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New Green Guide on How to Install a Holding Tank

Your questions answered If you have ever considered retrofitting a holding tank but were unsure of where to start, take a look at a new guide from The Green Blue. The Green Guide to Holding Tank Installation provides advice on the most common questions you might be struggling with, such as the best construction material […]

A beginner’s guide to boat insurance

Get the answers to the most common boat insurance queries RYA member reward partners and specialist marine insurance brokers, Bishop Skinner have been insuring pleasure craft for more than 40 years, however when it comes to actually insuring your boat there are many questions that are often asked. Whether you’re a seasoned sailor or new […]

Full Steam ahead for the historic Maid of the Loch

Major step is taken today to have Loch Lomond’s paddle steamer in operation again by 2018   Loch Lomond Steamship Company director Iain Robertson, VisitScotland chairman Mike Cantlay, Scots entertainer and Maid supporter Jimmie MacGregor and Neil Patterson, of contractors OSD-IMT Ltd, celebrate the signing of the first contract for the Maid of the Loch’s […]

Marine Planning updates

Updates including the devolution of the management of Crown Estate assets in Scotland and the new Clyde Marine Planning Partnership. While the actual devolution of the management of Crown Estate assets in Scotland is yet to happen, RYA Scotland is right at the discussion table with representatives from the Scottish Government, Marine Scotland, Local Authorities […]

Regional Marine Planning

E-mail received by Carrick Castle Boat Club on 12th February 2016 from The Scottish Government:-   Dear Stakeholder   As you are likely to have an interest in marine planning, we are writing to update you on the progress made in developing regional marine planning and provide you with more information.   Boundaries to 11 […]

End life of boats

What happens to boats that have reached the end of their useful life or have been abandoned? There has been a flurry of interest in Europe recently about what happens to boats that have reached the end of their useful life or have been abandoned. Such vessels can lead to pollution, navigational hazards and removal […]

Flag etiquette

Points to consider… Flag etiquette is a combination of law, good manners and tradition. Here are just a few points to consider… It is a legal requirement for a UK flagged vessel to wear her ensign as required by the Merchant Shipping Act, when entering or leaving a foreign port and on demand. In most […]

Blunt warning highlights the dangers of using portable generators on board

Leading inland boat safety body urges caution Whatever your electrical needs whilst afloat, whether charging the boat’s batteries or your laptop and mobile, the stark warning from a leading boat safety body is that petrol generators will continue to cost lives and cause misery unless boaters use them correctly. The Boat Safety Scheme (BSS) made this […]

Summary of Pleasure Vessel regulations available in new Marine Guidance Note

Marine Guidance Note (MGN) 538.   MGN 538 provides an overview of the Merchant Shipping Legislation that applies to Pleasure Vessels, together with some best practice guidance. For Pleasure Vessels of less than 13.7 metres in length there are no mandatory requirements for safety equipment other than those required under SOLAS V. However, it is […]