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    National Fish & Chip Awards 2016 – The Top 10
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    National Fish & Chip Awards 2016 – The Top 10

    January 14, 2020

    [Music plays]>>I got into fish and chips all by accident.
    I was at an Irish wake!>>I was born into it!>>Fish was always in our blood.>>I happened to be visiting my dad.>>Saw a gap in the market really and I thought I wanted
    to do a fish and chip shop that was slightly different.>>I had friends of mine who had
    been in the trade 40 years.>>So I started doing a Tuesday and Thursday night for
    my father. At that time I was living on a pig farm.>>I just got a full time job as a fryer, I started seeing
    Linda, and then it just went on from there. [Music plays]>>Right across these islands fish and chips is
    very important and you’ll always know the best fish and chip shop wherever you live, I think.>>It’s an iconic British delicacy.
    Who doesn’t love it?>>Love the staff here.
    Absolutely love working here.>>I just love the daily challenges.
    No two days are the same.>>I’m just really excited to be here.>>I just absolutely love fish and chips to be honest with
    you. I eat them every day – if Linda’s not listening! [Music plays]>>We have to have a bar where everyone
    is going to aim for, and I think the Fish and Chip Shop of the Year
    competitions are that bar.>>The awards have raised the profile of fish
    and chips over the last few years. Anybody that enters soon gets to know that
    this is good for our business.>>So when we got the call to say that we were
    in the Top 10 we were all absolutely, really overwhelmed – really happy.>>It was my goal since I started doing fish
    and chips for the last 6 years is really one to do in Wales. So when I had the phone call –
    that was the best feeling. I’ve had 4 kids and it’s almost as good as that. [Music plays]>>The industry’s changed massively since I
    started in 1984. There was no VAT on fish and chips back then, which was great! [Music plays]>>It’s a highly skilled job. It takes a long
    time to be able to do it properly, and it’s one of those products that, if
    it’s not done properly, you can really tell. [Music plays]>>People don’t understand the amount of work
    that goes into it. We have customers coming in in an evening, saying
    “Crikey, I saw you – you’ve had a long day! “I saw you coming in at 8 o’clock this
    morning!” [Music plays]>>Getting involved with Seafish and with the
    National Fish and Chip Awards has just given me – you know, new life for the industry. [Music plays]>>I think it’s fantastic for the young people
    to be joining the industry. You can get apprenticeships now for fish and chip shops and people
    are looking at it in a different way now.>>You know, the image of it several years
    ago is completely different to as it is now. [Music plays]>>Pride, care and passion about what you’re
    doing is utmost, you know. We won’t serve anything that we wouldn’t eat ourselves.
    We’ve got a slogan: “If it don’t make you proud,
    don’t serve it to the crowd” [Music plays]>>When customers come in and they see that
    we really take an interest in the traceability of where we’re getting our fish from,
    and they saw that we’ve been to Norway this year; they saw that I
    went to the Faroe Islands; customers are really impressed with that. [Music plays]>>The quality’s got to be there in the ingredients.
    The freshness of the fish, the right variety of the fish and the
    right variety of potatoes, and that’s in essence fish and chips. But there’s a lot more to
    it than just simple cod and chips. [Music plays]>>We care about sustainable food because we
    want to keep our business running for more generations, yeah.>>We’d like to pass it on to our children,
    wouldn’t we? And I think that’s one of the things that you want to be able to –
    not only feed your children – but give them a job as well! [Music plays]>>There’s always room to improve. Always.
    From the staff, from the food…>>The shops have now wised up to what we’re
    looking for and the shop standard this year (2016) is very, very high.>>It started as soon as it ended last year basically>>So in June you send off your paperwork>>And then we were Mystery Shopped a couple
    of times and then you get through to the top 60>>After that you get put into regions and
    you go down into the top 20>>We has an audit by Seafish; they came through;
    had a look at the kitchens; had a look at what we do and how we it.
    And that was tough.>>So everybody’s a bit on edge from June until
    the awards in January.>>You are! You don’t actually sleep!>>Yes, I’m on edge, OK; I’m on edge! [laughs]>>You wake up in the middle of the night sweating!>>Cut that! [laughs]>>Any different type of PR about fish and
    chips is good for our business, but the awards in particular are amazing.
    It’s the Oscars of fish and chips!>>To win the awards would just be the pinnacle
    of our career.>>The journey has been fantastic and I have
    to say it, thanks to Seafish for providing that platform. And now it’s up to us.>>We’re all very good operators and we all
    serve cracking fish and chips. I guess any one of the 10 could win.>>Yes we’re competing against each other,
    but if you look at the bigger picture, it’s all fantastic for the industry.>>And we’re all in it for the same reasons;
    we’re all in it for fish and chips.>>Oh it’d be a dream to come in the top 3.
    That would be, to me, like being knighted.>>To me, winning that is something out of
    this world for us.>>I’ve done this for 31 years; never won it,
    so it would be special, yeah.>>We’re all winners. We’ve got this far. But
    if we were to actually get the number one spot, wow, I think you wouldn’t need any media;
    I’d be shouting it from the rooftops!>>I had planned to get out of it in year 25
    and guess what’s happened? I keep saying “Next year, next year, next year”.
    I’ll probably be carried out of here in a box. With a twist of lemon
    and some tartar sauce.

    How to Choose the Right Anchor for Your Boat | BoatUS
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    How to Choose the Right Anchor for Your Boat | BoatUS

    January 9, 2020

    Oh boy, this is a workout! But I’ll tell you
    what. If you want to get fit, go to the gym. If on the other hand you want to be
    a boater, you do have to learn a few things about
    anchors. Hi folks. I’m Lenny Rudow for BoatUS Magazine, and I’m here today to
    talk about the basics of what an anchor is and what it does. Now, there are a lot
    of different types, shapes, styles, and sizes of anchors, and that’s one of the
    reasons we came to this West Marine in Annapolis, Maryland, where they have a
    large selection of them. In fact, if you went back there in the aisle and looked, you’d see 50 or 60 different anchors back there right now. Now will you know
    exactly which one to choose? Well it varies quite a bit depending on the
    bottom type in the area you’re in, the style of boat you have, the size boat you
    have. And all of that can change, so it’s really a good idea to talk to the
    experts at a store like this West Marine to get their input on your particular
    location. Now, that said, let’s talk about some of the specifics of these different
    types of anchors. Now you old salts, you can probably just go ahead and tune out,
    but you new boaters, this is important stuff to know you because let’s say you
    walk into the store you want to be able to speak intelligently with the people
    there, right? Well, here’s the first thing you need to know about an anchor — it has these things called flukes. These give an anchor their holding power. They dig
    into the bottom. And all different styles of anchors have flukes. This piece down
    here is called the crown. This holds the different pieces of the anchor together. It’s basically the base, and you can see here it attaches the flukes to this
    piece. We call this the shank. At the top of the shank, there’s an eye and that of
    course is what you attach your line to. Use a shackle like this. Put it through
    the eye, then bring a chain up and put the pin right through there. There! There you go. Now if I were gonna put this on my boat, I would secure this pin — it’s called seizing it — with a piece of
    wire. Make absolutely sure that shackle doesn’t spin out. But the interesting
    thing is all these different anchors have an eye like this, right? Every
    different style, like this claw style. Or you can look at this plow style anchor, which has a very different set of flukes. It’s actually
    just like a plow, and just as you could picture in your mind, it plows right into
    the bottom. Heck, there’s even an eye and a shackle on this little grappling
    anchor. It’s a very different kind of anchor obviously than these others but
    it’s you know it’s got its advantages. It’s compact, it packs up, and you can open it up like that. Now it obviously has some rather unique parts. It has an eye
    on the back so you can attach a line to it to pull it back out if you need to.
    Some other unique parts you might want to look at are, say, well the stock on this
    Danforth. Danforth has a big stock on the bottom. This is intended to help the
    anchor when it lands, hit the bottom in the right way so it doesn’t go sideways,
    and then drag into the mud so it holds. The downside being you can tangle your chain and line around it on occasion. You know the claw doesn’t really have any
    incredibly unusual parts, nor does this plow, although it does have this bar in
    the back which is not exactly a stock but you know certainly has its
    similarities. Now, again, I know you’re wondering which specific anchor should
    you buy for your boat, and again I want to advise, talk to local experts. Different places have different bottom types, and it really can vary quite a bit
    as to which is going to be the best choice for you. Now that said, you
    probably also want to know how to lower and how to retrieve an anchor right? Well
    fortunately we have a video on that very topic. Just stick around on the BoatUS
    Magazine YouTube channel, plug it into the search box, and you’ll find it — how to
    drop and retrieve an anchor. Well, folks, I hope this video has been helpful, and I
    hope you leave some comments in the box below. If there any other topics you’d
    like to see us address, please feel free to put them in there.

    RPT 2
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    RPT 2

    January 8, 2020

    hey gang I want to introduce you to the
    brand-new RPT 2.0 system from Sylvan what we’ve done is taken the legendary
    RPT pontoons and made them stronger than ever we found that as a pontoons gotten
    bigger and so has the horsepower, boaters want to take them to new places
    and we want to make sure that these pontoons are up for the job
    so we’ve reinforced the nose cone which takes the most abuse with this double
    bulkhead system as well as two channels our seams have been reinforced with a
    strut and not only that but the aluminum has been upgraded from 80 gauge to a
    hundred gauge but of course it gets better what used to be MIG welded has
    now been TIG welded and the mid and rear seams are double bulkheads so these
    pontoons are strong from start to finish the RPT pontoons are back and they’re
    stronger than ever


    Peeing Off a Boat … How to Use a Sailboat Toilet /Head (Pro Tips #2/Patrick Childress Sailing 51)

    January 6, 2020

    if you’re ever offshore and you fall
    overboard lesson number one is the first thing you do is zip up your fly that way
    your friends won’t laugh at you at your funeral HI Im Patrick Childress, and we will get back with Hank
    Smith in just a few minutes I wanted to tell you back in 1980 I was crossing the
    Pacific I was into the second year of a three-year solo circumnavigation on a 27
    foot sailboat on a pleasant day with the wind off the port quarter and sailing
    along and I was taking a pee off the back side of the boat which was nothing
    unusual but just as I had been warned the boat took a sudden very unexpected
    lurch and I was on my way over the back it took all of my strength and effort to
    Teeter myself back up onto the cockpit and from that day forward I never peed
    over the side of the boat while at sea again I always used the head and sat down.
    Checking with some other people… I first met John Neal in Papeete Tahiti in 1980
    John was sailing on his 26 foot Mahina it’s been 30 years now that he and his
    wife Amanda have been operating offshore expeditions most recently on their sailboat
    Mahina Tiare and I asked John if it’s addressed in their crew manual about
    peeing over the side he said no but it IS in their crew orientation and nobody
    pees over the side off of his boat while at sea and even men sit down while they
    use the head checking with another source yet was Andrew Burton who lives
    in newport rhode island he has been sailing most of his life professionally
    delivering sail boats across oceans operating private sailboats and charter
    boats worked as a magazine editor and he has the same policy
    nobody pees over the side of the boat while at sea and men sit down using the
    marine head .so this is what the pros do how they approach the safety of keeping
    people on the deck of their boat Hank Schmitt who operates offshore passage
    opportunities it is in his crew manual that nobody pees over the side and men
    sit down on the marine head well let’s get back with hank he’s going to give us a
    little more information and show us how to use a marine head, how to make sure that it’s
    flushed properly so the whole crew comes out smelling good we were having a little fun with you up
    on deck but it is serious business about taking a leak offshore and you really
    want to be careful so we really recommend not to do that offshore and
    again almost kidding aside but you really do want to make sure your your
    fly is zipped up if you do fall overboard but while we’re on the subject we
    thought we would talk about using the marine head it’s a thing that a lot of
    people are reluctant to ask questions on because it seems like such a simple
    thing but so many people do not use a marine head correctly well you have to understand
    about using the head and again some people call it the head I call it the
    gym because that’s where we do get a lot of our exercise. once you put something
    into the toilet we have our bottle to demonstrate it goes in and you’ll see
    that we have on the side just for flush which water goes out it’s actually dry
    Bowl and then there’s another saying for flush so you want to evacuate the bowl
    first with it on dry and then you have to envision what’s going on everything
    is going into the toilet through hoses and it has to go up a hose through what
    they call a vented loop then down to the hose and either into your holding tank
    or offshore we’re going to talk about just using it offshore where we are
    pumping everything over the side so you want to make sure first that everything
    disappears from your bowl so now there’s nothing there it’s empty but then you
    switch it over to the wet side and as you pump you get your exercise and water
    comes in and what we’re doing is that water is forcing everything in the hoses
    several feet into the hose up over the vented loop down and then back over the
    side and then after you’ve pumped it 10-15 times you want to go back to the
    dry Bowl and a marine head. unlike at home, you want to leave it empty so there
    is no water if there is any back flush what happens is because of that hose if
    it does back flush a little bit it’s gonna back flush with clean sea water
    and you’re not going to smell up your head if you don’t pump enough any back
    flush might still be contaminated water and your heads gonna start stinking a
    lot so you really want to make sure you pump a lot so it’s the big hose at the
    bottom which is the evacuation hose so you want to make sure you pump a whole
    lot to move everything the big hose underneath you’ll see it
    goes behind the toilet behind the bulkhead and let it go goes head and
    travels up through the big loop to your Y valve where you set for it to go
    either to a holding tank or overboard dockside of course we’re where we are
    now on holding tank once we get offshore in the ocean switch it over seacock and
    then when it’s seacock of course pump it a whole bunch of times make sure you
    get rid of everything dockside either try and use the facilities at the marina
    or don’t pump as much so you don’t fill up your holding tanks now if you’re
    doing number two of course you don’t want to start with a dry bowl so you
    might want to go to your head put it on wet put some water in there and then
    some boats really don’t like you to throw anything even toilet paper down
    the toilet you can use toilet paper as long as you don’t use too much toilet
    paper I like to say is compromise between poor angelina jolie that got
    vilified for saying that you only needed one piece of toilet paper and then
    that’s a little extreme on one end and on the other end try not to do it my
    oldest daughter did and make a catchers mitt it way too much so as long as you
    use smaller pieces put them in it really isn’t a problem
    you’re not going to clog your toilet but again only toilet paper and then again
    you need to put it on dry first if you keep it on wet you’re just going to keep
    circulating not emptying the bowl but you put it on dry to evacuate once it
    all disappears it’s just sitting right at the beginning of your your hoses so
    you put it on wet and then you get your exercise in the gym pump a good 10-15
    times move everything along the lines gets over that vented loop and down over
    the side and overboard and then back to the dry position and we tried to get rid
    of everything and that’s how you’d leave it in the course of your trip
    if water’s coming back and it’s still smelling you’re not pumping enough so
    you just have to pump more and that again is the nice way to keep your
    marine head not smelling too bad, and not worrying about any clogs and you keep everybody very happy without
    any any problems. there are no plumbers at sea…the captains usually drafted and he doesn’t like
    that! I hope the information in this video was worthwhile for you if so
    please click on the thumbs up button and if you haven’t already on the subscribe
    thanks again for watching and we’ll see you soon

    Rundown on a 6.0m Offshore customised for beach launching – the best Christmas present ever!
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    Rundown on a 6.0m Offshore customised for beach launching – the best Christmas present ever!

    December 28, 2019

    G’day guys, BJ from Edencraft boats. We’re down at Limeburners Point and we’re getting to
    run through the latest 6.0m Offshore we’ve done. So this is Andrew’s boat that’ll be going to South Australia, so really cool to get an interstate boat. So 6.0m Offshore, it’s on the 3.3 tonne Easytow trailer. We’ve done a few upgrades, Andrew does a bit of beach-launching so we’ve gone ahead and we’ve done the upgraded drop-down rotational spare, so this wheel will drop down
    and it’ll run along the beach. It’s also got the extended drawbar, and also the boat catch. We’ve gone the GX3, Andrew
    wanted a bit more road capacity, so we’ve gone the GX3, so a bigger drum. We’ve got the Sarca size 3, Andrew’s been running one for a while, it’s been working really well for him, so we’ve gone ahead and put one on. We’ve got the black windscreen, with the stainless steel wind deflector, and the grab rail. We’ve got the bimini, we’ve
    got all the rod holders, we’ve got the Hella, the Seahawk Hella’s, it’s got the white and red function, and a centre rigger. So what you’ve probably
    seen the other day, we’ve got a new dive-door,
    the fully-moulded dive door, Just that really nice finish,
    that new gelcoat finish, that’s fully hinged and removable. Down the back we’ve got the big V6 Yamaha, So we’ve got the 250HP Yamaha,
    it’s all fly-by-wire control, it’s got the 6YC gauge. We’ve just done a water test, we were getting about 42, 43 knots, without going too hard ’cause a new motor. And at cruise we were getting about 58km/h at 1.2, 1.3 kilometers to the litre, so really good fuel economy
    for that sort of power. Down the back we’ve got
    the Edencraft trim tabs, with the Lenco rams with
    digital actuator up on the dash. We’ve got the three-in-one
    transducer as well, as well as running the
    175 high-wide underneath. Like we mentioned before, Andrew does a lot of beach-launching, so we’ve got a little step
    here for him just help sort of scoot off at the
    beach and jump into the boat. All right guys, we’re in
    Andrew’s boat here in the helm. We’ve got the Simrad 16 here Evo3, and got the Lonestar GX2, trim tabs, and we’ve got the fly-by-wire controls. The Edencraft carton
    switches and the 6YC gauge, Up on the roof there is provisions for a HALO20+ once it comes in, so it’s the new radar for Simrad
    so it will be pretty cool. I’ve also got an auto-pilot on this one, and a array of sockets and
    a glove-box on the dash and things like that, so
    plenty of charging points. Got the Ritchie Helmsman compass as well – All right guys, so the
    Edencraft stainless steel, so we’ve got the wind
    deflector on the outside, nice polished deflector,
    we’ve also got the nice windscreen grab rail in here, so a nice, sturdy, sturdy rail there, so there’s plenty of places
    to grab when you need to. Also got the big thick grab rail, so real versatile, and
    the finish is awesome on this stainless steel so really happy with the work the
    boys have been doing. So guys, we’re at the
    Edencraft seats here, So the Edencraft embroidered seats, so we can do a range of colors, whatever color you want to
    suit the outside of your boat or whatever you want, we can also do whatever color of trim
    you like and embroidery. It’s running on the gas shock seating, it’s been a really popular
    option for us lately, it’s really cost effective
    and it’s a really nice option. So guys, with this floor, probably looks a little different than what you’ve seen usually, so we’ve done the fleck look
    floor, so traditional look in the moulded floor, so that’s
    something we can offer now. Yeah, really cool look. So it’s got that traditional
    look that everyone loves, but it’s also in our moulded floor so we can do whatever sort of color you want as well, and fleck combinations throughout the floor so Andrew’s decided to go with that as well to
    keep that traditional look. Down the back here, the back row, there’s plenty of room
    so in this back area, heaps of room for batteries, we have multiple batteries, deck washers, all that sort of stuff, So we’ve got the Optima blue top batteries with beep switches and VSRs. Edencraft baitboard, this
    one’s got two rod holders, we can go two cup holders, rod
    holders, whatever you like. Down the bottom here,
    might be hard to see, but we’ve got the wet well, so down the wet well, it’s a spot there for all your bilge pumps, your pickups, and all your transducers
    and things like that, so really versatile and it gives you room later to add things and
    chop and change if need be. Yeah, awesome boat guys,
    really happy with it, just water tested it,
    really really nice boat. It ran nice, it just kept
    getting better and better, so these new moulded finishes between the doors, the dive
    door and things like that, it just keeps getting better and better. Another awesome boat by the team, I think Andrew’s gonna be really happy, It’s gonna be cool to
    get another boat over in South Australia, and yeah,
    another good one by the team, Well done.