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52 lessons learned from 8 disasters
Jan 2012 p68-69  (2.00 pages)
Category: Seamanship & safety
Author: Chris Beeson
Description: Yachting Monthly Crash Test Boat
Chris shares some trouble-shooting lessons learned after a series of controlled disasters on the Crash Test Boat. Pt1 Grounding. Pt2 Capsize. Pt3 Dismasting. Pt4 Jury Rig. Pt5 Sinking. Pt6 Seacocks and Through-hulls. Pt7 Fire. Pt8 Explosion.
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Filming the Crash Test dramas
Jan 2012 p71  (1.00 pages)
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Category: Seamanship & safety
Author: Steve Adams
Description: Yachting Monthly Crash Test Boat
Steve recalls the challenges of filming fire, capsize, explosion and sinking in the Crash Test Boat series.
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How to make a jury rig that will get you home
Aug 2011 p36-43  (7.00 pages)
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Category: Practical, maintenance & repair
Author: Chris Beeson
Description: Yachting Monthly Crash Test boat
After last months dismasting, Chis and the Crash Test crew explore how to use the remaining wreckage to sail back safely. Making a jury rig and testing it - What we learned.
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DISMASTED! - What happens and which tools work best
Sum 2011 p32-40  (9.00 pages)
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Category: Gear & equipment / Product tests / Sails, rigs & rigging / Seamanship & safety
Author: Chris Beeson
Description: Yachting Monthly Crash Test boat
What do you do when your sailing world crashes round your ears? Chris Beeson and the Crash Test crew created a 'controlled' dismasting in a gale and put eight rig-cutting tools to the test.
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Explosion!
Dec 2011 p36-43  (8.00 pages)
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Category: Seamanship & safety
Author: Crash test team
Description: Yachting Monthly Crash Test Boat
How our boat became a floating time bomb. Gas safety checklist. How we blew-up the Crash Test Boat. What you can learn from others' mistakes. What to do if you smell gas. Checks to make on a regular basis.
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Fire! How to fight it and how to prevent it
Nov 2011 p30-37  (8.00 pages)
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Category: Seamanship & safety
Author: Chris Beeson
Description: YM Crash Test Boat
Galley fire, pan fire, toast fire, engine fire, effects of smoke, firefighting, prevention. What we learned. Which extinguisher do I need?
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How to deal with disasters
May 2011 p88-91  (4.00 pages)
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Category: Seamanship & safety
Description: Yachting Monthly - Crash Test Boat
Worse things happen at sea, they say. Good seamanship relies on many skills - not least navigation, boat handling, an understanding of the weather and the ability to deal with emergencies.
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Sinking? 10 ways to fix a hole in the hull at sea
Sep 2011 p32-40  (8.00 pages)
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Category: Practical, maintenance & repair
Author: YM team
Description: Yachting Monthly Crash Test boat
You've hit something and you're holed. What do you do next? Chris Beeson and the Crash Test crew smash a hole in the hull to test 10 ways of saving a sinking yacht.
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Lessons to be learned
Jul 2007 p30-32  (3.00 pages)
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Category: News / Seamanship & safety
Author: Tim Bartlett
Description: Waypoints
Ouzo special report
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Capsize! How to make your boat safer in a knockdown
Jul 2011 p18-24  (7.00 pages)
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Category: Seamanship & safety
Author: Chris Beeson
Description: Crash Test Boat
How can we make the saloon a safer place? Unsecured roll: just as she is. Basic modifications: how you can make your boat safer. Secure roll: after the modifications. What we learned.
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ARC lessons learned
Mar 2008 p92-95  (4.00 pages)
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Category: Cruise accounts
Author: Dick Everitt
Description: Practical
Lessons learned while crossing the Atlantic
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Dismasted! The Lessons Learnt
May 2007 p86-91  (6.00 pages)
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Category: Races & racing
Author: Alex Whitworth
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Lessons learned from the dismasting of Berrimilla on her return from the Sydney-Hobart Race
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What to do when you run aground
Jun 2011 p22-29  (8.00 pages)
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Category: Seamanship & safety
Author: Chris Beeson
Description: Crash Test Boat
Chris and the Crash Boat crew tested every possible method of getting off the putty to find out what worked and what didn't so if it happens to you, you'll know just what to do.
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Fire down below
Mar 1996 p60  (2.00 pages)
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Category: Seamanship & safety
Author: Steve Heap
Description: Isle of Man Fire and Rescue Service advice..
Station Officer, Steve, reports on a boat fire whilst it was in port, tied to seven other yachts! Do's and don'ts from this Station fire officer, what to do and lessons learned
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We were up the creek without an anchor
Oct 2014 p38-39  (2.00 pages)
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Category: Cruise account / Seamanship & safety
Author: Kitiara Pascoe
Description: Learning curve
Anchored on a falling tide, at night, and faced with grounding, Kit finds her CQR irretrievably fouled.. Lessons learned.
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Fire & Explosion
Apr 1990 p114-116
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Category: Seamanship & safety
Author: John Mellor
Description: Getting out of trouble: Part 4 - Fire & Explosion
It's a nightmare situation, underestimated until it happens on your own boat. John offers some essential advice. Prevention, positive measures, equipment, installation.
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The sinking of Catena (Heavenly Twins catamaran)
Dec 1995 p30  (2.50 pages)
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Category: Cruise account / Seamanship & safety
Author: Brian Coe
Description: Experiences.. Catena was listing to port and, upon investigation we were shocked to find that the port hull was filling with water.
The liferaft was deployed. We were lucky to have had a liferaft on board, four hours in the dinghy would have left us open to hypothermia. Lessons to be learned.. I am convinced that the training during my Survival At Sea course helped me to keep calm.
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The ultimate gear test - British Steel Challenge - the final chapter
Jun 1993 p42  (3.00 pages)
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Category: Gear & equipment
Author: Paul Gelder
Description: The British Steel Challenge has proved the ultimate gear test for yacht equipment.
Andrew Roberts, Challenge Project Director and fleet trouble shooter, talks about the lessons learned. Lifejackets, EPIRB, MOB personal light, Lifebuoys, Chafeing.
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Major leaks!
Oct 2011 p88-94  (7.00 pages)
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Category: Practical, maintenance & repair
Author: Chris Beeson
Description: Yachting Monthly Crash Test boat
About to leave your boat, you remove the log impeller, the whole fitting comes away and water gushes in - what to do next. Products: Softwood bung, Forespar TruPlug, Stay Afloat. Improvised solutions: Towel, carrot, potato.
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One very tall story
Nov 2000 p114-115  (2.00 pages)
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Category: Seamanship & safety / Weather
Author: Tom Cunliffe
Description: Sailing skills - YachtmasterClass - QuickTips
Trapped in a gale many years ago Tom was forced to jump overboard to save his boat. A risky move but he learned vital lessons. Travelling upwind, light airs, medium airs, heavier airs.
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The final Big Bang test
Dec 2011 p3  (1.00 pages)
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Category: Leader
Author: Paul Gelder
Description: View from the helm
Making arrangements for the climax to our Crash Test Boat series was the strangest assignment I've ever undertaken
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Fuel for thought
Mar 2012 p80-81  (2.00 pages)
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Category: Cruise account / Seamanship & safety
Author: John Barry
Description: Learning from experience
John relates a cautionary tale of fuel starvation - and of a sadly neglected lifejacket. Lessons learned..
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Handling rough conditions in port
Nov 2013 p83-85  (2.50 pages)
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Category: Cruise account
Author: Rupert Holmes
Description: Seamanship
Rupert describes the course of action he pursued - and the lessons learned - when storm conditions threatened to cause damage to his moored boat.
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I accidentally flooded my yacht with gas
May 2013 p38-39  (2.00 pages)
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Category: Seamanship & safety
Author: Rory McGouran
Description: Learning curve
When a faulty valve discharged the contents of his yacht's gas bottle, Rory was faced with a nerve-testing problem. 'We disconnected the electrics and used charts to scoop out the invisible evil'. Lessons learned. Honeywell handheld gas detector.
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Battery explosion
Mar 2012 p44-47  (4.00 pages)
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Author: Tanya Leech
Description: Practical Seamanship - The learning curve
Buried under bunks, out of sight and out of mind. When did you last consider the potential dangers of your boat's batteries? Tanya describes how she learned the hard way.
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Tether terror!
Sum 2012 p38-43  (6.00 pages)
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Category: Seamanship & safety
Author: PBO test team
Description: Perceived wisdom is that if you fall overboard, staying tethered to the boat will keep you safe. But is that the case?
Speed towing trials. Tether length. How to save a tethered MOB - crash stop! Recovering the MOB. PBO tether test verdict.
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Lessons we learned the hard way
Sum 2013 p16-23  (8.00 pages)
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Category: Cruise account
Author: YM team
Description: Cruising veterans share the wisdom they've learned in the 'school of hard knockdowns'; Pride comes before a pratfall. Have a cup of tea and think things through. Know your weaknesses. Duped by depth data. Backing out of an electrifying problem.
Aground on an ebb tide. Never neglect your exit strategy. Half a ton of water in the bilge. Waltzing towards the cliff. Over a drying reef. A slip twixt yacht and tender. A close call in a narrow channel. Moorings, storms and swivels.
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Crash 'n' learn
Nov 2006 p108  (1.00 pages)
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Category: Law
Author: Chris Fairfax
Description: In Brief
The legal aspects of buying and owning: A shunt with an erratically moving boat travelling at speed
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Lessons learned
Apr 2009 p92-93  (2.00 pages)
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Author: David Marsh
Description: Boatmaster: Kit
MBY's Fleet: Beneteau Monte Carlo 37 - cruising the West Country
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Drama of the dream boat
May 2004 p106-108  (3.00 pages)
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Author: Paul Tutt
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Lessons learned after buying an ex-charter boat
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Could you cope in fog?
Jun 2005 p76-78  (3.00 pages)
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Author: John Simpson
Description: Learning from Experience
Lessons learned when caught in thick fog in the North Sea
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