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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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Need a tow?
Oct 2009 p68-71  (4.00 pages)
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Category: Practical / Seamanship & safety
Author: David Harding
Description: Taking a tow
If you've had to call out the lifeboat for a tow, it helps to be prepared
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The Long Way Home - under tow
Sep 1991 p62
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Fuel for thought
Mar 2012 p80-81  (2.00 pages)
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John relates a cautionary tale of fuel starvation - and of a sadly neglected lifejacket. Lessons learned..
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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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Rigging a tow at sea
Jan 2013 p26-29  (4.00 pages)
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Category: Boat handling / Seamanship & safety
Author: Ben Meakins
Description: Seamanship - Towing astern. Ben and the PBO team examine the techniques of towing and being towed astern at sea, trying out the textbook theories in practice:
Rigging a bridle: the tow boat and the towed boat, setting up the tow, starting the tow, weights and catenary, slipping a tow, towing and the Colregs.
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Towing for maximum manoeuvrability
Feb 2013 p68-71  (4.00 pages)
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Category: Boat handling
Author: Ben Meakins
Description: How to tow alongside
Theory: Setting up the lines. Alongside tow: yacht to yacht, setting up the lines, under tow, coming alongside under yacht tow. Alongside tow: RIB to yacht, setting up the lines, under tow, coming alongside under RIB tow.
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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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Taking a tow
Jul 2010 p36-42  (6.50 pages)
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Author: Tom Cunliffe
Description: Expert on board - 'know-how'
You can avert disaster by accepting a tow, but you can run into a lot more trouble if you get it wrong. Tom Cunliffe meets the RNLI for some expert advice
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Hitching a ride up the Rhine
Jul 2014 p83  (1.00 pages)
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Author: George DuBose
Description: Cruising log
George negotiates a tow against the current to Cologne. 'I had to get my boat to Cologne - the best way was to get a tow from a river ship.'
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Tow jobs
Jul 2002 p86
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Author: Tony Jones
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Volvo's tow-bars
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At least we tried - delivering a boat by sea
Aug 1994 p35  (3.00 pages)
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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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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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A friendly tow
Aug 2001 p115
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Description: Sailing Skills
Towing skills
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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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How to tow alongside
Jun 2002 p111-114  (4.00 pages)
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Towing alongside (part 2 of 2) (keywords: Manoeuvring)
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Stripped to the bare essentials
Sep 2000 p144  (2.00 pages)
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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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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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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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Under-prepared and overboard
Aug 2011 p50-51  (2.00 pages)
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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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Morcambe Bay swell
Sep 1995 p42  (3.00 pages)
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The annual two-day sail from Loch Craignish to her winter berth at Douglas Boatyard near Preston on the Ribble. Peter exclaimed 'It's suddenly got rough'. These were the worst conditions we had ever encountered.. Lytham lifeboat comes to pilot us in
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Giving & receiving a tow
Feb 2003 p34-35  (2.00 pages)
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Description: Improve Your Skills: Towing and being towed at sea: passing a line across, making a bridle, towing alongside and driving with care
If you need to be towed out of trouble, or help another boat in that predicament, what are the golden rules to follow?
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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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TOW IN THE HAND
Feb 1997 p42
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Bosal hand-detachable tow balls
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Boat handling
Jan 2012 p80-82  (3.00 pages)
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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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Learning the hard way - check it out before you buy
Oct 1994 p34  (2.00 pages)
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Author: C. Emptor
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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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Loss of rudder in the channel
Nov 2000 p42
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How to tow a 10-tonne yacht with a 2.5hp tender
Sep 2013 p26-33  (7.00 pages)
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Author: Tom Cunliffe
Description: Expert on board - techniques that work, and some that don't, when towing with an inflatable dinghy.
For a longish tow in anything other than flat water, it is far more effective to run the tow with the dinghy strung out ahead of the yacht. Towing from ahead. Towing alongside in theory and in practice.
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