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Table of contents for January 2024 in Yachting Monthly

A breath of reality.

The melee of news spewing at us can feel overwhelming. As wars erupt, the climate burns, politicians play Punch and Judy, and Nigel Farage eats insects in the jungle, it’s easy to wonder where it is all heading. For many of us, the noise and vitriol of modern life are what urge us back to sea. We just have to step aboard and feel the first zephyr to remember there is more to life than social media. Whether you seek warmer waters or the icy austerity of the north, sailing reminds us that we’re really alive. Not consumers, not votes to be won, or money to be mined, but real, physical people. E M Forster’s dystopia The Machine Stops (1909) – read it if you don’t know it – is a…


£7m The MDL Marinas group is investing £7m across its network of 18 UK marinas this year, it has said, with another £30m planned over the next five years. 550 The Wichard Group has acquired Australian equipment manufacturer Ronstan, strengthening its position in the market, with over 550 employees and a €100m turnover. 44 skippers have applied to take part in the Vendée Globe 2024, the race’s 10th edition. The record figure includes 18 newcomers, 16 internationals, 6 women and 1 disabled skipper. £1m eco boost Sunsail, The Moorings and other Travelopia Group companies will collectively donate at least £1m to the Blue Marine Foundation over the next three years.…

ARC 2023 fleet sets sail across the Atlantic

And they are off! Spectacular is one of the few words able to describe the magnificent panorama of the ARC 2023 yachts sailing towards the horizon at the start of the 2,700-mile journey to St. Lucia. Days and often years of preparation are over. The ARC 2023 saw 156 yachts cross the start line at Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, in light 8-10 knot winds, hot sunshine and blue skies. The Spanish Navy offshore patrol vessel Rayo fired the starting gun. ‘It is a tremendous sight to see close to 160 yachts heading for the horizon,’ said World Cruising Club Managing Director Paul Tetlow. ‘The weather conditions are light. The stronger trade winds will kick in a couple of days. We wish them all safe passage.’ The ARC 2023 is back to pre-Covid levels…

SAFFIER SE 24 LITE Dutch yard Saffier really knows how to make fun, fast boats that are a doddle to sail solo or shorthanded. The hull is wide with flat aft sections and a long waterline, coupled with a meagre 1,200kg displacement and decent 450kg ballast (37.5%) on a deep L-keel of lead. The upwind sail area isn’t huge, but stick up the 41m2 Code Zero or 48m2 gennaker, set from the end of the carbon bowsprit, and you’ll easily be planing and hitting some serious speeds downwind. There are three depth options for the keel between 1.00m and 1.44m for sailing in shoal areas. Though it’s a fixed keel, the boat is trailable and can be launched from a single lifting point. Tiller steering controls a deep single balanced spade rudder…


There’s no denying that this is a beast of a boat. Bluff bowed, big and powerful, the Bavaria C46 has more volume than almost any boat her size. In some ways, it’s no surprise as this is the direction boat design has been going for years, underlined by Bavaria’s motto of ‘Further and more’. In the C46, then, we’ve certainly got the ‘more’, but the question I was keen to answer when I headed down to Hamble one beautifully blustery autumn day was whether this boat also has the ‘further’. Has she sacrificed sailing ability for her size, or have Bavaria pulled off the trick of also making her a better sailing boat? Alongside the continuing move to ever greater volume, there has been a more recent and more subtle shift…

Which seacocks are best?

Q Could you help with a question concerning seacocks, please? The galley sink outlet, heads intake and heads sink outlet seacocks on my Maxi 1000 (bought by me 5 years ago) are of uncertain age. Whilst they operate okay, I’m planning to replace them when the boat comes out for her usual underwater hull treatment early in the New Year – as a preventative maintenance job. I’m puzzling over which seacocks to buy to replace those described above. A fellow member of the Maxi Owners Group has suggested I fit Trudesign seacocks ‘if there’s room’ for them and ‘to forget about corrosion’. I saw a glimpse of your presentation at the Boat Show in Southampton last September during which you held up a plastic seacock and, whilst I was too far away…


The idea of heading to sea with a child on board elicits different responses for different people, however far you’re going. A day sail with a boat full of noisy pirates might fill you with dread, while for others the idea of taking a miniature crew around the world sounds like the biggest adventure. We weren’t quite that brave, but we did sail an Atlantic circuit with our daughter Robin, then two, from 2022 to 2023 aboard our Hallberg-Rassy 36 MkI. Sailing with a sprog brings up all sorts of questions about how you sail and where you go, but this article is about the challenges of cruising with a baby on board and adapting the boat to suit their needs. There is no doubt that having a young person as crew…


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Floris is on the lookout at the bow, as we are sailing in uncharted waters. Some of the coral heads rise almost to the surface but, thanks to the high sun and clear water, Floris can easily see them. We keep them at a safe distance, and sail on until we find a patch of sandy bottom to anchor near the edge of the ring of coral reefs that encircle the Gambier archipelago in French Polynesia. The water in the lagoon is flat, crystal clear and azure blue. Trees and bushes grow on several small islands. Puaumu, the picturesque island in front of us, is one of them. ‘This whole island is made of coral!’ Ivar observes when we go ashore. In the distance, large ocean rollers pound violently on the…


Some 38 boats from six European countries set off on 3 June to race 1,200 miles of open sea to the Azores and then race back to Falmouth a week later. This was the 13th Azores and Back (AZAB) race since the Royal Cornwall Yacht Club in 1975 devised this four-yearly, Category 1, two-leg handicap race between Falmouth and Ponta Delgada on São Miguel Island, one of the nine Azores Archipelago Islands that lie in the northeastern Atlantic. At 2,500 miles overall and starting and finishing in the UK, the race is popular, in part because it demands less commitment in time and expense than other ocean races. The race is for all-comers, from experienced racers sailing high-performance boats to local cruisers in need of a challenge. The competing yachts ranged from 31…


Send your sailing gossip, diary dates, cruising news and club association updates to Heather Prentice at [email protected] DSA wins King’s Award for Voluntary Service The Disabled Sailing Association, based in Torquay, has been awarded the prestigious King’s Award for Voluntary Service (KAVS). This is the highest award a local voluntary group can receive in the UK and is equivalent to an MBE. The DSA was created in 2002, the year of Queen Elizabeth II’s Golden Jubilee, to provide safe and affordable sailing opportunities to disabled adults and children, their families and carers. King Charles III has emphasised his desire to continue the award, which aims to recognise outstanding work by local volunteer groups to benefit their communities. Recipients are announced annually on 14 November, the King’s birthday. ‘As Chair I am proud to lead…

Christmas in Hawaii

www.yachtingmonthly.com/books Monday December 25th (Christmas Day) Turning in last night was the work of a very few minutes, and this morning I awoke perfectly refreshed and ready to appreciate anew the wonders of the prospect that met my eyes. The pillar of fire was still distinctly visible when I looked out from my window, though it was not so bright as when I had last seen it; but even as I looked it began to fade and gradually disappeared. At the same moment a river of glowing lava issued from the side of the bank which we had climbed with so much difficulty yesterday and slowly but surely overflowed the ground we had walked over. I woke Tom, and you may imagine the feelings with which we gazed on this startling…


1 STANDING RIGGING Check sheaves, swages, split-pins, masthead lights and spreader mounts, looking out for any cracks, wear and tear or signs of corrosion, then sluice all moving parts (sheaves, furling drums, bottlescrews) with fresh water. 2 RUNNING RIGGING Inspect all running rigging for chafe, and wash halyards by filling your tender with fresh water to soak and then hand wash them with a generous squirt of liquid detergent. 3 SAILS Remove the sails to give them a thorough inspection, and, if necessary, send away for cleaning, or to a sailmaker for servicing and carrying out any repairs. 4 NAVIGATION LIGHTS Check that all the lights are working and look out for any water ingress. Remove bulbs to lubricate the terminals with a petroleum jelly, such as Vaseline. 5 PROPULSION Check your anodes, cutless bearing, rudder bearing and stern…

If you have a news story to share, contact News Editor Heather Prentice Email [email protected] Tel 07751 746468 Top study shows biofuels could be a greener choice than electric propulsion The most in-depth analysis yet of marine leisure vessels’ propulsion systems has found that using biofuels in traditional engines is greener than electric propulsion systems in many cases. Opting for electric propulsion in a new yacht or converting a used boat to electric propulsion could be worse for the environment than sticking with a fossil fuel internal combustion engine (ICE), depending on the number of hours it is in use, a report published by ICOMIA (International Council of Marine Industry Associations) shows. The study is intended to provide regulators, governments and businesses with robust data against which to make environmental decisions about leisure vessels’ propulsion…

Inspiring volunteers met by The Princess

HRH The Princess Royal, President of the RYA, was present at the 2023 Royal Volunteer Awards ceremony in central London to recognise the outstanding commitment and dedication of 81 volunteers from across Britain’s sailing communities. The awards were divided into five categories: RYA Community Awards; Francis Elkin Award; Honor Preston Award; RYA Awards; and Honorary Life Membership. Some 46 Lifetime Commitment Awards were celebrated at the ceremony and a further 25 volunteers were honoured with Outstanding Contribution Awards. Six individuals received a Young Volunteer Award. The Francis Elkin Award recognises individuals who have helped people with disabilities to become involved in sailing. This year it was awarded to Brian Stanley, who founded Wealden Sailability in 2008. The RYA Regional Award went to Peter Hadfield of the RYA North West Region in recognition of his…

Historic series of storms batter UK coasts

The coasts of Britain and Europe were hit by a historic series of autumnal storms, all within four weeks of each other. The storms claimed several lives, destroyed hundreds of boats and caused millions of pounds’ worth of damage. Storm Babet raged from 18-21 October and brought exceptional rainfall and high winds, gusting up to 100 knots (115 mph) across the top of Scotland’s mountains. At least seven people died due to the storm and the Met Office issued two red ‘danger to life’ alerts. The county of Angus on the east coast of Scotland was particularly badly hit, recording its highest rainfall since 1891. Between 1-3 November, Storm Ciarán wreaked havoc across the southern coast of Britain, killing 16 people as it swept across Spain, France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany,…

Yachtsmen’s role in the Great Flood

Hundreds of laid-up yachts were holed, crushed or simply dashed to kindling in the Great Tide which flooded both sides of the North Sea 70 years ago this year, drowning 2,401 people in the Netherlands, Belgium, Scotland and England. The death toll included seamen aboard small coasters, fishermen and passengers aboard a capsized ferry. The worst hit place in the UK was Canvey Island in Essex, the low-lying Dutch-reclaimed marshland in the Thames Estuary, where today a towering concrete sea wall dwarfs the houses below and shuts out the creeks on the seaward side where my gaffer Betty II is moored. Here 58 either drowned or died from hypothermia as they huddled on the roofs of their pre-fab bungalows. Yachtsmen from clubs including Thurrock YC; Colne YC; The Royal Burnham YC; The Royal Corinthian…


TEST VERDICT: Bavaria have done a good job with this boat. The concept of high-volume, extra comfortable cruising platform works well, and the C46 has the muscle to back up the volume. The finishing touches on our test boat made this feel like a place you’d enjoy spending time. When I was poking around on board I was impressed with the quality and level of finish to which this boat was put together. You’d hope so, given that you can easily spend well over half a million pounds by the time you’ve finished with the options list, though for a standard UK spec you’ll be about on par with a Dehler 46SQ and Hanse 460 for price. WOULD SHE SUIT YOU AND YOUR CREW? To have this level of space and comfort in…


Navigation light obscured – can I proceed? Q Sue is cruising around the small ports of north Brittany singlehanded on board a 9m cruising yacht. She is intending to enter a small harbour with a visitor’s buoy for an overnight stay. The harbour has leading marks which are lit at night to guide yachts between the drying rocks which extend either side of the channel for N about half a mile. The sea conditions are flat calm and the forecast is for light offshore winds overnight. The tidal height is 6m. Light winds and strong tides have delayed Sue and it is now dark. Visibility is good but there is no moon and there is a two-knot cross tide. Sue can see the lights of the village behind the harbour and is looking…


Under reefed mainsail and engine we were heading westwards, close to the rocky cliffs off the French south coast, east of Marseille. In the distance I saw something in the water – some colours, I wasn’t sure what, exactly. I was skippering and helming our charter boat, Naima, a 45ft Dufour, as we made our way back to the charter base at Marseille. Also on board were my wife Diane, our friends Rob and Madeline, my son Cliff and his partner Ash. WEATHER BREAKS It was September 2018 and we were reaching the end of a marvelous week of sunshine sailing. Now, on the final day of our charter, the weather had broken and a strong Force 6 from the west slowed our progress, picking up uncomfortable seas as it blew against the…


From a distance the Skellig Islands look like two shards of rock sticking out of the Atlantic. Skellig or Sceilg means ‘splinter of stone’. It was a calm, hot and sunny day and we had motored from Dingle, County Kerry, to get close to Little Skellig. It has the largest colony of gannets in Ireland and I wanted to sketch them. The sheer, jagged cliffs soared above us, every ledge packed with birds and whitewashed with guano. The gannets grow to be huge, with a wingspan of two metres. One of the joys of cruising is watching the gannets flying gracefully in a row of two or three, far out at sea, close to the surface of the water. The largest seabird in the North Atlantic, they are white with cream-coloured…

SUPPORTED BY B&G Yachting Monthly’s Brian Black Memorial Award, which celebrates the best writing about marine environmental issues as explored by sailing boat, is sponsored by marine electronics company B&G. The firm has been at the cutting edge of sailing innovation for 50 years. Whether you’re motivated by the thrill of your next race or a passion for cruising, B&G’s electronics are designed for you. The company’s racing heritage gives it an unrivaled platform for developing new technology, which is put through its paces by the world’s best, in the most challenging conditions. You’ll find B&G powering Grand Prix victories and inspiring the adventures of cruising sailors. B&G recognises sustainability as one of the pillars of its multi-year strategy, looking after our environmental, social and governance impacts in all facets of our…

CLASS 1 La Promesse (Open 40) Jankees Lampe – 13d.22h.14m.27s CLASS 2 Asgard (Jeanneau Sunfast 3300) Corson Connor – 12d.23h.22m.50s. The fastest ever outright winner on handicap. THE DESERVING CLASS 3 AND 4 WINNERS Amigos (Archimbault A35) Jon Myers – 13d.18h.58m.40s and Haven KJ Enigma (MG346) Ian Braham – 13d.16h.47m.11s. Both had the most gruelling races. MULTIHULLS Bare Necessities Bruce Sutherland – 15d.09h.51m.22s Superbigou (custom IMOCA 60) Will Claxton – set a new single-leg record for Line Honours of 4d.21h.17m.48s. In a first for sustainable sailing, zero emission Southerly 47 Doris, completed an ocean race with wind and solar power alone.…

Rediscovering the Whitsundays

The quarantine officer wished us a hearty, ‘Welcome to ‘Straya!’ Clearance into Mackay on Australia’s Queensland Coast was straightforward except for the fiscal shock we received when he informed us that we owed the Aussie government $550 for the privilege of a biosecurity clearance. Let’s just say that it was a bit more expensive than what we had been expecting! We departed Aotearoa in May 2023, setting off on a circumnavigation. The first stop was Noumea, then a very pleasant and uneventful six-day passage to Mackay. Mackay is the gateway to the Whitsunday Islands, the sparkling gems set inside the Great Barrier Reef. It’s a spectacular cruising ground, with strong, constant southeasterly trade winds and smooth seas in the lee of the Great Barrier Reef. We ate up the miles, sailing under…

SET ADRIFT £20 Sarah Conover, 55Fathoms Publishing Sarah Conover was 18 months old when her parents and paternal grandparents were lost during a sudden storm in the Bermuda Triangle. They were highly experienced sailors, their yacht Revonoc was in first-class condition. Only the dinghy was found despite an intensive search. Meanwhile Sarah and her three-year-old sister became the focus of a family custody battle. The emotional damage was widespread. This book details Sarah’s own slow struggle to understand the truth of family happenings and begin to heal some of her own, previously unrecognised, trauma. It’s written in a fragmented, episodic fashion which is eloquent and effective. The circumstances of Revonoc’s disappearance have never been fully explained. CLASSIC BOATS, BLOKES & BABES £225 Bob Aylott, Fingerprint Gallery YM columnist Dick Durham is an old mate of photographer Bob…

For some monohull sailors, multihulls are still from a different planet, or perhaps even a different galaxy. Despite the increasing popularity and acceptance of catamarans as charter boats, many of the old preconceptions persist: multihulls don’t go to windward, they pitch and slam uncomfortably and, if you load them up for offshore sailing, they lose any speed advantage they might have had. One man who has done more than most to prove that these notions are fallacies is Richard Woods. Involved with multihulls since the 1960s, he has designed dozens of catamarans (and a few trimarans) up to 69ft (21m). He has built and owned around 20 of them himself, and sailed tens of thousands of ocean and coastal miles in both his own designs and those of others. Unlike some multihull enthusiasts,…


Beware the bridge! Paul Colley A few years ago, I had the use of a boat on the River Tyne in Newcastle. It was a bit of a trek out to sea, and I had some friends I wanted to take for a pleasant, short, boat trip for the afternoon, along with their small children. A little potter up to the city centre was just the ticket, and they were all suitably enjoying themselves, taking in the sights from the water towards the iconic bridges and the Baltic flour mill. Unexpectedly, since I’d made no contact with the control room, the arch of the Millennium Bridge began to lift. It seemed like a perfect opportunity to get right into the heart of the city, and was the first time under the bridge…

Restriction to VHF channels in European waters

New VDES (VHF Data Exchange System) regulations come into force in 2024 in European waters covered by the RAINWAT agreement, notably the inland waterways of Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany. The regulations are designed to allow various VHF channels to be reassigned from voice to data for ship-to-shore information exchange. In Belgium, Netherlands and Germany the following channels may no longer be used for voice communication: 24, 25, 26, 84, 85 and 86. ‘They should be blocked, removed, or simply not used,’ says Robert Sansom, member of the Cruising Association’s Regulatory & Technical Services group (RATS). ‘In addition, within Belgian and German waters, Channels 27 and 28 must be split into analogue and data channels or blocked. If this is not possible, a new VHF radio must be purchased as incorrect use of…

Spanish Galleon San José to be raised

The Spanish Galleon San José, known as the ‘Holy Grail of shipwrecks’, which sank in 1708 carrying treasure worth as much as £16 billion, is to be raised from the bottom of the Caribbean Sea, the Colombian government said. The 62-gun galleon was part of a fleet sailing from Panama to Colombia when it was intercepted by a British squadron off Cartagena during the War of the Spanish Succession. The ship’s powder magazines exploded during the battle and the vessel swiftly sank. The ship is thought to be laden with 200 tonnes of treasure, including silver, emeralds and 11 million gold coins.…

Send us your questions in less than 200 words by email to [email protected] or by post Yachting Monthly, Future PLC, 121-141 Westbourne Terrace, Paddington, London, W2 6JR Call for clear entry/exit rules post-Brexit I could not agree more with Mr Peter Crouch’s comments in YM October. The only upside to the shambles of Brexit has been that we have sailed to and spent a lot of money in our home ports on the East Coast. Next year will probably be similar, with us venturing to the South Coast. I wonder if the restaurateurs of northern and western France are aware of just how few of us are actually sailing over now? We need clear and equal rules on entry and exit. The Continental sailors seem to have no problem coming to Britain. Ramsgate sees lots…

Child-friendly cruising skills

Wisely, this issue addresses the practicalities of making your boat child-friendly: indeed many sensible adjustments are good for all, since adult humans too get clumsy and accident-prone when tired or sick. A morbid imagination is an excellent thing when installing any gear or system. But it is exhilarating to reflect that boats are by nature definitely child-friendly. Not necessarily safe, but appealing: it runs from the first bathtime discovery of buoyancy, on through the fascination of pirates, explorers and victories. Any toddler drags its parents towards a boating lake. Some, like the late great editor of this magazine, Des Sleightholme, began their career in short trousers trying to navigate an old door across a duckpond. So once you have done useful things with netting, lifelines and the like, the trick is to…


THIS MONTH’S EXPERTS TIMOTHY LONG sailed a Hunter Impala around the UK solo at the age of 15 and is now looking for support for a Solitaire du Figaro campaign in 2024 MIRANDA DELMAR MORGAN is an Ocean Yachtmaster, delivery skipper and author. She has logged more than 100,000 miles and owns a Hallberg Rassy 42 JUSTIN MORTON is a former RYA instructor. He went from full-time sailing to a career in the Marines, and didn’t buy his first yacht until after he retired OLIVER PERKINS wrote Reading the Clouds when he was just 15, and races dinghies nationally. He currently sails the family’s Beneteau Oceanis 361 BEN SUTCLIFFE- DAVIES is a chartered surveyor and regular contributor to YM. He has been working in the marine industry for many years and owns a Moody Bodge-jobs don’t…


The life of a radar on board a cruising yacht is an easy one. Aside from a few hours of action when it’s misty or foggy, its younger sibling, AIS, does the heavy lifting of collision avoidance for most yachts. Once the preserve of large yachts and commercial vessels, however, radar is increasingly found on yachts under 40ft. It’s become more affordable, easier to install and more intuitive to use, but how about its operators? Have we advanced with it and are we using it to its full potential? I suspect not. Like many cruising boats, the Challenge 72 that I co-skipper, CatZero, constantly receives and transmits AIS data. Since it runs in the background the volunteer watch leaders soon become familiar with it. The all-new B&G Halo 24 radar is…


1 KEEP A LOOKOUT I should not have assumed it was jetsam in the water. We could have begun the rescue a few minutes earlier if I had looked through binoculars. 2 COMMUNICATION BACK-UPS Don’t assume there will be a response to a VHF radio call. Have a back-up plan. 3 PLOT YOUR POSITION Always know your position accurately. The person Cliff spoke to was convinced he was describing a point on land. Perhaps because we were very close to the land? Eventually he spoke with someone who said they could ‘see’ our distress signal location. 4 THROWING LINES Throwing the line accurately was a challenge. It may have been helpful to have had a longer line with a bowline on the end, and with a fender tied to it. 5 WEAR A LIFEJACKET I always ask my crew…


1 GUIDES Pilot – Irish Cruising Club South and West Coasts of Ireland Cruising Around Ireland by Mike Balmforth and Norman Kean Imray Cruising Cork and Karry by Graham Swanson Sailing Round Ireland by Wallace Clark Navionics app and Imray charts for navigation 2 ROUTE Our route was influenced by convenient crew changeover locations at Broadhaven Bay; Bellacragher Bay; Achill Island; Castletownbere and Kinsale. Island hopping is the quickest way to sail around Ireland. Many people asked us why we sailed anti-clockwise as the prevailing winds are thought to be from the south-west. Mark was influenced by Wallace Clark, who took this route. From Broadhaven to Achill the wind was from the west, from Achill to Dingle it was from the north-west. The Atlantic swell was huge but harmless if we kept far enough out to sea. 3 FACILITIES Facilities…


Five archipelagos make up French Polynesia: the Marquesas, Tuamotus, Gambier, Austral Islands, and Society Islands. Spread out over an area as large as the EU, they provide fantastic cruising opportunities. The country is part of France but has extensive independence, such as its own currency. On most islands, there are few facilities for sailors, aside from the Society Islands, which are the main charter hub. A peculiarity about this area are the rings of coral that surround entire archipelagos (Gambier) or individual islands (Society Islands). In some archipelagos they are absent (Austral Island, Marquesas) or all that is left of sunken volcanic islands, resulting in atolls (Tuamotus). While some rings of coral are impassable, others have a few openings through which boats can carefully enter. ANCHORS AND CORAL DON’T MIX The clear water encountered…


(or anyone contemplating an ocean passage) 1 Do your rounds routinely to check for chafe. Take down the gennaker or spinnaker every few days and check the halyard for wear. 2 Mouse all shackles!! Especially those aloft. Do it once – Do it right! 3 When racing, but needing to run the engine for battery charging, you run the risk of polishing the bores of the engine by not putting it under load. If cruising you can run under load but for racing, alternative charging solutions should be explored. 4 Change your old lead acid batteries for LiFePO4 (Lithium). It’s a game-changer. 5 A memory foam ‘pile’ cushion is the most comfortable thing to sit on during a long watch. 6 Food and drink – stay hydrated and cater for everyone’s tastes as best you can,…

£15,000 EPROPULSION X40/X20/X12 ELECTRIC OUTBOARD MOTOR www.epropulsion.uk Suited to larger solid-hulled tenders, this new range of modular electric outboards claims to be 20% lighter than conventional petrol equivalents, while delivering 40kW, 20kW and 12kW respectively. They consolidate electric steering, power trim/tilt, ECU (electric control unit) and motor controller into a single unit, and feature special noise reduction and vibration dampening technology. The digital helm and smart throttle provide real-time status monitoring and trip tracking. Guaranteed lifetime of 5,000 hours. £44.50 BARTON OUTBOARD SLING HANDY HOIST www.bartonmarine.com Removing and installing an outboard from a dinghy or tender while afloat can be a tricky, stressful and risky undertaking. This new sling from Barton Marine should, however, take most of the worry out of the operation. Easy to install, it uses an adjustable front strap that fits to the outboard’s…


Not long ago, having any form of mains AC (alternating current) on board a small to medium sized leisure boat was rare. Today, a 240V facility seems to be a prerequisite of any marina berth, supplying enough power to run heaters, kettles, water heaters, microwaves and more. In fact, it’s becoming increasingly rare to find any boat relying on its own power resources whilst marina-based, even when they’re paying for it on a meter. However, this new abundance of AC power comes with the problem of how to safely handle and manage it aboard a yacht. It’s important to remember that AC can be a killer, particularly when you’re floating on a highly efficient conductor such as salt water. It’s vital, therefore, that great care should be taken over an onboard…


BEN SUTCLIFFE-DAVIES, Marine Surveyor and full member of the Yacht Brokers Designers & Surveyors Association (YDSA) www.bensutcliffemarine.co.uk If you have never owned a catamaran, use a specialist broker for a balanced view of the pros and cons of ownership; they’re not for everyone. Likewise, employ a surveyor who understands that the stresses on a multihull are very different. Many cats were supplied as kit boats so the quality of build and fit out needs careful attention. Amateur modifications to structural elements can create significant issues. It is essential to look at framing and it is appropriately bonded in. With the craft out of the water, look at the underwater body arrangements. Check where the craft has been regularly moored and look carefully if the stub keel mouldings have any protection. Many cat…


IROQUOIS British builders have been responsible for a good number of 30ft catamarans over the years, including the 9m Catalac, Bill O’Brien’s Oceanic 30 and the Wharram Tiki 30. None of these could be described as performance boats, however, even though one Tiki was clocked averaging 14 knots for two hours and, on another occasion, at 17 knots. If you’re after something less unconventional and with better upwind performance than can be achieved by the Tiki with its gaff rig, wooden spars, no boom and no keels, the Iroquois is a more likely bet. Designed by Rod McAlpine Downie and built by Reg White’s SailCraft in Brightlingsea, it was launched in 1965 and immediately gained a reputation as a spirited performer. Michael Ellison owned one of the early boats and sailed it…




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Making Waves – January 2024

Seattle Boat Show

[ enjoy the show ]

Seattle boat show returns next month featuring extended seminar schedule.

It’s a new year, with new expectations and new horizons to explore. What better way to kick off 2024 than a return to the full-strength iteration of the Seattle Boat Show? Coming to town at the indoor Lumen Field Event Center and in the outdoor environs of Bell Harbor Marina, the nine-day event will feature hundreds of new vessels to see up close.

For the first time since the pandemic, the Seattle Boat Show will return to its previous format of using three separate stages for the in-person fishing and boating seminars. In total, the show will offer a staggering 124 seminars to choose from—a 43 percent increase from the 2023 seminar program. Starting with the Friday Opening Night “Uncorked” wine-tasting event at Lumen Field Event Center on February 2, the show will run through Saturday, February 10, and include some special events in between.

For instance, Monday, February 5, will be “Women’s Day” at the show, when all women attendees can attend for free with a reservation of an online ticket. Participants can see boating presentations and free seminars presented by some of the most experienced and talented women in the maritime industry. In addition, the Boat Show is creating a new sailing panel just for Women’s Day, featuring local women sailors who will take part in a Q&A session about getting started in boating. (Find more info in this month’s feature beginning on page 47.) Those interested in boating career opportunities can also attend the Marine Industry Career Fair on February 5, from 9 to 11 a.m. This fair will include exhibitors from a wide range of employers in the recreational boating business, such as boat builders, yacht outfitters, boat yards, and many others.

One of the most popular features of the event is Boat Show University (BSU), which offers dozens of in-depth boating courses that can be taken in by purchasing either a single-day course or a 9-Day Seminar Package. Some of this year’s BSU topics will cover boating safety, fishing techniques, navigation instruction, cruising tips, and the latest technology innovations.

The single-day BSU courses include a two-hour course, a single-day admission to the Boat Show and—new this year—a complimentary beer or wine at the new BSU experts’ reception held every evening from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Seahawks Tunnel Club. Those who wish to purchase a 9-Day Seminar Package will have admission to every show day, every BSU course, a complimentary drink at each expert reception, and online access to the recorded BSU courses until May 1, 2024. An expert guest, sponsored by the Waggoner Cruising Guide, will attend each of the evening receptions, which will vary in theme.

Other Boat Show features include “Twofer Tuesday” ticket specials, a “Dogs on Deck Thursday” event allowing pooches to come aboard for the day, a “Sales & Ales” craft beer night on February 9, a Kids Aqua Zone area full of family-friendly activities, and a raffle to win 2024 season tickets for the Seattle Seahawks at the Be Whale Wise/Soundwatch booth.

The Seattle Boat Show is the largest such event on the West Coast. A free shuttle bus will be available to transport attendees between the Lumen Field Event Center and Bell Harbor Marina for each day of the show. For more information about ticketing options, exhibitors, a list of BSU seminars, and show hours during the week-long event, please visit: seattleboatshow.com .

Port of Seattle

[ preserving our shores ] 

Port of seattle to clean up its act with environmental legacy fund.

The shores of Seattle’s working waterfront are likely to look cleaner and healthier over the next decade thanks to a new Environmental Legacy Fund set up by the Port of Seattle last November. The fund will be an account into which the Port will deposit a portion of property taxes that will be dedicated for cleanup of historical industrial pollution on its properties.  

The Environmental Legacy Fund will invest in research, investigation, design, and cleanup that could cost more than $100 million over the next decade. Ultimately, the Port said, some of the remediation costs may be covered by polluters and responsible parties, state grants, and insurance.

At the outset, the Port will seed this new fund with a $30 million investment of already collected tax levy dollars, which will be used to pay for 18 of the Port’s active environmental remediation projects to improve water quality, support salmon and marine mammal recovery, and restore habitat. Many of these decades-long projects are already improving the quality of life for residents through safer shorelines for recreation, boating, and fishing.

“By dedicating resources now, we can offer taxpayers predictability and stability, while still meeting future responsibilities,” said Port of Seattle Commissioner Ryan Calkins.

One such effort that will be helped by the fund will be the continuing remediation of a former barrel-cleaning and auto-wrecking facility near Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Between 2007 and 2020, the Port worked with the Washington State Department of Ecology to remove contaminated soil and sediment to improve groundwater, protect wildlife and local residential properties, and restore a wetland in the Miller Creek watershed.

Another Port-owned parcel of waterfront property in the South Park neighborhood used to be the home of an asphalt shingle manufacturing operation. After more than two decades of cleanup and restoration work, the Port created what is now known as the Duwamish River “People’s Park,” 14 acres of shoreline habitat for Chinook salmon and public shoreline access. In the first year of monitoring, researchers found more than 7,300 juvenile salmon on the site, including 250 juvenile native Chinook salmon and extensive, healthy marsh vegetation.

One of the primary future targets of these remediation efforts by the Port will be Terminal 25 South cargo facility, which is located on Harbor Island, adjacent to the heavily industrialized east waterway section of the Duwamish Waterway. In 2022, the Port signed an order with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to conduct a cleanup of the site and the creation of a restored estuarian and riparian habitat area for fish and wildlife in a marine-freshwater transition zone. The Terminal 25 South site, the Port said, is expected to provide conservation credits for impacts to special status salmonid species listed under the Endangered Species Act. The project would re-establish between nine and 10 acres of riparian, emergent marsh, mudflat, and sub-tidal habitat.

To date, the Port of Seattle has already completed several nationally recognized successes in habitat restoration over the years. Some notable examples include:

  • Restoration of more than 31 acres of fish and wildlife habitat at 16 sites throughout the Duwamish River, Elliott Bay, Puget Sound, and Lake Washington Ship Canal.
  • Improved light penetration in shallow water areas by replacing solid piers with grated structures and removing overwater structures and dock pilings.
  • Removal of in-water barriers to migrating juvenile fish, including a derelict ferry and sunken marina.
  • Replacement of more than 10,000 creosote-treated wooden pilings with fewer numbers of concrete and steel pilings.
  • Cleanup of more than 100,000 tons of contaminated sediments in Elliott Bay and the Duwamish Waterway, including the dredging of the East Waterway.
  • Creation and enhancement of 177 acres of wetland, including 350,000 new plantings.
  • Enhancement of two miles of stream habitat.

For more information on the Environmental Legacy Fund, and on forthcoming projects, go to: portofseattle.org .

Maritime Blues

[ building up the blue ]

Maritime blue wins federal grant to ‘build to scale’ blue economy.

Washington Maritime Blue got a significant shot in the arm in November when it was chosen for a $1.75 million federal “Build to Scale” grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce to support maritime and ocean-related businesses, known collectively as the “Blue Economy.”

Washington Maritime Blue, an independent, nonprofit partnership between maritime companies, the public sector, and research and training organizations, said it will use the grant to scale up its efforts to accelerate the Pacific Northwest’s path towards “an equitable, sustainable, and profitable maritime and ocean sector.”

The Build to Scale grants, selected by Commerce’s Economic Development Administration, were awarded in 2023 to 60 organizations across the country, located in 36 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Maritime Blue was the only such organization in Washington state to be given the EDA grant. The federal grants, which total $53 million nationwide, are given in support of various innovative technology entrepreneurs in the maritime industry and will be matched by another $55 million in funding to come from an array of public/private sources.

“This achievement speaks to the strength of our cluster members and support partners and the projects they are invested in supporting,” said Joshua Berger, founder and CEO of Washington Maritime Blue.

The current plan for Maritime Blue is to use the federal and matching funds to bring together its more than 100 active members to develop new market opportunities, technology development, collaboration, and entrepreneurship. The partnership currently includes two incubators and two accelerator programs dedicated to data analysis, impact assessment, and new market engagement in the Blue Economy sector.

Awarding of the grant is expected to boost Maritime Blue’s Blue Wind initiative, launched in October 2023, with the goal of expanding sustainable employment opportunities supporting the expected growth of offshore wind projects along the West Coast. These sectors will involve shipbuilding, maritime operations, technology research, wind turbine and components manufacturing, and materials transportation to offshore sites.

The offshore wind industry, which Berger described as “one of the largest maritime opportunities since the advent of the shipping container,” is projected to grow into a $70 billion industry in the U.S. in the next decade, according to a report by an independent industry group called the Special Initiative on Offshore Wind. The report said it expects that private supply-chain investments in offshore wind projects totaling $109 billion will be made by 2030, adding that more than 65 percent of the nation’s wind energy will eventually be generated from floating offshore wind turbines.

Blue Wind, along with other similar projects in California and Oregon, is being considered to help meet President Biden’s ambitious goals for the expansion of offshore wind power capacity to 30 gigawatts by 2030. Washington State, however, has yet to define a process for considering offshore wind generation off its coast.

“Offshore wind is another generational shift bringing a truly all-encompassing new industry to this country like the automobile, aerospace, and software industries,” said Sloane Perras, vice president, Foss Offshore Wind, a partner in the Blue Wind initiative. “Offshore wind generates high-paying blue-collar and white-collar jobs throughout the United States.” For more information on Washington Maritime Blue, and its projects, please visit: maritimeblue.org .

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[ secrets of the sea ]

Ss dix wreck identified (again) by rockfish team.

The infamous wreck of the passenger steamer SS Dix , which took the lives of nearly 40 people near Alki Point more than a century ago, may finally be identified by local marine salvage company Rockfish, Inc. While Rockfish was not the first to discover evidence of a sunken ship at the wreck site, it may be the first to confirm its provenance via its latest search efforts.

The location of what looks to be the wreck off Duwamish Head was initially discovered in 2011 by a team of local underwater explorers. However, after analysis of the site was made using submersibles made by Everett-based OceanGate, the team determined that the sonar images they had recorded on the bottom of Puget Sound did not line up with photographs of the SS Dix , so the mystery of the doomed vessel remained seemingly unsolved.

Twelve years later, Rockfish CEO Jeff Hummel said he may now have proof that the 

same sunken vessel is indeed the last resting place of the Dix . Since 2011, the site has become a well-known yet officially unidentified wreck that Rockfish would often dive on to test out its latest underwater equipment. After analyzing the wreck with a nonprofit group called the Northwest Shipwreck Alliance (NSA) over several years, Hummel recently concluded that the OceanGate team in 2011 had been analyzing the sonar images from the wrong vantage point.

“What they thought was the stern was actually the bow,” Hummel said to King-5 TV in November 2023. “When you take the image and flip it around, and then you do the comparison of the features from a photograph to what we see on the sonar, we get this perfect alignment of all the different features on the wreck.”

Looking at more-recent sonar images from Rockfish’s remotely operated underwater vehicles, NSA said the 102-foot-long wreck appears to be sitting upright on the bottom about 600 feet down.

The wreck itself occurred on the evening of November 18, 1906, when the SS Dix —then a new member of Seattle’s Mosquito Fleet of small wooden boats that sent passengers back and forth across Puget Sound—was headed west from Seattle to Port Blakley on Bainbridge Island with an estimated 77 people on board. While en route, the 130-ton Dix collided with the much larger, 1,071-ton three-masted steam schooner SS Jeanie heading south toward Tacoma with a heavy load of iron ore. The collision caused the smaller Dix to heel violently to port, toppling many of its upper-deck passengers into the Sound and flooding the hull.

While the only lightly damaged Jeanie and other nearby vessels made attempts to rescue people from the frigid waters, the Dix went to the bottom in a matter of minutes, taking with it at least 39 people, most of whom were trapped within the lower deck. After 117 years, the Dix disaster still represents the single greatest loss of life on Puget Sound.

Today, Hummel said Rockfish and NSA are trying to negotiate with government agencies to help protect the wreck permanently, adding that they have no plans to recover any artifacts from the Dix . Because no bodies were ever recovered from the wreck, NSA said the Dix should be left alone. “We believe the best way to protect and honor it is to tell its story and leave the wreck where it lies,” read an NSA statement. “It was and still is their gravesite, and we will be honoring that.”

In November 2022, Rockfish and NSA made an earlier notable discovery of the SS Pacific wreck off Neah Bay on the Washington coast, earning salvage rights to the site. The sinking of the SS Pacific is the worst maritime catastrophe in the Pacific Northwest, claiming an estimated 375 lives. For more details on the Dix discovery, on the Northwest Shipwreck Alliance, visit: northwestshipwreckalliance.org .

Anacortes Chamber - Photo by Steve Graf

[ giving back to the community ]

Anacortes chamber of commerce marine trades committee  donates $28k for youth boating nonprofits.

Last month, the Marine Trades Committee of the Anacortes Chamber of Commerce donated a total of $28,000 to nonprofit groups in support of youth boating programs across Skagit County.

Funds for the Chamber support came from the proceeds collected at the 2023 Anacorter Yacht & Boat Show held last May. The donation represents the largest contribution the Chamber has made in support of boating industry initiatives and marine workforce development in Anacortes and Skagit County.

Under the Chamber agreement, the Anacortes Waterfront Alliance will receive $18,000 to purchase three new Tera sailboats to be used in youth-oriented sailing classes. The boats will also be added to group’s community-access rental fleet and to the Anacortes Middle School racing team. The new funds will enable the city to attract “more ‘future boaters of America,’ as I call them, on the water,” said Mary Trester, executive director of the Anacortes Waterfront Alliance. 

The remaining $10,000 of the donation will go to Skagit Valley College’s Marine Technology program to buy outboard motors for training purposes. In addition, Shawn Ottenbreit, owner of Salish Boat Co., donated another $1,000 to the college program and allowed it to purchase seven outboard motors at cost, totaling two more engines than the donation would have covered at retail prices. To celebrate the investment, an event was held on December 8 at Skagit Valley College in which the newly purchased Tera sailing vessels and outboards were displayed in front of the school buildings.

“The marine trades industry stands as one of the largest economic drivers in Anacortes, immensely vital, and deeply cherished,” added Jesica Kiser, president and CEO of the Anacortes Chamber of Commerce. “We are thrilled to reinvest back into this industry.”

The annual Anacortes Yacht & Boat Show was created in 2018, jointly organized by the Chamber and Northwest Marine Trade Association, and features hundreds of new and brokerage boats on display at the Cap Sante Marina and other regional boatyards. In recent years, the show has partnered with a national traveling event called Trawlerfest, which offers several educational sessions, seminars, and equipment demonstrations for cruising enthusiasts. This year’s Anacortes Yacht & Boat Show/Trawlerfest event will take place May 16-18 at Cap Sante Marina. For more details on the Anacortes Chamber, go to: anacortes.org ; and be sure to bookmark anacortesboatandyachtshow.com in anticipation of the spring show.

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John Barth, the playfully erudite author whose darkly comic and complicated novels revolved around the art of literature and launched countless debates over the art of fiction, died Tuesday. He was 93.

Johns Hopkins University, where Barth was an emeritus professor of English and creative writing, confirmed his death in a statement.

Along with William Gass, Stanley Elkin and other peers, Barth was part of a wave of writers in the 1960s who challenged standards of language and plot. The author of 20 books including “Giles Goat-Boy” and “The Sot-Weed Factor,” Barth was a college writing instructor who advocated for postmodernism to be considered literature, saying old forms were used up and new approaches were needed.

Barth’s passion for literary theory and his innovative but complicated novels made him a writer’s writer. Barth said he felt like Scheherazade in “The Thousand and One Nights,” desperately trying to survive by creating literature.

He created a best-seller in 1966 with “Giles Goat-Boy,” which turned a college campus into a microcosm of a world threatened by the Cold War, and made a hero of a character who is part goat.

The following year, he wrote a postmodern manifesto, “The Literature of Exhaustion,” which argued that the traditional novel suffered from a “used-upness of certain forms.” The influential Atlantic Monthly essay described the postmodern writer as one who “confronts an intellectual dead end and employs it against itself to accomplish new human work.”

He clarified in another essay 13 years later, “The Literature of Replenishment,” that he didn’t mean the novel was dead — just sorely in need of a new approach.

“I like to remind misreaders of my earlier essay that written literature is in fact about 4,500 years old (give or take a few centuries depending on one’s definition of literature), but that we have no way of knowing whether 4,500 years constitutes senility, maturity, youth, or mere infancy,” Barth wrote.

Barth frequently explored the relationship between storyteller and audience in parodies and satire. He said he was inspired by “The Thousand and One Nights,” which he discovered while working in the classics library of Johns Hopkins University.

“It is a quixotic high-wire act to hope, at this late hour of the century, to write literary material and contend with declining readership and a publishing world where businesses are owned by other businesses,” Barth told The Associated Press in 1991.

Barth pursued jazz at the Juilliard School of Music in New York, but found he didn’t have a great talent for music, and so turned to creative writing, a craft he taught at Penn State University, SUNY Buffalo, Boston University and Johns Hopkins.

His first novel, “The Floating Opera,” was nominated for a National Book Award. He was nominated again for a 1968 short story collection, “Lost in the Funhouse,” and won in 1973 for “Chimera,” three short novels focused on myth.

His breakthrough work was 1960’s “The Sot-Weed Factor,” a parody of historical fiction with a multitude of plot twists and ribald hijinks. The sprawling, picaresque story uses 18th-century literary conventions to chronicle the adventures of Ebenezer Cooke, who takes possession of a tobacco farm in Maryland.

Barth was born on Maryland’s Eastern Shore and set many of his works there. Both his 1982 “Sabbatical: A Romance” and his 1987 “The Tidewater Tales” feature couples sailing on the Chesapeake Bay.

Barth also challenged literary conventions in his 1979 epistolary novel “Letters,” in which characters from his first six novels wrote to each other, and he inserted himself as a character as well.

“My ideal postmodernist author neither merely repudiates nor merely imitates either his twentieth-century modernist parents or his nineteenth-century premodernist grandparents. He has the first half of our century under his belt, but not on his back.”

Barth kept writing in the 21st century.

In 2008, he published “The Development,” a collection of short stories about retirees in a gated community. “Final Fridays,” published in 2012, was his third collection of non-fiction essays.

This story was first published April 2, 2024. It was updated April 3, 2024, to correct the name of one of Barth’s peers. He is Stanley Elkin, not Stanley Elkins.

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Inside the January 2022 issue of Yachting Monthly you will find hints and tips to park like a pro when mooring astern in tricky berths, the latest remote monitoring tech to keep an eye on your boat, how to find the right yacht insurance and our cruising guide to see 10 of the UK and Ireland’s working boats  – and more!


Mooring astern - cruising clinic in January 2022 issue of Yachting Monthly

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Cruising Clinic NEW SERIES Rachael Sprot shares her tips for mooring astern with confidence

Skippers’ Tips Turning blocks care • VHF positioning • Propeller seizing

Question of Seamanship How do I get out of a severe broach?

‘I was in a state of delirium’ Lessons learned after crossing Biscay in winter with minimal sailing experience

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Working Boats 10 cruises in the UK and Ireland to see working boats under sail

Heading North Sea ice and an amorous walrus await Sam Shrives as he sails from Norway to Svalbard

Scotland’s Finest Cruising the stunning Sound of Arisaig in a Sadler 26

River Exe Adventure Conrad Humphreys returns to his roots with a cruise up river

Cruising community The end of a Solent landmark

Dobby the hairless cat Cruising the Atlantic and Caribbean with a sphynx

Anchorage Dyvig, Denmark, is a secluded and well-sheltered place to drop the hook

Bounty sailing on River Exe

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Insurance know-how How to get the right insurance cover for your boat

Rewiring your yacht Duncan Kent shares how to upgrade your boat’s DC electrical system

Remote monitoring Tech for making sure your boat is safe and sound

Me & My Boat Can the Bavaria 33 Cruiser be a practical family yacht and deliver performance?

New Gear The latest clothing and equipment for cruising sailors

Editor’s letter Sailing Escapism News New online EPIRB registry Letters Rocna anchor praise Dick Durham Sir David Amess Pete Goss Design conundrum Books Surviving the Arctic Convoys by John H McKay Confessions Honeymoon surprise


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