I wanted to get the rudder and tiller home so that I could assess their condition and make any repairs from the relative comfort of my shed. I liked the idea of wet shot blasting – using blast media in conjunction with a pressure washer – as I thought it would be the quickest method and give the best finish. I was wrong...
Did you know that Gael Force has 3 stores across the UK? Our Inverness Marine Megastore is one of our biggest sites - watch this short video tour and pop in to see what's in store for yourself.
The next priority for this boat is to get it transported closer to home. However, she can’t be transported anywhere with her mast up, so un-stepping her mast was the next step and the subject of this blog. The boat’s mast is deck-stepped, so thankfully it doesn’t have to be lifted 3-4 feet to get it clear of the deck. Still, having the use of a crane to lift and remove it would still be the easiest, safest and most sensible way to get the mast off. Despite this, I had different ideas.
From the brand and material to the size and flooring and everything in between, there's a lot to think about when buying an inflatable boat. Read of our buying guide for what you should consider.
The engine is among the most critical (and expensive) pieces of equipment on a boat, so it would, of course, be prudent to give it a full inspection and test run before any prospective purchase. The engine in question is a Yanmar 1GM10: an 8hp, single cylinder, raw water-cooled diesel engine. These small diesel engines are relatively simple beasts, so armed with the Yanmar workshop manual and the excellent ‘Boatowners Mechanical and Electrical Manual’ (a book every boat should have on board), I felt confident enough to service the engine and carry out some basic fault diagnoses.
Lifejackets are one of the most essential pieces of safety equipment you can arm yourself with, whether you’re out at sea or enjoying the UK's many and varied inland waterways, lochs and rivers. Taking a few simple steps to look after your lifejacket could help save a life as well as prolong the life of this invaluable piece of kit.
On the 5th Feb 2018, I purchased a 26 foot, 54-year-old fibreglass yacht in need of some serious TLC. My plans are to spend the next year or so restoring the yacht and documenting its restoration in this blog post. I plan to strip her back and start again - inside and out – with the aim of taking her across the North Sea to Norway, up to Shetland and beyond.
At the end of last year, the Maritime and Coastal Agency (MCA) updated their documentation for ensuring fishing vessel compliance with international and UK safety requirements and correct certificates for vessels to operate in territorial waters. The process of ensuring your vessel complies can be time-consuming so to make things easier, Gael Force has pulled together a list of products that are suitable for Open and Decked vessels of various sizes so that our customers can stock up and meet these requirements for inspection.
Whether you're a seasoned professional, a cautious novice, or somewhere in between, antifouling is a significant part of the maintenance of your boat and something you need to know about. To help with this, we've answered some common questions regarding antifouling to get you ready for another successful season.
Although Black Friday isn't native to the UK, given that Brits don't celebrate Thanksgiving, it's still one of the biggest shopping days of the year. Of course, Gael Force couldn't resist getting involved with offering discounted products for you to benefit from so let's take a look at some of the best Black Friday deals we have to offer this year.