Safety at Sea is important to all of us (and our loved ones). Here is a link to the RNLI’s Sea Safety Section. Interactive Safety Guidea-safety-advice

Many of the Association events are run at the Island Yacht Club on Canvey Island. For more details about the club go to their website at

We must not forget the sports governing body, The Royal Yachting Association. Keel boat information can be found at  in the main menu under cruising.

Link to a Snapdragon forum in  USA

For those of you still using the good old Seagull engines try this site if you need any help  It’s run by John Williams who is always very helpful.

He also runs another website for owners of Maurice Griffiths boats which is at The group has interests similar to ours so there is a lot of good stuff on their website which may be of wider interest to Snapdragon Sailors.

Active Plotting of Marine traffic. See what ships are coming your way

Hydrographic Office Admiralty tide predictor

Proudman Oceanographic Laboratory Tidal Predictions

Sunrise/set & Moon rise /set predictions

Link to the Windfinder site for North Sea

  met office inshore weather forecast

For those of us who live north of the border it may be that for embroidery work on Association merchandise you may prefer to use someone a bit nearer to home. I have used this company and found Malcolm very helpful.  He does work for the Drascombe Association so has some good ideas for nautical designs.

One of our members, J K Habbershaw is now a qualified surveyor and he is happy to offer his services to other members. For more details about him and the services he can offer click here.  

Many of the SMIA boats have Isomat Spars. Here is a link to t company that can offers spares etc for this make.