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Happy Easter from the Barton Team

by Barton Marine 5 Apr 09:00 BST
Happy Easter from Barton! © Barton Marine
Happy Easter to all our Boaters, Colleagues and Customers around the world, 

Spring has arrived in the northern hemisphere.  Boats are getting back on the water and the racing scene is finally hotting up again.  Vaccinations are being rolled out and we are all hopeful for a great season out on the water.

This month we look at preparing for upcoming cruising adventures, Sailor Harry tells us how he makes sure his Laser is ready to get back training, we take a brief look at Charleston Race Week and share how Barton helps local Kent gardeners, via local horses in-between!  We also introduce Tanki!
In the UK boating is back on again, with day sailing allowed and over night stays possible in the not too distant future. However, is your yacht adventure ready? How are your cruising blocks looking?  

Check sheave rotation, excessive movement on the bearing would suggest it is worn out. Also check for signs of elongation around the fixing holes / shackle at the head of the block as this would suggest overloading. Look at the block side plates for wear on the inside edge, excessive wear suggests a foul lead.  For ball bearing blocks, the sheaves should spin freely. Graunching or uneven spin after flushing would suggest the block has been overloaded.
Time to look at replacements to ensure nothing gets in the way of your adventures.
Size 7 Cruising Block Images
N070110 - Single   /   N070220 - Double   /   N07930 - Triple with Cleat

Barton Size 7 blocks are perfect for yachts up to 14m/45ft.  With a SWL of 1250kg and break load of 2500kg. 

This range of high load cruiser bocks are of rugged construction, featuring high quality injection moulded side plates with all load-carrying components made from 316 grade stainless steel. Side plates are through-bolted and riveted for added strength and security.

A comprehensive range of over 30 cam cleat, fiddle and fiddle & cam cleat size 7 versions are available.

Sailor Harry's Top Tips

The first thing I do after a break from the water is to make sure my wetsuit still fits properly. There is nothing worse than wanting to go sailing and realising you cant get your wetsuit on. Over lock down many of us have fought hard to keep the weight down, but there is always that chance your wet suit may have shrunk!

Next I thoroughly check my boat over.  Inspect all the blocks and pulleys to make sure they work properly and if they dont replace them straight away.  You dont want them to break when you are sailing, as that can leave you in a whole world of bother.

Check all the rivets and screws, making sure they are not loose.  If they are then tighten them.  Also, check for rust on anything metal.  If there is rust treat it immediately or replace the part.  Pay particular attention to the mast and spars.  If anything is starting to corrode then carry out repair work as you definitely dont want your mast or boom to snap when you are sailing or racing (especially if you are in the lead).

Make sure you have no leaks. One of my favourite ways to check is to get a bucket of water with some washing up liquid in it. Then grab a sponge and wash it all over your boat, especially where there are joints and screws. To carry out the test, grab a pump, put it in the bung hole and then gently pump to a light pressure (dont over pump it as you could cause yourself new problems) and if you see any bubbles forming then you have a hole.  Often this can be simply repaired with some gel coat (if you have a fibreglass boat).

If you have any chips on your hull, rudder or dagger board fix them with a bit of gel coat as well.  A smooth hull is a fast hull.

Finally, I make sure none of my ropes are frayed.

This basic walk round, spending time checking and maintaining your dinghy will help to avoid breakages whilst out on the water.

Sailor Harry out on the water March 2021
Sailor Harry Training March 2021
Charleston Race Week USA - Melges 24 Yacht Sponsorship
"Charleston, USA is one of the most rewarding sailing venues.  It's my favourite place to sail, with a strong afternoon sea breeze and unique sailing area.  Charleston, SC is also such a beautiful, up and coming city that never disappoints.  Looking forward to my 3rd Charleston Race Week this year."  Lilly Flack - One of Team Barton's 2021 racers.

Charleston Race Week in the USA will be held from 8th-11th April 2021 and will be the 25th anniversary of this popular event.  Team Barton will be racing a Melges 24 and we wish them best of luck for line honours.  Kitted out with new Barton gear we're sure they will do well.  We will report back in full later in the month.

Barton Waste Cardboard Helps Local Gardeners
We are working hard to reduce the amount of waste we produce at Barton and recycle everything we can.  All of our cardboard and paper ends up on gardens around Kent, UK with the help of Phil Hutt and his horses!

Here are the stages that our cardboard/paper goes through from factory/shop to garden.
 
Stage 1 - Shredded cardboard/paper with any tape removed
Stage 2 In the stables for the horses
Stage 3 They do their thing
Stage 4 Onto the muckheap for about 6/9 months to cool and rot down
Stage 5 Out to consumers

 
Shredded Cardboard
In the stables for the horses
Mixed with horse droppings and on the muckheap
Bagged and ready for the garden
From One Type of Waste Paper to Another!  Introducing Tanki
Barton cares about our oceans and waterways staying clean and green and keeping our boats running smoothly and problem free.  Our friends at Tanki produce a new non-glue and non- plastic toilet paper that unlike other marine brands, remains soft, strong and robust in use but keeps plumbing in boats and septic tanks free-moving by dissolving in water completely with no nano particles of bonding plastics. 

Although not a part of Bartons range, we support sustainable products that protect our oceans and keep life on the water unclogged.  if you have an interest in stocking Tanki for your customers, please contact our friends direct at info@tanki.co.uk and you can watch their YouTube introduction below
The NEW Tanki advert
Have a great Easter Day and enjoy the rest of the holiday whatever you are getting up to on the water or land.  

Don't forget we are available to answer your technical questions, so never hesitate to email, phone or get in touch via social media and we can provide an answer.  

Stay safe out there and see you soon out on the water,

Suzanne and The Barton Marine Team
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