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Sun Sail
The RYA - All At Sea RYAEmmaSlater
By Emma Slater
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 11:42


1. Use it. The best way to winterise a boat is to use it as it’s designed to move! A boat contains a multitude of systems that hate inactivity – particularly the engine. There are plenty of other items that would benefit from winterisation but if you decide not to use your boat in the winter and only do one thing, do it on the engine.

2. First on the list - general engine cleaning and observation. Shine plenty of light, use a mirror on a stick or a digital camera to see under and behind things. Dry the bilges to prevent corrosion and, if necessary, paint them white to highlight any leaks and drips in the future.

3. Whether your boat is being hauled out for the winter or not, fill your fuel tank to prevent condensation, which in turn prevents the growth of diesel bug.


Pride of Clyde
Friday, 05 September 2014 00:00

Pride of Clyde

Back at the end of July, RYA Scotland hosted the ‘Commonwealth Flotilla’ which saw a 250 strong fleet of boats of all shapes and sizes make the 19 nautical mile journey from Greenock to Glasgow up the River Clyde.

It was estimated that thousands of people from across Glasgow and west Scotland turned out to welcome the Flotilla filling the official spectator sites at the Beacon Arts Centre and Riverside Museum.
As well as the official spectator sites, tens of thousands of people lined the route looking to catch a glimpse of the fleet, some cheering from bridges, with others lined up on every available space on the banks of the River Clyde.

The organising team from RYA Scotland also confirmed that over 1,900 sailors took part in the Commonwealth Flotilla, the largest assembly of boats in the history of the Clyde.

Salvage laws and how they can affect you
Wednesday, 09 July 2014 10:26

Salvage laws and how they can affect you

SALVAGE laws have evolved from the philosophy that the protection of maritime property at sea should be encouraged by the courts through the offer of rewards to those who go to the assistance of others.

Under Salvage Law a person who recovers another person’s boat or cargo from danger at sea is entitled to a reward based on the value of the property saved.

This is considered fair to the boat owner and salvor based on the principle that a reasonable owner (or their insurer) who has avoided the total loss of their boat or other property through the intervention of a third party should be prepared to pay for the assistance offered, and also the person providing assistance shouldn’t be left out of pocket for doing so.
Top tips for trouble free towing, launch and recovery
Friday, 02 May 2014 08:52

Top tips for trouble free towing, launch and recovery

Get hitched without a hitch
When you buy a sports boat or a RIB, your main concern is whether you can actually drive the thing without crashing into pontoons and other boats, navigate without getting lost and deal with any mechanical issues said boat may throw at you.

What many of us overlook is that, unless you are fortunate enough to own a waterside property or pay for a regular mooring, you are probably going to have to know a bit about towing too.

Not only do you have to tow your boat safely to a destination but you also then have to back the thing down a slipway, generally with an audience eagerly awaiting catastrophe.

But fear not, we have has a few handy pointers to help ensure that you tow safely, securely and confidently.

Thursday, 27 February 2014 09:48


Windsurfer Jake Patrick knows the value of getting properly trained in the sport he loves.

“When I was in Team15 I looked up to the instructors and volunteers and wanted to do what they were doing,” he says. Every year some 250,000 people of all ages and experience undertake RYA Training courses – practical and theory - across the full range of boating disciplines. Everyone has a different motivation for doing the courses they do, but everyone that gains a certificate in whatever area they choose contributes to a greater skill level, depth of knowledge, on-the-water professionalism and safety awareness in Britain’s boating community.

That can only make our waters a more enjoyable place to be.

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