NEWS



Exciting Times at Haines

It’s exciting times at Haines. With a good Southampton boat Show behind us, the order book is healthy and a variety of models are currently in build.

As most familiar with Haines will know, there’s very often a new model development or update to an existing model on the drawing board. The focus at present is the 32 Sedan and Offshore.

A popular feature of past sedan models has been the side door by the helm position, which Haines are now pleased to be able to offer as an option on both boats. The opening extends above the helmsman providing great side deck access and increased open air feel.

The layout has also been updated with the galley moving up into the aft of the saloon to port, freeing space to separate the toilet and shower into individual compartments. That in turn provides a significant increase in forward cabin floor and dressing space.

Another innovative update lies within the flexibility of the saloon seating. A raised, forward facing, double navigator’s seat performs a dual function and can also fold down into the familiar L shaped saloon sofa arrangement. The side bench of the sofa can also pivot out into the saloon from the aft corner, incorporating a flip over back backrest. The whole arrangement can then be used as a traditional forward/aft dinette or with saloon doors fully open, as part of the general cockpit seating.

All of these features will be available to see in our next display boat; an offshore variant fitted with the single 270hp Toyota based Nanni T4.

Due early in the New Year, it’s fair to say we can’t wait to take delivery!

Welcome to Marine Fabrication UK

Marine Fabrication UK have rented an Engineering Workshop from us at our Service Centre in Brundall.  Set up and run by Craig Dungar, the company specialises in stainless steel fabrication including pulpits & deckrails, handrails, water & waste tanks, bathing platforms & ladders & canopy frames.  Just about everything stainless on your boat - go to www.marinefabuk.com for more info.

Generator Safety

There are three critical risks linked to using generators that boaters must know about and manage if they are to keep themselves and other people safe from being poisoned, being electrocuted and avoiding fire.

Generator 3 Risk Warning 270X285For some boaters wanting off-grid electrical power means that they see portable generators as the only option, but if the risks that come with their use are not fully appreciated deaths, injuries and loss of property can and has happened

Carbon monoxide (CO) – generators especially petrol ones can produce extremely high levels of CO, a poison gas that can kill in minutes or leave survivors with long term critical health effects. However diesel engine exhausts have also been linked to illness and CO deaths

Fire & explosion – the mishandling of petrol and leaking fuel from generators have resulted in spectacular incidents and that have seriously injured people and wrecked boats.

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Also the use of poor cabling and connectors can also introduce just as real although possibly less obvious fire hazards.

Electrocution – any 230V ac system can be a killer and must be given

proper respect and precautions should be taken to guard against shocks.

These are the core points that should never be forgotten.

  • Never install a portable generator permanently or make unauthorised modifications that are not supported by the manufacturer, or proprietary component supplier.
  • Never run generators on the boat, or on the bank near to doors, vents, windows and hatches. If you can smell exhaust fumes in the boat, it could mean the cabin is also filling with deadly carbon monoxide.
  • Never refuel any generator anywhere aboard the boat; take it to the bank and ensure you are a safe distance from other boats and potential sources of ignition.

However, make sure you are keeping to any marina or mooring-owner guidance and rules on the use of generators, refuelling and the handling of petrol on their sites.

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Stowage of generators that have integral fuel tanks containing petrol and spare fuel cans

  • in a self-draining, vapour-tight and fire-resistant locker, or
  • on open deck, but never over or near deck boards where, if leak occurs, dripping petrol or stray vapours could find their way through into the boat’s interior.
  • Petrol cans and spare fuel containers should be stored away from any source of ignition, ideally in dedicated drained lockers, where any escaping petrol fuel and/or vapours will flow overboard and dissipate safely.
  • Take care to protect petrol containers; any that are subject to impacts, dropped or generally treated roughly could start leaking.
  • Don’t store tools, anchors, mooring pins or other items in the same locker that could cause sparks, damage the petrol containers or block the drains.

More details here

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Some further points electrical  safety to consider

Make sure the boats 230 V system cannot be fed by more than one power supply source at any one time (for example, shore supply, on-board generator, inverter) - a switchover system should be used.

Never use a domestic type plug on each end of a cable to connect between an inverter or generator and the boat's domestic sockets. With the inverter/generator operating and the cable plugged in to it, the plug pins at the other end of the cable would be live and present a high risk of electrocution.

If you run a generator on-board - to be protected by an RCD, a connection must be made between the boat's protective earth terminal and any generator earth terminal.

See more 230V electrical safety advice here

Carbon Monoxide

Broads Authority Notice to Mariners 10

Broads Authority Notice to Mariners 9

Boating Fun!

 When Motor Boat & Yachting Technical Contributor 'Nick Burnham' decided to change is own boat this year, we were only too pleased to help.  He had narrowed his search down to a Jeanneau Leader 805 and we had a particularly nice example for sale.
He has very much enjoyed his season with her & shared this super video of some of the fun he has had with her.