BOATING, SAILING AND KAYAKING GUIDE


The Plimsoll Line

December 19, 2010

Any boat, ship, barge or floating object will float at different levels depending on the warmth and/or consistency of the water its floating in/on.

If a ship loaded to capacity in, say.., Greenland at a salt water port/harbour and sailed to a fresh water port/harbour in the tropics, there would be risk of it riding too low in the water at its destination and the risk of it sinking.

Also known as a Plimsoll mark, the Plimsoll line was introduced in 1876 in England due mainly to the work of the M.P.

Samuel Plimsoll as part of the package that became the 'Merchant Shipping Act' of that time.

The mark is printed onto the side of cargo ships to indicate the limit to which they can be legally loaded.

Next time you spend a little bit of time down in the docking area have a look. You will see the mark.

At which marking does the water reach? Can you think of all the reasons that the vessel you are looking at might be at that level?

 

Knots For Boating And Sailing

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Standard Marine Distess Signals

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Trim: When And How To Use It..

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The Trim setting of an outboard engine powered boat determines, how quickly it can get up to speed and how fast and comfortable the boat will cruise. Most large boats with high-powered outboards come with a powered trim mechanism so the trim can be adjusted while the boat is moving so the boat can get up to speed quickly and then adjust for the perfect ride. Smaller outboards have mechanical trim settings which can only be adjusted while the boat is stationary. The ideal adjustment for them i...
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Drift Anchor

December 17, 2010
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If you like floating around the lake in your boat, not in any rush, just spending a lazy day floating on the waves, you know that the wind can move you quite far, quite quick. That is where having a Drift Anchor comes in very handy. This will slow down your boat's movement, allowing you to hold in one place longer, or at least move slower without needing to drop anchor completely. These are also useful for drifting down a lazy river, as the added drag from the anchor will slo...

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Top 10 Boating Safety Guide

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