Carbon monoxide danger...sailor are not spending - yacht show cancelled...Russia opens ports to cruisers...Destination New Zealand, just for yachts... and much more...

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 17 Feb 2011

Carbon Monoxide - lethal and living near you

CO molecule - art by Randy Russell  .
By far the most vital news item of the week is the warning for boaters about carbon monoxide, even if it comes merely from the outboard motor or the generator. Marine surveyor Paul Slivka points out that it sometimes takes only a little to cause lethal damage.

He says, 'It can take as little as two breaths in the wrong circumstances. I am aware of several CO poisoning incidents including the death of... a personal contact... who was simply sitting by his boat stove on a winter's night heating up some beans while having a beer. Hundreds of people on boats in all developed countries every year get some degree of CO poisoning, it is just that they don't relate the symptoms to CO which is why it is so insidious.' Read the story...

Meghan Cleary entertains us with a tale many of us can identify with – the dragging of a boat in a busy anchorage, and solo circumnavigator Frenchman Thomas Coville tells of his stoicism after unfavourable weather as he rounds the Cape of Good Hope.

British leisure sailors vote by putting their hands firmly inside their pockets and keeping them there during the current economic downturn, with the result that not only did the London Boat Show give a poor result, but the Liverpool Boat Show has just been cancelled. On the other hand Russia is just opening its doors to leisure sailors, hoping to increase its tourist potential - it would be surprising if there were not teething problems, but what an exciting new cruising ground!

The good news is that the all-points bulletin for a missing sailor wanted in connection with a murder of a fellow cruising sailor, possibly two, has been located and arrested very quickly, thanks to the incredibly effective networking ability of cruisers worldwide.

Many more stories and useful articles too, so browse through to see what catches your interest.

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Is your yacht safe? Marine surveyor sounds Carbon Monoxide alarm
Sail-World Cruising,
In the wake of Australia's Cyclone Yasi related death of a 23-year-old Queensland man by carbon monoxide poisoning, marine surveyor Paul Slivka has drawn attention to the danger of death by asphyxiation on board both sailing and power boats.... [more]
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Yachting industry suffers - Liverpool Boat Show cancelled
Nancy Knudsen,
There's nothing that shows the effect that difficult financial times have had on the yachting industry more than what happens at boat shows. Britain's Liverpool Boat Show, scheduled for April 2011, is the most recent casualty, with its cancellation just two months prior to its opening. After poor figures of the London Boat Show, organisers Marine Industry Events (MIE) decided to call it off.... [more]
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Russia opens its ports to cruising sailors
Sail-World Cruising round-up,
It has long been known as a very very difficult country to visit, taking about three months to get permissions, with ten separate authorities to give their stamp of approval. But Russia is now opening its port and canals to visiting yachts and superyachts, hopefully in time for summer sailing.... [more]
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Ten quick tips to make boat cleaning less of a chore.
Shurhold/Sail-World Cruising,
If you put off cleaning your boat, you are inviting expensive trouble, but cleaning can be such a chore. Here are ten quick common sense tips from Shurhold to make your cleaning go faster and be more effective.... [more]
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'I won't crack under pressure' solo circumnavigator Coville
Sail-World Cruising,
'I won't crack under pressure. I'll do my best.' Words of a true sportsman from French sailor Thomas Coville, who is on his 17th day trying to solo circumnavigate the world and set a record doing so. So what's the pressure? Coville has been singularly unlucky with his weather, which has put him far behind the man he is trying to beat, fellow Frenchman Francis Joyon, who currently holds the record... [more]
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Voyaging with Velella: Dragging anchor in crowded La Cruz
Meghan Cleary, American Sailing Association,
The American Sailing Association's Meghan Cleary, her partner Prescott and their kitten Nessie are on a planned 9-month cruise in the tropics, currently sailing the west coast of Mexico. An unattended yacht dragging in the anchorage can ruin your whole day, particularly if it's heading for you!... [more]
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Product of the week: Soft snatch block
Des Ryan,
The patent is still pending, but this soft snatch block might just become very popular for all sorts of reasons. It's strong, very light in weight and can be implemented without a line end. Their lightness means they're great for spares in the locker as well.... [more]
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Destination New Zealand guide for visiting yachts
New Zealand Marine,
You can buy all the cruising and tourist guides, but nothing substitutes for the experience of cruisers who have been there before you! When Ken Machtley and Cathy Siegismund set off across the Pacific on yacht Felicity for New Zealand they bought all the guide books that cruisers normally buy- but many things weren't covered. Result? The sailor-specific e-book 'Destination Guide to New Zealand'... [more]
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Cruising sailor wanted in murder case 'could be anywhere'
Cruisers Network Online/Sail-World,
The skipper of a sailing boat is wanted as a person in interest in connection with the homicide of a French cruising sailor Janpiere Bouahard, and the disappearance of another, American Don North. The FBI in Panama City request assistance of all cruisers throughout the world as the wanted sailor,Javier Martin, skipper of the yacht Twlya, 'could be anywhere now'.... [more]
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Cruising skill seminars for New Zealand sailors
John Martin/Sail-World Cruising,
If you're anywhere near Auckland in New Zealand and want to upgrade your cruising skills, the Island Cruising Association has two great cruising preparation seminars coming up in the near future. Sailing your boat is just one of the many skills needed for successful passage-making, and these seminars cover everything that a sailing school doesn't!... [more]
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New home for Southern Spars
Southern Spars New Zealand have settled into a new home. The bespoke 10,000m² manufacturing facility will enable Southern Spars to introduce new technologies and accommodate the growing demand for larger and more technically advanced superyacht and grand prix race rigs.... [more]
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Major New Media launch at Australia's Sanctuary Cove
Jeni Bone,, publishing sibling of Sail-World Cruising and Powerboat-World has secured naming rights for Pavilion A at Australia's Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show. Publisher, TetraMedia's Rob Kothe, said ‘As we all know Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show is where the marine industry does Business and where there are many significant new product launches.'... [more]
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