (Picture, left)

Mr Freeman's calamitous solo voyages have probably cost lifeboat and Coastguard rescuers around £20,000.

He was rescued five times in a week by the Lifeboat off the Sussex coast, and the Maritime and Coastguard Agency impounded his 21ft yacht for safety reasons.

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New Marina in Plymouth

Kings Point MarinaThe first new marina to be built in the UK for five years opens this month.  The 171-berth Kings Point Marina, located in the inner basin of Millbay Docks in Plymouth, cost £4m to build and caters for boats of between 24ft-82ft.

From Tuesday (1 October), boat owners will be able to take advantage of the sheltered berthing for vessels of 7.5 to 25 metres at the heart of the former Millbay Docks.

Waterfront regeneration and destination specialists, Sutton Harbour Holdings Plc, began work in January to transform the inner dock basin into a centerpiece for English Cities Fund’s (ECf) regeneration of 20 acres of former Plymouth dockside to create a vibrant waterfront city quarter.

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