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Visitors from all over

For the last couple of weeks we have been home to two beautiful vessels and their wonderful owners. Here is a little background on them.


Colin Hunter and Milin Lim started in 2004 on their journey around the world. It all started in Majorca, or Mallorca  is an island located in the Mediterranean Sea. It is the largest island in the Balearic Islands archipelago, in Spain.

They both quit their jobs to travel. Sounds like a really nice why to start an early retirement. 

They left Yachtport SA and are en route to the Caribbean with a stop at St Helena island, tropical island of volcanic origin in the South Atlantic Ocean.

We wish them a safe journey and hope that one day we will see them again.



Another wonderful couple Herbert and Christine Grasshoff. They arrived in November 2014 at YPSA and was on hardstand for a couple of months. They left her in our good hands and went back home for a while. They returned and after we gave her some TLC, she is back in the water and ready for her next adventure. 

Also going to the Caribbean with a stop at St Helena Island. 


March tip for the month - Casting off

When casting off, always use a short end of rope.

Between about 5 and 10% of the time, when a rope is cast off from a pontoon, it snags on the cleat instead of sliding cleanly off.


If this happens on a windy day, the results could be disastrous! The yacht is often trapped against other boats or the end of the pontoon, causing considerable damage.

To reduce the risk, the crew should be briefed, to have a very short end of rope to be pulled through, preferably one without any splices. This may take a little bit of juggling to arrange-but it will eventually be worth it.

Other causes of ropes jamming are:


  • Trying to flick the rope off the cleat, sometimes it jams on!
  • Throwing the end of the rope on the pontoon to keep it dry.
  • Eye or back splices in the end of the rope.

As an extra safety measure, the end of the rope made fast to the boat, must be easily released under load. If is tied to the cleat with a Bowline or attached incorrectly on the cleat, and the shore end jams, there is no way to release the boat end without cutting the rope.

Source: http://www.sailtrain.co.uk

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/

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