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Motorboat JULY 2016

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Destination Guide MILFORD HAVEN


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Despite having a bit of a globe-trotting month, I’ve been to Sweden to see Volvo’s latest offerings, one of which you can read about on page 54, Finland for their bi-annual on-the-water boat test fest, and we’ll kick off with the first of these next month with the Sargo 33, and a bit closer to home, in Wales (well done to the Wales football team by the way) to bring you

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Our second trip of the month though, a weekend on the Sealine in local waters, didn’t go exactly to plan. Having been put back in the water just the previous month with a clean bottom and new props, she simply refused to get up on the plane, with both engines steadfastly sticking at 2000rpm, and not a single revolution more. Further investigation revealed that both turbos were stuck solid. I can only put this down to lack of use, as once I had gently freed them, she jumped up onto the plane and stayed there for the rest of the weekend. The moral of this story is a guide to a place I have always wanted quite simple; use your boat as often to visit, Milford Haven, we have still managed to make use of both of our boats. as you can, and now you have the perfect excuse. “No I’m sorry I can’t You can read all about Olive’s adventures when we joined the South West Sportsboat come to your Tupperware party / your BBQ in the rain / a slide show Rally down in Brixham in this issue on page 58. It was a great weekend and if you of your recent trek around Peru, I’ve got some have a boat on a trailer, you really should turbos to think about signing up next year. As we maintain”. proved, you don’t even need to be sporty.

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Olive at full speed. We joined the South West Sportsboat Rally with our ‘not-sosporty’ Mayland 16. See page 58

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PRACTICAL

NEWS page 6 INBOX page 14 CUTTING EDGE page 20 Q&A page 37 TESTED page 54

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NEWS Wroxham boat deaths - CO poisoning? In early June, a man, a woman and a dog were found dead onboard a boat tied to the river bank at Wroxham, on the River Bure, Norfolk Broads. Broads rangers and Police were called to attend the boat on Wroxham Broad at 4pm on Thursday 9 June, following concerns for safety due to the length of time the vessel had been moored in that location. On attendance, officers found the two people and a dog deceased within the boat moored near Wroxham Island. A temporary seal was put in place, closing off the area of the river, whilst officers from Great Yarmouth CID investigated the circumstances surrounding their deaths, which were treated as ‘unexplained’. The boat, a privately owned sportscruiser called Love for Lydia, was later towed away to a local boatyard for further investigations to take place. Post mortem examinations released on the 14th June proved inconclusive and further toxicology tests are required to determine the cause of the deaths. However, local police say they are not treating the deaths as suspicious. The Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) are currently investigating the tragedy and on its government case portal it states ‘Suspected CO poisoning resulting in two fatalities in Wroxham - under investigation’, which means a report will be released shortly. News updates can be found on the Norfolk Constabulary website and the Broads Authority blogspot. Pictured, Broads Authority Ranger vessel, ML Chet. *To find out about the dangers of CO (Carbon Monoxide) poisoning see our January 14 issue

Two chandlery fires in one month IN BRIEF

Motorboat Owner is sad to report that two chandleries were closed due to fires in June. The chandlery and offices at Tollesbury Marina in Essex suffered a ‘small fire’, which is thought to be the result of a deliberate arson attack. On the south coast at Bursledon, a fire broke out on the first floor at Force 4 Chandlery, Deacons Boatyard pictured left and is currently being investigated.

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Multi-million Prestatyn wind farm to quadruple The Prestatyn Wind farm site in Liverpool Bay is set to jump from 10 to 40 square kilometres in size during 2016/17, with a multi-million pound scheme. According to the RYA, the construction of the foundations of the 32 eight-megawatt turbines at DONG Energy’s Burbo Bank extension, which lies approximately 6nm off Point of Ayr and 4nm north of the Wirral, is complete and the turbines will be installed later this year. The expanded wind farm will have a capacity of 258MW, which could power as many as 230,000 homes. The RYA stated that while it acknowledges the Government’s desire to promote renewable energy, it is keen to monitor and ensure the navigational safety of recreational boating around the coast. In the past the association has stopped developers from establishing permanent operational safety or exclusion zones around such farms.


NEWS New Moorings base in Palma

The charter company, The Moorings, has announced a new charter base in Palma, on the Spanish island of Mallorca. Located in the Balearics, Mallorca is known for its warm weather, blue waters, sandy beaches and quaint fishing villages. It is also easily accessible by air with many budget airlines flying into Palma airport. Moorings new mid-size power catamaran, the 434PC pictured is now available for bareboat charter and is based at Marina Naviera Balear in Palma’s Port de Mallorca. The boat offers 8-10 berths with four double cabins and is fitted with twin 260hp engines. Charter crews can explore the coves and ports along the coastline, as well as visiting the nearby islands of Ibiza, Formentera and the uninhabited Cabrera. An example price for a week departing on the 24th September is £3,955. For more information on The Moorings power yacht charters in Mallorca, visit The Moorings website.

Greenline 36 NEW BOAT The Slovenian builder Greenline has added a new mid-range model to its line up. The new Greenline 36 Hybrid follows the same DNA as its siblings, providing diesel and electric forms of propulsion. However, unlike the 33, it has two separate sleeping cabins with scissor berths in the forward cabin, which makes it versatile and suitable for a family, or one or two couples. Purchased through the sole UK dealer, Inspiration Marine, the base boat price is expected to be £249,000. The boat is due make its debut at the Southampton Boat Show. 8

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Norfolk Yacht Agency expands with new mooring base

Eight private moorings at Riverside Estates, Brundall have been acquired by the Norfolk broker, Norfolk Yacht Agency (NYA). Renovations began in March and, whilst clearing the site, the remains of an old windmill were found, hence the new name, Windmill Harbour. NYA currently has two bases in Brundall and Horning, and MD, James Fraser said ‘The acquisition of the additional land and moorings is an exciting expansion for NYA. It gives the opportunity for our customers to have further mooring space. The boating industry is very important for our economy, both in Brundall and Norfolk, and these moorings reflect the growing requirement for our boat owning customers.” Several moorings have already been allocated, so limited moorings are available.

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NEWS New design and engineering partnership for Fairline Yachts

In June Fairline Yachts announced a new partnership with the Italian yacht designer Alberto Mancini and Dutch naval engineers, Vripack. Fairline signed contracts with the Alberto Mancini Yacht Design studio to collaborate in designing ‘new and innovative yachts that will surprise, excite and delight Fairline customers throughout the world’. Andrew Pope, Head of Design at Fairline Yachts said, “Following an exhaustive selection process we are delighted to announce this design partnership. Alberto Andrew Pope, Head of clearly demonstrated his understanding of the Fairline brand Design at Fairline Yachts is pictured left, with and we’re very excited to see him applying his talent and Alberto Mancini design language to our future new models. The addition of Vripack and the excellence in naval engineering that they bring, will ensure each of our new models are at the leading edge of marine technology.” Alberto Mancini has been responsible for the design of a number of yachts launched in the last few years, and has worked alongside many shipyards on yachts ranging from 24 to 55 metres. The new partnership is a bold step and will symbolise a ‘new era’ for the relaunched brand, Fairline, whom in the past has worked with designers such as Bernard Olesinski. Fairline Yachts new designs will be announced shortly.

Marex 310 Sun Cruiser NEW BOAT

The 310 Sun Cruiser is the latest launch from the Norwegian boat builder, Marex. It has a planing hull, a clever ‘pram-style’ canopy, a cockpit with a ‘10 person’ seating area, which converts into a sunbed, a large sunroof and is powered by a single sterndrive engine. Down below it has two bow and midship double cabins, a toilet/shower compartment and a galley. The new boat is expected to be making its debut at the Southampton Boat Show, where it will be available through UK dealer, Wessex Marine. The guide price is expected to be £198,000 fitted with a single Volvo Penta D4/300hp sterndrive and a ‘turn-key’ spec. 10

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Haines 26 NEW BOAT Earlier this year the Norfolk boat builder, Haines Marine, announced it was building a new 26ft aft cockpit model. Five months on, the 26 has had its ‘big reveal’ and here are the first pictures of its interior and exterior. Four 26’s have already been sold and the first boat was delivered to Haines dealer, Val Wyatt Marine in June, ready to go off to its new Thames owner. Prices start at £105,000 with a Nanni N3 30hp. However, a package with a Nanni N4 38hp, bowthruster, heating and shorepower with inverter/charger is available for £117,000.

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NEWS Windermere Boat Show The new and expanded three-day Windermere Boat Show is being held on the 1st-3rd July. The freeentry show will be based at the Ferry Nab Jetties in Bowness-on-Windermere, and is set to host a variety of local marine businesses, boat dealers, activity centres and marinas. New and used boat agents Windermere Aquatic, Maiden Marine, Inspiration Marine, Michael Schmidt and Partner, and Shepherds Marine, will have a selection of motorboats on display from the Greenline, Beneteau, Sealine, Four Winns, Jeanneau, Haines, Bayliner and English Harbour ranges. Boats include the new Bayliner VR5 Bowrider, the Sealine C330 and the Beneteau Barracuda 7. Windermere Canoe Kayak will also be providing stand-up paddle boarding and kayak taster sessions, plus guided Belle Isle trips. Visit the website for more details.

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MV Balmoral Cowes incident On 11th June MV Balmoral came into contact with the Trinity Landing visitor pontoon in Cowes whilst mooring up. The 62-metre passenger ship suffered no significant damage. However, there was ‘considerable’ damage to the southernmost section of the pontoon. The Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) and the harbour authority will be carrying out a full investigation into the circumstances.

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Mayland 16 ‘My first boat’

Seeing your pictures of Olive, the Motorboat Owner Project Mayland 16, on Facebook brought back memories. My first boat was a Mayland 16. Here are some pictures of my Mayland Shalom. They were in an old album in a box that we haven’t opened since we last moved several years ago. As you can see these pictures date back to 1989, we look slightly older now. I bought the boat as almost a wreck, she was half full of water, and went through many of the stages that you did with Olive. It included painting inside and out; you can see that I went for a somewhat brighter cabin top than you did. I made up a wooden grating for the cockpit sole and made a new mast. We travelled the whole length of the Thames and had a couple of holidays in Poole harbour, but in the end she had to go in favour of a bigger boat. Martin Smith Editor replies: What a lovely looking little boat. I seem to find myself getting all nostalgic for the bright gelcoat colours of the 1970’s and 80’s.

Burgee identified

After seeing the burgees in last months Inbox, I can inform you that the 2nd one up from the bottom is for the West Wick Yacht Club. This club is based at Fambridge Yacht Haven on the River Crouch in Essex. Some of our members, including myself, are regular visitors to the Thames and have visited the Upper Thames Motor Yacht Club and have always been made to feel very welcome. It was during one of our clubs trip up the Thames that this burgee was given. John Stephenson (ex Commodore WWYC) Editor replies: Thank you very much John. That is two down, and three more to go. Can anyone else help with the three remaining (pictured far right)? 14

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Your blast from the past advert reminded me of another, printed at the front of a book I have which was published in 1963. You are probably too young to remember National petrol stations. Richard Hayes Editor replies: Unfortunately I do remember them Richard, but as much as I like an old Johnson outboard, I think in this instance I’ll take the E-Type!


PRACTICAL

HOW TO

Fitting a toilet sanitizer

YOU WILL NEED

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ou may remember, towards the end of last year, we ran a feature on installing a system designed to combat the common problem of smelly toilets, particularly the issue with the sulphurous smell that you often get when flushing the toilet for the first time after a period of inactivity. The system we fitted has been OK, eradicating the smell almost completely, but still leaving a trace on a few occasions when the toilet has been left unused for a longer than usual amount of time. This, together with the fact that the system we fitted has since been withdrawn, and therefore supplies of the consumables to go with it have all but dried up, meant

TOOLS • Screwdrivers for hose clamps and fixing screws • Drill and 2.5mm drill bit for fixing screws • Sharp knife for cutting inlet pipe if required • Scissors or wire cutters for trimming tube • Tape measure CONSUMABLES • Everything you need is included in the box

DIFFICULTY RATING

ooooo we decided to try a different approach. The SeaSmart toilet sanitizer takes a slightly more high tech approach to the problem. It uses a sanitizing product, just

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like most other systems on the market, but it does so in a more controlled and measured manner. Instead of simply passively adding disinfectant to the water as it passes through the system, SeaSmart actively doses the incoming water, and it adjusts the dose according to how much use the toilet is getting. Not only that, it will keep on adding doses every few days when the boat is not in use to ensure that when you do come to use it, the incoming water remains odour free. The system has been designed to inject its disinfectant as close to the seacock as possible, to reduce the possibility of a build up of the smelly bacteria in the first place. I think this is where the previous system fell down, as it treated the incoming water at the toilet end of the inlet pipe, which allowed a whole pipe load of water to become smelly and overwhelm the sanitizing effect of the disinfectant. Of course, all this clever monitoring and dosing is going to need power, but you

don’t need to worry about running wires and finding a suitable power supply, as the SeaSmart is self-contained and runs on a single PP3 9v battery. Fitting the SeaSmart is fairly straightforward, the most difficult thing being deciding where to mount it. The system will work with both manual and electric, raw or fresh water flush toilets with little difference in the installation procedure. Although most people will opt to install the unit close to the toilet, it can be installed anywhere along the length of the toilet inlet pipe, so it could easily be mounted out of sight in the bilge or inside a locker. Additional parts will be needed if the unit is mounted away from the toilet, but these will usually only amount to a straight 19mm connector and a couple of extra hose clamps. We have fitted one to our Sealine and will be using it over the summer. We’ll report back later in the year on how it has performed, but in the meantime, here’s how we installed it.

HOW TO IN 8 STEPS

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Decide where to fit the unit. It needs to be close to the inlet pipe but not necessarily close to the toilet

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Using the template, mark and screw the two retaining screws into the bulkhead

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Before disconnecting any pipework, you should shut off the toilet inlet seacock

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Next you need to measure the length of the inlet pipe from where you are installing the SeaSmart to the seacock

Then cut the small disinfectant dispensing tube so that it is around 6 inches shorter

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This tube is then fed down the inlet hose so that the end of the tube sits within a few inches of the seacock

The inlet hose is then connected to the T piece that comes as part of the SeaSmart package

If the hose is too stiff and difficult to push on, try heating it in very hot water

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The other end of the T piece is connected to the toilet, again hot water can be used to soften the pipe

You then need to install the pouch of eco-friendly disinfectant and connect up the battery

The system is then primed by pressing the priming button for 40 seconds, which sends disinfectant down the length of the small tube

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Left, the device is installed and working. Right, it dispenses blue flush water into the toilet bowl

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We will report back in a few months and let you know how it performed

COST £ A standard kit is £128.80 plus delivery, which starts at £5. The kit includes one pouch of sanitizer and a PP3 battery. Replacement sanitizer pouches are £23.50 plus delivery. The ongoing cost of pouches will depend upon toilet usage, but the inbuilt microprocessor is said to optimize sanitizer usage for minimal running costs. We’ll report back more on this aspect later in the year.

TIME TAKEN Installation can be easily achieved in about an hour. It will probably take you longer to decide where to fit it and to accurately measure the toilet inlet pipe, which will undoubtedly be run in inaccessible places. You could always push the pipe down the inlet pipe until it hits the closed seacock, draw it back 6 inches, and measure how much pipe is still showing. You can then cut this amount off the end once withdrawn. The sticking points on this job will be removing old stiff hoses from the pump, and pushing them onto the supplied T piece. A mug of just boiled water, or a hairdryer on high setting, will help enormously with this. Motorboat Owner © Digital Marine Media Ltd

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CUTTING Mastervolt BattMan

Electrical systems manufacturer, Mastervolt, has launched the BattMan range of battery monitors that can be mounted inside or out. The rugged, splash-proof LCD backlit displays show the voltage (12/24V), the charge/discharge current to or from the battery bank, the consumed Amp hours, and the remaining battery capacity. Available in Lite (left) and Pro (right) versions, the more advanced Pro shows remaining battery life in hours and minutes, collects historic data and has a greater current resolution, and is more suitable for larger banks. Price Lite £139.20 Pro £171.84 www.mastervolt.co.uk

Balex ABL 2500

Trailboat launching and retrieval has gone ‘hands free’ with the new ABL2500 hydra4, ABL meaning Automatic Boat Loader. The system, which can be fitted to an ordinary trailer, was developed in New Zealand and will conveniently load and unload a boat weighing up to 2500KG. It will also align the boat and trailer correctly, and can be operated from the trailer or via a remote control unit from onboard, which means that you don’t need to get your feet wet. Price circa £4,000 www.balexmarine.com

Whaly 440 Classic

Whaly Boats are a range of tough, low maintenance Polyethylene day boats and tenders made in Holland, and the company’s latest model is the 440 Classic, a 14ft four-person sloopstyle day boat. Powered by a 6-8hp outboard or 2kW electric motor, the boat has a bimini canopy and is available in three colours, light grey, blue and dark grey. Package price £6650 with a Mercury 8hp www.whaly.com / pushtheboatout.com

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the latest boating gear and technology

Imray 2000 Netherlands Chart Atlases

Imray has introduced a 2000 series of A2 format, wire-bound chart atlases covering the Netherlands. The 2000 series atlases have been designed as an extension to Imray’s folded C charts, with medium and large scales, harbour plans and tidal information. The first atlas to launch is 2120 North Sea Nieuwpoort to Den Helder, and more will be released soon, covering areas such as the Westerschelde, Oosterschelde, Rijn and Ijsselmeer. Price £39.50 www.imray.com

Gill Eyewear

Gill has added four new styles to its floating sunglasses collection. The shatter resistant sunglasses have glare-free scratchproof polarised lenses, which block out harmful UV rays and a coating helps shed water and reduces salt residue. Pictured from top Sienna, Corona and Crew. Price £45 www.gillmarine.com

Chatham Kids

British footwear brand, Chatham, has unveiled a collection of summer deck shoes for children. There are two styles available, the Oliver with velcro fastening and the lace up Henry. Made from premium nubuck leather, both styles are available in an array of colours with a contrasting sole, eyelets and laces and have a non-slip rubber sole for extra grip. The shoes are available in sizes 7-13 and 1-6.

Helly Hansen Crew Insulator Jacket Helly Hansen claim its new Crew Insulator Jacket is the perfect companion for coastal cruising adventures and dinners ashore. It is water and wind resistant, and lightly insulated with a PrimaLoft® lining. It is available in Racer Blue, Navy and Black, in S-2XL. Price £130 hellyhansen.com

Price £39 www.chatham.co.uk

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Milford Haven Milford Haven is regarded as one of the finest natural harbours in the British Isles. Twenty two miles of sheltered estuary, flanked by beautiful landscape, dotted with historical landmarks and mooring opportunities, it is a superb boating playground

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estled in the south-west corner of Wales in the beautiful county of Pembrokeshire, lies the Milford Haven estuary, Britain’s only coastal national park. The estuary is dominated by the River Cleddau, the source of which lies

deep in the Welsh countryside. Milford Haven, meaning mouth of two rivers, has been a favourite amongst seafarers for centuries. Most notably, upon visiting in the early 1800’s, Lord Admiral Nelson described Milford Haven as ‘one of

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Destination

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Port of Milford Haven

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the finest harbours ever seen’. Shakespeare also lovingly referred to Milford Haven in his works. Milford Haven’s seafaring history dates back to Viking times and, during the Middle Ages, the towns of Milford Haven and Pembroke became centres for shipbuilding and fishing. The Milford Docks date back to 1790 and were the creation of Sir William Hamilton. They were originally intended to be a centre for whaling but a naval dockyard was established instead, producing the finest warships. It was a

similar story for Pembroke Dock, lying further upstream. Originally, a small fishing harbour, it became a Royal Naval Dockyard in the early 19th century. However, with a decline in shipbuilding, the docks became important for commercial shipping. The waterway and surrounding landscape are littered with historical landmarks, including Napoleonic fortresses, World War fortifications and castles dating back to the middles ages. All remain, symbolising the importance of the

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Built to defend Milford Haven, the Victorian Stack Rock Fort looks out towards the entrance

waterway and what previous generations have done to defend it. Today, oil is the biggest export for this part of Wales, and the huge Valero Refinery is located on the southern shore of Milford Haven. Liquefied natural gas storage and transport is another important industry for the waterway. The surrounding Pembrokeshire coastline is dramatic and picturesque. To the north of Milford Haven lie the islands of Skomer, Ramsey and Skokholm.

All are havens for wildlife, particularly Shearwaters and Puffins.

Approaches

The entry into Milford Haven is due northnorth-west and is fairly straightforward with no off-lying navigational hazards to leisure boats. However, those approaching will need to be aware of the Castlemartin Firing Range. Exclusion zones can be between 3-12 miles off, between Little Furznip and St. Govans Head. Red Sandy Haven

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St. Annes Head

Castlemartin Range *Extends out to 3-12 nautical miles off the coast

RANGE FIRING AREA

Freshwater West Beach

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Destination

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Distances

Approximate distances in nautical miles from Milford Haven entrance: Swansea 53 miles Kilmore Quay 62 miles Padstow 68 miles Cardiff 90 miles The Cleddau Toll Bridge marks the end of navigation for commercial shipping

flags (red lights by night) are displayed whenever the range is active. Range vessels are usually stationed in the area to ward off boats that stray into danger. Monthly firing notices can be found via the Milford Marina website and the range can also be contacted on VHF Ch16 ‘Castlemartin Range Control’. As the entrance is open to the predominantly south-westerly winds, strong winds against a spring ebb can cause the sea to heap up over the deep rocky seabed. These underwater formations lay in the centre of the entrance, known as ‘Middle Rocks’, and also to the west, off St Anne’s Head. We would recommend giving the latter headland a wide berth. A west cardinal, Turbot Bank lies approximately 5 miles south of the entrance. At night, the high chimney flame of the Valero oil refinery will often be the first visible mark (4.5 miles inland). It is not easy to negotiate the waterway at night, as the refinery lights often obliterate channel navigation lights. There are two commercial deep-water entrance channels into the estuary, the West and East Channel. Here there is plenty of room for leisure boats to manoeuvre between and inshore of

Tides

UKHO 7-day Tide Predictions Milford Haven Tide Times Neyland Yacht Haven Sill webcam

Charts & Pilot Books

• Imray 2700 North & West Wales & 2600 Bristol Channel Chart Packs • Imray C51 Cardigan Bay - Milford Haven to Tremadoc Bay Chart • Imray C60 Gower Peninsula to Cardigan Chart • Imray 2600.11 Milford Haven to River Cleddau Chart • Imray Irish Sea Pilot • Admiralty SC5620 South West Wales Leisure Chart Folio • Admiralty Charts 1478, 2878, 3273, 3274, 3275 • Admiralty Leisure Charts SC1478, SC2878 • Reeds Almanac

Weather

BBC & Met Office 5-day forecast Met Office Shipping Forecasts for areas Lundy & Irish Sea Inshore Waters ‘Lands End to St Davids Head’ - The Inshore Waters forecast is broadcast on VHF ch 84 at 0750 (repeated 3-hourly), and updated at 1950 (repeated 3-hourly). Dale Yacht Club webcam

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these channels, but obviously while keeping a good look out for commercial vessels entering or departing the estuary. Be aware that these often produce considerable wash. In more challenging weather the East Channel is favoured by leisure boats as this is often quieter for commercial traffic. Once inside the mouth of the estuary the landscape immediately provides good shelter, which is most comforting and welcoming. The estuary is still very much a commercial harbour and this extends all the way up to the colossal Cleddau Bridge. It is just under 10 miles to the bridge from the entrance, and boaters will need to be aware of commercial tugs and large ship movements at all times when in this area. The lower reaches of Milford Haven are stunning yet diverse. Beautiful scenery and industry seem to have profound synergy with one another. In the largest section of the estuary there are four huge tanker terminals (jetties). Leisure boaters are advised to keep well clear of these structures and maintain a listening watch on VHF channel 12, which is ‘Milford Haven Port Control’. Shipping movements are broadcast on this VHF channel between 8am-8:30am and between 8pm8:30pm daily. Be aware that Irish Ferries also operate a twice-daily service to Rosslare in Ireland from a ferry terminal at Pembroke Docks. As the river estuary journeys west, the craggy landscape forms into small sandy or shingle coves and huge sheltered drying

Huge gas and oil tankers dock alongside four terminals. Leisure boats need to keep well clear

bays, notably Dale to the northwest, Sandy Haven to the north and Angle, all of which are popular anchorages. There is no speed limit up until where the Cleddau River branches into two at Lawrenny. Above this marked section, boaters are advised to keep their speed to dead slow with minimum wake, this is for the protection of wildlife and for navigational safety. There are also dead slow speed restrictions in other bays and anchorages such as Dale, Angle and Sandy Haven. While there is no speed limit between the Cleddau Bridge and Lawrenny, boaters are advised to proceed with caution, as this area is away from commercial traffic and thus used by canoes and small craft. You will also need to consider your wake when passing the tanker terminals, as works are often carried out in small RIBs. More information and a useful map can be found in the ‘Leisure User Guide’ on the Milford Haven Port Authority website.

Where to moor

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Destination choose from, both of which offer visitor and annual berthing and ample facilities. Probably the one that offers the best opportunity to explore the prolific history of the area is Milford Marina, and at just under 6 miles from the entrance it is the closest marina to the river mouth. The 320-berth marina is set on the northeast corner of the old Milford Docks. The docks mighty 180-metre sea lock is still used by commercial vessels today, but in 2015 it was adapted for leisure use with a smaller lock chamber installed at the southern/seaward end with floating pontoons inside. This has shortened lock-in times considerably, from 45 minutes to as little as 8 minutes. The lock is controlled by the Milford Docks Pier Head (VHF ch 14 call sign ‘Pier Head’ or 01646 696310) and entry access is approximately 5 hours before HW and 3 hours after HW. A freeflow period operates for two hours before high water. Approximate lock and free flow times can be found on the Milford Marina website. There are two pontoons to the east of the lock entrance, one is used by fisherman and the other, furthest to the east, is a seasonal lock waiting and visitors pontoon which is operated by the marina. The floating concrete waiting

Milford Marina was established in 1991, inside the old docks. On site are shops and restaurants

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Food supplies

At Milford Marina there is a very convenient and large Tesco supermarket with a cash machine at the top end of the docks in Havens Head Park. It is open daily from 6am until midnight and 10am-4pm on Sundays. You will also find a Spar with an adjoining cashpoint and post office just a 10-minute stroll away in Milford’s main shopping street, Charles Street. If you are looking for local fish, Dragon Fish at the north end of Milford Docks specialises in smoked fish, including herring, mackerel and haddock. For fish recipes and a ‘catch calendar’ visit the Milford Fish Docks website. A market is held on a Saturday at Milford’s Market Square car park off Charles Street. In Neyland you will find a small Co-op food supermarket in the High Street, which is a 10-minute walk from the Yacht Haven. This is open 7am-10pm daily.

Transport

Arriva Trains Wales operate services from Milford railway station, which is opposite the Tesco supermarket. Trains leave here every two hours for Manchester Piccadilly, via Swansea, Cardiff Central and International airport, Shrewsbury, Crewe and Stockport. The 315 bus is a useful, regular route which runs between the towns of Dale, Milford, Neyland and Haverfordwest. The bus terminal at Milford is also just outside the Tesco supermarket.

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KEY

High Street

1 Marina Office

Footpath

C

2 Martha’s Vineyard 3 Lord Nelson

1

Cashpoint

4 Milford Haven Museum 5 Landing Pontoon

Bus Station

6 Phoenix Bowl

Post Office

7 8 9 10

Fuel Berth Railway

C

6

10

Chandlery

Dyfed Electronics The Harbour Master Foam Torch Theatre

11 Spinnaker Cafe 12 Gordon Bennetts

Slipway

13 Bucci Bar Indian 14 Crows Nest

Train Station

4

1

Tesco

2

Spar Post Office

C

14

3

C

C

C

2 C

1

2

C

7 11 12 13

8 9 5

The Nelson historical trail, Milford Marina is overlooked by the Georgian-style Hamilton Terrace

pontoon has useful ramp access ashore but can get shallow at the eastern end at low water and be uncomfortable due to passing wake. To be allocated a marina berth, inbound vessels should call ‘Marina Control’ on VHF channel 37 or 01646 696312. The marina basin is to the east of the lock. Inside there is a maintained depth of 2 metres and pontoon fingers H

The map below shows all the potential mooring sites, slipways and eateries on the waterway

KEY

M Marina P Public Pontoon YC Yacht Club Slipway

1

Pembroke Yacht Club

2

The Old Point House, Angle

Shop

3

The Ferry Inn, Hazel Beach

Fuel

4

NYC, Public Pontoon & Slipway

Boat Hoist

Haverfordwest

Picton Castle

5

Jolly Sailor, Public Pontoon & Slipway

Pump out

6

Hobbs Point, PHYC , Public Pontoon & Slipway

Elsan disposal

7

East Llanion Marine

Toilet & Showers

8

Rudders Boatyard

9

Dale Yacht Club, The Griffin, Public Pontoon & Slipway

Marine Services

E

to A (running north to south) protruding out from the eastern dockside. As the marina development itself incorporates shops, restaurants, cafes, a chandlery, launderette facilities and other marine services such as boat sales, you needn’t

Accommodation Camping Gaz

10 West Angle Bay, Wavecrest Cafe

Pub / Restaurant

Milford Marina

Sandy Haven Dale

P

9

St Annes Head

E

P 3

10

YC

C

P

SPEED LIMIT

P 4

YC C Pembroke Docks

2

Lawrenny Yacht Station

M E

1

Stack Rock Fort

Castlebeach Bay Thorn Watwick Fort Bay West Angle Bay

C

C

M

YC

Benton Castle

Neyland Yacht Haven

5 6

P

P

8

7

P

Carew Castle

Angle Bay Valero Oil Refinary

Pembroke Castle

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Destination

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Marine supplies

Access to Milford Marina is via a lock. There are floating pontoons either side, inside the lock

go far for supplies or eating out. There is also a large Tesco supermarket, retail park and a train station at the north end of the docks. The marina basin is overlooked by the imposing Georgian façade of the town of Milford, Hamilton Rise, so named after Lord Nelson’s mistress Lady Hamilton. Beyond the façade lies a high street, Charles Street, with shops and cafes. Further up the estuary lies the pretty fishing village of Neyland which is home to the 420-berth Neyland Yacht Haven. The town perches on the north bank, and is overlooked by the huge Cleddau toll bridge that links the town with Pembroke Docks. Nestled in an idyllic valley backwater, the marina basin is divided into two sections, an inner and outer harbour, by a tidal cill. For boats with a draft of 1 metre, access to the inner harbour is approximately 3 hours either side of high water on spring tides and 4 hours on neaps. The marina has two webcams, one of which is fixed on the height gauge showing the depth of water over the cill. It has a dry stack, fuel, restaurant, chandlery and all the facilities you expect. To request a berth visitors can call ‘Neyland Yacht Haven’ on VHF channel 80, or by phone on 01646 601601. The village of Neyland is a mix of new and old with colourful Georgian

Wind Jammer Marine (01646 699070) chandlery at Milford Marina stocks new and used essentials, including Volvo Penta spares, and offers boat repair and engine services. It is also an agent for Beta Marine. Dyfed Electronics (01646 694572) is a marine electronics specialist at Milford Marina. The Kelpie Boats & Leisure (01646 683661) chandlery is at Hobbs Point. There are two chandleries at Neyland Yacht Haven, Dale Sailing (01646 603110) stocks spares, including Volvo Penta, and offers dry stack storage, maintenance and engine servicing, and The Brunel Chandlery is next to the marina reception. There is a chandlery at Lawrenny Quay Yacht Station (01646 651574). RSJ Marine (07785 532757), based at East Llanion Marine, offers fibreglass repairs, antifouling and refitting work. Rudders Boatyard (01646 600288) offers boat storage and are Nanni, HMI Hitachi, Tohatsu and Beta Marine agents. Gas is available through each marina office.

Marina berth prices Milford Marina • 10m overnight £29.50 • 10m week £170 • 10m month £475 • 10m annual £2460 Neyland Yacht Haven *Prices: Inner/Outer Basin • 10m overnight £23/£29.50 • 10m week £149/£192 • 10m month £586/£752 • 10m annual £2350/£3300

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and modern waterfront properties. The small town centre is an 8-minute walk via a marina footpath, and following the High Street uphill. Here you will find a small Co-op supermarket-cum-post office, a launderette, a pharmacy, several takeaways and a newsagent. When it comes to exploring the Milford Haven waterway, no matter what wind direction, you can usually find a sheltered anchorage and a great choice of overnight moorings. Angle is a beautiful spot and boasts the remote ‘spit and sawdust’ pub, The Old Point House. This sheltered drying bay has rows of local swinging moorings, which is useful for boats that are able to dry out, and has a wall where you can land and tie your tender over the high water period. The pub is due to install two visitor’s buoys to the south of the peninsular, and these will enable visitors to stay afloat at all states of tide. Ashore there is a lovely circular peninsula walk that takes you back to Angle Bay across farmland.

A beautiful spot, the 16th century Old Point House pub at Angle. Below, Neyland Yacht Haven

Thorn Island Fort, which lies to the south of the entrance to Milford Haven, is well worth a look. Once a hotel, this Napoleonic fort is a reminder of the Haven’s defensive nautical past. It is possible to pass between this and the rocky shoreline at West Angle. In West Angle Bay you will see a small break in the rock face, this is an entrance to a tiny tranquil cove that is really only accessible to small boats and tenders. It is ideal for exploration for those anchored off the lovely sandy beach, with its Wavecrest Cafe. Watwick Bay on the opposite side of the estuary is another popular remote and


Destination deep anchorage with the estuary’s only other sandy beach. The fir-tree-lined upper reaches of the River Cleddau, above the Carew River junction, are stunning and idyllic for remote anchoring. The river remains fairly deep until Picton Point, which means you can anchor and stay afloat at all states of tide. We were shown a pretty little anchorage tucked in just northwest of Benton Castle, which is identified by its white turret. For those with a shallow draft and an air draft of less than 6 metres, it is possible to navigate up on the tide to the picture-postcard town centre of Haverfordwest. Here visitors can tie up on the quay outside The Bristol Trader pub. Dale is a real favourite amongst the local boaters of Milford Haven. Situated in a large sheltered bay to the north west of the entrance, it is a delightful haven to spend a few days. There are two free visitor pontoons here, an outer pontoon that floats at all states of tide, and an inner pontoon that is connected to shore but which dries out. The later has fresh water available. There are also four free seasonal Milford Haven Port Authority visitors buoys available at Dale. Ashore there is a pub, the popular Griffin (01646 636227) and the Dale Yacht Club, both of which are great places to eat. The yacht club

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Where to fill up

Diesel is available on the fuel berth at Milford Marina and is easily accessible when the lock is on free flow. The small fuel pontoon is inside the inner lock gate. Petrol is currently not available here, although there are plans to supply petrol in the future. In the meantime petrol is available via cans from the Tesco supermarket at the top of the harbour. The Dale Sailing fuel berth at Neyland Yacht Haven (the first small hammerhead) offers petrol and diesel (01646 603110). Diesel is available at Pembroke Dock through East Llanion Marine (01646 686021). You’ll need to ring ahead and access to the pump is restricted to 1½ hours either side of HW. Petrol and diesel are available at Lawrenny Yacht Station (01646 651212).

Further afield

Visit Pembrokeshire

The Cornish fishing town of Padstow is a popular destination for Milford Haven resident boaters and is approximately 68 nautical miles away. Swansea is 53 miles away along the South Wales coast. The tidal barraged port offers town centre moorings in the locked Swansea Marina basin. The fishing port and marina at Kilmore Quay in southern Ireland is approximately a 62-mile passage.

Events

Milford Fish Festival 25th & 26th June

Small boats can journey up on the tide to Haverfordwest with its castle, shops and pubs

For more information visit: www.mhpa.co.uk www.visitpembrokeshire.co.uk enjoymilfordhavenwaterway.co.uk

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also has good shower and toilet facilities. Dale (pictured below) does become exposed in strong easterly winds, but shelter can usually be found by moving to the bays around to the northeast. The nearby Castlebeach Bay is another good anchorage. With high cliffs it is usually quite sheltered, except in strong winds from the east or southeast. Numerous free visitor moorings can be found along the waterway in the form of seasonal floating pontoons (April to September). Two are conveniently near a pub, the Ferry House Inn at Hazel Beach near Neyland and the Jolly Sailor at Burton. These have a maximum stay of 12 hours and a maximum length of 40ft. The Lawrenny Yacht Station is another lovely place for a short or an overnight stay. There is a public pontoon and the Yacht Station also offers visitors moorings, but booking is essential. Here you will also find a chandlery, boatyard facilities, fuel, the Quayside tearooms and the Lawrenny Arms. The adventurous can carry on up the Cresswell River to Cresswell Quay, where boats can tie up on the drying quayside and visit the traditional inn . It is also possible to navigate up the Pembroke River and, by arrangement with the local council, lock through into Pembroke Castle’s

The Lawrenny Yacht Station is a useful base for trailboaters, as well as a lovely overnight stop

moat and stay overnight. For information and to request an opening (at least 72 hours in advance), you will need to contact the County Hall on 01437 764551.

Trailboating

Milford Haven is a fantastic cruising ground for trailboaters, with lots of launching and mooring options. For those that prefer to be independent without a fixed base, there are several free public slipways and corresponding pontoons along the waterway, ideal for launching and loading up. At Neyland there is the large public slipway in front of the Neyland Yacht Club, which is accessed via a public car park. Back in the day this slipway was used by wartime flying boats. Trailer parking can be arranged at Neyland Yacht Haven, which is approximately a mile away. On the south side of the river, just downstream of the Cleddau Bridge, is the large Hobbs Point slipway with its seasonal pontoon. This has public parking, a chandlery and the Pembroke Haven Yacht Club on site.


Destination There is also a public slipway in front of the Pembrokeshire Yacht Club (01646 692799) in Gelliswick Bay. For those looking for a base and facilities, Milford Marina has two slipways and parking available, both of which are free to use by arrangement through the marina office (01646 696312). Trailers will need to be stored in the boatyard, which is chargeable. For those without accommodation onboard, Milford’s Hamilton Rise is dotted with useful hotels and B&Bs. We can recommend the Lord Nelson Hotel, as this is not only a great place to stay, but to eat and drink as well. Lawrenny Yacht Station (01646 651212) is a particularly useful boatyard, as not only does it offer a payable slipway with a tractor launch available, a chandlery and marine services, fuel and moorings, it also has caravan pitches available on site. Other useful trailboat facilities on the waterway include the Dale Sailing Dry Stack (01646 603110) at Neyland Yacht Haven. Rudders Boatyard (01646 600288) at Burton offers ‘on demand’ dry berthing, launch and recovery services for sportsboats. Finally, East Llanion Marine (01646 686866) is a useful boat storage facility ideal for launching, recovering, and for storing cars and trailers. It has a large all-states concrete slipway and is located down the Cosheston Pill backwater, just above the Cleddau Bridge.

MILFORD HAVEN

Slipways Top, the old flying

boat slipway at Neyland is overlooked by Neyland Yacht Club and accessed via a narrow access ramp from the public car park, seen left. Middle, the ramp at Hobbs Point with its public pontoon and Pembroke Haven Yacht Club behind. Middle, the free slipway on Nelson Quay in Milford Docks is used and controlled by Milford Marina. Bottom, the narrow outer slipway at Milford’s Mackerel Quay, is overlooked by the cafe, Foam.

Where to eat & drink

Of course, fresh fish is a local speciality for Milford Haven, and you will see a variety of fish and seafood dishes on menus, such as scallops and smoked fish. There is a great choice of restaurants at Milford Marina. Martha’s Vineyard

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Visit Pembrokeshire – Pembrokeshire County Council

It is possible to visit Pembroke Castle by boat. By arrangement visitors can lock into the moat

(01646 697083) is excellent for a special evening meal out and we can recommend the local speciality, the delicious and very filling Fish Chowder. If you are looking for cakes, a coffee or a light bite by day, or an eating or watering hole by night, then we can recommend Foam (01646 698985). This quirky seaside-inspired restaurantcum-cafe overlooks the estuary, and with its conservatory and outside seating it’s a great place to sit and watch the world go by. If these don’t take your fancy, there are plenty of other choices of marina-front cafes and restaurants, such as T h e Harbour Master (01646 695493), Bucci Bar Indian (01646 692091) and Gordon Bennetts fish and chip restaurant (01646 692082). The Crow’s Nest and Spinnaker Cafe are open all day and serve up a ‘mean’ breakfast.

Food to impress, Martha’s Vineyard is a must, and overlooks Milford Marina

We can also recommend the newly refurbished Lord Nelson Hotel that overlooks the marina in the lovely Georgian, Hamilton Terrace. It has a garden, bitter on draft and serves good ‘pub grub’. Access from the marina is via the footpath through the boatyard and steps up to the road. There are some excellent waterside pubs along the waterway, the Ferry House Inn at Hazel Beach, the Jolly Sailor at Burton and the Griffin at Dale, The Old Point House at Angle and the Ferry Inn at Pembroke Ferry.

Places to visit

Pembroke Castle is a must see. Said to be the birthplace of Henry VII, this magnificent 800-year-old walled fortress has a moat, a dungeon and its central Great Keep offers superb views over the Pembrokeshire countryside. The castle also hides a prehistoric cave beneath its Great Wall. Adult entry is £6, while senior citizens, disabled and children, from 3-15 years, are £5. Children under 3 go free. Guided tours, up to three a day, are free to ticket holders. Continuing on the castle theme, Carew Castle, with its restored Tidal Mill, is another popular landmark on the Carew River.

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The nautical history of the town and docks at Milford are celebrated inside its Old Customs House building. Set back from the Milford Marina dockside, the Milford Haven Museum houses a collection of historical artefacts charting the Bronze Age, the Quaker whalers, the two world wars and the modern day oil and gas industries. The museum is open from Easter until October and admission is £3 for adults, £2 for concessions and under 5’s enter free. A family ticket is £7. On rainy days there is the Torch Theatre in Milford with its 2D/3D cinema showing the latest films, and the Phoenix Bowl 10-pin bowling alley, both of which are located close to the dockside. The Torch also hosts outdoor cinema screenings at Milford Marina during the summer.

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Q&A

Your Questions Answered

Q Is it possible to work out the top speed of a boat if you know the engine power, gearbox ratio and prop size?

A In theory, as long as you know what the maximum

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Can I calculate my boats top speed?

RPM’s the engine is able to make, the gearbox ratio and the pitch of the propeller, you can work out a top speed, although this won’t take into account prop slippage, which every set up will have to some extent. So what you can come up with is a theoretical top speed, of which the real top speed will be lower. So, for example, if we take a 25ft sportscruiser with a 260hp V8 revving to 4600rpm, an outdrive with a reduction ratio of 1.50:1 and a 15-inch pitch propeller, we can work out that the propeller will rotate 3067 times in a minute, at maximum RPM, by dividing the engine rpm by the reduction ratio. Without slippage, each revolution of the prop will move the boat 15 inches forward, so the boat will move 46,000 inches in a minute, or 2,760,000 inches in an hour. Turn the inches into nautical miles (there are 72,960 inches in a nautical mile) and you get a theoretical top speed of 37.8 knots. This speed will actually be impossible to make, due to the aforementioned slippage, but at least you can say for certain that this combination cannot go faster than this. Realistically, the boat in question will probably reach speeds in the low 30’s.

Cruising to Paris -Amfreville Lock

Q I’m planning on cruising up to Paris this year and I would like to know about Amfreville Lock, I understand it is a very deep lock, will I need long lines? Does it have inset bollards or do you have to take a long rope to the top?

A Amfreville Lock is a deep lock, a 30ft approx traverse at low water, so long lines

are definitely required. The last time we were going upstream we were directed into the larger barge lock on the left. This has flat sides with bollards and ladders inset into the wall, but the spacing of them is a little random, so try to pick two to suit the length of your boat. If you’re close to the inset bollards at the bow and stern, a second line and a boathook can be used to hook on to the next bollard as you go up. Coming downstream we used the ‘plaisance’ lock (pictured) which has well-spaced top bollards for an easy deep decent. Always have a sharp knife to hand should the rope become snagged. Motorboat Owner © Digital Marine Media Ltd

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Your Questions Answered

New tacho for my diesel engine

Q I am removing a Mercruiser 5.7L V8 petrol

engine from my Bayliner 2755 Ciera Sunbridge and replacing it with a 6.5L V8 turbo diesel. The only puzzling problem I have, is how to connect up the rev counter on my dashboard. There is no sensor on the flywheel and as the diesel had no alternator fitted, I am using the aftermarket one I fitted to the petrol engine last year, this has no tacho connection. Do you know of anywhere that sells a flywheel sensor kit or an alternator sensor kit?

A I would have thought the easiest thing to do would be to source a suitable

alternator with a tacho output, but failing that there are sensor kits for the 6.5l GM diesel, but you may have to shop in the States, where these engines are very common in trucks and pickups, to get one. One such kit is the R8900 from a company called ISSPRO Inc. Another option would be a Diesel Tiny Tach. These pick up a signal from the diesel injector line, and the display doubles up as an hour meter.

Replacement Gas cylinder

Q I have a Pedro Levanto 38 Dutch steel hull cruiser. When I

bought it in the UK it had the original Dutch gas cylinders that had been on it from new. I moved the boat to France and have been unable to get the size of cylinder. I have also searched in the UK and can’t find them here either. The cylinder is 225mm in diameter and 470mm tall, I believe it is 5kg. The hatch for the gas locker on the boat is 225mm x 225mm, so even this cylinder is a very tight fit. Any suggestions where I can get the cylinders, or maybe an alternative?

A It looks like the limiting factor is the size of your gas locker opening. The 4.5kg

Calor cylinder, which would be the obvious alternative, is 240mm in diameter. Is there any leeway to modify the opening a little? If not, your best bet would be to swap over to a Camping Gaz system. The 907 is the largest and, at 202mm in diameter and 250mm high, should easily fit in your locker. The downside is that it only contains 2.7kg of gas, but on a positive note it is probably the easiest cylinder to exchange and refill throughout France. 38

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Antifoul stripping

Q I am looking for advice on antifoul stripping, are there any antifoul strippers

that really work, but don’t hurt the gelcoat? I’ve looked online but there are so many opinions you don’t know who to believe. My Nimbus came out of the water today, and as I’ve just retired I’m going to do all the work myself. I am still undecided as to whether to just paint new antifoul over the old, or to strip all the old stuff off and start again, either with normal antifoul or self apply ‘Coppercoat’. Do you have any advice?

A I have done this job and I vowed ‘never again’. It is labour

intensive, messy, and the products used can be very harmful, especially to skin and eyes. Having said that, I removed untold layers right down to the bare hull, with no damage to the underlying gelcoat, and it did look good for it. The product I used was called Dilunette, I understand it is now called Owatrol Marine Strip. From memory I had to do the whole hull twice, leaving it on overnight after each application. The plus side is that it is a cheap way of doing it. The downside is that even if it were free, it is one of those rare jobs that I would rather pay to have done. Another similar product that I have heard good things about is Strippit. If you go down this route make sure you read the instructions, they are quite specific in the environmental conditions in which you should apply it, and do take all the safety precautions recommended. Painting over the old antifoul is an easy option and would perhaps be fine for another year, but if your old antifoul is uneven and flaking you may as well bite the bullet and deal with it. Coppercoat appears to come recommended, although I have no experience of it personally. I am very attracted to its 10 year lifespan so if you go down that route do let us know how you get on. Coppercoat is used by builders. Pictured left, the Greenline factory Motorboat Owner © Digital Marine Media Ltd

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Q&A

Your Questions Answered

Buying a larger sportscruiser

Q We have owned our first boat now for about 3 years, a 1986 Bayliner 2550

fitted with a Volvo Penta KAD32 and are thinking of upgrading to a larger boat soon. We are generally happy with the Bayliner, apart from its inability to handle anything other than calm water. It bobs around like a yoyo and when under power it either rides the waves like a surfer or crashes into them. I have tried all speeds and can never find a happy medium. Are all planing hulls like this, or are the bigger heavier boats more comfortable. Also would it be better to be looking at a displacement hull. We mainly use the boat on the Caledonian Canal but Loch Ness can be like the North Sea. We also have done a little coastal cruising and would like to do more travelling out to the islands. We have taken a fancy to a Searay Sundancer 370 1991. Any help would be really great.

A I have owned a similar Bayliner of the same vintage so I am very aware of its

abilities in rough seas. While it is capable, the fairly shallow vee of the hull does make passage making in choppy conditions rather tiring. The same applies to many planing boats of a similar size. The good news is that planing hulls tend to handle conditions better as they get larger, and if you combine this with a hull that has a deeper vee, it can comfortably handle the type of conditions that you will encounter on Loch Ness. I noticed a significant improvement in seakeeping by going from a 25ft boat to 28ft with a deeper vee hull. Proper deep vee hulls deliver the best ride, if not usually rather wet, but at the expense of increased fuel costs. A decent modified vee, as found on most modern planing boats, together with an increase in hull length will deliver a greatly improved driving experience. Of course a displacement boat is an altogether different experience, and you may find that excessive roll in a beam sea creates a new experience that you don’t enjoy. I am not familiar with the 370 hull but if the vee is deeper, I guarantee you will be much happier with the ride it provides.

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CLASSIC CRUISERS

a complete guide to the best boats on the used market

Fairline Phantom 40

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he noughties were a big era for the flybridge. Crucially it was also a time when three of the leading British boat manufacturers of the day, Sealine, Fairline and Princess, went head to head to produce the best shaftdriven 40ft flybridge. The Fairline Phantom 40 Mk II was one such contender, offering a spacious and luxury two-cabin interior, stylish looks and good turn of speed. But could this be Fairline’s most popular 40ft flybridge? We delved deep into our Fairline archives to find out its history. The Phantom flybridge range dates

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back to the 90’s, although the popular Phantom 32 of the 1970’s was in fact the first boat to carry this name, an era when, ironically, Fairline’s flagship was the 40. The Fairline Phantom 38, launched in 1990, offered spacious, six-berth family accommodation, with two ensuite cabins and a 32-knot top speed. A year later the model was relaunched as the 41 and was in production for the next four years. In 1991 Fairline launched its Squadron range, unveiling its new flagship, the 62, and for the next few years it seemed the Phantom had taken a back seat again. But

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Built 118 2002-2009 Prices then £239,043 (2003) Prices now £144,950-£230,000 Length 41ft 1in / 12.53m Beam 12ft 3in / 3.96m Draught 3ft 2in / 0.97m Air Draught mast light 4ft 10in / 4.53m Fuel 220 gallons / 996 litres Water 99 gallons / 450 litres Displacement 11600kg approx

as the Squadron models gradually crept down in size, the boat builder turned its attention back to developing its Phantom range, and in 1994 a new breed of Fairline flybridge was born. Designed by naval architect, Bernard Olesinski, the allnew Phantom 40 (MkI) was streamlined and sophisticated. In 1995 this boat was available from £205,748. It has a very distinctive split window line, with a striped lower saloon window. A crucial new feature was its moulded steps up to the flybridge. Only 68 of these boats were built in the two years before it was

relaunched as the Phantom 42 in 1997. Over the next four years Fairline expanded the Phantom range, introducing the new 38, 43, 46 and 50 models. Designs became more distinctive and sculpted, with a more pronounced spilt window line and, of course, Fairline’s distinctive curved front window mullion, seen in other ranges such as the Targa. Interiors were also made even more luxurious and finished to a very high standard. The Phantom 50 proved extremely successful and, in its wake, Olesinski and Fairline’s design team set to work in

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Dressed to impress, the saloon area of the Phantom 40 is sophisticated, spacious and comfortable

creating a new 40ft flybridge cruiser. The Mk II Phantom 40 was introduced in September 2002 and received its official unveiling at the 2003 London Boat Show. It sported a much sharper, modern

Spot the difference? Top, Phantom 40 MkI, which became the 42. Below, Phantom 40 Mk II

exterior than its Mk I predecessor and its two ensuite cabins had been given Fairline’s five star luxury treatment. Crucially it had two larger ensuite toilet compartments, both with separate shower cubicles. It was just inches smaller than its existing rival, the Princess 40. In fact both boats shared the same designer, have almost identical layouts and engine options. Another close rival at the time was the Sealine F42/5. In 2003 the Phantom 38 was discontinued and the 40 became Fairline’s entry-level flybridge. That same year Princess launched its 42, again an Olesinski design. The 38 was the last sub 40ft flybridge to be seen from Fairline. Production of the Phantom 40 (MkII) ran from September 2002 until April 2009 with 118 were built during the 7-year production. The new Squadron 42 was its 2010 replacement and, with the Phantom 48 relaunched as the Squadron 48 in 2013,

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A large double dominates the comfortable master cabin, leaving adequate space for two to dress

the Phantom range was no more. It is now just under 14 years since the MkII’s launch and, with prices starting at around £144k, these boats certainly seem to have held their value. Interior Step through the patio doors and you’ll be greeted with a sharp and voluminous interior that just oozes style. The quality and finish is exquisite, it is definitely a boat to be proud of. Those around the 6ft mark needn’t worry too, as the headroom is superb throughout the boat. The forward master cabin has an imposing king size island double berth. The bed itself is fairly high but large gradual steps lead up either side. Despite the beds overwhelming size there is still sufficient space for two people to dress.

There is also a variety of storage solutions, including a half height wardrobe each side, two large drawers under the berth and shoe-sized open lockers under each side of the bed. A forward escape hatch and opening metal portholes provide light and ventilation. There is a lack of plug sockets in here, and the two that are fitted are at floor level, so not convenient for night time phone/tablet charging for instance. Another minor gripe would be the narrow doorframes, which unfortunately leave the door handles just at the right height to snag clothing. A door on the port side leads off to the ensuite toilet compartment. Again this is finished to a very high standard with a beautiful Avonite worktop, a sea toilet, washbasin, storage and lots of clever detailing. There are no clingy shower

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Bathroom luxury, the boat has two ensuite toilet compartments, both with seperate shower cubicles. Left, the master ensuite, and right, the guest compartment

curtains on this boat. Instead there is a separate cylindrical shower cubicle with revolving door, a chunky teak shower tray and moulded sections to place your shampoo bottle. Moving further aft on the starboard side, you will find a door to the boat’s second toilet compartment, or day loo. With ensuite access to the starboard second cabin, this compartment is almost identical in terms of features, and we would go as far to say that the floor area feels slightly bigger in here. There are some general checks to make regarding the two toilet compartments. It is worth examining the carpet outside for stains that may indicate shower leaks. Also the shower cubicles need to be locked in the open position before getting underway but, even so, they have a habit of moving about on their runners, so it is worth checking for any damage, and that they are working properly. Finally the metal blinds have been known to corrode when exposed to a saltwater environment. A side cabin usually offers twin berths

that convert into a large double. However, the 2005 boat viewed had a fixed double biased to starboard, which was an option. The twin berth cabin is more versatile for a family, while the two double cabin layout is suitable for a couple with occasional guests. As a second cabin it is an excellent size, with a decent amount of standing headroom forward of the bed for dressing, and benefits from a full-length wardrobe, something that the forward cabin lacks. There is also further storage under the berths. This boat’s main power isolators can be found inside the bank of locking eye-level cupboards in this cabin. Moving aft, a small step takes you to the galley area, which is lined with practical teak and holly flooring. Fairline really pulled out the stops for this stylish, ‘social’ galley, the attention to detail and storage here is exceptional. It also integrates well with the saloon area. A sweeping dark Avonite worktop disguises a large deep single sink and two-burner hob, whilst above there is a Smev gas oven/grill and a bank of clear-fronted cupboards

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2005 £169,950 (featured) Twin Volvo TAMD63P 370hp Boats.co.uk 01702 258885 www.boats.co.uk ???????????????????????????????????????????????????????? ????????????????????????????????????

Most 40’s will have a side cabin with versatile twin berths. However, this 2005 model has a fixed double

for dedicated crockery storage. All-electric boats are fitted with a two-ring ceramic hob and a microwave/convection oven, which is concealed by a lifting door. Beneath the worktop is a large fridge and a multitude of dedicated storage drawers and cupboards. There is a separate drawer for cutlery, a wire rack for condiments and a tall drawer, housing separate bins for recycling and general waste. Admittedly, these bins are small but great to have all the same. There is even a pullout rail for tea towels. A hatch in the galley floor reveals a deep locker capable of swallowing up two stacked crates. Note, this locker’s catch has a tendency to break. The boat’s ‘piéce de résistance’ has to be its humongous storage area under the galley stairs. The two steps hinge up on a gas strut to reveal an area big enough to fit an optional washing machine if required. There are a few galley negatives, with the hob and sink in use, worktop space is at a premium. There is also a lack of plug sockets (only one single worktop socket), no dedicated place to store the sink and hob covers, and

2002 £144,950 Twin Volvo TAMD63P 370hp Clipper Marine 01489 550583 www.clippermarine.co.uk

2006 £179,950 Twin Volvo TAMD63P 370hp Southampton Waters Yacht Sales 02380 634900 www.southamptonwaters.co.uk

2003 £149,950 Twin Caterpillar 3126 Bates Wharf Marine Sales 01932 571141 www.bateswharf.co.uk

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The main living area has a really nice flow to it, combining entertaining, cooking and lounging

there is no draining board. Access up to the raised helm position is via a narrow set of steps between a solid bulkhead and the boats Perspex-covered electrics panel. Here there is a ‘cosy’ double helm seat and a very well laid out steering position. The throttles and VHF are located on a side panel next to the helm, and dials and switches are easily accessible and visible. Raymarine kit was fairly standard fitting on the 40. Older boats may well have

the RL80 units fitted. However, a E80 chartplotter down below and a larger E120 on the flybridge is fairly common, both of which are still viable units. Plus, there is usually space to fit a larger plotter to the left of the lower helm if necessary. Visibility from the lower helm is good with the boats large side windows swooping a long way aft. However, be aware, when driving from down below at speed, the angle of the boat does create a ‘wake-only’ blind spot aft through the

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patio doors. The interior helm position means that the boat can be used all year round. Of course diesel heating is an important option to look for, as it will make driving from downstairs during the winter months a pleasure, particularly with the kettle close at hand. The saloon area is spacious and comfortable and it’s here that Fairline’s unfussy and practical design ideas really shine. Leather was a popular option in these boats, not only does it not age the boat but it’s also very practical. On the starboard side is a U-shaped settee with a large freestanding foldout table. This area is easily converted into a double berth, as a central drawer pulls out to form a base and inside is an infill cushion. This does mean the heavy table needs to be manoeuvred out into the cockpit. Opposite is a two-seater sofa. Its two seat bases (also lockers) can be pulled over to the table. A unit in the corner incorporates a television, stereo and cupboard for an optional fridge. Overall you will find the interior very easy to look after. The cream carpets are lovely quality and good-natured when it comes to spills. Two wood finishes were available, a cherry which is fairly common, or light maple. The glossy wood should polish up to a mirror shine. However, the lacquered surface has been known to develop a white cloudy appearance in humid climates. A front screen cover (usually mesh) is useful to protect the woodwork, and also provides privacy in the saloon sleeping area. On Deck The Phantom 40 is an excellent boat for crewing. It boasts modest 10-inch wide side decks, a deep toe rail and chunky,

Out on the side decks, style and practicality combine. The 40 is a great boat for crewing

well-placed stanchions and grabrails. Two moulded steps lead out from the cockpit onto the side decks. The middle section of the foredeck transforms into a large sunpad with huge cushions. The bathing platform is an excellent size and is the best way of boarding the boat. Teak decking was fitted as standard to the bathing platform and cockpit. A transom door is another important feature of this boat providing easy, one-level access.

The interior helm position is superb. However, the seat is ‘cosy’ for two and lacks back support

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The flybridge has three forward-facing seats. This 2005 model has the griddle/fridge upgrade

The gate is bit of a weak point, it can sometimes be tricky to open and close. What the boat does lack is fender storage. While the anchor locker is capable of storing a few narrow fenders, which can be tethered to an internal rail, the rest, especially ball fenders, will need to be stowed on the bathing platform, or inside the cockpit or lazarette.

the two seating areas which comprises of a wet bar/sink, a mains supply griddle and a small fridge underneath. This luxury upgrade means that the starboard chaise longue seat is cut down in length significantly, but in the right weather, UK or abroad, having a flybridge barbecue (preferably with a generator installed) is a real bonus. Access up to the flybridge is via a set Flybridge of five stylish steps. Half ladder and half The flybridge is a superb layout, versatile moulded, these are marginally steep and for underway and for those sunny social covered by a chunky teak finish. The three occasions. A real plus is that it offers three wide bottom steps have open rungs which forward facing seats, consisting of a twin are held in position by a sturdy grabrail, helm seat with a central helm position, providing some usuable extra space which can be accessed from both sides, behind. The gas strutted clear hatch door and a single seat to starboard. The backrest separates the cockpit from the flybridge. of the latter reclines forward to create a This keeps the elements out and, being lovely chaise longue for sun worshippers. clear, it lets plenty of light in. Beware, this In the aft corner there is a semi-circular hatch can fool the unversed into thinking four person dinette area, which converts it is open, and the protruding locking into a sunpad. Most of the seat bases offer catches do hurt when you headbutt them. storage. The flybridge offers a superb and The 2005 boat we viewed at Boats.co.uk secure vantage point, seated or standing. had the flybridge upgrade package, which However, you will not be able to see your was a ÂŁ2,636 option in September 2004. crew if they are aft, and this might be a Here a moulded unit is fitted between concern for a family. 50

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Fast and capable, the Phantom 40 has a planing hull which was designed by Bernard Olesinski

It is important to ensure that there is a properly fitted flybridge canopy, as this could add a considerable expense. Helm and seat covers are also a useful stop-gap measure while cruising. Cockpit The Phantom 40’s cockpit is a generous size and could easily double as a second dining area. Its long bench seat will easily seat 4-5 people and disguises draining storage lockers underneath. This seat is usually covered in Fairline’s characteristic blue striped canvas-like fabric, which can stain and suffer from mildew if left damp. The teak-topped rope lockers either side are an excellent feature for crewing. Again ensure the cockpit canopy is in good order. Owners tend to remove side sections of the canopy and cruise with only the transom section in place, this means you can still use the cockpit area for shelter and the side decks are easily accessible. A large hatch in the cockpit floor offers engine and lazarette access. The opening is divided into two areas by a fixed bulkhead with steps either side. The aft

lazarette is huge and able to swallow up liferafts, inflatable tenders, fenders and more. Down here you will also find open access to the steering rams, so you will need to ensure things can’t roll around. Generators, which are typically Onan, are usually fitted in the middle of the lazarette. This of course takes up a fair amount of storage space. A quick point to make about the generator, in places where there is a low power shore supply be wary of firing up the generator with the shorepower still connected. The power supply change-over rocker switch on the interior electronics panel has been known to allow a parallel

The cockpit is spacious with plenty of storage

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Day-to-day engine access is via the large cockpit hatch. Left, a twin 370hp Volvo TAMD63P engine bay

connection, which can short out the generator and blow its main board, a costly mistake to make. Hull and handling Olesinski’s planing hull is well proven and the Phantom 40 is, without exception, a superb handling boat. It feels very capable and solid out on the water, and is still able to make good progress should the sea conditions change for the worse. The hull moulding has prop tunnels, which envelop the prop shafts, helping to reduce the boats underwater draught and shaft angle, making it more efficient. At close quarters the boat is a dream to handle. However, it does have quite a lot of windage. A 6hp bowthruster was a £5k optional extra in build and we think most buyers would have opted for this very useful feature. Engines When the boat was first introduced it was offered with several engine options. From Volvo Penta there was twin 318hp TAMD63L’s giving a top speed 27 knots,

or twin 370hp TAMD63P’s giving 29 knots. There were also three variances of Caterpillar 3126 engines available, twin 355hp, 385hp and 426hp. In September 2003 a 40 fitted with TAMD63L’s was £239,043 and with 63P’s £246,691. In 2004/5 Fairline introduced Volvo’s replacement twin 370hp D6’s to the Phantom 40. This saw the boat achieving speeds in excess of 30 knots. The very last models were offered with 435hp D6’s. Most Phantom 40’s today will either be fitted with twin TAMD63P’s or modern generation 370hp D6’s. Fairline has told us that the latter were the most popular configuration during the seven-year production span. Versions with Caterpillar and 435hp D6 engines are fairly rare. The engine room fit out on the Phantom 40 is first class. Daily checks can be carried out via the cockpit hatch, with items such as dipsticks, fuel filters and raw water strainers readily accessible by crawling between the engines. Servicing is a bit more of an undertaking as access around the engines is tight, and involves rolling back the saloon carpet and lifting the

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whole floor up. This provides excellent access to both engines. On boats fitted with TAMD63P’s, access to the starboard impeller is tricky. These particular engines also have very long impellers so it can be fiddly to ease the old one out. On Volvo D6-powered versions the port impeller is the tricky one. So which engine option should you go for? Well this will often come down to price. Boats powered by Volvos are naturally the most sort after. The TAMD63P is the third in a line of engines that use the same block, the TAMD60, the TAMD61A and then the TAMD63. So any gremlins (if any) should have been well and truly ‘ironed out’. Despite being an old generation, mechanical injection engine, they are regarded as reliable and easy to work on with a good supply of spares. The D6 engine has now been around for 12 years and will almost certainly be

cleaner and more efficient to run. Yes, with modern diagnostics you have lost the ability to ‘fault-find’ without an engineer present, but servicing jobs such as changing impellers, filters, belts and oil are certainly feasible and will help cut down running costs. No matter what the engine option, these boats should offer efficient cruising speeds of 23-24 knots and a fuel economy of just over a gallon a mile. Conclusion If you’re looking for luxury flybridge cruising for £150k upwards then this is a must see. Used Phantom 40’s are certainly ‘middle/upper’ when it comes to price, but boy do you get a lot of quality and style for your money. We would argue it is Fairline’s best ever 40ft flybridge cruiser, although the Phantom 38 MkII is very close and is a great, more affordable, alternative.

Before buying any used boat, always employ the services of a YDSA or a IIMS accredited surveyor and, if you have any doubt about the engines, a separate engine survey by a suitably qualified person is recommended.

Family Phantom 38

1997-2003

Prices £99,000-£150,000 Length: 40ft 4in Beam: 12ft 8in One of the very best entry-level flybridges around. It offers 6 berths with two ensuite cabins. Buy one (pictured) 1999 £114,950 essex.boatshed.com

Phantom 40 MkI 1994-96

Phantom 46

Prices £105,000-£140,000 Length: 40ft 9in Beam: 13ft 2in The original 40 has a smaller second toilet compartment and a galley area at saloon-level. Buy one (pictured) 1996 £105,000 www.michaelschmidt.co.uk

Prices £169,000-£250,000 Length: 47ft 10in Beam: 14ft 2in Luxury flybridge cruising for larger families, the stately 46 offers 8 berths with three cabins. Buy one (pictured) 2001 £169,500 www.ancasta.com

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tested Volvo Penta Inboard Joystick

Volvo has been offering joystick control in both IPS and stern drives for a number of years now, but what about traditional shafts? Well now it is their turn thanks to Volvo’s Joystick Inboard. Using any of Volvo’s current range of electronically controlled diesel engines, the system combines gearbox and throttle control with a bow thruster, and a stern thruster if fitted, as well as rudder inputs using a rudder control unit mounted on the rudder stock. In short it does pretty much everything that you could do with engines, rudders and thrusters, but it does it without numerous inputs, or a great deal of thought, you just move the joystick in the direction you want to go and the system works out what it needs to do to make it happen. We tried it out on a Cranchi 48 Atlantique that was fitted with two of Volvo’s latest engines, 600hp D8’s, and both bow and stern thrusters. As with IPS, if you push the joystick to one side, the boat moves sideways, the difference being the addition of the thrusters, and the noise that goes with it. If I’m honest, it does not seem quite as efficient as IPS at making these sideways manoeuvres, but I suspect that an

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You can now have a Volvo joystick on a tradtional shaftdrive boat

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increase in thruster size would overcome this. Power from get the joystick both the engines and thruster increases the more joystick you treatment” apply, so in this sense the bow is a little more controllable than with a standard single speed thruster. Anyone with a shaft drive boat of this style will know that you can do most Usability 5/5 things quite easily without using a thruster, and you soon find Performance 4/5 that you can use the joystick in much the same way, making the boat go in most directions without, only bringing in the thruster occasionally when required. The joystick control also has a thruster only option if you need it, by simply pressing a button on the joystick control. If combined with autopilot, the joystick can also be used to steer the boat at any speed, although the position of the joystick needs to be well thought out to make the best use of this feature. In short, this new system brings Volvo’s easy boating philosophy to inboard shaft drive boats, and for the traditionalists, that like the simplicity of shafts, this new system provides a modern twist that I think many will enjoy. Contact: Volvo Penta www.volvopenta.com

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tested ROKK Mini

PRICE (as tested)

£54.97

When it comes to fitting new items of electronics onto a small boat there are often a couple of problems to overcome, such as finding a suitable flat surface and making sure that once installed it can easily be removed for security reasons. I had both of these issues on our Project boat when I decided to upgrade the old Magellan GPS for something a little more modern, a Lowrance Elite 4. ROKK Mini is a compact, multi-adjustable Motorboat mounting system for Owner small electronics, cameras, phones and tablets so, with my “A flexible mounting imminent upgrade and the fact that system that increases I had a couple of other pieces of options and electronics to try out, I was on the security” phone to Scanstrut to see just what Value 3/5 the system could do for me. Usability 4/5 The system starts with a base Performance 5/5 mount. These can be attached to either a rail or a flat surface by either strap, cable tie, screw or self adhesive pad. I wanted mine on the small and slightly sloping surface above the helm, so went with a self adhesive mount, having first thoroughly cleaned the surface. Next comes the flexible and seemingly infinitely adjustable quick release body. On top of this you need to choose a suitable fixing for your electronics, of which they seem to have thought of everything. I The old Magellan has ordered a fixing for my Lowrance, but also for a Raymarine been upgraded 56

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We went for the sticky pad mount option after thoroughly cleaning the surface

Dragonfly and a Garmin Striker. Fitting the appropriate fixing onto the boat is simple enough and even though most people won’t be changing electronics like I was, swapping them is also easy, with just an allen key and screwdriver usually all that is needed. I found that the Lowrance unit sat too high on the ROKK mount, but I could adjust it down to a lower, and more acceptable, level by offsetting the adjustable body. What was really useful was the ability to remove the unit simply by pushing the big red release button. The Lowrance unit, when mounted directly is not removable at all, so this was a huge benefit. The system worked better, in terms of the way it presented them, with both the Raymarine and Garmin units and, despite their quite large size and associated weight, the locking flexible mechanism remained solid and the self adhesive base mount remained firmly attached. How much a system costs depends upon which fixing option you go for, and what item you are mounting. The individual components range from £9.99 to £29.99, with an average price for the three components needed coming in at around £60. The adjustable body means our new kit is mounted vertically on the sloping surface, and can quickly and easily be removed

Contact: Scanstrut www.scanstrut.com

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South West Sportsboat Rally

South West Sportsboat Rally Trail to the sun. We joined the South West Sportsboat Rally in Brixham with our ‘not-so-sporty’ £1k by Neale Byart Challenge trailboat, Mayland 16 Olive

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t the start of the year, I decided that if we were going to use our project boat, I needed to make some plans. After all, there is no better way of making things happen than booking something in advance. When I read that the Southwest Sportsboat Rally

were arranging a bank holiday weekend get together in one of my favourite cruising areas, I ignored the fact that ‘Olive’ is far from being a sportsboat, paid my money and booked us on. The Southwest Sportsboat Rally started life as the Southwest Fletcher Rally but

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over the years, as people changed their boats, the group became more mixed in terms of makes, but still with one thing in common, they all have boats that can be trailed. As a result, members come from far and wide to take part in their rallies, and the Fletcher brand is still well represented, with somewhere around half of the 25 boats sporting the Fletcher logo. Our weekend started on Friday with the inevitable last minute preparations like filling the fuel tanks, checking the trailer over and making sure the boat

was secured and, of course, checking the lights were working on the light board. It was then that I encountered a last minute hitch. I had simply forgotten that I had changed vehicles since I last towed Olive on the road so my light board was now fitted with an incorrect number plate. With no time to buy a new one, the only alternative I was left with was to make my own. Finding a suitable font in MS Word, I printed my own, using a laser printer on slightly yellow paper, and laminated it to make it weather proof. It may not be

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The launch and recovery went well, apart from a weld giving way at the last minute

completely in keeping with the rules but it looked good enough to avoid attracting attention. The next morning we set alarms for 4am with a view of getting on the road by 5am. Our destination was Brixham harbour and the Spring Bank Holiday is not a good time to be negotiating the M25 and main routes to popular seaside resorts, unless you can beat the rush. As it turned out we had an uneventful 275-mile trip and arrived at the slipway just after

10am. Once we had found the harbour staff, and paid our £11 launch fee and £5 per day trailer parking, we launched Olive in the harbour, and into saltwater for the first time since her makeover. Since the end of the challenge we haven’t changed a great deal about our little Mayland 16. I added a small compass to the helm, and upgraded the GPS unit to something with a chart, but other than that she was exactly as she was for her maiden voyage last year. Unfortunately we had missed Left, Churston Cove. Calm seas around Berry Head and Cod Rock, below

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the 10am briefing so, with the main group already off to enjoy the first group cruise to St Mary’s Bay, we parked the car in the marina’s multi-story car park and took a gentle cruise out of the harbour. It had been a foggy morning but it was quickly burning off, and by the time we had discovered Churston Cove, just to the west of Brixham, and dropped our anchor, the sun was shining. We then spent a couple of hours sorting out all the bags and kit that were hastily thrown in the cabin during the launching process, as well as enjoying the scenery. This is what trailer boating is all about. We woke up in Essex, and by lunchtime we were anchored in crystal clear waters in a sheltered bay in Devon. From the bay we could see the arrival back in Brixham of the rest of the rally just after lunch, so we hauled anchor and headed to the MDL events pontoon, where the rest of the group were now moored, and rafted up alongside old friend and colleague, Nick Burnham, in his lovely Skibsplast 660 Smuggler’s Blues. After a catch up, a quick

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With a bit of clever weight re-distibution, Olive just about climbed onto the plane at 10 knots

sandwich, and introductions to some of the other participants, it was time to kick off the afternoon’s activities. The plan was for a beach ball challenge, which involved a blast out to a specific point, collecting beach balls, which were free floating in the sea, and blasting back. On the basis that Olive was not really able to blast, we bowed out and took advantage of the flat

calm seas and glorious sunshine and took a cruise out of the harbour, around Berry Head and circumnavigated the Mew Stone and Cod Rock. The sea was so flat we were able to venture right in close to the rocks and get up close to the local wildlife, including spotting a couple of seals. This little trip also gave us the first opportunity to see what top speed the Mayland really Our base for two nights, MDL Brixham Marina’s Events pontoon

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BBQ bliss. Rally participants gather on the beach at Elberry Cove for an evening beach barbecue

could achieve with 20hp. Our first attempt resulted in a bow that was pointing to the sky and a maximum speed of 7.5 knots. With Claire on the bow we had another go and this time the better weight distribution meant we actually crept onto the plane and maxed out at the giddy heights of 10 knots. After a quick pit stop back at Brixham, to stock up on sausages and burgers, we once again headed back out of the harbour. This time our destination was Elberry Cove, to the west of Brixham, where the group were having a beach BBQ. We were one of the last to arrive but were offered the chance to raft up alongside the Sealine S25 Whisper, which was already anchored and were kindly rowed ashore by her skipper in his tender. Ashore BBQs were lit, beers were cracked and sausages were burnt and, just before sunset, boats departed back to Brixham where Brixfest was in full swing and we were treated to a fantastic firework display, right over the harbour.

On the Sunday morning, participants Paul and Soreya, kindly offered water-ski tryouts behind their Fletcher Wakesport for anyone that fancied having a go. Other boats also went out for a blast, a spot of watersports, or a cruise out to Berry Head

A highlight of Brixfest is the Saturday night firework display over the harbour

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With no petrol at Brixham, participants had to make do with refilling from cans

to look for dolphins, while we decided to stay ashore and explore Brixham, having first secured a full English at one of the many waterside cafés. After lunch we had some work to do. Our £1k boat was now sporting a couple of the latest pieces of technology from Raymarine and Garmin that together would have doubled the value of our boat. With transducers temporarily rigged from the transom we set off out of the harbour to see how the DragonFly 7 Pro and Garmin Striker 7SV fared. Ultimately we ended up back in our peaceful little anchorage, while those boats that wished, partook in a ‘show and shine’, where awards would be given at a group get together that evening for the

best boats. Looking at the gleaming GRP on display, I think we were wise to sit that one out! Later, all participants gathered in the Prince William at the top of the pontoon for evening drinks, the ‘show and shine’ prize-giving and a raffle where it seems almost everyone won something. We came away with a nice new drybag. The next morning one or two of the boats were recovered back onto their trailers for their long journeys home. Those that were staying were able to join a group heading around Berry Head and on to Dartmouth or Salcombe. We stayed in Torbay and continued testing the new electronics, specifically looking

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for a wreck or two so we could see what the down and side scan on our equipment was capable of. With that in mind, we headed off across the bay for a couple of marked wrecks outside of Torquay. The conditions were far from ideal so, despite Olive handling the chop reasonably well, we abandoned these plans and made a course back towards the more sheltered part of the bay by Elberry Cove, where we had to settle for looking at natural underwater features and the odd bit of ground tackle from the fishfarm that is located just offshore. After this we headed back to Brixham and, having now vacated the MDL events pontoon, moored up on the town pontoon while we started our preparations for recovery onto the trailer and our journey home. In doing so we couldn’t help but get a little distracted by events at Brixfest, and spent a while watching a Jetski demonstration just off the harbour wall. With a five hour tow ahead of us, it was time to collect the car from the car park, hitch up the trailer and start the recovery process. With Claire in charge of the car and myself on the boat, everything was going smoothly until the very last moment as I was winching the boat the final few inches onto the trailer. With the bow just half an inch from the snubber, the one part of our trailer that

The Sunday night prize-giving and raffle, where it seemed almost everyone was a winner

had not received an overhaul caused a problem. A weld that was holding the winch to the winch post gave way with a bang. Luckily the boat was pretty much in position, but it meant we could not rely on the winch and wire to ensure it stayed that way as it was pulled up the steep slipway. With that in mind we ratcheted the trailer in place while it was still in the water, adding an extra two spare ratchet straps just to be sure, and also used ropes from the bow of the boat to the car as an extra level of security. Once up the top of the slipway we double checked the security of all tie downs and declared it safe for our tow home, which again went without any problems. Back home a new winch has been ordered and I’ll get it fixed on in time for Olive’s next outing. If you want to know more about the South West Sports Boat Rally just click on www.swsbr.co.uk.

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HOW TO

Outboard Project

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had been putting off working on the project outboard this month, due mainly to the fact that every time I looked at it I saw a mass of wires, numerous dangling components and a whole box full of parts, bolts, nuts and other bits that I was sure I had no idea where they came from. To add to this, I now had two outboards in pieces and, despite my best intentions, the

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parts were somewhat mixed up. Mostly this wasn’t a problem as many parts are interchangeable but I could tell there were a few bits that were different and I needed to work out which bits went with which other bits. The workshop manual usefully included what they call ‘reference images’. Black and white pictures taken from all angles

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If you take something apart, take loads of pictures. Manuals are OK, but they are no substitute

to help show what bits go where. I had also taken lots and lots of photos during the dismantling stages, so together I was hoping that these would pave the way to a stress free rebuild. They were called into use sooner than expected as the first thing I decided to do was to reinstall the coil assemblies and it wasn’t clear which one went with which cylinder. Luckily one had been marked and a quick look through my photos showed that this went with the top cylinder. Next came the power pack, and again my images helped identify the way the wiring was run and where the earth wire was connected, followed by the various components of the Magneto, which involved reassembling the complex link to the throttle control lever, something I think I would still be trying to figure out if it wasn’t for my photo library. Buoyed by my success I moved on to the starter motor and starter solenoid. I installed the original starter motor but had a sudden epiphany that with spares for all these items I should be testing them first to ensure I am fitting working components. I started by putting some power to the solenoid and sure enough,

The electrical components have been refitted including the ignition system and starter motor, which later had to be removed again

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nothing. It was dead. I quickly grabbed the spare and as soon as power was applied I was greeted with the satisfying clunk of a solenoid engaging. I then put some power direct to the starter motor that I had already installed and was met with a shower of sparks but no movement. On closer inspection I found that, although not seized, the motor was very stiff to turn. So stiff, in fact, that my fully charged battery was unable to spin it. Fifteen minutes later the old starter was removed and replaced by the spare and connected to the solenoid. I temporarily replaced the flywheel, connected up some power using a set of jump leads, and using a remote starting switch pressed the button. I was greeted by the sight of a fully engaged starter motor spinning the engine over at a fair rate of knots. This was a real confidence boost and I am even starting to believe that this engine may yet come back fully to life and so, in anticipation, I connected up the cooling water tell-tale pipe. Moving onto the other side of the engine I reinstalled the electrical

The tell-tale hose being connected is a sign of confidence. The wiring will need attention first

The solenoid was found to be faulty so was swapped for the spare one before fitting

connection block, that sits on a bracket connected to the neutral start assembly. Unfortunately here is where I hit a problem. At some point, maybe even before I obtained the engine, the neutral shift lockout lever had broken. What was supposed to be a round hole was now ‘C’ shaped, which meant it would not stay in position when used. Here is one of the areas where the two engines differed, as my spare did not seem to have this assembly at all. This meant I needed to stop work on this part of the engine while I wait for delivery of my newly ordered part. Not that this is a problem, as I still have the carburettor to dismantle, clean, reassemble and refit, as well as sorting

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With a battery attached, the starter motor springs to life. Below, a broken part that needs replacing before continuing

out some very poor wiring before I am finished under the hood. There is also plenty to do on the rest of the motor too, so I moved on to the transom mount assembly. You may remember that when I picked this outboard up it had been butchered to remove it, as the thumbscrews had seized solid. Before I picked up the spare

outboard, I bought a whole new assembly from eBay so all I had to do was to swap the steering bracket and pilot shaft over from the old one onto the new. With that done, I set about replacing all of the engine mountings. Every single one of the original six mountings had broken, but again eBay came to the rescue with a good used set for less than the

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price of a single new one. Once the engine mounts had been swapped, I installed the new transom assembly, but it was clear that it had been unused for some time as it was so stiff. As now was as good a time as any, I injected grease into each of the six grease nipples, well five of them anyway. The sixth one just would not accept any grease despite the considerable pressure that is exerted when using a grease gun. I have experienced this before so knew what was coming. Undoing the nipple I found that the old grease had dried and turned into a very compacted powder. This was gently broken up and removed before being cleaned up with a light oil. The nipple was then reinstalled and fresh grease injected into the joint. The whole assembly now moves more easily, and will no doubt free up further as it is used. Now I really am on the home straight, the outboard is starting to look like an outboard again. Next month I will clean and install the carburettor, sort out the wiring issues, and have a look at the gearbox. If all goes well, and my broken part replacement arrives, I might just be in a position to try and start it.

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Length (LOA): 8.88m / 29ft 1in Beam: 2.55m / 8ft 4in Displacement: 3000kg Fuel Capacity: 246 litres Water Capacity: NA RCD category: C Engine as tested: 1 x MerCruiser 300hp 6.2L V8 Other engine options: Single MerCruiser 4.5L 250hp V6 Petrol or Mercury Marine Diesel 260hp 3.0L V6 Price from ÂŁ71,270

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hether you are looking for a large day boat or a small sportscruiser, Bayliner has a couple of great options in the range, courtesy of the 742 and Ciera 8. Is there then, we wonder, space in the lineup for something in between? That something is the 842, a boat that offers four berths like the Ciera 8, but in a low profile sporty design like the 742. There are some compromises, as we will see, but is the 842 the missing link between day boat and cruiser? We set off for the island encrusted Adriatic coast of Croatia to find out, and you’ll have to forgive the constant references to the other two Bayliner models, but by adding the 842, Bayliner has made the decision as to what boat to go for just that little bit tougher. The accommodation down below is

probably going to play a large part in deciding which Bayliner is right for you and, in the 842, you get one of the largest double berths I think I have ever seen on a boat of this size. The dinette will take a family of four comfortably, although the odd shaped table does make access to the starboard side a bit of an effort. But drop the table, and use the seat backs as the infill cushions and you have a berth that is 7ft long by 6ft wide at the

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“We’ve tested the 642 and 742, it was time to see what the 842 had to offer”

There is an option to have a small galley unit at the aft end of the port side seating (see main image)

aft end. In dinette form, the low-slung foredeck starts to become noticeable, with limited seated headroom at the bow end. Under the dinette cushions there are two carpet-lined bunks on either side, and another huge locker beneath the forepeak cushion. Despite the low headroom, the use of light materials, an opening overhead hatch, two side windows, one with an opening port, and a pair of skylights mean the boat never feels dark or claustrophobic. Moving aft, headroom in the rest of the cabin is limited to around 5ft 8in once you are forward of the companionway. There is no galley down in the cabin but in its place there is a large storage unit that contains three drawers, two cupboards, some shelf space, a nice large worktop and the boat’s main electrical panel. Again, light woodwork, a hull window and a small round overhead port into the cockpit keep this area bright and airy. Motorboat Owner © Digital Marine Media Ltd

Opposite this area is a separate toilet compartment and, once again, the compromises of having a low profile bow are evident in the lack of headroom.

The transom seat can lay flat to form a sunpad, but is not as versatile as the one on the Ciera 8

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Despite its low slung foredeck, the cabin is light, airy and deceptively spacious

There may be limited headroom in the toilet but it is otherwise perfectly appointed

At 5ft 4in, and slightly less beneath the protruding lights, this could just about offer stooped standing headroom for some, but is probably best viewed as a seated compartment. Inside you will find a sea toilet, small sink, shower, a large under sink cupboard and a small overhead locker. There is a hull window with built in opening port but no curtain or blind for privacy. What this compartment lacks in headroom it does make up for in floor and elbow space, which are both rather generous. Like the Ciera 8, the door has an inbuilt frosted panel to allow extra light in from the cabin space. Moving further aft on the port side you will find the boat’s second berth, another large double at 6ft 2in by 4ft 5in. This is a crawl in, under cockpit berth that is separated off from the rest of the accommodation by a curtain. Inside there are a couple of shelves for storage, and a sliding porthole into the cockpit for light and air. In short, the accommodation would

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easily take four for the odd overnighter, but with little privacy you would certainly need to pack your PJ’s. The companionway consists of a couple of open steps and a sliding fibreglass door with built-in steps on the outside to lead you up onto the foredeck through the opening mid section of the windscreen. The finishing around the edge of the helm console, where this door slides behind the helm, was a little less than perfect on our test boat, but it was good to see a wellplaced grabrail on the inside to aid passage between cabin and cockpit. On the port side of the cockpit, our test boat had a long fore and aft bench seat with a forward backrest to provide aft facing lounging. An option on the 842 is to have a cockpit galley installed in place of the aft-most section of this bench seat. This provides the boat with a sink, hob and fridge, and would be an essential extra if you intended to overnight on a regular basis. With this option you obviously lose some of the bench seat, but you do get a backrest on the galley to allow forward facing lounging when underway. Opposite, the helm console is almost identical to the one found on the Ciera 8 with a central space to mount a multifunction display and some engine instrumentation on either side. The steering wheel is adjustable and just in front you get a sunken cubbyhole with drain to store items when underway. Alongside the steering wheel is a retro looking switch panel on one side, and a small lockable glove box on the other, while a couple of flat areas above allow space to fit other kit including, as on our test boat, the bow thruster control. You might need to get a bit creative when looking to install a VHF, as options appear to be limited. Motorboat Owner Š Digital Marine Media Ltd

A second spacious double berth is located under the cockpit and is separated off with a curtain

The helm seat is a nice large single seater, which is adjustable fore and aft and comes with a lifting bolster. In the cockpit coaming down by your feet there is a small locker with a recessed lid and a 12 volt power outlet that looks ideal for storing and charging your phone while underway. Beneath the helm seat, accessed from the front, there is a huge locker that is so big that getting to items right over the back may actually prove to be difficult. Behind the helm you will find an L-shaped seating area around an optional teak cockpit table. The most forward part of this L-shaped seat has some open storage below and also houses the boat’s manual bilge pump. The aft section, which is mounted on top of the lifting engine bay hatch, has a mirror

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PERFORMANCE As tested 50% fuel 0% water 3 crew Force 4 *The fuel figures quoted are a mix of actual and generic data, and may not accurately represent the fuel usage in this combination

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imaged L-shaped lined locker underneath. The aft backrest of the transom seat folds flat to form a sunpad but, unlike the Ciera 8, it doesn’t flip to allow an aft facing transom seat. On the port side you get a sufficiently sturdy transom gate and a quality stainless steel transom shower unit. The engine hatch, together with the L-shaped transom seat, lifts electrically. This is a rather slow process but, once fully up, you have very good access all around the engine. Our test boat came with the optional 300hp 6.2 litre V8, but the boat comes as standard with a 250hp 4.5 litre V6. There is also a diesel option available in the shape of the 260hp 3.0 litre Mercury Marine V6 TDI. Overhead you can opt for a fibreglass arch with integrated bimini, a standalone bimini or a full camper canvas pack. Given the limited headroom down below and the

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2.9 4.7 6.5 7.7 9.5 14.9 21.7 26.4 29.7 33.1 34.5

0.90 1.61 2.31 3.52 5.06 7.04 8.80 11.7 14.3 19.6 20.9

3.22 2.92 2.81 2.19 1.88 2.12 2.47 2.26 2.08 1.69 1.65

4.1 7.3 10.5 16.0 23.0 32.0 40.0 53.0 65.0 89.0 95.0

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location of the galley in the cockpit, I would think that anyone planning to overnight onboard will want to go for the latter to make full use of the space. As is standard on US sportsboats of this size, sidedecks are sacrificed for increased interior space, and the way forward is up through the opening windscreen. The steps built into the companionway door, together with using the top of the screen as a grabrail, means that taking this route feels safe and controlled. The foredeck is covered in a good non-slip surface all the way to the bow, but the pulpit rail is more decorative

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Engine options start with a 250hp V6, but for the best performance choose the 300hp V8

“The V8 petrol engine gave brisk acceleration and a good top speed” than practical, as it is too low, and leans out too far, to be of much use. Up front, the anchor locker lid lifts to reveal a concealed electric windlass, if you have ticked that option, with deck mounted foot switches. The anchor locker is a good size but its design means that the opening is small, so storing fenders or additional kit down there is not going to be viable. The windscreen is fitted with a single pantograph wiper, which makes a good job of clearing a large amount of the driver’s side screen, but there was one feature I wasn’t too sure about. The opening section of the screen locks open with a catch that doesn’t seem able to be released from the cockpit. This means that when coming back from the foredeck you have to release it, and close it with you as you come. Ultimately this means you have one less hand with which to steady yourself. Motorboat Owner © Digital Marine Media Ltd

At the aft end you get a nice big bathing platform with an underslung ladder on the port side, and conveniently placed fuel, water and pump out caps on the knuckles either side. Underway The petrol engine was smooth and quiet at idle and slow speeds, and the 300 horses provided brisk, if not exhilarating, acceleration from standstill. The boat was on the plane at around 2800rpm in approximately 7 seconds, reached 20 knots in roughly 11 seconds and was cruising at 30 knots in 14 seconds. If you are used to the torque and mid range grunt of a modern supercharged and turbocharged diesel, the petrol feels a bit lacking in mid range power, where a request for an extra burst of speed was met with a rather lazy

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response. The steering felt excellent, with a light and perfectly balanced response to helm inputs. You really could throw this boat around one handed with no effort, and no obvious extra effort needed to counter any torque steer. I can’t over emphasize the importance of this when it comes to driving a boat that is supposed to be sporty and fun and Bayliner has got this spot on. Despite its less substantial height over the Ciera 8, the 842 seemed equally susceptible to wind induced lean, which was easily overcome with the trim tabs. We were out testing in a reasonable chop and found that the hull did provide the occasional hard landing but, with the right level of trim and choosing a sensible speed, we were still able to maintain good progress, even into a head sea. In tight turns the hull gripped well, with no ventilation and only minimal loss of speed. Overall the boat felt more like a sportscruiser than a sportsboat, with a good turn of speed but not the immediacy of response. In this sense it felt more like the Ciera 8 than the 742. At the helm everything works well with the throttle and adjustable steering wheel perfectly placed for either seated, leaning or standing helming. I found that the windscreen top frame was right at eye level when leaning against the lifted

The 842’s helm is comfy, whether seated or leaning

bolster, but this is going to be very height specific. If I have one gripe it is that the moulding next to the throttle, where you automatically place your elbow, has a small moulded upright that digs in and becomes uncomfortable after a while. Conclusion Despite losing some of the height of the Ciera 8, the 842 is still quite a bulky boat and therefore doesn’t feel quite as sporty as you might expect, despite being a very good drive. It’s certainly a handsome looking vessel, and the lower profile of the foredeck gives it, in my opinion, better pontoon appeal than its cruiser sibling. Having said that though, I think in trying to be part dayboat and part sportscruiser, it manages to do both reasonably well, but

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neither exceptionally. In short, it’s a boat with a bit of an identity crisis. If you want to take the whole family boating and you want to stay onboard overnight, arguably the Ciera 8 is a much better prospect, and for not a great deal more money. If you want a sporty dayboat then smaller is often better in terms of handling and fun, and the Bayliner is no exception. The 742 is a great boat and, unless you really need the extra overnight capacity, is the one to go for if you want a day on the water with the whole family. If there are just the two of you, you really can’t beat the 642 as a competent and affordable dayboat. So where does that leave the 842? Well, if you like the accommodation and facilities

Compact cruiser or large dayboat? You decide

offered by the Ciera 8, but can’t get over its opinion-dividing looks, the 842 is probably the perfect solution. Just tick the cockpit galley and camper canvas options and you have a good looking boat that can be both competent cruiser and fun dayboat.

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Twin Volvo Penta Kad 300. 6 berths, blue hull, bow thruster, heating. Great Condition. Please call for viewing. £124,950

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Single Yanmar 56hp diesel with bow and stern thruster. 6 berths, warm air Heating, Holding Tank, Gas hob Penton Hook Marina, Staines Road, Chertsey, Surrey, oven & Grill.KT16 Teak 8PQ top tables & tidy Boats purchased. Part exchange available on all boatsexample

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Brand new Sealine S330 Penton hook.indd 1 with Single Volvo Penta D6 330hp Diesel. in stock Great Specification.

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1996 CRANCHI 36 SMERALDO £54,950 Twin Volvo Penta KAD42 230hp diesels. 6 berths, heating, GPS, chartplotter, bowthruster, speed, 2004/05 galeon 380. 2015 Four winnS h180 Bowrider depth, leather upholstery, TV/DVD Twin Volvo Penta Kad 43 260hp. Diesels.

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2000 Fairline targa 43

Twin Volvo Penta D3 220hp Diesels. Huge Specification.

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1998 FAIRLINE PHANTOM 42 £127,950 Twin Volvo TAMD 63P 370hp diesels. Six berths, air con, heating, generator, full nav kit, bowthruster, passerelle, 2004 Sealine S42 2004/05 CruiSerS 340 gas hob, microwave, holding tank

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1992 SEALINE 365

£52,950

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Twin Volvo Penta 170hp Diesels.6 berths, bowthruster, radar, gps, plotter. £169,950. radar, gps, chartplotter, heating, bowthruster. ‘2013 SC35 due in soon’. £92,500.

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Sessa C30 – 2007 – Twin Volvo D3 -190 Diesels Lemar Bow Thruster, Raymarine C80 Chart plotter, Holding Tank, New Canopy,1240DL Just Serviced, An immaculate 4 berth sports cruiser Stevens – 1999 - Perkins Sabre 135L F atBow/Stern home inland or on thebow coast,and Largestern Cockpitthrusters. with seatingThis for 6 in Thrusters. ease, Cabin with separate mid cabin and toilet room. Dutch steelC30 cruiser been restored to D3 a very Sessa – 2007 – Twin Volvo -190 Diesels £69,950 standard. With comfortable accommodation Lemar Bow Thruster, Raymarine C80 Chart plotter, Holding Tank, andNew sleeping TwoAn owners from newsports cruiser Canopy,for Just 7. Serviced, immaculate 4 berth Sessa C30 £135,950 at home inland or on the coast, Large Cockpit seating 2007.Racecourse New canopy, fully serviced andwith ready to for go6 in Contact ease, Cabin with separate mid cabin and toilet room. Twin Volvo D3 190hp £69,950

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Broom 30HT Coupe – New Boat - Nanni 65 The All new 30HT with full sunroof to the hard top, Graphite colored hard top395 and hull, Teak cockpit, thruster, Hull windows. The Broom Aft cabin – NewBow Boat – Twin Volvo D4 360 4 berths a large and package, galley with Corian Inverter, worktops. cabin givesdesign Split galley with Classictoilet interior Heating, Part Exchange possibilities – View at London Boat Show BAVARIA SPORT 300 – New Boat Bow thruster, Powered folding mast, 2 Tv’s, Autopilot, VHF, GPS Broom 30HT Coupe – New Boat - Nanni 65 The call for tickets . £155,000 Inc Vat Plotter, Cockpit BBQ Stainless tremendous Smart Power & Comfort Packs, Vhf,TouchAll new 30HT with fullwindows. sunroof toThe the395 hardoffers top, Graphite colored space with master both with facilities, Large The hard twin top and hull,cabins Teak cockpit, Bowensuite thruster, Hull windows. screen plotter, Extended platform galley and saloon, AVAILABLE NOW £452,503 Inc Vat cabin gives 4 berths a large toilet and galley with Corian worktops. Contact Thames & Kennet Volvo D4 260 hp Diesel £141,874 Part Exchange possibilities – View at London Boat Show call for tickets . £155,000 Inc Vat

Broom 395 Aft cabin – New Boat – Twin Volvo D4 360 Split galley design with Classic interior package, Heating, Inverter, Bow thruster, Powered folding mast, 2 Tv’s, Autopilot, VHF, GPS Plotter, Cockpit BBQ Stainless windows. The 395 offers tremendous 35cabins COUPE –ensuite Newfacilities, BoatLarge spaceBROOM with twin master both with Broom 395 Aft cabin – New Boat – Twin Volvo D4 360 galleyGalley and saloon, AVAILABLE NOW £452,503 Inc Vat down design, NMEA controls, Split galley design with Classic interior package, Heating, Inverter, Bow thruster, Powered 2 folding mast, 2with Tv’s, Autopilot, VHF, GPS Electronic sunroof, cabins 4 berths Plotter, Cockpit BBQ Stainless windows. The 395 offers tremendous Contact Walton Nanni hp,master Bowthruster space270 with twin cabins both with£269,000 ensuite facilities, Large galley and saloon, AVAILABLE NOW £452,503 Inc Vat

Viking 215 – New Boat – Mariner 20hp The 215 offers 6’headroom throughout, a 4 berth design, galley and shower/toilet withCoupe cockpit seating 5 and bathing platform Broomroom 30HT – NewforBoat - Nanni 65 The boarding. Inventory withfullHot & Coldtowater, oven,top, hob, grill &colored fridge. A All new 30HT with sunroof the hard Graphite greathard package that is also trailerable, View at the London VIKING 26CC – New Boat top and hull, Teak cockpit, Bow thruster, Hull windows. Viking 215 – New Boat – Mariner 20hp The Boat Show Call for Tickets £34,083 incworktops. Vat 4- berths a large toilet and galley Corian cabin givesoffers Narrowbeam canal cruiser, berths, leather The 215 6’headroom throughout, a64with berth design, galley and Part Exchange possibilities – View at London Boat Show shower/toilet room with cockpit seating for 5 and bathing platform upholstery, sunbed, 30hp Mariner EFI call for tickets . £155,000 Inc Vat boarding. Inventory with Hot & Cold water, oven, hob, grill & fridge. A Contact Upton £46,870 great package that is also trailerable, View at the London Boat Show - Call for Tickets £34,083 inc Vat

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Stevens 1240DL – 1999 - Perkins Sabre 135L F Bow/Stern Thrusters. bow and stern thrusters. This Dutch cruiser been restored to aHonda very 2013 Vikingsteel Seamaster 28- 2012 - 40HP standard. Withboat comfortable accommodation A great family that will navigate the entire and sleeping for 7. Two owners from widebeam UK1240DL inland waterway systemnew with 6 135L F Stevens – 1999 - Perkins Sabre £135,950 berths £44,500 - Alsobow 2013 INBOARD AT £69,500 Bow/Stern Thrusters. and stern thrusters. This VISIT THEsteel TINGDENE / VIKING STAND THE Doral Prestancia Dutch cruiser been restored to aAT very LONDON BOAT SHOW - NEW Viking 295 standard. With comfortable accommodation 2003 Benefits from having diesel engines Contact Upton and sleeping forMercruiser 7. Two owners from new Twin 200hp £135,950

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Sealine S28 – 1999 – Twin Volvo 170hp A very tidy S 28 with new canopies and cockpit upholstery, fully surveyed and newVOYAGER boat safety certificate, a spacious cabin with 4 AQUALINE 60 - 2011 -Beta 150hp berths and cockpit with seating 6 in comfort. A superb 2 cabin, 2 en for suite, saloon, galley and £49,950 wheelhouse barge. Perfect for European cruising Sealine S28 – 1999 – Twin Volvo 170hp Astounding - £219,000 A very tidy Sspecification 28 with new canopies and cockpit upholstery, fully ONE OF BARGES AND 6 WIDE BEAMS Bavaria 32 Sport surveyed and3new boat safety certificate, a spacious cabin with 4 AVAILABLE AT with THAMES &160hp MARINA berths and cockpit seating 6KENNET in comfort. 2006. Twin Volvo Penta D3for Diesel Engines Contact Upton £49,950 Has been mainly used on the River Severn

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SEALINE S34 - 1999 - Twin Volvo KAD43 230hp A well presented S34 with a good specification including Radar, VHF, Hydraulic gangway, SealinePlotter, 305 Statesman – 1989 - Twin Volvo New flexiteek bathing platform, Leather 200hp Diesel Engines. A popular small flyupholstery, bridge cruiser New canopies, Holding tank. A popular 3 cabin with accommodation 6, with- this power optionKAD43 the 305 iscraft a SEALINE S34 -for 1999 Twin Volvo 230hp with excellent £74,950 capable craft forcockpit coastal use andwith at home on inland waters. Ideal A well presented S34 a good specification asincluding a family craftPlotter, good exterior space in Cabrio theHydraulic cockpit and flygangway, bridge. Larson 240 Radar, VHF, £38,000 New flexiteek platform, Leather 2004bathing – Mercruiser 230hp V8 upholstery, New canopies,4 Holding tank. A popular 3 cabin craft berth sportscruiser with excellent cockpit £74,950

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Viking 275 - New Boat - Mariner 40EFI A fantastic family river cruiser with full bathing platform and transom215 boarding. Interior with–3 Mariner cabins and 620hp berths, Inventory Viking – New Boat includes Bow6’headroom thruster, Holding Tank , Heating, Power andand The 215 offers throughout, a 4 berthShore design, galley VIKING 215 New Boat Battery Charger Afloat tocockpit view at Caversham. shower/toilet room with seating for 5 and bathing platform Viking 275 - New Boat - Mariner 40EFI STAND B14020 LONDON £61,588 VAT boarding. Inventory with Hot Cold water, oven, hob,inc grill & fridge. Mariner HP Highline Specification A fantastic family river&– cruiser with full bathing platform andA great package is also trailerable, View at and the6 London transomthat boarding. Interior with 3 cabins berths, Inventory Easy Board Stern access Boat Show Call for Tickets £34,083 inc Vat includes Bow thruster, Holding Tank , Heating, Shore Power and

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Viking Seamaster 28- 2012 - 40HP Honda 2013 A great family boat that will navigate the entire widebeam inland waterway system.with Viking 24 –UK 1998 – Honda 30 (2012) A very6tidy berths INBOARD £69,500 example of£44,500 the Viking-24Also with a2013 new outboard in 2012AT with full VISIT THEFeatures TINGDENE /Hot VIKING STAND AT THE service history, 4 berths, and cold water, spacious Viking Seamaster 28- 2012 - 40HP Honda 2013 BOAT SHOW - NEW Vikingoffered 295 at cockpitLONDON with sunbed conversion. A good family riverboat A great family boat that will navigate the entire a competitive figure. UK Afloat and ready to trial. £19,950 widebeam inland waterway system with 6

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Freeman Owners Club

www.cmba-uk.com

www.freemancruisers.com

Classic Offshore Powerboat Club

Freeman Cruisers

www.classicoffshore.com

freeman-cruisers.forumotion.co.uk

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mycleopatra.ning.com

www.hainesmarine.co.uk/owners.php

Coronet Cruisers

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Dawncraft Owners Club & Forum www.dawncraftowners.com

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www.seawardboat.com/club.html

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Shetland Owners Association

www.moonraker.dk/eng_index.htm

Nauticus www.nauticus.co.uk

Nelson Boat Owners Club

www.nelsonboatownersclub.co.uk

Nimbus Owners Club UK www.nimbusowners.co.uk

Norman Appreciation Society www.normanboats.co.uk

Princess Owners Club princessownersclub.com

www.shetlandowners.co.uk/shetland/

Star Craft Owners Club www.bates-starcraft.co.uk

Storebro Passion www.storebropassion.de

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Viking Owners Club

www.vikingowners.org.uk

Warrior Boats Owners Club

www.warriorboatsownersclub.co.uk

Regal Owners Forum www.regalownersforum.com

Relcraft Boaters Group www.relcraftboatersgroup.co.uk

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www.rbsmarine.com/rodman-owners-club

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www.clubsearay.com

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