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Buying a used sailing vessel in the UK
Buying a boat is one of the key ways to experience the pleasure of a countries coastline with family and friends. It is very much like buying a car and just as easy. However, as with a car purchase, key paperwork and legal matters need to be correctly attended to before a buyer may safely part with his money and take secure and unfettered ownership of a vessel. A new boat buyer has implicit Sale of Goods Act rights but not so a used boat buyer that are only covered by the laws pertaining to misrepresentation.

Provision a large quantity of patches for the inflatable dinghy
A dinghy that will be used for an extended cruise will have a hard life. If it’s an inflatable, a large amount of glue and patches will be required to sustain the expedition. The meagre supplied patch kit is not enough and beguiles you into overlooking this provisioning. In remote places it is very difficult to acquire the correct materials. Varying materials are used in the construction of dinghies and they all require specific glues and patches for a sustainable repair. Worse, some glues have controlled substances in them. This means they may or may not be obtainable depending upon the regulation of the countries visited.

Optimising a vessels’ rig for trade-wind sailing
Trade wind sailing is synonymous with extended periods of down-wind sailing. This requires a spinnaker or goose wing sail arrangement in un-modified sailing vessels to deliver cruising performance.

Gas bottle provisions for extended cruising
Most yacht stoves operate off exchangeable butane gas cylinders. However these exchangeable cylinders offer limited capacity and are more likely to be geared towards local weekend cruising rather than ongoing live-aboard dependence.

Reducing equipment theft
Equipment theft from seagoing vessels is thankfully rare, but it does happen and with some forethought and policy it can be an unnecessary risk.

Cruising on a modest sail wardrobe
A cost effective cruising boat acquisition may not come with the perfect sail wardrobe.

How to plan long distance cruises or circumnavigations
Long distance sailing is unlike any other form of transport because you typically cannot plan to simply go from A to B. In fact a sailing passage from A to B can often turn out to be a voyage from A to E to G to C to get to B. This is due to the cyclical patterns of oceanic winds, currents, regional and seasonal weather that are at play at all times. It may even be the case that the scheduled arrival at a destination B would be imprudent and could place the crew and vessel in jeopardy. On the other hand a much more attractive alternate destination may make perfect sense and is not considered. In short, long distance is complicated and requires knowledge, careful consideration and planning.

Getting about ashore
A dinghy or berth will take the crew to the shoreline, but after that sailors tend to get about on foot.

Preparing courtesy flags for ports of entry.
Cruising areas that encompasses a number of different nations necessitates flying the national courtesy flag for that country.

Refilling butane gas bottles when your cylinder is not compatible with the local standard
Cruising vessels are completely dependant on their stoves for food and drinks fed by exchangeable butane gas cylinders. But extended cruising takes yachts to nations with different gas bottle standards. Thus it is not possible to exchange bottles for refills except in very large ports. In provincial areas there may be no local means of refilling the vessels non native bottles.


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