Useful links!



Deep Sea Seals.

Click the picture to go to the website.

Aboard 'Fiddler's Green' I have used these stern gland seals for over 20 years.  They are supposed to have a life of 5 years, but mine have lasted twice that.  As they are rubber they need checking carefully every year, but provided there are no splits in the rubber they should be fine. They even have an emergency closure fitted so you can stop water flow if it goes, but you cannot run the motor. 

They have the ability to be lubricated by the  water bleed off from the engine, the anti siphon device, but as my sterntube has a greased bearing just inside and water flows up the shaft  gently, that is enough to lubricate the faces to ensure a decent seal.

I can thoroughly recommend these seals.

John Williams

Click the link to see the Eventide 25ft version, slightly stretched, they have built!


Tuesday 28th September 2010.

Well we can today reveal what the steering group have been talking about for a while now.

We have made a donation of £300.00 on behalf of the EOG to a youth sailing trust that operates on the River Blackwater.

The Fellowship Afloat at Tollesbury.  The Charity has the converted Lightship as its head quarters now, but I recall it when they had a hulk of a sailing barge, the 'Memory',  and a commodious old motor boat the 'Plain Kate' presently being lovingly restored!. 

The Fellowship, as the name suggests is a Christian organisation, run by David Hillyer and until her untimely death a few years ago, his wife Margaret.  They take youngsters from all walks of life, introduce them to sailing, canoeing, walking, bird watching nature walks, archery and more. 

To advertise what they do they installed a web cam in the glass light tower on the ship, that any one can access and operate to look at the work going on and scan over the creeks and saltings.  sadly this valuable tool broke, so we were delighted to be able to step in and offer the £300.00 it will take to repair it.

Today had a very nice thankyou letter to all the EOG for the donation.  I will add a link to the Links page and David has promised to send us their newsletter so we can keep in touch with their work, and I will publish snippets on the site.

 Go and look at the Work of the Fellowship by clicking here.

If you look on the home page, to the right, in small print is the link to the webcam page  'Trinity Webcam'.  The light ship is of course an ex Trinity house vessel.  the name 'Trinity' was kept, for obvious reasons!




As the new VHF licence is now free, after one off administration fee of £20.00, there is no reason why we should not all have one!

For all of you who have  upgraded to a new DSC radio, now you can get your MMSI on line as well.

Below are the links to the pages to apply or renew!

Ship Licence online forms 



Having just completed my updated CG66 form, ONLINE! I thought we should put a link through to them.

It is very easy to follow and if you have a small, less than 100kb pic, they would like that too. All very simple and reassuring.

Click the link below to go direct to the form.

Click here to fill out your CG66 on line! 

Click the link below for the SSR form on line as well!

Small Ships Register


John's Day Job!


Visit the best site in the UK for spares for almost every Seagull from 1940 on!

I supply worldwide.

Based in Tillingham, Essex. Working online or on the phone.


What John and Darian got up to when they were not sailing!




A great site for traditional fittings

You can see Mike's own boat here

Redd's Pond Boatworks

"Building and restoring classic wooden sail, row and power boats in
Marblehead, Massachusetts with the
finest boat building materials and craftsmanship"


Advance warning of water in your fuel.

This product will change the face of water contamination problems in fuel systems for boat owners, from a slipper launch, canal boat, day cruiser, super yacht, multi-hull to motor boats and yachts alike. Don't miss this opportunity to be part of the revolution.

The on-line magazine for all amateur boat builders

Based in the USA but a great source of advice and information

CA Burgee

Admiralty Tidal prediction service

EasyTide - on-line tidal predictions from the UKHO

What's the weather doing?

The Picture above was taken by Barry's friend Roland during the storms at the end of October 2004.  Not too good for sailing off Cornwall!  This is 'Gissey' Harbour!

BBC Weather

The pic was used by the BBC!


Go on have a laugh, look at these, howlers.htm

George Buehler Yacht Design

George Buehler has nothing to do with Eventides or any related design, HOWEVER, he is a boat designer with a very similar outlook to Maurice Griffiths. He believes a Fair Lead should weigh 20 kilos, be five feet long and should definitely be Galvanised.

Entering the River Deben?


Have a look at this new website for the entrance.   The Deben Entrance


Having used this tide program for a year now, I have just renewed it for a further 3.  It is possible to use it both at home and print out the tidal graphs for the time you are away, or if you have a laptop on board, as I have now, it can just be used when and where you want it.  I had used the 'SHM' from the Admiralty, then a very similar program to the Belfield program, but the old one would not work with Windows XP, thus the change to this one.  I have a sneaky suspicion this program owes a lot to the Softwave program I used to be able to run, however I do not miss the old version, as this is much easier to use and has more information on hand.

No more trying to grapple with those secondary ports!  I used to teach simple methods of doing that, but this is even simpler, it has all those secondary ports on it!  I have found it accurate to about 10 minutes and 10cm.

The CD is easy to install and update.  Click here to go direct to the Belfield site, where you can purchase on line!




Got to give full marks to the new Admiralty leisure chart correction system.


Click on the logo above and you will get to the latest Notices to Mariners.  you can print them off in PDF format, and if you do not know what that is, it's Adobe, a free program that you can down load to read lots of files created in it.  There is normally a link to it on the pages but if not try


I saves all that leafing through old PBO's to find them!  Well done the Navy.


  Click on the banner to go to the BBC weather site, you can get the UK  Atlantic charts, UK inshore forecasts and the 3 day outlook, as well as forecasts for anywhere else in the world!

This site has been recommended by Bill Booth, Try it and let us know what you think, though designed for gliders and kite flyers, it is very good for sailors too.  Gives a wind strength and direction forecast for days ahead.  Time will tell how accurate it is!  Just click on the logo below.



After we have had a couple of enquiries for spares availability for the BMW Marine Engines, Chris in Holland has sent us these links:-


If anyone knows of any others for this motor we will add them.  Both of these will deal with UK owners.

We have been sent a sample of Tek-Dek a new flexible decking material, teak finish.  It looks to be light and non slip, possibly a little pricey, but if it does the job and it certainly looks good, it may well be worth it.

Have a look at their site, click here


PLA Guide to the River


Many Years ago there was a little booklet published by the PLA about the Thames.  It was the first attempt to try and help the visiting yachtsmen on the tideway.  In my little way I helped with subsequent editions by offering snippets to various  PLA officials over the years.  I'm pleased to say quite a few of the suggestions found their way into the book, well now there is a new edition, hot off the press.




New Thames safety guide

A new guide for recreational users of the tidal Thames is now available. The booklet is written for anyone who uses a yacht, motorboat, speedboat, RIB, sailing craft, dinghy, rowing boat, canoe, narrow boat or other private leisure vessel on the River.

‘The tidal Thames – a guide for users of recreational craft’ is available free from the Port of London Authority (PLA). The 30-page booklet explains the key rules that apply on the tidal Thames and outlines basic safety procedures. The guide covers the entire tidal Thames from the estuary all the way to Teddington in west London, some 150 km (93 miles) in all.

Amongst the contents featured are:

safety advice

navigation rules

radio and emergency communications

water sports regulation

Richard Everitt, PLA chief executive said:

"The Thames is popular with users of different types of leisure and recreational craft. The tidal Thames is also one of the UK’s busiest commercial ports, with a wide variety of commercial ships coming and going. With such a mix of traffic, it is vital that all recreational users understand the safety rules that apply on the River."

For a free copy of ‘The tidal Thames – a guide for users of recreational craft’,

 contact Martin Garside, PLA, 7 Harp Lane, EC3R 6LB. Tel: 020 7743 7915. Email:

Traditional Wooden Boats by Butler & Co

Traditional Wooden Boats

This is Ashley Butler's website.  some of you may remember him and his Senior, or later Merganser, his Goosander.  Look his site up and read of his exploits, he is one of our supporters!

White Wave is John's Daughter Jenny's web site. 

If you fancy organising an exotic Trek of some different jewellery, have a look at this!

Click the pic above for a link to the East Coast Pilot website. 

Updates for your edition of Dick Holness's, Garth Gooper's  and Colin Jarman's Pilot of the East Coast.

Animated Knots by Grog

Animated Knot-Tying for Boating, Climbing, Fishing, Scouting, Search and Rescue, and Arborists

Click on the link in the title for an excellent site on rope work.  Thanks to Chris Sinnett for this one!

One of the best places to advertise and look for boats for sale, apart from our site that is!

Redd's Pond Boatworks
Building and restoring classic wooden sail, row and power boats in
Marblehead, Massachusetts with the
finest boat building materials and craftsmanship.

"A sailing ship is a bundle of compromises and the cleverest constructor is he
who out of a mass of hostile parts succeeds in creating the most harmonious whole"

-- attributed to Lord Dunraven

The above site is the yard of one of our latest registrants and 'Friends' Thad.  Beautiful work Thad...


Click here for a quote and if you insure with them, we get a bonus! I have just switched to them and saved £100 !

Based in Burnham on Crouch, Essex, these sail makers have taken on the care of 'Fiddler's Green's sails.

Click her to go to their  web site.


One of our recently enrolled couples, Anne and Leslie, who are building a WW, run this website of needlework patterns for all sorts of boating subjects, albeit inland waterways for the most part.  Very interesting.


Click on the logo above for Westwater brokerage.  all sorts of craft for sale.

BSS Home The Boat Safety Scheme
about guide resources news search contact home


Click on the logo above to go to a printable version of the Boat Safety Scheme leaflets.  Great for builders or restorers to get  the information to build properly.  Thanks to Mike Hoban of 'Cirra' for this link.

please see contact details for a silver and brass Smith who can repair brass lamps and fittings etc.

Mark Munson

Maltings House

Malting Farm Lane



CO7 7Q



mwmsilver at

Boat Design Net

This site has links to many useful boat design sites and other free recourses.

Dolphin Sails have offered members of the Eventide Owners Group 10% discount, if you need sails we will verify your membership with Dolphin on request.

Stuart M Roy,  BSc(Hons),  MSc,  PGDTech,  CEng,  FRINA

Son of the designer of the Macwester and a 'Friend' of the EOG.

Yacht Designer and Surveyor

Yacht & Powercraft Design Services Ltd

Tel. 44 (0) 1489-583346   Fax. 44 (0) 1489-583346  Mobile 07803-724317
Located at Warsash by the River Hamble, 4 miles from J8 or J9 of the M27

This is one of our member's sites...

This is a link to a Classic boat site, where the writer has published a few pics from our site.  A general maritime interest site.

Shell Boats LLC
561 Polly Hubbard Road
St Albans, Vermont 05478
Phone/Fax: 802-524-9645


Want to know where ships are, who's on the move in your waters? 

This is a live link to the worlds shipping using AIS.  The VHF radio info.

Brilliant site.  Thanks to John Hopthrow for this link.

click the logo or the link below, then find which part of the world, or the UK you want. Very Clever.

A Members Holiday accommodation in the Lakes

 The Rebels Hide


The “Rebels Hide” offers the facilities of high quality new build accommodation, in a traditional setting of historical significance. The property faces onto the site of the last battle fought on English Soil where members of the McPherson Clan lay buried beneath what is known locally as the rebels tree.

The Hide is on the doorstep of the Lakes and only five minutes away from what we consider to be the finest lake, Lake Ullswater. It provides an ideal base to explore some of Lakelands picturesque villages and indeed the less well known but equally lovely Eden Valley. It is an ideal location for cyclists, climbers, walkers, sailors, and sight seeing. The historic village of Clifton has one of the finest Lakeland Inns in Cumbria serving excellent beers and wines and fine cuisine. It is a couple of staggering minutes away from the hide.

The hide is newly built and is self contained. The furnishings and fittings are of the highest quality and include TV, DVD, Ipod, and wireless broadband.

Chris and Claire would be delighted to talk to you regarding your accommodation , travel holiday and adventure needs. We would be delighted to arrange a comprehensive package tailored to your needs.

In addition we have close links with Edinburgh and the highlands and Islands of Bonnie Scotland for those wishing to head further North.

We are an ideal and unique “travellers rest” for those travelling North to South, South to the North, or East to West only five minutes from the M6 motorway, A66 and situated just off the A6.

Accommodation is subject to availability and consists of:

  • Self Catering Accommodation – sleeps from two to four persons
  • Bed & Breakfast – single and double accommodation. Two couples travelling together can be accommodated
  • The Lodge – sleeps two people

For larger parties we can accommodate group members in other locally placed accommodation by request.

For catering in the cottage, Penrith and neighbouring villages offer farmers markets, farm shops and the award winning, Cranstons. We also have bed and breakfast within the main house and hostel accommodation for those seeking bunk accommodation with cooking and shower facilities.

We are also able to offer access to a Leisure Spa offering swimming, sauna and steam room and children’s play faculties for an additional cost.

Click the log to go there.

This is a link to a company that specialise in return loads, and would suit us as they organise boat transport.  the idea is to fill an empty flat back lorry with your boat and take her to a whole new cruising ground!  clever idea or what!

Propeller Calculation Tables!

We are often asked about figuring out prop sizes for our boats and though there were tables published in various magazines and books they are not readily to hand.

However Brian Daramain in Malta has found this.



You need to down load this little program, suggest you save it to your desktop, then run it.  It will create a program in your Program folders called  'PropCalc.  I made a shortcut and pasted it onto my desktop for convenience...

Running the little program you simply enter the waterline length, the approx weight of your boat and the engine hp speed reduction ratio etc. It then calculates what size  prop you need and figures out what speed you will attain too.

(With props if you need to  add an inch to the  diameter you have to take  an inch off the pitch and vice versa.)

Very clever.

Stuart Turner Spares

Information has come to me 2010, that Marlex Marine have taken over all the spares for Stuarts, contact them on



Bradwell Marina Bar, where we now hold our annual meetings!

Click the pic to go there and see the menus and events etc. Has useful local info for the Blackwater too.


Marine Surveys

Peter Hall

Small Craft/yacht Surveyor

Lloyds Maritime Diploma

Boat Builder/Joiner

All Surveys Conducted in a Professional Manner

To Book a Survey

Tele 023 8089 2659

Mobile 07709502579


I am based in Blackfield on the West side of the Southampton Water between Hythe and Calshot.  I am more than willing to survey plywood or timber craft. These make a pleasant change  to grp.




'For a different sort of boat insurance, as recommended by our fund Manager, you could try the

'East Coast Mutual'

Secretary's details below. updated 1.12.10


Mrs Jane Pelling,


8 Little Baddow Road





Alan H. Buchanan


Click the burgee for a link to their site.

Buchanan Owners assoc.

I have been contacted by Colin Jarman of 'Sailing Today'.  He and his east coast colleagues have launched an online page just for the East Coast.  It is great and of course we, the Eventiders, have a link on it, we will place a link here and on the links page.

There are loads of relevant topics that are very useful to us in the area, click on the logo to have a look.

If you like me, like to show of the name on your boat, speak to Mel here and he can make you a nice set of names as he has for 'Fiddler's Green', including that apostrophe!

Click the logo to go there!

Free software and charts!

News  December 2011

Yahnav is a low budget navigation program for all kinds of vessels (

The latest version (3.6) is here for download.

Thanks to Chris in Holland for sending this link in

Steve Delarre's website, a Friend of the EOG. 

Read of his and his guide dog Inca's adventures afloat!

Click the pic to go there, and be amazed!

click the logo to go to a group of like minded owners.  the snapdragons and mirages, built in Essex for the most part have been part of the scene here forever, good to see they also have an active website and owners group.

Want to learn to sail in Essex?   Try Pete in Bradwell!

Click the logo to go to their site.

Might at first sight seem an odd place for us to link to.

However we all try to secure  our boats  as best we can and that is sometimes difficult,

given that our boats are not regular shapes or like houses!  this company specialise in a number of marine locks

 and other equipment that may help you our when building or restoring or simply improving security.

What more we are offered a discount!

This link will take you to a discount chandlery company that may be of use to you when fitting out!


They sell everything...

And for those with a more traditional boat try their sister company!

Click on the rigging screws.


This company are producing a new water separator that may be of interest to owners. click the logo to view.

This unit does not replace the standard filter but is in line and before it and so reduces the amount of contaminates that may block your normal filter.  Sounds a good idea, in principle!  have a look.

Click the picture above to go to Steve's website, sailing on a shoe string!

He has a lot in common with some of our owners.

Click to go to site.

Lindy II Click to enlarge.

Click the HB logo above to go to their website and see other beauties like Lidy II above, designed by this famous man.

Members of the Eventide Owners Group, full and associate members, can obtain a 15% discount on new sails,

if they contact us to obtain the code word.


Link to the Lysander Owners Association.








EU45 antifouling for Sale.

I have asked for  the same great deal  on antifouling again, now called EU45, (as it was years back)  identical to the old Marclear, made by the same man... Bill Robinson.  For high strength  navy blue, mid blue, red, black, grey and white  Antifouling.  (Workboat red has become just red!)

This year it is sold to us at £69.95!! for 2.5 litres, a discount on the normal price. of £89.59    Add £5.00 carriage on 1 can orders,   Carriage free on orders for 2 or more cans. Ring the free phone number above and quote EOG.  Bill will make a donation to the EOG as a result of owners buying...

Now on the paint is being supplied as 2.5 litres in 3 litre size cans, so it is easier to stir.

For members in Europe cost is 89.95 Euros, delivered!   2 cans or more.. (except France where carriage is more expensive French price  by arrangement with Bill.)

Thinners for wiping down, cleaning up or thinning 10% if it is really cold  £9.95  for a litre can.

There is also a primer in 2.5 litre cans, for covering old antifouling that may be flaking, unstable or not copper-based.   £29.95

Members if you would like it delivered all you have to do is ring the free-phone number to speak to Bill and quote 'Eventide Owners Group' If you are not enroled join first or we will know and you will not get the discount.

You  pay him direct by card, or bank transfer it will come direct to you within 48 hours!   Min 2 cans for carriage free delivery. (You can order only 1 can but there will be a £5.00 contribution to carriage costs.)


For more details contact me on 01621 778859.

January 2018, I now have just a few cans left here in a few colours.   Call me on 01621 778859 to find out what I still have.  I will be accepting payment for these from credit cards on ordering, via my 'SOS' PayPal account.

Contact me via this site and I will send details.






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