About Dan Houston

Dan Houston is the founding editor of Classic Sailor magazine. A lifelong sailor who worked on boats before he took up journalism, he has worked in newspapers and magazines since 1986.

No7 Hallberg-Rassy Monsun 31

2019-05-21T23:10:13+00:00 May 21st, 2019|Design|

The smallest boat that will take you anywhere... interiors are cosy, rational and incredibly spacious Nardi's Nods – By Federico Nardi of Cantiere Navale Dell Argentario. Translated by James Robinson Taylor She’s the smallest boat that will take you anywhere; neither especially fast nor a high pointer, she’s the Hallberg-Rassy Monsun 31. With more than [...]

Cleaner boats and cleaner oceans

2019-05-13T16:34:29+00:00 May 13th, 2019|Go-To News|

Marine 16, the supplier of products to maintain your boat inside and out, have developed the Zer0 Plastic range of cleaning products to help you save space and money, as well as plastic and chemical pollutants in our oceans. Zer0 Plastic is a range of three products, which together can clean 95% of your vessel. [...]

Can you teach boatbuilding?

2019-05-13T10:18:47+00:00 May 13th, 2019|Go-To News|

 The International Boatbuilding Training College Portsmouth requires a Boatbuilding Instructor Overall Package £31K We are looking for an experienced shipwright to join our expanding College team, training students of all ages the highest standards of craftsmanship in traditional boatbuilding.  Based in the Historic Dockyard, you will be involved, along with the students and volunteers, in [...]

Sailing is a low carbon activity!

2019-05-16T16:21:29+00:00 May 12th, 2019|Life Afloat|

From our friends at Classic-Sailing In the UK we create 12 tonnes of carbon dioxide per person per year. (12000 kilos) On average UK people weigh 72 kilos. That’s 230 kilos per person per week, equal to 3.2 adults per week!. When you are sailing you are creating about 53% less carbon than ashore. Source [...]

Five Broads Hire firms join forces

2019-05-12T09:33:57+00:00 May 12th, 2019|Features|

It's not all about wooden boats A taste of sailing on the Broads with Eastwood Whelpton The companies that offer yachts for hire on the Norfolk Broads have formed a new marketing partnership to promote sailing holidays in the Broads National Park. “Fifty years ago there were over 40 boatyards offering [...]

Waverley launches £2m appeal

2019-05-13T10:32:39+00:00 May 11th, 2019|News|

The famous paddlesteamer Waverley has just been withdrawn from service for the 2019 season after engineers report that she needs new boilers. With fears for the future of this last seagoing passenger-paddle steamer in the world, her owners Waverley Excursions Ltd have announced an appeal to raise money to carry out the work. Her boilers [...]

Use Coastwatch to check your AIS

2019-05-08T08:32:07+00:00 May 8th, 2019|News|

The Cruising Association (CA) Regulations and Technical Services Group (RATS) has come across the use of National Coastwatch Institution (NCI) stations to check AIS ( Automatic Identification System) transmissions. This seems to us to be good practice, certainly at the beginning of the season. A vessel’s AIS transceiver may use the same antenna as the [...]

Family reunites with famous fleet

2019-05-03T16:31:55+00:00 May 3rd, 2019|News|

A West Country family were reunited with some special boats that were designed and built in Teignmouth for the Royal Navy. Three generations of the Morgan Giles family went sailing at Chichester on the boats that were used to train naval officers from the 1960s to the 1980s. Jane Shaddick, Francis Charles Morgan Giles’ granddaughter, [...]