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  • Boat Moorings, Marinas, Boatyards
    if your boat has been on a swinging mooring in the summer Many boatyards have their own workshops and will carry out repairs on your behalf Facilities may not be as good as those in a marina although with a greater provision for residential moorings the standard won t be bad Swinging Moorings Swinging moorings tend to be the cheapest way of mooring a boat although some sort of winter storage may need to be considered Swinging moorings are provided in rivers estuaries harbours or in other areas of sheltered water They consist of a buoy which is attached by chains to a heavy sinker which lies on the river or sea bed Your boat is attached to the buoy and will then swing around in the water according to the direction of the tide hence the name To get to your boat you will need to use a small craft like a dinghy or inflatable tender A mooring in a tidal area will probably mean that the boat is high and dry for some period of time and it is wise to choose one which will sit down comfortably probably on bilge keels If you choose to moor your boat in tidal water then you may come across the terms Mud Berth Half Tide and All States Of Tide A Mud Berth is where the tide will go out and leave your boat sitting in the mud until the tide comes in again which restricts the times as to when you can use your boat In this case it would be worth contacting the mooring operator to find out when the best times are for using your boat Half Tide is when the tide will be in at your mooring for about half the time of the full tide

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  • Sailing Training Courses
    experienced yachtsman or woman All recognised schools and clubs have to meet high standards of quality of instruction and safety and only RYA recognised Training Centres are permitted to display the tick mark logo The RYA provide guidance for may areas of watersports including sailing sail cruising motor cruising windsurfing dinghy sailing and personal watercraft Courses range from beginners to the more advanced and can be either theory based or practical based The cost of courses can range from 150 for a basic 1 day beginners course to 500 for courses lasting up to 5 days These courses will be in small groups but with friendly and experienced trainers Some training centres offer fasttrack courses on a one top one basis which have slightly higher fees Also some training centres offer intensive courses designed to take the non sailor to the Yachtmaster in 2 or 3 months The cost of these courses are high starting at 5000 Have a look at the RYA website www rya org for a list of RYA recommended training schools and clubs Have a look at the Sailing Training and Sports Training pages of this site for more information on these different aspects of training

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  • Sailing Information
    storm and make the best of it They push for every inch for every mile Determination driving them onwards closer to their goal No time to think only time to do In those harrowing moments where the waves crash over the deck of the boat a certain kind of team spirit develops in face of overwhelming danger We will make it The camaraderie is in their reaction their smiles when the storm has passed the joy the relief The occasional calm is welcome yet the crew hungers for the breeze They yearn for the strong wind at their backs that allows the boat to pick up speed propelling them forward as they dash for the finish line On days like this there is nowhere else on the earth they would rather be Watch the video and join in the experience now Sponsored Video The Volvo Ocean Race is an exceptional test of sailing prowess and human endeavour which has been built on the spirit of great seafarers fearless men who sailed the world s oceans aboard square rigged clipper ships more than a century ago The views and information held within this site are intended only as a guide Expert

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  • Buying a Boat - Where to Start
    m and above and vessels largely self sufficient B OFFSHORE Designed for offshore voyages where conditions up to and including wind force 8 and significant wave heights up to and including 4 m may be experienced C INSHORE Designed for voyages in coastal waters large bays estuaries lakes and rivers where conditions up to and including wind force 6 and significant wave heights up to and including 2 m may be experienced D SHELTERED WATERS Designed for voyages on small lakes rivers and canals where conditions up to and including wind force 4 and significant wave heights up to and including 0 5 m may be experienced What Is My Budget It could cost you just 300 for a second hand dinghy and a few thousand for a good second hand yacht If you are willing to spend some time and money refurbishing a boat you could get a cheap wooden boat for little money They are cheaper than fibreglass boats but the latter take less maintenance Classified advertisements in sailing magazines or on the web are a good source of information and will give you an idea of prices you will be expected to pay Contacting your local or local to where you are going to sail sailing club would provide a great source of information and can often provide mooring services boat maintenance facilities and parts at much reduced prices At the end of the day you can have as much fun in a boat costing 200 as you can in one costing 200 000 New or Used Buying a new boat is not a simple matter it s not like going down the garage and buying a new car it is more like buying a new house there are always a few niggles after you move in that need to be sorted Expect the same sort of niggles when buying a new boat There is a lot of human involvement in the building of a boat whether it be a speed boat or large yacht This can possibly arise in small problems occurring during the build However if you want to buy a new boat you can of course specifiy exactly what you want on the boat and it s name If you are first timer at buying a boat make sure you know exactly what you are agreeing to buy if you are buying a new boat You will possibly be buying something that is yet to be built and boat salesmen can try to get away with confusing you will what you think you are getting and what he wishes to sell you Make sure you know whether the company you are dealing is the boat builder the builder s dealer or an agent representing either of these two companies It is important to know this as the company with whom you have the contract is the company responsible for any warranty claims This may cause problems if they are not situated close to where

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  • London Boat Show
    for choice with things to do see and hear throughout the Show Now in its 56th year the Show promises to offer something for everyone and will welcome some 140 000 people Five Things To Do 1 Kite Surfing The new interactive Watersports Zone in association with Mark Warner the Para Academy Jet Skier Personal Watercraft and Sportsboat RIB will challenge visitors to test their skills at one of the latest watersports crazes kite surfing Adrenaline junkies will get the chance to compete against each other at this fun sport in a safe dry environment using one of the Show s exciting indoor simulators 2 Ocean Racing Another opportunity to experience a unique sailing experience without having to go anywhere near the water is provided by the spectacular Volvo Ocean Race Simulator This 3 minute ride will give visitors a taste of the dramatic race and feel the sensation of hurtling down huge waves in the Southern Ocean breaking the 24 hour mono hull record and finally rounding the infamous Cape Horn 3 Deck Games Another must do is Deck Games supported by the Marine Leisure Association in partnership with Dinghy Sailing Hoping to encourage young people to participate in boating activities include a dinghy simulator from he Royal Torbay Youth Sailing Trust rowing machines a painting competition as well as a sail hoisting competition Standing on a simulated deck with a real mast and sail kids of all ages compete to hoist the sail to the top of the mast in a race against the clock with the best times recorded for all to see 4 Start Boating Visitors to the Show can discover how to start boating in a great new feature for 2008 Brought to you in association with All At Sea it s the ideal place for anyone looking for impartial advice on how to take up boating Visitors can learn from the experts about the different routes into boating from the lower priced products which encourage entry level boating to the more expensive options 5 Explore HMS Exeter This year visitors can step foot onboard and explore HMS Exeter the very first Royal Navy Destroyer to be present at the Show The current HMS Exeter has a distinguished history having served in the Falklands War 1982 and the first Gulf War 1991 The Type 42 vessel will be moored outside on the Show s marina in the Royal Victoria Dock and is truly an experience not to be missed Five Things to See 1 On water Regatta If it s a friendly spot of competition that floats your boat check out the Show s very own Regatta the Dinghy Weekender on 19 and 20 January 2008 The exciting action out on the Royal Victoria Dock will include the Ovington Boats Musto Skiff Grand Prix featuring B14s and 29ers on the Saturday and the impressive Yachts Yachting Battle of the Classes Pursuit Race on Sunday Plus there s the Carmela Cup during the first weekend Thundercat

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  • RYA Dinghy Sailing Show
    with how well it has been attended The audience is great for us our new Volvo XC60 is great for sailors and has had so much attention during the show It wasn t just the sponsors who were delighted with the show Brenda Hoult a sailor at Weston Sailing Club who visited the show said I m no rock star but it s the approachability enthusiasm and personal service you get from the exhibitors experts and even the star sailors that really make the show what it is Around the show the mood was much the same for the 250 plus exhibitors Greg O Brien from Purple Marine commented The show has been very good we re really happy there s definitely no credit crunch here For Neil Pryde it was a similar sentiment We ve used the show as an effective springboard to launch our new range and the feedback and enthusiasm we ve had from the visitors has been very exciting and positive If interest at the show is any indication we will have a very prosperous year commented Chris Lewis Over on the Laser stand Chris Huffen said We ve had lots of interest on the stand from visitors wanting to speak to the experts who sail the boats but also those who want to see the boats and also buy the boats It s been a really good Being the only show in the world dedicated to dinghy sailing it really is a must for all dinghy sailors and enthusiasts The show offers visitors not only the opportunity to check out the latest kit boats and learn from the dinghy sailing experts but they also have the chance to mingle and get up close and personal with some of the sports elite sailors including the likes

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  • South Wales Boat Show
    gaff rigged craft is Ideal for exploring the whole of the coast of Wales and is great fun for the whole family to sail and extremly popular round the whole of the UK With all the new and existing exhibitors and with even more Family Things to do its going to be a great family day out for all the family with a family ticket for only 15 at the show there s lots to do with a Family Fun Fair Neath Port Talbot Council are providing 40 tons of sand to create a beach play feature with a pirate ship Free boat trips with the return of come and try on the lake where last year over 500 people tried Watersports many for the first time Aimed at both young and old they even have a Surf Simulator and marine themed Paint Ball too With exhibitors including The Welsh Build B25 from Custom Mouldings who launched their new trailer sailer here at the show last year along with two new companies to the South Wales Boat Show including Character Boats who will be bringing three fabulous sailing day boats to the show along with Swallow Boats a Welsh boat builder Swallow Boats have been designing and building small traditional style boats since 1995 In recent years their range has expanded and now includes several large day boats which they build to order in their workshops on the banks of the river Teifi near Cardigan They are planning on bringing at least the BayRaider and the newly named Toppit 12 a design they are producing in conjunction with Wales Watersports for the London Boat Show They are also hoping to bring along a Storm 15 and a Storm 17 as well as possibly their Winsome pedal boat Ribs are also playing a large part in the make up of the show with several Welsh and other UK companies attending including Cambrian with Rib Eye Picton Boats Witty Marine Pembrokeshire Sports Boats with Revenger Ribs and new exhibitors Rib X who will even have craft afloat on the Lake at Margam Pembrokeshire sports boats have confirmed they are launching the New Ocqueteau 22 twin ruddered trailer sailer this will be the first show in the UK for this craft and Ocqueteau have produced a radical and pretty easy to sail yacht designed to be simple to sail 4 berth coastal cruiser South Coast Power Boats are proud to be involved with the third South Wales boat show They would like to introduce their exciting range of Brazilian Sports Boats and Fast Fishers all powered by the latest outboard technology the Evinrude ETEC giving outstanding performance unbelievable reliabilty and incredibly low maintenance These complete ready to go packages starting at 9450 including engine and trailer are quite simply unbeatable MiniCat UK will be making their UK Show Debut in this years South Wales Boat Show at Margam Park The MiniCat is un ultra lightweight catamaran that fits into a bag This ingenious

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  • An Insight into Borrowing Habits in Britain
    opposite It s hard to understand the continued popularity of these cards given the often wildly uncompetitive APRs they tend to offer one must assume that convenience and the short term lure of shopping discounts wins out over financial sense here The same could be said of the 42 who admit to signing up for expensive car dealership finance when opting for low rate personal loans unsecured loans or car loans would have been a far more cost effective choice Some of the most illuminating findings appear to highlight a marked disparity between men and women when it comes to borrowing more than twice the proportion of women are tempted into the regular use of the aforementioned store cards for instance though balancing things out somewhat is the statistic that 21 of men have been tempted into an expensive car showroom deal compared to 15 of women Similarly trends can be mapped according to age groups car finance for instance is apparently more of a temptation for an older generation of car buyer a mere one in fifteen under 25 year olds have opted for it compared to a fifth of over 55s Under 25s are also far less likely to go for personal loans only 11 relative to 40 of 35 44 year olds Overall it s hard to draw any entirely satisfactory conclusions from statistics like these If anything they highlight a degree of inconsistency whilst people are instinctively wary of expensive borrowing in many cases they are nonetheless tempted into ill considered credit options Perhaps the best advice for those looking to borrow money is to have a bit of patience and be prepared to shop around There are certainly good deals out there and in this age of widespread internet access it should be easier than

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