Category Archives: Sailboat Safety

At least it’s not only South Africa

Taken from John Vigor’s blog article “Are you a drunken operator” A vessel, apparently, is “every description of watercraft on the water . . . capable of being used as a means of transportation on the water” with the illogical … Continue reading

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Baaa… !!

The stupidity of the system… Instructions on how to wash your hands in the corporate washroom A lable to warn “Don’t Drink this poison because it’s harmful” COF’s and COC’s etc It’s amazing humanity survived into the 21st century !

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South Westerlies

The first real chill of winter has followed this front up to the Vaal. The NW’lies preceding the front gave way to the expected, icy SW’ly at about 10h30 this morning and the mooring field turned a little bumpy as … Continue reading

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Unbeatable Offer from Good Old Boat

I’ve always thought that Good Old Boat matches the South African inland sailing scene quite nicely. While the mainstream sailing media do their thing advertising super-new, super-big, super-expensive dreams the rest of us are quietly getting on with our sailing, … Continue reading

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Learning Curves

Now that a new old boat has arrived in my life I’m finding myself on a serious learning curve. It’s not because it’s a bigger boat [while that does require some adjustment to approach and technique in the confines of … Continue reading

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Certificate of Fitness and other legal requirements

Note: This article attempts to summarise, for ease of reference, all the relevant SAS and SAMSA requirements for sailing vessels >9m in length on the Vaal. Please refer to the SAS and SAMSA websites for authoritative, current and accurate information … Continue reading

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