With 15 years of experience in all aspects of the PWC (jetski) market including training, inspections, management, safety, purchase, model design and rescue, the move into the Superyacht market in 2008 was an easy one. Our staff are some of the most experienced in this niche sector; as a result, our advice has been sought and trusted by Captains and Chief officers worldwide from both motor and sailing yachts of all sizes.
Superyacht watersports code of practice, jetski licence training centre set up, RYA jetski licence courses, crew RYA jetski instructor training. Jetski specific product sales; certified jetski lifting sling, jetski trackers, tender mooring whips, inflatable docks and personal safety equipment. Tender specific RYA training; RYA Powerboat level 2, Tender operator courses and watersports equipment sales; tender mooring whips, tender tracking systems, AIS. We can also offer advice, recommendations and suggestions.
Our philosophy is to share ideas and information, not keep them a secret! If something works, let's tell people about it! It is remarkable how many people find a great idea but don't share it and so often we get asked and are able to suggest simple yet effective solutions based on years of experience and viewing numerous onboard set ups. There's plenty of free information on this website from Jetski regulations, a variety of jetski lifting and docking systems, how to prepare for your RYA inspection and more.
Reports have been coming in from a couple of Yachts that have been stopped by the Gendarmerie Maritime for not having lights on the buoyancy aids used by their PWC guests..
The 'rough translation' of this new rule is:
The users must wear a 50N buoyancy aid with a water activated light with a battery life of a minimum of 6 hours. (regulation issued in 2012)
Buy your buoyancy aid compatible lights now by clicking here.
Some serious considerations for your guests using the PWCs onboard...should you make wearing a wetsuit or neoprene shorts compulsory?
‼️A reminder: Captains are liable for any breaches of the law regarding operations of tenders and toys in France, such as going over speed limits or general reckless behavior. This means that not only crew, but owners and guests also come under the captain’s responsibility. If any of these parties break the rules, the yacht’s captain can be prosecuted and may receive a fine of up to €30,000, a ban from French territories for at least a year and up to six months’ imprisonment.‼️
Why Polyester not Nylon for marine craft lifting slings..
The ‘Web Sling and Tie-Down Association’ conducted two long time exposure test study on the degradation effects of polyester- and nylon web sling when exposed to sunlight. The first test was done in 1981, and the second test series was done between 1997 to 2004. The full test report is published by WSTDA, a copy of which can be obtained by Unirope.
One of the main conclusions reached by WSTDA:
“The polyester samples tended to undergo most of their strength loss during the first twelve months of exposure and then leveled off approximately a 30% loss in strength. The nylon 6 and nylon 6.6 sample showed a general trend of consistent strength loss over the entire 36 months exposure period, with strength loss levels approaching fifty to sixty percent after 36 months for some sample tests.”
Based on the test results and conclusions reached, Unirope has decided to discontinue the use of NYLON webbing material for Boat Lifting Slings.
However, it must be noted that, although Polyester webbing seems less affected, even polyester slings will undergo a significant strength loss leading to a DECREASE in strength. Consequently, the DESIGN FACTOR for such slings will DROP from a 5:1 value to at least a value of 4:1