Pratical Boat Owner: The UK’s third largest boat show is under way at Kip Marina with free expert talks and demonstrations and a chance to win PBO’s fully-restored Project Boat.

 

Free talks and demonstrations for practical boat owners will be among the highlights of Scotland’s Boat Show, which starts today and runs until Sunday 11 October at Kip Marina.

Following the success of the inaugural Pratical Boat Owner PBO Ask the Experts live!at Beaulieu Boatjumble, we’re teaming up withRYA Scotland to offer more top practical tips thanks to experts from International Paint, Sika, CB Marine Services and also Ocean Safety.. Find us in the RYA Scotland Workshop Marquee.

Each of the talks will last 30-40 minutes and there are some tasty cakes available to purchase at the tea and coffee stand nearby, so feel free to get yourselves some refreshment and settle in for some good advice.

Talks schedule

FRIDAY 9 OCTOBER
11.30 – 12.30 – Essential sealant tips and tricks:Sika’s technical services expert Gareth Ross will demonstrate how to use sealants for bonding and waterproofing on board.

14.00 – 15.00 Ocean Safety life raft demonstration: Ocean Safetywill discuss the importance of getting your safety equipment serviced, complete with a demonstration liferaft inflation.

15.00 – 16.00 Della from Clipper Round the World Yacht Racewill talk about the experience of racing around the world. Hear first hand what it is like to be part of the crew and also get some information if you think you are up to the challenge.

16.00 – 17.00 Hints and tips for viewing second-hand boats: PBO expert and Scottish surveyor Colin Brown, of CB Marine Services,will be talking about common problems that arise during surveys of second-hand boats and discussing common corrosion issues.

SATURDAY 10 OCTOBER
11.30 – 12.30 Kim and Doug talk about their Round Scotland 2015 adventure and give their top tips for cruising in Scotland

14.00 – 15.00 Della from Clipper Round the World Yacht Race talks about taking the Clipper Race challenge

15.00 – 16.00 Professional paint job made easy: International Paint’s Kate Moss will explain the steps involved in painting your boat.

16.00 – 17.00 Essential sealant tips and tricks: Sika’s technical services expert Gareth Ross will demonstrate how to use sealants for bonding and waterproofing on board.

SUNDAY 11 OCTOBER
11.30 – 12.30 Professional paint job made easy: International Paint’s Kate Moss will explain how to achieve a mirror finish on your paint job.

14.00 – 15.00 Della from Clipper Round the World Yacht Race talks about taking the Clipper Race challenge

15.00 Hints and tips for viewing second-hand boats: PBO expert and Scottish surveyor Colin Brown, of CB Marine Services, will be talking about common problems that arise during surveys of second hand boats and discussing common corrosion issues.

Scotland’s Boat Show is open from 10am-6pm daily and admission is free. Car parking is £5.

See article at Practical Boat Owner

Pratical Boat Owner: British Coatings Federation (BCF) Marine Coatings Group has followed up on its successful survey for boat owners on the DIY use of antifouling (AF) paints by launching three additional surveys on the topic, aimed at professional applicators, boatyard managers/owners and chandlers.

 

The surveys are designed to better understand the current use of antifouling paints by DIY users, and to raise their awareness over the possibility that authorities may decide to restrict the application and use of AF paints to strictly professional applicators and organisations.

More then 800 submissions have been made in response to the original survey, indicating the level of interest regarding this issue and the concerns from the leisure boating sector in general.

Surveys can be accessed, for completion by the 30 November, as follows:

* Professional applicators: www.surveymonkey.com/r/NXLH5FN
* Boat yard managers: www.surveymonkey.com/r/6BV6DBC
* Chandlers: www.surveymonkey.com/r/6BLGZ9M

The original survey mentioned for boat owners/DIY applicators remains open until the 30th November too:
* Boat owners/DIY applicators: www.surveymonkey.com/r/NPNB6NW

Gareth Prowse, who is the UK Regulatory Affairs Manager at AkzoNobel Felling, with responsibility for the International Paint branded marine coatings, and also Chair of BCF’s Marine Coatings Group said: ‘The BCF are trying to generate data to better understand how people use AF Paints and what protective equipment they do use when painting. We’ve had some minor criticisms of scaremongering in response to the first survey, when in reality we’re not.

Gareth added: ‘The regulations are becoming much stricter than they have been. Our concern is that we could end up withdrawing products that can and are used safely because of the risk assessment being too conservative due to a lack of data, rather than genuine risk.’

See article at Pratical Boat Owner

Motorboat & Yachting: The MAIB has released its report on the Brixham powerboat accident in May that killed 14-year-old Emily Gardner.

 

The Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) has delivered its report on the Brixham powerboat accident that killed 14-year-old Emily Gardner back in May.

And although the report makes no formal recommendations, there are plenty of valuable lessons that boatowners can learn from this tragic event.

Firstly, that giving children ill-fitting buoyancy aids can increase the risk of them snagging on a mooring cleat. Also that boats built before 1996 should be purchased with caution as they do not have to conform with the Recreational Craft Directive (RCD).

The MAIB explains that Emily Gardner took to sea in a group of six people at around 1100 on Saturday May 2.

The trip went ahead despite local weather warnings of “Wind east south east (ESE) at 15-17 knots (Force 4-5). Significant wave height 1m”.

The father of one of Emily’s friends was at the helm of a Fletcher 115 powerboat, which was fitted with a 75hp Mercury outboard engine.

The boat was accompanied by two PWC users, one of which was a co-owner of the Fletcher. At 11:34 the skipper raised the revs to bring the boat onto the plane, but less than a minute later a large starboard wave caused the vessel to capsize.

The skipper and two of the passengers were thrown into the water, but Emily was trapped beneath the waves by her buoyancy aid, which became snagged on an aft mooring cleat.

The situation was worsened as the weight of the outboard engine dragged the stern down to a depth of 4m, leaving only the bow exposed.

Lessons learned
The MAIB report contains several valuable lessons for boatowners to help avoid incidents like this from happening again.

The most prominent of which is the need for children to wear appropriately sized buoyancy aids.

Emily was wearing an adult’s extra-large buoyancy aid (pictured right) with a chest size of 44-50 inches, and the MAIB reports that its bulkiness increased the likelihood of it snagging.

What’s more, since the Fletcher 115 in question was built in 1989, it did not need to comply with the 1996 RCD requirement for open boats to float horizontally when upturned.

The MAIB explains that if the boat had completely inverted, then the other passengers would have been able to disentangle Emily’s buoyancy aid more quickly.

The cause of the capsize is partly explained by the unfavourable weather conditions, but also by the lightness of the bow-end fuel tank, which had only been filled with £20 worth of petrol, resulting in insufficient ballast.

The report also explains that the outboard engine had been refitted with a five-bladed propeller to improve acceleration, and this may have played a contributory role in the boat’s capsize.

Finally, the skipper was not wearing a killcord at the time of the accident, which the MAIB says “highlights the need to continue raising awareness of the issue in the speedboat community”.

The Royal Yachting Association and the British Water Ski and Wakeboard Association has ensured that all of these points are covered in their training syllabi, and the MAIB has made no official recommendations to Fletcher, Mercury or the RNLI.

The full 12-page report on the Brixham powerboat accident can be downloaded from the MAIB website (1.4MB PDF).

See article at Motorboat & Yachting

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