RYA – Top five boat insurance claims

Club News, Useful Resources | September 27th, 2016 | No comments yet

The RYA in conjunction with Bishop Skinner Marine have recently published an excellent article on the top five causes of insurance claims and perhaps more importantly, how to avoid them, you can read the article by following the link below:

RYA Top five boat insurance claims

Something that should be of interest to all active sailors!

Captain Ahab: Zzzzzz…

Club News | June 1st, 2016 | No comments yet

One of the glories of a Boaters Sailing Weekend, from whence I have recently returned, is that you get to sleep cheek by jowl with your fellow man or of course woman and Boater.


Indeed it would not be wrong to suggest that other than a Boater, only your partner might come closer when it comes to sleeping arrangements.

And nothing reveals more about a man or a woman than close proximity over an extended period of time.

Fortunately as yet there have been no reported cases of homicide, or even attempted homicide, between Boaters.

Which must mean we are a pretty decent bunch, all things told.

And having got up quite close if not personal to a broad range of fellow Boaters over many a sailing trip, I can now reveal sleeping alongside Boaters is an interesting auditory experience.

No two members emit the same volume of sound having reached the Land of Nod.

The worst are the Roaring Snorers.

When every inhalation and exhalation is accompanied by a sound that raises the decibel count to alarming proportions and registering 6 on the Richter Scale.

Never sail with these people without ear plugs and make sure you put them in before heading off to your bunk.

Some of you do indeed do this.

No one desiring a good night’s sleep wants to share a cabin or a saloon with these types. Indeed in my experience it is always best to keep the saloon between you and the Roaring Snorers.

At the other end of the spectrum are the Silent Sleepers. You don’t even know they are there, apart from a rhythmically gentle whooshing noise to show they are still alive.

Pleasant. Peaceful. Polite.

A crew of Silent Sleepers would guarantee an undisturbed sleep.

And then we have the Irregulars.

To some degree they might cause the most worry and concern.

With the irregulars you get a mighty burst of noise.

And then nothing. Still nothing. And more nothing.

The noise has woken you up.

The subsequent silence is unnerving.

Has something happened? Have they died? Have they had a stroke?

The silence continues. And continues a wee bit longer.

And just as you are about to get up to check, another mighty burst of noise emits from their bunk.

And the pattern continues. Through the night. Like Morse Code.

Roar. Silence. Silence. Silence. Roar. Silence. Silence. Silence. Roar. Repeat.

A fitful sleep is had by all with an Irregular on the boat.

And finally we have the Whistlers.

They mix gentle snoring sounds with an occasional whistle.

It can be quite harmonious if done right. Quite soothing. And sleep inducing.

A really good Whistler is like Roger Whittaker (remember him?). Less tuneful mind but with potential.

I’d settle for some of these in my boat.

Not too many unless they can harmonise. And that would be good to listen to.

Otherwise it sounds like a never ending boiling kettle.

And that would get annoying.

All that noise and no cup of tea from it.

I think that our new online booking form should ask you to state Snore Pattern.

After all how else are we going to get a balanced crew? And sleep.

Do you know your Zzzzzzzz Type?

Captain Ahab




Captain Ahab: Boaters.com

Club News | March 23rd, 2016 | No comments yet


*Smiley face*

What has happened to Boaters in past few weeks? It seems we have now joined the 21st century.


I don’t know about you but Boaters has to me always been joyously old fashioned. But it now seems we have joined the digital age.


It is now possible to sign up for courses and sailing weekends online. And to pay for them too.

Whatever next?

It’s just like Amazon.

But without books and downloads and constant e-mails full of recommendations.

Maybe this is being worked on.


And so far we have not yet got One Click technology.

Still it’s a start and I am sure that our Committee have this in hand.

I hadn’t realised we had elected a Committee of computer geeks at our last AGM.

*Smiley face*

We may not have the best sound system but we might have the best technology.

I suppose they call this progress.


But our Committee hasn’t stopped there.

We now have a Facebook page.

Not being an aficionado of Facebook I am not sure how well this is being used.

But wouldn’t it be great if we could post photos from our trips there. I know how skilled we are when it comes to taking classy photos.

And we could even use our Facebook pages to swap hints and tips. And sea yarns. And Emergency Meal recipes.

Hopefully we won’t see pictures of cats in lifejackets. Not under our name at least.

What is it about Facebook and photos of cats?

And now we have started to tweet.

I find Twitter strange. There is no way I can say all I want to say in 140 characters. I am far too loquacious.


But if you want to stay up to date with all things Boaters and to get some handy tips and advice, Facebook and Twitter do seem the place to be.

Alternatively you could wait to get the monthly e-mails from our Secretary.


But then you would miss out on all the fun going on among our Facebook and Twitter community.

You would have no reason to check your phone every few seconds.

No one to follow or tag or like.

Nothing to RT.

No photos of cats in hats. Or life jackets.

It can’t be too long before we get down there with the kids and are signed up to other social media channels like WhatsApp, Pinterest and Snapchat or Vine.

Whatever these might be.

I really don’t know how we have managed to sail all these years without any of these things.

I am sure it is just a matter of time.


*Smiley face*



Captain Ahab

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