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Knowledge Base

Mar
12

Build on your theory knowledge


Your practical boat handling skills are only as good as the underpinning theory knowledge that you have to go with it. Take time out this year to improve your understanding of IRPCS/COLREGS, Navigation, Weather etc. With so many leisure boaters and commercial vessels operating in the same waters; knowing both your obligations and those of the other vessels is a possible game changer. No one…
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Jun
20

RYA Yachtmaster Qualifying Passages – Mile builders


Gaining Experience A significant issue faced by RYA Yachtmaster (Power) candidates is gaining the required sea miles and skippering experience prior to attending an RYA Yachtmaster Prep course and exam. Unless you are lucky enough to own or have access to a suitable motor vessel how do you gain the sea miles and navigational experience! Whereas many people are both confident and competent in all…
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May
17

‘Use it or lose it’ – Refresher courses


Have you heard the saying 'Use it or lose it'? Skill fade is an unfortunate reality. COVID has restricted boating activity over the last couple of years so we should accept that maybe our theory and practical skills may not be quite as good as they used to be. If you have been boating for many years skill fade might not be that evident due…
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Mar
17

Rising cost of fuel


The rising price of crude oil fuelled by the war in Ukraine is having a very immediate and detrimental effect on our operating costs. We have seen a 28% increase in fuel costs at the marina fuel pumps within the last few weeks. Whilst we endeavour to provide our courses at very competitive rates we are at the point where a fuel surcharge will need…
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Feb
09

RADAR


We speak to many people on our travels round the marinas who don't use RADAR even though they have it fitted to their boat. "I turned the RADAR on when I first bought the boat and was confused by what I saw so I turned it off and haven't used it since." That is quite a common statement and understandable, the RADAR screen can be quite…
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