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BOAT MART FEATURES BUYING ADVICE ATLANTIS 26 CC .............. 22 A boat that really does give you value for money. WINDRUSH 25 .................. 31 A traditional style handcrafted boat from the drawing board of John Moxham. NEW BOATS ...................... 37 From dinghies to yachts, you’ll find all the news right here. BUYING USED ................... 40 The Dell Quay 15 Sportsman, plus your rights as a buyer. WHAT CAN I BUY? ............ 46 We’ve been finding what new and used boats £16,000 will buy you.

GET HITCHED ................... 52 Find out the legal requirements for boat trailers. A.S.A.P. SUPPLIES ............ 59 Twenty years old, and as popular as ever.


EQUIPMENT TOP GEAR ........................ 62 New kit, engines, books, buying advice and much more. TOP TIPS FOR BERTHING ... 70 Here’s how to get it right. INSHORE SKIPPER ............ 75 More hints and tips for The Med cruiser. ELECTRONICS MADE EASY ...................... 79 Common questions about the latest electronics technology.


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LIFESTYLE CLASSIC CORNER ............ 83 Classic boats and their anchors. RIBEX 2009 ...................... 88 Irving reports back from this busy show. DINGHY WORLD ............... 91 David Webber considers the essential piece of safety kit that is the anchor.

ANGLING GUIDE ............... 93 Ted Tuckerman’s angling guide, plus using the right hooks. GREEN BOATING ............. 99 News, tips and advice for green boaters. A QUESTION OF BOATS .. 101 Test your boating knowledge. DIARY DATES ................. 103 Shows and events for the coming month. PRACTICAL TECH TALK ..................... 105 How well do you know your anchors? PRACTICAL MONTHLY .... 108 News for DIY boaters, along with jobs for the coming month. PROJECT NO.94 ............. 113 Peter Caplen’s complete guide to anchors and the art of anchoring. READER STORY .............. 120 Robin Goodliffe concludes his story about the restoration of a classic 1970s runabout.

PRACTICAL BOATING ..... 125 David Greenwood considers your mooring options. COMPETITION PAGEANT OF POWER ..... 102 We’ve got 5 pairs of Saturday Paddock tickets worth £50 each for this year’s Pageant Of Power 2009 at Cholmondeley Castle. BOAT MART REGULARS Throw Us A Line ............... 09 Newsline ........................... 15 Subscribe ......................... 84 Courses ............................ 126 Boats & Yachts For Sale .. 136 Classifieds ...................... 150 Next Issue ...................... 160


ATLANTIS 26 CC Simon Everett has been finding out why you get more boat for your money with the new Atlantis 26 CC.

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or many people the desire for a bigger boat has to be weighed against the cost. The Atlantis 26 CC addresses this quandary by being an amazingly affordable boat for her size and, despite her simple interior, she possesses all the other benefits of a longer boat. There is more room on her deck than

her 21ft sister has and with the extra length comes more kindly seakeeping, not just due to the added five feet either, but because her prow is given added freeboard too. The high prow and deep Vee hull combine to provide the ability to run nasty, short seas at speed and remain totally dry. Her home waters around Guernsey are some of the shortest, steepest seas you will find anywhere in the world, and it is this proving ground that has led to the development of the Atlantis hulls and has given rise to this new, bigger Atlantis.

A DESIGN THAT WORKS Patrick Wheeler, the designer and builder of the Atlantis boats, recognised a need for a fast, ultra seaworthy, open decked boat for the fishermen and exploring boater to use, primarily around his home waters of Guernsey. When the spring tide runs against just a mild breeze of force 3 to 4 the waves that build up in the run out from St. Port to the north can easily reach six feet or more. The Atlantis 26 has been designed to allow people to go out in much worse conditions and make the run across to Herm even in force 8 winds. The smaller Atlantis has proved the design works and that boat has found favour all around the British Isles, especially where there are severe conditions and open coasts.

The Atlantis boats are built with massive strength to withstand the battering that they will undoubtedly suffer in the conditions they will be used in. Running through a big sea at anything between 25 knots and 30 knots puts incredible forces to work on the hull of a boat. The Atlantis 26 uses 4x2 longitudinal stringers just for the chines. The main keel hog is a huge, 12” beam with additional 4” full depth stiffening in critical areas. The total thickness of the hull is over ¾” and the hull sides are of 1” honeycomb. The deck is then given 1½” honeycomb to provide rigidity and strength without adding weight high up. Despite this massive strength the Atlantis is very light on the water and moves about easily by hand and belies the fact that she actually weighs 1,700kgs as a bare boat.

SIMPLE INTERIOR The interior design has been deliberately left clean and simple for the demonstrator, so prospective purchasers can add whatever they like in the way of additional seating, diving bottle rack or fishing additions. Patrick likes the completely uncluttered deck, which allows ease of movement all around the boat. The bulwarks are high giving great security for those onboard and they are slightly angled outwards to provide a secure leaning support

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Get Hitched

Adrian French Jane Rickard & David Webber


PICK OF THE NEWS IMPROVING ROAD SFAETY In a positive move new measures are being planned to cut road deaths - eight people are still dying on our roads every day - by a third by 2020 and thereby making Britain’s roads the safest in the world. The road safety proposals include ensuring roads have the correct speed limit and the creation of an expert panel to report on road safety. There are also to be big changes in the way people learn to drive and tested including a new road safety qualification that will be a partial credit towards the car theory test.

GOLF A WINNER Owners of Volkswagen Golfs will be chuffed to find out that their car has been named 2009 World Car of the Year after an international panel of 59 automotive journalists voted it their favourite. Golf owners don’t need to be told that this is a good car having already bought 26 million of these cars across 120 countries making it one of the top selling vehicles of all time.

MOT REMINDERS Kwik-Fit tell us that a staggering 24% of drivers admit to driving their car without an MOT because they forgot the renewal date. Not only can this lead to a £60 fine, but a lapsed MOT can also affect your car insurance and stop you renewing your road tax, so make sure you mark the date on your calendar with plenty of time to spare. Alternatively, Kwik-Fit is offering a free service whereby motorists can request an E-mail reminding them when their MOT is due for renewal. Simply E-mail your Name, Vehicle Reg and MOT Renewal date to See our tips for passing your MOT over the page. For the latest vehicle news log on at:

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RENAULT KOLEOS 2.0 DCI PRIVILEGE TECHY BIT Price: £24,675 Fuel consumption: around 35mpg Kerbweight: 1,655kg Max noseweight: 100kg Max trailer weight (braked): 1,300kg (auto) 2,000kg (manual) both driver only Max trailer weight (unbraked): 750kg Insurance group: 13E then 26E C02 (g/km): 209 auto, 191 manual For a run-down on which models achieve 120g/km and below visit The old Renault slogan was ‘Renault build a better car’, and we often used to wonder when they were going to. Now they have, the four-wheel-drive Koleos. We have been trying their latest offering and can honestly say that we found it nicer to drive than similar vehicles costing considerably more. The Koleos is Renault’s first crossover model and the first model to be designed from the outset with four-wheel-drive. It is also the first model to be built by Renault Samsung Motors

in Korea. Renault’s decision to build a 4x4 came five years after its alliance with Nissan and four years after the founding of Renault Samsung Motors in Korea. Koleos is built on the Alliance C platform, already developed for 4x4 vehicles by Nissan for its X-Trail and suitable for the volumes proposed. The first prototype was produced in Japan at the beginning of 2006 in the Nissan pilot factory where the assembly processes and tooling were developed. Testing of Koleos totalled 1.75 million kilometres in total in extreme heat and in extreme cold conditions. The first British sales were in June 2008. In the UK Koleos’ appeal is widened with the availability of a two-wheel-drive version alongside the 4x4 models, for those customers who want the style and versatility of a crossover, but have no need for all-wheel drive capability. The interior is very neat and functional, the seats are comfortable; we covered nearly 400 miles with no problems or stiff legs. The radio is excellent with Bose speakers and system; there are seven speakers that give a true ‘surround’ sound. ‘Our’ model had the satellite system, which did not seem to accept postcodes, so we could not insert our address into the system. Storage is not a problem - there are storage lockers everywhere, and us old togs would forget where we had hidden something if we weren’t careful! For those who want to drink

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all day there are plenty of bottle holders; from a personal point of view we just do not get it. If you have to have cold liquid the 15 litre glovebox is cooled. One big grumble here, the only one really, is the very distracting reflection in the windscreen from the silver surround of the centre satellite navigation screen. This was quite marked and also drew your attention to it, not good. The under floor locker in the boot held, would you believe, a spare can of oil as well as a first aid kit, a cargo net and a warning triangle - very good we thought. The Koleos was one of the cars that we really did not want to let go, and we would readily





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spend our own money of this machine, one of the very few vehicles that we would. The towing capacity of 2,000kg would be sufficient for your smallish boats, but you always have to be careful with Renaults as this 2,000kg is stipulated ‘with driver only’. Also the auto, as tested, has a considerably lower towing limit of only 1,300kg. For those who fancy a little offroad work the Koleos has Hill Descent Control which, when switched on by a control on the dash, will restrict your downhill speed to four miles per hour without you having to use the brakes. The Renault may well be a crossover model but its offroad credentials are good.

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WIN A STANDARD HORIZON CPF180i Standard Horizon and Boat Mart have teamed up to give away a brand new Standard Horizon CPF180i colour chartplotter/ fishfinder combo to one lucky winner.


£500! Land yourself the latest product from Standard Horizon - as well as some fish! The brand new 5” CPF180i colour chartplotter from Standard Horizon combines powerful navigation software and advanced plotter features with a highly sensitive dual frequency fishfinder. You can view the full colour display in direct sunlight and it has a simple-tofollow menu page so you can easily access the various navigational screens. The fishfinder facility features an internal dual frequency sensor with an advanced noise filter and a split screen facility so you can zoom in on just one half of the screen. It also provides upper and lower temperature information and has shallow and depth alarms. The built-in 50-channel WAAS/EGNOS GPS receiver gives you total accuracy to within 3 metres and NMEA compatibility. The CPF180i also features a huge memory (3,000 waypoints/50 routes/10,000 track points), dedicated keys for ‘Mark’, ‘Route’ and ‘Find’, AIS and Radar compatibility and DSC polling display. The plotter works with either C-Map MAX or NT+ cartridges to give a huge range of navigational information, all dynamically represented in vivid colour with a quick refresh rate. The CPF180i represents incredible value, retailing at just £500. The unit is also waterproof, with a three year guarantee, making it ideal for all kinds of boats.

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ART OF ANCHORING Peter Caplen’s complete guide to anchors and the art of anchoring.


he anchor is one of the most important pieces of safety equipment on board any cruising vessel whether sail or power, and is often the least used. To many people it is a long way down the list of priorities when buying equipment, yet if utilised properly can enhance the pleasures of cruising many times over by presenting the opportunity of stopping in quiet, out of the way places far from the madding marina crowd. While quiet backwaters are not to everyone’s taste and many people enjoy marina life, it is good to have the opportunity to sample the delights of both at different times. Whatever your preference, the anchor, and it’s associated warp (either chain alone or rope and chain), is an essential part of the cruising inventory. It not only assists ‘parking’ in isolated spots but is always ready in the event of an emergency, such as total engine failure. It is at this point that the anchoring ground tackle becomes the final line of defence in preventing the craft being driven ashore and possibly wrecked. Many cruising yachts have been saved from driving onto a lee shore thanks to the size and strength of their ground tackle.

ADEQUATE FOR YOUR NEEDS No vessel should venture offshore without adequate anchor and warp, but many do, relying on an anchor that is fine on a calm sunny day but which at the hint of a blow would not have the weight and strength to enable it to take the strain without either bending or dragging out of the bottom. Insufficient warp for the anchoring depth is yet another problem. Many boat manufacturers are guilty of supplying new craft with small anchors that look nice rather than the more ungainly size that would hold the craft in really bad weather. It is the

weight of the anchor that initially causes it to dig in, which is why small, lightweight anchors are often ineffective. The table below is a rough guide to the size of standard type anchors required in relation to a boat’s overall length. MINIMUM KIT The basic minimum equipment for a sea going vessel is one anchor of large enough size and proper design to hold the craft in all but the worst weather conditions, with sufficient warp of either all chain or chain and rope for anchoring in the area to be cruised. A second lighter kedge ➧

TABLE 1. ANCHOR SIZES - Plough, Danforth/Meon Length Of Craft

Size Of Anchor

Size Of Chain

Size Of Rope

Up to 16ft




16 to 20ft




20 to 25ft




25 to 30ft




30 to 35ft



35 to 40ft



40 to 45ft



As the table shows, these sizes are generally larger than are normally found on vessels today, but even these sizes are the very minimum for safe anchoring in moderate conditions.

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Danforth anchors can be stowed against the side of the bow. Note the plastic tubes on the ends of the stock to prevent damaging the hull paint when stowing

Once marked the amount of chain veered can be seen instantly

A Bruce anchor stowed on a bow roller and ready for instant use

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anchor is a useful additional piece of equipment as this can be used for short stops in good weather when the full weight of the main tackle is not required. The kedge anchor will usually have a rope warp with only a short length of chain shackled to the anchor, making it easier to handle than chain, especially when using the dinghy to lay out the anchor in the event of a grounding, when it is used to haul the craft off. The choice of whether to use all chain or rope and chain will mainly be decided by the size of craft, as many smaller vessels find it a problem carrying the weight of a heavy chain at the bow. If rope is to be used the ideal type is nylon as this has plenty of stretch to help take out snatches when riding to anchor in choppy conditions. Another important point in nylon’s favour is that it does not float like some other synthetic ropes do, and this avoids the problem of masses of loose rope floating around on the surface at slack water ready to catch the propellers of passing craft and probably ending up being cut and leaving the anchored vessel adrift. To ensure that the anchor lays properly another essential point is to have at least 20 feet of chain between the anchor and rope. Without this the pull from the boat will tend to be in a slightly upwards direction and will prevent the anchor from bedding in properly. Another advantage is that the chain lays on the bottom rather than the rope and this helps to prevent chafe and wear. By far the best choice of anchor warp is all chain as the weight of the chain contributes significantly to the holding power of the anchor, not only by ensuring that the anchor beds in at the correct angle but also from the physical drag of the chain itself on the bottom. ANCHOR CHOICES There is a wide choice of anchor designs and all seem to have their devotees. The four main types in general use today are the Plough, Danforth/ Meon, Bruce and Fisherman. The Fisherman anchor holds well in rocky conditions where the flukes can hook themselves into clefts in the rocks, but in all other areas it is far inferior to the other types as its holding power is reckoned to be limited to about seven times its own weight whereas certain Danforth/Meon and plough designs can hold up to 30 times their own weight. The Meon anchor is a larger and heavier version of the Danforth design. The Bruce anchor, originally designed for maintaining the position of oil rigs, has something of a question mark over it. Some people swear by them and others swear at them. They are claimed to give a better grip for less weight but we have heard of instances where they have begun dragging in bad conditions and refused to re-bed themselves. I once experienced this when being dragged backwards through the moorings at Queenborough on the River Swale in a friend’s

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PROJECT 24ft motor cruiser at one o’clock in the morning. Admittedly it was at the height of a gale, but the anchor refused to hold us no matter how much chain we let out. The problem is probably one of weight, mentioned earlier, as the recommended sizes of Bruce anchor are generally smaller than for plough and Danforth/Meon and the lack of weight makes digging in quite difficult. Using a larger size generally obviates this problem and whereas new anchor designs come and go, the Bruce is now firmly established as one of the four standard anchor designs. Small versions of the ship type ‘Halls Stockless Anchor’ are often used on vessels where the anchor stows against the bow, and although they stow very neatly and look smart their holding power in the small sizes used on cruisers is extremely poor. It is not until they reach the sizes used on ships that they become efficient. Improved designs of the Danforth pattern anchor are now available under various brand names such as ‘Deepset’ and ‘Studland’ and claim greatly improved holding power over other brands of anchor. For an at a glance look at your anchor choices see page 105. WARP MARKINGS The correct gauge of chain or rope for the anchor and size of boat is an important factor and again Table 1 provides a guide to what is required. A point that many people do not bother with is marking of the warp, making it easy to see at a glance how much has been veered. I devised my own simple colour code for chain marking with the three colours that I find are easiest to

Plough anchors come in many styles and sizes and although ungainly when stowed offer excellent holding A Meon style kedge anchor stowed on the bathing platform ready for use

The best of both worlds, a plough and Danforth side by side at the bow

remember - red, white and blue. The chain is marked in five metre lengths as shown in Table 2. TABLE 2. SIMPLE ANCHOR CHAIN MARKINGS Chain marked at: 5 metres 10 metres 15 metres 20 metre 25 metres 30 metres 35 metres 40 metres 45 metres 50 metres 55 metres 60 metres

1 red 2 red 3 red 4 red 1 white 2 white 3 white 4 white 1 blue 2 blue 3 blue 4 blue

Hammerite make a good marking paint that offers bright colours, is quick drying and seems to stand up well to a season’s anchoring. Using this or any other marking scheme makes anchoring much more precise and avoids the necessity of putting out the entire length of chain ‘just to be on the safe side’. ➧

The chart gives a clear indication of what the bottom is made up of. The best grip is given by clay, heavy mud or mud and sand, and the worst is probably heavy weed that prevents the anchor digging in. Bottoms with the best grip in sheltered areas such as bays are usually marked on the chart with a small anchor. Once the position for anchoring has been chosen the next requirement is for enough water to stay afloat at low tide (unless there is a particular reason to dry out and the type of the craft will sit upright quite happily on the mud). Calculating the depth of water at low tide for a given spot is very simple using the tidal curve and associated graph for the area in question in any of the current almanacs. The same graph can be used to give you the depth at high water at your chosen spot as you will also need this information to let out the correct length of anchor warp, three times the depth for chain and five times the depth for nylon rope. See diagram 1 over the page.

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