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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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Neil Chapman founder and CEO of Boatshed.com is doing the double-handed ARC crossing from Las Palmas to St Lucia 2018 with Curt Mundy from Boatshed Ireland.
This cotton canvas reefer-style jacket has a large stand-up collar that will protect you from the worst of the weather, whilst the quilted lining offers additional warmth. The fabric is very hardwearing, but stonewashed for a softness and weather-worn look that will only get better with age.
Designed for water whilst looking great on shore the ZKG is a highly versatile shoe for all watersports. These sneaker-style shoes incorporate a quick-drying mesh inner and outer fabric containing an integrated neoprene upper with more and larger perforations for maximum air flow and water drainage. The stretchy neoprene is super-comfortable and gives the foot excellent protection, plus they are easy to wash and quick to dry.
MDL Marinas is delighted to announce a great package of winter offers across its extensive marina network, offering boat owners excellent quality and great value berthing, dry stack, lifting and storage packages.
With these winter offers boat owners can put their minds at ease as the nights draw in.
Marlow Ropes has launched the first premium sustainable mooring rope made using 100 per cent recycled plastic.
The Blue Ocean Dockline is the first ‘technically better’ premium dockline rope manufactured using yarn wholly made from plastic bottles and is the result of the development and production of recycled polyester (rPET) yarn combined with Marlow’s engineering expertise .
With only 3 weeks to go, we hope you will enjoy some of the boats we have for sale in the December Boatbid Auction.