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ON THE WATER I SEALEGS 7.1 AWD
‘All-Black’ Sealegs With the advent of ‘all-wheel-drive’ land traction, it’s time for a fresh appraisal of the purist’s favourite amphibian. Mike Jones reports.
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ON THE WATER I CAPELLI 32WA
The Southampton Boat Show in September brought us the first hard boat ever to enter the UK from the famous Capelli stable. Eager to see more, Simon Everett gives the new 32WA a closer inspection.
Have you ever wondered exactly what goes into making your boat? Simon Everett visits Advanced Marine Technologies in Finland, builders of AMT sports boats, to find out . . .
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ON THE WATER I INSIDE AMT
f someone were to ask you what was under the skin of your powerboat, the obvious answer would be resin and reinforcing mat. But believe it or not, there is an awful lot more to the construction of a modern boat than that. We went behind the scenes at AMT in Finland to see just how their boats are built and we chose this particular company because the care, attention and strength of construction are perfectly mirrored by the Honda engines that are used to drive them. Remember, it is not the glossy externals that define the strength of your boat but the stuff you cannot see.
The AMT story
Advanced Marine Technologies was founded in 1987 by Aimo Mustonen and won a contract to supply boats to Yamarin. Between 1987 and 2005, they produced over 25,000 boats and then in 2005 they developed six models of their own for the Helsinki Boat Show. Now, they have nine models in the line-up and they build about 450 boats a year. We are well accustomed to Scandinavian boats boasting enviable build quality and this same emphasis at AMT has seen them grow to become the largest GRP boat builder in Finland.
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OUTWARD BOUND I BURGEONING BEIRUT
As home to the world’s oldest seaport, Lebanon might be well placed to become a leading charter destination. Craig Barnett heads off the beaten track to investigate its merits . . . Images: Courtesy of Lebanese Tourism Board & Solidere t was not by accident that Beirut earned the sobriquet of ‘Riviera of the Middle East’ during the 1950s and 60s. The city’s unique blend of Mediterranean and Arabic cultures, plus its passion for partying and its rich heritage, made it the destination of choice for influential businessmen, the Hollywood jetset and political movers and shakers. The great news is, having enjoyed a period of political stability, massive inward investment and a rejuvenation of its hotels, infrastructure and marinas, Beirut is once again swinging back into life. The Casino Du Liban in Jounieh is again bustling with high rollers, the legendary Star Bar pumps up a high-energy crowd and the city has returned to the touring roster of international A-list acts. A sortie through the popular entertainment districts of Gemmayzeh or Monot Street in the early hours will uncover a city positively buzzing with energy. Once again, people eat late, dress well and party like it’s 1999.
The boating element
The indomitable Lebanese passion for life is not solely nocturnal - and nor is it founded solely on terra firma. An ever-increasing number of residents are enjoying the benefits of taking to the sea to enjoy the spectacular coastline. In fact, a successful boat show in 2010, plus investment in marina developments and predictions of massive growth all add up to a burgeoning boat scene in Beirut. Philippe Saad of charter specialists, Eden Yachting, gestures to a full marina that bursts with activity on a Saturday afternoon and explains: “With 220km of coastline, 300 days of sun a year and a Mediterranean coastline, is it really that surprising?” All around us, families are loading their craft. Huge yachts with pumping sound systems are loading their passengers and the air is filled with jubilation as people greet each other. A picnic table and an impromptu gathering on the pontoon next to an owner’s boat is an extremely common sight.
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SIX OF THE BEST
Colin Jones investigates six of the best chart table gadgets . . .
CHART TABLE TOOLS A good chart tool should be two things: robust and petite. With most boats having only limited flat surfaces and tight storage spaces, conveniently sized accessories matter. And given that the chart table is often subject to dampness and prone to being banged about, any gadgets that litter its surface need to be as resilient as possible. Here are six products that particularly deserve your attention . . .
1. Toughprint waterproof paper This is the real McCoy. It is 100 per cent waterproof, and is not one of these ‘water-resistant’ products, impersonating something better. Many of us plan trips at home, but navigate from an open console, where our passage notes are at risk from wind, weather and clumsy crew. A pack of A4 Toughprints is a good answer. SPECIAL FEATURE: Versatility is key. I bought mine to take enlarged photocopies of chart segments, onto which I write my own guidance notes and updates as I go along. The paper is crumple-proof, double-sided and can be wiped clean. If you need to put notices on your boat, it is also more cost-effective than laminating. I LIKE: The ability to use the paper in the office printer or photocopier is great, and I am also impressed by its faithful rendering of colours. It slices easily into A5 (or smaller) and it does not go yellow with age. I bought a box of packs (each of 25 sheets) ten years ago and am still using them for everything, from mountain biking to lightweight photographs. I DO NOT LIKE: It does not seem to be generally available ‘off-the-shelf’ and it now costs quite a hefty £15.94 a packet. SOURCE: Memory Map - 08448 110950 www.memory-map.co.uk
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TALKING POINT I CHART TABLE TOOLS
2. Weems & plath navigation dividers with light This is one of those very ‘grabby’ gadgets, which makes an excellent gift and is a good addition to any nav station tool rack. SPECIAL FEATURES: It’s a very well engineered, serious navigator’s armoury item. Even though my chart plotters have always been very reliable, I still like to have a paper chart on display, so the dividers mean I can leave the plotter’s settings untouched in ‘now’ mode, but step off my future distances and times with mechanical aids. I LIKE: The number of uses I find for this navaid is enormous. The kit comes with an interchangeable pencil point, so the unit can be used as dividers, or as a pair of compasses. The centre adjustment mechanism makes for great precision, locked arms and one-handed use. There is a red LED in each arm, but the battery still gives 20 hours light. For use in dim light and at night, it is great. I DISLIKE: I had to shop around to find one at less than £20 (the RRP is £22.54 + P&P). The instructions are okay, but some ‘further use’ suggestions would help novice pilots. SOURCE: Marine Store, Essex - 01621 854280 www.marinestore.co.uk
3. Rocktrail hand held weather station
This is much more than the name suggests and it has a number of uses beyond the boat. In terms of value for money, you get plenty of action for your hard-earned pound. SPECIAL FEATURES: There are plenty of functions, including standard weather graphic symbols of probable trends, temp in C° or F°, barometric pressure as a dynamic bar showing present level and 12-hour history, plus digital info in a choice of measurements. There are several alarms, plus a stopwatch, numerical humidity indicator, time and date, max and min temp, altimeter and settings for several countries.
I LIKE: The huge range of functions is very enjoyable for the real gadget-freak. This is also very tough and slips into a pocket. I have given up trying to identify navigation light sequences by counting seconds aloud, so I always use the stopwatch. For a small display, the Rocktrail’s readability is very high contrast. The single 3v CR202 battery is well protected, yet easy to change and it lasts very well - mine is still going strong after two years continuous running. I DISLIKE: The not-very-user friendly handbook has 34 small pages and they are not enough to give unmistakeable step-by-step instructions for such a complex tool. SOURCES: There are several, but they are not very well publicised. Enquire at Milomex Services, Hilltop Cottage, Barton Road, Pulloxhill, Beds, MK45 5HP. The product code is Z295924 for the latest (2009) version.
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HARD-CORE LEISURE RIBS
In a world of glossy boat packages and marketing buzzwords, it is always refreshing to see a simple RIB for the serious seagoer. Here, Paul Mahy chooses ten of the very best hard-core leisure RIBs you can buy.
IBs have evolved to such a point that the very definition has become blurred. Some incorporate hard boat layouts and others use an inflatable collar so small and tapered that its very presence is more to do with looks than practical performance. And yet there remain some companies who still follow the original ethos of the RIB. These boats are designed to be capable in extreme conditions. They enable rapid evacuation of water, they are fast enough to overcome rapid and confused seas, they are capable of being righted and they are built to withstand the harsh impacts and stresses found in extreme marine environments. And if that sounds like a definition of a commercial boat, think again. Every one of the following ten boats is a proper sea RIB that can be on your driveway as a shiny new leisure boat . . .
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GEMINI WAVERIDER 730 Gemini is a South African firm with a huge reputation in the Southern Hemisphere - and I particularly love the profile of the hull on this 730 model. It is a scimitar shape, familiar to those who know their all-weather hulls. She might not have the sheer mass of some of the boats in this top ten, but her resistance to wind list is very commendable. Although capable of holding standing water on deck, the 730 has generous elephant bailers to get rid of the slop and, as long as you can maintain forward motion, you should be able to shift it. This tough little boat has been thrashed in the South African surf by private buyers and pounded by the various agencies that also love them. Although not in their stock, Geminis can be bought in the UK through Zap Cat Racing . . .
ZCR 08448 157793 www.zapcat-racing.com
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