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Hurricane Franklin_Crossed the Yucatan Peninsular of Mexico earlier today Wednesday and is back over the tropical warm waters of the southern Gulf of Mexico in the Bay of Campeche. This is the first official named Hurricane of the Atlantic Season and is historically the busiest time for tropical activity in the Atlantic basin & Gulf of Mexico. The tropical storm that started earlier this week in the eastern Caribbean before crossing the Yucatan was forecasted to track west north west making land fall between Veracruz and Tampico, Mexico late Wednesday night and early Thursday morning before weakening and moving inland. This thankfully is no threat to any major populated areas and is way far south of the Boatshed Texas base in Corpus Christi, Texas to affect local concerns here, we will most likely see some higher tides than normal and possibly some rip currents and much needed rain as a bi-product of this thanks to Franklin. Each year residents are advised to take the proper precautions and always be prepared especially during the peak season. Hurricane season begins in the Atlantic Basin on June 1st and runs through November 30th.
The Scrubbis hull cleaning tool allows you to scrub the hull clear of fouling using a foam cleaning head on a telescopic handle. Scrubbis works by using its own 2kg positive buoyancy; the head pressing itself firmly against the hull to aid cleaning in hard to reach areas beneath the waterline. Now there are two new heads: a Waterline and Groovy cleaning head. Both fix to existing telescopic handles, which reach down from the jetty or from the deck to clean boats up to 2m draft. Scrubbis have also developed a 12cm square Indicator Plate, which can be hung in the water next to the yacht, or from the yacht itself. Pulled up from time to time, the plate gives a visual inspection of the degree of fouling likely to be residing on the hull.
Groovy Cleaning head: £50 Waterline head: £60 Telescopic handle accessory: £25 Fouling Indicator Plate: £4.70
The owner of a fishing vessel has been sentenced to 15 months in prison after pleading guilty to two charges brought by the Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) for the unsafe operation of a fishing vessel and failing to ensure that the gas cooker was properly maintained.
Timothy Bowman Davies (45) from Milford Haven was sentenced to 15 months imprisonment at Leeds Crown Court yesterday (2 August).
By Rupert Holmes
Today was one of fast and furious action at Lendy Cowes Week. On the way out to the start it looked like the Apocalypse was coming, and with a short course, there were a lot of corners coming up really fast, said John Hamilton, bowman on Stewart Whitehead’s Rebellion, which finished third in the Fast40+ class today.
BoatBid Auction - 14th to the 18th July - Bidding has begun!
An impressive parade of historic ships and vessels passed through the Ballard Locks yesterday in celebration of the Hiram M Chittenden Ballard Locks' 100th birthday.
Does your dog enjoy boating too? From Mayland Marine comes a range of dog lifejacket style buoyancy aids to protect your pet on the water.
Tony Cummins, Managing Director of Mayland Marine, said: “We are seeing an increasing number of people wanting to take their dog out with them. Waves and currents can quickly tire a dog, especially if the water is cold. Our lifejacket style buoyance aids come in a range of sizes and some have a handle on the back making it easy for a dog to be lifted out of the water.”
The next auction runs from Friday 14th July 2017 until Tuesday 18th July 2017.
Following the success of the 2016 free ticket offer to the Southampton Boat Show the RYA, working closely with British Marine, is once again able to offer all members a free ticket to the 2017 show taking place from 15 – 24 September.
Members are able to claim one free ticket to any day of the show, including Public Preview Day, as well purchasing up to three additional tickets at the special discounted rate of just £12.00* (a transaction fee of £1.95 applies for purchased tickets).
Paul Burbach, broker for Boatshed Annapolis and our latest addition to the Boatshed USA expansion, has 20 years of experience in the boat brokerage business.
OLAS, the man overboard location alert app from Exposure Lights is now available on Android as well as through the App Store.
Exposure Lights have also released a daunting new MOB video, showing how easily things can quickly go wrong, even in relatively calm conditions. Exposure’s research revealed that typically in many sailing partnerships at least one person has the underlying dread “what would I do if my partner went overboard”, meaning they find it difficult to relax or rest when the other is on deck alone.
If you can smell petrol-engine exhaust fumes inside your cabin or covered deck area, stop the engine, outboard or generator and get out warns the Boat Safety Scheme – you may not have any leeway to escape the threat of carbon monoxide.
The call follows the publication of the Marine Accident Investigation Branch report into the circumstances that lead to two people dying from CO poisoning on their moored motor cruiser in Norfolk.
When? - 14th to 18th July
A quick video, with yet another set of hints and tips on checking your lifejackets, direct from boatshed Brighton! (Apologies for the quality!)
Crewsaver is determined to bring about change in people’s attitudes towards lifejacket safety, not wearing a lifejacket in the most extreme cases can be fatal; equally wearing a lifejacket that has not been looked after correctly or is not fit for purpose can also be very damaging. Often boaters are spotted out on the water either not wearing a lifejacket at all, wearing a damaged lifejacket or one that is incorrectly fitted.
The #LifejacketSafe campaign aims to increase safety awareness by highlighting the importance of not only wearing a personal flotation device, but also making sure it is worn correctly and is well maintained. So if the worst should happen, you are well equipped and can rest assured that your safety equipment is not going to let you down.
The 2017 Powerboat GP British Championship leaps into gear this month as competitors head to the opening round at the Lancashire Grand Prix on Carr Mill Dam, St Helens over the Bank Holiday (29/30 April) weekend.
Some 50 competitors are set to compete at six individual Grand Prix throughout the summer battling in six championship classes in search of the British Powerboat crown.