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New Jeanneau 7.5 Boat for 2014

New Jeanneau 7.5 Boat for 2014 at Water Sports Holidays France

Jeanneau 7.5 for Adventure St Tropez 2014

Adventure Sports St. Tropez have invested in a new Jeanneau 7.5 centre console with a huge motor, a Mercury Verado 300hp supercharged outboard.
It should be capable of about 45 knots and has a T Top to help provide a degree of shelter from the sun.
It’s fully loaded with electronics and has a cockpit shower as well as full fore deck sunbathing. It also has a boarding ladder and a music system with i pod connectivity. So ideal for wakeboarding sessions, coastal safaris and snorkeling sessions.

We are really looking forward to it as it will replace our trusty Jeanneau 6.25 which is now up for sale. We all loved that boat, but are sure the new one will be produce an even better wake. Here is our new Jeanneau 7.5 Boat going through her paces.

We have also purchased a new Mercury 150 EFI, 4 stroke outboard to power our fabulous Vipermax. This is a revolutionary new outboard with a 3 litre block and is almost as light as the 2 stroke E Tec, so should prove a worthy replacement. This will give us guaranteed reliability and power to enjoy our boating for the next five years.

We are really looking forward to our new boats which will contribute to the BEST fleet we have ever had. We can’t wait to get out to the south of France and enjoy the warm water and sunshine on our new boat.
We sincerely hope you will join us for all the fun in the sun.

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Jeanneau stock pictures of the same boat.

ICC Qualification

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ICC Qualification do you need one?

We are often asked about the ICC Qualification (International Certificate for Competence) at Sea. Who is eligible and what is the purpose of this qualification?

The ICC Qualification is an international evidence of competence that is in place for pleasure boaters in Europe.  Through the continued lobbying of the RYA further offices  are made to make it accepted in all Europe. Regulations have recently changed. The ICC is open to British Passport holders and other members of the UNECE who have adopted resolution 40 of the waterways document. The full explanation of the ICC requirements and list of eligible states is available on the RYA website  link here.

The biggest eligibility change in recent years has meant that Canada, USA, Australia and New Zealand are now included.

Generally, and in our experience the ICC Qualification is accepted in Mediterranean waters and is the preferred qualification asked for when chartering a boat.

The ICC can be obtained by applying to the RYA and proof of evidence of competence is by attending  RYA Training courses. However it is possible to ask a Training School for an assessment. After your assessment the Assessor will then sign your application form as evidence of your competence.

If you are interested in obtaining your ICC for powerboating or Personal Watercraft (jetski) and following a RYA Powerboat Training Course we will be happy to help. We can also offer ICC assessment up to 24 metres band  you will need to provide your own craft for the assessment.

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Enjoy your boating safely

The ICC is available for Powerboating, Sailing, and Personal Watercraft (Jetski).

 

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Do I need a Boat Licence in France?

Power Boat Licence in France

We are often asked the question  ‘Do I need a Power boat licence to drive a powerboat in France’ ? The short answer is ‘Yes you do’

The regulations, as interpreted from the local  Bloc Marine Almanac, in France states that a powerboat driver must have a licence.This licence must state that you are competent to drive a powerboat in the language of the country you are operating in.

Adventure St Tropez has been operating in the Gulf of St Tropez for over 10 years and we can advise you on the exact requirements needed for your pleasure power boating. To hire a powerboat over 6hp you will also need to produce a boat licence. This will need to be the RYA Powerboat Level 2 which will enable you to hire up to 10 metres. If you own a larger boat then you can bring this along to the Centre and receive an ICC assessment on your craft. Once you have gained your Level 2 certificate it is a good idea to then apply for your ICC (International Certificate of Competence). This is automatically awarded and free to RYA members. This is a good licence to obtain and is the most commonly recognised qualification in European waters.

What can happen if I don’t have a boat licence?

  • You cannot hire a boat over 6hp 
  • If you have contravened a local bye law (such as speeding in a restricted area, anchoring in a restricted area) you may be removed from your boat. Then the boat may be impounded.
  • You may be stopped by authorities in a random check and if you cannot produce a licence be escorted back to dock.
  • Even if you have a licence fines can be very heavy for speeding and boating in restricted areas. Good advice is to take your licence in the area you wish to operate in so you learn all the local bye laws as part of your course.

At Adventure St Tropez Training Centre we offer Powerboating Training up to Advanced Powerboat License. This can then be commercially endorsed with further training. We also offer the RYA Personal Watercraft Competence Licence which is an essential if you want to jet ski in the south of France.

Happy and Safe Boating!

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Powerboating in France – Advice on Powerboat Handling

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Powerboating in France

Following on from our Coastal awareness here is some more advice on handling your powerboat 

 

 

Advice on handling your powerboat

  • Anticipate the wind
  • Manage boat inertia
  • Correct for current

Only three things will make the boat go where you didn’t want it to be

a)  the wind,   b)  unintentional inertia,   c)  unpredicted currents

WIND ( the boat will behave similarly in a current )

If the wind is not in your favour then make allowances for it.

If it is then let it move the boat for you and simply maintain the bearing or attitude of the boat.

INERTIA  

A heavier boat will have greater inertia (a continuing movement when the power is taken off).

It is not as simple as pointing the boat in a new direction. The whole mass must change direction by overcoming its’ inertia

i.e. when manoeuvring a 4 tonne boat through 90 degrees until the mass is moving in the new direction, the 4 tonnes will want to continue in the original direction regardless of the bearing or attitude of the boat. Because a boat has no brakes, in order to stop it moving you must apply an equal and opposite force to overcome its inertia.

The whole object is to get the boat moving in the direction you want it to whilst maintaining the desired bearing or attitude, whether it be forwards, backwards or sideways. Use a combination of wind and power. Be patient and observe what is happening before applying any more force.

Do not use excessive power, use the minimum power to induce the required inertia (to correct the application of too much power, try doing the exact opposite for half the time)

NEVER

  • Panic
  • Try to power your way out of a hopeless situation
  • Approach too fast
  • Arrive unprepared

ALWAYS

  • Know what the wind is doing
  • Plan ahead
  • Anticipate the difficulties
  • Give yourself TIME
  • Have a contingency
  • Deploy fenders and warps
  • Approach at a safe speed
  • Use shorter power inputs (applying more short applications is easier than trying to reverse  the effects of applying too power)
Common Faults in Power boating
  • Being unfamiliar with your boat and not knowing its’ characteristics. There is NO substitute for time spent practising.
  • Not knowing what the wind is doing and how it will affect the progress of the boat
  • Panicking leading to reckless use of power causing damage and a worsening of the situation
  • Not thinking ahead to minimise difficulties and allow time for contingencies
  • Leaving power on too long. Use short burst of power, pausing to see the effect before applying more power.
  • Remember that a boat pivots roughly about its middle so when applying a lateral force to the bow (i.e. with a bow thruster) the stern will move in the opposite direction, so this must be countered to effect a sideways movement of inertia.

For further advice and more training information check our RYA Powerboat Training Page

 

Powerboat adventures

Powerboat adventures Staying safe at sea

Powerboat coastal awareness is all about understanding weather (most importantly wind) and how it will affect your powerboat adventures. Study your operating area and what conditions you expect at certain points in your passage. Knowing when to go to sea and when to stay at home. Knowing where you can safely take your boat . Understanding how protection from the land, and how distance wind travels over water (fetch) can affect  sea state.

To begin your powerboat adventures obtain and understand a reliable weather forecast. Modern methods of obtaining data have made forecasts more accurate. Never underestimate the knowledge of the local ‘salty sea dog’ there is no substitute for practical knowledge gained over time.  If you are planning powerboat adventures the first thing to do is check the weather. Then take a view, check as many forecasts as possible and then consider the possibility of those weather systems moving slower or quicker than expected. In other words always err on the side of caution. If a strong wind is expected ‘sooner’ then be prepared for it arriving before the expected 6 hours…be aware.

Powerboat adventures

Powerboat adventures

When to stay at home

  • When anything more than a Beaufort Force 5 is expected. If you must go, tuck well in the protection of the coastline and safely keep close to the shore. Understand the importance of not being blown off shore into unprotected waters. When a strong on shore wind is expected. This will result in large waves and choppy conditions right from the start of your journey. You will see how bad conditions are straight away. In strong off shore conditions it is often difficult to understand how big the waves can be even a short distance away from the protection of the coast. Expect stronger winds and bigger swells round headlands, always try to avoid them in big seas. Powerboat adventures should be a pleasant experience and not a terror tour, you will win no points from family and friends for terrifying them.If you do have to go to sea in strong winds, remember always have an emergency plan ready. Be quick and ready to implement it. When things go wrong they go wrong very quickly

To learn more about powerboat adventures and staying safe  it is a good idea to join a RYA Powerboating Course we’d be happy to have you aboard.

 

Tides in the Mediterranean

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All about tides in the Mediterranean

Why is there virtually no tidal range (the difference in height of water between low and high tide) in the Mediterranean?

Tides are created by the gravitational pull of both the moon and sun, the moon having the greater influence. When the sun and moon are in alignment roughly just after the full and new moon, then there is the greatest influence on the oceans. These are called ‘spring’ tides and subsequently have the greatest height range between high and low tide. When the sun and moon are in a right angled position to the earth then we have ‘neap’ tides which have the smallest range between high and low tide. There are two high and two low tides in a day and two spring and neap tides in a month.  Additionally  the tide flow does not move evenly in and out this is called the ‘rule of twelfths’  Approximately, tides move in and out with a bulge of  maximum flow at mid tide and minimum flow (slack) one hour before and after high and low tides.

The reason there is such a small tidal range in the Mediterranean for is that the Med is like a giant land locked lake, with just the straits of Gibraltar to offer access to the ocean. Therefore this land locked sea is not so readily influenced by the gravitational pull of the moon and sun. We are based  in the Marines des Cogolin where the maximum tide range  is 0 .5 metre. Whereas in Cornwall (where we live in the winter)  it will be more like 5 metres, and the Bristol estuary  up to 15 metres.  All this amount of water moving in and out of  shores and estuaries creates tidal flows, rips and currents which can greatly affect boats moving across the water. Particularly when moving slowly. A greater tidal range will of course affect where you can or cannot take your boat, this needs more preparation to know where rocks and hazards are situated on your passage. And to know where you can anchor or dock and relax and enjoy your mooring.

With such a small tidal range in the south of France it is easier to plan a passage, and also know that your anchorage will not suddenly disappear. However there are still hazards to consider, even a rock awash at low tide will be easily hidden just below the water and can cause a danger. So it is just as important to check your charts before heading out to sea to be aware of where such dangers are. Of course  boating in the south of France does have other difficulties particular to the area.  The most difficult to understand is the strength and direction of the wind. The extremely high temperature of the surrounding land mass creates thermal wind which can often be strong and unexpectedly change direction several times in a day and cannot be reliably  predicted by meteorology.

Powerboat Training

This article is a very basic and simple explanation so if you would like to discover more about tides, navigation and passage planning, and boating in general it is a great idea to do a RYA Power Boat Course.  At Adventure St Tropez we offer RYA Powerboat Courses up to Advanced Powerboat (which includes a night passage). We highly advise doing your course in the area you intend to powerboat in as local coastal awareness to your operating area is probably the most important awareness to keep your powerboating safe.

Find more about our courses here   RYA Powerboating Courses

Enjoy your boating!

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Boating in the South of France

Boating in the south of France

Boating whether sailing or powerboating has a special place in the heart of many people. There is something so natural about being on, under or even near the sea that somehow calms the mind. However the most important thing to remember about boating, anywhere, is be prepared, because sadly when things go wrong, they go wrong very quickly and only the truly prepared sailor will act in a way to avoid a disaster.

We are starting the year with a series of blogs to help inform those of you who are thinking about boating in the South of France. Particularly those of you who may be thinking of venturing in this operating area for the first time.

We would welcome any comments (through the facebook link) and any further suggestions and advice.

Power or Sail?

Boating in the south of France

Boating in the south of France

This is a ongoing issue, especially here in the south of France. We are based in the Gulf of St Tropez and in the height of summer the number of powerboats in the Gulf is quite overwhelming. However the marinas of St Tropez and Marines des Cogolin are at heart massively in favour of sail boats. One of the most bizarre sites in St Tropez is the 50 million super power yacht moored beside the artists sailing wreck or the little local fishing boat. That is why we love St Tropez; tradition is everything. The Port uncompromisingly keeps old traditions going. Wonderful stuff. Advantages of power boating: is you get where you want to go quickly and of course the thrill of moving across the water at speed is something else, especially if big air is involved!So if time is of the essence and thrill of speed important then power boating is for you. Downside is it is noisy, expensive (fuel of course) and if you have a single engine a bit nerve wracking if anything breaks down. Advantages of sailing – it is quiet and relatively cheap, and when you have the perfect wind feels so natural and satisfying. You are not relying upon an engine more upon your skill and knowledge of playing with the wind. Also sail boats depreciation is considerably less than the scary depreciation of a powerboat. Downside is it takes longer to get where you want to go, and in all honesty requires more physical strength and navigational skills.

Trailering a boat to France

Trailering a boat

Advice on Driving and Trailering a boat to France

With the likelihood of increased air fares from April onward  driving to your French holiday destination looks even more attractive this year. Over the past ten years many of our guests here at Adventure St Tropez have driven to us and we have had many requests for advice when driving and trailering a boat to France

Golden Rules

1.If possible travel outside the busy holiday periods or  travel any day other than a Saturday

2. Book ferry well in advance prices are always cheaper.

3. Check your insurance and breakdown cover (stand alone cover is available at a reasonable rate) and make sure you have the phone contact numbers with you and have cover for your trailer (if transporting one).

4. Carry a basic tool box and roadside breakdown set.

5. Get your trailer serviced well before your departure date, so you can correct any problems well in time.

Generally driving in France is easy and hassle free given that the peages add up especially in a long trip you need to allow £100 in peage fees to travel from top to bottom of France. It is always a good idea to take Sat Nav not only for navigation but for noting the few speed cameras, however I would advise taking a road map as back up, not only for the fun of checking the route, but also  in case a glitch (such as being routed up a closed mountain road) occurs….many a tale to tell  about that one!

If trailering a boat make sure of the following

1.Cover the prop with an adequate prop cover

2. Coupler, hitch and hitch ball are of the same size

3.Coupler and safety chains are safely secured to hitch of tow vehicle

4. All fasteners are properly tightened

5. Boat is securely tied down to trailer (winch line is not a tie down)

6. Wheel lug nuts are properly tightened

7. Wheel bearings are properly adjusted and maintained

8. Load is within maximum load carrying capacity

9. Tyres are properly inflated

10. All trailer lighting is working properly

11. Trailer brakes are properly adjusted and working (if trailer is so equipped)

12. Check the rules for trailering are the same in France as the UK

13. Also a good idea to carry spare trailer tyres and bearings.

Once your powerboat is in France

You will need an ICC (International Certificate of Competence) to drive your powerboat  or a Personal Watercraft Competency Certificate for your jet-ski. The waters in France are well monitored and it is very likely you will need to produce your license.

We offer both these Courses as a Registered RYA Training Centre in the South of France we are able to issue the licenses after successful completion of your course. You need to bring along a passport sized photo for the licenses.

If all this seems like too much hassle we provide a very special multi-watersports holiday for families, couples and singles. Most important to us is teaching you new skills and as instructors with over twenty years of experience in all the sports we teach we get great pleasure from seeing our guests succeed and gain confidence in their abilities. Groups are small and the tuition is one to one in most cases, so success is assured.

Of course learning watersports is so much easier in the warm and relaxed atmosphere of the south of France, and the fun and glamorous atmosphere surrounding St Tropez is always uplifting. We make sure the groups have a great time both during the day and night. With our local knowledge we arrange evenings out so everyone gets to sample a taste of the ‘good life’ at a reasonable price.

What a wonderful way to spend your holiday, learning watersports in the warm waters of the med, meeting new friends, and having a ball in the evenings.

Adventure St Tropez Watersports  Holidays  or  Activity Holiday

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