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An online questionnaire is now available to be completed by anyone who has an interest or experiences to share in the matter of pan European acceptance of commercial skippers licences for small vessels.

The commercially suicidal Italian berth tax legislation which was to go into effect on May 1st 2012. has been amended after huge pressure from various nautical associations throughout Italy and governmental institutions. The amendment, approved in late February states that the berthing tax will only be applied to Italian citizens who possess a vessel (regardless of whether it is kept in Italy, or overseas) even if it has a foreign flag. Foreign citizens who own a vessel will now be exempt from this tax, regardless of their length of stay in Italian waters.

This information gathering exercise is part of the EU funded Leonardo da Vinci Project named GETAFIX (Gaining Education Training Analysis for Identifying Cross Boarder Systems). The project investigates skippers qualifications within the Small Commercial Vessel (SCV) maritime sector of the EU. It is well known that the qualifications of one Member State are not generally recognised by the authorities of other Member States. Each Member State runs a different syllabus with different standards, regulations and proficiency levels. Because professional/commercial qualifications are not universally accepted throughout the Member States, restrictions are placed on qualified personnel, both trainers and workers/ trainees, resulting in a significant labour mobility problem. For example: A UK commercially qualified skipper, boating in Spanish waters, can only work commercially on UK registered vessels; he is not allowed to work on Spanish or any other EU registered vessels unless he holds Spanish or other country specific qualifications. Equally, Spanish nationals boating in Spanish Waters with Spanish commercial qualifications can only work on Spanish registered vessels regardless of their knowledge, ability, experience and competence. A key objective is to establish the extent of the problem across Europe. The project will identify commonalities, country specific requirements and best practice within the various national authorities’ syllabi and regulations within the SCV sector of the EU. With this online questionnaire the project team wants to gather further information about problems of other nationalities and raise awareness, with the ultimate aim to provide some solutions through improved member state cooperation. Access the survey at:

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Fulvio Luise President of the Italian Ship Agents Association (Federagenti) said; “We are very pleased that this amendment to the law has passed. Every year our organisation monitors the mega yacht traffic in Italy and evaluates the impact our industry has throughout the Italian territory. The passing of this amendment is an important recognition to the economic impact the yachting industry has in Italy and we look forward to welcoming new and returning mega yacht clients to Italian waters this summer.” Luise continued; “In fact our most recent data shows that 96% of foreign visitors on mega yachts who select Italy as their destination of choice, generate an important economic impact to our local economies along the coastline. Each year 200 million euro is managed and spent by maritime agencies on behalf of mega yacht clients in everything from fuel, provisions, logistics, flowers, entertainment and repairs.” “The legislative process has not yet concluded, however with this important normative passed, we sincerely hope that it will be officially confirmed shortly. This will allow us to compete on an equal playing field with other countries in the Mediterranean for this important sector of the yachting market, and to continue to promote one of the most valued aspects of our country, nautical tourism. It will be necessary to wait for clarification on a few aspects of the law, in particular how this tax will be applied to leasing and the charter market and for foreign flagged vessels who have Italian citizens on board.” Eds note: Lets hope that the Italian authorities have learned the lessons of Spain, who are beginning to discover that trying literally, to hit a moving target in order to rake in some quick tax bucks does not work very well!

Monthly Sailor Quiz


What is the Bridge to Bridge VHF radio channel for navigational safety?


In Metarea III, which is the only NAVTEX centre that transmits in English?


What does cS.bkSh.G.P mean on an Admiralty chart?


What type of navigational mark has the character Fl(2)?


From which level are drying heights measured?

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Dear Islander,

I would like to start off this month by thanking all the new distribution outlets and readers around the various yachting venues on mainland Spain, including Gibraltar, and at marinas in Antibes, Nice, Cannes and Monaco who received The Islander so enthusiastically last month.

90% likely to happen as I write this last few words for our April issue. Right now a number of top yacht builders, sales brokers, chandlers and RIB/tender/Jet-Ski companies are waiting for official permission from Puerto Portals to hold a ‘Portals Nautical Weekend’ there on 25/26/27 May.

Then I’d like to thank the many people who made it the Club de Mar in Palma for our 15th birthday party celebrations on 16th March. It was a real pleasure to see so many friends, and business associates from the yachting world in a relaxed setting, with excellent organisation and service from the Bar Marineria staff under their new manager Manuel.

As a group they are very clear that they want to avoid any suggestion that its an ‘alternative Palma Boat Show.’ Because it absolutely is not, and will never be. There are 20 companies involved so far who are all too busy running their own businesses to become boat show organisers. Also Puerto Portals have made it very clear that they will not offer this again, as it will be quite a lot of work for them, and will entail a lot of moving around of clients yachts etc.

We did have a piece prepared for this issue about the postponement (until 2013) of the Palma Boat Show, which would have been taking place later this month from April 28th. As I was given the job of creating the international publicity for it, I have to say that it was one of the shortest assignments I have ever had! But most people would have read the press releases either in English or Spanish by now, and all I have to add is that we should now plan ahead, and look forward to a successful ‘truly international’ show in 2013, and not spend time looking back at what cannot be changed!

They are all doing it for the simple reason that they have businesses to run (yachts and chandlery to sell,) and this is the peak season for doing so. The late boat show cancellation has left the major exhibitors with no choice but to find a way to protect their commercial interests. If they cannot do that, they may not be in a strong enough position to support the 2013 Palma Boat Show!

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MCA/STCW MASTER 200NAUTICAL GT - WHATNEWS YOU NEED KNOW LATEST SPANISH FROMTO AENB The 2 Yachtmaster Certificates of Competency are not STCW endorsed, which means they are UK-only certificates and therefore limit you to work on British-flagged vessels only. Once you have obtained these certificates, however, the MCA will allow you to convert them to a 200gt Certificate of Competency which is STCW endorsed, with identical limitations to Yachtmaster. The Master 200gt Certificate of Competency (either limited or unlimited) is awarded upon successful completion of an oral examination by an MCA official. This qualification would allow you to work on vessels other than British-flagged (eg. Luxembourg-flagged vessels). Requirements for this Certificate of Competency are: - +19 years of age - STCW95 basic training - ENG1 medical fitness certificate - Yachtmaster Offshore commercially endorsed for coastal or - Yachtmaster Ocean for unlimited - GMDSS ROC for coastal or - GMDSS GOC for unlimited - Pass MCA Master oral examination

How to apply for MCA deck qualifications In order to obtain any MCA Certificate of Competency, you will need to submit an application form so that you can prove that you have met the minimum MCA requirements. This application form must be downloaded from the MCA website www. Follow the link for ‘working at sea’, ‘training and certification’ and ‘application forms’. You will send the application form along with: - proof of nationality and age - proof of service, eg. passport, I.D. card - a valid medical fitness certificate (ENG1) - course completion certificates from any required training modules - examination pass certificates for modules with externally moderated exams - For OOW applications, a completed Training Record Book If your application is complete, you will receive a Notice of Eligibility (NOE), which allows you to present yourself for oral exam at an MCA office or with an MCA Examiner organised by your training provider. Please note that, if at the time you obtained your NOE you had not completed all your modules, you will have to present your original certificates to the oral examiner. Tel: +34 971 677 154

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With the huge increase in the sales and use of RIBS (Rigid Inflatable Boats) in the last decade, its easy to think they are all the same, and that the material used for the tubes (or more accurately called ‘sponsons’) are also all very similar. But talking to Miguel Angel Hita of Heavy Seas, the safety and tender engineering specialists in Palma, we came across a slightly less straight forward picture. Miguel’s company not only stocks most of the heavy-duty brands of RIB, but they are also authorised repair agents for them, so they know all about the materials, and their various pros and cons! Here is some information they shared with us. In recent years the market for inflatable boats has seen more PVC plastic coated fabrics to replace the rubber Hypalon. At first they were used in small boats for obvious economic reasons, but some manufacturers have started more widespread use of them for almost all inflatable sports boats. So are the economic savings enough to justify a radical change? Well, it could be as long as the user knows the differences in performance between the products, and rationalises those properties against the costs involved. This issue can only be considered by the manufacturer, since the RIB buyer / user does not really see any dramatic differences. Please note that due to the progress made by material manufacturers its becoming increasingly difficult in the eyes of a layman to distinguish an unused PVC plastic from a Hypalon tube To avoid disappointment and bad publicity for inflatable boats it is desirable that the user is fully informed of the significant differences in the properties of either product. These differences consist essentially of: 1) The Hypalon being a rubber (elastomer), which actually describes what it needs to do within its primary function on a RIB

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2) PVC is a plastic (plastomer) which is really distinguished by the fact that it can be hot melt welded. The Hypalon is by definition a flexible material and naturally elastic in nature. The difference with the plastic is that it is rigid and is made more flexible artificially by adding from 60 to 70% PVC oil (plasticizer.) When both are new, making a visual comparison between a PVC fabric and Hypalon does not show any significant differences. The distinction is more in respect of the superior Hypalon material properties, especially its resistance to tearing. The two both look strong and smooth, and the additional flexibility in Hypalon is not noticeable when the boat is inflated Other specific differences are the PVC’s decreased tear strength of about 25% in the first months of use, and the appearance of unexplained, hard to remove stains, especially in higher temperature zones or polluted waters. A major issue to consider in this comparison between Hypalon fabrics and PVC, is the adhesion that is required between the different pieces that make up an inflatable boat. For bonding the Hypalon fabric, a Neoprene / Hypalon Neoprene adhesive is used, which will be fully compatible with the components to be joined, therefore bonding remains stable and serviceable for many years. By comparison, PVC joined fabrics with high content of plasticizer oils in them, tend to produce less reliable joints, which degrade more rapidly with time, and are more likely to fail or fall off! To summarise: The choice of an inflatable boat fabric made of PVC, can be (and often is) based on an economic demand, but will always be to the detriment of quality. Tel: +34 971 430 464


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TAX AND LEGAL MATTERS Organization of the Maritime Authority: Maritimas

The Capitanias

The Spanish maritime authorities are structured under the so called “Capitanías Marítimas” which reports directly to the Dirección General de la Marina Mercante (Maritime General Direction) of the Ministerio of Fomento (Infrastructure Ministry). They were created under the Port Law (Ley 27/1992, de 24 de noviembre de Puertos del Estado) and their activity has been regulated by Real Decreto 1246/1995 de 14 de julio, por el que se regula la constitución y creación de las Capitanías Marítimas (Royal Decree 1246/1995 that rules the incorporation of the Capitanías Marítimas) and Real Decreto 638/2007 de 18 de mayo, por el que se regulan las Capitanías Marítimas y los Distritos Marítimos (Royal Decree 638/2007 that rules the Capitanía Marítima and the Maritime District.) A “Capitanía Marítima” is the maritime authority in each Spanish Port or within its territorial waters and is responsible for all inspection matters, safety and manning, navigation, ship´s registration, environment, titles, licenses, coding of private and commercial crafts and all kind of ships. It is similar but not equivalent to the British MCA. There are 31 Capitanías Maritimas with most of them sub divided into different districts. For example the Capitanía Marítima de Palma de Mallorca is divided in the following Districts: Mahón, Alcudia, Cuidadela and Palma.

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Their main objective is to respect and enforce the Admiralty Law, to safeguard life at sea and to secure maritime navigation in Spanish waters. With the last Royal Decree 638/2007 the old distinction between Capitanías Marítimas of first , second and third category disappeared. The idea is to create a more modern and flexible Maritime Administration system with common and equal interpretation of Admiralty Law. The figure of the Capitán Marítimo has been reinforced with the last Law amendment. He is the Chief Executive or Head Officer of the Capitanía Marítima and carries out the main coordination, management and direction tasks. He authorises or denies the recording of the vessels in the Spanish Ship´s Registry, the Authorisation for sailing (“Despacho del Buque”), and ship´s inspections. Also the entering or sailing out of the port of any craft, determining anchorage places for security reasons, radio control, and in the case of accident at sea, he coordinates the whole assistance procedure, and enforces arrests in case of maritime debts etc, etc.

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The Capitanías also inspect boats in order to check that they comply with all permits and navigation equipment and are thus empowered to assess and levy fines and penalties. In Palma the Capitania is in Muelle Viejo s/n just in front the cathedral. They normally speak English.

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RESIDENTS CORNER D.I.Y. CAR TRANSFER Going via a Dealer the transfer should be done for you but on private transfers this will not be the case. Ideally take the seller with you but this is not essential. Stage 1 – Are you buying what you think you are? It could have fines outstanding, unpaid local road tax, finance not paid off, stolen or even have an embargo on it so that the current owner is not in a position to sell. It may even have been in an accident. By going to your local Trafico and providing the registration number (matricula) for a small fee you can obtain a report which will enable you to make your decision and avoid heartache. Stage 2 – You will need to obtain full documentation from the current owner original and photocopies as identified below. • Copy of owner’s residencia and where this is out of date also resident certificate. If there is just the resident certificate then a copy of the photo page of the owner’s passport. If there is no resident certificate or residencia (although there should be one) a copy of the letter confirming the NIE number of the owner and again the passport page • The original ownership paper which shows the name of the owner, the address to which the car is registered and the vehicle details (permiso de circulaciòn) • The original green technical specification for the car (ficha technica) • The original receipt which shows that the local road tax has been paid up to date • The original ITV report which shows the car has passed and also up to date (for cars 4 years and over only) Stage 3 – Payment of 4% transfer tax to Hacienda. You need to obtain form 630 from Hacienda and complete this and with a copy of the car documents as identified above Hacienda will then determine what tax has to be paid at one of the banks nominated by them. For cars 10 years old or more there is nothing to pay but you still need the form stamped off by Hacienda. Stage 4 – Go back to Trafico with all of the above including the bank confirmation of payment on form 630. You will also need to complete the form for transfer, obtained from Trafico or can be downloaded from, which should also be signed by the seller and take this to the cashier in Trafico and pay the administration fee. You will also need the following: • Your original residencia or resident certificate and personal identification with your photo if you do not have a residencia card (therefore your passport) with a photocopy of everything • An original certificado de empadronamiento from your local council which must be no more than 3 months old if your address has changed from your residencia card or if you do not have a card

LAURA’S LOG So Easter….that was a long time coming! I foolishly decided to forgo my favourite vegetable during the traditional forty days of abstinence that is Lent …proving the old adage that you don’t know what you’ve got until you lose it. God was clearly on top form the day that he created the spud as it is wonderful in all its forms, mashed, roasted, chipped, fried, jacketed, sauted…even pochine is a fine drink! So I am delighted that now I can honour my Irish ancestors once again and tuck into as many types of tatty as I can find. Easter also means chocolate …so happy days! Don’t fret about extra poundage as I will be walking it off on the 3rd annual WALK 4 LIFE, this year sponsored by Spectrum FM, in aid of the cancer charity AECC. I am delighted to once again help to organise this event and I hope to see you at Diner Max (the old Roosters restaurant) in Magaluf at 11am on Sunday 8th April for a day of music and games for a fab cause. Thanks, in advance, to all the volunteers and entertainers who will help and perform on the day. More thanks to Peter Franklin and his team on an excellent shindig at the Islander’s 15th anniversary party at Club de Mar. I am sure Mr Rule was at the bar in spirit. It’s all happening in Port Adriano this month! Firstly the Go Kart Grand Prix on the weekend of the 14th & 15th will see plenty of boy (and girl) racers acting like mini versions Lewis Hamilton as they tear round a specially constructed track. We have pitted Spectrum´s “Sporty Bird” Sarah Mullis against JP Bradshaw in the “Radio Rally” as they don leathers to do battle to see which can be the speediest demon behind the wheels. Don’t tell Knocker (JP) but the smart money is on Sporty as she is it virtually impossible to tell her and Suzy Perry apart. At the end of the month “Mallorca Superyacht Days” promises to be a swishy invitation-only affair, again in Port Adriano. It is great that the port is starting to get busy and attract top class events like this. As a local resident I am delighted and it is clear that Spectrum FM Mallorca is where the action is in more ways than one, for we are opening our new studio in the area in April. The Spectrum FM team is also at the “Crew Show” at Mood Beach this month so look out for us in pink as we help to host and entertain on the day. Nicky Stixx will be singing and we may persuade Knocker to bang out a tune…he is a rather good pro warbler you know!

Believe it or not, this can all be achieved in one day and the best time at Trafico is lunch-time whilst the best time at Hacienda is around 10.00 a.m. The payment at the bank does not have to be your own bank.

Finally, congratulations to my friend and inspirational woman Kate Mentink who has finally taken up her post as Assistant Managing Director of the Centro Baleares Europa, within the Conselleria de Presidencia of the regional government. This is very good news for everyone who lives in the Balearics and the new Spectrum FM is looking forward to working with her to promote integration and encourage business across the islands. Nice one Mentink!

Sandra Eagles, Spanish Solutions, The Balearic Business Centre for Mallorca & Costa Blanca

Laura Penn is the Station Manager and Breakfast Show presenter on Spectrum FM Mallorca 88.6FM





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TECHNOLOGY UPDATE MCA makes BNWAS compulsory for yachts over 150grt in LY3. When the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) completes its review of LY2 and introduces LY3 at the 2012 Monaco Yacht Show, you will be faced with installing another new piece of kit in order to be MCA complaint. Will it ever stop? The new piece of kit is a Bridge Navigational Watch Alarm System (BNWAS). Finding out exactly what the legislation requires for your yacht is one thing, finding the budget and choosing the best value for money system from all the confusing manufacturers’ claims is a much more complex task. Do you know what BNWAS is? BNWAS is a safety system made mandatory in amendments to SOLAS Chapter V Regulation 19 and adopted on 5th June 2009 by Resolution MSC.282(86). It has not been mandatory for yachts, but will be compulsory under the new MCA LY3 Code. “The purpose of the bridge navigational watch alarm system (BNWAS) is to monitor bridge activity and detect operator disability which could lead to marine accidents. The system monitors the awareness of the Officer of the Watch (OOW) and automatically alerts the Master or another qualified OOW if for any reason the OOW becomes incapable of performing the OOW’s duties. This purpose is achieved by a series of indications and alarms to alert first the OOW and, if he is not responding, then to alert the Master or another qualified OOW. Additionally, the BNWAS may provide the OOW with a means of calling for immediate assistance if required. The BNWAS should be operational whenever the ship’s heading or track control system is engaged, unless inhibited by the Master.” A Typical BNWAS System It is important to select a system that meets the requirements of the performance standards set out by MSC.128(75) & IEC 62616 and is also approved by all the major Classification Societies.

The Large Yacht Code LY3 is scheduled for a September 2012 launch. The MCA’s Vessel Policy Branch has outlined the future shape of the Large Yacht Code. Rather than make an amendment to the LY2 Code they have now said they will push to publish a new Code, LY3, in time for the Monaco Show in September. The LY3 Code will incorporate a number of important changes, not least the inclusion of the Marine Labour Convention’s requirements for super yacht crew accommodation. The areas relevant to technology that are under review are as follows: Chapter 16 that deals with radio is being totally re written and will include new requirements to bring all new yachts in line with the GMDSS “sea area” concept. Existing super yachts under 300grt will continue using a “distance from a safe haven” but will face an increase in the reserve energy source from one hour to three hours. All yachts will have to comply with long-range identification and tracking (LRIT) regulations and as already mentioned above BNWAS. More mobile phones than toilets in India And now for a complete change of subject, I read an interesting report from the United Nations University (UNU) last week which stated that in India, the country with the world’s second-highest population, more people have access to a mobile telephone than to a toilet. The UNU were making recommendations on how to cut the number of people with inadequate sanitation. “It is a tragic irony to think that in India, a country now wealthy enough that roughly half of the people own phones, about half cannot afford the basic necessity and dignity of a toilet,” said Zafar Adeel, Director of United Nations University’s Institute for Water, Environment and Health (IWEH), and chair of UNWater, a coordinating body for water-related work at 27 UN agencies and their partners.

A typical system comprises of either a bulkhead-mounted or console mounted control panel with an onboard PIR (Passive Infra-Red) movement detector. The system would be modular to accommodate any bridge size and layout with additional PIRs and/or manual resets both inside the bridge and weatherproof versions for the bridge wings.

India has some 545 million cell phones, enough to serve about 45 per cent of the population, but only about 366 million people or 31 per cent of the population had access to improved sanitation in 2008!

When will this take place?

Can anyone honestly tell me that they know what the new features are on an iPad3? The following story on didn’t surprise me.

For commercial vessels, including commercial yachts it has been compulsory to fit BNWAS on any new build passenger vessel since 1st July 2011 and to retrofit on all existing passenger vessels from 1st July 2012 or by the first survey after that date. Any MCA LY3 compliant yacht, whether commercial or not, will have to fit BNWAS by those dates.

Under- or overwhelmed by the iPad3?

Gizmodo gave several people in a technology-based company an iPad 2, but told them it was the new iPad3, and asked for their comments. Perhaps not surprisingly, most people interviewed raved about the new improved screen and better features (slimmer? lighter?), before being told that actually they were holding an existing iPad2 – red faces all round. Just goes


New from to show that Apple really doesn’t need to try any more. Apple’s intention of taking the focus off the activities at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona by launching the iPad3 during the Congress seems to have worked, but by all accounts today they could launch anything at all, and people would love it.

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Anyway, if you do need to know, the new iPad3 features are: • Retina Display. Four times more pixels than iPad 2. Razorsharp text. Richer colors. • iSight Camera. 5-megapixel still images. • HD Video recording in 1080p. • Ultra-fast 4G/LTE • IOS. • iCloud. • Airplay. Congratulations to Peter and Marleen on The Islander’s 15th birthday and many thanks to them for the presentation they gave me. I now know this is the 175th column I have written for this esteemed mag!! It was well after the 100th column that someone said to me “I read your article in The Islander last week”. I have to say I was amazed as I didn’t think anyone did!

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“Summer is a coming in” is based on a medieval English folk song to celebrate the arrival of summer. Summer arrives earlier in Mallorca than it does in England and this time of year is some of the best of the weather in the Western Mediterranean when the sun shines but the temperatures are not too fierce. The warm sun has all kinds of health implications, some positive and some negative. On the positive side the sun’s ultra-violet light can ease troublesome acne and it can work wonders on psoriasis – in fact UV light is used in hospitals to control psoriasis which is an unwelcome skin thickening condition that affects 3% of the population. Patches of skin scaling lead to thick plaques of psoriasis on various parts of the body. Acne is even more common and affects many adolescents who often grow out of it as they enter adult life. With both psoriasis and also acne, it is important to avoid over-exposure and associated sunburn because this can then aggravate rather than relieve the problem.

It is now common knowledge that excessive sun exposure increases the risk of skin cancer and, even if we escape cancer, it accelerates skin ageing with increased wrinkles and thickening. Some of us have spent most of our lives in places with little sunshine and can become rather intoxicated with the pleasure of continuous good weather but need to be careful about skin exposure when the sun is high. On the other hand, some of us have lived for years in hot sunny climates and are very sensitised to the dangers of skin cancer and the need to monitor moles. A few remarks about skin cancer might help to allay worries on the one hand but also alert reasonable concern on the other. Skin changes which are potentially serious include any blemish or mole which starts to change size, becomes raised and develops an irregular edge compared with the smooth welldefined edge of a harmless mole. Sometimes these lesions change colour, usually darker in the case of melanoma, and may bleed, crust or itch. Some of these features are typical of precancerous skin changes which are well known amongst groups working in the open air and they are relatively easily treated if picked up early but can slowly progress to definite non-melanoma skin cancers if neglected.

There is no doubt that a sunny day lifts the heart in a way that dull dank weather does not and it is a good excuse for a winter sun holiday! The negative impact of miserable weather, especially in latitudes where winter days are very short and dull, drives some people to winter depression (Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD). This winter depression eases with antidepressant medication but is also sometimes treated with light therapy to mimic the brighter conditions of summer.

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22 Well that’s it then, the party’s over. I hear that loads of people turned up at the Club de Mar to celebrate the 15th anniversary of this journal, and d’you know what...that miserable skinflint cockney git didn’t even invite me, how about that for gratitude?...not! I gather there were pre-paid tickets for drinks, and I’m sure he thought I’d grab a fistful of em, get rapidly inebriated , and talk bollox, or insult if! Anyway, at least he has got of his backside and managed to spread my sermons to a wider audience, and I’m rather chuffed that my pearls of wisdom will now be read in the chic superyacht marinas across the western Med. For sure my literary genius deserves no lesser audience! So, now we’ve gone all international (or at least gone further west than Puerto Soller), it gives me a chance to rattle on about various EU matters. And believe me, there are more than enough of them for me to get my nashers into. For instance we have 700 odd EU politicians sitting in Brussels with their paid expenses and Monday to Friday penthouse apartments, plus the hordes of secretaries, assistant’s chauffeurs and assorted anonymous leaches, all paid for by the poor overtaxed European citizen. And what do we get for it in yachting; I have to ask you gentle reader? Just take a look at the article on page 4 of this issue about what a total mess we are in with the inter EU acceptance of skippers licenses for small commercial vessels! OK, it’s great that the GETAFIX project team are trying to improve it, but should they really have to, if some Brussels bod had done the job years ago? It doesn’t happen to tour bus and lorry drivers, who seem to be able to able to buzz all around Europe on one license, so why does commercial yachting have to have its labour mobility crippled? It’s just not fair! Then there is the ludicrously out of step taxation on commercial yachts that we find ourselves with in France and Spain. The French are clearly out of order with their blanket VAT exemption which gives them huge competitive advantage over their EU yachting neighbours. And conversely the Spanish, as we all know well, are hopelessly non-competitive with the imposition of the dreaded 12% matriculation tax. Both have been ‘yellow carded’ (several times in writing) by Brussels, and been ruled to have committed ‘professional fouls’. But the system doesn’t seem to have a red card, or it’s very hard for the referee to find one in his pocket! It seems that ignoring the warnings consistently and lengthily works very well, for any national government that just wants the goodies from the EU, but doesn’t want to toe the line by sorting out indiscretions that might suit its purpose or ideology. OK you’ve guessed it; I’m a diehard EU sceptic.... duh!!! Drifting off of yachting for a moment, I had to chuckle a bit when I read that King Juan Carlos of Spain has said publically; “There are nights when youth unemployment makes me lose sleep.” What with that, and the fact that his son-in- law is up on corruption charges in Mallorca, I doubt the old boy is getting much shut eye at all, these days! And apparently he said the self-same thing at a public

gathering around the same time last year. So now we know that his insomnia has lasted at least 12 months. No wonder he’s looking a bit the worse for wear lately. So, this Arab enters a taxi.......... Once he is seated he asks the cab driver to turn off the radio because he must not hear music as decreed by his religion and, in the time of the prophet, there was no music, especially Western music which is music of the infidel’s and certainly he must hear no radio.... So the cab driver politely switches off the radio, steers to the curb, stops the cab gets out and opens the back door. The Arab asks him: “What are you doing?” The cabby answers: “In the time of the prophet there were no taxis. So get out and wait for a sodding camel.” Back to yachting and more specifically boat shows, or rather cancelled ones, in the case of the very much ‘not happening’ 2012 Palma one! Now I’m not known for being a kindly supporter of past Palma Boat Shows, in fact I’m proud to say that I’ve been one of its most outspoken critics, quite simply because it never did what it said on the tin! But I have to say that the signs looked much better for this year, before the plug was pulled based on the findings of a financial reality check which had to happen. Meanwhile the Antibes Yacht show, which is only a few years old, goes from strength to strength despite a difficult market and plenty of stiff competition. Why? Because the ladies that run it, have seen the way the wind is blowing and focused on yachts of over 20m, whilst keeping their prices reasonable, and becoming known for flexible and personable approach towards exhibitors. As mentioned by the Ed in his monthly page 5 drivel, this kind of entrepreneurial spirit may well result in us seeing an alternative public nautical event in Mallorca this season. But, whatever happens, let’s hope that the same spirit rubs off on the 2013 Palma Boat Show, and that everyone in the local yachting sector gets behind it to make it the huge success it deserves to be...

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PEDAL AROUND INDIA ON A BIKE…WHY? LATEST SPANISH NAUTICAL NEWS FROM AENB Alan Muir, ex yacht skipper and more recently known for kitting out yachties from his Mallorca Clothing Company store, is a quiet man (for a Scot,) but obviously a very determined and kind hearted one. Determination and the desire to help others must be the key characteristics required to make you want to embark on an epic cycling journey around one of the most rugged parts of India, with the objective to raise money to help disadvantaged Indian youngsters. The cycle was from Kolkata to Kalimpong. That is 670kms almost due north, from sea level up into the hills at 4500feet. The event took place from Sunday the 19th February till the Saturday the 25th February. In Kalimpong there is a school which was originally founded by a Dr Graham, a Scottish missionary. He set it up for disadvantaged and impoverished children from Kolkata (Calcutta in those days), to give them an education and a chance in life that they would not otherwise have. Since the beginning over 100 years ago, the school has grown to over 1300 pupils of which 230 are sponsored by the Scottish charity. As it is a small and very focused charity we can say happily that all monies go straight to the children and their education. One such pupil is Aaron who Alan has been sponsoring for 6 years now. He is now 12 years old and full of life, fun and learn-

ing! A stark contrast to the initial reports of the malnourished, shy little boy. To read more about the school and the chance to make a difference to a child´s life go to their web page at Here are some excerpts from Alans ‘reflections on India.’ Noisy, smelly, incessant, crowded, inquiring, staring, secretive, smiling, and dusty! Where do you start? There are so many sides to the India that we see and the Indian people that we have come across. Never before have I been to a country that I thought I should know a lot about and in actual fact, known and understood nothing. Kolkata was a sensation explosion. People, vehicles, animals and dust. Just continual motion and commotion. The noise of the masses all talking and shouting, the noise of the traffic, the noise of the horns blaring, and whistles blowing from police directing traffic. The hoards of people and animals just everywhere. The people who were not walking about were just sleeping or sitting on the pavements staring at the world going by. The kids begging on every corner and everywhere that we stopped. I will say that the begging stopped as soon as we left Kolkata. It must be a city thing and the hopelessness of the unemployed in a large city. The roads are appalling! They range from potholed to pure dirt road, all under the heading of the “main road north”! The Indians do not “see” the rubbish they leave behind. It is a cultural bad habit. You drop the litter in the street and you empty your pockets in the streets and if the need takes you, you empty your bowels in the street. It is disgusting and takes a lot of “culture therapy” to be able to look at it as anything other than revolting. Western eyes cannot look at it with anything other than revulsion. Dr. Graham´s Homes are in stark contrast to the surrounding town and area. They are well kept, tidy, and the kids all unfailingly polite. This school was the reason for us all being in India, so it was something that was very important for all of us. To see the damage that has been done by the earthquake last September, and the progress that is being made to bring all the buildings back to a liveable standard, is very heartening. Alan’s summing up after he came home? “A good cause, a great adventure, an education, and a chance to share some time with great people who I hope to be friends with for many years to come. What more could you want from a ‘holiday?’” The cycle was a charitable event with 14 people altogether taking part, and the hope is to raise enough money to sponsor a few children through their entire school life. If you want to help but not take on the full responsibility of sponsoring a child, why not donate money through Alan’s just giving page at www.justgiving/Alan-Muir-Mallorca That way you can really make a difference to a child in need.


FUNDRAISER FOR SIERRE LEONE CHILDREN Ibex Insurance staff and Akin Charity join forces to raise funds for the street children of Sierra Leone. Justine Haughey from the Gibraltar office of Ibex, the marine insurance specialists tells us that her colleagues and supporters of the Gibraltar charity AKIN (Association for Kids In Need) have joined forces in an ambitious and adventurous project to raise money for the UK registered charity Street Child of Sierra Leone. Marathon running has become a very popular challenge for charity fundraisers over the years and the Ibex/Akin team are busy training for their first ever marathon but not in Lisbon or Madrid nor in London or New York. No, this group is heading for the small town of Makeni in northern Sierra Leone. There has never been an organised ‘open’ marathon in Sierra Leone, which has a tropical climate and high humidity. 70% of the marathon course is on packed mud roads and the race is during the start of the rainy season when temperatures will reach the mid twenties. Has the question ‘Why?’ crossed your mind yet? In 2008 the UN Human Development Index again ranked Sierra Leone last (out of 179 countries) making it officially the poorest country in the world. One in four children do not live to see their fifth birthday. The 11 year civil war between 1991 and 2002 displaced half the population and the memory of atrocities carried out by child soldiers lives on and has left a legacy of orphans and broken communal and social bonds. The grinding poverty still results in children leaving or being driven from their homes and the lack of children’s rights has led to a culture of the internal trafficking of children to wealthier families where they are often abused. All in all a ‘perfect storm’ forcing children onto the streets.
 The Ibex team at the Kiln Sierra Leone Marathon on 9 June is made up of Lianne Gilbert, Richard Hill, Phil Langley, Eva Massetti, Elainne Perez, Alicia Torrecilla Cortes and David Whitmore. The headline sponsors Kiln, who hold a minority stake in Ibex, is marking its 50th anniversary by supporting this event in the 50th year since Sierra Leone gained independence. A great cause, an exciting adventure with each member meeting their own travel and accommodation costs in full in order that every penny raised goes towards the ambitious target of £15,000 helping Street Child with their important work. Donations can be made via your local Ibex Insurance office or via the web at: and follow the team’s progress on Facebook at:

ANTIBES YACHT SHOW 12-15 APRIL 2012 The sixth Antibes Yacht show is set to kick off this month, promising to be a sell out with lots of interesting features and exhibitors, some great yachts, and a lively seminar program. ECOsuperyacht is partnering with the Antibes Yacht Show 2012 for the second year running by offsetting all the carbon emissions arising from this year’s event. Last year’s highly successful show, which saw 13,000 visitors attend, was estimated to have generated 350 tonnes of carbon emissions from sources such as shore power for the Yachts attending the show, the show facilities themselves and from the exhibitors and visitors attending the show from all around the World. Petra Malloier, the Show’s organiser says: “We’re very pleased to be partnering again with ECOsuperyacht. We’re confident that this year’s show will be bigger than ever before, so we’re expecting to offset up to 400 tonnes of carbon emissions this year with ECOsuperyacht, in order to ensure that the show remains fully carbon neutral.” The AYS Seminar Steering Committee—comprised of Antibes Yacht Show, ISS, MYBA and PYA—has announced its 2012 Seminar Topics, for the day’s program 13th April. The event is being held from 10:00-17:00 with luncheon at 12:30 and cocktails at 17:00. - Session One 10:00-11:00/11:15 The Challenges of Charters, Sale and Purchase. Including: How crew can help with chartering and selling the yacht - Session Two 11:30-12:30/12:45 Communication Triangle, PYC Impact, Yacht Design - Session Three 13:00-14:00/14:15 When the Harbour Master Chains You to the Pier. Including: When the VAT Man comes knocking and Interpol wants to discuss your Money Laundering - Session Four 14:30-17:00 Regulatory Changes, Management Training Including: Engineering, RYA Changes, Manila Amendments with Management Training Rollout, PYA and ICTC Update Amongst the yachts announced to be there is an entirely new breed of sailing superyacht being shown to the public for the first time at AYS. Designed by the renowned Ron Holland, the 32.4 metre dark blue hulled Kestrel is said to be a superb fusion of the best aspects of motor yacht, sailing yacht and beach house, designed specifically to put the fun back into family sailing, and to open ownership of large sailing yachts to a wider audience.

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YACHT PROVISIONING FROM A NEW LATEST SPANISH NAUTICAL NEWSPERSPECTIVE FROM AENB Andy worked for the BBC on a couple of occasions as a fixer/translator for the documentary ‘The Dream Dealer’ about Howard Marks, and also for ‘Rough Guides to Mallorca and Ibiza.’ He was also a major influence in placing Carling Lager on the island, which is now the top selling British lager in Mallorca. Two heads are better than one, and it didn’t take too long for Simon and Andy to come up with the company name: ‘meatn2vegs.’ The business will supply meat ,fish, fruit and vegetables all with the accent on quality at a fair price. Both the partners have a deep commitment, through experience, to provide excellent quality and a first rate service at a fair price. Andy explained it simply as; “Doing what we do best, and doing it well.” Ask Simon Jones owner of The Escape, a well known yachtie bar and bistro in Palma’s cosmopolitan La Llonja area; “What is the most important part of any meal preparation?” He’ll tell you; “ The basic raw materials are what makes all the difference in the final taste, colour and presentation of any meal, no matter how good the chef is!” And Simon should know, he’s worked in the kitchens of top Paris hotels, and trained at the Michelin starred Loire Valley hotel “Le Domaine de Bouvoise”. He then went on to be a yacht chef on some of the finest charter yachts in the world with some very high profile diners sat at his table. These days Simon still runs the Elite Chefs recruitment agency based in Palma, which keeps him right up to date with the luxury catering demands of the superyacht industry. Anyone who knows Simon will testify to his reputation within the yachting industry for his strict adherence to quality and attention to detail. His friendly and approachable demeanour keeps the Escape Bar pretty busy with yachting clientele the whole year round. Its no surprise then, given his knowledge and experience, that Simon gets loads of enquiries from captains and chefs for sourcing and supplying food products. So, why don’t I start an online yacht provisioning service thinks Simon, where all of this knowledge and supplier experience can be offered for the benefit of any chef or yacht who wants to access it? But…I need some practical help and a name for the business he concludes in his mind. Then up steps Simon’s friend Andrew Roberts himself with 30 years of experience in the Balearics mainly supplying food and drink to the vast tourist market. A popular figure in the local resident community who has earned a reputation for his transparency and personal service. Nothing is too much trouble.

They have already spent many long winter months putting together a team of suppliers who share their ideology. No mean feat. A team committed to playing a fundamental role in the achievement of future business success through mutual commitment and collaboration. The meatn2vegs offer is simply stated; - Ability to supply special cuts of meat - Prepared to seek out those hard to find favourites - Tailor made packaging to suit individual requirements - A clear vision - Extreme attention to detail - A Web page that is no-nonsense, modern and quirky but ultimately easy to navigate. Where it will be a doddle to place orders online with the smallest details and special requirements included. A given in today´s market place but not forgetting that personal touch and hands on approach when required. Simon said; “Online ordering may become a primary way of ordering and safely paying, but we will still be on the quayside personally taking orders, and of course over the phone. He then summed it all up with the teams mission statement; “Our commitment is paying the utmost attention to your meatn2vegs!!” Tel: (+34) 676 552 652





CrewShow is pleased to announce the date for their 2012 Mallorca show: Friday April 27th so make a date in your diary now! This is the fifth presentation of the CrewShow: it is eagerly anticipated by businesses and crew alike. What makes the day so popular is its focus on the crew and their interests and needs and the incredible networking opportunities that it offers for everyone.

The Islander has recently been celebrating its 15th anniversary since starting out as a local boating newsletter back in March 1997. Very appropriately The Islander publishers Peter and Marleen Franklin, held a party to commemorate the occasion at The Club de Mar in Palma where founder publisher, the late John Rule, started out originally with issue No 1. On Friday 16th March, well over 100 members of the local yachting community enjoyed a convivial atmosphere and plenty of ‘shop talk’ on the terrace of the club bar on a pleasant early spring evening. Pictured above, Kate Mentink, PF and Laura Penn. In a short speech to the gathered crowd Peter Franklin said: “John Rule is here in spirit, and we’re honoured to have his wife Carol here tonight in the place where it all started.” Reading an excerpt from John’s lead editorial in the first 16 page, two colour Islander newsletter, Peter mentioned that the magazine had moved with the times but had stuck faithfully to the original concept promised by John. This was (and is) to provide accurate, and sometimes humorous or controversial news on all things nautical in the The Balearic Islands. He said; “Our heartfelt thanks go firstly to our readers, without whom we are nothing. Also to our advertisers some of which have been with us in every one of our 175 issues, and to our sterling band of contributors who are all experts in their specific nautical fields, and have consistently provided interesting and relevant content for so many years. Peter went on to say; “Technology has moved on and our industry has changed, these days we have a digital platform via our website, a nautical TV video web portal, ( and are now spreading our wings into mainland Spain, the French Riviera, Italy and Sardinia. But one thing that won’t change is our ongoing commitment to deliver relevant yachting news and information across all of our platforms, and to ensure its always available ‘free of charge’ to our readers and viewers” During the party Peter also presented a hand stitched leather replica ‘Royal Navy’ drinking tankard to Roger Horner, Group Managing Director of marine communications specialists e3 Systems, for his outstanding contribution to The Islander magazine. Peter said; “I’m still in awe of how Roger does it, but he has kept our readers in touch with all the developments in onboard communications technology, over the span of 174 editions since issue No 2 in April 1997!”

This year’s event is shaping up to be the best yet. As usual it’s at Mood Beach Club in Portals, which is one of the most fashionable venues on the island. Apart from the 30+ business stands the popular Hog Roast barbecue will be in full swing. Performer Nicky Stixx will be performing dance and rock hits throughout the event to keep the atmosphere bubbling. There will be plenty of other activities during the show including a beach wear fashion show and scuba diving in the pool will set the scene for a party to remember. CrewShow is delighted to announce that this year’s main sponsor is once again the leading crew agency Dovaston. The Dovaston brand is famous throughout the yachting world for their innovation and quality of service. The Dovaston team will be widely available throughout the show which will be a terrific chance for any crew needing help and advice about their careers. In addition to Dovaston there are many other top quality companies attending the show who are all keen to hear the latest news and views from crew members and ready to help them find the products and services that their boat needs. Other businesses which will be exhibiting include local Mallorca based training schools for a variety of skills (massage, languages, cooking, and more) which can add value to a crew member’s CV. The CrewShow has benefits not just to the crew but also to the businesses which attend as Phil Edwards (Managing Director) and Karen Dovaston (CEO) of Dovaston, host a business to business lunch before the doors open for the afternoon. This allows the other show sponsors the chance to network and build up valuable contacts. Non sponsors are very welcome to attend the B2B Lunch, to reserve your spot email or just pay on the day. Another feature that makes CrewShow unique is their commitment to bringing local suppliers into the arena: many yacht shows are prohibitively expensive, but with sponsorship of the CrewShow available at very affordable prices the small but exclusive companies will also be represented on the day. As usual there will be a charity element and this year the Mallorcan foundation, Respiralia, which helps children with Cystic Fibrosis, will be attending the show. To make it easy for everyone to get to and from the show there will be two free shuttle buses picking up and dropping off at Club de Mar in Palma and at the Port Adriano entrance as well. The buses will start their rounds at 3pm when they leave Club de Mar and Port Adriano for Mood Beach so don’t miss out! Crewshow opens its doors to all crew from 3pm till late. After the official show is finished there will be a fantastic crew party and authentic salsa night which carries on until the wee small hours of the morning. So folks, don’t delay, this is your opportunity not only to network but to dance the night away to top sounds in a fantastic cliff side location. The Islander looks forward to seeing you all at MOOD Beach & Restaurant Portals. Visit for more information.



YACHT & CAPTAIN FEATURE fifteen year survey. We are now back in the water at long last after nearly six months in STP. There is plenty still to complete before we are ready for guests but it’s refreshing for the crew to be floating. Q: Which companies have you used in Palma that has impressed you? A: This winter Astilleros has been outstanding with all the unforeseen dramas that is associated with fifteen years of sailing. Other regular contractors are Rolling Stock for our superstructure paintwork. Synergy, North Star engineering, Nauti Crew, Bosun’s Locker, Baleair and Technocraft have been brilliant for us. Q: Is there anything lacking in Palma for the nautical sector? Or you feel that Palma leads the way? A: If there is anything lacking in the Palma sector and I think of it, I will keep it quiet as I’m not going to be crewing for ever... Q: What bars and restaurants do you recommend in Palma (or island wide)? A: Frederico at Harry’s Bar makes a great cocktail. Crena Creu in the old town for tapa’s with a twist or Gin infusions. Northern Spirit is a 37m, 156t Perini Navi launched in 1996. Flying the red ensign with London registration she was designed inhouse at Perini and eventually becoming the first “Salperton”. In 2000 she was sold, renamed and still remains with her second owner after 12 years. Master & Commander: Richard Allingham is entering his fifth year aboard Northern Spirit, as Captain for two years and prior to that as Engineer. As Richard comments “Good owners are hard to find but once you do it makes the long hours all worthwhile”. One of the previous captains is still employed by the owner after 12 years and still remains involved with the vessel! Service History: Richard was raised sailing in New Zealand but started as a marine spray painter before getting his first position as deckhand on a 34m Alloy Yachts ketch. He has now been in the yachting industry for ten years cruising the Caribbean and Med and his favourite, the Pacific.

Q: What do you never go to sea without? A: Patience and a sense of humour. Q: Scariest moment at sea? A: Sailing from Queensland back to Auckland I was woken up in the middle of the night to reef the mainsail after a sudden 180 degree wind shift. Not only was it a little hectic for the crew member on the helm but heavy wind against the prevailing swell pitched up a nice 7m swell. After a few cold waves over your head you tend to snap out of the haze of your off watch slumber. No damage and all accounted for so drama averted. Q: Any comments on the industry? A: It’s amazing how much the industry has changed since I have been involved particularly with regulations. I just joined to go sailing and try to top some of my Dad’s offshore sailing stories!

Position fix: Northern Spirit is currently located in Palma de Mallorca which have been her home for the last three winters. Preseason cruising will be around the Balearics at the end of May. Watch rota: Generally Northern Spirit runs with five crew but when the season is in full flight, and charters are lined up, there is a need for a sixth crew member. At the moment there is one Kiwi, two English, an Australian and a Guatemalan with only the chief stewardess to find for the season as the current stew has moved to the position of chef. Summer splendour: The summer of 2011 came with the adventure of cruising the spectacular waters of Scotland. Although there was little water sports to be had, the hiking and photography were amazing. This season will start towards the end of May in the Balearics with owners and family trips. Our first charter will take us to Corsica with a fourth time repeat charterer for 17 days. Other charters are starting to line up nicely with owners slotting in between when they can. Winter wonderland: We stayed in Palma for our third winter in a row but this one was a little different as it was Northern Spirit’s

Feature created by Linda Revill of Aigua Sea School, a recent new addition to the great area of Santa Catalina as quoted above!



BOATSHED COMES TO PALMA Boatshed, now an international name in yachting, is the archetypal yacht brokerage company made up of people who gave up their normal jobs to work with boats every day. Have they regretted it, no not at all. Boatshed say they now have an enthusiastic global team who are all passionate about boats. Let’s find out what makes them tick and what their ethics are, also what can be learnt from their success. Neil Chapman is the original founder of the company which now franchises its proven boat sales business process in ten countries. He explains; “We bought a small yacht brokerage business in Milford Haven, UK, which didn’t cost us very much money, they were selling about seven boats a year. “We thought it was going to be easy - we sit in the office, people walk in and want to sell their boats, other people want to walk in and buy them. Unfortunately we sat there for the first two or three weeks and nobody came in the office at all. And the challenge was - it’s a long way to Milford Haven to look at boats. So how did we give people the confidence to come and see these boats? “The objective was to get the customers essentially to profile themselves - for them to arrive, to look at a boat and be completely comfortable with all of the information.” “So under a traditional sales model, generally what happens is limited information is made available. That triggers a response from a customer to enquire, and when they enquire a set of sales techniques are used to qualify and potentially turn that sales prospect into a buyer.” “My feeling is that the reverse is actually more effective. By making all of the information available up-front, the potential buyer pre-qualifies them self. We changed the model, but in order to give them all of the information up front, that’s where the internet comes in.” “By putting all of this information online and all the photographs and all the information, we turned a 16 viewings average (before a sale) to an average now across the group of about two and a half. And that’s why we went from, in the first year, a business that was selling seven boats to a business that was selling 118. “The way that we knew our business was improving was through an increase in sales. That to me was the vital dynamic. Coupled with the fact that people were actually then coming to us and saying ‘we would like to buy this business’. That was, you know, a fundamental endorsement of the success. Boatshed is the world’s largest yacht brokerage group that prides itself on giving potential buyers the most complete and accurate picture of the boat that they want to buy. Brokers personally visit every boat that they list, taking up to 80 photographs which are then available online to registered users anywhere in the world. Boatshed has offices across 10 countries. Each one is owned and operated on a licensed basis by people passionate about boats. Tel: +34 651 060 068

SPANISH MARINAS NEWS All eyes on the new Marbella La Bajadilla Marina It looks like the famous chic and almost iconic Puerto Banus in Southern Spain, faces new competition just down the road in the shape of a new €400 million redevelopment of the fishing port of La Bajadilla in Marbella. The new scheme, backed by Qatari Sheikh Abdullah Ben Nasser Al-Thani, will include not only a 200m dock for cruise liners but also an 800+ berth marina. The surrounding area will be completely revamped with the relocation of an entire industrial estate to create a new luxury zone with 5 star hotels, retail and residential space as well as an eventual link to the excellent AVE high speed rail network. The new port is being talked about as“the most important project in Marbella’s history” and its hoped that it will provide much needed construction jobs in Andalucia. Plans have been agreed and it is expected that construction of the marina will take three years. Given the amount of existing activity that needs to be relocated, the local view from experts is that the project is unlikely to be completed before 2017.

Mataró Marina a new superyacht location near Barcelona The newly developed Mataro Marina is based in a quiet and reserved port near Barcelona but far enough away to enjoy the calm water of a pollution- free marina, with the further advantage of a cost of living significantly lower compared to the Catalan capital. The marina can accommodate 22 yachts up to 50m in length, and Varador 2000, the promoter of Mataró Marina Barcelona, say that they are able to ensure a personalized service for visiting and resident yachts with discretion and security backed up by a 24h security service. The private entrance to the marina is exclusively reserved for its customers, with competitive prices, there is free parking just in front of the moorings and the availability of containers. Combined with a the helistop service and free WiFi it could be that this marina is another consideration in the Med for all those who are looking for an advantageous alternative. Mataró, is situated just 16nm away from Barcelona, and is very well connected to the two main Catalan airports of Barcelona and Girona, by an efficient and modern motorway and railway network. Mataro is the capital of the Maresme region which has one of the best landscapes in Catalonia with beautiful woods overlooking the sea and fine scenery. There is also the possibility to enjoy open air sports, such as golf, horse-riding, bicycling and many more. And for fans of Formula One, Mataró Marina Barcelona is the closest marina to the Montmeló circuit. Enquiries to: - Tel:+34 937 957 090



E-TECH’S NRG LATEST ULTRASONIC ANTIFOULING SYSTEM PROVES ITS WORTH SPANISH NAUTICAL NEWS FROM AENB As the European refit season draws to a close in spring of 2012, many yacht owners, managers and captains will be thinking about what antifouling system to apply to their underwater hulls in order to face another season of cruising, racing… or both.

early 2011, as an addition to her regular paint based antifouling, before she set out on her busy season cruising the central and eastern Mediterranean.

Anyone who has ever owned a boat that stays in the water for most of the time will be very familiar with the difficult decision process that leads up to this point, irrespective of the size of the vessel. But now there is another completely different option to think about which doesn’t involve paint or coatings at all! The system is called NRG Sonihull. Its an ultrasonic antifouling system marketed and installed by yacht electronics specialists e-techyachting. Sonihull already has many years of research, development and proven practical use behind it. And e-tech has all the expertise and resources needed to install it professionally and effectively, on all sizes of yacht from 10 metres up to superyachts.

And now the real test of Sonihull´s antifouling effectiveness would be obvious as soon as the hull was clear of the water sitting in the travel lift slings.

So, apart from the obvious fact that ultrasonic antifouling does no harm at all to our oceanic eco systems what are its main advantages? Well firstly, it will extend the life of your applied antifouling coating by many years, so that all of the hassle and cost mentioned above will not have to be endured and repeated anywhere near as often! And secondly, a clean hull can save you about 20% of your fuel bills. It is common knowledge that fouling on the boat’s hull will lead to increased resistance, which basically increases fuel consumption. Sonihull features: - Improved hydrodynamics & speed. - Noticeable reduction of maintenance expenses. - Return of investment within a short time. - Less fouling of ship’s hull. - Improved fuel efficiency & performance. Case Histories. The 34 metre S/Y Anemos, a well known superyacht built by Nautors Swan in Finland is a modern cruising sloop designed by German Frers with a composite hull construction. She was fitted with the Sonihull system by e-tech yachting in

Her captain, Richard Foster was really keen to see her underwater hull condition when she was hauled out at STP boatyard in Palma de Mallorca a year later in January 2012. Richard was already pleased with the inconspicuous trouble free installation, and the fact that the system had required no onboard maintenance at all. Checking around the water line from the tender, and experiencing a noticeable improvement in the sailing performance of Anemos throughout the season had shown very promising signs, so expectations were high!

To Richard’s delight there was no visible fouling at all on the hull, anywhere from the water line right down to the bottom of the keel. He said; “I can only think of positives when it comes to commenting on this system! A friend who had it fitted on his boat in Dubai recommended it to us, so we had some track record to base our decision on. The major convincing factor in favour of us fitting SoniHull was the results from installation in the middle east, where there are serious growth problems due to warm water temperatures.” Would he continue using it and recommend it to others? “Based on these results a I would say a resounding yes” said Richard. “Before Sonihull was installed the bottom would have to be physically cleaned by divers twice in a season. And the yacht’s performance is noticeably and consistently improved due to having a clean hull.” The 43 metre S/Y Mystere is an award winning sloop built by Vitters Shipyard in Holland and designed by Bill Tripp. She cruises and races on both sides of the Atlantic and is often entered into the various Superyacht Regattas. e-tech fitted the NRG Ultrasonic System to her sea chests which had experienced problems with calcium growth, worm casts and algae, all negatively affecting the efficiency of the cooling. After a year in service the captain reported: “None of these substances were present at all, and the installation has been a ‘plug and play’ success, which just worked away quietly, and without any onboard attention required.” He is now planning to have Sonihull fitted in some underwater duct areas around the yacht’s lifting keel. e-tech yachting Tel: (+34) 971 431 155

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