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Posts by Paul McCabe


Welcome to the Port of Southampton

  Mendez Marine are committed to educating boaters to make boating both safe and fun.  Every now and then we find something worth sharing... Associated British Ports (ABP) have produced a very useful guide for leisure boaters navigating in the Southampton area.  As the port of Southampton and its adjacent waters get busier with commercial traffic it is important that we, as leisure boaters, understand…
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Goodbye old friend

Southampton Notice to Mariners No.5 (T) of 2020 -Calshot Dolphin What are RYA Instructors, examiners and trainers going to use now?  One of the local resources used by many RYA Recognised Training Centres is no more.  The 'dolphin', just south of Calshot Spit, had been used for many years as a test of practical navigation, at night, for both sail and power students; a favourite…
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Off Season skills refresh

So the nights are drawing in, the weathers not as warm as it was a few weeks ago; it must be the end of the boating season.  For many, it makes sense to put the boats to bed and settle down to normal winter activities around this time of year.  Maybe a little off season maintenance, or an upgrade or two if the weather is…
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It is sometimes obvious, when we are out on the water, to see how some boaters either have little knowledge of their obligations under COLREG's or are mis-interpreting them.  The most obvious mis-interpretation is regarding 'Right of way'!  To hear two boaters arguing about a near miss situation can be quite informative.  When one party shouts "I have right of way" you just have to…
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RYA Yachtmaster Prep Course

As an RYA Recognised Training Centre we exist to train and educate boaters at all levels. The RYA Yachtmaster qualification is an aspiration & goal for many leisure boaters and also a pre-requisite for progression for many professional boaters. We see many candidates from both groups coming through Mendez Marine, most with all the pre-requisite knowledge and practical skills and occasionally a few without. The…
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