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Fair winds and lee going tides
Tuesday 31st December 2013.
Will be making a new page for 2014 shortly and will
change the link on the home page to take you there as of tomorrow.
For today welcome to Warwick Leslie of New Zealand, he
has just joined and enquired about the WildDuck drawings. He has got a
set of the old paper drawings for the 3 tonner as well, that he is offering
to us, will have to double check to make sure we are not missing a sheet, I
know we were once, but not sure if another member filled us in with it..
Will contact you shortly Leslie.
Warren of the GH 'Safrel' has filled in a couple of
snippets of information on the GH page, correctly, we hope!,
identifying another GH.
Had an enquiry from prospective GH owner too.
Does anyone know if the Cascover sheathing fitted to wooden GH's was ever
continued up the topsides as standard, and if so from what sail number or
date.?? I am not sure that it ever was as standard, as most timber
GH's had very smooth glossy topsides and that would be very difficult to
achieve with the Cascover under it, loads of filler would be needed to hide
the weave.... Do you know different?
Robin Barrett of 'Aurora' the E 24 in Zimbabwe, has been in touch to say
he is hoping to set off on another trip, along the coast of Mozambique again
and should he write his log up for us? His earlier log was published
in two parts in Newsletter 10.
I have asked that he could and we will print it. I have now taken to
printing logs with the Newsletter pages, replacing the earlier layout, as
most of the information that comes in to us is readable on the Stoppress
pages or Gallery pages. I have several logs to add, when I find 5
We are trying to get in touch with the owner of 'Blue Waves' a Buchanan
Wind Elf. Bryan was once the owner of 'Sparrow' a 3 tonner. He
was enrolled with us but may have changed his mail provider.... Are
you out there Bryan? someone wants to be in touch, Tony Rickards. I
have tried to mail the last e-mail address we had.
Kathy and Roger contacted us last week with a seasons greeting to all and
saying that they have not only their 40ft junk rigged boat, but have now
purchased a place in Spain again and when all is sorted they will place an
advert on the site for members as a holiday let. (You will remember
they bought a rambling rundown farm halfway up a mountain in Spain and
turned it back to Walnut and Olive production. ) They have sold their
GH that was on the pages..... Doubtless we may see them about next summer,
before they head off into the blue yonder again!
Well another year draws to a close and what an eventful year it has been
for many of us, let us hope and wish for a good sailing season next year, a
warmer one with less of the F6's please!
Good sailing, fair winds and lee going tides
Tuesday 24th December 2013
Last night the wind howled round here, we had Storm force 10 over the
local coastal strip between Southend and Clacton all the way up to
Harwich. So far here the only damage is to my weather vane, the big
copper and brass yacht has lost its foresail! A cursory look round has
failed to locate it, so looks as if I have to put the wellies on and walk
over the fields! How far can a metal sail fly in a force 10?
A timely reminder came in from Bradwell marina yesterday, (with the advance
notice of the fees!!). During that Storm in October several boats lost
reefed genoas, as they were not secured by a tie round the sail and blew
themselves to bits, expensive.. but one boat that was ashore not only
had the genoa unroll, but it toppled the boat over in it's cradle causing a
lot of damage. (marina will no longer lift boats out for storage with
sails on spars! Hope you had the foresight to remove all sails.
For that matter all the halyards and control lines too, if needed, a light
messenger line left in place will make re fitting easy. Nothing worse
for ropes than to leave them out in the elements all winter! Bad
enough the salt and sun on them in the summer, without the addition of green
mould! All halyards etc. can go into the washing machine on a 30 degree 'Easycare'
wash, spun at 1000 revs they come out nearly dry and a few days
hanging near a radiator dries them thoroughly enough to be safely stored..
they come out as new, you will be so proud of them come spring!
(Any heavy end fittings can be covered with a sock, tied on!). I have never
damaged a washing machine in the 40 years I have been doing this every
Over the holiday period I hope to get time to sit down and create a few new
pages on the site. We have some logs to ad and there are at least 5
pictures too, 2 of boats we have never seen before, more have come out of
Hope you have a peaceful Christmas and a happy and healthy new year.
Monday 23rd December 2013.
Today the radio is full of news of yet another fierce gale heading our way,
though it is peaceful and calm at the moment. This time with southerly winds
of 60 to 80 mph! I do hope you have those boat covers secure and if still
afloat, are well moored! Southerly winds of that strength are unusual
at any time...
I spent a little time on the website yesterday re-editing my log, I was
amazed how many typos there were. Add to that my ships mascot had a
real gender problem as he was referred to as she in one text and as sleeping
on a the kipper bed, fitting I suppose for a cat, and it half looked as if I
had meant to say it, but a Freudian slip! Made us smile when I found
Just shows how difficult it is to proof read your own writing! So if
any sharp eyed reader spots a clanger on these pages, please let the website
coordinator, me, know!
No, to those who wondered, I did not get the Yule fire going, too darn
damp and by the looks of the forecast going to get damper. There is 2" of
rain forecast here for the next 24 hours.
Looking at the weird weather they have got in the States right now makes me
wonder what we will get as a result when it gets here in 2 weeks time.
New York yesterday was 21 degrees! Twice the average temperature and more.
Toronto, Canada by comparison, suffered one of the worst ice storms of
recent years with power out all over. Time to go and check the
Still on the weather front, (no pun intended!) I had a mail from someone on
the Artic Survey. They are now alarmed at the melt of ice there, much
more than expected. Add to that the reports coming in from Greenland
about the melted ice under the cap there, they have found liquid water
deep under the snow and ice, a lake the size of Ireland!
And there are still some who say the weather is not influenced by man and it
is all a natural phenomena. We have seen the weather changes in the
last 40 to 50 years, quite radial
(thanks to John S for pointing out this 'Whoops!', of course should read
ones. From the historical data that
sort of change is unprecedented. But what can we do? I
suppose you have to hope that every little helps, so I will be out in
spring, or on any day warm enough beforehand, planting a few more trees!
(I have a few left here, grown from seed, in our little tree nursery.). What
will you do that may mean our grandchildren still can enjoy 4 proper seasons
and less severe weather?
During the time it has taken to type these few words the wind has got up,
the trees in the garden and now being buffeted and the first drops of rain
are rattling on the windows. Time to batten hatches.
No chance of a White Christmas here. Just a wet one!
Saturday 21st December 2013.
The winter solstice.
The Winter solstice....
Hello Eventiders and Solstice Greetings to you all. Sadly the Yule
fire has been thoroughly dampened so will not light, not without an out
of date hand held red... and I'm out of them, but the spirit is there.
From today the days get longer, whoopee!
I have got the last battery from the boat charging and so far 3 out of the 5
have shown they are healthy! Now on float charge till spring. 1 is
de-sulphating still, and though it states a 'maintenance free' battery I did
note each cell had a top up cover that unscrewed, just as well as all cells
were well down on water! I have just topped it up. (all the other 4
batteries have no access to the plates, so you cannot top them up). But
they all have little indicators that change colour with the state of the
battery! Even indicating time to replace them .... clever.
So far so good on them. They look fit for another season..
Though windy and rainy here, (F6 plus) it is not cold, 11 degrees outside.
So I am in the garage sorting a trailer today, not a boat trailer though, it
is a dismountable one for my vintage motorbike! Just had a friendly local firm
do some welding to modify it and today hope to grind off a few sharp edges and
spray it to stop it rusting.
I was checking my trailer yesterday and realise I have to touch up some of the
steelwork on that too, wire brush then a dab of Hammerite here and there will
keep that rust free for another year. Well worth the effort!
Had a very nice letter in from Peter Kemsley who is joining us as a friend,
just bought a CD of the Eventide drawings so he can refurbish his 1/12th scale
model! He has also sent in a picture or two and a log of the trip he
hade in the full sized version! I will be adding this to the Newsletter and
logs page soon.
Heard from the church warden at Salcott, the old retired wooden Eventide boom
will be a Yule log this Christmas for the wardens son!
Still trying to find out if there was a drawing for the wheelhouse seen on an
Atlantic Clipper. I have sent out a pdf file of the one designed for the
GH! If anyone wants a copy for their GH, Eventide or similar, drop me a
Enough typing for now, off to grind some steel! The last present
wrapping can wait till this evening....
Wednesday 18th December 2013.
The solstice rapidly approaches and the sun is very low
in the sky... today with the barn doors open it streamed in to light
up the boat. My solstice bonfire is ready to light, but with the gales
and rain forecast for the next few days I suspect it will be a bit of a damp
squib! Get out there and check those covers!
Anyway got some more work done on board, the last of the
5, yes 5, 12v batteries lifted off and all on the bench charging, one at a
time on the de-sulphater! At he price of lead acid batteries it is well
worth looking after them. All but the fridge batteries came off fully
charged. (The little green colour showing in the window and 13v.).
I have found one of the fridge batteries one of the oldest ones, had lost
electrolyte.. so much for maintenance free. Needs topping up. Will keep
checking that one...
My jockey wheel collapsed last year, the bolts had
crushed the box section on the trailer it was attached to, I have, with some
difficulty, sawn off one of the securing bolts, as they are in a very
awkward position it is not easy, but i have one of those small plastic
handles that you can hold a hacksaw blade with, takes a while but does the
job! I plan to refit with very heavy backing plates to prevent it
happening again! Guess there is a lot of load on it...
Had a couple of mails in, Tony still trying to find out
about the wheelhouse on the Atlantic Clipper, hopefully we will come up with
Had a real comedy mail in from a local church. Did
I want our boom back as they have a new flagpole now and the boom is not
being used.! This was the wooden boom for Everjoy.! Sadly after
many years atop the church, and having been altered for use as a flag pole
it is no longer fit for use as a bloom, but a nice thought! I
suggested it may make a good Yule log!
Yes the annual Yuletide greetings are back too!
(good name for a winter launched Eventide?).
A letter in the post box, yes a real paper one!. We
had a thankyou reply from Peter Kemsley of Cheltenham. He has sent in
£5.00 for a CD of the drawings so he can update his 1/12th scale model of
the Eventide 24 'Jahmari', one we had not heard of, another to come out of
the woodwork. Peter has not only sent in a few photos of the
Eventide, but a log of its building and sail from Germany back to the UK!
We wonder where E440 is now? Pictures to be added.
I have several more photos to add that have been sent in,
plus one or two off EBay. We note the Eventide 24 under a lean to barn
did not sell. Though the E26 has seemingly sold, wonder if the new owner
will be in touch. Seems as if he will have a lot of work to do and may
need our help.
Time to pop the mince pies in the oven.
Tuesday 17th December 2013.
Sorry for the gap in communications, bit busy!
Welcome to Dr. Wilfred Moore of California who is looking
to build an Eventide.
To Keith Kelly of Dublin, who I am just sending 2 CD's
to. the WW and the Eventide.
we have had mail from John Hopthrow, re the 2 Eventides
selling on the Bay, From Chris White about the repairs to his GH 'Golden
Morn', and the excellent job being done by the yard at Walton on Naze, Frank
Halls and Son. Pics to be added.
From Kathy and Roger who have sold their GH as a result
of the advert on the site, and who apart from their new junk rigged 40ft
boat are renovating another old property in Spain, which will have a mention
on the pages again when it is ready to let!
Today, new membership enrolment in from Mathew in
Waltham Abbey, the new owner of 'Wagtail', wondered where that Senior was!
Warren Stevenson GH 'Safrel', has sent in a couple
of archive pictures he has found on the net of Eventides etc. from years
back, 'Eider Duck' and 'Toa'.
We had a hiccup with our enrolment form last week and a
member slipped through the net, so I am sending a free CD of the WW drawings
to Wigan for Alvaro, he wants to buy new sails and needs the sizes..
sorry we did not respond to the enrolment Alvaro, we seem to be victims of
our own success, too many enrolments for the system! Over 300 in 3 years!
we now know to empty the data file before it grinds to a halt!
Heck, that is roughly 2 a week!!! We are popular!
We had a call late last night from Mike Brown in NZ, re
the Senior, he was after full size frame patterns.. Sadly never
made, one reason was the problem with paper patterns distorting. Better to
work from measurements and loft it out.
Viv Wright has mailed with information about the GH 'Lady
Milli', he sailed her across the Atlantic many years ago as crew and wonders
where she is now... He included part of a log of the trip I hope to
add to the Newsletter pages soon.
Had a special series of mails from Yachting monthly
offices during the last week. they asked if we could help an elderly chap
out who had made a model of an Eventide he helped build and sail in 1962,
for his Squadron Leader in the RAF. Very pleased to be able to do so
and send A4 copies of the sail plans he needed! Y.M. have volunteered
to support us! Having seen the 'history' they compliment the members
of the EOG for their enthusiasm!
Suppose I had better get back to the day job, the Seagull
spares are piling up on the desk!
Monday 9th December 2013.
Stoppress from the local paper....
Breaking news Burnham: Marine unit to close
9th December 2013 in
By Emma Robinson
Burnham: Marine unit to close
Essex Police has today announced the closure of Burnham's marine unit.
In a bid to save £36million over the next three financial years, it has
been decided that the marine unit based in Station Road will close and a dog
unit in Sandon will be restructured.
This means more than £750,000 a year will be saved.
Essex Police Chief Constable Stephen Kavanagh said: "A number of our
marine officers will transfer to Special Branch but, where necessary,
continue to provide a response to marine and inland water-search incidents.
"PCSOs currently working at Burnham on the Marine Unit will be redeployed
into local Neighbourhood Policing teams, where Essex Police will seek to use
their experience to support local communities where practical.
"Essex Police currently has one large vessel (the Essex Police launch
Alert IV), three smaller rigid-hulled inflatable boats (ribs) and two
jet-skis. The force is evaluating which equipment to retain (to ensure we
are both efficient and effective) and will seek to sell anything no longer
"Although coastal ‘search and rescue’ remains the primary responsibility
of the HM Coastguard, Essex Police retains the ability to support partners
where needed. The Police National Air Service also provides the capability
to respond to coastal incidents."
Amazing isn't it, 3 days
after the nearest thing to a flood disaster we have had since;53, and they
are getting rid of the marine unit and all their expertise and possibly
their boats, does make you wonder about this country..
Friday 6th December 2013.
Phew, a very close call!!
Apparently at 1100 last
night, a full 3 hours before HW in the River Blackwater, tide levels reached
the predicted HW mark at 5.4m.
For 3 more hours the tide
continued to rise as the Storm surge pushed up the height of the tide to 7.4
metres, a full 2 metres above the springs height. Due to advance
planning and notice there were no casualties. Many were evacuated, including
Some houses close to the
water were of course flooded. The water came to within an inch or so of the
top of defences, but because thankfully, the gale had abated, there was
little wave action so only a small amount of water over topped the walls in
a few places.
Some areas without walls,
West Mersea and Maldon, Maylandsea and Tollesbury had strange objects left
in odd places after the tide receded, but that was all!
Hope all your boats were OK,
have not heard of any problems in any of the marinas etc, though the level
was perilously close to the tops of the mooring posts in some marinas,
fortunately no pontoons with boats attached, come adrift. Was close.
If I find any good pictures
of the water at the top of the sea walls near here I will add them!
Thursday 5th December 2013.
Severe flood warnings for Essex
1250 update, 2 metre tidal surge
expected, on top of a 6 metre tide!!!
Sea defences may be topped!!!
Listen on your local radio.
Just heard that due to the 0200 spring tide and the storm
surge that is predicted several of our members will be effected. Our
Webmaster and all his neighbours are being evacuated this evening.
Others have moorings to attend to to ensure the safety of their craft.
the levels are predicted to be within half a metre of the tops of sea
defences, and some overtopping is expected as the seas will not have calmed
from the gale blowing at the moment. Wishing anyone effected all the
best. At least the defences are better than they were in 1953, but it
only needs one chink in the armour.....
The Steering group have agreed to post a free CD to the
Liverpool youth challenge Group that feature in the previous post/. so
one will be winging it's way to them today.
Apologies to anyone who has tried to enrol with us in the
last few days, we have had so many enrol the database on line filled up, and
though they got the message that we had been informed, we were not, so we
are indebted to Keith Kelly for taking the trouble to ring. (There is
a note saying to do so if you do not hear from us in a week!). Peter
the webmaster is working on the problem and with any luck normal 2 or 3
enrolments a week will be the norm here again shortly. I will be a
little while catching up with a couple of weeks backlog though.
Time to batten the hatches.
Wednesday 4th December 2013.
Welcome to William
Whiteside and the Mersey Youth Challenge Trust! William and the group
have taken possession of an eventide 24, one I know of, and are intending to
restore it. I have just looked up their website,
www.myct.org.uk and found this article.
Local Sailor Receives prestigious Award from HRH Princess Royal
Local sailor Bill Whiteside from Liverpool Sailing Club was presented
with one of the RYA’s (Royal Yachting Association) most prestigious
awards, an RYA Community Award for Outstanding Contribution, by HRH the
Princess Royal, President of the RYA at the organisation’s annual awards
ceremony in London on 23 November.
total of 48 voluntary awards were presented to winners hailing from across
the UK from as far afield as Hayling Island and Loch Tummel, Scotland.
Bill has been passing on his passion for watersports to young people in
the Liverpool area for over 60 years. He started developing watersports
activities in the area in the 1950’s, often with a focus on encouraging
local, underprivileged young people to get involved and take part. He
established the Merseyside Youth Challenge Trust (MYCT), a charity
supported by hundreds of volunteers as well as those on job seeking
With his wealth of local expertise he helped Liverpool Sailing Club
redevelop after a difficult period and the two organisations now work
closely together to provide sailing to anyone in the local area. The club
and the trust have a joint charity, ‘Youth Afloat’, which caters for all
youngsters aged between 13 -19 who have an interest in sailing. Bill is
often on the water teaching the youngsters from the club’s RIB.
Bill gives his time and energy because he is passionate about sailing
and about getting young people out on the water, and the Award celebrates
the positive impact he has on the lives of so many young people.
Bill and the other RYA Award winners enjoyed a celebratory lunch in the
presence of HRH the Princess Royal, and were presented with a
commemorative medallion and certificate.
Sarah Treseder, RYA Chief Executive says “The RYA is delighted to make
this RYA Volunteer Award in recognition of Bill’s enthusiasm, promotion of
our sport and many years’ contribution to the North West’s sailing scene.
All 48 RYA winners are an inspiration to us all and it is my pleasure to
recognise and celebrate their sheer hard work and commitment through these
Look forward to hearing
more about the restoration. She was called 'Shuay Sing' but will maybe
become' Liverbird'. A suitable name I feel.
Tuesday 2nd December 2014.
The year slipping away fast! We have had the last
Essex get together for the year, will resume January, last Wednesday in the
Have had 2 more drawings enquiries, one from a youth
group in Liverpool with an Eventide 24 to restore! Hope to hear more
of them. Another enquiry for the Senior, popular little boat!
One mail in intrigued us.
I crossed the Atlantic in '78 on a GH 31' 6" called
'Lady Milli'. I have no idea what she was called before that, but it
ended up in Mexico at some point. Wondering if any reader knows what became
This came from Viv Wright, who has just joined the
forum. He will be asking the same questions there no doubt.
hopefully he is going to send some old pictures of Lady Milli in for the
Gallery and i will add a link to him.
Another mail came in with much the same message last
week and i was able to tell the lady her old GH was restored, she too is
maybe going to find some old pics for the Gallery and I will add a note with
a link to her ...
We have heard from John with the Riptide in Scotland,
ex 'Ramillies', now 'The Black Pearl'. Someone's been to the movies!
Hope to get some up to date pictures of her for the gallery shortly.
I have yet to add a few other pics, will find an hour
to sit and upload them soon.
I have to go down to the boat and attack my trailer,
fortunately inside the barn I am out of most of the cold. The jockey
wheel sort of got wrenched and the bolts have distorted part of the trailer
that the holder for the jockey wheel bolts to. got to cut off the old bolts
and strengthen it, just going to take a while to cut through the old 1/2
steel bolts, cannot get at them easily. Will keep me warm! I
intend removing the batteries, one by one too, there are now 5 of them!
darned heavy they are too. one by one! I have a de-sulphating
charger I put them on and after it has completed a cycle I then leave the
battery on a tiny trickle charger, the sort that looks like a large 13
amp plug with 2 leads and croc clips attached. keeps the batteries in
top condition. If you let a lead acid go flat, it may no recharge. At the
cost of these batteries, it is worth the effort removing them.
Hope your winterising going to plan.
Thursday 28th November 2013.
A few interesting mails in over the last week, one
enrolment, Mark Ramos in Spain, I have just sorted out a CD of the Senior
drawings for Mark. He was having problems with our enrolment page, the
security questions, so he rang me, his English is a lot better than my
Spanish, but I could see how it would have been difficult, so I mailed him
the form and he filled it in and returned it. Mark has bought a copy of the
Selway-Fisher Senior Hull construction drawing and is going to build, and
has just bought the Senior CD from us to make the rest of the boat. Look
forward to seeing the finished boat!
A small group of us are meeting up for lunch tomorrow in
Titchmarsh marina Walton on the Naze. Will be the last gathering
before the festive season.
Have had a couple of people comment about the new
Maritime conservation areas, especially the Blackwater, Colne, Crouch and
roach one. Rest assured it will not effect our sailing at all, it is
aimed at preventing damage to the bottom and especially oyster beds, by
large trawlers. Will prevent port complexes being built there or
underwater cables being laid...
Had an enquiry from the former owner of Golden Hind "GALLINULA"
Sail number 108. She wanted to know if the boat had survived. I
was able to show her the pictures that had been on our
For Sale pages, after a
total refit. she has been sold but sadly not sure who too as I do not
think I have an enrolment from the new owner. Hopefully we will.
One of our members met a former colleague of mine a week
or so back, at a sailing club do on the Crouch, realised he might know me
and indeed I trained him 25 years ago. The former colleague is about
to retire and has seen the log of my trip and wants to do the same trip
himself with the knowledge I taught him at yacht master evening classes.
Plus he then saw the charts I had for sale, and the bike... we are
meeting for lunch Sunday and I am pleased the charts and the bike are going
to a good home!
Had another mail from Victor in Croatia, he has managed
to strip his steering pedestal on his Atlantic Clipper and made new cover
plates etc, good job. I will be adding more pics and words to his page
on the Builders and Restorers pages.
The Steering group have been called upon to sanction some
updates to the EOG computer. I bought a new security program and today
it has checked and scrubbed the machine clean and we are working at top
speed again. the webmaster Peter has suggested we upgrade the
operating system. Vista is little 'notchy' so we may well do that shortly.
Sad to have to close this one on a sadder note, the 28ft
Golden Hind 'Cirra' is no more. Mike Hoban had been valiantly removing
dead and rotten timber for several years, but when the rot was discovered in
the main frames as well as the deck and hull planking, he gave her a Viking
funeral. could be there may be some spars and other parts coming up
Friday 22nd November 2013.
A day marked by the anniversaries of two very different
events, can you remember where you were when you heard? I can, A Young
Farmers dinner. The other one I never got into, so I never hid behind
the sofa. Saw one or two episodes but the cardboard scenery
Today is also the first day of the new Marine
Conservation areas, and the Blackwater, Colne, Crouch and Roach have all
been given protected status. We will have to wait till all the ink is
dry to find out the full picture, but as far as I can tell it will prevent
bottom trawling in the rivers and the development of harbours etc.
Today is also my sister's birthday, widow of our founding
webmaster, Barry, Happy Birthday Chris, know you read our pages!
Had a nice thankyou from the National Maritime museum,
for the folio of drawings we sent them. They have been added to the
National Archive! As a result of a suggestion from John Hopthrow, we
will be sending additional copies to other archives.
Had an enquiry from a member for the drawings we have of
the Golden Hind. There are not many, but they may assist a restorer,
as in this case. (Even got Maurice's drawing for a Golden Hind
wheelhouse.) Available to members at cost, £5.00 UK and £6.50 overseas.
The Essex crowd are meeting up next week, sadly I have
not had any others ask to join us and so the book is closed for the luncheon
Still no snow here yet, but has been cold enough, make
sure those covers are tight and snow proof! I took this picture a few
days ago, looking up the Blackwater at sunset, terrific sky. Cold
Wednesday 20th November 2013.
Welcome to the chap who bought the Kesteloo John Hopthrow
found on the net. Colin Jones of Fleetwood has her and will be
repairing and restoring her come spring, he is at the moment working on
another steel boat! I think 'Altair' will be in good hands.
David Alcock of Queensland Australia is sending updated
pictures of Jo Jo. Look forward to adding them to the Gallery.
Spent an hour yesterday untangling all the mooring lines
halyards and other ropes. They have spent the last 3 days or so
drying on top of a very large old fashioned radiator, to ensure they are
really dry. The pile of ropes is great fun for the cats though!
Several times whilst pulling lines from the heap I found a cat on the other
end! Now just have to wait for the rain to stop before I take them all
out to the garage and box them up, no point letting them get damp again.
With clear skies and temperatures down to freezing it is
time to sort the jobs lists and plan for next season, certainly not weather
for working outside.! I am sorting the cushions from the saloon at the
moment, covers going in the next wash. If they are cleaned and stored
now they will be fresh when they are refitted next season.
I have added another item to the
Bits for Sale page, a nice Heath Bosun steering compass. The type
that is positioned under the tiller. I have a similar one. Very
Several times I have mentioned that my auto pilot has a
name, 'Psyche'. I named it thus because of the noise it made. In
1953 there was a radio program called 'life of Bliss', 'Psyche' was the dog
in the play... today I wondered and Googled the program.
At the moment I have episode 3 of 34 playing on my P.C. A free
download from the BBC archive! My autopilot does indeed sound just
like 'Psyche', so my memory was not playing me tricks! Happy days!
Friday 15th November 2013.
With snow mentioned in the forecast for the next few days
and our first frosts, so pleased to be tucked up safe and secure in that
Yesterday went to see the new owner of 'Dougaljo', Reg.
He is promising to fill in the enrolment form. Doug and Jo were there
too and handing over a few parts stored at home. Doug will be back
onboard one last time to take Reg through all the different tricks to
make all work. The defective 'Cutless' bearing that I sprayed with
WD40 the day before, was off and going to the engineers shop to be pressed
out. The shaft was slightly worn, but would be OK for years yet.
A sad day in a way for Doug and I for one will miss
looking around the horizon when I am sailing, he has been a constant sailing
companion for many years. However Doug is pleased that someone has
come along to take care of his 'baby'. He will always have a place on
board 'Fiddler's Green'.
At the moment, whilst I am typing this, I can hear the
washing machine rumbling away, with another load of sail covers washing.
Already had 2 loads of ropes, mooring lines, halyards etc., plus the spray
hood! That is drying nicely on the washing line. I am amazed at
the number of people who never wash covers or spray hoods. You see
them every year down the marina, with a slight green tint, and a cursory
scrub with a yard broom is all they get... It is not
difficult, most machines have 'Easy care' and 30 degrees on the dials.
I set my machine to 'higher water levels', so it all gets a good soak.
I spin at 1000 revs and the ropes dry in a few hours. I then store
them on a rack near a radiator for a couple of days, to make 100% sure they
are dry. They then are tidied and coiled and stored in a large plastic
storage box in the back of the garage.... Just have to get it all done
whilst Darian is out!
We have sent a DVD with all the designs we have on it, to
the National Maritime Museum, Falmouth, Cornwall, at the request of the
librarian. I would like to think this is another way of ensuring the
designs will never be lost.
We had several mails today from the National Historic
Ships collection, and they are offering courses now on the preservation of
classic boats. no idea of cost, but will look into it.
A prestigious local sailing club has written to us offing
their premises for a venue. It is a bit OTT, but maybe??? will
All for now, off to check the boat.
Sunday 10th November 2013.
Wear that poppy with pride! I hope traffic comes to
a halt again tomorrow at 1100hrs on the 11th of the 11th.
I am very pleased to report that yesterday the Waterwitch
'Dougaljo' sold from our pages. We knew that the first really serious
person to look over her would jump at the chance. Yes she has annoying
deck leaks to sort and unbeknown to us a cutlass bearing to replace, but the
new owner, Reg, has taken her on willingly.
I will go down and start spraying some WD40 in the aft
bearing holder ready to remove the screws and get that off to fit a new
bearing and I have also promised to sort another silly problem, the GPS
chart plotter failed to work? Every time it was turned on the trip
popped out. Got to be a simple wiring problem I suspect, so I will
take the cabling/wiring kit down and fix it for Doug. Last time I was
out with Doug it worked fine, it's a Garmin GPS/Plotter, do not
believe it has gone wrong....
Spent today sorting my boat gear out, it was spread all
round the garage! Now neatly boxed up in huge plastic boxes and
stacked and stored for the winter. I have 2 of these plastic boxes
filled with mooring lines, halyards and sheets, all to go through the
washing machine. (Easy care 30!). When perfectly dry they will
be stored away till spring in the same boxes. I even have a pair of
rechargeable dehumidifiers I leave with the ropes and sail covers etc, to
ensure nothing gets damp. After 24 years all the gear is still in
excellent order and only after 22 years did I have to replace spray
hood and dodgers, and the mainsail cover after 23 years. This year, 24
years on, the staysail cover is being replaced! Pays to wash and valet
So far, whilst taking gear off and checking it over, I am
only down one mooring line, a 19mm multiplait, that broke on our trip..
Not too bad!
In a day or two I will be able to get my little Morris
van into the garage again, where she lives when not in use, during the
winter. With a tube heater to keep the frost out the van and the
sailing gear is protected.
Mail today from John Hopthrow, he has spotted a Kesteloo
Eventide for sale on the Bay, simply search for 'Kesteloo' that finds it.
(use our EBay page of course!). The Kesteloo boats were built in Steel
at Brunisse in the Netherlands, at the Kesteloo yard. They were 27'3"
long, exactly the same length as my 'Fiddler's Green', because at that
length the steel plates lie perfectly on the frames!
Over a period of many years they made several hundred and
at least 100 were imported to the UK back in the mid 1960's. The
accommodation has limited headroom, as do many early wooden built boats, as
the extra hull depth had not been incorporated into the drawings then, to
allow for the extra ballast and loss of freeboard, so with a decent ballast
weight in then they tend to be a little low in the water aft, but have high
cockpit coamings to cope! She up for £1,000 at the moment in north of
Also heard from Victor in Croatia again.
He had taken time off from the restoration of his
Atlantic clipper, to have a sailing holiday in the Canaries. He says
do not use 'Viva Charter', they were not nice! Sounds as if the boat
was falling apart! and it was only
Victor has been struggling to strip the steering pedestal
and so h=far has had little joy. The face plate behind the wheel
covering the top gear broke off and so far he has not managed to get it
apart more, even though bolts came undone lower down, it simply allowed the
top part to rotate. Anyone any experience with the Steering gear on
these, what make is it? Victor has not a clue!
Let's see if we can help him.
Looking at the outside thermometer I note it is falling
fast. Some parts of the area got their first frosts yesterday
night, but here, being only a mile from the sea, we get slightly milder
weather. not tonight, it has dropped from the daytime high of 9
to 5 degrees and in the last hour has dropped to 4. 5 and is till going
down. Pleased the boat is in her secure barn.
Off to throw a log on the fire!
Friday 8th November 2013.
Could not have chosen a better day to haul out,
dry, very light breezes and temperature just into double figures. I
was on board at 1000, puttered to the lift at 1030, out being scrubbed off,
there's a story, by 1100, and on the trailer and mast lowered by 1200.
2 hours later we were putting her in the nice secure, dry, winter barn.
Now it can snow! Got home to find the farmer, whose barn I now rent,
outside the cottage, cutting the hedge! Big hedges and they are in
great shape now. (We replanted a lot!) Advantages of having a friendly farmer neighbour are
many fold. (Also authorised to shoot rats and rabbits etc. over his land, great stuff.)
When the boat was being pressure washed, the guys at
Bradwell once again noted, no barnacles, no jellies and no weed, just
a slippery coat of slime that wipes off with the finger and disappears
instantly with the washer. Easy job for them... some boats they have
to use a hoe on!!! The 'Marclear' antifouling shines out again.
Certainly has proven its worth. Sometimes I am asked if 'Marclear'
works elsewhere than the Blackwater, well this year we have put a thousand
miles under the keel and sailed the full length of the east coast to
Inverness and the width of Scotland to Troon.
Nowhere along the route did we get any fouling on the
hull, so it works well everywhere we went. What's more I had heard
hinted that it is so effective that bare bits of hull can also be protected
and this year we lost a small bit of antifouling on the starboard bow when
the lifting stop rubbed it off at launch. I was going to repaint it
enroute, if we dried out on a beach... The only time I did sit on a
beach, Lindisfarne, I managed to put the starboard bilge keel in the only
mud hole on the beach and the patch was immersed in the mud...
so it never got repainted. Even when we got back to Bradwell on the
truck after the trip and were popped back into the water I could not do it
as once again the strop was covering the patch.
So imagine my surprise when I went to check the area, as
a 'control' sample area, expecting a barnacle or two, as it was clean!
Now this does not mean there has been no fouling this year, as we have
boats here with 9 inch grass skirts and barnacles all over. I strongly
suspect the 'Marclear' is simply so strong that adjacent areas are
protected. Have got mine in for next year already!
We have had a couple of new enrolments in the last couple
of days, I will be replying to you personally shortly.
So welcome to John Carlise in Belfast with the GH 26
'Rose Bay' John would dearly like to know anything of the history of
his boat. He is currently replacing the coachroof and replacing the
single cylinder Bukh with a twin. Pictures on the way for the gallery.
Welcome to Christopher White with the great looking GH
31, 'Golden Morn'. I have seen here in the Essex creeks several times.
She is now to be Newhaven based, though still in the Walton Backwaters at
I have another picture of 'Golden Morn' to add to the
site, I have just added another of 'Estere' to the GH page, our 60th GH
member. Look forward to pictures of 'Rose Bay' shortly.
We have been contacted again by the National Maritime
Museum in Cornwall. They have a library there of boat plans and we are
donating a DVD with all drawings we have collected to them, another
way of ensuring these drawings are not lost to the public. We have
already lodged copies with the National Wooden boat building college in
Falmouth and the one in Yarmouth.
There are still a few designs that we have not got copies
of the drawings that we could pass on to owners, the Golden Hinds of course,
though we do have some drawings of the wheelhouse option etc. Would be
great to get drawings of the Atlantic Clipper and later Barbican, as well as
some of the very early MG designs. (Sadly most pre war drawings were
lost in a fire, 'Enemy action' as MG would say.). Some of the other
designs by Kenneth Gibbs may still be out there too. There is an
archive of Buchanan drawings at the library and I have added another, a 25ft
round bilge boat. Bought these drawings to 'save' them some years
I keep in touch with a lot that happens on the London
river, after my years working on it. Wonder if you know this. The
Google Street Mapping car that has no doubt been down your road and photographed
your house, (we live at the back of beyond and our little cottage can be
seen on Google!). Well the street car camera has been converted onto a
boat and the P.L.A. survey launch, with the camera fitted, has done most of
the Thames. Certainly great for the likes of me who know, or should I
say, knew it so well, because I was amazed to see how much had changed again
since we last took a trip to St. Kats! Wonder if other harbour
authorities will do the same, a different sort of pilotage aid!
After yesterday out in the fresh air my cold, that had
been lurking in the background for a few days has come out to grab me by the
throat, so I am laid up keeping warm for a day or two. Hope you and your
boats are warm and dry.
Wednesday 6th November 2013.
Tomorrow I haul out, will be interesting to see the state
of the antifouling after 1,000 sea miles! I know there is a patch where
the antifouling got knocked of when we launched, so will be interested to
see what that looks like!
Had a few mails in, a payment for a CD after another
enrolment, so welcome to Alexander in Bakersfield California! CD of
the 3 tonner winging it's way to you.
Had a Mail in from Steve ion France, anyone know the
owner of 'Nutmeg of Consolation', an Eventide 26 spotted on the Canal
du midi near him.... Steve is refurbishing the Eventide 'Fintra'.
Had a nice mail in from don Street. some may
recognise the name. don was the owner of 'Iolaire' for over 50 years
and has written some good books on cruising. He sailed the West Indies
and Pacific/Atlantic. at 83 years of age he is still sailing, as crew
on a old wooden racing boat and still winning his races! He told me
that when he goes his son was to bury him at sea conventional style with a
canvas bag and the last stitch through his nose to make sure, weighed down
with a 50lb lead ingot. His lad said the lead was too precious, he was
going to toss the two Seagull he has carried all round the world in, as
Had a response to the bit I wrote on the forum, Nigel,
who is building an Eventide 24 to move all the gear over from his old aging
E 24, (used to be called 'Odden', some may recall her on the Blackwater, now
We have booked lunch at Walton the Naze for 29th
November. A carvery. It has to be booked well in advance, but if
you would like to join us you have still a few days to get in and call or
mail me 01621 778859 or
We have had a donation in from foundry Reach brokers in
Walton on Naze as we had been advertising one of their boats for them on the
for sale pages. Did not actually sell from there but the buyer said he
had seen her on our pages! nice gesture. We have another that is also
on their books and we have viewers this weekend, so could be another small
The nights are certainly drawing in now and the magazines
and brochures have already landed on my mat, advertising goodies as ideal
Christmas presents! Time was that you never mentioned the 'C' word
till a few weeks before... commercialism.. I binned the
Hope your pride and joy is tucked up safe and warm for
the winter as mine is going to be. A warm dry barn!
Friday 1st November 2013.
We had a gremlin on the site yesterday, may have been
something to do with the date???? Anyway our webmaster, saint
that he is, has cracked the problem and normal service is resumed. It
was to do with the Vista operating schemes and the updates Microsoft sent
out last week. Seems Java script found a security problem and issued
an update, this conflicted with Explorer. Simple remedy get rid of the
Java script. It worked.
The problem we found was on the 'builders and restorers'
pages, but I have a sneaky feeling this may be a problem on other pages, so
if you find a page that will not open, please let me know and Peter will
work his magic on that page too.
Barry did realise Java was a problem 10 years back and he
removed it from most pages, but there were still a few oval buttons on some
pages taking you back to the previous page or home, these were the problem
Had an odd request from a member yesterday. Can I
measure the rudder fittings that you have for sale please, may be able to
use them to make a self steering device... Tape will be out later and
we hope to find out more about this device!
'Watercraft' magazine have been back and they are going
to press with our Senior design updates and some of our pictures!
Had en enquiry for a CD of the 3 Tonner drawings too!
Always something interesting in the mail box every day.
Thursday 31st October 2013.
The wind has now calmed down and so the broomstick riders
will have a good night tonight!
We had no problems with St. Jude, the storm, as it was
named, but I know some that still have no power 4 days on. Living out
in the sticks as we do we have our own back ups here, but Sodds Law says if
you prepare it will never happen, fingers crossed.
Had someone with a dead diesel the other day, bought as
an EBay bargain sold as seen.... (You should always see and hear
mechanical things working!). An engineer had a look at the motor and
found a hole in it, inside! The cost of repair... parts £700,
more than it cost. Buyer beware!
Just parcelled up a load of parts off the Bits for Sale
pages to send to Ian of Everjoy. quite a few bits selling.
Understand the sails for the E24 are still for sale, they will be a bargain
at the price, so the 2 people looking for sails should try contacting the
number. if no joy contact me and I will put you on to an e-mail
address of a friend of the seller, he has a shed full of kit to sort through
here in Essex, all off this old scrapped Eventide, 'Lilly Belle'.
We have had enquiries re plans from Brazil, but as yet
the enquirer has not joined us, a pre requisite for us sending out drawings
'Watercraft' magazine Editor Pete Greenfield has been in
touch again, he is going to do an article on Kenneth Gibbs Senior and the
updated stitch and glue hull that Selway-Fisher have produced. apparently it
is selling well. Every one who gets the hull construction drawings
then comes to join us and gets a copy of the CD of Senior drawings.
Want to see it when the first properly engineered Stitch and glue
Senior is launched!
We have had several mails from Gary in the States about
building an Eventide 24. Gary has left a message on the forum, but till he
prompted me he had no responses. Seems our members are not good at
forums... shame. Have a look at the entry and the answers, do
Got to drag myself back to the tax return, rather be
Monday 28th October 2013.
It is not often, thankfully, that the sea area
'Thames' has Hurricane F12 in it, but we had that last night! The
Helter -Skelter on the end of Clacton Pier was blown over! A good
landmark lost, as it is in bits on the pier now, hope they can rebuild it!
Trains all cancelled till midday and loads of roads closed in Essex with
fallen trees and blown over lorries. Only damage here is a bit of old
roofing felt lifted on a shed, no problem! Pleased that none of the
many trees we have planted down the road have suffered...
I will toddle off to the boat later but have had no call
from the marina, so guess all is good. I reduced the windage by
removing spray hood, dodgers and sails.... fingers crossed the boat up
wind of me was secure! Some owners still use clothes line for mooring ropes!
Hope you have come through with out damage, sadly we have
seen some boats ashore on the news, mostly in the West country and south
coast. Hopefully all EOG members are careful and caring owners and
will have doubled mooring lines and fenders etc....
Had another two new enrolments in the last week, Welcome
to Martin Wyatt in New Zealand with the GH 'Estere'. Hope to get some
pictures of this boat, she apparently sailed there from the UK in the
1970's! Where's the log!
Welcome or should I say welcome back, to ex assoc member
the Rev David Jenkins. David had a WW, named 'Max' back in the 1980's,
he is now looking at a MG 25ft Gaffer. Though the boat is in Maldon,
he hopes to sail her in his new cruising ground, Tenerife. Look
forward to changing his enrolment from 'Friend' to 'Full' when and if he
acquires that gaffer.
I think it must be a Bawley... we will see.
(We have the drawings on CD for this one!)
Just sold a load more bits off the bits for sale page,
including one of the charts I bought for my trip this year, the Wash! that
is going to be aboard 'Everjoy' next season!
I was out practicing for the forthcoming 'Fiddling
Around' crew reunion! We are all off ten pin bowling in a couple of
weeks, just for fun! Boy are my shoulders stiff today! I'm
rubbish at it, but it is fun!
'Fiddler's Green' is coming out next week to be locked
away in her new winter barn. I can honestly say this has been the best
thing ever to keep our boat in good order. We have, over the years,
had several covered storage barns, keeping the boat dry and frost free is a
real bonus. Yes it costs, but not megabucks, but well worth it.
Hope your boats OK and if in the other half of the world
and fitting out, lets have those logs after your summer!
Thursday 24th October 2013.
We have had a message from our insurers!
Severe Weather Warning
In view of the severe winds and rain forecast for the south and south west
this coming weekend and beyond, Craftinsure would like to pass on some
seasonal risk management advice to all customers which may help prevent
damage to boats as winter approaches.
•If left afloat, arrange for your boat to be checked regularly and for warps
to be adjusted as required, especially where rivers and lakes are expected
•Don’t rely on automatic bilge pumps as these can become blocked or suffer
•Check all boat covers are in place and securely fastened.
•Make sure dinghies are securely tied down to the ground if left at sailing
clubs or any exposed locations.
•Remove spray dodgers and boom covers from yachts to reduce wind resistance
if laid up ashore. Un-step masts if possible.
•Securely tie furling headsails to prevent them unfurling in strong winds.
•Where chocked up ashore, check that supports and securing arrangements are
adequate and well placed.
•Remove portable electronics and other expensive or vulnerable items to a
secure storage location.
•Ensure trailers are well secured to prevent movement in strong winds.
•If appropriate, move your boat to a more sheltered location where possible.
But most importantly
•If you do become aware that your boat is suffering damage due to the
extreme weather, don’t take any action that could put your personal safety
(or the safety of others) at risk.
For my part I spent several hours at my boat around HW
this afternoon, the weather was just right to hoist and unroll the genoa,
remove genoa, main and staysail. I have removed all the halyards
from the mast too, taken all the heavy gear off, the Seagull, dinghy,
life-raft and boxes of kit. I filled the moggy van to the roof!
I will be back again tomorrow to take more off, when again the tide is high
and it is easier to carry it, or push that trolley, up the brow! I bet
I fill that van 3 times with kit, it is amazing where it all goes!
I am hoping that by Monday and this storm comes in the
boat will be empty and all the wind-age from dodgers and spray hood
gone. the mooring lines have anti-chafe on them so hopefully all will
be well and I can go back and haul her out at the end of the week.
Hope you can make sure yours is safe.
Wednesday 23rd October 2013.
The wind has been howling round the cottage, F7 on the
anemometer! Pleased I made the sensible decision! Sad though as
now it is time to remove the sails and kit and lay up...
Have just added a load of text to all the new pictures on
Everjoy's page. Hope Ian gets all sorted
over winter and afloat next year.
Have just added another GH for sale to our
For Sale Pages...
Just added a bit to the restorers
pages Victor in Croatia has a problem with an Atlantic clipper's
steering, can anyone help?
If you are still afloat, hope you get a weather window.
If laying up, make sure those covers are secure!
Monday 21st October 2013.
'To his immortal Memory'
Sadly my tribute to the great man and those who fell with
him 208 years ago has been a washout.
Heavy rain and F6 to 7 winds has meant I put off my
annual Trafalgar cruise. Makes no sense to get cold and wet!
I will still stand in silence to toast him and his sailors tonight though.
Friday 18th October 2013.
Just back from garage with new bottle of Calor gas, one thing I do not want
to run out of next week! I am planning 3 days aboard for Trafalgar,
but looking at the forecast I may well get wet! Winds may be warm
southerlies.. (we will see!!), but rain is forecast for most days.
Today is misty and damp and the balmy days of the late summer we enjoyed
have long gone.
I and my most of crew on
my long trip this year, and a few of the en route supporters will be having
a get together shortly. They all want to know when I am going to
complete the circle! Mmmmm.
Busy few days on the mail
again, sent another CD out, to America, a set of WW drawings, so welcome new
member Roger Venables of Washington State.
Heard from Mike in South
Africa that he and his cousin have bought the second Eventide on Lake
Kariba! Hope to hear more with pictures and a name when the promised
enrolment comes in, after he has got to the boat to take all the details.
Peter Harrold of 'Little
Gull' tells me 'Classic Boat' is hoping to do an article on his restoration.
Guided him towards a few sketches and drawings that may help with the
article. She is a 'Lone Gull' design.
Victor in Croatia has sent
in a splendid picture to add to his pages, the
boat all re-sprayed! Still lots to do but she really looks smart now.
Bob wheeler has sent
pictures of 'Celtic Lass' in that I have added
to her page on the site. some good pictures of the refurbished interior, by
former owners Kenny and Karen. nice work. Bob is sorting sails and rigging
and adding electronics...
At long last I have found
time to add a few dozen pictures of 'Everjoy' to
her page. Ian has done a sterling job completing the work that Ann and
John started and it is so good to see her back afloat. I first met
'Everjoy' in 1973 in Tollesbury and she was sailed all round the Thames
Estuary and to the Netherlands by her builder all those years ago. Having
spent years languishing on the hard after being damaged in the yard, I never
thought she would sail again, but John and Ann had other ideas and repaired
her, before passing her over to the group and we in turn passed her to Ian.
It took a little while to find the right man to take on the job and
how right we were about Ian!
Put a couple of Atlantic
Clipper owners in touch regarding the wheelhouse on 'IT' , hope to get some
feed back on that and maybe a set of drawings for other owners! Did
you know a wheelhouse was designed for the Golden Hind? We have the
drawings! If you are interested mail us and we can attach the drawings
to a reply! Sadly the full GH drawings appear to have disappeared.
Like the old eoa committee who thought they were sitting on a gold mine with
boat drawings they have been secreted away and it is quite likely they will
never see the light of day again. We are so lucky to have been able to get
all the Yachting Monthly drawings back, and more!
See the Plans pages.
I have been in contact
with the grandson of an Eventide 24 builder regarding the fate of the
abandoned boat. I was hoping to be able to at least salvage some parts
for members, and may still be able to, but I have just heard it has been
scrapped. 'Bessie', we believe was her name, another one we had never
heard of before. I am hoping the owners who scrapped her have actually
saved sails and parts so we may advertise them to members. Time will
I am in contact with two
other people with sails and parts of old Eventides. the boats have been
scrapped and in both cases the parts are in store and not instantly
available, but I will continue to ask and hopefully the bits will become
available as they may well help other owners restoring or re fitting.
And if you are fancying
something a little larger, how about this boat found on the EBay Page...
At 45ft long it
would mean me changing berths!
All for now, off to
provision the ship for our end of season cruise, we will be in the
Blackwater and Colne I expect, if you are out there!
Tuesday 15th October 2013.
Just a few days but a decided drop in temperature!
I am looking forward to a last few days afloat, from
Trafalgar Day on, then hauling out. Some think we may have a harsh winter..
Hope to be securely locked into a warm barn by then! The new winter storage
is envied by many down at the marina! Get to talk to a friendly farmer.
Why is it in the Netherlands there are loads of undercover boat storage
sheds, but few here?
Have had an enquiry about Eventide Keels and cabin tops,
why are cabin tops so different? Maurice told me it was immaterial,
what shape the cabin tops were, within reason, (No sheds please!), he
realised owners and builders would opt to do their own thing, so much so
that he did not design a rigid interior. His opinion was so long as the
underwater lines were not overly interfered with, ( a 10% lengthening was
OK), it mattered little. The later keel modifications and raised topsides
were all agreed with Maurice and the proof was in the sailing, 'Fiddler's
Green' and many others, built with deeper keels and slightly raised topsides
are living proof. Suffice to say I am very proud M.G. chose to use my
modified Eventide for the cover of his biography! One mod not too many
are aware of is the wider side decks, not by much , but sufficient to enable
easy access to the foredeck!
Great that we have 'evolving' drawings!.
We had an enquiry regarding the wheelhouse on the
Atlantic Clipper, sadly there was no drawing for it, (though there is for
the G.H. surprisingly). So if your Clipper has one we would like the
I am chasing 3 contacts re Eventides that have been or
are about to be scrapped. trying to lay our hands on the sails and other
parts for others.... Hope to be able to add adverts for these parts
for the restorers etc.
I am knocking my head against a brick wall with the new
burgees and beginning to lose faith in the sail maker. Has anyone a
contact for Burgees?
One of the jobs on my winter list is to replace the fuel
tank. Amazing how many variations on tanks can now be found on the net. Just
using the EOG EBay page I have found several affordable options. watch this
space! I need the larger tank for the second half of my
Off to post Seagull parts, back soon, keep those mails
coming in! Great to be the best MG site ever!
Friday 11th October 2013.
The wild and wet, weather has set in for the weekend so
no sailing for me for a week! With 30mm forecast for today and 50knot
winds it is time to batten hatches! I do hope to get out on Trafalgar
day, (21st of course), for just a few days with the lads, all local stuff,
no epic journeys this time! If you fancy toasting Nelson with us call
'Fiddler's Green' on Ch 16 if you are nearby!
We have organised an autumn get together with members in
Walton on Naze area. Friday 29th November at 1300 for lunch.
call me on 01621 778859 if you would like to join us. An excellent
We have had a couple of enquiries for CD's and another
boat added to the For Sale
pages. A very well travelled Eventide 24. With Dave Green at the helm,
single-handed he sailed all round the UK! Refitted and ready to go
again if you fancy it!
We have had a photo of another Eventide on Lake Kariba in
Zimbabwe! This time a 9.5metre long steel boat. the sender of the
details is Mike in South Africa who is looking at buying... so 2 Eventides
on a lake in Zimbabwe. add to that at least 2 that were built there
when it was called Rhodesia and taken over land to the coast and away...
One is here in Bradwell Creek! 'Irene', Tony Scrace's boat. The
design does get around!
Golden Hinds do too. Brian of 'right-E-Oh' tells me
his old boat with it's new owners, is waiting in Titchmarsh Marina for a
weather window and off to the south coast. The other G.H. in Walton
Backwaters is now also on our pages for sale. We also have 2 others on
our pages. 'Moonlight' and 'Moondancer'. All very nice boats.
were it not for the fact that I built my Eventide and know every bolt and
plank, and she has served me so well, I may well be looking closely at these
I am waiting on news of another Eventide, that is very
much a 'project' boat. sadly as we all know so well, 'project' boats
need a lot of time and effort as well as finance, and there are not many
takers these days... I hope to go and see this one in the not too
distant future. Could be that it may be another donor boat... I am in
contact with three owners of boats that have become this and hope to have
some gear to ad to the 'bits for Sale' pages soon.
Talking of which I send a large parcel of chandlery off
to a member this week, sold from this page, so if you have items to sell,
send us details and we will advertise them for you.
Just adding a selection of nice photos of 'Lone
Kittiwake' a beautiful junk rigged version!
Check your covers and mooring lines all.
Tuesday 8th October 2013.
Our website has been recognised as the best place for
brokers to now advertise our sort of boats that they have on their
books, and so long as members have not already opted to advertise their
boats already with us we will be publishing brokers adverts and hopefully
the EOG will receive small donations from these companies when the boat sell
as a result.
We have just altered a few adverts and in the next 24
hours will alter and add more. We have just sold several items from
the 'Bit's for Sale' page too. there are
many attractive items advertised here.
I have caught up with the new enrolments, or so I
thought, but today we have more!
Welcome to Richard Matthews of Scotland who is the new
owner of the Eventide 26 'Iona of Aln'. I will be replying
officially shortly Richard.
We have had more requests for adverts on the site and
another response to items for sale, busy here!
We are looking for items to post for sale, especially
sails. so if you have any that need a new home, contact by mail and
We have had a very interesting u tube clip in from
Australia, 'Angela's new motor'
Click the link here to go to it! Thanks to Peter Kirkland for sending it in!
Perfect engine for the Eventide too!
I have been able to give details of trailing weights to 2
owners, one with an Eventide the other with one of those rather lovely GH
The postbag has been very full this month so far!
Weather nice today for a potter but I am busy, out at the
weekend I hope, but a lot cooler by then, so today it's a short run out on
the 55 year old Bantam motor bike to get the bike MOT'd (Yes I know it no
longer needs one, but an independent pair of eyes is good for both me and
the insurance company!).
Talking of insurance I have just renewed a 'CraftInsure'
dinghy policy through the link on the website and I have been reminded that
I need to have another survey done for 'Fiddler's Green' this winter as the
boat is over 20 years old now (25 next year!) so it is a survey every 3
years. Bet she passes with flying colours again, but good to have a
check up.... time to contact Arc surveys, see the links page!
Saturday 5th October 2013.
I have almost caught up with mails and have managed to
reply to some new members, will attempt to get time this evening for all the
Welcome then to the following new members:-
Brian Sinclair with the Golden Hind 26 'Proteus' based on
the Colne, hope to see more of her.
Robert Wheeler with the Eventide 26 'Celtic Lass' in
Poole. He is adding the finishing touches to the former owners restoration
and hopes to be sailing soon.
Stephen Dargavel with a Steel Eventide 26, no name
yet, in Lincolnshire.
David Alcock in Australia with the Water witch 'JoJo'
this one we know as it belonged to tim who was our webmaster for a while!
Paul Wanstall of Merseyside with the Eventide 24 'Myomy'.
We like the name! Sadly Paul has no sail number or other information about
the boat, anyone help here?
Douglas Rowe of Essex with the Golden Hind 31
'Moonlight'. this was the boat Mark Urry built for himself when running the
boatyard., seen sailing on the Blackwater in a thunderstorm in August last,
pics on the gallery, thank heavens for water proof cameras!
Michael Howard of Merseyside, who is hoping to fulfil his
ambition of building a Senior! More power to the elbow Michael.
These are the new enrolments that have come in in the
past 2 weeks whilst I was away. You can see we are still getting
people join at the rate of 3 a week!
I have made a few changes on the
'For Sale' pages, a couple
of price changes and the GH 32 Right E Oh has sold. worth a look if
you are in the market for a good WW or maybe a Riptide to restore??
We are looking to arrange an Essex, midday, get together
up in Walton On Naze area at the end of this month, so we can meet up with
Brian and Mavis. (They have just sold 'Right E Oh'). More details
I have to visit the sail maker next week to chivvy him up
on the Burgees. This is taking forever to sort. Sadly we lost
the local company that made the last batches of burgees for us and
ironically the Burnham sail maker, Lonton and Gray, has just moved to their
old premises! However whereas the flag maker did it all in one go, we
now have to get the fabric from the sail maker, take it to a printer and get
it printed in a set pattern, then taken back to the sail maker to be cut and
stitched. All long winded and does not help if the sail maker has to move
when we are trying to get the special pattern from them....
Will keep you all posted on the burgee front as many are
after them. I need a new one too, as mine blew out whilst kept
flying for 2 months, in the fierce winds we had on the trip!!
We had a mail this week about a sad Eventide 24 left in a
garden for many, many years. It needs a new home and I hope to get
more details then go over and see it, it is not more than 50 miles from me.
Seems it was built in 1969, sailed for some years then rot got in and it was
trailed to the owners garden. Repair work was done but not finished,
so sadly the rot may be back in it.... If I believe it can be saved I
will be advertising it. Otherwise I may be breaking it up for it's
parts for donations to the groups funds.
I have requests from a couple of members for sails etc
and this boat may have some usable ones if she is broken up, but i am also
chasing an old mail from an ex owner in Scotland who has some sails, It has
just been difficult for them to get at them to sort them out. could
help a few owners out...
Went down to 'Fiddler's Green' yesterday, first chance I
have had since we have returned, (I did know she was alright via the local
grapevine though). Pleased to say all the batteries topped up, you must have
had some sunshine for the solar panel to do it's bit! however there
was an annoying bit of water in the bilge again and we can now trace this
back to a leaking cockpit locker drain so this is an urgent job on the
winter jobs list!
I organised my new secure barn winter storage again for
this year yesterday, so work will be done on her from November on.
still time for a last cruise, my traditional Trafalgar Cruise, 3, 4 or 5
days in and around the Blackwater, Crouch and Colne. Will publish
dates soon, if anyone cares to join us. (normally me and a couple of
I am off motor biking tomorrow, there is a big show not
far away and my little BSA bantam apparently much admired. (A 1958 Bantam D5
for those in the know!). She looks resplendent all restored with Doug's
beautifully made wooden box on the back sign written up with my Seagull
If you are out sailing it may be a lovely drift.....
Wednesday 2nd October 2013.
Sorry for the 2 week pause in updates. We once again were
guests at the Sheik Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Muktoum's Arabian resort. We
count ourselves as the luckiest people out to be taken there to enjoy the
warm seas and sunshine of Arabia. The people, the hospitality and the
culture is amazing and we have totally recharged our batteries, come back
with new Arabian friends and a great tan!
In my absence we have had at least 4 new enrolments, and
several updates on boats and projects. We have had volunteers to help
the youth project Eventide restoration in Folkestone and feedback for Victor
in croatia with his preparations for the world trip in his Atlantic Clipper.
We have had requests for CD's and mails from the National
archive of the maritime museum applauding our site.
I will be back with more on all of this when my feet are
firmly back on the ground! (Though flying first Class is not a chore
and certainly no jetlag!). Got to catch up with my seagull customers, then I
will be back, good sailing, looks to be good for a while yet, though not the
36 degrees we have been enjoying!
Wednesday 18th September 2013.
The weather is changing gently and days for sailing
diminishing, I have just organised my winter barn storage for this winter,
a safe and secure storage where I hope to be able to repaint the
cabintop and decks as planned. I also will be removing the fuel tank to
replace it with one twice as large, for the other half of my
Have you any great plans? Good to have dreams!
Hoping to satisfy a few sailors dreams with the CD's we
are sending out! Have another to send tomorrow, one of Colin
Faggetter's to Australia. Any of Colin's that we send out makes a
donation to the RNLI in memory of him, a nice touch!
I have heard from Ian of the Eventide 'Everjoy'. He
is looking forward to next year and a good years sailing! I will be
adding pictures of the finishing off of 'Everjoys' restoration and
relaunching to Ian's page shortly.
We sent a CD of Eventide Drawings to the good doctor in
Folkestone this week, for his youth project and the restoration of the
Eventide 'Ebbtide'. Great to be able to help out.
To the many people who have asked after the new batch of
burgees, they sail maker has made us a 'pattern' that he can cut them to on
his laser cutter, we now have to pick that up and take it to the printer to
see if they can print to the same pattern, hope so after talking to them.
then when printed they will have to go back to the sail maker who is to cut
them out and sew them. all a little long winded and so far it has
taken 6 months to get this far, not helped by the fact that the sail maker
has had to move to larger premises in the meantime! We soldier on!
With any luck I should be able come back with definitive prices, in about 3
I am still reaping results from my 'Fiddling Around' trip
this year, the other day out of the blue came another picture from a harbour
master who snapped us, then looked us up on the net. Amazing, I will
get the pic added to the log! I have had comments in from all over the
world, Eventiders and of course my Seagull customers, as the log is still
readable on both sites.
I have three and a half hours of video to work on.
The lad has promised to help me edit it on his apple down to half an hour or
so with voiceover and music. No idea how long it is going to take, but
when it is done I will publish a link to it as it will be placed on my SOS
website. I have looked at a lot of clips, some great, some rubbish,
hopefully the finished product will be worth looking at and not too long or
boring.. One big wave can look just like the next one!
Taking a short break, back in a week or so.
P.S. welcome to Colin in Scotland with 'Lone Kittiwake' a
junk rigged 'Lone Gull II'! Looking forward to the pictures of that
And real Stoppress item.. mail from Mounts Bay, Cornwall
and Peter says he is watching the Sennen Lifeboat tow in 'Diaol Armor' a
43ft Galapagos design, sailed by a friend of the EOG, Alex Clarkson.
Apparently the foresail in tatters.
Apparently crew of two on deck and appently OK, but I bet
there is a story to be told there! Alex is the son of the couple who
sailed the Waterwitch 'Pilecap' round the world, he was just a lad on
board at the time, we understand. I will publish more when we find out
Saturday 14th September 2013.
As the rain is still in the air and the prospective
purchasers of Dougaljo have had to postpone their visit, I have spent some
time editing the pages. I have added a lot of photos, several more
Eventides have been added plus the large article from Victor in Croatia
restoring his Atlantic Clipper. I have started another new page on the
Restorers section! Some good tips in the
work he is doing.
Sent all the official welcomes out to the four recent
enrollers. We are still finding new members every week, go to be doing
Off out to plant a hedge now! Soil is all nice and
wet so just right for the saplings!
P.S. just added more to the Restorers page! Mark has sent
in updates on the restoration of Carina.
In addition I have heard more from Croatia and have been
able to advise Victor on how to remove the bearing on his shaft, will add
that to the pages too.
And we have just had requests for 4 more CDs so will be
sending these out shortly, plus one to the good doctor and his youth group
restoring the Eventide 'Ebbtide'.
And as I type this another request for more CD's, another
And another boat for sale, an
Eventide in Scotland...
Busy here. Well done everyone for keeping the Eventide
Owners Group so active!
Friday 13th September 2013.
A post box that mysteriously appeared on
a Thames bridge is to be removed.
The box on Sonning Bridge is only accessible by water. It appeared during
Royal Mail said it
was not one theirs and would not be collecting post from it.
Local councillor Mike
Haines said he thought it was a "bit of fun" but the post box will have to
Sonning Bridge is a listed structure which means it is protected and any
alterations must be approved by the council.
Whilst I am aware it
is a protected bridge, you have to admire the cheek and ingenuity of the
people who pulled this stunt! This item of news and many others come
to us every week, this website gives more info about happenings on the
I am constantly
amazed at the power of our website and the numbers that read our pages, as a
result of my entry yesterday I am off to show a pair of prospective
purchasers over Dougaljo. I have also spoken to Brian of 'Right-E-Oh'
after visitors to our pages found out the long way that she may be sold,
Brian confirms this may well be the case, pending survey. Sure it will
pass with flying colours Brian.
Heard from Briony in
Scotland with the Steel Eventide Molly Jade. She was after the overall
measurements for transporting and storing in Inverness marina. Pleased to be
able to assist. Hope Briony will continue to update us on the boat's
Welcome to new member
Nelson Magnusson in Canada with an early Eventide 24. she is unusual in that
she is fin keel, the second new Eventide and the second fin keeler in a
Welcome also to Paul
Hojlund, (that is as near as I can get to spelling his name on my keyboard!)
Paul is in Denmark and is joining as a 'Friend' with a Vivacity, I will find
out if he is looking to buy or build one of ours...
I had a package
arrive in the post today, a beautifully crafted teak grating, a step or
platform. At just a few inches tall , it will enable me and a few
others, to stand at the back of my cockpit and see over the sprayhood
clearly! During the trip I spent a lot of time on tiptoe!
I will have to take a little off the front 2 feet to allow it to sit
level over the cockpit drains, and I will leave it to weather, should be
just what I need. Will test it shortly!
I repaired my on
board shower this week. On board shower!!! Well to be honest it
is a garden 'Killier spray' pump up spray, but I replaced the weed
killer nozzle with a small camping and caravanning type shower head and
valve. After 25 years the shower head broke, but using our EBay page I
have sources and now fitted a new smart shower head with integral on/off
I got a bit of stick
from Darian as we have not used the shower on board, (under the tent, in the
cockpit), for many years. but I argued that if we carry it, it has to
work or be thrown off. When you need a shower and none are available,
it is perfect. (One kettle of water and top up with water. Pump
and 2 people can get clean!)
Simple and efficient.
In the Netherlands, whilst swimming daily in the Verse Meere, we stored it
full of water, in a black plastic bag, left in the sunshine by day, by evening it
was ready to use!
Wonder what bit of
gear you carry that is only used once a decade!?
Thursday 12th September 2013.
I have, this morning, added an advert for our dear friend
Doug's Waterwitch 'Dougaljo'. As an octogenarian Doug has reluctantly
had to admit he is not quite up to sailing now, though as sharp as ever!. The boat is offered
for a very realistic low price, as there are a couple of issues with water
getting in that have to be addressed and that reflects in the price.
You could paint the bottom and launch it, sail her away
quite happily as she stands, to a creek or boatyard of your choice and do
the remedial work needed next summer, when the glue will set OK. She
is a safe and sound, go anywhere boat. Doug built her with Alan of 'Bonita',
the two boats built side by side. He is very keen to have an
enthusiast able to look after her buy her and enjoy what he has enjoyed for
the last 20 years. Interested? Go to the
'For Sale' page.
She is being sold as a 'sailaway' boat, extra gear to be sold separately.
I have heard via the grapevine that the Golden Hind
'Right E Oh' has been sold, or at least I have been contacted by a
prospective buyer who thinks he was pipped at the post for her! hope
to hear from Brian and Mavis on that one.
I have reduced the price of the GH 31 'Moondancer' for
Roger and Kathy, who have had enough of the weather in the UK and are off to
warmer climes again!
We have had a new member from South Africa, Dr. Richard
Daneel has an Eventide 26, 'Phoenix' in South Africa and is looking for a GH
to sail longer distances... Welcome Richard, pictures soon to be added
to the Eventide page of the gallery, another unknown boat and she is a fin
A new 'Associate member' from Montana in the USA, Gary
Davis, not sure if Gary is looking at buying or maybe building one of our
designs.. will find out more.
Pleased to say I have heard again from Victor in Croatia,
he acted on advice I gave him re his Atlantic Clipper's stern tube bearings
and Norris's of Isleworth have confirmed my opinion that the outer bearing
holder had a grit seal as well as a bearing, Victor is now looking to remove
this, as it is worn and replace it. Great to be able to assist.
Victors article will be added to the site on the Barbican and clipper page
I will be adding a few more item to the
'Bits for Sale' pages shortly, as a result of the
pending sale of 'Dougaljo'.
We have had a couple of people have a problem enrolling
with us, and maybe the best solution to this has been sent in by Nels Mag,
with the Eventide 24 in Canada, who has printed the page off and completed
it by hand and mailed it to us! Well done Nels and welcome to the
I replaced the damaged cabin sole in my focsle the other
day, a simple job with the power planer and epoxy. Easy to do in the
garage anyway, not everyone has that luxury and the temperature
outside rapidly falling so time for repairs to boats in creeks running out..
Still time for a sail or two before laying up, see you on
Saturday 7th September 2013.
The Forecast for today is F5 and F6. Apart from the
rain yesterday the last week has been lovely, why is it the weather breaks
I have had a mail from Victor in Croatia again, he has
managed to put all the mails we had to and fro into an article, and I will
be placing it on the site over the weekend. See the
Atlantic Clipper pages. We are still
puzzling over the outboard bearing on his prop shaft. Appears to be
some kind of seal.. I had a boat once with an outboard stuffing box as
well as an inboard one, it was designed to keep sand and grit out as the
boat was used in muddy waters. Any one got similar experiences with a
Barbican or Atlantic clipper?
Still waiting to hear from 3 people again re either
tracing or selling their boats. Info will be posted when I get it.
Varnishing new floor board for the boat today, and the
new teak boxes for the hand held radio and the winch handle holder. They do
look good! Hope to get down in the week to fit them and take a bumble out on
Had an invite to visit the Coast Guard stand at the
Southampton boat show....
I have just spent a little time adding some items to the
'Bits for Sale' pages. All the charts you
will need to sail between Scotland and Harwich, plus the tidal atlases!
Anyone up for it??
I will be sorting a couple more charts out that I used at
the Western end of the Caledonian shortly!. The rest are being saved
and updated for the final half of my circumnavigation, next year??
Sent out a copy of the 'Storm' drawings this week to
Enrico in Italy and we have also had another new member.
Welcome to Keith Phillips with the GH 26 'Proteus'.
Keith sails from the Colne so we should be crossing wakes at some stage,
keep that luff taught Keith, my camera is never far away from the hand!
Take advantage of the sailing days when you can, summers
Tuesday 3rd September 2013
It would appear this may be the last fling of summer, we
have temperatures in the 20's and fair breezes, the river was covered in
boats today, a few more days only....
We welcome Dr Scott of Folkestone with the Eventide 24
'Ebbtide'. The good doctor is trying
to get youngsters involved locally, by rebuilding and restoring her. Great
We are about to have a brilliant opportunity present it
self to anyone wanting to buy a Waterwitch, at a greatly reduced price,
provided they are willing to take on all the work involve in curing the deck
and cabintop leaks she has that have sadly caused some rot. At the
same time a lot of the other gear from the boat will also be offered for
sale separately. Keep an eye on the For Sale pages. Will
announce it when I post it. The whole idea is that the owner wishes
the boat to be restored and sailed again, he is not worried about
possibility that who ever restores it will eventually sell it on at a
profit, just so long as it is sailing again!
I have had to replace a bit of my cabin sole this week,
it was only 1/2 inch ply and a little flexible , but I found it had
delaminated, so I am having to add a little stiffening to prevent the
flexing. I must be putting on weight I guess!
i have found a possible cure for my small fuel tank
problem, a new tank fitted beneath the cockpit sole. I have found that
now you can buy purpose made plastic tanks, with fuel gauge etc and all
connections, at reasonable cost, so up with the floor this winter and out
with the tape measure.! I can double the 8 gallon tank size easily!
One of the other thoughts we had after the 'Trip' was
stowage for a couple of items in the cockpit. I have cured this by
buying a teak winch handle holder, (using our EBay page!) and by Alan
Lonton making me a made to measure, hand held VHF holder in teak, matches
perfectly! Alan really is an excellent craftsman.
We had a mail from Mike Bishop, interested in
locating his old Eventide. Reg. Southampton. Name
'San Anton'. Sold out of Conwy about
1972 ish. Anyone know it?
Had another enquiry from Nels, and I am waiting to
get the name and sail number.
We had another enquiry from Paul burrows, re a
Kesteloo Eventide, we are awaiting more details on that one too.
Enough for now, off to do some Seagull work.
Tuesday 27th August 2013..
Well I predicted rain and by golly we got it! Over
2 inches in 3 hours. Many parts of Essex were flooded, Maldon and
Latchingdon not too fat away and many roads in Essex just south of here
totally impassable for hours. So hardly surprising that the fireworks were
also cancelled! We motored away from Bradwell at the height of the
Storm, the Musto's doing their job so well, and of course the boat did not
mind a wash. I called the marina on the (waterproof) handheld as
we left, a courtesy call to say our berth would be empty and Stuart said we
must be mad! We were the only ones out there, almost... a couple
of boats were high tailing it into the marina as we left!
Hockley Railway station Essex Saturday!
The fireworks just had to be cancelled, it was
torrential, first time they have had to do that in years. We heard from
other boats, they had taken shelter elsewhere, so no takers this year!
We puttered across to West Mersea where there was no
signs of life in the deluge and crept up one of the creeks. We stayed
there for 3 days! The wildlife was amazing and we only saw 7 people
all weekend, including the oystermen tending their oysters!
The rarest bird we saw was the spectacular Egyptian
goose. There were an adult pair and 6 goslings, so they have bred
here, probably on the RSPB reserve we were anchored next to and probably the
first ones to breed outside Norfolk. When it flies the tops of the
wings are black with a broad white stripe down the length. They walked
close past us, flew past us and swum past us, but as soon as a man with a
telescope appeared on the horizon, they flew away. Darn twitchers!
The seals a male and female, entertained us all weekend,
quite amusing to see them playing hide and seek, or more probably 'catch me
if you can' as the female was always in the lead! They were endearing
as they lay together on the oyster mans raft! Got to be plenty of fish
Met other owners and friends this weekend, but no one was
about to go off for a sail. We gently puttered back to base as the
wind blew an Easterly 4 and the forecast was for more.
Today of course it is gentle breezes and sunshine, Soddes
We will be out on the river for a month or two more yet,
but I do feel the August Bank holiday lived up to it's traditional 'end of
season' reputation again!
Friday 23rd August 2013.
Boy, have you seen the weather forecast for Saturday and
Sunday! So typical of the August Bank Holiday! Heavy continuous rain
all Saturday and into Sunday then add F4/5 occ. 6 for Sunday! I wonder if
the weather gods wait for me to organise a day afloat before unleashing all the
wet stuff! I can tell you I sometimes think I am a mobile test bed for
Musto's! (And so far they don't leak!)
Today had a request for an advert on the site from member
Gerry. he is the owner of the Lone gull II 'Ivory Gull'. She is a
very unusual MG, one of just a handful. she is rigged as a Junk Schooner!
Like 'Jua' she does look a picture! See the
For Sale page.
I am still adding pictures etc to the site, another
on today! and another load of pictures and info on the restoration of
Well the wind is beginning to get up in anticipation of the
weekend and though there is not a cloud in the sky, but the air has a damp feel
to it, so what's new!
See you on the river, I will be the one with the umbrella!
Thursday 22nd August 2013.
Welcome to new member Simon bell, he is rebuilding the
Eventide 26 'Mistress II' not far from here. I met Simon when he bought
the boat and have kept an eye on progress since. He seems to be doing the
right things, removing any suspect timber plus a bit more and as far as I could
se last I looked, not attempting to re-plank the plywood with joint on frames!
Always fails! think he must be reading the site!
I have spent 3 hours today trying to catch up with articles
and photos. I have uploaded about 25 new pictures to the site, amended
dozens of pages and added articles to many pages.
We have had so much activity this summer, a lot since I
returned, but some outstanding from the time i was sailing, so sorry to those
who may have been waiting a while.
Pages that have been amended include:-
Little Gull's page ,
Elbarco's page, the Eventide page several times!
the Senior page, the
Riptide page, the Wild Duck
page, the boats for Sale page,
the home page, The 3Tonner
page, the MG designs page, The
GH pages, the Barbican and Atlantic clipper
pages, The Lone Gull page and the
Newsletter page. I have added a note to the
Burgee page about the next batch of flags too. I
have added a bit to my 'Fiddling
around' page. There have also been small alterations on other pages
just to correct spelling or grammatical errors that I found. bet there are going
to be more of those!
I have more photos to add to the pages and a couple more
articles to shoehorn in, but the fingers are geting tired, so they will have to
wait for another day.
Thanks to all the dozens of people who have sent mails in
pictures comments and articles. We literally have half a dozen of these
mails a day, plus other enquiries.
This weekend I hope to meet a few members afloat and enjoy
the fireworks Saturday evening at the Mersea Regatta. No meal this year
though, they have shut the place down for the night!. Meeting a couple of
people at Bradwell before we sail too.
Though the forecast is for rain on Saturday, I doubt it will
effect the fireworks and we will enjoy the sail Sunday and Monday.
The season is rapidly drawing to a close again and I only
just think it has started, even though we had nearly a thousand miles under the
keel before the end of July! Hopefully we will have an 'Indian Summer' to
round the year off.
See you on the river!
Sunday 18th August 2013.
the gales over this weekend have at last abated and we hope
the high pressure building over the UK will last till next weekend, as.. yes
it's West Mersea....
Saturday 24th August,
West Mersea Meet. Bank
Holiday Weekend. HW time 1520
tides, so we will ground at LW on the 'borrowed' moorings!
Regatta Week, so will be
again we will meet at Maurice's old club on the Saturday afternoon for a drink,
on the lawn outside, at about 6pm.. Followed by a walk up the road to one
of the eating houses! Last year table booked for 18! HW.
Saturday about 1520. We once again hope to have arranged snug moorings, in the
upper Strood channel, as we have done in previous
years courtesy of Tony, one of our members. Boats on the moorings
will dry water at L.W. this year! £5.00 a night to RNLI. There
will also be the WMYC boatman on hand or we can use our dinghies
as we have in the past... Call sign YC1 on channel 37 ('Why Sea One') if you need the
taxi, but be warned prices have gone up, £3.00 single late night!
rooms to let we have heard at the Victory Pub, 01206 382907 for Saturday
and Sunday if needed, this means those who would like to come by road can meet
us outside the WMYC on the Saturday evening, can arrange to come for a
sail in company with us on Sunday, maybe a short sail to Maldon and back,
then later a drink at the WMYC Sunday evening.
Or Sunday we may if there
are no guests, just have a sail in company, maybe up to Maldon in the afternoon,
to later drop down to a creek for the night before sailing home Monday.
contact john on 01621 778859.
attempting to book a
table at the Oyster Bar for a meal on the Saturday. We have to
book... so if you want to come along Saturday night about 7pm or 7.30pm
you HAVE to let me
know by Tuesday 20th August at the latest.......
Post Script, as it is regatta they are closing and so no meal....
Hope to hear from you.
Call us on VHF. 'Fiddler's Green' we will be somewhere in the vicinity...
Thursday 15th August 2013.
Sorry for the pause, but
life has been busy here! Apart from catching up with my business, I have
also had the family round, in the form of my daughter and new man in her life
and we have all been out sailing. (Pleased to say Oliver, Oly, liked the
I have loads of photos to
add to the pages, pictures I have taken of members afloat and about 30 photos
sent in over the last week or two from members all over the world.
I am about to sort out the
August Bank holiday weekend meeting and will be publishing that on here and
the Events page. It is not the Mersea regatta this year, so it should be
quieter and easier to get a table in the restaurant. Plan to visit
Mersea Saturday and sail off Sunday in company, maybe to the Pyefleet.
We have had several new
enrolments so welcome to:-
Graham Holloway from Swindon
with the Atlantic Clipper 'Bandolero' in the Med, to Rob Edmunds of
Tiverton with the WW 'Moonshiner' in Devon. To Arthur Harding in Canada
contemplating building one of our designs, and to Raymond Cox of Basingstoke
with the GH 26 'Kinvara' on the Solent.
I have had more
correspondence with Victor in Croatia and he is now looking to find out how to
replace a worn outer bearing on his stern tube. Looking at the photos it
looks like a standard bronze tube with threaded on outer bearing, wonder if
any other Atlantic Clipper owners can confirm this. I have figured out
that the stuffing box has 6mm or 1/4 graphited rope for the stuffing box and
advised on how to replace this. All the mails back and forth will appear
on the hints and tips page soon. he is now looking to remove a badly
worn plate pin and seal up the drop plate. As he is planning an ocean
voyage the last thing he needs is to lose the uphaul and have the plate
dangling and rattling about, seems there is a lot of wear. Have heard
similar from others. several have removed plates and one even fitted a bow
thruster to assist in marinas!
Tonight the temperature has
stayed at 18 degrees as warm moist air sweeps over the country, we have had a
few weeks of real summer at last, but expect the rain to set in shortly!
Still time for a few more sails though... If you are afloat enjoy it
while it lasts!
If working ashore hope the
glue sets nicely!
Thursday 8th August 2013.
Spent a week afloat last
week and best part of this week catching up on work! I have been able to
answer a few Eventide queries but I still have a few outstanding, I promise to
get to you as soon as I can.
We have sent out 2 sets of
CDs, one for the Goosander to Paul Savage in Norfolk, he is trying to decide
what to build I think, as he has already got other designs, either that or he
is wallpapering the office with drawings!
A set of Eventide drawings
on CD, a copy of the building film and 2000 pictures plus on a CD all went to
Still getting comments and
feedback re 'fiddling around'! Had you noticed that as soon as i left
Scotland they have had the hottest July on record! speaking to friends
we met up there though there has either been no wind of F6's, so nothing
changes there then!
Welcome to a new member
Raymond Cox is the new owner of the GH 26 'Kinvara'. She sails the Solent
area. I will be replying officially to you soon Raymond.
We have had more queries
from Serbia re the Atlantic Clipper. I am going to collate all the mails
and publish them for others. Victor has decided, quite wisely to remove the
drop plate and seal the area. I took a picture of 'Last Barbican' in a
harbour in Yorkshire, Scarborough I believe, she has her drop keel plate
I have heard from Juli re
several boats that were still advertised on the 'for Sale' pages, but sold, I
have at last got many of the ex owners to confirm they have sold so I am
removing the adverts and placing the pics etc elsewhere on the site, the
Lady of Lockerley has moved
up to Scotland with her new owners, hope they get in touch.
Heard from the new owner of
'Borer Bee'. Juli Graf. Apparently Borer Bee never did get the inboard
diesel she was promised some years ago and the defunct Stuart Turner has now
been removed, so she is engineless. Juli wondered about using a Seagull,
but the largest Seagull commonly available is not really man enough for a 24ft
boat, even if you could keep it in the water with the slight pitching motion
in a seaway, so she is looking for a motor. Juli lives near Galway
Ireland and wants to take the boat out of the farmyard in Colerain where she
has lain for many years and get her sailing again. Hopefully Juli will
succeed and we will hear more of Borer Bee's adventures.
I have snapped 'Poppy' in
the Blackwater last week and will be publishing pics of her and loads of
others, when I get a chance.....
I hope to be out sailing
Monday 12th with my daughter and family. Hope the weather stays favourable for
all. I will be trying to organise something for the August Bank holiday
too. Details to follow.
Good sailing get out there
summers going fast!
Thursday 25th July 2013.
I have sent out another CD
of Eventide drawings today, to Australia again and have had an enquiry from
new member Enrico for a CD of the 'Storm' class drawings.
I have also had enrolments
from Steven Eastwood of Margate, with the WildDuck 'Red Sky', this is a boat I
have known for years. Sailed on the Essex coast by Rob Swift, then
passed to his son Ed. She dropped off the radar some years back when
sold on EBay I believe and one the owners in the intervening years stripped
her of her trimming ballast and left her to rot, she was saved and brought
ashore and now Steve is trying to get her saved again, to sail.
Berthed on the Medway now, will be adding pictures to the WD page of the
Victor in Serbia has sent in
some pictures of his Atlantic Clipper, and I will be adding these and all the
questions and answers that went back and forth. May be of use to other Clipper
Norman Parker has asked us
to advertise his Eventide 26, 'Filandra', just waiting for all the info. will
be a project boat, but it has a lot of good gear, including a 25hp motor.
Snag is collecting from Scotland.... Mmm I know a firm with an artic!?
We have also been asked to
advertise a Golden Hind, 'Bluefin', she is currently sailing the Atlantic to
the UK from Guadeloupe. Hope to hear from him shortly with info for the
advert. He is apparently a professional boat builder from Austria!
Heard also from Alan Lonton
with WW 'Bonita'. They were just waiting the delivery of 2 new batteries to
replace the originals that had eventually given up on them. After
a long fit out he and his family hope to be afloat after the weekend and I may
meet up with them somewhere round the Blackwater next week, as 'Fiddler's
Green' is back out afloat for a week, with grandson Brandon as crew, for the
'Dougaljo' has spent some
time ashore this year and Doug is cleaning up the keels etc before antifouling
and re launching. the other problems he had have been tackled too, including
the screw that broke up the top of the mainsail track when I last went out
The Essex crowd will
probably all be meeting up in a weeks time, at Kirby le Soken, to celebrate
Mavis's birthday, I am too much of a gentleman to say it's her 80th, Ooops!
Last weekend I met up with
one of our most senior members, Jack Shenfield, Jack at the ripe old age
of 94 was wandering round the boot sale at a nearby village! He was
looking for another guitar! Must say Jack you look fitter than chaps half your
age and your wit is as sharp as ever! Roll on that telegram! Must be the
boating, yes he still goes out with Steve his son...
I have accumulated a couple
of dozen photos of various boats and when I get time I will set to and add
them to the Gallery. Just at the moment have to get on with the day job, loads
of Seagull parts going out to the post office!
Which reminds me, must
remove that mainsheet horse from the pages as I just parcelled it up and sent
it to it's new owner.
All for now.
Tuesday 23rd July 2013.
This mail came in on my
personal mail from a member and I passed it to others and it was suggested by
John Stevens that it should be passed to members as it is very relevant to
most of us! I attach the mail I sent out here.:-
one has come in from a sailing friend in Australia and though it seems
obvious to us who have dealt with people drowning, I realised that most will
have only seen what has been portrayed in films, as the lifeguard explains,
and that is not what it looks like at all.
It is as well in
our sport to be aware.
Pleased Mike sent
this on, I had never thought about it till now…
important message --
hope you find it
Monday 22nd July 2013.
Spent the day on the river
today, a lazy run up past Osea Island, anchored for lunch and to watch the
world go by. Was great to have the echo sounder read just a metre or two under
the keel instead of 200! As the sea breeze started we had a cool motor head
into the Easterly F5 on the way home. Now waiting for the rain, hot and
sultry, with faint rumbles in the distance!. Supposed to have a few days
of thundery rain to cool us down now, and along with it floods of course, as
the ground is like concrete!
I have been liaising with
John Stevens today and hope I now have all the loose ends of the mail tied up,
but if you have tried to contact us and have not heard, please try again.
Have had 2 owners who have mixed us up with the old assoc, and complained they
have been ignored, as no one had responded, fortunately they have now found
the real owners group and have struck gold!
Also heard from Chris and
GH 31 Mollymawk now restored.
She was relaunched 18 July 2013 and today on her swinging mooring above
Bucklers Hard on the Beaulieu. Gin pennant sets well. Yard pictures to
Fiona usually helms, I do the string
Look forward to seeing the
I have been having long
conversations with Victor and Olga in Serbia, they have an Atlantic clipper
and are trying to sort a few issues, pleased to say I have been able to
assist. They now have the damaged tabernacle off and the leaking stern
gland sorted. A few moments ago another enrolment came in, from them, so
welcome to the Eventiders both. They are fitting out their boat,
'Existence' to sail off round the world!
Also in new member Enrico
Portalupi from Italy wanting to build one of our designs and also Norman
Parker in Kirkcudbright with the Eventide 'Filandra'.
I will get round to replying
personally very soon.
Also heard from member, Juli
that 3 boats for sale on our pages are sold, but the sellers have neglected to
inform us, so 'Eventually', 'Funky Floater' and 'Susilla' are all apparently
no longer available, I will be trying to contact them.
All for now, too hot here
past 2200hrs and over 20c outside, come on rain!
Sunday 21st July 2013.
I am catching up, slowly.
I have now printed out all the new enrolments and replied to most of them, a
few to go. Many have already been dealt with by the members of the Steering
Group, John and Chris, who took the helm whilst I was away.
So welcome John Worthington
of Lancashire, once 'King of Piel'! (those who sail the north West will know
what that means, he was once the publican on the tiny Piel Island, and
tradition has it that having been anointed with a couple of pints he reigns
king there!). John has sent a picture of his Senior he used to own and
sail round there and a few stories to go with the picture. will be added to
the Senior page....
Welcome to Bill Lehm of
Surrey, who is after a CD of drawings. hope we are catching up with that one
To Martin Williams of North
Wales with the Eventide 24 Dora. No sail number as yet, maybe our database
manager will turn one up.
To Peter Webster, of Jaywick,
Peter owns a motorboat, but has joined as a friend, and rightly so as Peter is
our Webmaster! He thought he was just testing the form! But no
Peter we have joined you up, and great to have you aboard!
To Henry Saunders of West
Sussex. Henry's family owned 'Little Gull' for may years and asked to be
put in touch with the current owner Peter, who renovated her. Pleased to say
they are in touch to their mutual benefit!
To Kenneth Dyer of Surrey
the new proud owner of the GH 31 'Golden Crest', sold from our pages!
She will be moored in Fowey still we believe.
Welcome to Morgan Allen in
Australia, who is after a CD as he has the WW 'Tanui' and I think would like
to do some work on her. hope to hear from him shortly and send the CD out to
Welcome to another
Australian, Mark Bachli he would like a CD of Eventide drawings! no
doubt will also be hearing from him shortly.
And again from
Australia, John Gayton. John was proposing to build a WW, but has instead
opted for the Eventide and is again after a CD. (Was he reading my
'Fiddling around' log??).
And that may not be the
complete list as I think another came in today and I may not have gone back
far enough to get all the backdated new members, apologies if I have missed
Back here in Essex the
wonderful heat wave continues, though not quite as warm as a couple of days
back. And I still have not managed to get out for a sail! Darian thinks
I should have got it out of my system by now but I want to sail in water less
than 50 metres deep for a change, feel that mud under the keels! Maybe
early in the week, I have heard heavy rain and Thunder forecast for midweek!
Not to worry, next weekend I
am off again, this time with the grandson, Brandon, for a weeks gentle creek cruising, to give him a
taste of sailing a larger boat. He has definitely outgrown the Optimist!
I have also sold a few items of
chandlery from the pages, so have been editing there and also dropping prices of
boats after requests from owners, so worth taking a look if you were
interested in one of the boats....
All for now, John
Thursday 18th July 2013.
Those who have been keeping
up with the log of 'Fiddler's Green' and her crew will of course be aware that
I called off the trip after about 800 miles and half way round. We had a great
adventure and are pleased with our mileage, but it was getting more and more
apparent that I was not going to get round in one go, so we opted for a ride
home on an artic and will set off again to complete the circumnavigation in a
year or two's time.
So my thanks to John Stevens
and Chris Sinnett, and Peter our Webmaster for holding the fort whilst I have
Apologise to all who have
been waiting the last week or so for replies to mails, I am catching up,
slowly. the steering group members who helped out now can see the volume
of mail we get!
I have a heap of new
enrolments to answer and more to add to the pages here that were answered y
the steering group members, John and Chris. I have at least one CD to
send out too. Soon I promise.
Of course as soon as I
decided to cut the trip short the weather changed and at the moment we are in
the grip of a wonderful heat wave, so forgive me if I slide back off to the
boat at the weekend! got to make the most of it!
I have loads of pictures to
add and adverts to amend, will be back soon,
Please Note From May 19th
2013 there will be no updates as I will be away sailing.
You can catch up with my log
following this link.
Wednesday 15th May 2013.
Another new member today,
welcome to Stephen with 'Camelot', moored here in Bradwell. Camelot is
unusual as she has been given a specially made gaff rig, not too many rigged
this way, but she sails, been al the way to the Mediterranean and back!
Stephen had her hauled out and scrubbed off and I suspect inspected her
thoroughly before repainting and dropping back in the water last week.
She will be out for sea trails soon no doubt and as Stephen (and his dad),
are both marine engineers, will be looked after.
I have not heard from
Emilio in the Philippines re the Senior CD he wanted so sadly he will
either have to wait till I return in August, or try the steering group
members who are taking over the mail for me.
As of tonight the
is going to be diverted to the Database Manager and assisted by other
members of the Steering Group, led by Chris in the Netherlands, they are
going to man the decks for me.
I have spent most of today
grappling with technology and have sorted out the on board laptop and it's
connection to edit these pages, well just my
'Fiddling Around' log
page actually. A far cry from my trip to Cornwall 12 years ago or the
Scottish adventure 20 years ago. Mobile phone technology has come on
by leaps and bounds.
I spent some time today
copying all the drawings onto DVD to send to members of the Steering Group,
so they could burn CD's for members in my absence. Not till you start
collating all the designs do you realise just how many we have accumulated!
Great to be able to keep all these designs available to all and in the
Not sure I will be editing
this page many times again, till I return, so look in at the
'Fiddling Around' page if
there is no update, that starts, hopefully, on the evening of the 19th.
John Stevens sent me some
great pictures of the snow in Devon today, pleased we are going
anticlockwise! Crazy weather.
Hope you are able to get
out in the sunshine, good sailing, fair winds and lee-going tides.
Sunday 12th May 2013.
Less than a week to go!
I have just had several
enquiries for CD's and welcomed 2 new members Thomas in Florida with an
interest in the Eventide, (may want a CD of drawings?) and Emilio in the
Philippines who definitely wants a CD of the senior drawings.
Just sent a CD of WW
drawings to Greg in Wales who is repairing a rudder, a CD of Senior drawings
to Mike in New Zealand, determined to build one. Have a set of Mouette
drawings copied to CD for Simon. Sad to say Simon went to our 'Donate'
button the day there seems to have been a problem on line somewhere.
all working again Simon so get that donation off to us and I can sort out
I hope to hear from both
the outstanding enquiries by Wednesday to allow me time to sort out the CD's
and to then transfer incoming mail to John Stevens and Chris Sinnet!
Talking of John S, I had a
call from him today and in the background there was the unmistakeable
popping of a tiny Volvo! He was on his boat. Hope you got off
before the heavens opened!
We spent the day at base,
gardening! Having had a rather nice woven hazel hurdle boundary fence
put up, we went shopping yesterday and today planted up a load of shrubs,
inside our fence in the new shrubbery, the rain arrived just after I had
spent 30 minutes watering them, of course. We are also replanting the
farmers hedge for him, sadly Dutch Elm did for the Elms in it...
we are replanting from our own home grown native hedging plants, all
grown from local seed, raised in our garden tree nursery. So even if
the wood never got planted we are still planting locally!
Watching the weather, as
you can imagine, in readiness to leave next Sunday, it does not look
good for the week and indeed the next month! The long range, approx 30
day forecast, is much as it is now, changeable! Warm and calm one moment
wild and wet the next. Hmmm not what I really need.
Still, walking down the
fields half a mile today to visit the Mulberry tree we planted near the spot
our kitten, Madinat, was run over, we noticed that the clay soil has cracks
reminiscent of the Colorado salt flats, we need that rain!
As Madinat's mulberry is
covered in buds, maybe some Mulberries this autumn! Came back and had a good
pick of the Rhubarb and some asparagus for dinner too!
Going away for 3 months
has meant I have had to get assistance with the garden, not just for mowing
the grass, but for the 1001 other jobs, looking after the goldfish, keeping
ditches clear etc. it is amazing what you have to think about, taxing the
car, insuring it etc. Fortunately all the vehicles MOT's and tax's run till
September, so one less worry, but just shows it is not just fitting out the
boat you have to think of!
Hope the weather is kind
to you and you get some sailing in, fair winds and lee going tides, and for
those still fitting out, power to the elbows!
Wednesday 8th May 2013.
I will only be keeping the
Stoppress pages updated for another 10 days then I am off. from then
on I hope to be writing up the
'Fiddling Around' log and
will leave a link to it here.
Over the past week we have
had a few enquiries, a donation from The Flint's of Bath for the EOG
they bought a CD of the Eventide drawings to help them with 'Merrywake', a
question about Waterwitch rudders and a rigging query.
Welcome to Jimi Bonne in
Scotland, he has just bought an Eventide 26 from Cardiff and is hoping to
sail her to her new home port of Tobermory this summer!
Welcome to Keith Tempest
of Tavistock with the Eventide 24 Tamarisk. this boat was built
at Kings bros and owned by Mr king himself, undergoing a refit at the
Welcome to Mike Brown in
N.Z. looking to build a Senior.
Mathew in Norfolk sent in
pics of a boat similar to a Mouette and we have had incidentally a request
for a CD of drawings of the Mouette from New Zealand.
Peter Harold has sent some
pics of 'Little Gull' in to add to those already on the site.
We have heard from the
Netherlands that the meeting they had last year will be repeated next year,
Johan contacted us to say
he has moved his GH 'Old Cataract', but the progress was slow. This
may be to do with the growth on the bottom though!
Roy Lewis has sold the
Eventide 26 'Camelot' from Bradwell, but she will not be going far as the
son of a local marine engineer I know has bought her and he has spoken to
me. She is up on the hard being scraped off and inspected. I thought
she was Gunter rig but Roy tells me she is Gaff, sadly I have never seen her
WW "Eowyn May" which is in Calstock Boat yard and desperately for sale may be
broken up if not sold shortly. Sadly this sort of tale is becoming
increasingly common as boats are left and begin to decay and then run up
yard bills. Not only happening to wooden boats either, seen a few GRP
wrecks that will not sail again.. all abandoned by their owners.
The GH32 'Right E Oh', for
sale on our pages, has had
a price reduction, she is a lovely boat and deserves a caring owner, fitted
out to go anywhere....
The brilliant Bank holiday
weather, a real plus after such a cold long winter, has produced a flurry of
activity locally in our marina and loads of people trying to get out
sailing. We opted out, as we still have gear to load, but will creep
out when no one is watching during the week, after the gales have blown
Had a nice note from Dave
Mann, the skipper of 'Snowdrift', he will watch out for us in Lowestoft on
or about the 20th!
good sailing to all,
25th April 2013.
Sorry for the long pause,
been a little busy! Fiddler's
Green is back afloat. I have been working all the hours to get her
fit to be launched and I am just back from the marina. Exhausted.
still loads to do, but the mast is up and the pre-bend put in it and all
rigging tensioned, boom then fitted and all sails on spars. New Spray
hood and Sail coat fitted too, will be down over the next few days to clean
the dirt of shore-side off her, Crew Keith scrubbed the owl poo of the stern
deck. We had a little 'moment' however when the mast lowering gear
failed. a pole bent, so the whole lot taken off the boat to be beefed
up and stored ashore. The marina crane was out of action that is
why the mast lowering/raising gear was pressed into use. we have used
it dozens of times with no problem and are at a loss as to why it failed.
will be looked at carefully and maybe even redesigned in a size larger
Over the past week we have
sent out a CD of Senior drawings and answered a couple of queries on
We have heard from Roger
and Kathy with the GH
'Moondancer' for sale, a price reduction to £21,500.
Tony Mitchell with the
Senior 'Iona' has moved her to Fareham, we may even see him on our big
We have had one new
member, (will be welcoming you officially soon), but welcome here to Mike
Milburn in New Zealand, he has a GH 31. 'Mehina'.
We cancelled the get
together last night as the regulars were all busy. This will be the
last get together in the Essex area for the Summer, will resume come the
We are having a get
together of our own at Bradwell on the 18th May, when many of the crew for
our trip will be bringing gear down to be stowed aboard. we will be
having a meal together about 2000hrs. We set off the next day, weather
We had this in from East
Coast Pilot. The sketch charts of the Deben and Ore and Alde may be
useful to many!
East Coast Pilot News ...
24th April 2013
A short newsletter this time, with a single subject -
for the Deben and Ore Entrances
Last time we lamented the demise of the detailed
chartlets of the Deben and Ore river entrances,
produced for many years by Chris Woods whose sterling
work encouraged many a leisure sailor to venture in
from the sea and enjoy the delights of these lovely
waterways. The chartlets were essential aids too for
the hundreds of boat-owners who keep their boats
However, we are pleased to be able to tell you that
chartlets of the two entrances are once again
available online, now drawn by Imray Laurie Norie &
Wilson from the most recent Trinity House surveys, as
free downloads from the East Coast Pilot website at
Look for the 'Downloads' button on the Home page.
With or without the chartlets, the entrances can
be unforgiving places to those who take liberties with
weather or height of tide, and if in any doubt about
the wisdom of a passage through, then Harbourmaster
John White, who is our 'Honorary Port Pilot' for the
area, is usually on hand to give advice should anyone
want to ask. For convenience his contact details are
shown on the chartlets.
Following requests to us from a number of key people on
the East Coast, these chartlets have been made possible
through an agreement between Trinity House and chart
agents Imray, and as such they are as 'official' as they
can be. Now that the agreement is in place, any further
surveys carried out by Trinity House should result in
updated chartlets without much delay, and added
promptly to the ECP website.
will of course use this email newsletter service to tell
you about any updates at the entrances as we always do for
all parts of the area covered by ECP, and also broadcast
the information on Twitter - follow
in closing I should like to thank the many people who
responded to the request for website and newsletter header
photographs. I have been inundated with them!
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John Burke has sent in
some more pics for his page on his 3Tonner, the
mast is up! I will be adding pics shortly John....
That's about it for now,
hoping the warm =weather we have had will last, but have already heard it is
going to be chilling the next few days, so just pleased to have been able to
take advantage of the last 10 days of warmer weather to get afloat, hope you
are getting on well with your fit outs.
Friday 19th April 2013.
Most remiss, I have left
it over a week before coming back with news... just goes to show how
busy it is here, have hardly had a minute to myself!
Welcome to another 3 new
members, James Boultin of Vermont with the Riptide 'Third Witch'. some
readers may recall she was built by jimmy Stanton after he built 2
Waterwitches! He went on to sail her many thousands of miles. a
lovely boat. We are hoping for up to date pictures to add to those on
Welcome to Peter Dalby of
the Isle of Wight. Peter is interested in building a Senior and I am
expecting a payment for a CD shortly.
And welcome to Keith
Tempest of Tavistock with the Eventide Tamarisk. Keith is struggling
to keep paint on his boat at the moment and like all of us hoping for some
good dry weather to repaint and repair. He tells me she still has the
original Stuart Turner 5 hp! He is re wiring and bringing her
'up to standard' as he says!. hope to see some nice pics of the shiny paint
We have had a smashing
boat in for sale, a Bawley that has been totally rebuilt stored in a dry
shed for over 10 years and is ready to launch, this is going to be a head
turned that someone is going to snap up. Advert on the for Sale page soon.
Also heard from Hugo with
the Bawley 'John Humby'. she has had her keel off after loads of
problems with leaks, the keel bolts were nearly corroded away! Caught in
time and a great job getting all back together. she is sitting happily
in the water again and bet there is not a drop of the wet stuff inside!
will be adding a bit to the hints and tips page on this.
We have had a little
activity on the forum at last, shame it is not as widely used as it could
be. I referred one user to our hints and tips page re setting up his
Matthew with the 'Good
Hope' design in Australia, steel built, has been on and sent in a nice
donation for a CD, hope he has all he needs to rig her now!
We have had an enquiry
from the owner of Jeopardy, Ian Garforth, who has motored her from West
Mersea across the UK by river and canal. Now moored Chepstow! He
wanted to know where all the bits of wire went! Hopefully now all
sorted and we look forward to reading his log, fascinating trip, floods ice
We have had more on the
possibility that the G27 may have been copied to build series of boats
in South Africa, the 'Nebe Cape 28' design. I will add a note to the
Goosander page re this, but to the best of my knowledge, knowing and
speaking to the late Colin Faggetter, he had not heard of it and no one
asked him, so if the design took inspiration from his G27, we think that is
all it did.
We have been contacted by
a friend of an Eventide owners widow, to try and sell some parts found after
the boat was broken up. 'LillyBelle' was a local boat on the River
Crouch. Parts will appear on the bits for sale page if they come in before I
A reminder to all I will
be away from 19th May and of course this page will not be edited...
however, new enrolments will be answered by 2 members of the Steering Group,
John and Chris and I will be writing up and if all goes to plan, publishing
a day by day log of my travels. I will also include my mobile number
so if you are in the same area and want to meet up, as several have already
suggested, we can have mini EOG meets all round the UK.
Off to put the last coat
of antifouling on now!
P.S. Just back from boat,
far to cold to apply antifouling and certainly a waste of time even thinking
about Epoxy, just 5 degrees again, where did spring go?
Monday 8th April 2013.
Very briefly over the
weekend the temperature reached 10 degrees. It will spur us all into
action, I have just 2 weeks till launch day and have not started really!
We need more sunshine, guess what the forecast is.... rain!
Have a couple of new
enrolments in over the weekend, will be getting back to you ASAP, one is
from an owner of an MG Good Hope!
Off to polish my prop!
Post Script, welcome to
Matthew in Victoria Australia with a steel built Cape of Good hope design,
not yet launched! Looking forward to seeing the photos, not heard of
another steel built good Hope.
Welcome also to John in
Millbrook Cornwall. Joined as a friend for now, no boat indicated....
I have just managed to
find time to reply to them both.
Thursday 4th April 2013.
And it is still snowing!
After the coldest March for 50 years and the coldest Easter on record
fitting out time is still plagued with bad weather. I suspect I am not alone
in panicking slightly, I have 21 days to launch!
Sent a CD of Senior
drawings to Switzerland this week, suspect they have snow too!
Had an enquiry re some
bits advertised on the site, then silence from the enquirer, if you are
still out there Chris and cannot get through on e-mail, phone on 01621
I am staying in the warm
for now, updating charts! see the
Trip page. Hope you are
able to get on, but as most I know have their boats outdoors, the chances
are they will be waiting for warmer, kinder weather. At least I am
under cover, but in a cold barn, 2 degrees is not the temperature to work
Heard from the son of the
original owner of Mike Hoban's 'Cirra'. Anthony Burdall. We have put
them in touch, seems he has some interesting paperwork and info from the
years of his fathers ownership.... could be a story in there...
Had a mail in from Luke
Hawkins who spotted the Senior Wagtail for sale on EBay, owned by a member,
wonder why we have not had an advert sent to us for our pages, people do
find boats and bits on our pages, worth considering if you are selling.
(though have to say it is not a sellers market at the moment....).
Hope it warms up, very
soon, for all.
Saturday 23rd March 2013.
The snow is back, 14ft drifts up country,
3 inches in Essex and even here on the Dengie we have a half inch,
temperatures struggling to get to 1C and more snow forecast. The
coldest March in 50 years some say, and we are not done with winter yet as
the next week is dire too.
Good news is we are still getting
enquiries and this week I have parcelled up 6 CD's of boat drawings to send
out! So someone is thinking positive! Well done Mario in Italy!
Time to batten the hatches for another
week... fitting out time will be short this year.
Wednesday 20th March 2013.
The spring Equinox!
The weather has been dire
still and more cold to come, so no one is outside painting or doing the
other fitting out tasks that are piling up! The forecast is for snow
again! I was hoping to at least fit my mast steps, but with the
temperature at just 4 degrees and that nasty bug still lingering, I just
hope it does warm up soon! I am nearly there with all the chart
For a change it has been
quiet on the mail front, just one in regarding used chandlery, but the
enquirer has not come back.
Hope your fitting out gets
under way shortly.
Monday 18th March 2013.
The annual meeting went
off well at Bradwell yesterday, the accounts agreed and the Steering group
re elected. A couple of hours of gentle banter too. Nigel and
Heidi sailed over in their Barbican to return the Seamanship trophy and I
was able to present them with the prize they should have taken away with
them last year, a smart grab bag from the sponsors Craftinsure!
Thinking of insurance?
Click here to save yourself some money
and put a few
pence in the EOG!
After ten years we are
stronger than we ever were as the old eoa. John Stevens is trying to
make sense of the hundreds of enrolments and is promising a new database
with all members entered, but it will take time.
It was decided to hold
fire on a possible charitable donation this year until we have updated the
nerve centre of the group, our computer. After all our membership is
spread all over the world and their only contact with us is via the website.
Brian's accounts showed we are in a quite healthy state partly due to the
fortunate acquisition of cut price Microsoft programs from a reliable local
source. This had saved the group over £100. (A local computer
company had a small number of programs in damaged boxes that we took
advantage of, after all it was the DVD not the box we wanted!).
Thanks went out to Peter
the Webmaster for keeping an eye on things and helping with forum and site
problems over the year.
Must say I was bushed at
the end of the afternoon and went home exhausted, it was the first time I
had been out in a week since getting this nasty bug. A day later I am
still not right and poor Darian is now suffering from the same, she had to
miss out yesterday..
Now all eyes are on the
weather and the calendar as time is rapidly running out for fitting out!
We already have a launch date booked!
See you on the river,
P.S. spent a little time
today updating pages on the site, adding the approved minutes and accounts
etc, lots of little additions, then I got this in!
When members were
arriving fot ehr meeting yesterday, I was caught with one of the kittens we
supplied to the marina bar, 'Pusscat 3' a real fluffy little girl who likes
nothing better than being pampered and tickled, and finding the packet of 'Dreamies'
in my pocket! Thanks Nigel, nice pic.
Saturday 16th March 2013.
A year ago we had a mini
heat wave, today was cold and grey and managed 5 degrees only, hope it warms
up soon as the antifoul needs 10 degrees to be warm enough for application!.
Only just firing on 2 cylinders still after that bug, real nasty, so no
outside work for me till I get 100%. Forgive the hoarse throat
Had a reply from Phil and
Sue with the Eventide 'Shoestring'. Pleased to say Phil, the original
builder back in the 1980's, has started restoration work on her and
hopes to be back afloat in her this year, more power to the elbow Phil.
Tomorrow the annual
Meeting, we will be down at Bradwell from about 1230. We have the dining
room reserved for EOG members only. See you there. Had one last
minute call for a can of antifouling, if you want any ring me 01621 778859.
See you there,
Thursday 14th March 2013.
Just 3 days till our Annual
Meeting at Bradwell. Members, it's your chance to have a say!
Spent the last 2 days abed
with a nasty bug, not much better today, very groggy and finding simple
tasks difficult. (OK I can hear you, 'What's new!). Do hope I
have gained use of fingers and brain by Sunday... As it is this is
taking longer to correct than type!
Sad news from Brian and
Mavis, they are both laid up, we really wish them well.
Another new enrolment
today with the Eventide 'Shoestring'. I think I have heard of here
before, will consult our Database Oracle...
Off to have another Lemsip...
Saturday 9th March 2013.
I have been busy catching
up on new enrolments today, sending out the official responses! Had
not realised I was so behind! so the welcomes went out to Graham in
Cyprus, wanting to build a Senior or maybe a goosander, To Briony who has
rejoined us with Molly-Jade! To Francesca with her WW 'Shanty Sails'
in Cornwall. To Brian mason in Lincolnshire wanting to build,
but not sure quite what as yet.. and to tom Walker in Canada after he
sent an update on his details and plans for Tikiti. Waiting to see the
details of the electric propulsion system....
So 5 enrolment forms in
just a week! Nice to see we are still as popular as ever!
Also welcomed a new member
to the forum. hopefully this will see more use....?
Having cleared the backlog
of mail I now have to add a few pictures to the pages, to the Gallery.
i have also reduced the price on the GH Lady of Lockerley. Bargain for
someone. Hopefully the prospective buyer for Camelot will have got in
touch with Roy too.
Reminder 1 week to Annual
Hope to see as many as can
make it to Bradwell.... you chance, as a member, to have a say!
The fog and murk has
partially lifted today, off to boat to measure up for mast steps! Hope
you fitting out proceeding to plan..
Thursday 7th March 2013.
Welcome to new new
enrolments, Francesca with the WW Shanty Sails in Falmouth and to Briony,
really a welcome back, as Briony in Scotland has bought back Molly-Jade, the
Steel Eventide 26, bought it for the third time!! There is a story
there. Hope to add pictures of Shanty Sails and an update on
I will be replying
officially to these ladies shortly. I have just returned from a long
weekend down in Devon with my daughter, who has walked my little legs off.
I'm told I will be fit after a month with her on board! will try and
catch up on website work.... while I am away this summer the job of
answering mails will come down to Chris Sinnett and John Stevens and we are
thinking the Stoppress page will really be put on hold till I return.
Any serious amendments will be done via John and Chris and the rest of the
Steering Group and by the webmaster, Peter.
I am going to start a log
of the trip that will almost replace the Stoppress pages for the time we are
away, we hope.
Another reminder that the
Annual meeting is coming up. Any suggestions for the Seamanship
trophy? anyone willing to stand on the Steering group?
I have just amended the
advert for Lady of Lockerley on the
for sale page of the site,
and today have diverted an enquiry re Camelot to the owner...
I will also be adding a
little bit to my Trip page this
Still cold and damp
outside, roll on spring, jobs to do. Sold a few cans of Marclear
antifouling this last week or so, £60.00 a 2.5 litre can if anyone
interested, call on 01621 778859.
Thursday 28th February
A small but select group
of members enjoyed a splendid meal and long natter at the Grange restaurant
last night, just off the A12 at Boreham , sorry you missed it.
The next get together will
be the Annual Meeting at Bradwell Marina Bar, Sunday 17th March. St.
Patrick's Day and our tenth birthday! Bar open to us from
12.30 for lunch and drinks meeting commencing about 2 pm for an
hour. No need to advance book for this one, though it would be nice to
know in advance how many we are catering for just for the photo-copying!
normal number 01621 778859.
Welcome to 2 more new
members, tom walker in Canada with the Waterwitch 'Tikiti'. Tom is
actually already a member but has sent in a completed form with a few
updates on it, Thanks To, always good to get updates of mail addresses and
the like. Tom is about to re engine, will be interesting as the old
Volvo MD2 is to be replaced with an electric motor! Want to hear more
about this one!
The other membership form
is from Brian in Lincolnshire who is contemplating building. Not sure
what as yet. he will become an 'associate' member or 'friend' for now.
I have been busy updating
charts etc and buying kit using that EBay page too... see
This page came in from
Brian our fund Manager, apt.. beware counterfeit charts!
All for now,
Tuesday 26th February 2013.
Have just booked a table
for the Grange at Boreham, just off the A12. If you would like to join
us ring 01621 778859.
We have had a renewal
enrolment from Nigel with the Eventide 'Niarbyl'. Some may know this
boat from years ago as 'Odden' once owned by our late friend Dave Wright.
She is one of the first built sail number 146 and though a tired lady now,
she is going to live on. Nigel has a shipwright who is just about to start
building a new hull. All the kit will be transferred to the new hull.
Using modern Ply and epoxy techniques she will be a far cry from the heavy
carvel planked original. Nigel is taking advantage of all the updates on the
Eventide drawings to build a practical and modern boat. I will be
starting a new page for the project on the Builders and Restores page
I have updated my trip
page today. too cold and damp for actual work aboard, but like that
swan, a lot of hidden action as we glide along!
Had the ex owner of the
Vulcan 'Silverhow' on again with more info, Tim if you are reading this we
can get no answer from your mail and there may be info you may like.
Had a nice donation in
from Ian Wilson the restorer of Jon and Ann's 'Everjoy'. he has also
sent a few photos to add to the Everjoy page. She was launched as we
announced, in October last year, just for long enough to check all worked
OK, then laid up ashore for the winter. A few tweaks and new dodgers
and sail covers being made for a launch this Spring, Ian has also offered to
meet us as we sail north!
Off to correct a few more
Friday 22nd February 2013.
Where does the time go!
I have been on the site and added a couple of pictures of the
Tidewater 'Brego' and I have been editing/adding to
the Trip page of course, though
it is freezing cold still preparations are still able to go ahead here.
We have had another new
enrolment, welcome to Robert Gefry in the USA asking after a CD of the
Senior. One enquirer has come back and enrolled, Johan from the
Netherlands, he has now become the owner of the GH31 he was looking at and
has corrected the name for us, 'Old Cataract'. Must have a meaning...?
Anyway welcome to you too.
Had a couple more
customers come back with orders for Marclear, seems it works well at Leigh
on Sea too!
The annual meeting looms
closer, at Bradwell marina clubhouse/bar, we have the dining room
reserved for us once again. Meeting from 12.30 on and will get the
meeting going about 13.30. The bar is open for lunches, sandwiches and
drinks of course.
End of the month meeting
coming up next week, may move to Boreham and the Grange pub/restaurant.
any takers? phone me on 01621 778859 so I can book a large enough
Well it is below freezing
outside and the snow is gently falling, just small flurries still, winter
has not let go yet.. roll on spring.
Thursday 14th February
Happy Valentines Day....
Had a lovely card today,
no not one with hearts and roses, it was actually of the replica Greek
Trireme! It was from Colin Faggetters daughter Susan. Colin's
wife Sheila sadly passed away and the family thank us for keeping Colin's
drawings alive and in the public domain and want us to carry on with the
agreement we had with Sheila , that we would sell them at the same price as
all the others and donate the small profit to the RNLI. Last year we
sold 2 CD's with Colin's drawings on them, so a little early to send a
donation, but we do have a running count!
Received an item I bought
on the Bay today, a used tiller-pilot. Described as 'dry and salt
free'. the parcel was dripping inside with water dribbling out the
tiller pilot's push rod. OK you do expect to have some problems with
used kit, but to describe as 'dry' when the water must have been pouring out
of it as he packed it... as he refuses to accept returns I have asked
for a contribution towards the servicing that local dealer, Mansbrite can
do. Other than that I can get my money back with PayPal.... if I
thought I could not repair it myself... Will report back later.
Found some yellow fabric,
2 lots getting samples and hopefully burgess will be printed soon!
Off to the cinema now to
watch a romantic film! Well it is Valentines...
Tuesday 12th February 2013.
Worked on my boat a bit
and in my workshop on my Seagull, now all ready for the year, but darn cold
out there! Another sprinkle of snow over the weekend ant threat of more yet,
still not as bad as New York last week.... wondering if that storm will dump
snow on us in 10 days time!
I have altered the top of
this page to include the Marclear advert again. I have the first cans in and
the first already sold. This stuff works well on the Blackwater, as no
doubt you know if you have read the bit on the 'What
I won a tiller pilot on
our EBay page over the weekend, awaiting delivery to check it out.
This was at the request of 2 of my crew for
the trip, as they did not want
to steer all day for 2 or 3 weeks! However I lost out on the tidal
Atlas I went after... would have been so easy to up the bids, but you have
to be canny. they sell new for £8.50 in Maldon no point in buying a
used one for the same money!
I have spoken to the
proprietor of 'Visit My Harbour' website. He sells a complete Admiralty
folio of charts as raster scans plus a plotter program, for £30! No
brainer, got to be got. To update my SeaPro lite Plus charts over
£100! The SeaClear program comes AIS ready and is simple to use, judging
from the demonstrator I have tinkered with. will be loaded to the
A slight hiccup with the
Burgees. The sample could not be printed... so back to the
drawing board. We are now looking for a roll of fabric, Golden Yellow,
strong wool bunting cloth that my friendly printer can print one side in
black and it will leach through. when the fabric printed we can cut
out the flags and the sail maker can run up flags... So till then
sorry, we have run out.
Whilst talking of my
printer lady, we have green sweats and polos as crew 'uniform' (The Ninja
Green Turtle Crew' as we were christened some years back! But I will
enquire about other colours, Navy or Red maybe with the EOG logo.
They come in all sizes and if you are willing to pay a one off for a
silk screen to be made, can add your boats name to the sweat as well.
I will get some prices.
No new enrolments in the
last few days, but a couple of enquiries, one re the older drawings MG
created. I was able to point the person to the '60 years a yacht
designer' book for the design he was interested in.
All for now, 1 degree
outside and snow in the forecast, hope your covers are tight!
Saturday 9th February 2013.
A busy week at Eventide
HQ! We have had a few enquiries for CD's and 2 new enrolments. Today
the EOG is ten years old! What a lot has happened in those years and
who could have thought how well we would have done? From the early
days when just the 65 ousted members of the old association joined us, we
now have over 1,500 members. Quite astonishing. A hearty
thankyou to all who supported us in our endeavours to reveal the truth and
to all who continue to support the site by simply sending in all the
wonderful information that we are able to share with all. Happy Tenth
Welcome to Mark Osborn
with the Bawley 'Carina'. We saw this boat languishing in Conyer, Kent
4 years ago when we broke out 'Glasstide' from there. we hoped a good
Samaritan would come along, and Mark is just that man. We have started
a page off for 'Carina' on the Builders and
restorers pages. hoping to see this great looking boat sailing this
Welcome too to Graeme
Stevens who is looking at either an Eventide or something larger, to live on
whilst at uni! Hope he will find the right boat and then enjoy sailing
it too! at the moment he sails a Westerly 22.
We have added a load of
pics and info to the 'ElBarco' pages. Steve is
powering ahead with the construction of his WildDuck. More power to
the elbow Steve!
We have had the son of the
first owner of 'Silverhow' contact us, and I have put him in contact with
the present owner. Seems 'Silverhow' was exhibited at the 1966
boat show at Earls court, where his father bought her. Many fond
memories. Jon, the son has his own metal boat these days a very nice
30ft Ovni. Seems metal boats were in the family!
Had the new owner of the
Eventide 'Jeopardy', Ian Garforth contact us, she is being moved from
the east coast to Bristol, but due to the floods and bad weather has only
got as far as Surrey at the moment, awaiting drier conditions to complete
the trip! It would appear she is being motored there by Thames and
canal! lock closures have stopped progress! will be an
interesting log to read!
And we have had Tony
Howarth back on to tell us more about his books. I have just
downloaded the first of these books from Amazon and am reading it on my
computer. If you have a Kindle it may be easier to read in bed!
(not available on paper yet!)
and ME – First Voyage by Anthony Howarth
Volume I in the Boat, People &
A love story set in an adventure,
on a boat. It is the story of two travellers from opposite sides of the
world who never, ever, intended to find themselves at sea in a small
sailing boat in a more than hurricane strength storm.
is a classic 30 ft
Waterwitch designed by the great Maurice Griffiths. People is a
long legged, ash-blond with too many teeth, from Hawaii. And Me,
I fell in love with the sea when I could only see it from high in the
Pennines of home.
A journey of a lifetime that wakes the
muse of history. Adventures and mis-adventures past, with causes and
effects behind the events, come back to mind, and flow onto the page.
In his BOAT, PEOPLE
and ME series of books Anthony Howarth writes a nesting egg of a
memoir of a lifetime of adventure. And much is revealed. The story
unfolds. And, the adventure goes on.
"Fantastic! Have just finished reading
after neglecting/ being late for everything else I was supposed to be
doing this weekend... the sheer jaw-dropping nerve of it." Julienne
and ME Series of books by Anthony Howarth, is, of course, a
true life adventure as well as memoir.
is pinned over, held, quite literally, in the grip of the wind at about
forty-five degrees. Not rocking or oscillating. Held as if in a
vibrating but rigid clamp.
The waves appear to be twice the
height of our mast. Breaking water curls clear over Boat. The
next wave shreds in the wind generator’s blades and drenches the
satellite navigation antenna, mounted at the stern. A wave passes way
over my head. Then another – it fills the cockpit!
I remember thinking, as I sat in
the water, that the sea was remarkably warm for February.
People and Me - Series
The BOAT, PEOPLE and ME series of eight books, originally
written as a continuing series for radio (and soon to be available again
in that form) spans a period of almost a quarter of a century in the
life of People, and Me.
An extraordinary story of two people, always in love and, as often as
not, in trouble. It is, nonetheless an adventure not without humour
amidst the suspense and the fear, and sometimes pain that does not
always go away.
LINK to look at:
and not to leave out Twitter @HowarthAnthony
With snow forecast for
tomorrow and the jobs piling up for
'The TRIP', I am finding it increasingly difficult to find time for all
the jobs, is there anywhere we can buy or borrow hours? There just do
not seem to be enough in the day!
Finally on a high note I
can tell you that for the 4th year running the Marclear antifouling I use
and also sell, has not increased in price! Now by today's standards that is
All for now. Keep
the mails coming I will try to keep up! Had Chris Sinnett volunteer to
answer enquiries in my absence, bet you can keep him and the Database
manager , John, busy!
Tuesday 5th February 2013
A few hectic days here as
I had a crew meeting to organise for
'The Trip' . In between
we have had another 2 new members and a few sending in pictures of their
projects and promises of more. More enquiries for CD's too.
Our financial year ended
on the 31st, and I have just totted up the number of CD's sent out during
the year, impressive number, over one a fortnight!
Welcome to new members
Mark Osborn with the Bawley 'Carina' salvaged from Conyer, now afloat there
and the restoration going ahead well. I will be starting off a new
page for Mark on the Restorers page.
Welcome too to Graeme in
Addlestone, Surrey with a Westerly, associate member for now, but interested
in moving on to one of our designs.
Johan in the Netherlands
has sent in a picture of the GH 31 'Le Passeur' he has found, last we heard
belonged to Arno. Assuming it still does, looks in nice order!
I will be updating lots of
pages with all the new pictures shortly. Oh and I have just renewed the
domain for another 2 years!
Hoping for a sample new
Burgee shortly, we have run out!
I'm still looking for
someone to take over for 3 months whilst I am away, just to answer all the
mail, even if it is just to say 'welcome and hang on till john gets back'!
Come on don't be shy....
Thursday 31st January 2013
Met up with Eventiders
last night for an excellent evening in Maldon, would like to see more
members try and join us, maybe you do not want a meal, just a natter and a
pint?? Let us know and we will alter the arrangements to see if it
suits more members.
The warmer weather has
meant more boat work getting done and it is enticing owners out. We
have had a great bit of news about the Bawley 'Carina' she has been saved!
We have a few pics of her as she was on the EBay Advert, and I have a lot
better ones to add soon!
We have had a nice
donation in from another member, Steve in Spain. He is building a
WildDuck, see his page!
Sent out a burgee to Tony
in France yesterday, and visited my sail maker to pick up covers etc and
asked about the replacements.. he has lost the burgee! He knows
he has it as he found it last month and put it in a safe place! Poor
chap is on chaos as they are moving premises! Hope to get him kick
started into making a new batch very shortly, they will all be roped and
Lonton and Gray sail
makers have just re-stitched my Jackstay webbing, needs redoing every 5
years for safety! never been done before and I had it made in 2000!
They have also made me a smart new mainsail cover, this time with winch
pockets! for 22years I have been struggling with the original as the
guy forgot the winches... however 22 years is not a bad innings!
Like Triggers broom, (Only fools and horses!) it has been patched and
re-stitched that many times, but washing it every winter and taking care of
it has saved replacement till now.
I have also found a use
for my old dodgers! It was recommended for my impending trip.
Use them, suitably cut and squared off, as fender to hull protectors so the
topsides do not get damaged.... simple... so I have to unearth them
and see if they will fit, then cut off the odd shaped bit where they used to
go up the sheer in the deck.!
Have had another boat in
to go onto the For Sale page,
will add it shortly. GH 31 Golden Crest! we had been asking
after the owner to come forward!
All for now, back to the
Monday 28th January 2013.
Had an interesting mail in
I see you have the GH31 Hindsight listed on your
I owned her between about 1987 and 1991. She has a
single chine but is registered as a GH 31. She is now in a tidal boatyard on
the River Itchen in Southampton, where she has been lying unused for many
years. I forget the builder's name, but I don't think it was Erskine.
I gather that she has now been somewhat altered
internally. She was not in good condition when I owned her - I replaced the
transom and afterdeck, plus several feet of the stringers going forwards.
She is sheathed ply (I think it's Cascover) and if that kind of structure is
not well maintained it can trap moisture, as had happened. The original ply
was also poor quality.
As of last week Hindsight was still afloat, but alas
I think sometime soon she will fail to lift with the tide. I suspect she
would be free to a good home if someone wants a major project. The decks
should be OK as I replaced a lot of the deck ply and sheathed them with
epoxy/glass. She has a Yanmar 3QM30 diesel which was in good condition when
I owned her.
She has had very little use since then. If anyone's
interested, I can put them in touch with the boatyard.
Martin Corrick martin.corrick at
26 Jan 2013
Anyone fancy taking it on?
We have had more join us,
welcome to Michael O'Callaghan in Lincolnshire with plans to build, but not
sure what, and from Robert Gerfy in The USA wanting to build a Senior. He is
after a CD. Also heard from Mario Ravesi in Italy, interested in building an
Eventide 26. Another CD to go out.
Also had a generous
donation in from Tony Howarth, with an invite to read a chapter or two of
his book. 'Boat, People and Me'. I will be adding a link or two to his
Amazon page on our books page, if you would like to download the 1st book,
for about £3.50! Can apparently be read on a P.C. as well as a kindle
or similar. will let you know how I get on.
The snow has gone, in a
rush here, with temperatures rising above freezing for the first time for a
while, and to a dizzy 10 degrees!
I am still collecting gear
for the big trip, today picked
up a couple more fan belts! We have a crew meeting Sunday. Amazing the
number of queries to be sorted and I bet more to be raised. Everything
from best long distance buses to lifejacket servicing.
Before that, this
Wednesday, a small group of us will be meeting in Maldon, at Izumi the
Chinese buffet restaurant! Come and join us, but call first (01621
778859) so I can make sure we have a large enough table! Meeting at
The pace of my fitting out
is accelerating, hope yours is going to plan!
Tuesday 22nd January
The mails have been coming
in thick and fast over the last week and I have just got round to answering
all the backlog!
Welcome to 4 new members!
To Brian Turnbull in
Australia interested in an Eventide 24, not sure if he has one or is looking
at one, will find out more. To Jaroslav Sebestik, also in Australia
who is wanting to purchase a CD of the Pochard 20 by Colin Faggetter.
Chris Moore in Sutton Coldfield joins us with a Roberts 43ft design, the
Mauritius 43. I am not certain if MG had a connection with this
design, so have asked for more info. and lastly to Anthony Howarth in
France, with the Waterwitch 'Teela Brown'. He has added some
fascinating info, he and his wife have sailed her all over for the last 15
years, clocking up 50,000 miles. He is a prolific author and
photographer and for the older generation you may recall the name,
started 'Private Eye'! I am adding a picture of 'Teela Brown' and
there is a link you may like to follow too.
Fascinating career. welcome aboard all.
I have also had an enquiry
from Austria. Josef is building an Eventide 26 there from our drawings.
He has the frames all made and the keelson laminated up, he is now deciding
on the planking. He was wanting to build her of double diagonal Larch
with epoxy, but is concerned the 10mm Larch may split. I have advised
that others have built of thicker with epoxy and sanded to get a 25mm thick
and very strong hull. will be interesting to see how he gets on.
For some reason he prefers this to ply build.
I have added a page or two
to the builders and restorers sections and a picture to the WW pages and
another to the MG section, with a link to a section on just that new boat,
I have also added
more text to the 6 pictures added to the Senior page and of course more to
the trip page.
I have had so many mails
re my planned trip that it has taken on a life of it's own. Now I have
4 boats asking to sail legs in company with us. could this be the biggest
ever Eventiders meet??
all for now!
Saturday 19th January 2013.
With most of the country
covered in snow, the grass is still green here. Living near the east
coast has advantages! OK it has been cold, and the snow has tried, but not
for long, but still too cold to want to go back down the barn to work on the
Spent an hour or two this
morning adding a nice GH 31 to our
For Sale pages,
Also added 32 pictures and
associated write up on 2 Eventides, one new to the site. Thanks to Bill
Montague, the builder of 'Kili' for the pics and info.
We have had a request for
a couple of CD's from a member, Rodney Carey in Oz, and 2 more
enquiries, for our CD's, awaiting an enrolment form from them. One of them
is in Oz too!
I have edited the
Fiddler's Green trip page
again, and will do so as often as I can, along with this page. In response
to the page I have heard from another member, Tom Greenwood with
'Iona'. He sails the Pembrokeshire coast and has offered me pilotage
info and hopefully another sail in company on the trip. He was a member if
the local inshore lifeboat crew, so who better for local knowledge! I am
really pleased to be getting so many mails from members about the trip.
As it is barely above
freezing and snow forecast, going nowhere, so I will be correcting charts
today! Hope you keep yours up to date!
Will be back on the site
later, have a new page or two to add to the restorers
Looking forward to seeing
as many as can make it to the party in march!
Annual Meeting, Bradwell Marina Bar, 1300
Sunday 17th March 2013.
all for now,
Wednesday 16th January
Busy working on F.G., you
can read about it on the link to the page above, click on the map! We
have had a few mails in too! another member wants to meet up with me
on my way round too!
Welcome to Paschall with
the Riptide/Noontide that our Rachael built. Sadly Rachael was not
able through infirmity, to finish the wonderful boat she built, (you may
recall she was our Steel rep for a long time). She has left the UK for
warmer climes and sold the boat. Paschall tell us he is going to convert her
to Junk rig, which properly done will suit her. (It suited the
slightly larger GH 34 Jua well enough!). We hope Paschall keeps in
touch. Have just sent him a CD of the Riptide/Noontide drawings,
thanks for the donation too Pascall.
I must apologise to
several members who had sent in adverts last week, I have not been able to
edit those pages as the webmaster was working on the site. I promise
to spend some time in the next few days, updating the For Sale pages and
adding more items.
I have sent a CD out to
Robert for his 3 Tonner and he tell me that 'Brie' has now been safely
transported to Wales where he is at college and I will start a page off for
him on the restorers section.
I also have to start
another page and add details to a third.
We have had a lot of
pictures and information about 4 different boats that I must also sit down
and update pages with, all great stuff and a big thankyou to all who keep me
Have to sign off now as I
have to close and restart the P.C. as it has just done an important update.
will be back soon, in the meantime see what else I have been up to on the
Boat trip page, click the map!
Tuesday January 8th
Annual Meeting, Bradwell Marina Bar, 1300
Sunday 17th March 2013.
Also our tenth birthday, so a party
atmosphere for St. Patrick's day!
All members welcome, bar open and good food
We have plenty to celebrate too!
Contact me on 01621 778859 for more info, or
I have started off a new page for the cruise
I am planning at the moment, see the home page or
Have had two new members in the past few
days, Gregory from North Wales somewhere, he has not said, who is hoping to
buy the WW Tamaha. Hoping to hear from Greg that he is the new owner
and get more details.
We have also heard from Richard Oliver the
owner of a boat designed by and once owned by MG, 'Sequence'. This fine
craft has been completely renovated and updated and sails the Solent area.
Richard has sent enough information for me to start a new page just for his
boat, and it will be linked to pictures on the MG section of the photo
gallery. Will be posted soon.
We have also had pictures of a Senior for the
gallery from Alan Stacey and two mails full of information to add to the for
sale pages. Will get all these pics on as soon as I can. Peter
has been doing work on the site over the weekend and I had not been able to
get on till today.
We have heard from someone we put in touch
with Rachael the builder of the steel Riptide, hope to hear a happy outcome
Hoping to get the forum up and running again
shortly, we have had to devise a whole new level of simple security to
prevent the spammers, hopefully you will be able to join it again shortly.
Thanks to Peter for this.
We have heard from a couple of members that
may liaise with fiddler's Green next summer, if the cruise comes off.
We may have the first Loch Ness, Eventide Meet!
All for now,
Friday 4th January 2013.
The warm days are
confusing the wildlife here, with temperatures yesterday and today in double
figures and dry to boot, it makes a very pleasant change! just had
Lonton and Grays sail makers round to fit a cover on my open boat, hope now
it will not fill with snow... I have an inkling the warm spell will
Welcome to two more new
members. Jim Spiers in Lanarkshire with thoughts of acquiring an
Eventide and to Paul Shotton of Southampton with a 27ft Finesse, that was co
designed by MG. Welcome to both of you. hope to have pictures of
Paul's 'bonito' shortly.
The observant will have
noticed the last entry. I have now got an editing program and an
uploading program on the boats laptop and have successfully edited this page
as a test. I will shortly make a new page with links from here and the
home page it will be a log of the preparations for our trip and will be the
place I will write up the log as we sail. The wonders of modern
The Annual Meeting will be
at Bradwell again and hopefully I will be back with a date shortly.
Could be a party, our tenth birthday!
Time to start amending the
Wednesday 2nd January
Test of remote editing
from boat!!!! I have had fun today finding and downloading/uploading
programs onto the boats little computer and configuring them to work so I
can edit whilst afloat. This is just a test to ensure the system
Already had an offer of a
sail in company in Scotland and a welcome to visit a harbour in the wash,
and we are only 2 days into the new year, looks promising!
Wishing all a very happy
New year and hopefully a good sailing season, for a change!
Tuesday 1st January 2013.
The sun in shining and the sky is blue, nice to
see people here out walking, we will be joining them shortly. Too good
an opportunity to miss! After all the rain, lets hope the wettest year
on record may be followed by a warm and 'normal' year, with enough rain to
stave off drought and not too much wind or other adverse weather, for a
John is organising a meeting of prospective
crew for his trip, to be held late in the month. So far have 3 definite
and 3 possible's, one maybe... plus 2 reluctant for the Caledonian Canal
across Scotland, they heard how deep Loch Ness is!
Still working on a way of updating a log book
page on this site from the boat... Need an editing system on my laptop
that would work..... Thought of Facebook and Twitter, but
apparently you cannot download all a log then to save elsewhere.... unless you
know different. Need a copy of the old Microsoft 'FrontPage'.
The Eventide Owners Group attains it's 10th
birthday soon and the Annual Meeting in March (date to be confirmed), sounds
like a good time for a party!
Enjoy the day and hope the year brings all
2013. Discount Marclear
antifouling For Sale.
Hope to have prices pegged for 4th year!. Feb
I have again been offered a great deal
on Marclear, for High Strength Work Boat Red Antifouling.
I am to be able to sell it at
for 2.5 litres, instead of the R.R.P. of £107.00! This will include a donation of
£2.50 to the EOG for every can!
Thinners for wiping down, cleaning up or
thinning 10% if it is really warm, (wish),
for a litre can.
There is also a primer in 2.5 litre cans, for
covering old antifouling that may be flaking, unstable or not copper-based.
Also will have to be picked up from me in
Essex, or carriage free if you want to order 4 cans, ( over £200
worth) to be sent to you up country! (Get together with a
For more details contact me on 01621 778859
This year again I will be accepting
payment from credit cards on ordering
via the SOS PayPal account.
Contact me via this site firstname.lastname@example.org
and I will send details.
Marclear have a web site up
now, click here, Marclear
to see the other colours.