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Saturday 31st December 2011.
Happy New Year everyone! The last entry
for this year and I will now have to start a new page..... again!
I have spent 2 days updating the pages, I have
added loads of pictures and suddenly realised we are fast approaching 2000
photos, on the gallery alone! I have added new boats ... 'Tusk' a round the
world GH! and more adverts, boats for sale 'Mayna', an
E 24, very realistically priced....and some more bits.... plus updated
old pages with more recent information and am starting a new Newsletter as
Articles required please, news, snippets
builders tips anything.
I have also enrolled the new owner of 'Otteau'
and posted a picture he has sent in, welcome to John Holmes!
My pending folder is looking quite empty now.
sometimes it takes a while to get all uploaded, there is just so much coming
in! After nearly nine years I continue to be amazed at the support we
get. Well done all of you!
With the temperature outside a balmy 13 degrees
again today and no real prospect of a cold snap, I am off to so some work in
the boat next week. I have to lift out the batteries to charge them (no
electricity in the barn and generator noise a bit invasive..) and want
to fit the new NASA battery monitor.
I have just read in PBO of someone fitting a
'Sterling' alternator controller. He seems to have had better luck with
the device than I had, maybe the inventor took note and changed the
installation instructions... they were terrible, 3 wrong wiring diagrams
in a set of factory supplied info is just too bad. A French language set
were OK, but not on.. Sent the 'Sterling' back. Installed an
'Alt-X' controller and matching splitter, 'Alt-Split', it does a magnificent
job, fully charged batteries all year for 4 years now! charges 3
battery banks and monitors the voltage and temperature as well, clever.
I also feed the 3 banks with a large solar panel through the X-Split,
brilliant, no voltage drop. Can thoroughly recommend the firm.
(I had problems with an 'Adverc' system as you
may recall, 10 years ago, the brilliant designer had made it 'fail dangerous'
if by chance a wire was cut or in my case, if it was never soldered on from
new, and came off with vibration.. impossible to see as it was sealed in
their wiring loom!, as a result destroyed the batteries by massive
overcharge!!!). Amazes me that these firms are still in business.
Hope your fitting out will be easy and you will
be afloat early next spring! It is our intention to be! And hope
we can meet up with a few east coast members for the late May, early June bank
See you on the river,
Thursday December 29th 2011.
Wishing all our members and 'Friends' a
Happy New Year,
and Good Sailing in 2012.
Heard from a few more members over the holiday
period. Nice to know so many look in on these pages and even nicer that
so many of my friends from the 'old days', of the association drop by, to keep
in touch with what we are up to!
Sadly that does sometimes lead to a call
telling us of another of the older members, 'crossing the bar'. Over
Christmas Gerry Loveridge quietly passed away. It was expected, he had
been poorly for over a year. Our thoughts go to Valerie and to Sallie
and Wendy. Gerry built the Goosander 23 'Goosey' and after years of
ownership and happy sailing with all the family sold her. I'm told she
was still afloat on the northern part of the Norfolk Broads, but not in the
finest of condition these days...., went on to complete a Sabre, not a Cutlass
as I first thought. She was named 'Leofric'. After some years
Gerry and Valerie bought their dream ship, a Nicholson! Before becoming
a police officer Gerry had worked on the interiors of these boats, so it was a
homecoming for him. 'Leofric of Lothingland' was based in Lowestoft. Bon
Today heard from the new owner of the Eventide
24, 'Otteau', John, he is probably typing in his details into the enrolment
form as I type this! He is keeping 'Otteau' on the Blackwater, so hope
we will see her about. John has said he would like to come along to our
January meeting... hope to see a few members there.
I will be organising the Bradwell Marina Bar
again for our Annual Meeting in March, more details of that soon.
Heard from Kathy and Roger in Spain, they are
selling up, leaving the walnuts and Olives and sailing their GH 31 'Moondancer'
back to the UK next Summer. We hope to meet up with them afloat! they then
hope to sell 'Moondancer' and buy something larger again, they were the owners
of 'Jua' the 34 (or 36ft) GH, steel, junk rigged, that they cruised the
Med and crossed the pond with. They have the wanderlust again, and jolly
good luck to them!
Don't know about your household, but we have
already taken down the tree here, and for a change it is not one with roots...
could only buy a 2 ft real tree this year, so that is outside waiting to be
planted somewhere in the garden and the big tree that we had indoors has been
stripped and is awaiting recycling! (by us!) Always feel it is a good
time for a clear up and clean out of all sorts of things and this year, so I
made the decision to sell all my back numbers of P.B.O. I have every
one, all but the last two or three years magazines are stored in files and
indexed. (may buy the folders for them too... ) Over the years they have
been a good reference library, but our little cottage is beginning to bulge at
the seams, so maybe it is time!
Hope to add them and a lot more items to the
'Items for Sale' pages shortly.
Also added that other book review that Brian
Cook send in....
With the weather still not 'wintry' we are
trying to clear up the garden and some of the rubbish I have here. Lots
of work, but keeps you warm!
All for now, if I'm not back beforehand, Happy
Friday 23rd December 2011.
I am often reminded how many
of you look in on this page and it is always nice to hear from you. Good
to know so many of you like to hear what is going on in Eventideland!
However I do often have sad
news as well. Yesterday I learnt that Gerry Loveridge is not at all well.
Gerry and Valerie from Loughborough, built and sailed a Goosander 23 before
moving up to a Cutlass and later I believe a Rival. Gerry is not
well and is in a Hospice nearby Valerie is able to be with him. Sallie, one of their daughter's
one who christened my daughter 'Duckweed', cos it smothers you!), chatted on
the phone for a while and said they looked in at the Stoppress page every now
and again just to see what was going on. Our thoughts are with you.
A bit of better news!
Brian Neale is home. Mavis tells me he is making progress after his
stroke, but it is hard work, our thoughts with you too Mavis.
A mail from Wilbur in South
Africa asked after Tony Scrace and 'Eirene'. Sadly we have lost contact
with Tony, over a year ago now and fear he may no longer be with us, but his boat
is, and members Norman and Madeline keep her in the creek at Bradwell.
Wilbur remembers Tony and his wife arriving in Cape Town after leaving
Rhodesia, with the boat on a low loader...
We have had mails back and
forth for the last week from Brian with 'Tusk' GH 31. Brian has
sent me a whole raft of pictures to go with a log of his circumnavigation!
Hope to use them in the next Newsletter...
Brian has also added another
book and review for us.
I have included it on the
book page. It is a sad story about the GH 'Cliperau' that like me you
might recall was used for a whole series of boat handling articles in PBO
years ago. She was eventually lost at sea and the book is an account of
the voyage and the investigations. It would appear the conclusions were
that she may have been dismasted or run down and the crew hurriedly abandoned.
Without protective gear they huddled inside the damaged raft and may have been
overcome by carbon dioxide leaking from a valve.... all very sad and if
you can find a copy of the book, 'Master under God' worth a read.
No sooner had I posted this
than Brian mails again, with yet another book featuring a GH!
I will be adding this one to
the books page in a few moments! Thanks Brian.
News from New Zealand!
Tom Driscoll has just joined us, he has taken on the Eventide 24 'Quest' that
Mike Brown had been restoring. She is ashore in a shed and Tom is hoping
to get her back afloat soon. Welcome Tom. I will be replying to
your enrolment shortly.
Did I dance round the
Solstice Yule fire? No too darn wet! Suspect this will be the last
entry before Christmas so Best Wishes to all our friends out there and
thankyou for your continued support. Without you we are nothing!
Tuesday 20th December 2011.
We are rapidly heading for
the Solstice.... note I did not say 'shortest day'. I found out by
chance that all the days from the 18th to the 23rd are (to the minute) the
same length! Bit odd that. But the Solstice itself is at 5am
approx on the 22nd!
Will I be out there with my
Yule fire...? Well maybe, but as it supposed to be pouring with rain for the
next day or so, maybe not.
In stead I will spend some
time updating the pages... I have made a start today with a promised
write up on a book we can now offer to members at a considerable discount....
the book is :-
‘Keeping 'Nyala' in
If you click here you will be taken
to the Books page!
I have been
sorting bits of surplus boat gear out as well and will be adding bits to the
pages as they get dusted off and photographed. Got a few good bits!
Watch the Bits for Sale/Wanted page.
Hope to be back
over the holidays, have a peaceful one.
Monday 19th December 2011.
One of the nice cards sent to
It snowed here yesterday,
not for long and it did not last, but we are, or should I say were, into a
cold patch, for today it has warmed up and looks like getting warm and wet
over the next few days. ........ Have you ever noticed how us sailing folk
watch the weather, even when we are not sailing! I love to see the
synoptic charts and try and predict a day or two ahead, old habits die hard!
What chance a white Christmas then??
Off to the post office with
a sack full of Seagull parts, there are some stalwart boating folk out there!
Saturday December 17th 2011.
The winters solstice is
rapidly approaching and the festive holiday season seems to be in full swing!
To all our readers, owners and members friends and guests, Seasons greetings.
At this time of year I hear
from many of you, and also from friends from the past, it is good to know you
are all looking in on the pages to get your boating 'fix'!
To those up to their ears in
shavings, keep at it, it is worth it, when that tiller becomes alive in your
hand it is a whole new world! A feeling that will be repeated time and
time again! there is nothing like it, sailing the boat you have built or
Hope Your Stocking has what
you need in a weeks time or so!
In the meantime a big
welcome to new member Peter in Brisbane with a GH 39! 'Quicksilver'.
She has just been acquired and a little work is about to be undertaken.
'Quicksilver' sailed to the antipodes some years ago from the UK and has been
idle for a while. Hope for some good pics when she is spruced up!
Went down to check F.G. the
other day, after those storms, tucked up safe and sound, we did have F10 here
and from the south for a while, so was a little concerned as her barn is open
to the south! Thought we may have lost a few roof panels!
Hope you covers survived.
I have to finish a write up
on a book I have been reading, then add the text and some pics to the books
page. hope to find time this week...
All for now,
Saturday 10th December
Brr, pond frozen this
morning, first real taste of winter, almost mid way through December. OK
up north they have already had snow, but a reminder to us in the soft south,
to check the antifreeze in the inboard and drain water tanks. Those out
in the elements will need to check their covers after the wind this last week
or the next rain (or snow) will wreak havoc with the varnish work!
We had a hiccup on the
last week, sorry about that, whilst the webmaster was working on the site a
file was misplaced. we have corrected it, so if you are one of those who
tried and contacted us, we are back up and running!
The Forum is
For those who were using it
apologise for taking so long to reinstate it, was more complex as we had to
add extra security.
For those of you who have
not yet been on it, WHY NOT???? It is an excellent place to seek and
swap information, meet other like minded folk. You are anonymous, in as
much as your e-mail is not revealed, but using the Forum as an intermediary
you can contact any other member. And they can contact you, as well as
leave snippets of information for anyone to read on the pages.
We have been sent some
good pictures in the past week, that I am slowly adding to the pages...
GH, A Gibbs dinghy and an Eventide or two!
We have had no enrolments
since Ken with Thalia, as the form broke, but have heard from one person with
a part built new Eventide 26, who promised to come back and another with an
enquiry re drawings. Hope to hear from them shortly.
I have also sent out a set
of Tidewater drawings, to Khary in Las Vegas! He is keen to build and is
choosing between Riptide and Tidewater maybe! Long way to the sea
Our Donations Manager has
just returned to the UK. He and Mo went to India, toured from the south to as far north as
Nepal! Exhausted on return.! Another Steering group member has
just crossed Canada by train, Doug and Jo had a great time but barely time to
sleep the schedule was so hectic! All these Globe trotters!
The Diamond Jubilee.
As you probably realise by now the country is being given an extra holiday
next June and I intended to use it as part of our May Bank holiday cruise.
Depending on weather of course, but there will be a large flotilla heading up
the Thames and even if we do not actually take part in the parade through the
bridges we could be part of the lower Thames pageant.. any takers?
We could end up anywhere in Kent or Essex afterwards for the week.
Nearly midday here and the
roof still white with frost. Cats curled up indoors, wonder why? Sun is
shining and I wonder if you are out afloat? Know another of the Steering
Group, Nigel and Heidi are afloat on the Blackwater today, if you are going
out, wrap up warm. A Bucket or two of salt water on the decks keeps the
frost off! I recall the days afloat when we had to melt the ice of the
inside of the windscreens with bare hands so we could see where we were going,
and break the ice off the bow before it got out of hand and the boats were
nose heavy! Not quite that cold yet.
I mentioned it a little
while back but thought it worth mentioning again. I found a new Nasa Battery
monitor on the E-Bay. I got it for 3/4 of the retail and when it arrived
it was just as the seller indicated, new in it's box. It has an extra
capability, it is the BM1+, in that I can get it to monitor the voltage on a
second battery as well, an added bonus, as up to now I have relied on a small
hard to read digital voltmeter with a switch to flick betwixt Aux and Start
battery. ( The fridge is on a separate battery with it's own monitor, see
Newsletter). I will be installing this over
the winter and am sure I will be a pleased with this as I have been with the
first one, (otherwise why would I have parted with £77.00 to buy it!) To
be able to see at a glance the amount of charge left in a battery is
great, just like having a fuel gauge! Have a look at the Newsletter and
you will see what I mean.
Just heard on the VHF that a
55ft motor cruiser has sunk approx 1 cable north of the Nass Beacon, do hope
this is not the splendid 'Rhis II', that we escorted out into the Blackwater
all those years ago, to scatter MG's ashes.... she is that size and
moored about there....
OK signing off now, but may
be back if I hear why there is a ship in the Thames Estuary on the radio being
told to drift and not drop anchor 'till accident assessors arrive'!
Friday 2nd December 2011.
Very pleased to announce the
Forum is back up and running, our thanks to Peter,
the new webmaster!
Click here to go there!
Wednesday 30th November 2011.
Last Wednesday Meet of the
We meet tonight at 'Izumi'
in Maldon at 7pm, (1900hrs!) I have booked a table for those who have
been in touch, you have little time, but if you fancy it, 01621 778859 or just
turn up and as it is mid week expect we can find places! It is a chines
Buffet. Used it lots of times and the Essex crowd has met there a couple of
times and liked it, never had a bad meal, as you can chose whatever you like,
even have them cook it in front of you. Clean and smart.!
I have a copy of the book
about the MG Classic 'Nyala' beside the bed at the moment, refreshing to read!
I will do a full write up soon. Special price to members!
Sent a CD of drawings
to new member Martin in Cumbria, he is seriously considering building a
Selway-Fisher 'Stitch and Glue' Senior hull. We need feed back from
those who have already embarked on this.. any offers?
Pleased to welcome Ken in
Lincolnshire who is the new owner of the Riptide' Thalia' I believe!
Have yet to write to him officially, when I do I will ask more, as she is
currently in Cornwall!
At the weekend I drove over
to Heybridge, Maldon, to witness the handover of the Waterwitch 'Wedjit'.
Dear friend Peter North had approached me to help find a sympathetic new
owner. I like to think Tim Fenner, the new owner has all the right
attributes to look after this beautiful boat and expect a load of pictures
later, after she has been given that little bit of TLC she needs. I feel
very sorry for Peter, who spent 19 years building her and only used her for a
few years before he had to lay her up when Jennie was poorly. When he
went to get her back afloat he realised age was against him so once more laid
her up. A real wrench to sell her. (I hope not to have than problem, as my
daughter is up for sailing F.G. round the UK with me as a shakedown for the
hand over to her! But I will retain part ownership or I may get thrown
out of the EOG!)
Back to 'Wedjit'. The whole
boat was covered in epoxy and cloth and painted with 2 pack paint, this needs
re painting now, but is as sound as when it was applies 20 years ago. 'Wedjit'
was launched the same year as our 'Fiddler's Green', 1990, and we too are just
getting round to repainting the 2 pack on our cabin top this winter/spring,
again first time in over 20 years. Worth doing the job right if you are
going to do it.
Today was out on a mission
to salvage a pair of bilge keels. They are all that is now left of the
Eventide 26 'Seawitch'. There was a huge pile of sawn timber, for firewood.
Sadly the only part found to be really bad was the deck and some of the raised
topsides, the rest, though left exposed for some time, was solid as a rock.
The commitment it would have taken to restore her was massive though, and as
no one came along, she had to go. The mast had been damaged so was sawn
into 6ft sections, and to my surprise it had been stuffed with engine sound
proofing foam sandwich, the sort with lead in it! no wonder the mast was
heavy when we salvaged it from the wreck of 'Francharlie' 9 years ago! Would
not have done a lot for stability!
The bilge plates, that I
bought off of her however were brand new and made from 8mm stainless!
Sadly 2" too short for use on F.G. (and anyway mine are still like new.. mild
steel. galvanized and epoxy coated.....). So they are going up for sale
on the site, £175 the pair. Includes 10% donation to EOG. As I
know my mild steel ones cost more than that 20 years ago they will be snapped
up I suspect!
Had a nice mail from the ex
owner of an MG Classic, 'Symphony', a Barcarole I believe. Greg sailed
her to Australia and eventually. reluctantly sold her there and is now trying
to trace her. He has logs and pictures to share with us. I looked her up
in Lloyds list of Yachts and was able to glean quite a lot of info from there
to pass on to our Historian.
One bit of good news, we
have a new helper on the site and he is working on restoring the forum.
We have to add extra layers of security to prevent malicious interventions,
but have another helper who is well up for that and has already re written a
few programs for me. More to come too!
Well enough for now, keep
the mails coming in, I will try and keep up... Oh and I have just had 2
CD's full of pics drop in the post box, to add to the 'Everjoy' page! Go
to the latest 'Newsletter' to see the amazing
progress Ian has made.
Friday 25th November 2011.
Amazingly warm still! I seem to recall
we were knee deep in white stuff this time last year! And I have an
equally warm announcement.
(This is why I'm a little late with the
Stoppress!!) We are grandparents again! Some who sail the Essex
rivers may well have met Michael and Karen with their smart new motor boat
'Karená', at some of our meets, well now they have a son, 'Carter'. 8lb and
1oz, mother and baby home and doing fine! We spent the first night there with
them, not a lot of sleep, but he is settling in now and growing visibly.
A week old today!
Reminder that the Essex group are meeting
next Wednesday the 30th at 7pm in Maldon. Do try and join us if
you are in the area. Phone 01621 778859 for details. We will not meet
again till January. We have a couple of our crew joining us that night....
Brian of 'Right Eh Oh'. Mavis has
contacted me to tell me he is progressing well and though he still has no use
of his right arm and little of his right leg, he is already planning rig
changes for 2012! To that end I contacted Mark Urry who has instantly supplied
some information, and today a parcel of drawings arrived that I will be
sending on to Brian. Brian needed to know how long the bowsprit should be. I
guessed right, Mark made them with 3' 6" overhang, just the same as I
did on FG!
I will be adding copies of the drawings to
the site for all GH owners to see.
Welcome to 2 new members. Florent
Violain of Manchester joined and told us he was off to see the Junk rigged
Eventide for sale on the Bay, he did not buy it, too much to do. But he
has a friend restoring a GH and he has owned a silhouette, so suspect he is OK
with ply boats.
Peter from Tenby area of Wales is interested
in another boat seen on the Bay, 'Thalia'. Used to belong to Geoff Hyde-Fynn,
and I met her in Plymouth in 2000. Seems not a lot of miles under her
keel since Geoff sold her and she looks a little in need of TLC. well the
price looks realistic, so hopefully she will get a new owner soon.
We had a mail from, Sylvia Murphy, the
ex owner of the MG classic 'Nyala'. She has now sent me a copy of the
book she wrote 'Keeping Nyala in Style'. I hope this is to be my bedtime
reading this month and i will write it up. Sylvia has a small stock of these
books she has reduced to half price to sell to us. There are pictures of
the boat on the MG page of the gallery, which is how she came to find us.
What a wonderful tool the web is!
I have been getting the grey matter into
gear here installing security cameras. They are so clever these days.
Fully automatic, sending pictures for storage via the net for viewing
later, sending you e mails, all the lot. and the P.C. does not even need to be
on! Very clever. Technology has come a long way!
I am installing another battery monitor this
winter, I have been so impressed with the one I fitted this season. Again the
technology is breathtaking. Wonder what MG would have made of it all....
'decent tin hurricane lamps available in Woollies'!
I have send out a CD of the WildDuck
drawings today, to Spain... the interest in these boat does not seem to
Enough for now, up early to sort a shipment
Hope to see some of you on the 30th...
Wednesday 16th November 2011.
Hello all , at last the
'New' edition of the 'Late Summer' Newsletter it out! I have not yet uploaded
all the info, but there is enough to say, go to it!
Newsletter 16 is out!
Short and sweet today.
Tuesday 15th November 2011.
I have been taken to task
for starting with the same word , I wondered how long it would take some one
to realise! Thanks John. Shows someone reads it.
I have been uploading pages
of into into the Newsletter, the 'Late' summer edition. Thanks Chris,
did change the year to 2011, otherwise, as you say, it would have been
extremely late! I still have 2 more big articles and several smaller
ones to add, thanks to all of you out there sending bits in.
I have just added a
chart-let from a notice to mariners, depicting the area where the work is
going on off Bradwell too, and see the Late Summer sails for the picture taken
by me sailing through the restricted zone! Oops!
Tried to contact a founder
member today, only to find he had passed away, Ivan Sterling, who with many others
who attended that notorious meeting in 2003, then like others, resigned the old assoc.
Ivan was a Chief Superintendent, though you would never have known. He
sailed 'Windsong' an Eventide 24 out of Heybridge. She is still there
the family donated it to the Stebbings family who run the yard there and used
to look after her for them, who of course are members too.
We get regular mails from
some members and John Hopthrow is one such. Her recently sent me a mail
with the Riptide 'Thalia' for sale in Devon. I mailed it to Geoff the ex
owner, asking if he would like to buy it back, do not think Sandra would let
him and he is content with his Senior, 'Mikros'. Raised a smile I think!
See the eBay page, she is on there.
Talking about that page I
have just used it for the purchase of a bit of kit, not for the boat but for
our car... more about which later. Do use the page to search for any
items you may buy, it raises funds to support the site. I will be
shopping for a new main halyard shortly and I bet I get it via that page.
No new members this last few
days, but a nice donation form John with the Eventide in Greece, just as a way
of a thankyou. Thanks to you John. These donations and all the info sent
in keep the site live.
Items on our for sale page
sell as a result of the popularity of the site. The more active, because
the more information there is to attract people, the more are directed towards
us! so if you have bits to sell, mail me i will add them, but do let us
know when they are sold, or you may continue to get enquiries.
All for now, weather so warm
grass is still growing, so needs cutting, in November!
Saturday November 12th 2011.
Well the weather has at last turned
distinctly Autumnal, leaves everywhere and cold clear skies at night.
Managed one last run out on my BSA Bantam
before tucking it up for the winter and making room in the garage for the old
Moggy Van. So that's it, its official, time to hibernate, boat, bike and
van in the warm. Logs ordered!
Washed all the halyards and covers this
week, had to replace the roller reefing line, 6mm so onto our eBay page and
got a bargain, half chandlers price. Also replaced topping lift as it
was becoming tired, but had a spare length. Have yet to measure out and
replace main halyard, that is 22 years old now and even though washed and dry
stored every year it is getting too stiff to be used. The spray hood at
20 years of age has been run into the sail makers for a replacement quote and
the dodgers and tiller cover too. Amazingly the Mainsail and boomed
Staysail covers will survive another year.
Hope your winter work list is a short one.
The major job on my list is to repaint the cabintop. I used 2 pot poly
paint and she was in top coat at least a year before launch, so that has been
untouched for 23 years at least. Next coat should see me out!
During the past week I have had some success
with the Seagull website. Through a friend I found someone to untangle
the mess and repair my database. The forum is also back up with another
friend helping there. He is to turn his attention to the EOG forum
As a result of my SOS contact, we are going
to have a new database incorporating all the old records we put onto a
database and all our records on the database that Barry started and John
Stevens, as historian, took over. Add to that every time anyone has
enrolled since July they have been automatically saved. Now we have someone
willing to put all these lists together and make them easily accessible to the
Steering group so we can assist owners with history, sail numbers and build
dates etc of their boats. Brilliant!
Talking of enrolments, welcome to Jim
in Emsworth with the Barbican 33 'Darling Buds of May'! Has to be a
story in there! Look forward to some pictures. Welcome also to David
with the SeaFarer 18 that was pictured on the for Sale page for a while, looks
immaculate. Dave has the boat at home on a trailer in Bridgewater, so expect
he will be a west country sailer. Very interested in this one as I have a bid
in on one locally and hope to restore it. (Another little job!).
We have had a good wishes mail from Jennifer
Simpson of 'Iota' fame and a thankyou for the write up. a good Christmas
present there maybe! 'The Iota Story' See the books
Also heard from a chap who has just acquired
a GH 39 and in the next mail is an advert for another, see the
For Sale page.
Last night I spent a few hours uploading
pictures and items for sale, editing out those that have sold. We are
waiting on the new owner of the WW 'Sea Troll' to get in touch, and the new
owner of 'Otteau', seen on the Blackwater last week.. I try to remember
to tot up the number of boats and pictures I add, on the index page, but
think I may have missed few. The numbers are getting quite
We have had an update on Brian of 'Right Eh
Oh'. He is progressing slowly, has some mobility and speech returning,
we hope for more progress and will keep you informed.
Had no calls for the end of November meal
night as yet, early days maybe, but do call if you fancy joining us. At
the moment we think we are likely to end up in Maldon.
Lastly, and some of you may already
know Darian and I have become foster parents again. So here we are
As ever my keyboard and desk seems to be a
perfect place to curl up. At one stage yesterday evening he was asleep
on my left hand as I typed, no chance of seeing the letters on the keyboard!
So apologies for spelling!
Saturday November 5th 2011.
Well my haul out went to
plan. Last Wednesday it did not snow, rain nor blow a gale, what a
change. In warmish sunshine, but with a cold wind, we puttered to the
lift, were hauled out and pressure washed off. again not a single
barnacle not a jell blob nothing! a light wipe of coat of slime. The
yard lads, Dave and Ian said once again Fiddler's Green had one of the
cleanest bottoms. Marclear a clear winner!
Mast was lowered without a
hiccup and stowed on top all lashed down and before 4pm we were tucked
up in the barn for the winter! Have a few jobs on the list but not many.
Biggest one will be rubbing down all the cabin top and cabin sides. We
will be repainting these areas for the first time in over 21 years! We
did the deck last year, and will actually rub that down and repaint there too
as the paint I used was a shade too light. We have Fighting Lady Yellow to use
now, same colour as we painted the hull about 5 years ago. That is still
All the electrical
modifications, battery, gauges, wiring etc have been 100% and I find I am hard
pressed to find much for the job list.
Talking of lists. I
keep a book for this. Every year I start a new section, transferring to it any
jobs outstanding from previous years, like painting that deck! I also
keep a record of what was used for a job, how long a cable or rope had to be.
A very useful book, or rather number of books now after 21 years afloat!
Today being Guy Fawkes we
are off to a bonfire night celebration, sadly though the centrepiece of the
display is a very rotten Eventide 24. Pictures later.
Be safe out there tonight.
Sunday 30th October 2011.
Well the boat is almost
ready to be lifted out, just the rigging to slack off, all the gear now ashore
and being sorted, sails do not have to go for valeting, they have hardly
been used, but the new mainsail has to go back as the sail number got jumbled
up when it was put on, so needs redoing! Will have to replace the spray hood
this winter, anyone any good contacts for that sort of canvas work?
We will replace the spray
dodgers and tiller cover at the same time, but mainsail and boomed staysail
cover have another year in them yet. not bad, 22 years!
Met up with dear friend
Peter North over the weekend, I was hoping we could have helped sell his boat
for him, a brilliant lee board WaterWitch, so well built! But there was
a domestic hitch with the buyer at the last minute and he could not get
down from Leeds to clinch the deal, so we took Peter to Heybridge basin tea
shop for afternoon coffee and cakes, only to bump into Nigel and Heidi and son
Oliver and their Barbican 'Diane II' moored neatly in the lock!
Mail this evening from Nigel
tells me they saw their old boat, the Eventide 'Otteau' moored on the river
today, so they are contacting the new owner to get him to join us. Will
also be interested to hear what condition the keel bolts were in, they were
withdrawn as part of the sale deal.... Bet they were still like new!
Trying to drum up a good
meeting for the end of November, a way off yet, but put a note in your diaries
30th November and somewhere Maldon to Danbury area.... Will be the last
meeting till January 2012.
One last comment and an
apology. Today I started a very belated 'Late Summer' Newsletter.
I will try and get the whole thing edited and up on line this week! Sorry it
has taken so long, got lots to go in, just finding time to do it, that
Thursday October 27th 2011.
Well the season is rapidly
coming to an end, might get a quick sail over the weekend, but the haul out
and the barn are booked for Wednesday, so that is about it. I cannot
recall a season that has been quite as dismal. Those who were in the
water early, or over wintered in, got the summer, it was in March! The
last few weeks have been a slight reprieve, so we look forward to the next
season with fresh memories of sparkling sails on the Blackwater and beyond.
Over the last week we have
had quite a lot of mail and activity. Another 5 enrolments and several
enquiries! A month back when the site was attacked I wondered if we
could recover, we bounce back! The enrolment form was only out of action
for a few days and we apologise to those who tried to use it, at least one
Welcome David in Galway who
is looking for the drawings on the Mouette. At the moment he sails a
Moody27, so he will remain a 'Friend' until the Mouette is under construction!
Welcome to Jim in Havant who has the Eventide 'Joget'. Jim has ownership
on behalf of St. Vincent College and the students are to restore it as part of
their marine course! Brilliant idea. The steering group have
authorised the sending on a set of Eventide drawings and they are already in
the post. Hope to see what progress they make, so Jim and a few Student
will be members! See her on the Gallery.
Keith from Tavistock has
joined with the Eventide 24 Tamarisk. Keith says she is very traditional
and he hopes to keep her that way, at present ashore and being worked on.
Picture on the Gallery. Hope to hear she is afloat and sailing next
year. Another new member is John in Bolton, who has bought the Eventide
24 Oman, based in Greece! we were able to give John the launch date and
builder and the sail number, got a nice picture to add to the gallery.
Lastly we have an enrolment
from Stephen in Spain, registering an interest with a Wild Duck. Not
sure at this stage if it is actually owned or contemplated, time will tell.
John Hopthrow, frequent
contributor, has been looking for a suitable boat for a while, after his lad
sold 'Crystal Voyager' the Barrier Reef 38. He had been hankering for a
MG about 26 ft but GRP... and din not find one, instead has opted to
stay a friend and now is the owner of a Sabre 27, 'Pelagos', which I am
reliably informed is Greek for 'Sea'. Glad you are still aboard John. He will
be on the Essex coast next year, we will look out for him.
I have been laid low for a
couple of days with a nasty bug, when I returned from our Trafalgar cruise I
found Darian suffering (in silence, as they do). Well I was out of it for 2
days, so what with some local members in the USA, one in hospital and other
unable last nights get together was cancelled. hope for a full house for the
last Essex meeting of the year, 30th November... Venue to be announced.
I have added loads of pic to
the site this week and adverts for sails etc, also removed some adverts as the
head sails and instruments I had for sale went. Added more bits though!
Sadly the Eventide Seawitch
is to be broken up this week, I have put in a bid for the bilge keels, the
only decent bit left! she had just gone too far, even to be used as a
children's play house!
Helped out Classic Boat
again this week with sail plan drawings for an article in the making.
This weekend I am off to see
a dear old friend and member, Peter North, I have helped him find a new owner
for 'Wedgit' so am going along to the hand over. will be a mixture of emotions
All for now, fingers getting
Friday October 21st 2011.
Late evening and back to
base after 2 sparkling days of sailing locally in the River Blackwater and
Estuary. Sailed up to the Thirstlet and beyond then back on the young
flood, creeping through the shallows on the north side, less than 0.2m under
the keel in places, water so clear you could see the bottom in 3 metres!
Spent the night up the top of Salcott, beyond the oyster layings where no one
goes, sailed out this morning and jousted with windmills on the Buxey, before
rounding the Wallet Spitway buoy and scorching home in a good F4. All in
sunshine, most in F2's and 3's! Great end to a miserable season.
Haul out now booked. Barn organised! Early start planned for next
We have had another 2
enrolments in the last couple of days, Jim with the Eventide 26 'Joget' that
was for sale on the Bay. She is now to be restored as a project at the
St. Vincent College, Gosport! Brilliant idea! We will be keeping
track of her progress! She is teak hulled and was built in Singapore and
then shipped back to the UK years ago.
Welcome too to Keith Tempest
with the Eventide 26 'Tamerisk' . She is ashore in Devon and undergoing
restoration as well. hope to see pics of her shortly.
The Steering group have
agreed for a new webmaster, Peter Webster.. (Good name!) to reinstate
the Forum and hopefully that will happen in the next 7 days. Peter, John
Stevens and I are researching ways of making the enrolment form work better
and Tony has stepped forward to offer assistance as he has a knowledge of just
the systems that is uses. I hope that betwixt us we can put right the
Now is time for organising
the removal of my boat gear, the job that takes 3 days and involves my little
moggy van being filled to the roof 3 times. I always am amazed at how
much gear an Eventide can hide aboard, because I don't fall over it when we
are sailing her!
If you are still out there,
or in warmer climes, good sailing,
Monday 18th October 2011.
Sunday was a lovely day, I
escaped on my own for a change, F2 and wall to wall sunshine, delightful sail
up the river and back. Surprisingly only a max of 40 boats anywhere on
the horizon. This time of year it is a real bonus to get sunny days, and
no fog either! Thursday and Friday I and my crew will be out to
celebrate Trafalgar! The weather looks to be chillier but still sunny
and F2 or 3 breezes. How many time I have had this when I have done the
October Trafalgar cruises. Hope the forecast is right!
Heard from Mavis the other
evening, Brian is responding well and being relocated to a clinic nearer home
in Clacton. Though still not mobile and communicating that well, he is
responding and doing all the right things, so we hope to see him fit and well
before too long.
Had another two enrolments,
John Sheen as a 'Friend' with a 19ft miniature spritty barge! dreaming
of an MG I suspect! And Roy Sellwood with the Senior 'Puffin' sounds
like a pretty one, gaff rigged, looking forward to the photos.
I am sending another CD of
drawings out to Spain, sadly the one I sent a couple of weeks back did not
arrive, wonder if I got the address right, made a Boo Boo with one to Norfolk
recently so wonder if it was me not the Spanish postal system, maybe time will
tell.... Age does very odd things doesn't it!
We have the offer of a new
Webmaster. Peter a Seagull contact of mine stepped up to help with my
SOS site and I am pleased to say has succeeded to find and restore my SOS
Forum. When all settled down he will tackle the EOG one. Cannot have him
juggling with two forums at once. Thanks to several members who have
expressed sympathy re the site and Brendan.
I have to find time to
publish another Newsletter, my apologies for being do late with this edition,
it is certainly not through lack of material! we will get there!
Today a Seagull customer
contacted me and sent me this picture. Now I see a clear link between Saving
Old Seagulls, and the Eventide Owners Group!
If, like me you are off out
to enjoy the last of this sunshine, good sailing.
Thursday 13th October 2011.
Welcome to Tony Tibbenham of
Suffolk, joined as a friend and bought CD's of the Eventide, one for himself
and one as a gift for a friend who had an Eventide and reintroduced him to sailing,
by providing a willing ear and friendly advice. Nice
thought and thanks for the little extra donation Tony. Tony looks forward to sailing a 21 ft
Meteor called Mystery on the Broads when it is rebuilt.
Welcome to the David
Clifford in Spain, no boat at present but has sent a donation for a set of
Senior drawings and keen to built.
Well we are no further
forward with a new web guru really, have a friend helping me out with SOS and
if we win there we will turn our attention to a couple of pages on this site
that do not work. Still nothing heard from the old webmaster, gone away....?
We are going to make some discrete enquiries.
On a positive side I went
for a motor bike ride today on my restored, 1958 BSA Bantam, at last I have
got it all sorted and today MOT'd. Great fun takes you mind off
the little strife! Dead flies in the teeth! sign of happy biker.
Round the tiny lanes out here on the Dengie it is fun, but how I used to ride
one 20 odd miles to London in traffic every day at 50 mph I cannot figure, 30
Hope to be out at the
weekend on Fiddlers . Last weekend I was out on a local canal with 3
other Eventiders, Nigel and Heidi and John Stevens!
See my SOS site for more! Great fun was had by all at Papermill
Lock, Little Baddow at a 'Flocking of Seagulls' I organised! Blue smoke
I intend to be out 19th
October for 2 days weather permitting, my annual Trafalgar cruise, just
locally in the Blackwater, then it is laying up time.
Hope the weather is kind to
Friday 7th October 2011.
I am pleased to report that
Brian, of 'Right Eh Oh' is making good progress after his stroke. I
spoke to Mavis today who tells me he is responding to treatment and has now
some speech returning, also some movement to his right foot. Knowing Brian it
must be incredibly frustrating not to be able to do things. Mavis says he is
trying to write with his left hand to communicate too. He is having physio,
but it tires him out. For those who may want to send him a card, Brian
Neale, Gainsborough Ward, Colchester General hospital, Turner Road,
Colchester, Essex CO4 5JL.
Mavis said the Coastguard
and Lifeboat were fantastic, a paramedic came on the lifeboat and two crew,
that Mavis knew, jumped on board ushered her onto the lifeboat with Brian and
took the boat back to the yard for her. She is now laid up safely ashore
waiting for the skipper to get better, we all wish him well!
My thanks to those who have
already responded to my plea for technical advice, we seem to be OK on most
things but looking for help restarting the Forum and using the database.
I had a mail from Jonathan
and Jane of Atheana, about a picture in the business section of the Daily
Telegraph. A GH had been spotted, 'Countess'. Pictured in the
Orwell at Felixstowe I think, but the article was about the Thames Gateway
port., I rang my sister, knowing she takes the Telegraph and brother in law
had already cut it out! then through the post yesterday came a packet from
John Hopthrow, with the pages! Seems a few of you out there spotted her,
wonder if the owner did!
Thursday 6th October 2011.
Very sad to report we have
lost our Technical advisor and webmaster. Brendan was taken 'ill' last
week and has not been seen or heard of since. His parting gifts included
the destruction of my SOS website and the forum on here. We are not
certain what has sparked this episode, but I do know he has been under
incredible pressure to program a very whizzy site in America, and had devoted
much time to it, to the detriment sadly of other things.
So we are looking for an
advisor, someone who I can call on every now and again to help sort a problem
with a computer, fix bugs in programs, mostly caused by my fingers!
Most of all someone who understands the workings of PhPBB and data bases!
We are deeply saddened by
the events of the past week but hope Brendan gets better and we can find
smeone out there, hopefully close, in the UK, that can help.
Thursday 29th September 2011.
Very sad to report that one
of the stalwarts of the Essex group had to be rescued from his boat off Walton
on Naze yesterday morning after suffering a stroke. Brian is in hospital
and we hope for good news shortly. Brian and Mavis were on their way to
meet up with us afloat yesterday on the Blackwater and we were then all to go
on to Maldon last night for a meal. Mavis tells me she put out the call
and the lads from Walton Lifeboat came instantly to her assistance and the
boat was returned to the Walton Backwaters. Our best wishes Brian and
our thoughts are with you Mavis.
Rather put a damper on our
evening out in Maldon then, after a wonderful day on the water, quite
oblivious to what had happened that morning! Just shows you we must take
every day and enjoy it to the full, never part on a cross word and sail when
Monday26th September 2011.
Well summer has arrived!
'Dougaljo' was out Saturday, with me as crew, for a few hours of
pleasant sailing with Doug's family on the Blackwater and the temperature has
risen a few degrees since then and is set to go higher later this week!
I am out on 'Fiddler's
Green' Wednesday with one of my regular crew and hope to cross wakes with the
GH 32 'Right Eh Oh'. We are then all going to meet up in Maldon at
1930hrs for a meal at 'Izumi'. We have all been there before and
thoroughly enjoyed it. Brilliant Chinese Buffet. Come alone too if you
are nearby, room for lots of us! 01621 778859
We have had 3 new enrolments
in the past 3 days! Welcome to John Gardner the new owner of the Riptide
'Ramillies', now to be based in Scotland and to John Bedford with a
Finesse 24, 'Kiboko', based in Suffolk, got a pic of her for the gallery!
We have yet another GH owner join us, Alexandra with the GH 31 'Marschallin',
at present in France but is going to be repatriated and refurbished. We
look forward to pictures.
We also had a donation in
from Peter in Brazil with his Waterwitch 'Bruxa du Mar'. Peter told us
the history of his boat, it had been built mainly in the Netherlands, but when
he changed jobs, it came with him as deck cargo and he tells us it crossed the
Atlantic 4 times before it was launched, that has to be a record! He has
sent a picture in for the WW Gallery. Thanks Peter.
Gary has sent more pics in
of his father's GRP senior, now known as 'Benny the Ball', one of two they
built, sailing on the Orwell in about 1980, another for the Senior pages.
Jim and Kitty from the USA
have been on to try and trace GH 31 No.199 'HALEKAI ' they owned
it from new in 1978 and sailed it from the UK to the States, and back
and over again, just for fun! Their cruises included the Med and The
Scillies, and included getting caught in the Fastnet storm, and though knocked
down they sailed on, unlike so many of the racing boats that suffered....
MG got it right didn't he! They last heard of the boat in 1988 sailing round
Scotland, where is she now?
Heard also from the ex
owners of anther Golden Hind 31, No 87, built in 1969 by Terry Erskine. They
called her "Michael Stuart" and circumnavigated in her from 1979-1985. They
sold her in Florida upon their return, to a couple who planned to keep her on
Lake Ponchartrain near New Orleans. They planned to name her "Le Bob Papa".
After that they lost touch, and fear she could have been lost in Hurricane
Katrina. They asked if we hear any news of hull No. 87, to please let
They attaching a
couple of pictures to be displayed on the GH pages...- the first is the
day of departure in 1979, and the one with all the flags is the day of their
return to the US in 1985. They also recounted an interesting tale about
a mast failure... more of that later.
We have also heard from Ian
Wilson who is restoring 'Everjoy' He is getting on swimmingly and I bet
he will be sailing next season! The outside is looking finished and
waterproof and the keel faired off, ruder made and fitted, and last week the
motor, a Yanmar, was fitted!
I have also Jason's pictures
of the re-launched Eventide 'Ermintrude' to add. Jason has done a
As each one of these
contacts involved at least a couple of mails you can see the mail bag is
nearly always full and busy! Just goes to show how successful these
pages have become, well done all of you, could not have done it without you!
Saturday 24th September 2011.
Early hours and a quick line
I was out last Monday
for the day with my daughter, visiting from Devon, she is a natural on the
helm. we tacked up river on the flood then turned and roared off to the Nass
and into Tollesbury. Had time to pick up my mooring, check out the chain
before a swift sail back, was a good F4 by the time we got back in. Good
to have the crew back aboard for the day. sadly had to take her to get
her train back to Devon the next day.
I'll be out again tomorrow,
gentle southerly F3 is the forecast. I am crew on 'Dougaljo' for the
day. Doug has family to take out and I will be deck hand.!
With a spell of decent
weather forecast for next week i hope to be out on the water again....
Had a new enrolment
yesterday, the new owner of 'Ramillies', John in Strathclyde! Hope to contact
John tomorrow and beg for pictures.
Had a few nice GH pictures
in that I have added to the Gallery, and a little more GH info. Ex
owners trying to trace their boats, hope we can reassure them that they are
still sailing and in good hands. Do you know GH 31 no 87? Or GH31
Just had a donation in form
Brazil, will find out which CD they are after later!
Off to hit the sack, but
will watch the sky for a bit to see if the falling satellite lights up the
sky! Explain that one to the insurance company!
Saturday 17th September 2010.
Another week of mixed
weather! But we have had 3 more enrol!
Welcome to Chris in Norway
with the Atlantic Clipper 'Night Cap'.
Got a few nice pics to add, thanks Chris. Welcome to Stephen in Harrogate new
owner of the 30 ft Bluewater, 'Myosotis',
sailing out of the Orwell, hope to cross wakes Stephen. and to James in
Saltash Cornwall with a sad Eventide, 'Tiddly
Pooh'. James thinks it may be beyond
redemption, if so he will break it for the spars and sails, will keep an eye
out for this one.
Apart from a couple of
enquiries about the brass port holes advertised on the pages, which have not
resulted in a sale, the only other mails we have had are for the little Foxcub
I have up for sale for my daughter and hubby.
Just shows you that the For
Sale pages are looked at by the search engines and items picked up. If
you do a search for Eventide 24 you should find a very nice one advertised on
our site... 'Otteau'!
I hope to be out sailing
next weekend as crew for Doug and in between, on Monday, if all goes well,
with my daughter. watching weather like a hawk! My Jenny only gets
to see me occasionally, but today she is flying in from Rumania, after having
lead a trek there up in the mountains for the Wildlife fund. She can only stop
a few days, so we have to make the most of it! Hubby Dave is in Africa
either half way up or half way down Mt. Kilimanjaro. He is leading 3
treks back to back. Oh to be young and fit!
We have had pictures of GH
31 no 87, sent in, as 'Michael Stuart' she completed a circumnavigation
between 1979 and 1985. the ex owners, Liz and Jim, would like to know
where she is now. did she survive the Hurricane that hit New Orleans,
for that is where she was to be based after they sold her. Hopefully we
will find out for them, any way the pics are good!
Off to add some more
Oh and watch out for Classic
Boat, a few of our members will be featured in the page about the EOG and the
Eventide/Waterwitch etc.... Nice to have friends in the press!
Saturday 10th September 2011.
Ten years tomorrow.
We have had correspondence
with a boatyard in Wales re the Eventide 24 'Tamarisk' Seems she had
been left in their yard for a while and they have had to take out a writ on
her and are either trying to contact an owner, via ourselves, or sell.
So far we have been unable to get a response from Hal who informed us he was
to be the new owner, a year or so ago, so the yard have placed her on EBay.
You can find here here.
'Tamarisk for Sale'
Sadly she is in a bit of a
We were supposed to be out
sailing now, but the rain is falling and the forecast once again has Strong
Wind Warnings! so another weekend sailing spoilt.
I am hoping that once this
spell of decaying hurricanes has past the sun may come out again!
My daughter is coming to see me next Saturday for a few days, nice to have the
crew back, so hope to slip out for at least an hour or three!
Hope you are finding jobs to
do if not sailing...
Sunday September 4th 2011.
A red letter day here at
Bluebell cottage, because this afternoon, at the 11th hour, we managed to lift
the Wild Duck 'Tarka' from my trailer and gently set her down on blocks in our
garden. We had been working up to this for 2 weeks! We had been
raring to go Friday, the Gantry was pre booked through hire firm HSS, but they
messed up. For a start the morning delivery failed to materialise, then
at 12.55 a truck arrived with a gantry, far too small to span the
boat. Seems the 3 metre by 3 metre Gantry booked was unavailable,
despite promises so they sent a 1.8 metre one, as if that would be any good!
The deal was cancelled. Will not use HSS again!
A call to a local farmer..
Ben had the machine, but was loading spuds with it for the next 2 days...
Another farmer approached, yes would pop in Saturday, nothing! Did not turn
up. Then as Brendan was packing up to go home disappointed, a
call, Ben had a window of opportunity! Assisted by Simon Dunn, the local
marine engineer, Ben could be here in an hour! The covers were whipped
off and the strops readied. Ben started the lift with his 'Manitoo' and
after a quick repositioning of the strops, the boat was air bourne. Simon
Brendan and I manned the ropes and the trailer was whipped out and the Acro
jacks switched from the trailer to the prepared wooden plates with ground
spikes. Reckon the bare boat weighed in at 1 ton.
Then the heavens
opened, and all that dry wood was doused! Brendan got the supports up in
quick time and we hauled the heavy tarp back over her. When the rain
eases off we will have to dry the decks again! A small price to pay!
The whole job took 2 hours,
but we were exhausted. Brendan left for home in the knowledge that next
time the shelter can be constructed and he will have a dry cover for the
Wait till you see the
construction of the frame for the cover! If that is anything to go by
Tarka will be gleaming when she takes to the water again.
Wednesday 31st August, 2011.
It is now official, we have had the coldest
summer in 18 years and there is no let up. dull damp days!.
One ray of sunshine, we have just had this
in from Peter Harrold. 'Little Gull' is afloat again! (She is an M.G.
Lone Gull class!)
I will be adding more to Peter's page
shortly. As you can see from this picture, the finish is brilliant!
Peter says the launching was a little more exciting than he had hoped, at one
stage he was up to his knees inside with 6 pumps going! Down to one now, only
cutting in every 10 minutes! It will get better! the joys of
traditional wooden boats.
Here at Bluebell Cottage Brendan has really
been beavering away for the past few days preparing the frames for his
shelter. 'Tarka' the Wild Duck will be lifted off my trailer Friday and
gently, we hope, lowered onto blocks and propped up, then the frames can be
moved into place and joined together and covered to create her winter
We have had a nice letter from one of the
boating magazines who are doing an update on MG and the Eventide, they pass
their warm regards on to the Eventide Owners Group and wish us well.
Should see the article sometime over the winter.
Over the Bank holiday weekend we have had 3
new enrolments, welcome to Brian Penney with the GH 'Gallinula', to Ivan
Tanner with a Kenneth Gibbs Halcyon design, 'Jasmine', our second and I
am pleased to say via the EOG we have managed to put him in touch with Chris
who has another. welcome also to an ex owner of a SeaFarer 18, John
Stillman. His SeaFarer was sail number 34, 'Jayess', wonder where she is
now, was in Milford Haven.
I hope to reply officially to these three
Well here's hoping for an Indian Summer.
August Bank Holiday Sunday
With the rain pelting down
and the occasional gust of Force 5's, it is typical August Bank Holiday
weather. So the crews of 4 boats met at West Mersea Saturday, but left
our boats where they were! Some of us where there early enough for a
drink in Maurice's club, before a short walk along the road to the Oyster Bar.
We enjoyed an excellent meal and evening. Maybe next year....
if we get a summer again.. am rapidly losing faith in British weather.
Sent out a Burgee to Brian
with the GH countess, and thanks for the donation. A CD of the 3Tonner
drawings was also sent to new member David Goldsmith in the USA. Also
sent CD of the Eventide drawings to Rob, again thanks for the donation too.
These little extra donations help keep the site and group live, as well
as assisting with our charitable donations etc. Thanks to all of you.
Had another member join John
in Scotland, he is interested in building a 3 Tonner! He has built
smaller vessels and is wanting the drawings.. Hope to hear
positive news from him later... We have not heard back from more than a
couple of people we have sent drawings to over the past 8 years or so, and we
have been sending out 60 a year recently. John in Tasmania is making
great strides with his Senior and will be launching in a little while.
Enough for now,
Thursday 25th August 2011.
The season is flying past
and still the weather is duff. Heavy rain again today and forecast for
Friday and Saturday.
Though a table is booked for
West Mersea on Saturday I would not be surprised if all turned up by road!
Several owners are having
health problems and cannot attend by boat, the latest is our Historian
who was knocked down on a pedestrian crossing this week! Walking
wounded, but bet he is shook up! We all wish you well John
Seems I am joining the
wounded.. I am just back from docs with my right arm all strapped up, he
thinks I have damaged a cartilage or torn a ligament in my wrist, strap is to
remind me not to turn the winch too hard! Still hope to get to West
Mersea by boat!
We have another enrolments,
David is in the USA and had just joined and bought a CD of the 3 Tonner
drawings.. Rob joined last week in Ireland with 'Genifa', an
Eventide 26. I have been able to trace a bit of her history for Rob and
pictures on the way I hope.
Brendan is staying here at
the moment, working on his boat, ostensibly, but the wet and other commitments
have curtailed a lot of that. However next week we are planning to lift
his boat off my trailer and lower her gently onto blocks, then build a shelter
round her. It will be easier to get at her after that.... Trouble
is for anyone working 'outside' the seasons are changing rapidly and the
cold is not conducive to boat work....
I have just uncovered a 16
ft open boat from a shed in my garden to work on it, it is GRP but I want to
epoxy some timber into her and I do not need it cold nor wet. Will post
a pic when she is finished...
The Steering group
authorised the purchase of a new scanner this week, which I will share with
the EOG, £27.27 each.! Just could not get my 10 year old one to work
with vista! New one does, so will be using that shortly to scan in some
old leaflets etc!
Thursday 18th August 2010.
Thanks to Nigel for this, do not argue with
the big boys! Has no one ever told these racing boys it is bad for your
Tuesday 16th August 2011.
Just spent 2 hours adding
dozens of pictures and information to the Senior, Eventide, Waterwitch, For
Sale, Other MG designs and the gallery and index pages. Have still a large
backlog of pictures to post, sorry folks for the delays, but they are actually
coming in quicker than ever now!
And another new enrolment,
welcome to Rob in Tipperary with the Eventide 'Genifa'!
Off out afloat tomorrow, so
turning in now!
Monday 15th August 2011.
At last I have set the new
mainsail and sailed for more than 20 minutes! Saturday we left the
Blackwater with all sail set and had a sparkling sail for several hours before
coming to anchor off Rat Island in the Colne. (I avoid Pyefleet lower
anchorage these days, the bottom seems to have been turned to soup!)
Rather than sail through all the anchored boats in Pyefleet, then wend through
the oyster laying to the little known anchorage far up stream, we opted for
the Colne. An hour and a half before LW I sounded out an area then
gently grounded. Riding light definitely needed here! (We needed to be
relatively close to the entrance of the Colne the next day for the trip back.)
I had installed a new 110
amp battery the day before and spent an hour or two installing a pair of good
quality 12v accessory sockets and then a DIN 12v plug and socket with better
capabilities, for the power supply to my laptop and thus plotter. Very
pleased with the result which I shall report on later.
We had a perfect night and
were looking forward to a great day with F2 to 3 forecast. What did we
get, F5! and to add insult bang on the nose once we rounded the
Molliette beacon.. On motor and charge new battery for 2 hours!
Have to say this has been
the worst season I can recall. Apart from the splendid start to the
year, when most of us were fitting out, it has either been wet or windy or
both, but we should not be unduly surprised, we were warned that the 'global
warming' issue would cause this and it did rain on St Swithin's Day!
The next major outing will
be the West Mersea meet, August Bank Holiday. If you would like to come
along and join in for a meal on the Saturday night at the best fish restaurant
in town, the 'Oyster Bar', do contact me this week, as I am booking places.
I also hope to visit West Mersea Yacht Club for a drink maybe earlier in the
I will be contacting Tony
Nelson later re moorings, and hopefully the normal £5.00 a night ones will be
available. But be aware it is springs, so at L.W. we will be
Anther welcome to new
members, Marshall from Florida looking for information on building a boat for
himself, and Suzanne from Washington, both of the U.S.A. Suzanne
is contemplating building a Senior. She has brought to my notice the
price hike by Selway-Fisher, from £50.00 to £70.00! Quite an increase.
Ours still £5.00 UK and £6.50 overseas! Also a missing link on the pages she
thought, but now we cannot find it. If anyone does see a page that does
not work, like Suzanne has done, please let us know so we can rectify it.
all for now, back to the day
Thursday 11th August 2011.
On the Bay at the moment is
a Yachting monthly Junior, sail no 376, on a trailer looking really nice, for
less than £500.00 She is over in Wales.
This is the link to the eBay page, click here.
I have spoken to the seller
and he has confirmed the sail number etc and believes it was built in Ireland.
Whoever did it made a nice job... has another 6 days to go! Have a look
Off to boat to test lead
acid main 110amp service battery, I have borrowed a clever resistor tester.
I think it has failed on me. Battery two and a half year old, warranty 2
I have just bought a new
type of 12v plug and socket as well as a pair of better accessory sockets that
are supposed to take 10 amp. I will let you know later how they compare.
Why the new ones? Well the 12v accessory socket, a 3 way car type
device, melted! That's what made me realise the lead acid batter had
When you connect a computer
inverter to boost the 12v to 18 through one of these sockets it can draw a few
amps, if the voltage in drops the amperage increases dramatically in an effort
to meet the power demand.... the plastic melted!
I have found a much more
robust 12v socket for normal use and an even more robust DIN plug and socket
that will take 16amp. designed by Hella and sold by a variety of names it is
altogether a beefier set up, time will tell, but the mini vac at 10 amp will
go on one as will the computer feed!
Hope for a little better
weather tomorrow and I will get out for a sail...
Wednesday 10th August 2011.
With yobs rampaging the streets looting and burning for the
hell of it you could be forgiven for thinking the UK had gone to hell in a
hand cart. But quietly without any Hoo Haa so many youngsters are enjoying the
challenges and delights of this hobby of ours. I think we as a group have
shown you do not have to be stinking rich to get afloat.
Today we were sent a picture of a Kenneth Gibbs boat that
Ivan and his lad are going to restore. At 14ft not an ocean going super
yacht, but one that may well give a young family years of fun! Hope he
enrols shortly, just sent his mail on to Chris King who has another of the
I have yet to post the pictures of yet another of Kenneth's
designs, the Senior 'Iona', sailing in Poole last month, looks like loads of
And just to top it off Mat has sent in details of a boat on
the bay, I have contacted to owner to make sure, but it does look like a Gibbs
Junior! On a trailer for less than £500!
Speaking of youngsters, I took both the grandchildren out
for a putter and brief sail a week back, and last weekend we took the youngest
for his first night aboard! At 5 and 3/4 years old, (and the 3/4 is
important at that age), he was delighted. Soon got the hang of pushing the
tiller the opposite way to go where you wanted to, but if the chap in the
Waterwitch sailing ahead of us reads this, sorry, we were not all drunk, it
was just allowing Horatio to sort it out for himself! So we never caught
up to take the pictures...
Wild ad windy yet again today F5 and 6, hope it calms down
for Friday, would like to be aboard for 'The Glorious Twelfth'.... Watch
the night sky for my birthday firework display, normally worth watching.
Thursday 4th August 2011.
Locally on the River
Blackwater, for as long as I can recall, I have crossed wakes with a pocket
cruiser by the name of 'Shoal Waters'. Sailed expertly all those years without
a motor by Charles Stock who always said hello and passed the time of day with
me. I was saddened when anchored in a quiet creek in May 2010 as he gently
sailed past when he told us why he was faffing about the night before, not far
away from us, he was trying, and failing, to get his anchor up and that
morning we were the first to hear he had made the decision to swallow the
anchor. Why all this on the EOG website? Little apart from local
interest, Charles is a real gent.
A post script December
2013. I have been forcefully asked to remove the link to the new owners
website and the photo he gave us permission to use here. Not 100% sure
what is going on, why this change of mind and the rude mails, but the new
owner is no Charles Stock and after the exchange of mails I will not allow us
to be associated with him. He is no gent. Por Charles would be turning
in his grave.
As many of you will know
we voted 'Sailability' as our youth sailing charity this year and on 9th July
they had Pirates day to raise funds. entering into the spirit of the
occasion we send a suitably silly pirate like letter with a donation of 250
golden nuggets! Yesterday had a nice letter of appreciation back.
So well done all who donate to the site, not only does that keep the site live
but we can do good works too. When I can get my scanner to work I will
post the letter here.
Wednesday 3rd August.
Nigel has sent me this update on the loss of Egretta.
courtesy of PBO.
A 28 foot classic yacht has been wrecked near St
Margaret's Bay in Kent. The yacht Egretta was abandoned after being driven
ashore in a rough sea state and strong WSW winds.
Nigel Stokes, Duty Harbour Master at the Port of
Dover, told PBO: 'We understand that the yacht was on passage from either the
Thames or East Coast, bound down Channel for Wales, with the single-handed
owner on board. "Egretta" was observed to be coming round the South Foreland
in rough WSW'ly sea conditions on the afternoon of Wednesday 8th June, when
the genoa then appeared to be flapping and the boat turned about and
disappeared from our view behind the cliffs. A little while later, I, as the
Port of Dover Duty Harbour Master, received a call from Dover Straits
Coastguard, saying that a yacht had reportedly run aground on the rocks by St.
Margaret's and could we consider sending one of our Harbour Patrol/Pilot
launches round to assist. Apparently, the owner of the yacht once she had been
driven ashore, then scrambled over the rocks to a nearby café in St.
Margaret's Bay to raise the alarm. Due to the prevailing weather and sea
conditions, plus the treacherous location the casualty had ended up, we were
unfortunately unable to assist with any of our own floating craft at the time.
'Once the Coastguard had arrived at the scene, the owner was whisked off to
hospital by ambulance, as he was suffering with concussion, although after
some rest and recuperation, he was discharged the next day. Egretta was by now
being pounded by heavy surf and once the tide had receded later that day, it
was apparent that she had been quite badly holed. In addition, the remote
location of the stranding, was giving cause for concern as to any successful
recovery operation being put in place.
'The yacht has now been declared a 'Constructive Total Loss" and after a S'ly
gale last Sunday night not long after these photos were taken that same
afternoon, the "Egretta" is now breaking up where she lies, with all valuables
and personal belongings having already been removed. It's heartbreaking to see
such a lovely craft meet such a sad end.'
This is yacht Egretta, a Maurice Griffiths Design,
built in Maldon in 1965, changed ownership in April this year. Was Sailing
from Woodbridge Suffolk.
Sad end to a fine ship.
Thursday 28th July 2011.
We switched locations for the Essex get together last night,
to the place we started meeting over 10 years ago, the Griffin, Danbury.
We chose here originally as it is about the highest, most central and furthest
from water place in Essex! It went down hill rapidly years ago and
continued its decline until this year when the notorious owners were declared
bankrupt and it was boarded up. Reopened in May it has been refurbished
and we can confirm it serves a great meal! We hop to be back there in
Just had some bad news in, the 28ft MG Classic, 'Egretta' was
lost off the Kent coast last month. The owner managed to get off unhurt, but the
boat broke up .
Just before I went away We had a new enrolment from Stephen
Buckley, interested in the Barrier Reef design, welcome Stephen. managed
to get a CD of drawings off to him the day before I left.
Also had donations in from Paul Joyce for the EOG generally
and for a CD, thankyou Paul, very generous.
Strangely I have not as yet heard from the RYA regarding the
£250 donation we sent to 'Sailability'. I will have to chase that.
we spent a lot of time composing the Pirate letter and making it look authentic
do not like to think they are ignoring us because we are the 'Rebels'!
with over 1,100 enrolled members now we believe we are a legitimate
organisation, an Owners Group, as opposed to the old eoa that seems to have less
than 30 members and most non owners!
When the dust settles after my 10days away I will get round
to uploading the summer Newsletter.... promise. also have to add the accounts to
the pages too, as our Fund Manager has reminded me. now where can you buy
extra hours for days.....
Monday 25th July 2011.
Has the next ice age begun? Do we now need to speed up
global warming to offset it? Just spend 10 days in the cold and wet with
50 knot winds. The Scillies should not be like this in summer!
Returned to stories of flash floods, torrential rain thunderstorms and the rest.
I was right, summer was that Tuesday in March.
the mail bag had 0ver 100 mails, plus 120 spam and 120 junk,
I am ploughing through them slowly, apologies if I take a while to respond.
My business mail is even more daunting!
I have pics of another Buchanan SeaFarer and an Atlantic
Clipper, (I think) to upload, found in the Scillies!. We have had
enquiries re 'Hellebarb' the Wild Duck I used to know down on the London River
at Erith, where is she now? The two ladies she was named after by father
and builder, John Stanley have been in touch, Helen and Barbara!
An enquiry re CD's and some updates from John Slevin on the
building of his Senior, he is nearly ready to plank now!
Gary Griffin has informed us his Barbican is now called 'Rose
Emma' a nice name! pictures for the gallery to follow!
One of the Steering Group has been using the eBay page
recently ands has been surprised by the donation eBay makes to us as a result.
this helps to keep our Webmaster in pennies for all the work he does for the
Have had a query re the forum and someone unable to log
in.... job for the webmaster.. so keep on using the eBay page folks!
On my return I have had enquiries re the mast and portholes I
had put on the site, because of the popularity of the site and the way Brendan
has designed it, items placed for sale come up on the search engines. so dig out
that Jumble and take advantage, a thankyou donation is all we ask.
Time to close, find another jumper and light the fire....
Tuesday 12th July 2011.
Cold grey skies and northerlies F5 and 6. Oh dear what
has happened to the weather? Darian and I are off and away tomorrow night,
down to the Scillies, again..., just proofed our oilies..... so a
quick note just to tidy up loose ends. We told you we have family staying
at our place and the builders in while we are away.. Brave I have had you
say! Fingers crossed on that one!
Off to nip down to boat to check her before we go. Went
to sail maker today to have new mainsail sorted, hollow cut leech and o battens,
sadly found that the Sail-maker, Ian, was poorly and no one in to look at my
sail, so it will have to wait till we get back. Wishing Ian well
We have had another Barbican owner join us. They are getting
to be a large minority! Welcome Gary, with the Barbican moored at Weir
Quay on the Tamar. I will not give the name as he is considering changing
it.. having seen the name, so would I!
Name changing.. Unlucky? I do not think so, done it
with several and so long as you follow these simple rules.. You have to remove
part of the original boat, part of the structure and replace it, a solid
handrail, a washboard, not just a tea towel holder!
We are trying to work out how to get the Wild Duck off my
trailer here and we think we have the makings of a plan, thanks to mike.
Look at 'Cirra's page' on
the 'restorers section' and you can see how resourceful he is!
Just had a look at these restorers pages and realise some
need an update. will get on that when I return, along with the new Newsletter.
Back on the 25th,
Friday 8th July 2011.
Well the weather has not improved, wet and windy still with
more to follow, sunny in between, but not good. Especially if you are
restoring or building out side.
We have our webmaster Brendan staying here at the moment,
working on his boat in our garden. Very pleased to say some large leaps
forward have been made during the week. I will be adding pictures to the
'Tarka' page on the restorers section soon.
We are away for a holiday in the Scillies and when we return
so will Brendan, hopefully to more progress. We have family staying whilst we
are away and also have the builders in! Hope not to find loo in drive on our
return, something that happened at our last home when we did the same thing 20
May get a trip afloat in before we go, weather permitting.
Over the past week we have had another new enrolment, Andrew
with the very smart 'Peterwit' once a local boat here on the Blackwater, but now
moored at Bucklers Hard off the Solent! Welcome Andrew and thanks for the
picture, already on the Kylix Gallery page.
We sent out an unusual CD this week, Peter one of our new
'Friends' had asked after the 'Mouette'. Not too many have been built so
Had another mail and some pics in from John Slevin down
under, his Senior is progressing nicely, will be posting these pics soon too.
The Steering Group have been busy over the last week, did you
know tomorrow is Pirates Day! Mike Hoban brought to our attention
the news that 'Sailability' our chosen charity this year, has picked 'Pirate
Day' to promote sailing for the disabled. as a 'Pirate' Group ourselves,
at least as far as the RYA were concerned when we formed, thought it an
appropriate day and event to send in our donation. We are donating £250.00
from our funds, in line with our ethos of assisting others get afloat.
Enough for now,
Here's hoping summer comes back,
Friday 1st July 2011.
way through the year and still not used the mainsail! Hope to rectify that
Hope to visit a friend on his Waterwitch tomorrow, hope I have found a buyer for
this beautiful boat. It has not been openly advertised as yet, but I have
someone coming to see it tomorrow.
Brendan is coming to stay for
a week to work on his boat here, we are now looking for some scaffolding to make
a shed and to boat lift, all in one. It will be the only way to lift his
Wild Duck off my trailer... Anyone got any to beg or borrow?
Had a Vulcan owner, Edwin in
Scotland, join us. His boat 'Silverhow' is ashore being refurbished at the
moment, pictures to follow.
Just has a donation in for a
Burgee too, from Paul in Wales. These burgees are getting everywhere!
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.
Monday 27th June 2011.
Lease said about my weeks sailing the better.
On to nicer things.. the monthly meeting is being brought
forward to tomorrow and will be at Bradwell, as 3 boats and crews will be there.
Not had time to open mail yet, but if anything like my SOS
there will be a deluge. will get back to you ASAP.
It is past 2200hrs and still over 25 degrees here, was 32
today..... off out into the garden to cool off!
Saturday 25th June 2011.
Well trust me to pick Wimbledon week. F7 and heavy
rain! No, did not leave the marina. We stayed on board 3 nights,
were the only ones in marina! All the sensible owners left for home
Sunday, heard of many cancelled cruises... One Dutch crew arrived
and decided to go for walks.... far to windy. At least we saved the cat
sitter a job!
Today it is supposed to go quiet, the rain to peter out and
Sunday is promising to be a 30 degree day with light breezes.. certainly
does not look that way at the moment, trees bent double and the road only just
drying out.. we will see. Might get a sail in this week yet!
Wednesday is our monthly meet for the Essex section. We
will be at 'The Cock Inn' Boreham at about 7.30pm. call me on 01621 778859
if you want to come along and join us..
Off to answer some of the mail now.... just seen we
have Peter in Harpenden has joined us, interested in the 'Mouette' design....
Saturday 18th June 2011.
I must need my head testing! Why on earth do I never
learn.... Once again I have chosen to go away boating during Wimbledon!
The rain and wind have not let up all night and today, apart from brief sunny
periods, looks little better. We have heavy rain in the forecast for the
next few days.... So as not to cause any problems with the 'distaff' side
I will bide my time before I venture to suggest we go to the boat! Might
be on board Monday then. We are hoping to have a leisurely few days,
(getting fewer!) drifting about the Blackwater and Colne areas. We will
Have had some interesting mails back and forth recently
regarding the possible sale of a leeboard Waterwitch. this was built by a
dear friend of mine, to the highest of standards and sadly now he has had to
swallow the anchor. Sadder still because he did not get many years to use
it as he nursed his dear wife though illness for years. She is such a nice
boat I am hoping to find an owner who will cherish her. Having just read
'The Iota Story' about a leeboard WW that was shipped as deck cargo and
sailed all over the Pacific, West Indies and Indo China, albeit 40 years ago,
this boat has incredible potential!
No new enrolments in this week, but a nice letter and
donation form an ex owner and enrolled 'Friend' who wanted a CD of the Eventide
drawings, so he could make a scale model of his old boat, nice thought!
Heard from our steering group member with the newly acquired
Barbican, who is still enraptured by her comfort, speed and handling. He has
logged many hundreds of miles in her already this season, lucky man. Hope
to get to inspect her at some stage shortly. (Was to be tonight, but we
have just been invited out 10 pin bowling!), will be warmer doing that than sat
up a creek in the wind and rain I bet!
Another Steering group member is off to his Eventide,
'Glasstide', this week and may venture out, might cross wakes....
If worse comes to worse and I do get stranded up a creek for
a few days it should give me time to sort out the wiring for my new AIS device.
If I manage to get my head round the complex wiring the plotter should be able
to tell me where the big boys are, we will see. I checked the link to the
world wide AIS site the other day and zoomed in on the Blackwater, to see a
sailing barge registering 10 knots, sailing down the river, was a breezy day!
If you have not looked at this site yet it is well worth a few moments. Click on
the logo below. (or go to the links page and find it!)
Closing down for a week now, see you on the river
Tuesday 14th June 2011.
We are getting ready to venture forth......
19th/27th, the summer solstice cruise!
Join us in the Essex/Suffolk Rivers for about a week.
We were going to try to
organise a Dutch cruise again, but there were not many takers, so instead a trip
into the Essex rivers was suggested.
We intend to sail from The
Blackwater, wherever the wind blows! Could be Pin Mill and Ipswich, or
Fambridge and Paglesham, who knows! Contact me on 01621 778859, or call
Fiddler's Green on the VHF ch. 16 or 77 that week to meet up with us!
OK, Fiddler's Green is ready
and we will be off out, weather permitting, Sunday. At the moment the
weather is dry and windy but deteriorating to wet and wild towards the weekend,
hope it blows over!
Have had a couple of boats and owners enrol this week,
welcome to Christopher with the GH31 'Mollymawk', she is now base in
Beaulieu. Very smart vessel... and to the unusual 'Le Manchot' an
Eventide 26, now owned by Paul and in Angle Bay, Milford Haven. She is
different because she has a proper aft cabin! Pictures to be added to the
Heard from Brian Platts today, Brian and Elizabeth sail the
Eventide 'Avocet', up in the North West, but also have another Eventide and a
Silhouette down in the south East. they are going to trail their
Silhouette to Anglesey and sail round it, for fun, hope to read about that
later, even if it isn't in one of ours, they are supporters!!
The webmaster has gone back home and 'Tarka' is secure in our
garden. Hopefully Brendan is going to come back to work on her in the near
future and we are hoping she will be weather proofed, at least on deck and the
cabin, before winter.
I will be reporting back on another bit of gadgetry I have
purchased, an AIS reciever. It is supposed to be tied into my laptop
SeaPro300plus program and should give me an indication of the big ships out
there.. as the size of regulated vessel comes down, it is now 300 tons and
8 passengers, the number of 'contacts' will increase. I know the sailing
barges for instance are obliged to carry transmitters now... It will give
the vessel name and information about it's cargo and destination, as well as
position, course and speed at that instant in time. Very useful when
crossing the estuary...
All we have to do is connect it, sadly it was lacking
information on plugs and wiring them, but we are getting there... by the end of
week on board I should have it cracked...
Peter Harrold has sent in a great pic of the restoration of
'Little Gull, another to add!
Had a picture in From John in the southern hemisphere who is
building a Senior. Frames and bulkhead up, stem and transom to follow, keep at
it John, it will be worth it, as Tony can attest to with his Senior 'Iona'.
he has enjoyed a very pleasant weekend afloat in Poole harbour recently, pic to
add to site!
Good sailing all of you afloat, and to the builders, more
power to the drill!
Saturday 11th June 2011.
Sorry it has been over a
week, but it has been a real busy time here.
First off Brendan has been
staying with us and has given this machine a total health check, installed the
extra safety measures and ensured all working 100%.
We have spent a day
converting my trailer with brother in law and regular crew Keith, and have
collected his boat from Kent to now reside in our plot for a while.
Keith is an ace driver, Essex champion Tractor handler for several years and
National champion once too. Towing no problem, if the trailer is right!
And we ensured it was! So my trailer can now take E 24's and 26's, plus
We did also get a chance to
get out afloat.... in a F6, twice! must be mad! We had an
afternoon on Fiddler's Green in the Blackwater, a scoot up river in a South
Easterly 6 and a back back down under motor...
Though here anchored off the
south west tip of Osea it does not look at all bad!
Brendan, assisted by Keith
again came with me to act as crew for Doug and moved 'Dougaljo' from Burnham
to Bradwell. It was 6 days after my little run afloat, but guess what F6
again! this time Westerly, so we scorched out of burnham, nipped over
the Ray sands and head into the wind to enter the Blackwater.
Fortunately the breeze eased to a F5 by the time we entered Bradwell but I had
a 'moment' when berthing Doug's boat as the motor died when going from astern
to check her, to ahead to kick her stern round... many hands fended off!
Dare not scratch that new sparkling paint job...
Heard from one of our
members with a Barbican. She has the drop keel but we understand the
skipper is considering a radical alteration involving wheels or a sort of
sledge arrangement, better for sliding off shingle banks...! More on
that one later, maybe!
Only had one new enrolment,
Andrew Bailey as a 'friend'. He is looking for a suitable bilge keeler
to convert to Junk rig.
We were looking forward to a
week in the company of friends starting the 19th, but one by one problems have
arisen and seems we may be few in number on the Blackwater that week. We
had hoped to lock in at Heybridge again, some time, and maybe even sample
Tollesbury Marina! We will see, will be local, whatever happens.
Give us a call on 01621 778859 or on VHF 16 if you are out and about that
Closing down to sort the
cover on 'Tarka' now!
Thursday 2nd June 2011.
We have had a flurry of new
members in the last few days, apologies to some of you for not getting back
straight away, have been a little busy here, what with one thing and another!
Welcome then to Philip Gorry
on the Isle of Man with the Eventide 24 'Sea Jay. To Des Jacobs in South
Africa with the Eventide 26 'Chala', built by Larry Coghill in the old
Rhodesia many moons ago and whose building stared in many of the old
newsletters and on our hints and tips page today! To Andrew Bailey, wanting a
Junk rigged boat and looking at a boat up to 26 from our stable, to Stephen
Steelman in California who is just looking at the moment, at the WW. And
to Abby with the Riptide 'Mystique' moored in Essex.
Welcome all. I have
been able to send some information out to one or two of these and have more to
On the boat moving front, we
have towed 'Everjoy' up to Nottingham and have now converted my trailer to
take a Wild Duck!
We hope to be collecting
'Tarka' next week. Brendan is giving the EOG computer a health check and
at the moment is watching my clumbsy attempt to typrete ! That made him
The EOG machine now has an
extra hard drive and as well as the mirroring it does, all data is now
automatically backed up to a spare drive as well. bit like me really,
belts , braces and bits of string! This will ensure we are as safe as we
can be and all the data has several places to get lost so I can never find it!
Have just removed the 'rig
for sale', from the pages and a donation will soon be winging our way. Have
had an enquiry on the boom I posted last week and have now added more , some
windows and winches... Seems lots of people are finding our pages... Brendan
has had an idea about doing our own on line auction, more on that later....
Pleased to say we have heard
'Dougaljo' is back in the water, though still a problem, but hope to be
helping him shift her back to Bradwell shortly. Heard John Stevens was
aboard 'Glasstide' today and also that Brian of 'Right E Oh' was recovering
from his little op and will be back on the water soon. Hope to be out
afloat tomorrow, so closing down to get some shut eye!
Saturday 28th May 2011.
Spent the day yesterday
trailing 'Everjoy' the Eventide 24 we have been storing in our garden,
we sold it (on behalf of John and Ann Morgan), up to Nottinghamshire to
Ian the new owner. We married it up with the spars from 'Folly', that is
now a bare shell of rotten timber, sat waiting for November 5th!
Ian had all his neighbours
waiting ready for us and a local firm turned out with a 'Hiab' on a lorry and
lifted her off the trailer and into his garden to sit on a trailer he had made
for her. When completed she will be trailed out to the water. We
are going to start a page on the Restorers section for her and Ian promises to
send in progress reports.
Had a glitch with the
Enrolment form earlier this week, but all up and running again now, so welcome
to Phil on the Isle of Man with the Eventide 'Sea Jay' and Des in South Africa
with the Eventide 'Chala'. Both of these boats are known to us and I
will be sending what information we have to the new owners.
Pleased to be able to say
Brendan has managed to digitise some of my old records into a format we
can use and add to the EOG database. This will help owners a lot
in the future. Brendan is coming over to me today, to stay for a few
days/week to check the computer and add another drive and to help me modify my
trailer so we can go and get his boat from Kent!
I actually managed to get to
Fiddler's Green last night, after dark, but at least the wind had dropped
enough for me to get the Genoa on. Mainsail Monday and a sail I hope!
(With Brendan of course!).
Wind is F5 and rain in the
air, as well as a couple of Tornados.... RAF ones! Passed low over the
cottage, really low, close enough to see the pilots!
Southend Air Show today in previous years have been anchored off under the
planes, not this year! Hope wind abates for Monday!
Have a few additions to the
For Sale pages to make, 'Sea Troll' the WW Ian and Carolyn have been restoring
in Dorset is on the market, £5,000 for a 3/4 restored boat. Family
commitments have forced Ian to give up, after many years. Will be a good
buy for someone! Brian is after wooden spar for a Senior... any
helpers?? And I will be adding more general chandlery I have 'acquired'
and wish to pass on, donations to Group Funds.... See the bits for sale.
Nice pair of winches, new windows, bilge pump....
Thursday 26th May 2011.
Well Everjoy is out of my garden and part
way to Nottinghamshire and Ian the new owner. Tomorrow we take her the next
leg to Ian's house. We have already put the mast and spars from the
Eventide Folly on board, recycling Eventide parts is getting to be a
We met at Boreham last night and Nigel
dropped in to join us. A small but select group! Talk was about babies,
sails and hot tubs! Meal was good as ever.
With the rain setting in seriously today and
the wind strengths up again I suspect it will still be a day or two till I get
the sails up!
We are having a security glitch on the
Enrolment page. Sorry it is working too well. Brendan is on the
case and hopefully it will be cured shortly....
Off to the day job, back soon.
Sunday 22nd May 2011.
Well I still have not got a
sail up! today we have F5 and 6! I had hoped, as the wind had gone
easterly to get the sails bent onto the spars last night, but it just got
windier! Hopefully will be luckier today.
Can report though that the
Nasa BMI battery monitor reports that my solar panel has charged the Fridge
battery to 100% in a week! (From 60%). Now that is great. Seems
the Solar panel is working better than I thought. It is one of those
flexible 32watt panels, that fits nicely on top of my spray hood.
On the mail front we have
had another payment for a CD of Eventide drawings to Dave Leathley and last
night a generous donation came in from Boudewijn in the Netherlands, for a
burgee and a CD of the Riptide drawings!
Chris Luke has contacted us
to inform us his boat is one of the unidentified or miss identified Eventides
on the Gallery, Thanks Chris, hope to hear from you with the filled in
enrolment form. The boat? Sarane.
Had an interesting letter
from Paul Hyde in the USA. His father was the very proud owner of Cock
Robin, a slightly larger, ketch rig version of the original Mouette, and his
family spent many seasons sailing her around Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Cock
Robin was a very able vessel and she really shined when the wind got up. The
ketch rig balanced very nicely and when she was trimmed properly, we could let
go of the helm and she would sail herself on a steady course relative to the
During a trip to Maine in
the summer of 1974, he says he encountered the original Mouette in
Gloucester, MA. If he remembers correctly she was owned by the pastor of a
church there. It was during that voyage that he first read John Rowland’s
Wind, and Salt Spray which features pictures of Mouette and also mentions Cock
He promises to comb
through some old photo albums and scan some images for us. Subsequently,
through our forum about Mouette photos he realized that the boat in Gloucester
was the smaller cutter rigged Stormy Petrel, not the Mouette. He is pretty
sure his sister has Wind and Salt Spray so he’ll look into getting some
Look forward to adding
info to the Mouette page.
I have sorted out a lot of
the bits I salvaged from Folly and they will be appearing on the for Sale
pages shortly. I have placed the head sails on there already... Have yet
to test the automatic bilge pump and switch!
Tuesday we are loading
Everjoy back onto my trailer and transporting her up to Halstead, to marry her
up with Folly's mast and rig. The first step of her journey to
Nottingham. Then we have to set too and alter the trailer to enable us
to load Brendan's WildDuck on it...
Well the sun has come out,
it's 0900, but the wind is whistling round the cottage, so will wait for it to
drop before attempting to venture to boat, time to sort the garden!
See you on the river, soon,
Tuesday 17th May 2011.
Well still not got a sail
up! and the weather has now turned... typical.
Eventide rescue has been at work again. No sooner had Fiddler's Green
hit the water than the trailer was pressed into service again. I have
bought the wreck of the Eventide 26 'Folly' from Tollesbury, where the JCB was
about to crush her. I just wanted the mast and spars for Everjoy...
After a little fun and games Folly is now up in north Essex and being broken
up. She was rotten as a pear. It was easier to kick the side out
to remove parts, than take them out the hatch!
All caused by a few deck
leaks! I have removes anything usable, ply locker doors and old light
fittings, water tank etc and all are to be loaded onto Everjoy so Ian can use
them if he wishes. Lots of blocks to clean up and reuse too. I
found a few goodies on board for me, best was a brand new mainsail! It
fits F.G. and will eventually replace my aging, 21 year old main. what's more
it's tan too! I thought I was just going to do this for love, but
someone must have been smiling on me.... all the good bits, radio,
compass, clock, barometer, inboard diesel and all ancillaries, cockpit winches
etc, had all been removed by the yard as part payment of outstanding fees.
The brand new sail was therefore a total shock, got to change the sail number
and find some battens that's all! (could have the leech re-cut hollow
and same as FG, no battens.. will think about that!). I will later
advertise the 3 head sails I also found, Genoa, no2 and staysail for 26.
All white, in fair condition, made by Taylors of Maldon.
This past week I have sent
out another CD of Senior drawings and joined up another member, Paul with the
Kylix 29 'Jemima'. I will have to find time to add a few pictures of her
and of Nigel and Heidi's new Barbican. Keith has sent in a new pic of
the Eventide 'Polly Peacham', he and Sue will be out and about in her from now
on and as they are only across the way in St. Oysth we expect to meet up with
them. He asked me to add Sue's name to the ownership as when motoring he
is captain, but when sailing Sue is! Good on you Sue!
I was out on the river at
the weekend in the lads motorboat, sadly probably for the last time, as I took
her over to Brightlingsea to be sold. Poor Michael and Karen have just
had no time to use her the past 2 years and the weather when they have had a
say, has been horrid. Add to that we are expecting the patter of
tiny...... not the best time. In a few years maybe. in the
meantime we hope we can persuade them to come out on odd occasions with us,
and bring bump too!
Time to turn in, another
long day tomorrow, and if it stays dry, and calm, I hope to get the boat
kitted out ready for sailing.
See you on the River,
We now have the makings of a
bonfire for November 5th.
Tuesday 9th May 2011.
She floats! At long
last Fiddler's Green is back in the water. Seems half the summer has
already passed with all the nice weather for the past 2 months. In deed we
have not had significant rain for 6 weeks! All went to plan again, Phil
and Keith my regular crew, are so proficient at this nothing has to be said,
all the jobs just get done! I am impressed every year and at the end of
the day we can all pat ourselves on the back. Job well done. The
chaining down and securing, the sorting of freshly washed halyards and
untangling of wire rigging, hoisting the mast and tensioning the rig, all jobs
that might tax some are attacked with confidence and the marina staff just
leave us to it, throwing in the odd quip as they pass, like 'the mast is back
to front....' or 'you missed a bit', or 'stop polishing that prop we need sun
glasses!' They are a great bunch
Every year there is always
something catch us out, would not be boating if not. This year all went
swimmingly, we were lifted off the trailer, the odd bits of antifouling you
have to miss were touched up and we were gently dropped into the water.
The motor started first
touch of the button, loads of go in the newly serviced starter, (or was it the
new cable?) and we were off.. only for the motor to die with an
air bubble as we were steaming fast towards the mud at the end of the first
straight run.... Professor Sode strikes again!
Fortunately the Beta is self bleeding and a touch of the key had her running
again... but it could have been funny! 1st trip 200 yards from
launch to grounding! After we berthed we had the motor running at all
sorts of different revs, in and out of gear, to ensure the bubble was really
What I noticed instantly was
the new NASA battery monitor on the fridge battery was recording 14 amps of
charge at tickover. This is the X-Alt cutting in and controlling the charge.
I will report further on these two bits of kit later in the season.
We have had 2 payments for
CD's and one for a burgee in the last couple of days, will be in the post
Just had another enrolment,
the Kylix 29 Jemima, ex Mirimbe. This was triggered by me contacting the
owners again after the daughter of the former owner contacted us to see if her
dad's old boat was indeed down west, as she had thought she had seen it in
Suffolk. Turned out to be sister ship Risga! But Paul has responded with
a coup of pics and an enrolment form! Welcome Paul and Carol.
Jemima is in Bideford at the moment, being fitted out ready for a West Country
I have just lowered the
price of the Eventide 24 Otteau on the
for sale page. less
than £6k now...
I am going to be very busy,
as is my brother in law and regular crew Keith, as we shuffle Eventides around
Essex and the Eastern counties, culminating in a rescue mission to Kent for a
Wild Duck! More on all of this later!
All for now
Friday 6th May 2011.
Amazingly it is still
relatively warm, we have had precious little rain and apart from last weekend,
winds have been reasonable.
All this is about to change
as I prepare to launch Tuesday!
Still working like mad and
countless jobs out standing, but, in the words of the advert, 'We are getting
I had one sad call this
week, from Esther Smith, to tell me that Jim, her husband, died suddenly
on Sunday. Jim was 90 and up till very recently was still quite active,
but a fall seems to have slowed him and after a walk round his garden to
feed his fish he collapsed indoors apparently suffering a heart attack.
Esther and their daughter Patricia were with him. Jim and Esther were kingpins in the old association and I am
very pleased to say have supported the EOG from the start. The film we pass
out, on the building of the Eventide, is of Esther and Jim building Neptune's Nereid, a Eventide 26, so well known in the Medway and beyond. It was
Jim and Esther, along with Peter North, Tony Sykes and myself who sorted out
all the plans from Yachting Monthly. Jim was a real DIY man, a practical
London Stevedore, he could make or move, anything! After the boat he
built a large optical telescope on equatorial mounts for watching the sky at
night, though with all the street lights where they live in Bexley I am not
sure how much he could see. Over the years I visited, a half size Tiger
Moth materialised in his shed.. this was not for him or his brother to
fly, they did it for fun, but fly it did, eventually, another amazing DIY job!
I will be going over to the funeral in Bexley on the 19th of May and will take
your good wishes with me. Esther also made the best jam scones I ever
tasted! I will miss Jim's chirpy voice on the phone....
Been a busy week on the mail. Welcome to Dr. Brian Marsh with the Senior, Polly sailing out of Keyhaven on the Solent, he has plans for a gaff rig too! To Colin
Linklater with a spectacular Atlantic clipper, 'Rebecca'. there is a
tale to be told her and that is going to wait for the Newsletter. Colin and
his father sail the Outer Hebrides, lucky people. Having visited a few
years ago I think it must be a cruising ground fit for the gods! Closer
to home the Rev Keith Maxwell-Whale, sails out of St Oysth! He has
'Polly Peacham' once owned and sailed by Chris box, a well known
figure in the old association., hope to cross wakes with him this year.
the Rev has a sideline, or siding... he has a business repairing and supplying
model railways! Shades of the Fat controller! No offence Keith!
Boyhood memories of my Tri-ang 'OO'.
We have also had an
enrolment from Tim Schultz in America and a request for a CD of the 3Tonner.
Tim asks, what are they like in 'heavy weather'? At only 19ft that might
mean anything over a Force 6, my bet would be safe but uncomfortable! I
would be looking not to be out there personally, but I wonder if Tim has a
long trip in mind.....?
This week I was sent a DVD
of the cruise of 'El Lobo'. This has come all the way from Canada,
though the cruise took place in UK waters, way back in 1966. John has
added a commentary, as it was recorded in 8mm cine i guess, no sound.
Very interested to watch one chapter, where they arrive in the Scillies.
Instantly recognisable to someone like me who has spent so many wonderful
holidays there. It has changed, but not a lot! I will see if we
can get permission to pass copies of this CD on to members. Filmed
before radios, in the days of cotton sails and woolly jumpers, waxed oilskins
and tins of bully beef! Great stuff!
A seagull customer contacted
me this week, Alan from Littlehampton way, sails the Eventide 26 Marionette.
apart from wanting a few Seagull bits we chatted Eventides too, and as a
result he has sent an update picture for the Gallery.
I have a few to add, and a
couple that we already have can now be identified, thanks to two of the new
As I get closer to launching
I am also up to my ears in the logistics of moving several other boats with my
trailer, more on that later, but it is interesting trying to tie all the
people, boats, cranes and my trailer together!
I have to turn in, early
start tomorrow, still got cockpit drains to sort, last bit of varnishing
outside, all the galley to put back in and the motor to run up and oils to
change. Managed to fit new winches today, that was fun, and replace the
2 fuel filters. Nice to see both were clean and no trace of the dreaded fuel
bug.. That could be because I always keep that tank full.. now I have to
fit the anti siphon device.....
See you on the river, soon!
Thursday 28th April 2011.
I have been given a day off
tomorrow and I should say thank you to William and Kate for that, and wish
them well.... so I'm off to antifoul the boat!
Another good meal at the
Cock Inn last night, seems a pleasant place to meet, no frills, just clean old
fashioned pub that serves food!
We have had a payment for a
CD to go out to Spain for Tomas, CD will be on the way shortly Tomas.... and
an enquiry from Tim regarding obtaining a CD of drawings for the 3 tonner.
Hope to get his enrolment shortly.
Worked on the boat for a bit
the other day, eventually removed the cockpit drains. They had been in
20 odd years and were extremely reluctant to give up their hold. I only
wanted them out because the surveyor rightly stated the hoses needed changing.
when I removed the hoses I realised the fittings were loose in the cockpit
floor, so water was probably leaking past them. I eventually had to
resort to using a hole saw and cut out round the fitting, fortunately it had a
I was planning to reuse the
bronze elbow and hose tail, just replace the chromed brass bath plug fittings.
However it is a good job I took them out as when I got them to the workshop
and applied a little force, the bath fitting crumbled away, De-zincified!
Even through the chrome, the zinc had leached out, and these fittings were
never under water. Salutatory lesson there. I am now looking to
replace the lot with a stainless drain fitting....
As the weather is chilly and
damp is in the air... I will soon be ready to launch!
Hope you enjoyed the summer.
Wednesday 27th April 2011.
We meet tonight at the Cock Inn Boreham,
Essex, just off the A12. All welcome.
With the sunny weather persisting I hope you
are enjoying it or making good use of it! The Cuckoos have
started and the skies round the cottage are full of Swallows....
Great weather for getting the epoxy to go off! I have just fitted
a new ring of timber around a deck aperture, to fit a new clever ventilator on
the stern deck. The vent has a dozen or so small buoyant balls inside
it, and if any danger of heavy water through the vent, they float and neatly
block the vent! simple yet neat. I have always been aware there
was a slim chance of water getting in if the boat had a wave climb the stern.
It has never occurred yet, and we have been out in some choppy stuff, but
belts, braces and bits of string, that's me!
Had another enrolment this week, Thomas from
Spain, he wants to build a Junior dinghy! Just sent a CD of the Eventide
out to Susan in Suffolk. Susan if you are reading this we have responded
to all your mails, but you do not seem to be getting them.?? Have a
quick look in the Spam folder.. maybe...
Had a nice pic of the Senior Wagtail in,
taken from a Barbican! Another to add to the gallery! Thanks Nigel.
Otherwise the mail has been a bit quiet,
unusually... Still gives me a chance to concentrate on fitting out..
Off to the boat for the afternoon today, and all day Friday, thanks to that
happy young couple!
Good sailing, enjoy the sunshine whilst it
Thursday 21st April 2011.
The warm weather
continues.!!! 25 degrees here yesterday and today, quite unnatural for
this time of year!
Still the Swallows have
arrived, they must think it is warm enough. Time was when I could say
without any doubt, that I would see them arrive on the 1st of May. over the
past 10 years or more they have been ever earlier, last year it was the 13th
of April I seem to recall, but this year, I was not certain of a sighting till
the 20th, when on a walk to St. Peters Chapel, down at Bradwell I watched as
they came in low across the sea to sit in the hedges all round me, great to
have them back. the cottage always has them flying round it in the summer.
I watched the boats on the
Blackwater with some envy this week, a lot of sails out there.
Me, I am still plodding on
with the fitting out! Finished all my main rewiring today and the new
'fuel gauge' meter on the fridge battery is up and running, will tell you how
accurate it is later... I fitted the new hose pipe to the water cooling
on the Beta and that is all ready for a run up, then i can change the oils,
will do the diesel filters first though.... the new closed circuit shore
side cooling system is a boon!
Going to spend the day on
her tomorrow, with my crew Phil, we will get most of the outside jobs sorted
tomorrow, varnish work, polishing cabin top, quick sand of the decks to
repaint them, (first time in 20 years!). then antifoul...
Not sold many cans of
Marclear this year, have you all found better stuff? or cheaper and
prepared to scrape those barnacles off....?
Sent out a Burgee and set of
Tidewater drawings to Dave with Tidewater 'Alchemy', thanks for donation too
No new enrolments this week,
but Justin with the Barbican 'Eilean Naomi' has sent in a few pics of the
Maurice Griffiths style Centre board and gear fitted. Will make another
page in the new newsletter.
Have had a few nice pictures
of the Eventide 'Tanera More'. Will be added soon. She is now launched
and sailing on the Deben, hope to cross wakes with her this year...
Had an update from Australia
on 'Windward' sadly she is now up for sail, but I have requested a few
recent pics, as Robin has just finished repainting etc...
Trying to twist our new
Barbican owners arm to be rep for them... Nigel.... can't wait for the
Hope to see you out
there....soon! hope this weather holds.....
Saturday 16th April 2011.
Well the sun has come back
out and fitting out carries on apace! I seem to be taking two steps
forward and three back. Refitted the cooling stack to the heat exchanger
on our Beta, only to realise the cooling pipes from motor to anti siphon were
in need of attention, so they are now out awaiting replacement.
Fitted the new gas locker
seacock, good job done, 3/4 bronze with stainless ball valve and lever and the
cheapest was Mailspeed at £12.! I then went to replace the start
battery, realised one of the heavy start cables corroded, so out with all the
old cable and today made up new one. Tested isolator switch and found
resistance across it, removed it and retested prior to ditching it, a Hella
key switch. Just thought to touch the two probes together to test the
meter, and found the same bad reading... it was a probe, it had broken
off inside the plastic shroud! Sods law. So refit all wiring back
onto switch! Now have to find a new pair of probes!
I was just having one of
those days so disconnected one of the service batteries and brought it home
for recharge instead, back tomorrow for another exciting day fitting out!
On the website front, we
have just had the film on DVD of a 1966 Eventide cruise posted to us. I
might ask the provider if we can share it with others.. will have a look
Have had another 2
enrolments, a 'Friend' in the USA, Jaqueline and family, they have got the
boat building bug badly and after several smaller boats want to take on
something like a Storm, Carvel built as well!
We also have yet another
Barbican owner joining, Justin. with the Barbican 'Eilean Naomi'. I last
spoke to Justin back in 2001 when I was secretary of the old association.
Justin wrote a little about his Barbican and I was intrigued to hear it
actually had the MG 'L' shaped Centre board. I will be getting more info
on this for the next newsletter I hope. Justin sails her out of Holyhead
Had an interesting
conversation with one member about renaming a boat and the protocol to get
round the superstitions. I suggested replacing part of the structure of
the boat, removing a bit of timber or fitting and replacing, not just a bunk
cushion or a GPS, had to be something that was permanent, a handrail or bit of
gunwale.. He had heard of transferring the name to a toy boat and selling it
for a pound! not heard that one. Has anyone got any other ideas to
I have also been playing
with a pattern for some novel Ali folding mast steps. Sadly the original
pattern a friend made went astray and he could only find a rejected early
attempt, so I have been trying to get my head round how it will work and get
the pattern right to have some cast. not as easy as it looks. It is a
job i keep creeping up on in the workshop! Too late for this summer, but
if I get it right, maybe for next!
There are some mast steps
for sale on the site, and at £6.00 a casting they are cheap enough, but they
do need finishing and then anodising, and they are a fixed 'D' shape on the
side of the mast, so I have steered away from them now.... Told they
could be noisy in a breeze, but small price to pay I suspect, if you need to
Wednesday 27th is our next
evening at Boreham. If you are within reach , it is just 3/4 mile off
the A12 at Boreham interchange, drop in and join us! If you ring either
myself or Doug, we can ensure places are booked, but to be honest, the place
will not be packed on a Wednesday!
OK that's it for now, I'm
off to bed, to get my strength back for another day fitting out......
Tuesday 12th April 2011.
Knew it could not last, hope
we do not look back and say summer was early April this year! Went down
to work on the boat, refitting wiring after having starter motor serviced, was
suddenly aware of drop in temperature.. Head out of hatch, very dark,
moment later the heavens opened... still I had just planted a tree, so
saved me walking down the field with the watering can again!
Had another enrolment, the
new owner of the senior 'Iona' that John Hopthrow had seen for sale and sent
the pic in.. Anthony the new owner is going to sail her around
Poole Harbour, just the perfect place to use her! She is an interesting
oat, built as a centreboarder, but Mike Craddy the owner back in 2005/6 got a
set of drawings on CD from us and converted her to the more stable bilge keel
version! made me wonder why he did not go for the even better extended
bilge keel version, then I realised we did not have the information on the CD
at that time, so maybe there is a further incarnation waiting....
We are pleased to Say Nigel
and Heidi seem very pleased with their new Barbican, a real good looking boat.
We are waiting for feedback on the pro's and cons of that dreaded centre
plate! Good echo sounder one member said!
I have my anchor chain laid
out in the garden at the moment. I have to turn it end for end..
though it is really more for cosmetics than safety. If there were any bad bits
I would relegate it to chaining up the trailers! The surveyor saw it and
just as I had thought, assumed it was rusty. No it's stained with mud, I
do tend to use it a lot! however when turning end for end, I now
have to remove all the white paint that has marked it for years, with paint
stripper, and also cut off all the fluorescent electrical ties I use to
further mark it... Oh Bother...
Started removing the grout
on my tiled galley today, the little tool I have for doing it works well,
£5.00 at the DIY shop. Bought the new grout too and borrowed a special
grouting applicator.. Will see if it looks any better this year, surely
cannot look worse, the 20 year old grouting was a little grotty!
Pressing on, fitting out
time seems to get compressed every passing year.
More power to the elbow to
those fitting out, and to those afloat, fair winds and lee going tide.
Friday 8th April 2011.
And still the sun shines.
Wonderful fitting out weather, or in the case of one crew, great sailing
I heard from Nigel and Heidi
yesterday, text read, 'Bradwell in sight, nearly home!' At 13.15
yesterday they were back in Tollesbury with the newly acquired Barbican.
302 miles in what 4 days, very good time!
Quiet days on the mail front
for last day or two, or is it that you are all off to your boats?
Spent an hour with double
jointed fingers and fiddly extensions on the socket set, bolt taped to socket
so it would not fall out.. eventually refitted starter motor...
Also used the multi meter and tested all the wiring to see if any resistance.
However out of interest I
tried testing the battery isolator switches, guess what, one had 200 Ohms
resistance across it. Bought a new one today! (EOG EBay Page!)
another little job.. Well after 20 years afloat I suppose I should
expect a little wear and tear...
I also got to play with
something else that I had been working on for a while...
Actually got to take it out
for its first Spin Sunday, but yesterday was off round the local lanes.
'Sign of happy biker? Dead flies in the teeth!'
Back to reality and the day
Wednesday 6th April 2011.
We have been in touch with
Colin Faggetter's widow, Sheila and she has given the group permission to
carry on handling Colin's drawings with out a Royalty now. The Steering
group have decided to therefore reduce the cost of these CD's of drawings to
the same cost as all the others, namely £5.00 UK and £6.50 overseas, to
include the cost of P&P as well as the scanning, recording disc etc. In
addition in line with Sheila's wishes the EOG will make a donation towards the
RNLI in Colin's name when we sell any of his designs. Our thanks to
Sheila for this.
On the drawings front we
have had a payment in for a Senior CD and a donation from
bob Puzey, Thanks Bob, CD in the post tomorrow. also had a letter in the
post from a member in Havant, Mr. S. Thomas, for an Eventide and a Riptide CD.
Both in the post tomorrow as well.
We have again heard from the
crew of the Barbican, they have now made Eastbourne, Tuesday evening,
and doubtless are enjoying the balmy weather today, 21C here! Set to
stay warm with lighter winds for the next few days whilst they make their way
round the North Foreland and into the Thames Estuary. Back to Essex for the
I spent some time on my boat
today, at last. Refitted the serviced starter motor, what a fiddly job!
Would not want to do that at sea! Using a multi-meter I have been
measuring the resistance in all my starter cables etc. Found little to
none anywhere, but one of my Battery isolator switches has a high resistance,
so that will have to be changed. found one smaller wire with corrosion
that I will cut out and re fix the terminal. Next visit is for the
galley top. I have to remove the grouting between all the tiles and re
grout. Going to be a messy job! will be worth it as it looks
less than smart as it is.
Just one seacock left to
sort. Following the survey I have serviced and replaced 3, the last, the
gas locker drain, tried to refit it only to cross thread the valve, so
sourcing replacement now. all hoses now double clipped....
Think I will lift the main
aux battery off too, discharge it and recharge before launching.. Have
to disconnect it anyway whilst i work on switch, so I might just as well lift
it off, at 110Amp hrs though it is no lightweight. Same goes fro fridge
battery, but that appears fully charged still! However as I have to
disconnect that whilst I am re wiring the feed to it and fitting a battery
monitor, I might just end up with that one at home too.
hope your fitting out is
Tuesday 5th April 2011.
I heard again from Nigel and
Heidi. First off it was an odd bleeping on my mobile. A text
message informed me they were in Yarmouth, Isle of Wight! They have had
a a swift passage across Lyme Bay and beyond 87miles in 15 hours. yesterday an
e-mail, Hasler Marina Southampton, short hop after the day before preparing
for long haul to Eastbourne and beyond. With the wind a F5 SW for the
last few hours I bet they make Dover or Ramsgate and back to Tollesbury in the
coming weeks heat wave! 21c forecast for tomorrow and the next day with
gentle F2's. Could not have been better weather for the trip...
will let you know when they are back.
The newly acquired Barbican sailing home to Essex. The
second picture of her in Haslar Marina, is titled 'Un-named Barbican' Because
the present name will change!
We have had another
enrolment in the last couple of days, they are still coming in at the rate of
2 or 3 a week, astonishing!
Welcome to Marshall Lowry of
Florida, owner of many boats, but with an inclination to build an Eventide or
larger. Welcome as a 'Friend' till he gets the boat started.....
doubtless he will be in touch for a CD or two.
Speaking of the drawings, we
have just had a lovely letter from the late Colin Faggetters wife. She
has donated the royalties to the group. The Steering group will have to
decide if we should pocket the royalty or drop it. More later on that
one. Incidentally, we were contacted by a gentleman who purported to be
Sheila Faggetters brother and who had lost touch. I am very pleased to
say she has told me he was her long lost brother and she is trying to contact
him using the information he sent. nice story and the power of the
Eventiders site on the web!
Sheila also informed me that
the motor cruiser drawings he was working on when his eyesight was failing
were sadly scrapped, as he was not happy with the result. Shame I had
sort of half hoped it could be a retirement boat for me or anyone else who
wanted to remain a full member of the group but wanted to gently retire from
the sailing... I have my eye on a Buchanan designed SeaFarer 18 at the
We have had a flurry of
mails and photographs from John Burke restoring a rather special 3 Tonner.
This one is Clinker built. I will be adding his pictures to his page on
the 'Builders and Restorers' section. I
pulled his leg rather about a little window into the cockpit, John has done a
special pic to show us what he did with it! Hope to put all the pics on
Well the rain is beating
down at the moment, but the forecasters are talking of warm and dry this
afternoon, so I am off to the boat this afternoon to fit the refurbished
starter motor and get on with more chores..
Saturday 2nd April 2011.
We have had more enrolments.
A warm hello to Christopher Gregory of Kent, keen on building a Senior and who
has already sent his pennies and had a CD sent to him. Thanks for the
donation as well Chris. Also to Robert Fuller with the Ferro 38ft,
Barrier Reef, 'Crystal Voyager'! Robert is also from Kent, but the boat
is at present berthed in Essex at North Fambridge. hope to cross wakes
with her later this season.
Bob Puzey with the new
Senior, 'Moonfleet' has sent a nice donation and also paid for a new burgee,
he hopes to be flying it in the Bristol area this year. Look forward to the
I had a mail a few minutes
ago from the new owners of a Barbican, Nigel and Heidi.! They had just
sailed into Dartmouth, my favourite landfall! They are off to cross Lyme
Bay tomorrow and Nigel reports the centre plate has not fallen off yet!
Told him that I bet he crosses the bay quicker than I did.. just watch
out for the rough bit off Portland!
Had the written up minutes
of the last Annual Meeting through today from Mike Hoban, which reminded me
that I had not announced him as a new member of the Steering group as yet,
welcome Mike. Mike and Helen have the GH 28 'Cirra'. Mike has even
built a boat shed for her in his garden to ensure all is dry and in perfect
order for the rebuild. I'm told this year should see the most of it
done.. Maybe we can organise a restorers meet there, Buckinghamshire....
Also reminds me that I can
publish the previous years minutes now, along with the accounts...
I spent a few hours on my
boat today, for a change... took me an hour to cut through the mastic to
get the 'sealed' cockpit floor up! Will have to think of moving the
primary fuel filter somewhere else...
Fitted the handles to 2 of
the seacocks I was repairing but the third I managed to cross thread the valve
assembly and ended up taking the lot off. It was on the gas drain and
had not been shut in 20 years, so my fault for not working the valve to keep
it moving, now I have to fit another valve...
Heard from the auto
electrical man who has my starter motor, said it was not in too bad order,
needed new brushes and clean up, hope it spins the motor better... Will
collect and refit that this week. Have to pull the stops out now, 4
weeks to launch and have still to clean out and renew grout on tiled galley
top. Have not started to think of paint...Too many jobs lining up!
Talking of paint, no one
seems to want to use the Marclear this year? Spoke to one of my
customers from last year, he had bought some cheap stuff. I asked if the
Marclear had failed? 'No' he said, 'not a barnacle'.. so why move to a
cheaper brand that many use here and it plainly does not work? 'Now't so queer
as folk', as they say.
Hopefully see you on the
water in May!
Thursday 31st March 2011.
Eight of us met at The Cock Inn, Boreham
last night and were again pleasantly surprised to receive an excellent
meal. The place is a real pub, that also serves food, and Bob was rushed
off his feet when the bar staff phoned in sick and loads of people came in for
the darts match, however, apart from a little wait, during which the talk
yo-yoed from bilge keels to Jowett cars, all went well and he coped, even to
supplying coffee as a thankyou to us for our patience...
The other nice feature about the place was
the cost. 2 courses for £9.95! Cheaper if you chose from the bar menu...
and a good choice too. And they even have Darian's Red Bull !
Heard from new member Bob Puzey that he has
bought Stewart Moxams's newly built Senior, 'Moonfleet'. Bob will be
sailing the Bristol area, says he will wait a little before venturing into the
Bristol Channel though, wise man! We are looking forward to the new
pics, but here she is awaiting sale...
Really nice centreboard Senior. Apparently about the
only bit of paintwork to sort is the replacement of a letter 'A' with a 'G' on
We have had another person contact us to join but appears
to have confused the Forum with our enrolment form, hoping they will have got
my explanatory mail now and will sign up, they have already applied for a CD!
News hot off the press. Nigel and Heidi are now the
proud new owners of a splendid Barbican, Diane II. It is a centreboard
version and there have been long discussions about the centre plate.
Strangely the Barbican plate has been the subject of hot
discussion in a few quarters. There was an article in PBO where an owner
replaced his, having first asked advice regarding materials from Nigel Warren
of PBO, then promptly ignored it and used a mixture of materials
designed to create problems. I was quite surprised they even printed it and
wrote to tell then so. Saying that if the owner knew much about the designer
or cared to ask us he would have done something different.. The owner?
None other than Mr. Leaper, now leader of the old assoc. Some may have
read my words on this elsewhere. Maurice did not design this centre
plate, his drawing was of a seamanlike 'L' shaped plate that could not drop
out if the wire uphaul broke. However Phillip and Sons of Dartmouth
would not use the sensible one as it impinged on the accommodation plan they
had in mind. As a result Maurice never mentioned the hull design in any
writings, though he told me he did approve of the bilge keel version.
The later builder, after problems owners had with these plates, removed it and
a few of the later boats are simply classed as long keel.
Sensible owners have followed the builders lead and I have
met one such owner in Kent this month who told me the only real advantage of
the centreboard was the manoeuvrability under power with the plate down, it
turned better, he removed his and got round any turning problems by fitting a
bow thruster, very sensible idea. I have heard of another owner in
Walton on Naze doing this too. Sadly though, one owner is opting to
reopen a sealed up case in Walton. Do not understand the thinking here.
If you think it will make the boat faster to windward, you need to buy a
different boat! For windward performance is not what it is all about,
surely, a safe, seaworthy craft is more than just fast.
It will be interesting to see if our resident fast cruising
crew, Nigel and Heidi, think the bother of the non MG plate is worth the
hassle..... time will tell.
Another couple of members have kindly sent in a few pics of
GH's they found in Falmouth, thanks John and Margaretka.
Enough for now, got to sort the Seagull post then get off
to the boat....
Wednesday 30th March 2011
Next Essex shore based Meeting,
Wednesday 30th March 2011, 7.30pm at the Cock
Inn at Boreham.
Please ring 01621 778859 to book for meal.
Got table for 8 so far.......
Tuesday 29th March
In the last couple of days
we have had another 2 enrolments, welcome to Robert Zdarilek in Croatia with a
Wild Duck! Also to Bob Puzey in Ross on Wye looking for a Senior...
Had a mail from an ex owner
recently who was cross that we had given historical details of his boat to the
new owner? I still cannot figure out why. One would hope a seller
would impart all details and history to a new owner, but in this case it seems
not to have happened, though the seller was keen to stress to me the qualities
of the boat in rough weather, assuring me the keel had been increased in
weight. He said he had done a thorough restoration, so I
have asked him to send in details for all to see and learn from, I hope he
does.. A thought on selling, Should there be a form to fill in to
state all these facts so a new owner has them at their fingertips? I am
pleased the new owners do get in touch and that we can furnish history.
Without our records a lot of owners would not even know what their sail
numbers should be, let alone who built their pride and joy, or where...
Had the new owner of
'Everjoy' here today, Ian. He wanted to measure up so he could modify a
trailer to suit his boat, but decided not to complete the trailer until his
boat is delivered to him. If I get my finger out I hope I can get my own
boat launched by the end of April, then get my trailer back under 'Everjoy'
and arrange for her to be shifted to Ian....
The clocks have changed and
the evenings are lighter, so maybe I will get time to get cracking on all the
jobs I still have outstanding... I have managed to remove the starter
motor to get it checked and have overhauled the seacocks, so I am getting
Enough for now,
Friday 25th March 2011.
Happy Birthday to Doug.!!!
Doug of Doug and Jo with
'Dougaljo' the WW, is 80 today. We and a few others are off to celebrate
with him this evening. Doug's boat has had a bit of bad luck over the
past 3 years, twice being damaged on the berth by fouling the posts in the
Marina and last season a large boat sideswiped the back end tearing away at
the davits causing serious damage to the stern area. Very pleased to say
'Dougaljo' is all repaired and freshly repainted in 2 pack dark green with a
shine you can see your face in. hope to be sailing in company with Doug
and Jo and other friends again this season!
We have had a few more
enquiries this week, there are two more boats for sale on the pages, the GH 'Gallulina',
is back after a buyer reluctantly had to cancel.... and there is a part built
Lone Gull II. I have also added a 32ft mast to the Boat Bits page, and a
boom, both new.
John Hopthrow has sent me a
whole raft of Barbicans to add to the pages, all for sale. And I just
went to add the pictures of the one I saw in Gillingham, but find they
have disappeared from my camera???? She is a Centreboarder that
the owner had done the sensible thing and had it removed. To assist
marina manoeuvring the owners had a bow thruster fitted, great idea! I
will try and get more pictures next time I go down with Brendan to his boat,
if she is still there... I did leave the EOG details with the owners, so
they may be in touch....
Anyway time to close, off to
a birthday party!
Monday 21st March 2011.
Today is the first day of
spring and at last it is warm, for a few days this will be the case, so make
the most of it.
I learnt yesterday that some
members of this Group have actually paid the old assoc, to join them as well.
Why on earth would anyone want to give money to a group of people who so abused
all their members and failed them so badly. I just fail to grasp why
anyone would pay to join them... Hey Ho.
Takes all sorts as they say. Personally if anyone did to me, what the
officers of the association did, I would never have anything to do with them,
and I will not. But I suppose it is all smoke and mirrors these days and the propaganda
machine they run is in overdrive to rewrite history. It is sad that the
truth seems to get buried. Bet you would back a call to have your local
council member prosecuted if he took £500 from your council kitty for
himself.... why is it then we can turn a blind eye to such corruption elsewhere?
To nicer things, these last
few days we have had yet more swell the ranks, we are some 1100 members now..
Welcome to Albion Watts who has send pennies for Goosander drawings and
to Mark who wants to build a Senior and has also sent in pennies for drawings,
plus the film and photos CD!
We have also heard from the
owner of GH1!!!! 'Goose Girl'. He has joined today and is restoring her
for her 50th birthday! another new member is Bob with 'Gallinula' a GH
built in 1969 by Hartwells.
I have removed an advert
from the Site, Stewart Moxham has put the sale of his Senior on hold.
There is a real problem out there at the moment when selling a boat....
there are not many buyers about.. However heard from one member that he
has actually bought a new boat, another MG, more details later....
Well time to be productive,
the sun is out and time to fit out. Thanks to all those who have been
sending their kind comments in about the site, and the constructive comments.
One today pointed out that we had missed the sail area from the Specs on the
Senior... Opps. but unlike some, we will rectify the error immediately.
P.S. Just in!
We don't have a links page at the moment but
I'm sure I can add one.
I can link to your Buchanon page.
Incidentally I haven't had a MG at the Thames Revival yet but I think it's not
complete without one.
Can you invite MG owners to apply? We want to show the range of boats which
make up the history of the Thames from river to Estuary so a couple of the
best examples of MG yachts would be most welcome.
And thought you might like this wildlife clip they sent
Wednesday 16th March 2011.
For the past few days I have
had Brendan over to stay, so he could be at the Annual meeting. We also
took time off to visit his boat down in Kent, retrieving his inboard and
arranging to collect the boat in may for a trip to Essex. In the
meantime Brendan has, in his new role as I.T. Manager, been checking over the
EOG computer. We have found a problem with the storage devices and the
To sort it out Brendan has
been working round the clock for two days and it is now back up and running
again, thus enabling me to get on here to edit the site. We are going to
have to purchase about £35.00 worth of new hard drive to match the two we have
mirrored just for 'other data' storage.
The meeting on Sunday at
Bradwell was attended by 11 members and a meal in company was enjoyed before
hand. A full report will appear later, but highlights were the success
of the website and the number of new enrolments. We have over 1100
members now! John Stevens is now the 'Official Eventide Owners Group
Historian', as Brendan now made the database fully automatic,
so as Brendan has now moved beyond 'just' Webmaster, it was agreed to make his
role 'IT' manager. Brendan outlined some ideas for the future, including
a special members area of the site with the ability to search for local
members and get in touch with them, all without breaching the Data Protection
At the end of the meeting
the Barry Sturrock Seamanship trophy was awarded to John Stevens for the
preparation work sorting his boat for the move to his new mooring. In
addition to the trophy there was a Seamanship book as well.
A Pewter Tankard was awarded
to Brendan for his services to the Group. The Group really appreciates
A burgee was donated to the
Bradwell marina bar for display...as a thankyou.
John Morgan donated a small
library of nautical books to add to those already donated. We intend to
offer these for loan or swap. a list will be published, for those
a distance away, a donation for postage please.
So time for fitting out
seriously now, lots of jobs to do and deadlines to meet, see you on the water
end of April!
Sunday 13th March
Our thoughts are with the
people of Japan as they struggle with the aftermath of the largest earthquake
and Tsunami event in living history.
To us who use the sea as a
playground it is humbling to see the immense destructive power it can release.
Today is our Annual Meeting
at Bradwell. I have had apologies in from a few people and we hope to
meet a few friends and members there in an hour or two.
I have just taken a few
moments to update a few pages, but given the enormity of the disaster in Japan
I will leave it there.
Friday 4th March 2011.
Very pleased to witness the
handshake that sealed the sale of 'Mistress II' today. I suspect the new
owner, Simon will be filling in the enrolment form shortly. Simon has
done a shipwrights course and even with the brutally honest advert on these
pages and E-bay, was not put off. He was exactly the sort of chap I
wished would come along. I did not look forward to breaking her up,
which might have been an option! (even though she has a new 14hp Yanmar!).
Far better for the motor to stay where it is and power her later. I'm
hoping there will be a log in of a trip to Portugal in two years time!
I am trying to advertise
another Eventide on the pages, but have only PDF pictures, so am waiting on
getting them converted to jpgs. The boat is 'Eventually', an
Eventide 26 built/launched in 1993 and sailed in the Solent and beyond.
We knew of this boat years ago and though practical thought the extra high
cabin top detracted from it. I would paint an eyebrow line above the
ports to disguise the height, a simple trick that would make her look so much
This brought me to think of
paint schemes that some have used. If you look carefully at my
'Fiddler's Green' you will notice the green of the raised topsides is carried
on below the gunwhale and right to the transom, which is also green, this
reduces the effect of the raised topsides on the eye.. At least I think
it should, does to my eye! Trick is light colours make a boat look
bigger, dark ones smaller. Now you cannot paint a clinker or carvel
built boat black without suffering with the planks opening up with the heat
absorbed, but a dark stripe on a ply boat works.
I photocopied the sail plan
of the Eventide and tried all sorts of colour schemes, including different
sail colours, before making the final application of paint. As I have
seen some really odd colour schemes maybe it is a tip worth passing on!
The weather today was
brighter, but still cold, too cold to start my fitting out yet, hope for
warmer weather next week!
The annual meeting.... Sunday 13th March,
Bradwell Marina bar. Just over a
week to go....
Wednesday 2nd March 2011.
Hopefully it will warm up
shortly... cold North winds here in Essex today. We are just back
from a trip to Devon and have come back laden with sails from my daughter's
boat to get cleaned. Sadly they were left on the spars over winter and
the mildew will be difficult to remove.... Sails just should not be left
out when they not going to be used. You seen the cost of a set these
days! UV will rot them and wet will mark them, not a smart move. I
am hoping I can get these sails white again.... nothing looks more unloved
than a boat with dirty sails...
Amazingly, after all the
enrolments last week, there were none over the weekend. However I have
heard from the owner of the Eventide 24 Katherine, down in the West Country,
she has now been converted into a powerboat with steadying sail! He
promises to join.
I have just removed the
Bluewater, 'Myosotis' from the 'for Sale' page. Sold! and Fiona
the former owner is promising a donation for her sale. Nice to able to
assist. Sadly not all boats are selling.
I had a query about
'Eventually' recently an Eventide 26 with an unusually large cabin top, which
I believe really detracts from her appearance. the owners seemed to
believe she was worth a fortune. Suspect they paid over the top for her
a few years ago and were trying to recoup the loss. Sadly her looks and
the market were not going to make this possible and I told them as nicely as I
could this was the case. Have not heard from them again. Sorry
folks but I have to be honest.
I hope to have better news
about Mistress II later in the week! Watch this space.
Brendan has been busy
keeping an eye on things in the background again, several blips have occurred
with our service provider recently. We will keep an eye on things there.
My SOS site was hacked by the Russian Mafia a few months back, via Gemini, had
it not been for Brendan's vigilance this site could have been too. All
damage repaired in a few hours, but it just reminds us to keep on our toes.
Had a nice mail from Gary,
his father built two GRP Seniors from a mould he made. He believes
'Benny the Ball' on our pages was one of them, I will be putting him in touch
with the owner. Now I wonder where the other GRP Senior built from that mould
is, and for that matter, where is the mould?
As I speak, the extra
security device has just reported it has saved the latest edition of the
website, very clever!
OK enough for now, I feel it
cannot be too long before the sun warms things up and the smell of antifouling
fills the air.. Yes I'm selling it again and have some in!
Thursday 24th February 2011.
I am off to Devon for a few
days, so a quick note here first. Today seemed like Spring, 14 degrees
outside and this afternoon, sunny, 'Fitting Out' time! Have lists
of jobs to do and I am determined to be afloat early this season. Cured the
stuck Galley pump nut by using fine grinding paste to ease the threads, then
applying a little silicone polish (Pledge)!
We have had another flurry
of enrolments. Welcome to Susan with the Eventide 'Osprey', this is yet
another that has never before been recorded! She is to be based on the
Deben, so hope to see her sailing. Sue is promising pictures...
Brian Has a GH 28 down on the Solent, 'Countess', I have some pics to be
added... Thanks Brian. We have a new Friend too, a Kenneth Evans
designed 'Springtide' called 'Tyker' based in the west of Scotland.
Clarke has asked to join as a friend, realising we have other Kenneth Clarke
designs shown on the Friends page, (Sea Rovers). And lastly Robert has
joined, the new owner of an Eventide 24 called 'Stryder'. I am sure I
had heard the name before but can find no trace of her. Robert has sent
a picture, (to be added shortly) and I can see she is an early one.
Robert sails and lives at
Wooton Creek Isle of Wight and is a shipwright. He has a lot of local
knowledge and we could have a venue and host for a Solent meet here!
Had an enquiry from anther
Robert regarding repairs to a GH31 with damp problems, hopefully yet
another enrolment shortly, 5 in a few days!
Brendan has sorted the extra
security on the EOG P.C. with a daily back up of this site now to another
secure place. Belts, braces and bits of string, that's us! very
clever yet so simple!
OK that's all for now folks
catch you next week on our return from sunny Devon, where it rains 6 days out
Wednesday 23rd February 2011.
Yesterday afternoon at 1540
I was watching the Fellowship Afloat's web cam and witnessed the voyage of
Glasstide as she dropped the mooring in the creek, 1547 it was over, as she
arrived at her new mooring! Sadly today the webcam has failed, due to
all the interest in that voyage no doubt. So I cannot check to see if
the eggs and bacon are on! Hoping John will be able to finish off the
jobs on 'Glasstide' to make her more comfortable and I already know he has a
another cooker and a stainless fuel tank and filler. Hope to see him out
and about this summer.
Monday 21st February 2011.
Another new member yesterday
Brian in Southampton with a GH 28.5, named 'Countess, welcome Brian.
Also in the last week Stephen in Wales with the Eventide 26 'Mary
Louise', which I believe could be the Eventide 'Mary Lou' from nearby
Merseyside. Hopefully Stephen will be able to let us know the sail
number so we can verify this....
Had a smashing reply from
Chris Keenan in the West Indies, Chris has contributed a few times, a
shipwright and now charter skipper he worked on a few MG boats in the UK and
has responded to one member with 'Mali'. Thanks Chris. He went on
to send details of his website. clicking on t it has the Wow factor, so
if you fancy a sail in warm climes with Chris as skipper, or learning a little
about seamanship or just a romantic get away, click the link!
John Hopthrow has brought a
Francis Drake 38 back to our attention, if you go to the Ebay page you will
Also on the same page is
'Mistress II' again, still no takers. There must be someone out there to
take on this boat...?
Paul in Germany has
approached us for 5 sets of drawings, wonder which one will get built....
Like to hear from those who have started, we know there are a few of you, keep
everyone up to date...
Had a mail from Paul in
morocco again, he has found out about Junk rig and is keen on converting a
Senior, well it has been done before, but this time it will be designed by a
marine architect... We wait to see pics!
I have been busy on F.G. I
have dismantled the 2 bronze valves on my cockpit drains and released them,
they are now greased and working smoothly! I have now sourced the
cheapest 1 & 1/4 inch spiral hose on the net, just down the road in Burnham!
I am working on the galley seacock now, again bronze, but seized, always left
on you see, like the cockpit drains, the WD40 is doing it's job....
I have also removed the sink and freshwater pump so I can re-grout the tiles
on the galley top. After 20 years the grout looks a little grubby.
Isn't it amazing how one job leads to ten... I now have to repair or
replace the galley pump as the securing nut and the thread on the body have
swollen over the years and will not screw back together, took forever to get
them apart to remove it, anyone any suggestions..? I thought grinding
past on the threads!
Double clipped the last 2
skin fittings, but then found a clip I had fitted years ago was part s/s and
part zinc plated, another job!
Emptied a cupboard onto the
sole and when I looked behind me the sole was covered in plastic bags, rolls
of tin foil, packets of washing powder and odd utensils, all normally hidden
from view! At least half of that lot will come off the boat.
Strangest thing I found was
under the fuel tank, a corner not normally visited. I found a new, bolt
on Seagull bracket I had bought on my trip to Cornwall 10 years back!
Had been extra ballast all this time, I will have to search further! I recall
buying 4 or five brackets and a box of parts, obviously missed this part!
Had a peek at the Tollesbury
Fellowship Afloat website the other day, and they have got the web cam back,
nice thankyou on the page to us. Soon be time for all the kids to be out
in the creeks again.
A member sent in a link to a
group he is involved with, Sailing for the disabled. Thanks Dave, looks
like fun for all! We are in
Oxford with Sailability as a group
of 2.4 sailors braving the cold weather for some sailing ...
Go to Feature
Had mail from Cindy Skinner,
their bare GH 31 shell has sold! who has it, own up now!
Time to stop, many mails to
One last thing, we have
cancelled the Essex pub meet this week, as 6 of us and friends, met up
yesterday! Will meet there in March instead, after the Annual
Tuesday 15th February 2011.
After a few days with few
enrolments we have had a hat full over the past few days. Welcome to:-
Matt in Suffolk looking for a WW. To John in Suffolk again, looking for an
Eventide. To Chris in Kent, looking to build a Senior, Paul in Morocco
thinking hard about building a Senior, and to Paul in the USA also interested
in building a Senior.!
Also in a cheque for 2 CD's,
Tidewater and Riptide... and Stephen is toying with the idea of using Airex
foam and GRP.... anyone any experience can give him a few pointers....
I have had the prices
for the Marclear antifouling in and the first orders. It will be the
same price as last year, £60.00 for 2.5 litres of the workboat red.
Other colours available but more expensive.
The mail has been coming in
thick and fast recently, more very nice comments about the site and what we
do. So thank you all who have sent in information to add to this site to
make it the pleasure it is to read.
I have just added one of the
best adverts for a MG that I can recall. It is for the Lone Gull II, 'Lonestar'.
Look on the For Sale page
Owned by a chap I have heard about for years, he was, like me a police
officer, and like me joined the marine section, his beat was the south coast.
Like me he doted on his boat and a look at the inventory will underline that.
He has also sent in pics of his earlier boat, an Eventide! all pics to
be added to the Galleries too.
Removed an advert from the
bits for sale page too, had been sold a while back but today someone rang him
asking if it were still for sale. Please if you have an item on the
pages, let us know when you have sold it, helps to keep the site bang up to
date, an saved the frustrating phone calls.
also if you have swapped
mail providers... Just managed to put another Dutch owner in touch with
the Netherlands section, as he troubled to inform us of his new mail.
Helps out all round, thanks.
Dave has sent in some more
pics of 'Moonbeam', a Seamaster Sailer 23 specially equipped for sailing with
disabilities. Dave was an Eventide owner now a 'friend', I will edit and
add pics to the Friends section of the Gallery. He has sent in a few
interesting comments and articles over the years, thanks Dave.
John Hopthrow has sent
details in of Classic Boat parts selling off loads of bits, if you are
interested click here.
I am working full tilt at
the moment and have a few jobs on F.G. I need to start, finding time is a
problem! I want to get down to her to clean out the oily bilge again and
to service/remove the seized seacocks on the transom /cockpit drain..
Have a mind to remove them and see if they will clean up before ditching them
as they are gunmetal. also just seen the price of new ones! Ouch.
Have to check the dates on a couple of fire extinguishers too, when was the
last time you looked at yours?
Time to get back to editing
the site and a timely reminder from our webmaster today to back it up to CD
again... Actually has to be a DVD as this site is so large... come a
long way in 8 years.....
Friday 11th February 2011.
Had a mail the other day
from someone who had been waiting for over a month for a reply, from the old
assoc. He then found us and was astonished to get a reply within an
hour. 'big difference, I wrote the Assoc a month
ago, still no word . I found your site 'Eventide org' last night and read for
hours ... '
We had replied by morning! After I
explained the formation of the EOG and our ethos he congratulated us, saying,
'Of course Eventide should be operated and run by
owners of boats , anyone else is only a interested party with no "skin in the
game " so to speak.' He says will
be enrolling shortly and sending for a CD! We are often getting comments
like this, so nice to know we did the right thing all those years ago!
We have just contacted six
of the nine owners registered in Holland, for another Dutch member. If
you are in Holland and are reading this, yet did not get the message, could be
you are one of the few who may have changed their mail address and we cannot
contact. Please let us know mail addresses if you change them.
I searched the internet
yesterday and found, on Amazon, the book John Hopthrow recommended. “The
Seaworthy Offshore Sailboat” by John Vigor. I will let you know what I
think of it later.
I already have the voyages
of 'Iota' to read.....
Got my full survey report
back yesterday. Very pleased to say 'Fiddler's got a full '5 gold star'
rating. The only things Lawrence commented on were the items I had
already in hand. The anchor chain to check to see if it was rust, and
that was already back here being turned end for end, the two transom drain
seacocks that I have been buying replacements for, and the 3 seacock that were
not already double clipped, and I had bought and taken on board a bag of
suitable stainless clips two days before. Now I just have to get on and
do the jobs.
Had a few interesting mails
back and forth from Ian re building a suitable Eventide 24 trailer. He
has sourced a caravan chassis, 4 wheels and suitable weight, but not wide
enough. Boat trailers are a lot wider, so anyone out there already found
a way of easily converting old caravan chassis?
We have been sorting out the
accounts in readiness for the Annual meeting and once again we appear to be in
a very healthy position. for an organisation that is 'not for profit',
we have more than broken even again. Any ideas of a suitable youth
sailing or seamanship charity for our attention?
OK enough for now, the rain
has stopped and I have promised Ian I would send some pictures of the
underside of Everjoy with a few measurements for his trailer building...
Tuesday 8th February 2011.
After 2 years of
troublesome oil leaks I have at last found what I believe to be the major
source of the trouble on our Eventide, 'Fiddler's Green'. Finding oil in
the bilge again recently I was in despair, thinking I had been right all
along and the main rear oil seal had gone. However the lack of oil where
I would have expected it to run was puzzling. Looking at diagrams I
realised the sump oil pump rubber hose was close to where the oil pooled.
Laid on my belly with bare
are stretched to full extent I could just get to it under the sump.. Not
only was the hose loose on the spigot, the hose clip could be rotated round
the hose with my outstretched fingers. Wonder if it had ever been tight?
I think I may have been very fortunate not to have lost all my oil!
I realised there was no way I was going to get a screw driver close and was
about to give up and call for a crane, when I realised the jubilee clip had a
hex head. A 7mm spanner at full stretch and I could just get a 1/8th
turn, took an hour or more and now my right arm is 2 inches longer than the
Now I have to degrease the
bilge, again! But am now pretty certain the problem is sorted!
We have had another
enrolment in, Peter in Germany, a 'Friend' for now, but might become a 'Full'
member, as he wants CDs of several sets of drawings to make up his mind which
one to go for! Eventide, Riptide or WW. welcome Peter.
I have just altered the
price of the GH ketch for sale
on the site, down to £15,000. I have also added a sad one, the
Eventide 'Magog'. Tony has decided to give her away after she was sunk
on the river in France where she is moored. A severe flood was
responsible. There is some damage, but it is repairable.
Fortunately the engine and all the interior fittings were ashore. So if
you fancy a Free Eventide you just have to organise a trailer and collect it.
See the 'Boats for Sale'
John Stevens has sent me
details of a couple of boats seem for sale. The sad 'Galliard' now down
to a much more realistic £3,500, but I would still advise a survey, I know how
bad she was... and an Atlantic Clipper, up for a lot of money, £18k for
what looks like an unloved boat. If I had that sort of money I would
look at the GH31 for £15k on our pages! Also had a lovely Barbican, £35k
Bilge keeler and in superb order. We will be adding details of her to
the Barbican page.
We have had a request for a
link to the Alan Buchanan Association, which I will be adding shortly, and in
the mail today comes details of a boat in Cyprus, a 47ft Buchanan twin screw
motor sailer, nice! The owner will be back in touch with more details.
Heard from John in Tasmania
that the Senior CD has arrived, the shavings are already knee high by
the sounds of it!
Sorting out the income and
expenses with the fund manager I can see the number of Senior CD's this year
is going to far exceed the others!
Don't forget, March 13th,
Bradwell for the meeting, and any proposals for the trophy, please get in
touch. On the subject of seamanship, John Hopthrow contacted me to
recommend a book “The Seaworthy Offshore Sailboat” by John Vigor.
An American book, but with very valid ideas. Talks about having a line
attached to the bitter end of the anchor chain that is secured below and
long enough to come out the hawse pipe on to the deck. Here you could
shackle on extra line if needed and cut the line on the bitter end.
John, that is just how mine is. In addition I told him I have a heavy
nylon strop secured to my samson post with a stainless chain hook on the other
end. Stops the noise and takes the snubbing. The chain is
always secured to that and the load taken by the post, but the chain is still
made fast, just in case!
I have had a better chance
to examine my chainnow and I will just swap it end for end. Not rusty,
but mud stained!
The sunshine today has
brought all my Seagull customers out of hibernation, but I bet it won't last,
more gales and rain predicted. Go and check those covers.
Saturday 5th February 2011.
We have had two new
enrolments in the last few days, a 'Friend' looking for a WW, Tim in Leeds,
and a 'Full Member', Chris with the GRP, yes GRP, WildDuck called 'Scoter'.
Welcome to the Eventiders.
I had someone ask me why
they could not see pages of our site, turned out they may have been
looking at the defunct old assoc site, that had password protected on pages.
I have been told that is because there is nothing there to look at and that
message is put up to make it look as if there is.!
The Eventide Owners Group
site is open to all.
We have been established 8
years today! Over 1,000 have joined us. As far as we can ascertain
just about every boat owner we knew of before and hundreds of others. We
are hoping soon to offer something special for your membership, a password
protected members area! Difference is behind the password there will be
a new version of the interactive map with a means of contacting other members.
Not by giving away their mails, but by us mailing them to say you are
interested in communicating. Up to them if they respond.. If we
can get it to work it will be great. Brendan is sorting out the ways and
means. John Stevens is catching up on the database so the information is
up to date and can be used.
One thing we would like from
Full Members and Friends alike, if you change your mail address, just drop us
a mail to let us know!
Advertised my new and now
unneeded log and echo sounder last week, and Dave of 'Snowdrift'
contacted me within a few days, trouble is Dave I do not think my replies are
getting through to you ... If you read this, phone me 01621 778859.
Went down to my boat Friday
to remove the anchor chain for inspection. Found the second part of the
length, there is about 50m of it, is not discoloured like the first, used
part, so will change it end for end. strangely the only rusty link is
the last one, in the chain locker, that has the line tied to it. the wet
line had caused it to rust.... So have to cut one link off and turn the
lot end for end.
Now that aught to be it, but
I painted the chain every 5 metres and it is marked also with fluorescent
cable ties. Of course I now have to remove the ties and the paint, as
the paint is in coded lengths. Long white for 10 metres 2 long white for 20m
etc. Now not in the right place..... never thought of all that
when I had the bright idea of turning it end for end.......
Lifted a floor board and to
my horror oil again! I thought I had cured the engine leak, it
appears not. Looking in the engine compartment there is oil beneath the
motor, but not apparently on the front or the sides of the sump?? Where
it is coming from is a mystery. It is not the rocker box, which I
replaced and so far I have been unable to figure it out. Next week I
will rig up my ashore engine running kit, the 5 gallon Jerry can hanging over
the exhaust, filled with water and plumbed to the seacock inlet again...
Then bright torches and mirrors on sticks!
Hoping to get prices for
Marclear shortly, for those like me who find it works. Had a
satisfied customer call this week asking for more, he keeps his in the creek
at Bradwell and has had little if any weed and no barnacles as I reported in
the Marina. Yet to hear how it performed over at Tollesbury on
Talking of Tollesbury, went
on the Fellowship Afloat website to use the webcam, only to see the camera has
been sent away for repair and a thank you to us, the Eventiders for paying for
Golden Hinds. I heard
the moulds for the GH were up for sale and contacted Keith Newson who owns
He says they are indeed for
sale if anyone wants to make a 'sensible offer'. Not sure what one of those is
so have asked for a price. Keith did say they were willing to mould a
hull still, if you wanted one....
I have not tracked down the
moulds for the Lone Gull II, they were supposedly sold by Brue marine in the
west country but they are not sure who bought them???? Was it you?
Brendan has been helping me
out with a computer problem this week. My laptop I use on board died, my
fault, tried to load XP onto it... did something wrong. Sent the drive
to Brendan who managed to sort it out, however got more complicated. The
tide table program I use expired. Belfield software now needs XP or more
recent so had to have XP but another program, an old one will not work on it..
Not too happy that the program I bought did not function properly, so was sent
another version.. this works but why did I have to ask for it? I have
now found a tidal program called Neptune, that costs a little more but lasts
50 years not 2! Guess which one I will look at next time. I have a
sample up and running and I could be looking at the same programs for all the
differences... Neptune, remember the name.
I have also been looking at
running AIS alongside the plotter so needed an update on my Seapro. Cost just
£20 for the latest version so now I will be able to plug an AIS receiver in to
the laptop as well..... Just got to find one at the right price....
My eventual solution to the
computer on board and the programs was to use the eBay
page and bite the lip, buy another later laptop. I opted for a 5 year
old semi-rugged Panasonic 'Toughbook'. It can withstand bumps, is
metal cased with a water resistant keyboard. Brilliant, got it for the
right price and after a few hiccups, it arrived, in an unpadded box! 3 times
too big! with the accessories rattling about as well.! Says a lot for it
that it fired up, bet it had a rough ride. The seller was totally
incompetent with communications, posting/packing and got a lot of the
description wrong too, some in my favour, some not. At the end of the
day I have a cracking bit of kit that will do the job, but why is it never
Next step is to load it with
the SeaPro plotter program and it's charts and a few other navigational
programs I normally use. The old laptop is relegated to running the
antique program when I need it! Fitting out is expensive this year, and
i have not started on the boat yet!
Hope the gales have not
given you sleepless nights about the covers, mooring warps etc.
Roll on spring,
Sunday 30th January 2011.
Nearly last day of January
and it is cold, but we are ever nearer to spring, the days are noticeably
longer! It is 1630 and daylight!
Today I have been trawling
through the Boats For Sale
and the Bits for Sale pages. I have
approached a few people to see if their adverts are still valid and modified a
couple as a result. If you have anything advertised and the advert is not up
to date, or you wish to advertise anything, all we ask is that you mail in the
details so we have them on paper, or at least sent electronically. ( We have
not deleted a single mail or picture sent in to us, all are saved!).
I have added a couple of
adverts, a GH 31 for sale, that is being refurbished just to sell and a set of
new, boxed, NASA Clipper instruments, log and sounder,
plus the mounting Pod they sell. They are mine. Selling for £50.00
off each on retail price, so if you are in the market, look at the
It has for a change, been
quiet here. There have been no new enrolments for 10 days now. So
unusual is this that we have had to test the enrolment page in case there was
a glitch! Brendan has been running his eye over things too.
The post man delivered a
letter with a big thankyou and a bigger cheque. Thanks to John and Ann
for this donation, (I sold their Eventide 'Everjoy', through the site....)
March 13th only 6 weeks away
now, so time to do the accounts and sort out items for the Annual Meeting.
We still have no contenders in for the trophy?!?
I am waiting on a book
winging it's way to me, then I hope to be reading it with a view to a review..
It is about the travels of a WW, she was shipped as deck cargo all over the
world, so they could cruise exotic places in the limited time they had
available, sounds a great idea...
Last week I think I caused
my old laptop to have a real problem, I tried to bring it into the 21st
Century and load XP on it.. Opps! Brendan has sorted it and
thankfully it should still be OK on 98, but for the boat I have bitten the
bullet, used the
EOG eBay page and bought myself, or should I say the boat, a used
waterproof and drop proof, laptop. (Or so they claim!) I will see
when it arrives, but seemed to me that a Panasonic 'Toughbook', with a
reputation for ruggedness, would be an excellent idea on the boat. In
the adverts they wash they keyboards with a hose to clean them and run over
them with the car to save using handbrakes....
Why change to XP? Well
for years I have been using and promoting the Belfield Tide Plotter, It is a
great program, though the price has risen it is still reasonable value,
especially if you buy more than 1 years worth. All the secondary ports
of the UK and more given. Sadly this year for the first time you have to
have a minimum of XP....
I use the laptop in
conjunction with a 'Seapro' plotter program and a set of Admiralty charts
loaded onto the laptop, just plug in the GPS and I have a 14inch screen GPS
plotter. A quick glance inside the companionway to the laptop in the
quarter bunk under the chart table, and I can be assured I am where I think I
Bet the fun will come when I
try and load all the plotter programs and charts back on!
On a real boating subject, I
had 'Fiddler's Green' surveyed Friday. The surveyor inspected gear here
in storage, including lines and fenders! I took him to the boat,
answered a few pertinent questions then left him to it. I know my boats
strengths and her weaknesses, so I was pleased to hear he was really please
with her and could only fault one or two things. When he told me it was
the two seized seacocks on the cockpit drains I told him he has passed his
surveyors badge with flying colours! Having been looking about at the cost of
replacements I can now see why the insurance value is twice the market value!
I picked up my serviced
life-raft Friday too, another tick on the surveyors tick box!
Friday too I updated my
CG66. I was sent a nice reminder that it was 3 years since I had filled
in the online form. There is a link on our links
page if you have not already done it..... Go on you know it makes
Thursday 27th January 2011.
As luck would have it when
we turned up at the new 'Lion Inn' at Boreham last night, there was a 45
minute wait for a table. A quick conflab in the foyer and we jumped back
into cars and drove a mile up the road to a pub we had noted earlier.
Now a near empty pub is not a good sign, but the others we had seen were
heaving... What recession?.
A few minutes later we were
being welcomed by Dave and Bob to 'The Cock Inn' Boreham, still in Main
Road, just a mile or so from the A12 junction.
There was a small eating
area and a menu that looked very reasonable. OK the decor was run down
and the place had the air of needing TLC., but the welcome was
warm and friendly, so we decided to stay.
The place was quiet,
especially after the darts team got on the coach, to bus off to the
We sat and chatted, chose
off the menu and waited with some apprehension. WOW!! the meals
were the best we have had in years! So we have arranged to try again for
the last Wednesday in February, the 23rd. See you there! Oh and
the cost, as it was mid week 2 courses £9.95 a head!
The Cock Inn is situated on
the left side of Main Road Boreham, if you are driving from the A12
Boreham interchange, approx 1 mile and it is on the junction of the turning
off to Boreham airfield and village.
Nice to be pleasantly
surprised these days!
Tuesday 25th January
This came in today and I
thought I would pass it on right away. I will hopefully be reading the
book shortly to write a review for you.
Release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Iota Story” Cruises Readers through 12,000 Miles of Exotic Waters on A
Simpson today announced the release of ”The Iota Story”, a true account and
life journey predominantly set on the boat Jenifer and husband Simon had
built, then cruised through some of the most attractive cruising grounds in
Over a period of ten
years the couple cruised 12,000 miles through French Polynesia, the Caribbean,
the Solomons Islands and New Guinea, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia and
Thailand with a final cruise from Tonga and Fiji.
Jenifer Simpson was born
in England with an insatiable appetite for travel. After migrating to
Australia in 1957, she became one of the first women to race her own skiff on
Sydney Harbour. “I dreamt of one day sailing back to England and visiting
exotic islands along the way, so I learned coastal and celestial navigation.”
says Jenifer Simpson.
Teaming up with Simon
Simpson, who would later become her husband, she persuaded him to build a
portable yacht which could be shipped as deck cargo on freighters to the start
of a cruise each year during Simon’s holidays. They called
her Iota for, as Simon
put it, she was "the smallest viable particle of ocean going seaworthiness and
A flat bottom, hard
chines, leeboards and ketch rig enabled her to be transported easily and
cheaply without the need for an expensive cradle. Her designer, Maurice
Griffiths, described her as “a sailing caravan”. “Iota was unique and
achieved what no other yacht had done before nor has she been emulated since.
"The Iota Story"
is not just an account
of her crew, but her own story."
“The Iota Story” is also
a time capsule of life in the Asia Pacific area during the 60’s and 70’s, from
remote locations like New Guinea to the bustling streets of Bangkok.
"The Iota Story" is more
than just a book about boating and life at sea. "This is a story about
enjoying the experience of living in many parts of the world, each with its
own distinctive language and culture and its complement of interesting
characters." says Jenifer Simpson. "I also enjoyed the special life of ships
From The Iota Story:
gigantic steep waves, towering like threatening fists, at least twice as high
as Iota was long. We wondered as each approached whether Iota would rise to it
or allow it to break over her. As her stern lifted,
her bow seemed to point
down to the centre of the earth and then gradually, as we slid off the back of
the wave, it came up to point at the sky. On top of the waves we could see the
stormy leaden sky and feel the full force of the wind and spray. Down in the
troughs, in an ominous calm, we could see only water.”
“"The Iota Story" had to
be written because the ‘portable’ yacht, Iota was unique in that she was the
answer to the yachtsman's dilemma of how to enjoy the challenges and pleasures
of ocean cruising without having to sacrifice his job.” says Jenifer Simpson.
Jenifer Simpson lives in
Australia and is already an accomplished author.
jsimp at netspace.net.au
Looking forward to reading
the full story, I knew of her travels from my time as editor of the old assoc.
I read some very interesting snippets then....
Monday 24th January 2011.
Got two dates for you all.
yes the day after tomorrow, we will be meeting for the first time in the 'Lion
Inn' Main Road Boreham, just 1/2 mile off the A12 I had listed it
as Hatfield Peveral before, but stand corrected.... . We will meet
in the lounging area from 7.30 pm till 8pm We hope and then be allocated a
table. This is one of those busy places where you have to wait for a
table often, but there is a comfortable lounge area and a bar just inside the
door. Hope fully members will contact me on 01621 778859 to let us
know they are attending, especially any who have not come along before, so we
can watch out for you, flap a burgee about or something!
The second date is the
Annual Meeting. After last years popular event I have arranged with Mick
at the Bradwell Marina bar to meet there again.
Sunday 13th March. 1pm or 1300hrs!
We will have the exclusive use of the dining area again. Lunches can be
ordered at the bar to be served straight away and the meeting will take place
at 2pm or 1400hrs.
Of course nothing to stop
you getting there earlier if you so wish.
We need suggestions for the
Seamanship trophy and the Steering group should contact me to let me know they
are still willing to stand. (Not too onerous last year was it?).
Please let me know if you
intend to come along so we can give Mick some idea of numbers. Bar
billiards etc to amuse the younger ones in the annex to the main bar, within
I have had more pictures of
the Eventide 'Carita 6' in to add to the site and more promised of another
Antipodean Eventide, 'Seaquence'.
Just had a nice mail from
the editor of Classic Boat, Dan, he has given me authorisation to publish an
article that first appeared in their pages re gas installations. I will
add it to the latest Newsletter soon!
Also had a mail from
Laurence asking if anyone would like to buy a set of sepia prints that we used
to sell for £10.00. as yet he has not put a price on them but if he does
and it is not silly, I will post it on the for Sale page.
Talking of the for Sale page
I have apparently made a mess of advertising 'Jeopardy' I put her on the
site some time back but it appear the advert disappeared? Could have
been when we had a bug on the pages. Anyway I resurrected it only to
find it was an old advert. I hopefully have it straight now, suffice to
say selling for £1,900 ono.
Had a query about insurance
and values the other day. An insurance value is not yhe market value.
In most cases it can be as high as twice market value. As my boat is
having her 20 year survey on Friday it will be interesting to see the
valuation put on her that I will have to pay the premium based on for next
year! Still think the deal we have with 'Craftinsure' is a hard one to
So don't forget, the Lion
Inn at Boreham Wednesday!
Saturday 22nd January 2011.
I am constantly amazed at
the numbers joining us, this week another three! And the nice comments
about the group and what we stand for, an owners group run, simply, by owners!
This apparently means a lot to most.
A big welcome then to Chris
Sayer with the Barbican 33 'Tempus fugit'. Chris sails out of the
Hamble. Chris has also volunteered a lot of information on the Barbicans
to add to the site. I did not know there were two types of interior.
apparently they had to modify the boats when the early motor fitted went out
of production and they went over to the Mitsubishi based inboard. He has
also give the numbers built, 82 but the sad fact that two were lost at sea...
not so clever. however I have heard of many Eventides being lost at sea,
not least Number 1! I will add details to the Atlantic clipper/Barbican
Two Friends, one was crew on
Veterata I believe and trying to trace the owner now, last we heard Chris
Evans, no not that one! John the Database Manager is on the case.
The other is Stephen from
Scotland who is very interested in having a boat built. He is interested
in the tidewater and the Lone gull II. Does anyone know what happened to
her moulds? They were for sale a few years back for £1,000.
Another sent in pennies for
a Waterwitch drawings CD, plus a little donation, thanks Eilard.
I know when it is getting
out of control here, all the papers slip down the back of the computer desk
because they are piled too high... just retrieved a load! Lots of
snippets to add, all over the place! Keep sending them in!
Off to the marina tonight,
just for a meal, for a change, but will enquire about a date for the Annual
Meeting. Watch this space.
Suggestions for recipient of
Seamanship trophy please......
All for now
Monday 17th January 2011.
Saw this boat on the bay..
yesterday, if you click on
Link to Chloe of Mourne you will see her. Another MG
this time not selling for 99p but £10,000, maybe a lot of boat, if you have
the time and effort, and a few little pennies to bring her back into
full commission. She is in Kent. This link will take
you to our
where I first saw her, but now she does not appear as they appear to have
removed the 's' from Maurice's name! however another familiar boat is
there again, 'Mistress II'. Good luck Andrew.
We have had yet another new
member, another ex association man, Nigel with the Eventide 24 'Niarbyl'.
You might recall her as 'Odden' owned by the late Dave Wright, one of our
'Friends'. Always nice to track down a friends boat and nicer to say
welcome back to old association members. We have had a few recently.
Nigel sails her in the Bristol Channel! He tells me the only main change
is the new Beta 13 inboard. Good move!
Today had another enquiry
for a CD, this time an Eventide to an owner, Bob with 'Harvest Moon'.
Heard from another member
today re the 'Exel' boat show. another disappointed attendee. Is
there anyone out there who went this year and has good things to say?
Heard from 'Echopilot' today
re the possibility of replacing my log and echo sounder displays. I
explained that I had obtained a working, (hopefully!) VDO display unit.
However these 'Echopilot' people are a good firm to consider if your log and
sounder heads fail and you do not wish to disturb perfectly good transducers.
Provided the transducer for the log is a paddle wheel with a magnet and the
transducer works on a 5 v system, as most appear to, there is enough
adjustment in the Echopilot head apparently, to allow it to work with any of
these 'Hall effect' transducers. the range is called the Bronze series
and are fully waterproof flush mount cockpit instruments.
Had a call today about boat
interiors, which is best etc. I have tried to show a few interior shots,
but if you have a few you would like to share, with a few words to explain, it
could help anyone with a blank canvas....
I have another GH to add to
the for Sale pages, she is being renovated at the moment, a ply 31ft version,
Enough for now, do have a
read of the new Newsletter and give my your
Friday 14th January 2011.
This evening I have finished
the large part of the Newsletter. I can and will be adding items to the
pages for a bit, but it is all up to read now.
Newsletter. I am hoping there will be some feedback from some of the
I have just received a nice
mail from Mat, supporting what we do, always nice to get a pat on the back,
thanks, nice to know people are reading the site!
Used the eBay link again
today, this time to buy a new water filter for 'Fiddler's Green'. the
little note pad I keep each year for fitting out will soon have another item
ticked off. Yesterday I ticked off 'Renew Log' . through the post
arrived a new and unused VDO speed log head or display unit. This will
be fitted to replace mine that kept losing it's display. Now I have to
find a man who can repair the old one, so I have a spare!
I will be advertising the
new Nasa log and echo sounder shortly, to be sold at a discount! £99.00
each as opposed to £145! also the 'Pod' I was going to mount them in,
£35.00.... Advert over...
Paid for my mooring at
Tollesbury today, it had gone up! Now a whole £50.00 for a year!
Now I wish the marina fees were as low! Will be scraping the piggy
bank to sort that bill out shortly!
I took my crew and their
other halves out to dinner last night, and play a round of ten pin bowling
too, bit of a treat to say thankyou for all their help. Keith and
Phil, who a lot of East Coast sailors will have met are the reason I can still
go boating, without their assistance fitting out, towing and storing, sailing
and scrubbing I would be hard pressed on my own. Nice to have good
friends who are willing to roll their sleeves up and get stuck in.
I was thinking if the new
location for the East Coast Social Club does not work out we could all go to
the place we went to last night. OK if you like Chinese...
'Izumi' a buffet style restaurant in Maldon, with Ten pin bowling and shortly,
roller skating attached! How are you on wheels!?!?
Welcome to two more members.
One a full member has already joined verbally and is the new owner of the boat
in our garden, 'Everjoy'. welcome Ian. the other is Stephen from
St. Vincent in the US virgin Islands! Wow! He has a 39ft GRP sloop
he says, not sure yet if it is a MG, but he has signed up anyway, will find
Spoke to John Stevens today,
he has been burning the candle at both ends and going without days off,
hopeing he will have tie soon not only to get down to 'Glasstide', because we
want her fit to join in the sailing next season, but also he is hoping to find
time to catch up on the database entries.
Brendan has made them
automatic recently, but there is a years to catch up on before the whole thing
is up to date again and John can just concentrate on filling in the all
important twiddly bits! Then Brendan and John can have another go at that
I have more bits to add to
the Newsletter already, I have just been sent the 'Trident Owners magazine,
they are friends of the EOG. In it there are two good articles you
should read! Won't be there tonight, 'time for bed' said Zebadee!
Tuesday January 11th 2011.
Hello all, I have spent some
time creating the new template for the latest Newsletter, just need to make
time to down load some of the many articles and mails etc. I will get
round to it..... soon.... promise!
We have had more enrolments
in the past few days. Lots of mails too. Welcome to Mick Reader
looking to build a Senior, he wants a CD of course.
Also to John Slevin from
Tasmania. John is the builder and the family is the owner of an Eventide
26 called 'Carita 6' All the boats he and his father have built have the
same name, so now he is after a CD of the Senior design and when
launched she will probably be 'Carita 9'! John has mailed me at some
length with some stories that I hope to recount in the Newsletter! He
has old association newsletters and recognised me and my boat!
Bob Turner a new member, has
just been back in touch, he has the Eventide 'Harvest Moon'. We could
not find her on our old records so he is looking up on what he has, and has
found a load of old assoc magazines! Seems no one logged the name,
cannot believe that...
I have added an advert for
the Eventide 24 'Otteau'. Nigel and Heidi have been seen on these pages
many times, sailing their boat to the full, she really is a fast Eventide,
with deeper modern ballast keel and good sails. Well cared for too.
A modern Eventide. Wish them luck selling her, sure a new owner will be
pleased with her, Nigel and Heidi, well they are looking for a good GH or
similar, so hopefully we will still be sailing in company for some time!
I have had an interesting
For Sale or Wanted to post, swap caravan for Eventide.. see the for sale
I have spent a little time
on the site, going through the pages updating to 2011. We do need events
in the Solent to get off the ground this year, also maybe in Scotland or else
where, SW, NW, NE, why not, we have members all over.
Had a note from PBO
yesterday in response to a letter regarding centre plates on the Barbican and
Atlantic Clipper. It will be interesting to see if they come back again
and we see some mention. I get the feeling that some of the yachting
press are somewhat embarrassed they dismissed us so readily 8 years ago.
We could not have known how popular we would become and we knew we were right
to set up the EOG, so one cannot blame them too much, however we do feel it is
time they accepted reality and the fact that 1,000 plus people, owners mostly,
support this group.
I will be chatting to Mick
down at Bradwell Marina again, to try and get the Annual Meeting there
again in March this year. We will go for a Sunday afternoon again.
I nearly braced myself for a
trip to the Boat Show. I am not a fan of the Excel venue, the couple of
times I went it left me feeling cold and exploited. However I was
steeling myself as I had a dilemma.
Last summer I decided that
the intermittent display on my 15 year old quality VDO log was just too
difficult to use and I could not rely on it. Thumping it worked, but for how
long! I suspect a dry joint in the display head....
I opted to buy a new log,
and to make it a matched pair, so the perfectly good echo sounder would have
to go. I was reluctant but eventually bought a new Nasa log and sounder,
plus a pod to mount them in so I could mount them higher up....
However I then realised the
transducer on the log had no stop valve and I would flood the bilge every time
I removed the log for cleaning.... Mmmmm.
I looked at EchoPilot
displays, they would both work on my existing transducers, the echo sounder
works on 200hz as opposed to the 150 that many budget sounders seem to be on,
and as such I can get measurement down to 0.2m before i slide onto the mud at
0.00m! and they would cost me £350.00 plus.
I think I have saved myself
the trip to the boat show. I have tracked a good working VDO log display
head! I am hoping this will solve my problem, the power at the internet!
Cost less than £100.00 If all works I will be selling the Nasa log and
sounder at a large discount! More notes in the fitting out book.....
Hope you are able to start
fitting out, or at least planning for it.
January 6th 2011.
Happy New year everyone!
After a reasonably quiet
break we are all back to the grindstone. My little Seagull business has
erupted into a frenzy again and so has the Eventiders mail box!
We have had another 4
enrolments in the past week! Welcome to Bob Turner with the Eventide
Harvest Moon down in Devon. to Keith Worsell with 'Last Barbican' yes a 33ft
Barbican, of the long keel variety sailed in the North East. Keith has
sent in a great pic, but I cannot extract it from the folder it is in at the
present, hope to soon. Geoff Tyson has joined in Australia, waiting more
information but we believe he has an Eventide. and Martin in Devon who wants
to build a Riptide, but the 32ft Noontide version.
Build I hear you say?
Yes people are still building and here is a picture that came in yesterday to
prove it. Ken Marlow in South Africa is powering ahead with his project.
More power to the elbow
builders, we know there are quite a few of you out there!
Boudewijn in the Netherlands
has sent in a link to a website featuring another Dutch owner, Merijn
Tinga with the GH 'Longevity'. Look the web site up here!
I have also had loads of
pictures in from another member, who with his good lady wife, has
circumnavigated the world in his GH. Brian and Joyce Cook and the GH
'Tusk'. We are hoping to be able to publish the whole trip on the site,
in the Newsletter.
Which reminds me I have to
set up the Winter one!
Also heard from the owner of
'Vandal of Whitby' a Kenneth Evans designed Sea Rover. Whilst not
actually one of our designs, (we did think it was possibly was at one stage),
we have left the owners on the pages and they are all 'Friends of the EOG.
The design is so like M.G.'s 'Medusa'. As a result of this we have had a
lovely mail from Kenneth's daughter, thanking the EOG for keeping her father's
legacy alive. A pleasure Christine.
As many will know I managed
to sell the Eventide 'Everjoy' for John and Ann Morgan, she will go to
Nottingham in the spring for completion. One person reading these pages
noted this and has offered history etc as his parents borrowed the boat many
years ago for their honeymoon, 9 months later he was born! Lots of happy
Well I have to get back to
work, thankyou to all who have sent in messages of goodwill to us for the site
and our work, we all enjoy doing it and really like the continued input from
all the members. So thanks to you.
Good sailing in 2011.