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News for October'14

October started really slow, everyone still in hibernation. But as we near the end of October and the beginning of the silly season, we are really starting to get busy. 

We had a lot of visiting boats during this time, and here are a few of them. Please remember to book your space in advance to avoid disappointment, we are filling up quickly. 

 

We again had the privilege to have Eve with us for some tender love and care. After she was given a nice new coat of paint, she was ready for the summer.

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Yachtport SA also found Nemo. All the why from Angola. When all the hard work was done, he also looked as good as new.

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Blue Flag Status 2014-2015

The latest Blue Flag awards function was held on 7 October 2014 at Theesen Island in Knysna. Yachtport SA is proud to be awarded this Blue Flag status for the third consecutive year. The award was handed over by Minister of Toursim - Mr. Derek Hanekom. Yachtport SA are once again proud recipients of this international award after being one of the first marinas to be recognised for Blue Flag status in Africa.

The Blue Flag is an international certification by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) for a beach or marina that meets its stringent standards.

The Blue Flag is a trademark owned by FEE which is a not-for-profit, non-governmental organisation consisting of 65 organisations in 60 member countries in Europe, Africa, Oceania, Asia, North America and South America.

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December is around the corner

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This time of the year we all make our plans for the festive season ahead. Whether we want to have a nice Karoo holiday or one filled with white beaches and blue waters. 

Come and visit us at Yachtport SA in Saldanha and have a nice relaxed festive season on the water. We are a few kilometers away from popular hang outs around the West Coast. Paternoster, Langebaan, Velddrif to name a few.  Cape town is an hours drive if you want to visit the V&A waterfront or make a turn at the top of Table Mountain.

Bring your boat and don't forget the family. Space is limited. 

Come and have a light lunch with a cold beer.

For more information, call us or fill in our enquiry form and we will get back to you as soon as possible.   

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Jacob V visit

Yachtport SA had the privilege again this year to have Jacob V back for a fresh coat of paint and some TLC. She however will be staying over for a while on our hardstand facility.

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October tip of the month

# Anchoring and Mooring : Anchor preparation 

 Preparation

  Before you decide where to anchor there are a few considerations to take in to account.

 

  •  Changes in depth: When you anchor in an area with a rise and fall of tide, it is essential that you know that there will be sufficient depth for the vessel at low tide.

 

This is ensured by calculating the height of tide when you arrive, subtracting the height of low water to find the fall of the tide, then adding this to the draught of the boat and the required clearance below the keel at low water. See the example below:

Height of tide on arrival =

- Height of low tide =

Fall of the tide =

+ Draught of vessel =

+ Clearance required below the keel at low water =

Minimum depth of water in which to anchor =

5.0m

1.5m

3.5m

1.4m

1.0m

5.9m

 This has been called the FUD rule. This stands for FALL+UNDER+DRAUGHT.

 

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