Welcome to our Boating Community.
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Boat Information Directory - Boat-InfoD
The Boat-InfoD is a comprehensive database giving boaters access to information on all aspects of the boating world.
How are your Mechanical Skills?
Our comprehensive skills programme offers the tools to learn how to service your boat's engines and mechanics, keeping them ship-shape and efficient.
Boat Systems Course - Training Modules
The System Training Programme is designed to give the trainee an understanding and familiarisation of a boat’s mechanical systems and the direction and flow of liquids in a system. The trainee has to physically follow the system write notes and answer questions. It is a vital requirement in preventing accidents at sea and is essential for new crew members and those new to boating. It can also be a refresher course for the more experienced boater and ideal for the new employee in a boatyard.
Sailing Boats - Catamarans
Originally a collection of fallen trees that were shaped and joined with vines to form a stable floating platform. The next evolutionary step was to tie two canoes together with a central seating platform that could go further to sea, which was ideal for the fisherman. The main seating platform, over time, was extended with longer hulls and eventually, a mast and sails were fitted; a small shelter was built, which enabled boats to go further afield and cross large oceans.
Sailing Boats - Yachts
The term Yacht comes from the Dutch word jacht or jachtschips. The Dutch Navy in the 14th century did not have fast enough ships to catch the rampaging pirates, a smaller and faster jacht was designed which was able to outrun and catch them. In the mid 1600’s Royalty, the elite and wealthy merchants started building and racing yachts, it became a popular sport and developed into what it is today.
Why do I need boat insurance?
Your boat is an expensive asset irrespective of its age. You need to insure your asset to protect yourself against any claim for damages from collision, third parties, sinking, theft or fire.
Comprehensive Boat Insurance
Flares indicate the position of a boat or a person in distress.
Boat Flares - White, Red and Orange
White Flares: To indicate to another boat, there could be a danger of collision.
Red Flares: Can be used night or day and are very bright and visible. Ideal for attracting the attention of other boats, search and rescue helicopters, and rescue organisations.
History of the Motorboat
The history of the motorboat spans several centuries and has seen significant advancements in design, technology, and usage. Below is a brief overview of the history of motorboats from the 1600’s to 2023:
1600’s : The earliest recorded use of a mechanical propulsion system for boats involved paddle wheels powered by hand or foot. These early prototypes can be considered the precursors to motorboats.
1700’s : Steam power started to be used in boats during this century. Steam engines were relatively large and inefficient, limiting their practical use in smaller vessels.
Early 1800’s: The development of more efficient and compact steam engines led to the creation of steam-powered boats and ships, such as Paddle Steamers and early Steam Yachts.
Welcome to Outboard Boats
Outboard motor boats, commonly referred to as Outboard Boats, are a popular type of watercraft equipped with outboard motors that provide propulsion and steering. These boats are versatile and used for various purposes, from recreational boating to fishing, water-sports, and transportation.
Key Features of Outboard Boats
The defining feature of these boats is the outboard motor, which is mounted on the boat's transom (the back end). The outboard motor consists of an engine, a gearbox, and a propeller. It provides the primary means of propulsion and steering for the boat.