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Be Safe be Seen
What does the watch officer see from the bridge of a large ship? Captain Ross of the 37,000 ton P&O Ferry, Pride of Bilbao says that a radar reflector is vital on a yacht and whether it is effective is the main concern of yacht skippers. With regard to navigation lights he adds that a tricolour masthead light is fine at sea, but the light becomes lost against shore lights and for a yacht to be seen from the 33m high bridge in waters like the Solent or Portsmouth harbour the yacht must display deck level navigation lights for it's own safety. Not all commercial ships maintain proper visual or radio watch as the Editor found out in the Bay of Biscay, so the best advice is to keep out of the way of large ships if there is any doubt that they have not seen you.

Short Life Petrol
Modern petrol has a shelf life of about two months so at the end of the season tip the fuel from the outboard engine supply into the car tank, and use freshly purchased fuel at the start of the next season. The same applies to the lawnmower and petrol generator. Using old fuel is a common reason why an engine will not function correctly.


Heavy weather sailing
March 2009

"I have been capsized, foundered, run-down and placed in more survival conditions than I can remember"

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A Voyaging Canoe for Tikopia
March 2009
A project to build a sailing double canoe for Tikopia.


Tikopia is a tiny remote Polynesian island in the Western Pacific, which has maintained self-sufficiency for 3000 years.
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Using a Parachute Anchor
March 2009

Peter Clutterbuck, MOCRA Safety Officer, examines the benefits of carrying one on board, and compares with the conventional anchor.
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Budget charters in Thailand
March 2009

We sailed "Veni Vidi Vici", one of Siam Sailing's Tiki 30's for two weeks in January

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