Competent Crew

Rule 7: Risk of collision

Here’s rule 7: Risk of collision (a) Every vessel shall use all available means appropriate to the prevailing circumstances and conditions to determine if risk of collision exists. If there is any doubt such risk shall be deemed to exist. (b) Proper use shall be made of radar equipment if fitted and operational, including long-range… read more »

Rule 6: Safe speed

Here’s rule 6: Every vessel shall at all times proceed at a safe speed so that she can take proper and effective action to avoid collision and be stopped within a distance appropriate to the prevailing circumstances and conditions. In determining a safe speed the following factors shall be among those taken into account: (a)… read more »

Rule 5: Look-out

Here’s rule 5: Every vessel shall at all times maintain a proper lookout by sight and hearing as well as by all available means appropriate in the prevailing circumstances and conditions so as to make a full appraisal of the situation and of the risk of collision. Summary It is said that Rule 2: Responsibility… read more »

Yacht rigging checklist

We have compiled the following rigging checklist based on the advice of professional riggers. Everything on the following list can be checked without the removal or destruction of equipment. It would be considered good practice to perform the following checks when boarding a new vessel, at the start of a charter or if you suspect… read more »

Yacht engine checklist

One of the most common reasons for a lifeboat callout is mechanical breakdown, this is for both motor and sailing vessels. This is why we believe it’s good practice to check your engine daily and ensure that your engine is serviced as per manufacturers recommendations. Below we will discuss our yacht engine checklist in more… read more »

General checklists for sea and in harbour

As a Yachtmaster instructor, I always recommend operational checklists to my students. There’s two reasons for this: Checklists ensure nothing gets missed, even when performing a task you’ve not done for a while or perhaps aren’t confident with. Checklists act as a great prompt when dealing with an emergency or fatigue, ensuring nothing is forgotten…. read more »

Yachting Terms

When on a yacht, or any vessel for that matter, the terminology can be blinding. All of a sudden you’re surrounded by people speaking an almost foreign language. Don’t worry, it’s not. We’ve compiled a comprehensive list of sailing terms below that with a little learning and experience afloat, you’ll pick up in no time…. read more »

Types of sailing rig

One method of categorising different sail boats is by their various types of rigging configuration. We’ve listed what we feel is the most common rig types amongst sailors below. There are types which we’ve not listed, if you feel we’re missing one then please leave us a note in the comments. Masthead sloop rig The… read more »

Hull types & Benefits

Vessel hull types To keep this simple – we’ll cover the three hull types. These are Monohulls, Catamarans and Trimarans [otherwise referred to as a type of multihull vessel]. Monohull a boat with only one hull, as opposed to a catamaran or multihull. Catamaran a yacht or other boat with twin hulls in parallel. Trimaran… read more »

Definition of a Yacht

Definition of a yacht: A yacht is a variation of a medium-sized sea-going vessel used for pleasure or sports.  Yacht variants Yacht lengths normally range from 10 metres (33 ft) up to dozens of meters (hundreds of feet). A luxury craft smaller than 12 metres (39 ft) is more commonly called a cabin cruiser or simply a cruiser. A superyacht generally refers… read more »