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From Shakespeare® Marine comes the world’s first inflatable emergency VHF antenna, the GALAXY-INFL8. The antenna can be rapidly deployed via an embedded canister or manual tube and inflates to 1.6m to give a 3dB high visibility unit. The antenna is mounted with hook and loop straps allowing for quick and easy installation in any weather, and thanks to its inflatable design and manual valve it is reusable, so it can be deflated and stowed away safely until it is needed.
Dame Ellen MacArthur has put her artistic talents to festive use by designing the Christmas card for her eponymous young people’s cancer charity.
The record-breaking round the world yachtswoman has sketched the simple illustration of an Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust yacht heeling beneath the stars, under the words ‘All is calm all is bright’.
The Offshore Academy, Britain’s only centre of excellence for single and shorthanded yacht racing, has been recognised by the National GREAT Britain campaign for its expertise in providing pathways to professional sailing.
Joining the campaign under the ‘Sport is GREAT’ message The Offshore Academy will sit alongside other British sporting Greats such as; Wimbledon, The Premier League, Lewis Hamilton and Wembley Stadium.
Colourful beer cans and craftily strong spirits to keep yours up through the festive season.
New ‘craft’ beers from young entrepreneurs offer new flavours and styles from the USA and Europe. The favoured packaging seems to be cans branded with bold and colourful Banksy-style artworks or stark industrial minimalist graphics.
With uninterrupted views across Poole Harbour towards Brownsea Island, Arne and the rolling Purbeck hills beyond, Lake Yard Marina in Hamworthy is not only charmingly friendly but also ideally situated in one of the south’s busiest nautical playgrounds.
Located on the north western edge of Poole Harbour, Lake Yard is a compact marina dock owned by the Culpan family since 1938. It originally built Ministry of Defence boats and bespoke gentleman’s motor cruisers.
Alistair Hackett, managing director of Ocean Safety, advises why flares need to be disposed of correctly, and to go about doing so.
The majority of distress flares carried on board all types of vessels are never likely to be used. They are, after all, only for an emergency, and it is, in fact, illegal to let them off for any other reason.
The Greek Government announced on November 16 that it had implemented the TEPAH, commonly known as the Greek Cruising Tax.Initially it gave vessel owners just 10 days to pay the tax, but thanks to intervention from the Cruising Association (CA) this date has now been delayed to April 2, 2019.To date there is no information on how the tax will work, other than it will run under the TAXISnet system – part of the Greek tax system. It is supposed to be an E-tax and conducted online.The CA understands that all vessels will have to register at the www.aade.gr website and pay the tax online. The website is in Greek and the CA believes it is not yet set up for this tax.Chris Robb of the CA, who has been involved with the tax since its start, says: “I have severe reservations that an E-tax can be designed and launched in such a short time. I fear that the tax will be launched on a semi-manual basis with significant involvement of Port Police, with all the training issues that were seen with the introduction of the ‘new’ DEKPA. The CA will be working hard to prevent such a disaster.”The CA has submitted a 9-page document to the head of the Indirect Taxation Implementation department, laying out the necessities for the registration and payment process, so that the implementation can be clear and easy to do online. The Swedish and German Yachting organisations are also working with the CA.The CA’s document covers all the points which could affect the non-Greek cruising yachtsman, some of which are summarised below.What happens if I am not in the country by the start date of April 2nd? If I pay monthly – how will I prove that I am not using my yacht? How can I pay electronically? How do I register my vessel? What part will Port Police play? There are statutory fines for non-compliance. The CA is urgently seeking transitional arrangements to avoid fines for vessel owners who did not know about the tax, or where the tax was impossible for them to pay.The CA is pushing hard for information and has already had discussion with the Department for Implementation of Indirect Taxation. However, many branches of the Greek Government will be involved.
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