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February Tip of the month

Preparation for leaving harbour

If you are leaving a harbour that you are not familiar with it can be a good idea to walk out on the sea wall or near the entrance to identify the initial marks and directions to be taken.

At the same time a good impression can be gained of the likely sea state and weather conditions.

Remember that even if you have only entered the harbour on the previous day, when you depart the marks will be completely different when the vessel is heading in the reverse direction.

The first 20 minutes or so of any passage are some of the busiest. The skipper needs to deal with the pilotage, shipping, raising sails and any factors relating to the crew. Anything the skipper can do to make the first few minutes easier can reduce the work load considerably.

 

Source: http://www.sailtrain.co.uk

When importing items into South Africa (not using an Agent)

In the last couple of weeks, I have been asked a few questions regarding the import of items and what happens when the parcel arrives in South Africa. 

Although you have paid for the items as well as for the delivery, you will need to pay for the Import duties this side. 

You will receive an SAD500 form indicating an amount. The items will not be released until this amount has been paid. 

According to SARS (I have phoned them to confirm this) you can claim this back once you leave the country again.

 

If you are unclear about this, please contact me and I will gladly assist you.

 

Tip for January 2015

Check your boat

The famous sailing author, Eric Hiscock, wrote an article in which he explained his theory about boat maintenance like this.

Each boat has a credit bank. Each time something goes wrong onboard, whether you realise it or not (there must be near misses that the crew are not aware of occasionally), credits are withdrawn from the credit bank. If you run out of credits, the boat sinks!

There is no way to open the credit bank to see how many you have left. The only way to earn credits it to carry out seamanlike tasks. This means that each time you see a rope that need whipping, you deal with it, a navigation light that is unreliable is repaired, the engine and other systems are regularly checked.

There are thousands of items, which can be checked or repaired on a boat, each of these jobs earns credits in the bank.

The only way to remain safe is to keep putting credits in the bank by looking for ways to care for the vessel, because you never know when you will run out!

 

Source :http://www.sailtrain.co.uk/


2015 is here

For most of us, it's back to work. New challenges waiting for us. We wish all of our clients the best for this 2015, and another great year of working together.

For those that is still on holiday, come and have a nice cold beverage, just before it's back to work for you as well.

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*Christmas 2014*

I still can't believe that 2014 is almost over. We still had so much planned for this year and now all we can do is pass it over to 2015. Hopefully get it done then. 

We at YPSA would just like to wish all our Clients a Merry and Save Christmas. We look forward in seeing all of you again in 2015. Travel safe.

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