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Of all the equipment on the boat, electronic gear can cause the most trouble if not winterised. WD40 can be used in most instances and for battery connections, exposed sockets and plugs, Vaseline is a great protector.The batteries must be…
Just before hauling the boat from the water, run the engine for 10–15 minutes until it reaches operating temperature, then change the lube oil and filter, as contaminates in the old oil can cause corrosion. Disconnect the cooling water supply…
At least every six months, all lifejackets should be inflated orally or by hand pump to avoid moisture build up inside the jacket, and left inflated for 24 hours to ensure they hold their pressure and to see if there…
It’s good to know that there’s several sectors finding an increased demand for their services. For instance, boat transport is not always something that owners can do themselves, especially the movement of large boats. What might look small on water…
Marinas are keen to attract new business and will offer attractive rates to get new clients. Most marinas will aim to entice you with a short term deal in the hope that if you enjoy the experience they might turn…
High Praise for Captain and Crew of 'Asgard II'
The Captain and the of Asgard II are highly praised for their professionalism in today's publication of the Marine Casualty Investigation Board's report of the investigation into the loss of the sail training vessel "Asgard II". The impact assumption and…
European Maritime Law Conference
The 16th Annual "European Maritime Law Organisation" (EMLO) conference is to be held on 21 & 22 October. The European Maritime Law Organisation was established to provide a neutral and independent forum for debate and research on issues of interest…
Cummins Mercruiser Expands Dealer Network
An extension of the dealership network in Ireland of Cummins Mercruiser Diesel has been announced with the appointment of GulfStream Marine, based in Derry. The Northern Ireland firm will be the main sales and service dealer for CMD and Cummins…
Global Launch Rental Handheld Satellite Phone Scheme
The latest in a range of handheld satellite phones for hire are now available from Global Telesat Communications (GTC). The specialists in marine satellite communications solutions are offering leading brands, Inmarsat, Iridium and Thuraya. In addition GTC has launched a…
More Irish International Success
It is great to report more Irish success on the world sailing scene, where our sailors have done well this season, lifting the country’s reputation internationally. SCHULL will stage the Youth World Team Racing Championships next year, which is a…
Rossnowlagh Intercounties This Weekend
Surfers from across the country will be converging on Donegal this weekend for the annual Rossnowlagh Intercounties from 16-17 October. The All-Ireland event in Ballyshannon is a team competition, and is seen as an important social gathering for Ireland's surfing…
Investigators Praise Pilot Who Ditched Into Irish Sea
The pilot of a light aircraft that ditched into the Irish Sea last year has been commended for his flying skills and quick thinking after taking the plane down safely. John O'Shaughnessy was flying the two-seater plane from Wales to…
Collision with Submerged Container Most Likely Cause of Asgard II Sinking - Report
This morning's report into the sinking of Asgard II will indicate that collision with an underwater object such as a submerged container was the likely cause of the ship sinking. The final report of the Marine Casualty Investigation Board into…
SB3 Open Day Attracted Over 30 Sailors
SB3 Class captain Justin Burke admits he's not sure how to measure the success or otherwise of last weekend's Open Day but he is sure everyone enjoyed themselves. "We had 31 people that sailed, got fed and watered and got…
Freddie Cooney RIP
The National YC announced with sadness this afternoon that its former commodore Freddie Cooney has died. Freddie, an active sailor in a number of classes both at home and overseas, was a trustee of the Dun Laoghaire Club. Funeral arrangements…
For Sale: 1987 Westerly Storm 33
Blue Flag boats bring this  fast, powerful and solidly built cruising yacht with good accommodation for a family to market. 2010 survey, full cruising equipment including autopilot, Eberspacher heating, Raymarine instruments, anchor windlass, dinghy and outboard. Interior woodwork and floorboards…
Report into Asgard II Sinking Due Tomorrow
The final report of the Marine Casualty Investigation Board into the loss of the brigantine sailing ship STV "Asgard II " on 11th September 2008 will be published tomorrow.  On 10th September 2008 the STV "Asgard II" departed Dournenez, France…
'Non-Racers' Sought for Bay's Turkey Shoot Series
Cruisers, cruising boats, one-designs and boats that do not normally race are invited to participate into Dublin Bay Sailing Club's annual Turkey Shoot series of seven races held on Sunday mornings from November 7th. The popular format is under modified…
The Tamar Arrives!... At Kilmore Quay
The RNLB Killarney arrived yesterday into Kilmore Quay after making her delivery voyage from England. The new €3 million craft is the first Tamar-class to operate in Irish waters and is the most technically advanced lifeboat in the RNLI fleet.…
First UK Offshore Sailing Academy Squad Selected
Nine solo offshore sailing hopefuls, from across the UK,  have today been selected as the first Development Squad of the Artemis Offshore Academy.  The Academy, sponsored by the investment management company Artemis, was set up earlier this year to nurture…

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