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We all have mixed feelings about very beamy boats writes W M Nixon. They can certainly provide a significant amount of extra space, but whether or not that actually improves the accommodation depends entirely on how it has been utilised. Some interior designers seem to think that space is a good thing in its own right. Yet in a cruising boat, we need useful room, not space for space’s sake.

And of course we all know only too well that an excessively beamy boat really needs twin rudders to have any sort of manners in tricky conditions involving a marked angle of heel. Happily, twin rudders are becoming more frequently used these days. But there was a whole generation of increasingly beamy boats which had to make do with single rudders, and in squally weather when heeled, they’d often turn round and look at you……. So when Hanse Yachts from Germany started making their impact on the international scene after being founded in 1990, they were like a breath of fresh air. They seemed able to combine very satisfactory accommodation without being excessively beamy. And they were a delight to sail.

This Hanse 301from 2002 well represents the firm’s design philosophy. Sailors from a good while back will find it interesting that a 30ft boat with 9.12ft beam can be described as “elegantly slim”. Yet by comparison with many of today’s wide boats, that’s what she is. But a quick look at the accommodation shows that she has all you could reasonably require, though the athwartships double bunk down aft is a novel feature. With her relatively slim hull she is easily driven, but even at the time she appeared, many felt the standard Volvo MD diesel of just 10hp was a bit on the light side. However, this boat has the larger option of the MD 2020, giving 19hp, which makes sense.

Another attractive feature is the self-tacking jib on the nicely proportioned fractional rig. The sense of freedom which this imparts when sailing has to be experienced to be believed. In all, the Hanse 301 is a very attractive package, and she’s for sale on Cork Harbour through Crosshaven Boatyard at €28,500. Full advert here.

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Marine Science Perhaps it is the work of the Irish research vessel RV Celtic Explorer out in the Atlantic Ocean that best highlights the essential nature of marine research, development and sustainable management, through which Ireland is developing a strong and well-deserved reputation as an emerging centre of excellence. From Wavebob Ocean energy technology to aquaculture to weather buoys and oil exploration these pages document the work of Irish marine science and how Irish scientists have secured prominent roles in many European and international marine science bodies.

 

At A Glance – Ocean Facts

  • 71% of the earth’s surface is covered by the ocean
  • The ocean is responsible for the water cycle, which affects our weather
  • The ocean absorbs 30% of the carbon dioxide added to the atmosphere by human activity
  • The real map of Ireland has a seabed territory ten times the size of its land area
  • The ocean is the support system of our planet.
  • Over half of the oxygen we breathe was produced in the ocean
  • The global market for seaweed is valued at approximately €5.4 billion
  • · Coral reefs are among the oldest ecosystems in the world — at 230 million years
  • 1.9 million people live within 5km of the coast in Ireland
  • Ocean waters hold nearly 20 million tons of gold. If we could mine all of the gold from the ocean, we would have enough to give every person on earth 9lbs of the precious metal!
  • Aquaculture is the fastest growing food sector in the world – Ireland is ranked 7th largest aquaculture producer in the EU
  • The Atlantic Ocean is the second largest ocean in the world, covering 20% of the earth’s surface. Out of all the oceans, the Atlantic Ocean is the saltiest
  • The Pacific Ocean is the largest ocean in the world. It’s bigger than all the continents put together
  • Ireland is surrounded by some of the most productive fishing grounds in Europe, with Irish commercial fish landings worth around €200 million annually
  • 97% of the earth’s water is in the ocean
  • The ocean provides the greatest amount of the world’s protein consumed by humans
  • Plastic affects 700 species in the oceans from plankton to whales.
  • Only 10% of the oceans have been explored.
  • 8 million tonnes of plastic enter the ocean each year, equal to dumping a garbage truck of plastic into the ocean every minute.
  • 12 humans have walked on the moon but only 3 humans have been to the deepest part of the ocean.

(Ref: Marine Institute)

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