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February 20, 2019

Using everything to fight leaks

Whether as the result of a collision, grounding, material failure, a loose screw or simply your own negligence – if water is coming into the vessel, haste is required. And almost any item can be used to plug the leak, or at least to reduce the amount of water coming in: an oven cloth, a sleeping bag, even a carrot if nothing else is to hand. Because fighting leaks is your top priority.

 
February 20, 2019

Preventing water ingress

It is often the little things that make all the difference. The proper care and regular monitoring of important components not only contributes to maintaining the value of a motor boat or sailing vessel, but also prevents major damage such as water ingress. Here are some tips and tricks on how to prevent damage and especially water ingress.

 
February 20, 2019

Preparing for the storm season

Regardless of where you live you can expect to be hit with severe weather once in a while. Whether it’s some wilder winds hitting the region or a highly destructive cyclone, the following methods are a must for storm protection. Last year we were reminded of the magnitude of power nature can bestow on us with the destructive events in North Queensland and the Caribbean. Let’s take a little recap and review what you as a responsible boatie can do in these unpredictable situations.

 
Cover me closely
February 20, 2019

Cover me closely

So much of your life is tied up in your vessel and hence your insurance is a major consideration. Sure the premium is important, however it is the type of cover and possibly even more importantly, the claims procedure that becomes so crucial.

 
Hold fast
January 17, 2019

Hold fast

You would not leave your vehicle in a car park with the windows down, the keys in the ignition, and full tank of fuel on board. Rain or vandals could damage it, let alone stolen, and then go on to cause all sorts of additional issues for a lot of other people. So it is not hard to see that you just would not leave your boat unattended swinging around on its anchor. You might say you can lock it up and head ashore, just as you would leave the car and head into the shopping centre, but they are not the same. There is no ‘P’ to move the gear selector to, and no handbrake to apply. There is far more of an onus on you to apply a reasonable common sense test, and ask yourself, am I really doing the best thing by all?

 
December 14, 2018

Prevention - On a collision course

Relatively small collision claims are generally the order of the day at Pantaenius. There is often contact between yachts in particular when manoeuvring in and out of berths in marinas, but fortunately this usually only results in very minor damage. If, however, there is a collision in open waters, it is generally a more serious matter. In the worst-case scenario, this results in a total loss and not infrequently also in personal injury. In fact, just a few generally known rules need to be observed in this respect.

 
Interview with Jackie Parry
September 28, 2018

Interview with Jackie Parry

We caught up with Jackie Parry, navigation advocate, sitting at a small desk in a building site caravan working frantically on marine navigation, in rural NSW.

 

Jackie, with her business partner Shelley Wright (founder of Women Who Sail Australia), via SisterShip Magazine are about to commence Coastal Navigation courses for anyone interested in safe passage making. The first course starts at the end of October at Lake Macquarie and is for women only. However, plans are afoot for more courses to a wider audience. Why have they undertaken such a huge project? Let’s find out.

 
July 05, 2018

We are moving

We`re off! Yes. We would love to be casting off our lines, and embarking on a grand world voyage like a lot of you. However, our jaunt from July 9, 2018, is just a little trip up the road from The Spit in Mosman, to Warriewood on Sydney’s Northern Beaches.

 
WWS
April 05, 2018

Which rock to turn over at the WWSA 2018 Gathering?

Funnily enough, unless you have been living under the proverbial rock itself, you’ll know that the Women Who Sail group (WWS) is a universal, and global success. So to make it even more important for you to attend this year’s Gathering at Port Stephens from 6-8 April 2018, Shelley Wright’s Women Who Sail Australia, together with Pantaenius Sail and Motor Yacht Insurance, are not going to take you wading through the rock pools.

 
Rigging Safety
April 04, 2018

RIGGING SAFETY

A broken mast… undoubtedly one of the worst fears of any sailor. Over the past three years we have received multiple claims linked to failed rigging and masts. What is saddest about these stats is that the cause is generally found to be a small inexpensive part. In these cases the damage to the vessel could easily have been avoided.