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Hubo with deck awash in the Fastnet Race
Determining just how much lead is required depends on what type of yacht you have. Here, Barry Hayes from UK Sailmakers Ireland explains what lead is and why it is so important to sailmaking. In sailmaking terms, the ‘Lead’ is…
The Pulse 58 - an electric RIB
RS Electric Boats, the brand-new sister company to RS Sailing, this week launches the Pulse 58 - its electric RIB. Unveiled at Boot Dusseldorf, the Pulse58 is the product of two years of development and is ground-breaking as the first-ever…
A 3D chart of the Westerschelde with gorgeous detail that cannot be found on modern charts
Kinsale's Bobby Nash will be exhibiting his framed 3D nautical charts at the Boot Dusseldorf show in Germany which starts this Saturday, January 18th and runs until January 26th. A regular at the massive international show, Nash flies the flag…
Great Blasket Island off Co Kerry is a popular tourist destination in the summer months
The owners of three rental cottages on Great Blasket Island have been “inundated” with queries about a caretaker vacancy on the Co Kerry island, according to Extra.ie. The “unique” job position advertised on the Great Blasket Island Twitter account calls…
Maritime lawyer Michael Kingston
An Irish international maritime lawyer has called for a Garda inquiry into the State's role in investigating marine accidents writes Lorna Siggins. Michael Kingston, whose father Tim died in the Whiddy island Betelgeuse explosion 41 years ago, visited Garda headquarters…
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UK Sailmakers’ Barry Hayes In Howth Next Thursday For First In New Series On Top Tips For Sailors
Barry Hayes from UK Sailmakers Ireland begins a new series of talks with Top Tips For Sailors next Thursday 16 January at Howth Yacht Club from 7.30pm. Members and guests alike are welcome to attend the two-part session which will…
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Andrew Algeo's top performing DBSC cruiser Juggerknot II is a brand new J99 design from J-Boats
Mark Mansfield, J Boats agent for Ireland will be on the J Boats stand at the Dusseldorf Boat Show from the 18th of January. One of the three boats that J Boats will be showing will be the J/99, which…
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North Sails Ireland & The Sydney Hobart Winner 'Ichi Ban'
It was fantastic to see "Ichi Ban" win IRC overall in the Sydney Hobart race last week writes Maurice O'Connell. I raced this iconic race some years back on the IMX 40 "Nips 'n Tux" and it is a true classic…
'Green' Diesel Use Ends in Ireland
The use of green diesel for the propulsion of leisure craft became unlawful in the Republic of Ireland from 1 January 2020. As Afloat previously reported, most marina fuel pumps in Ireland will only deliver fully-taxed white diesel and/or petroleum.…
Scene from one of the many trawlers filmed for the new series of Tabú on TG4
The owner of a fishing trawler that took part in a new TG4 documentary series has revealed that the vessel caught fire and sinking during filming. According to the Irish Examiner, the Susanne II was one of several vessels being…
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Winter Sails Service From UK Sailmakers Ireland
The Winter period is the best time for getting your sails serviced writes Barry Hayes of UK Sailmakers Ireland. Whether it’s your car, your own health, or your sails, it is no secret that an annual check-up and service is…
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The Nautitech 46 Flybridge
Mark Mansfield, Irish Agent for Nautitech Catamarans, as well as J Boats, Grand Soleil, and Tofinou, outlines the models that will be on show from their four ranges. From Nautitech Catamarans, we’ll welcome you on board the fabulous 46 Flybridge.…
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ICRA Boat of the Year Rockabill VI
2019 was another fantastic year for North Sails Ireland. Our clients seem to be going faster and faster - for longer writes Maurice O'Connell. Many of you are winning events with our sails that have seen many many seasons use…
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Artist’s impression of the X-Yachts stand for boot Düsseldorf 2020
X-Yachts will showcase six models when boot Düsseldorf opens its doors on Saturday 18 January 2020. Debbie Weldon and Stuart Abernethy from X-Yachts GB & IRL will be in attendance for the week-long show in Hall 16, Stand 16D21. Among…
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Tom Slingsby winning the 2019 Worlds in Perth with North Sails
I've just been looking at the results from the Moth Worlds and have been following the progress of the Irish guys all week, so I thought I would share this with you writes Nigel Young. Earlier in the year, we talked…
Christmas Boating News From Afloat
There will be two Afloat newsletters over the Christmas period. One on Friday, December 27th and the other on Friday, January 3rd. The e-news highlights the latest content from popular sections of our website. Read previous editions here. The daily…

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