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A cautionary sail - taking a tow from a jetski
Aug 1994 p38  (1.66 pages)
Category: Cruise account
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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EPIRBS - a cautionary tale
Apr 1993 p51
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Cheers! by 'one over the eight'
Aug 1994 p39  (0.66 pages)
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Description: Don't drink and sail
Experiences / Learning from Experience. What started out to be an innocent day's sail in perfect weather almost ended in disaster. A heavy hangover was being experienced and a heavier guilt lay on our shoulders.
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Fuel for thought
Mar 2012 p80-81  (2.00 pages)
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Author: John Barry
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John relates a cautionary tale of fuel starvation - and of a sadly neglected lifejacket. Lessons learned..
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Having to sail home
Jul 1994 p42  (2.00 pages)
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Author: Martin Beales
Description: Experiences / Learning from Experience
When you fit your own engine, you need to stay flexible. 'The gear box flange spun in front of my eyes and it was then I noticed that it was not connected to the flexible coupling...'
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At least we tried - delivering a boat by sea
Aug 1994 p35  (3.00 pages)
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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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How to sail around the British Isles
May 2014 p42-45  (4.00 pages)
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Author: Ken Endean
Description: Cruising grounds
To make the most of the experience, it is worth planning for all options. '..it is surely a mistake to treat the journey as a simple, around-and-back project.' (Weather and sea state. Putting miles on the log. Taking a rest. The boat and her equipment.)
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It's never too late
May 2013 p86-87  (2.00 pages)
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Author: Jean Fagg
Description: On the water
After 35 years' sailing experience without ever really taking the helm, Jean Fagg bought a Trapper 300 to sail herself - and with it came a new sense of achievement.
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Stripped to the bare essentials
Sep 2000 p144  (2.00 pages)
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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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The best-laid plans..
Dec 2013 p76-77  (2.00 pages)
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Author: Howard Bentley
Description: Learning from experience
Engine issues and a potential dismasting. A routine sail started a chain of events that almost overtook every contingency plan laid by well-prepared sailors.
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An error of judgement
May 1995 p48  (2.00 pages)
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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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Under-prepared and overboard
Aug 2011 p50-51  (2.00 pages)
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Author: Peter Ball
Description: Learning from experience
Enthusiastic naivety and boats don't mix, as peter Ball discovered to his cost when a lump of hardwood gunwale exploded from the hull.
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I almost drowned my son!
May 2011 p40-41  (2.00 pages)
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Launching their Kelt 850 and taking it to its drying mooring at the start of the season very nearly ended in tragedy for Margaret and her family. Benfleet to Chalkwell.
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Learning the hard way - check it out before you buy
Oct 1994 p34  (2.00 pages)
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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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A cautionary tale - Fire safety guide
Jun 2007 p96  (3.00 pages)
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Description: RNLI Safety Sheet - Fire safety
Account of a fire at sea and pull-out safety sheet on Fire Safety.
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Caledonian Canal, learn to sail
Dec 1993 p99  (2.00 pages)
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Author: Sev Lewkowicz
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Learning to sail in Scotland. Taking a holiday at West Highland Sailing, by Laggan Locks, we were shown our Bnenteau Island 25, out home for the next seven days.
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Boat handling
Jan 2012 p80-82  (3.00 pages)
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Author: James Stevens
Description: How to be a Yachtmaster - First impressions count:
your confidence and competence with boat handling are among the most immediate things a Yachtmaster examiner will take note of. Power handling, mooring buoys, handling the boat under sail, heavy weather, how to pass and how to fail
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Loss of rudder in the channel
Nov 2000 p42
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Total loss on a lee shore
Apr 2010 p40-44  (4.00 pages)
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Author: David Ballantyne
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David Ballantyne, 49, and his crewman escaped with their lives after his new yacht ran aground on her delivery trip
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Not learning from experience!
Feb 1996 p24  (1.00 pages)
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Why do I carry on 'trusting to luck'.
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Roma on the rocks
Mar 2012 p42-43  (2.00 pages)
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PBO reader Stephanie's cautionary tale of a dragged anchor and a classic boat on the rocks.
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The loss of Silba sunk in a storm
Aug 1993 p37
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Taking on the Challenge
Aug 2001 p31
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Great sail for GBR44
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Don't be scared to admit you're superstitious!
Jan 1995 p48  (3.00 pages)
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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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First time in fog
Jun 1994 p46  (2.66 pages)
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Author: Sheila Fowle
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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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Is insurance worth it
Dec 1993 p35  (2.00 pages)
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Experiences / Learning from Experience. Fire onboard the neighbouring yacht and its effects. Glad we were insured.
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Walloped by a waterspout
Jul 2014 p78-79  (2.00 pages)
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Author: John Tylor
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John's winter sail off New South Wales turned nightmarish when thunderstorms hit and his Duncanson 35 was knocked down after ploughing into a waterspout.
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Cruising in the (real) Med
Feb 1995 p34  (2.00 pages)
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Author: P. C. Dunsford
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Bad weather, leaking boat and too many officials, the Med is not always the benign sunny place most people believe it to be.
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Tomorrow, the world
May 2000 p58  (3.00 pages)
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Description: Sail round the world
Catching the bug, Fred and Jacquie Lockey had never sailed until they took a flotilla holiday in Greece and became hooked. That one life- changing experience led to their decision to sail round the world. Jack Gush caught up with this extraordinary couple
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Dismasted and engineless
Oct 2012 p52-53  (2.00 pages)
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Author: Paul Hayes
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Paul is shaken by a shakedown sail in the Bristol Channel when his junk-rigged Coromandel springs a leak, loses its mast and suffers a snarled prop.
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Bay of Biscay - crashing across the
Jan 1997 p42
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"With a sudden very sharp smack against the whole boat, my world turned green as a huge wave broke over Elricka"
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