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At least we tried - delivering a boat by sea
Aug 1994 p35  (3.00 pages)
Category: Cruise account
Author: William Trundle
Description: Experiences / Learning from Experience
William decides to sail the boat round rather than deliver overland, "isn't it funny, you climb off a boat saying 'never again, summer sailing only for me'. And yet a few days later, 'fantastic trip, force tens, the lot'."
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The right boat to be in!
Aug 1995 p36  (2.00 pages)
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Category: Cruise account / Weather
Author: Dave Robson
Description: Experiences / Learning from Experience
It was chancy to assume we had found a weather window considering the general weather patterns of the preceding five days. From Cherbourg to Portsmouth Harbour - nineteen hours at sea in force eight to nine winds..Camper and Nicholson South Coast One Desi
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Don't be scared to admit you're superstitious!
Jan 1995 p48  (3.00 pages)
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Category: Cruise account
Author: Frank Holden
Description: Experiences / Learning from Experience - Dismasted at sea
..Some kill-joy was fit to remark that it was odd to see a sailor buying a boat on Friday the 13th. But isn't that nothing but a foolish superstition?
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Delivering my new boat to Holland
Dec 2011 p74  (0.75 pages)
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Category: Cruise account
Author: Jan van Miltenburg
Description: Cruising log
Was Jan asking too much of himself as he delivered his new boat solo from Southampton to Holland. He divided the trip into manageable legs, but the long days were exhausting.
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Several painful lessons
Jul 2012 p86-87  (2.00 pages)
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Category: Cruise account
Author: David Watson
Description: Learning from experience
David Watson's first trip out to sea involved injuries to his back and forehead, damage to his boat's centreplate - and a steep learning curve. '..I was heading directly into the strong north-westerly wind.. the wind strengthened, the waves became steeper
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Delivering the goods
Jul 2001 p103
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Category: Buyers' guides
Author: James Jermain
Description: Second-hand Focus part 21
Buyer's Guide - How to get your new boat home
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First time in fog
Jun 1994 p46  (2.66 pages)
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Category: Cruise account
Author: Sheila Fowle
Description: Experiences / Learning from Experience
When you go to sea in a small boat you can expect occasionally to be caught out in bad weather. The most stressful is fog. The first time for me was traumatic, but thankfully I learned from it.
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An error of judgement
May 1995 p48  (2.00 pages)
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Category: Cruise account / Seamanship & safety / Weather
Author: Peter Fowle
Description: Experiences / Learning from Experience
Near gale force. 'When we tried to sail from Lorient to Benodet we had to put in at Port Tudy because of the near gale force winds.'
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No sleep until Terschelling
Feb 2012 p72-73  (2.00 pages)
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Category: Cruise account
Author: Nick Edwards
Description: Learning from experience
Nick recalls a North Sea passage in a wooden sailing boat beset by looming container ships, 40-knot winds and a crewmember facing hypothermia.
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Deliver us from Sweden
Nov 2003 p36-39  (4.00 pages)
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Author: James Jermain
Description:
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Rescue at sea
Oct 1994 p30
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Author: D. Bedford
Description: Experiences / Learning from Experience
A series of short, high seas threw the powerboat into the air - three men saved in the nick of time
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To the Rock of Gibraltar in seven days
Sep 1967 p26-27  (2.00 pages)
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Category: Boat tests / Cruise account
Author: Peter Haward
Description: Cruising account and boat report - Salar motor sailer 39ft
Peter's job of yacht delivery has given him experience of many types of yacht, good, bad and indifferent. A recent Gibraltar trip was made in a motor sailer that impressed him in performance. He describes the boat and voyage.
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Stripped to the bare essentials
Sep 2000 p144  (2.00 pages)
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Category: Cruise account
Author: Norman Whewell
Description: Experiences / Learning from Experience
Centre plate loss and engine failure in the Irish Sea. You don't need much in the way of gear and equipment when sailing a simple dayboat. (Drascombe Coaster). Or do you? Norman finds out the hard way.
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A cautionary sail - taking a tow from a jetski
Aug 1994 p38  (1.66 pages)
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Author: David Quilter
Description: Experiences / Learning from Experience
Our naivety was very nearly responsible for the loss of two lives. Our competence did not extend much beyond the handling of our boat. I believe sailors should be licensed in much the same way as pilots.
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Let's spend the night together
May 2000 p72  (2.00 pages)
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Author: Jack Dunkley
Description: Experiences / Learning from Experience
North Sea crossing when tired and seasick. Jack Dunkley attempts a North Sea passage - and begins to feel his age..
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Rudderless in the North Sea
Dec 2011 p68-69  (2.00 pages)
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Author: Chris Fagg
Description: Learning from experience
Cuckoo and her crew were in trouble when her rudder broke in a Force 6-7. And things didn't go to pland even with the timely intervention of a Dutch minesweeper.
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North Sea storm
Sum 2012 30-31  (2.00 pages)
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Category: Cruise account / Seamanship & safety
Author: Gordon Chalmers
Description: Learning from Experience
PBO reader Gordon Chalmers did everything right for his first North Sea crossing - but then fell foul of unforecast weather and a rope round the prop.
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Fisher 25
Apr 1975 p79  (4.00 pages)
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Category: Boat tests
Description: Boat Test (April 11 issue)
Sailing Cruiser. 'The first day offered Force 4-5 winds and a lumpy sea, the second, light airs, sunshine and a glassy sea. A good test of the boat in a range of weather.'
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Learning the hard way - check it out before you buy
Oct 1994 p34  (2.00 pages)
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Category: Cruise account
Author: C. Emptor
Description: Experiences / Learning from Experience
The author's expensive dream boat... " My dreams have been somewhat shattered and my pocket severely scoured out by a string of problems, all of which stem from a lack of maintenance and poor quality of work on that which has been done"
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Why sea trials matter
Sum 2014 p38-39  (2.00 pages)
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Category: Cruise account
Author: Andy Robinson
Description: Learning Curve
Andy spent three years planning his UK circumnavigation - but it came to a soggy end, just 12 hours after it started. An inaccurate forecast on departure.. 'Four months later, after a fantastic experience, I finally completed the circumnavigation.'
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A trip to nowhere
Nov 2006 p62-64  (3.00 pages)
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Author: Gordon Potts
Description: Learning from Experience
How a new business and a new boat nearly ended up on the rocks off the coast of south-west Scotland
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Cruising Log
Feb 2014 p62-65  (4.00 pages)
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Author: YM readers
Description: YM readers share their cruising stories
Levitha - Georgina Moon. Delivering a Telstar - Dave Cooper. Dodecanese charter - John Hanson. Pacific phosphorescence - Jess Barber. Duncan Wells would rather sail than suffer the airport experience.
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Gib'sea 105
Nov 1982 p2083-2085  (3.00 pages)
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Author: James Jermain
Description: Sea trial
Duration of trial: 2 days. Wind conditions: Force 3-5. Sea state: slight to moderate. Gibert Marine's 35-footer is not their latest design but it is, arguable, the model which best illustrates their formula for spacious, fast family cruising.
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She was smart, modern and well-equipped - so what could go wrong?
May 2002 p62-64  (2.00 pages)
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Author: Bob Moore
Description: Learning from Experience
Experience of delivering a 38 foot cruiser from La Rochelle to Dartmouth
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Tradewind 35
Dec 1982 p2220-2221  (2.00 pages)
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Category: Boat tests
Author: James Jermain
Description: Sea trial - Duration of trial: 2 days. Wind conditions: Force 3-4. Sea state: Slight.
A sturdy yacht for long-distance cruising. 'With hulls moulded to Lloyds' standard, the boat must offer exceptional value for money for those looking for a thoroughly sound, steady yacht designed and built for the wide blue yonder.'
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Gremlins aboard
Jan 1995 p51  (2.00 pages)
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Category: Cruise account
Author: Jim Andrews
Description: Experiences / Learning from Experience - Dismasted at sea
While heading up into Loch Fyne en route for the Crinan Canal, the loo, enjoying (so to speak) its first flush of the cruise, inadvertently swallowed some tiny but essential part of itself, and spat it seawards...
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A North Sea passage
Apr 2013 p32-35  (4.00 pages)
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Author: Olly Wyatt
Description: Kristiansand to Inverness
Olly sails from Norway to Scotland, taking on the North Sea and aiming to gain valuable sea miles towards his Ocean Yacht master certificate. But gale-force winds and on-passage incidents meant he got more experience than he bargained for..
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Foggy notions
Aug 2012 p40-41  (2.00 pages)
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Category: Cruise account / Seamanship & safety / Weather
Author: Chris Mason
Description: Learning from experience
Chris's efforts to find a bolt-hole in thick fog - after a near-miss with a fast-moving fishing boat - merely confirmed to him his folly of going to sea without up-to-date charts.
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Lessons from a round-the-world Westerly
Feb 2011 p92-95  (3.50 pages)
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Category: Cruise account
Author: Bernard Clarke
Description: On the water - Westerly round the world
A most wonderful, uplifting experience, Bernard reflects on the success of the boat.. and with the benefit of hindsight and many sea miles, observes the failure of crucial bits of kit, having sailed the globe in his Westerly Oceanlord,
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Steering failure at sea
Apr 2003 p62-64
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Category: Boat handling
Author: Stephen Davies
Description: Learning from Experience
Lost steering in the Coral Sea off the Australian Great Barrier Reef
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Sailing a Contessa 32 from Sunderland
Jun 2014 p90-95  (6.00 pages)
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Author: Alan Dixon and Theo Stocker
Description: Me & my boat - we go cruising with our readers
'Cutting through the waves, she'll eat up the sea miles, whether that's around the cans or crossing the North Sea to Norway.' 'Why I keep my boat in Sunderland.' Our verdict on the boat. What's she like to sail? Would she suit you and your crew?
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