Rene Westerhuis ; Publisher: Adlard Coles Nautical
This is an excellent, very detailed guide to all aspects of rigging, mast stepping, rig trim and maintenance. The descriptions and explanations are as detailed as manufacturers' instructions, but in a format and language designed to be used by a skipper and on deck. As part of the Adlard Coles' series of cockpit guides, all pages are laminated with a spiral wire spine so are easy to fold back and use while you work. The layout itself is designed to be helpful with check lists in clear numbered paragraphs on a red background and Tips as bullet points on a grey background.
While marine pollution can be obvious, as with the marine debris shown, it is often the pollutants that cannot be seen that cause most harm. What can we do as users of the sea to reduce the impact we have on the places we sail?
The quality of the diesel in your tank is an important safety issue. Regulations are changing, and we all need to ask questions about the fuel we are buying. You can help by gathering information about what's going on in the real world and feeding it back to help negotiations with the authorities. The Cruising Association is lobbying the government, and now's our chance to show the Little Ship Club can be influential too by co-operating with them.
Following a sharp rise in reports of the microbiological contamination of biofuels, the managing director of a leading fuel biocide producer is urging boat operators and other large-scale users of biodiesel to be aware of this serious and expensive problem that can easily be prevented.
This has to be the last of my reports of our winter’s copper coating saga. The work was finished in January and Storm Petrel was back in the water, rigged and ready to go in good time for the February Fast Cruise, but as the March FC hove into view we were looking to consolidate our February victory.
When Anne and I fell in love – with a boat, our stout Moody S38 Storm Petrel – we realised that at some time soon she would have to have her bottom properly cleaned. Years of caked anti fouling were curling at the edges and ready to peel off at the first hint of another seasons dressing.