I am currently purchasing an old Ballerina in need of tlc but generally in reasonable condition. One immediate problem though is that the rudder is well and truly Kaput big time....

I have an old Bosun in fair knick, sail number 1646, but although the mast and boom are present, both Proctor aluminium units I have no sails for the boat. Originally I was goin...

Cowes week?
Does it start this weekend

day skipper fast-track
My partner has plenty of experience and wants to do a day skipper practical course. We would like to do this together in August. I have been out on a yacht a few times, but have limited expe...

Tinker Tramp sounds like an elephant
I have a tinker tramp inflatable, when I blow it up (foot pump) each time I push down on the pump it 'trumpets' where the pipe enters the inflatable. Echoes all round the marina or anchorage...

Short notice berths West Country/Brittany
My saling partner and I were planning to leave this coming weekend for a three week cruise in Brittany (boat's at Falmouth at present). Today I received the very sad news that he has been...

sailing in bembridge IOW
Does anyone know if it possible to launch a small sailing dinghy of the beach at Bembridge on the Isle of Wight? In other words is there easy access bfrom the car park. Joe ...

MAIB stuff
The 2004 reccomendations are up now: Random thoughts: The word 'only' in this section: ---- ...

Want To Buy - Moody 44
Hi, By the end of August I will be ready to buy my dream liveaboard yacht and have narrowed it down to a Moody 44. If anyone knows of one for sale, I would be interested, a...

Bavaria 47 fitting and repairs
I have recently bought a Bavaria 47 (4-cabins) which needs some fitting and repairs. I would be grateful if anyone could answer the following questions. I want to make some fitted...

Sailing in the Med in September
I am organisng a sailing adventure on a Grand Soleil 39 at the beginning of September. The plan is to sail from the Ebro delta to Mahon in Minorca, then to Alghero in Sardinia. Let me k...

Garmin GPS customer support?
Did anybody ever get a response as a result of e-mailing them from the web site they provide? -- Martin

Info on Yacht - Tringatoo
Hi, After seeing one of our old yachts in Brighton marina at the week end, I started to wonder what had become of one of our other yachts, an 1983 Westerly Discuss (Ketch) with ...

Crew wanted?
Hello I am trying to get as much 'on the water' experience as possible on board yachts. I really want to build up my log. I have been sailing for 2 years now, and take part in the Sunsail re...

Fish Identification?
I have,on a couple of occasions, seen a black fish, like a moonfish (ie 'all head') very near the surface while sailing. The top fin was sticking out of the water, and floping back and fo...

Magellan 320
My Magellan has ceased to receive satelite signals. In an earlier threda, reference was made about boooting up a Garmin. Does anyone know about Magellans? I have emailed thei...

Another motor boat accident.
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Saturday 16 July, 2005 Service: Collision between two moto...

For Free - 3m of Proctor 4529 Section Mast
Yes, you read it right - 3 metres of silver anodised proctor 4529 section mast for free - its too good to throw away but no-one is interested on ebay. Collector collects from my home n...

Beginner(ish) question
Hi all, I wonder if anyone can give me a little help here. I used to do a bit of boating about 25 years ago, mainly dinghy sailing (not racing !) with a bit of pottering abo...

Engine problem
Hi All, I would be grateful for any help or pointers regarding an engine problem that I have with my boat which has a Yanmar 1GM 9hp single cylinder diesel engine. The engine s...

WTD: VHF Antenna new (cheap)
Can anybody suggest a cheap and cheerfull VHF Antenna. Just need to replace a current one Regards Cathy

Trip to the Isle of Man
I'm thinking of going back to the Isle of Man, from Kirkcudbright, this weekend. Usual crew can't make it. Dates can be flexible, but will leave each end HW+2! Anyone interested? Email me ...

launching a dingy at Rest Bay?
What's the etiquette with dingy launching? Rest Bay (Porthcawl) has a surfing beach but there is a slipway and you do see people driving onto the beach and launching wet bikes and the like. ...

Any views on Najad Yachts
Hi, After many years of owning yachts built by Westerly (Centaur, Konsort, Discuss, Sealord), and a recent small break in boating, we are considering purchasing another yacht. ...

HELP Menai Straits Tidal Flow
Hi, Can any of the subscribers direct me to a site where I can view a detailed diagram of the tidal flow in the Menai Straits suitable to use for dinghy racing. Many Th...

Gullivers Travels
Wheeler Flowage, WI 28 June 2005 Chapter one: "...He is shipwrecked..." Chapter two: "... He gains favour by his mild disposition. His pockets are searched..." ...

Ted Heath and the Chippendales. The sig in the photo of his book looks very similar to the one in my book, perhaps it is genuine after all. "Rather bette...

don't click here if you're not ultra rich...
If Oprah looks for more luxury items (after the Hermes incident) she should go to

News from the Isle of Man
Hi Folks, We went over to the island (from Kirkcudbright) for the weekend. Were planning to go to Peel, but the stronger-than-forecast south of west wind and choppy conditions m...

Flotilla Sailing in Ionin Sea - any tips?
We are going on a fornights flotilla with Sailing Holidays and wonder if there is anything extra we should take or do whilst on the flotilla? Chris

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