Entries by Douglas Locke

What’s in your grab bag?

If you are planning an extended cruise or ocean passage, it is vital that should give thought to packing a grab bag for immediate emergency use – but what should you actually be packing?  A grab bag should contain emergency items that, should the worst occur and you have to abandon your vessel, will assist […]

Return to Boating Guidance – Scotland

Return to Boating Guidance – Scotland Related documents Guidance for General Boating Activity in Scotland- 3rd July 2020 Guidance for Clubs and RTC’s in Scotland – 3rd July 2020 Related pages Scottish Government Coronavirus Scotland’s Routemap – indicative dates for the remainder of Phase 2 and early Phase 3 RYA Guidance – Return to Boating […]


PROMOTING THE USE OF FACE COVERINGS IN ARGYLL & BUTE CALL TO ACTION FOR COMMUNITY GROUPS – 3 July 2020 Face coverings can reduce the spread of Covid-19. The Scottish Government issued guidance on 11 May 2020 about their use. This includes use in enclosed spaces where it may be difficult to ensure physical distancing […]

RYA Message regarding Covid-19 Restrictions

  The First Ministers announcement on Thursday brought a little good news in relation to boating but was unfortunately short of what we had hoped might be forthcoming.   While much of the restrictions of Phase 1 remain in place, allowing those who have been shielding to begin to participate in outdoor activity is a […]


Queen’s Harbour Master Clyde LNTM NO 10/20 LOCH LONG – DEPLOYMENT OF SEABED CURRENT METER BA Chart 3746 1. Mariners are advised that Loch Long Salmon Ltd has contracted Partrac Ltd. to deploy one seabed mooring frame containing an acoustic measuring device for period of 90 days, the position given below in Table 1 and […]


Queen’s Harbour Master Clyde LOCH LONG – CONSTRUCTION OF AIDS TO NAVIGATION BEACONS LNTM No 09/20                                                                                                                                                                                             BA Chart 3746 1. Mariners are advised that the first of two phases to […]

Letter to RYA Members

Dear RYA member,   As we near Boris Johnson’s anticipated announcement this Sunday (10/05/2020) where we expect to hear the Government’s plans for the easing of lockdown restrictions (for England), we are working on a range of guidance and resources to help our members and the wider boating community prepare for a return to the […]

Making Mooring Stress-Free

“[Stress-Free Mooring] covers all the close quarters situations you will find for sailing boats and motorboats and delivers ground-breaking solutions. And all techniques can be managed by one man from the cockpit of their boat.” Stress-Free Mooring is the fourth book in our popular Stress-Free series. In this month’s blog, author Duncan Wells explores the genesis […]

Coronavirus – advice and information for recreational boaters

Guidance for boaters (updated 01/05/20) As the COVID-19 lockdown continues, the Government message to tackle the spread of the virus is clear, STAY HOME – PROTECT THE NHS – SAVE LIVES. The UK Government and devolved administrations must review the lockdown measures at least once every 21 days. The first review took place on 16 April and […]