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 equipment sales; tender mooring whips, Virtual killcord, tender tracking systems. 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.
‼️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
How many times have you driven your tender and not worn the kill cord (safety lanyard)?
We are all aware that there are many occasions where this situation occurs for one reason or another, whether it be assisting guests or because you are 'lone' working and therefore required to deal with lines, fenders etc that require you to step away from the console whilst the engine/s are running.
We have a solution for you.. the 'virtual kill cord' a small compact box that is fitted to the inside or outside of your console; that connects to a key fob that you will attached to your radio, belt or lifejacket. If for any reason you were to go overboard it automatically shuts off your engine in the same way that a kill cord (safety lanyard) does.
With recent Superyacht Tender kill cord related incidents in the press it highlights the importance of looking for any and all reasonable safety measures Yacht crew can take: -
- M/Y Slide, where the owner was thrown into the water (read more here)
- Cannes Boat Show 2015 (read more here)
- S/Y Burrasca 2010
- Virgin Islands (read more here)
- Loss of life from a tender of El Pirata 2013
Read more about the Virtual Killcord product by clicking HERE
Have a read of this unfortunate incident; if you only hold an RYA Powerboat level 2 certificate, have you considered the RYA Tender Operator course and/or RYA Advanced Powerboat course; both which would potentially up-skill and better prepare you to carry out your duties...
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