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November news and tips


What a beauty. Looking at her makes one day dream. She came to visit us at YPSA for some TLC. High pressure clean, antifouling and she is as good as new. One of these days I am going to pack myself away in one of the cabins and travel the world. 




Bilge Pumps

Most modern yachts have electric bilge pumps. Whilst they are a great convenience they do have limitations.

 They are usually fairly low volume and most are not able to remove enough water fast enough to keep a holed vessel afloat.

They can burn out easily if left running when there is no water to pump.

But the main limitation of them is that, on boats where they have been fitted they become the only means that is ever used to remove water form the bilge.

As a result there is no certainty that the manual pumps will work when required.

If you have several pumps on board, it is good practice to use all of them regularly and to rotate the pump that is used to remove any excess bilge water.


SV Schuessel

Being in this type of industry can be very challenging at times. For us, the best part is meeting all kinds of people from around the world. 

SV Schuessel arrived at YPSA with Christine and Herbert on board this beautiful boat. All the way from New Zealand and on their way to St Helena Island. YPSA will be their home for a while.  Makes me wonder if there is space for one more!


16 Days of Activism: Wear Your White Ribbon!

Held every year from 25 November to 10 December, 16 Days of Activism is an international campaign that raises awareness about violence against women and children. 

Yachtport SA is proud to be apart of this with our local Municipality as well as Langebaan Country Estate, TNPA and Fruitcorp. 

What is the International 16 Days of Activism Campaign?

The 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence campaign is a United Nations incentive. The event takes place annually between 25 November (International Day of No Violence against Women) and 10 December (International Human Rights Day).

The South African Government upholds the campaign but also includes issues relating to violence against children; therefore, South Africa holds the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children campaign annually.

This campaign focuses primarily on generating an increased awareness of the negative impact of violence on women and children.


Functions at Yachtport SA

The end of the year is only a few weeks away. Everyone already has that holiday feeling. Why not have a end of the year function at Yachtport SA to thank all your hard working staff for a great 2014. We have set menus or if you prefer a few tasty platters or other warm prepared meals, come and visit us and see what we have to offer.


'November Tip of the month'


A skill that appears very simple but can cause real problems is collecting a bucket of sea water whilst under way.


The first step is to ensure the bucket is firmly tied to the boat with a long lanyard.

Then is should be swung forwards in an arc that will ensure it lands upside down, as the boat catches up with the bucket is should have filled, and be ready to be retrieved.

Whatever happens, the bucket must be removed from the water as is passes the person handling the painter. If it is not, they will be towed very rapidly down the deck, causing injury or at the least damaging the bucket.

Like most sailing skills this is one that is best practised when the boat is stationary or moving slowly first.


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