Decking U bolts

U-bolt type shroud attachment fittings: A Case Study by Mike Buggy Introduction Many production sailing yachts from the late 1970s to the early 1990s used stainless steel hoop/U-bolt type fittings on deck as shroud attachments. These are usually, although not     Read More...

Osmosis

Osmosis is often seen as the scourge of the fibreglass boat owner, an evil to be feared as much as terodo and gribble were to wooden boat owners, and which can wipe a serious amount off resale values. Having spent more time than is healthy studying the subject,     Read More...

Renewing Cutlass Bearings

There seems some debate on the correct spelling with Cutless and Cutlass being in common use. Even the manufacturers do not seem to agree on the correct spelling. I have opted for the more common of the two, but should you know the correct version, please let me     Read More...

Rig Testing

Should you replace your rigging after 10 years or not? Well, there is not a definitive answer to this question as the 10 year figure is an arbitrary figure that has arisen out of clauses in most boat insurance policies that place responsibility on the owner to     Read More...

The IBTC College

The College The International Boatbuilding Training College (IBTC) in Lowestoft, has been training students in hands on practical wooden boatbuilding since 1975. Operated by Gill and Nat Wilson on the site of a former boatyard, the college is well known and     Read More...

Ultrasonic Leak Detection(ULT) and Yacht Surveyors

Ultrasound is a word that is often heard these days in conversations, on the television, and elsewhere but what is it? “Ultrasound is cyclic soundpressure or wave energy with a frequency greater or higher than the upper limit of normal humanhearing”. This limit     Read More...

Vane Self Steering Gear

History Our Hasler self steering gear was bought second hand. Viewed in pieces in a back yard in London it resembled a pile of scrap stainless steel with some very unusual plywood additions which badly needed stripping and painting. These units are designed to fit     Read More...

Yacht Insurance Claims Advice

Depending on your insurer the process of making a claim and getting it paid may be easy or difficult. This is why in the first instance it is best to choose an insurer which has a good reputation for claims handling and paying claims. Good claims handling will     Read More...

Ultrasonic Thickness Measurement of Steel

Ultrasonic Thickness Measurement (UTM) is used to measure the thickness of steel , aluminium and other materials where only one side of the material is accessible to the surveyor. Typically the measurements are taking of the hull structure in order to determine     Read More...

Bavaria deck fitting

Bavaria Pump out waste deck fitting I recently surveyed a 2003 Bavaria 36 which had the three cabin option. This layout means that the heads compartment is located forward on the port side, with a door opening into the fore cabin and into the main saloon area. The two     Read More...

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