John was due off on the second part of his
'Fiddling Around' trip
this summer, but due to barnacles in his kidney, he has postponed it for a
year!! Above is a link to the first part, the 2013 log.
pages will be updated on an almost daily, certainly on a weekly basis, from
all the mail and information coming in to us.
2016. Discount Marclear/EU45
antifouling For Sale.
prices for 2016. (cheaper
than the last
I have got a great deal on
antifouling again, now called EU45, (as it was years back) identical
to the old Marclear, made by the same man... Bill Robinson. For high
strength navy blue, mid blue, red, black, grey and white
Antifouling. (Workboat red has become just red!)
For the last 5 years it sold
at £60.00 for 2.5 litres, this year £64.00 + £5.00 carriage on 1 can
orders but price to members
Carriage free on orders for 2 or more cans.
Added to that from now on the paint is being
supplied as 2.5 litres in 3 litre size cans, so it is easier to stir.
For members in Europe cost is 79 Euros,
delivered! 2 cans or more.. (except France where carriage is more
expensive French price
Thinners for wiping down, cleaning up or
thinning 10% if it is really cold
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.
Can be picked up from me in Essex, or
can be sent to you carriage free anywhere on mainland UK or EU if you order
2 cans or more. (Get together with a mate!)
if you would like it delivered all you have to do is ring the free-phone
number to speak to Bill and quote 'Eventide Owners Group' If you are not
enroledjoin firstor we will know and you
will not get the discount.
You then phone Bill on the free phone number
above and give him the code words and pay him direct by card, or bank
transfer it will
come direct to you within 48 hours! Min 2 cans for carriage free
delivery. you can order only 1 can but there will be a £5.00 contribution to
For more details contact me on 01621 778859
If you wish the technical data or more details I can mail them to you on
those wishing to collect single cans or more from me I will be accepting
payment from credit cards on ordering via my 'SOS' PayPal account.
We are in the middle of the holiday break and
it is to be expected that the number of mails coming in would drop, and they
have. However one came in just before the holiday that I hinted at and I
just had to share the mail, or part of it, with you.
New owner of the Eventide 24
Michael Salisbury joined us this month and he has a story to tell. A rather
I first heard this many years back, but it has
been retold to me.
Michael had an interest in
for years, but with a young family was unable to devote time energy and
pennies to getting involved, but watched her restoration with interest.
He visited the boat when Ian was finishing it and was contacted by Ian when he
decided subsequently to part with her. Ian contacted Michael as he had a
rather special connection with her.
Many years ago Michaels father assisted Tony
with the building of her. Then one day, Michael's father met the lady of
his life and wanted to get married. As he was a little short of cash
Tony, the owner, agreed to lend
'Everjoy' to him for his honeymoon on
the River Blackwater.
The result, as they say, was Michael! We are so
pleased that 'Everjoy'
is being cared for now by someone so closely 'involved' with her!
Here is Michael with his children and wife and I think sister....
A whole new generation of sailors in the making! (Boat laid up in sister's
barn at the moment.)
Now isn't that a heart warming story!
More from Michael as he paints her up and gets her ready to sail again.
More pics on the Eventide pages of the Gallery.
Friday 23rd December 2016.
Welcome to the new owner of the Eventide 24,
Everjoy. Sail No YME473. Michael bought her a little while back and we
knew from Ian the restorer that she was in is hands. Today he has joined
us and sent in this pic.....
Not sure Where 'Everjoy' will be moored next
season, hope she is close enough for us to cross wakes.
Hear the Netherlands group are planning the MG
meet again, hope the spring weather is warmer next year to allow all get get
out there and join in, was impressive last time. Good luck Eilard, our
Netherlands rep and Steering group member.
Massed MG's and friends sail the Netherlands!
The final touches are now being done to the
piles of parcels round all the trees and most of the frantic preparation for
the big day is virtually over, just one more day of shopping and wrapping to
Hope yours is a peaceful and happy one, back
when the dust has settled!
Wednesday 21st December 2016.
Today at 10.44 GMT we pass the point at which
the days begin to get longer. Yippee, looking forward to long balmy
summer sailing days already!
I said yesterday I was just going to drop my
16ft boat off trailer. A Job that normally takes 5 minutes. It
eventually took three and a half hours! What went wrong??? A
simple thing, when the grandchildren were here one summer I decided to apply
the handbrake on the trailer, just in case.. I later forgot to release
it. 4 years later..... Result brakes seized on..
Try pulling a heavy trailer with half a ton of
boat on it and with a Morris Minor, when the wheels won't turn! I
ended up with blocks and tackles, jacks and 6ft levers to ease the boat off
the trailer, then extricate the trailer with the wheels locked.... Even
without the heavy boat on it it was a so and so to move. It was
dark before I had removed the wheels and eased off the drum brakes.... working
So a lesson here, do not apply brakes to
trailers in storage!
Off with the trailer and a neighbour to Ongar
later today to pick up two 20ft lengths of 9 inch drain pipe! Bet I get
some funny looks, with that lot behind a 50 year old Morris Minor van!!
See Scotland is getting heavy snow today, some
say it is the first day of winter today, Meteorologists say if started on the
1st, I think it did too! (Especially up north!).
Keep warm and start planning those summer
trips, amending the charts, updating the Plotter cards, ordering the new tide
tables etc. (I use the Belfield tide tables on a CD, brilliant, covers
all UK and near continent, and includes tidal streams too now.).
Don't forget to send those logs in, if you are
writing up last years cruises too.
Tuesday 20th December 2016.
Tomorrow is the shortest day, so bonfires
to welcome the sun back! Not a chance, too windy for next few days and
anyone locally thinking of a Christmas day sail, forget it, gales here in
So back to armchair sailing!
Just added an interesting one to the 'Friends'
page of the gallery. Another Kenneth Evans design, 'Springtide'.
at 24ft by 8ft and with 2'11" draft, long keel back to transom hung
rudder and very firm bilges, albeit in GRP, it is too similar to a standard
Eventide 24 to ignore! We learn that Kenneth was indeed in partnership
with another designer, sadly we do not know for sure who. But
have a peek and see if you see the obvious links!
I am about to break out the trailer for my 16ft
open boat I have for sale (sold!!) and hitch it up to the back of my
Morris Minor van, (without the half ton of boat I hasten to add). I have
to go and collect some long heavy tubing that needs to be collected this week.
A test of the trailers ability to launch onto the hard and recover from the
same! Should be fun!
Still as dry as dust here, but the next day or
two may see a little rain... I'm still waiting for the deluge! Has
to come! time to check covers and clear the ditches!
Monday 19th December 2016
Fast approaching the shortest day and the
winter solstice, time for me to get that bonfire going!
We have had some nasty foggy days here during
the last week or so. I was down at the marina Sunday and noted it had
not stopped the fishing boats from heading out, all rod and line boats these
days, and of course all fitted with the new broadband radars! Not sure I
will be purposely heading anywhere if the fog comes down, but reassuring to
know so many set great store by it!
So far this winter, apart from just a few
nights when we had frosts, it has been very mild, and extremely dry.
Local pond holes, spring fed, have dried up, most unusual. Cannot help
but feel the weather cannot stay like this so looking forward to cold and wet
over the coming months! Also we have had no gales to speak of for weeks,
they will be coming some day, so check those covers every now and then.
Chris in the Netherlands spotted a Buchanan
design, a 'Wind Elf', a 25ft classic, she is for sale on EBay. I will be
posting a couple of pics I have pinched from the advert onto the gallery.
A week or so back I added an
advert for my 16ft open boat to the site. Within a day or two I had
someone look, yesterday they made a firm offer that I accepted. The
power of advertising on our pages! I now have to sort all the kit
out and get it available, (it's buried deep in a couple of my
garages/stores!). The buyer will be trailing her away in January, I
Yes it is time the dreaded
bouncing snowmen re appeared! Now all the houses in the village are
putting lights up I have been badgered to putting ours up..
I draw the line at the tree
though, because, as I often do, I have a pot grown tree that will be going out
into the garden later, so do not want it indoors for too long. However
this year the temperature outside is daft warm, today dropped to 10 degrees,
but for the next few days rising to 13 and I have just heard that the bets are
off on this being the warmest Christmas day ever, it looks as if it could top
16 degrees! This is madness, What global warming???? It was not that warm on my trip round the UK
in 2013! And that was May, June and July!
Had a great mail in from
Silvio in Italy. Silvio used to be the proud owner of Tinka and showed
her at festivals etc. where she outshone all the other boats. We were saddened
to read she had sunk some time after he sold her in 2007, but now we
hear a restoration/preservation society has salvaged her and we have offered a
set of drawings to them! Hope they get back to us with progress news.
Here are pictures and text from their site!
Tinka fu progettata da Maurice Griffiths (disegno
n° 149b) costruita
in mogano (west african
mahogany) chiodato in rame su struttura in rovere presso
i cantieri Staniland & Co Ltd. (n°207) a Thorne nello Yorkshire
Lo stesso disegnatore ne cita la storia in un suo testo
"Sixty Years A Yacht Designers" (pg 69-70-71).
Sugli stessi disegni fu
costruita nello stesso anno una gemella “Koonawarra” e
precedentemente nel 1948 la sorella: 'Sixpence'. A differenza di
Sxipence però a fu modificata l’opera viva durante la
costruzione. E’ evidente anche dal raffronto con le tavole
originali come la chiglia fu aumentata di volume. Lo stesso
Maurice Griffith interpellato a proposito spiegò i motivi che lo
portarono a modificarne la parte immersa ottenendo una chiglia a
I volumi della chiglia
furono aumentati dai 2.2 T di Sixipence ai 2.65 T di Tinka.
Anche il fasciame fu
irrobustito rispetto alla sorella e pur non avendo modificato
albero e piano velico il risultato fu una barca estremamente più
Nel 1985 Tinka venne
trovata in pessime condizioni (affondata) da Chris Keenan a
Gosport in Hampshire UK che la restaurò in Benfleet Essex per
utilizzarla come sua dimora negli anni a seguire. Chris nato sul
mare a Leigh, lavorò presso Johnsos & Jago come maestro d’ascia,
marinaio e rigger.
Nel 1988 arriva Tinka
via mare fino alla Sardegna dove Chris avvia una scuola di vela
per la US Navy.
Fu acquistata a
Cannigione (SS) nel 1995 da un armature italiano Silvio
Cattarinich che nello stesso anno affidò a due maestri d'ascia
di Porto Cervo il completo refitting degli interni (nuova
cuccetta di prua, recupero del tavolo della dinette, rifacimento
della cuscineria e ricerca dele stoviglie mancanti).
Successivamente, nel 2004, sempre sotto il commando dello stesso
armature fu sostituito il motore con l’attuale Volvo Penta 3
cilidri e venne rifatto il bompresso secondo i disegni originali
Nel 2006 partecipò
arrivando seconda alle Vele d’Epoca di Imperia.
Fu inserzionata nel
dicembre del 2008 a 50.000 eu ma poi venduta a circa 10.000 a
due soci, che continuarono a tenerla presso il porto di Genova.
Nel 2012 ne divenne
proprieterio Antonio Marzocchi che la mentenne fino a quando nel
settembre 2014 Tinka per ragioni non ben precisate affondo
all’ormeggio presso il Porto Antico di Genova.
TINKA UNA GRANDE AVVENTURA:
A seguito della proposta di una barca ammiraglia per l'AVEV
durante l'assemblea annuale del 2015 dove vennero proposte tre
scafi: Tinka, un leudo rivanetto ed un yawl aurico, il Consiglio
deliberò di intraprendere il progetto nella direzione del cutter
marconi di disegno inglese.
Dopo diversi sopralluoghi si è valutato lo stato strutturale
dello scafo assai ammalorato ma non tale da pregiudicarne il
Grazie alla generosità ed alla disponibilità di alcuni soci il
progetto prende vita e dopo un complesso iter organizzativo la
Tinka viene caricata a Genova Porto Antico presso il Cantiere
Gino Gardella il 5 giugno 2015
Il 6 giugno raggiunge il rimessaggio dell'AVEV di Cellina dove
viene adagiata su di un nuovo invaso in vista dei lavori di
Ora lo scafo è stato stato sistemato nel cuore del nostro
piccolo cantiere. A breve verrà preparato e presentato un
progetto di avanzamento lavori che coinvolgerà tutti (si spera)
i soci volenterosi. Tinka è un grande progetto che vuole unire
alla mera attività di restauro la possibilità di essere un "laboratorio"
per chi si vuole avvicinare alle attività di carpenteria con le
indicazioni e la stretta sorveglianza di personale qualificato.
L'AVEV promuove e supporta la Coppa
I visted my boat today,
tucked up safe and sound in the barn, Lucky to have CCTV cameras on her as
well now, as the farmer has installed them to stop the Wheatabix rustlers!
Pleased to say that even today with visibility down to 100 yards, the light
coming through the skylights is still charging the batteries!
So damp, even though not
that cold, it is not contusive to working on boats! Have a couple of
jobs I can get on with in my garage/workshop though.
As it is now only 12
days to the big day there is only just time to order that Burgee for your boat
to ensure it gets there in time. See the Burgee
Hope you are not on the
naughty list! If so just time to make amends! Buy a burgee!
Wednesday 7th December
We have been approached by
the National Yachting Archive, an organisation that purports to be a
central source of archived information regarding important sailing material.
We will be investigating cooperating with these people, to further ensure the
information we have is never lost.
One of the Eventides that
has been for sale for a while on our pages has been removed from sale, 'Polly
Peacham'. There had been no enquiries and she was not getting any maintenance
where she was, so Keith's widow has decided to donate the boat to an animal
charity that Keith was involved in, as a static exhibit and memorial to him.
Some of the sailing gear may be removed and may appear on our pages later, as
it will not be needed once she is moved.
Peter the webmaster has
sorted out a solution for the problem we had with bogus registrations, and
thus far it appears to be working... It was simple really, anyone
wanting to join the forum simply had to do it via the group management!
This way only members known to us will become registered Forum users. We
will watch and see if the mindless ones give up!
Outside today the
temperature has risen to a giddy 12 degrees! Were it not for the
dampness it would be warm enough for the epoxy to set! And here we are barely
14 days to the shortest day! We looked at some pictures the other day and
realised a few years ago, this time of year, we were snowed in for 2 days,
Had some info in from
'Friend' Ian. Ian owns Storm, the boat MG sailed and got the inspiration
fro the Storm Class. He is having her ashore to restore planking and
frames and whilst he is doing so is putting the clock back and restoring her
to the same configuration as the days in the 1930's when MG sailed her.
He is looking for any pictures that may show her as she was then.
Hoping to start planning for
my next years cruise soon, and I was wondering how many might be sat writing
up their logs from last season? Send them in for the pages when you do!
Saturday December 3rd 2016.
After a couple of night with sharp frosts the temperatures have again lifted,
but with a cold easterly here on the Essex coast it is very much 'muffle up'
Did not stop a small group of us getting together last week at Maldon, a good
time was had by all and we were amazed to find the Izumi menu had been added to
and improved, double bonus!
I am going to Izumi again, later in the month, with the prospective
members of the forthcoming 'Fiddling Around' part II crew, plus friends and other halves,
after we have displayed our prowess, or in my case, lack of, in the 10 pin
Bowling Alley, we shall be repairing once more to Izumi's, to taste the
Heard from Roger Ireland this week, he has spotted the MG Classic 'India'
berthed in the Southdown Marina, Millbrook. I visited Millbrook in 2000,
gosh that was 16 years ago... seems like yesterday... that marina was not
Roger thinks there is someone living aboard, so at least it is well aired!
you can just get a glimpse of her on the rolling top part of their web page. see
Heard from Bede, he is still hankering after an Eventide, but for now had laid
up his Snappie 'Smaug' and like me sneaked his halyards into the domestic
washing machine whilst the boss was out!
I got caught out this year when I put the final load on, the heavy permanent
mooring lines, complete with large hard nylon eyes.. As she came in the
door I realised the game was up as I heard the 'Wump, Wump' from the machine...
I got the raised eyebrow!
My excuse was that I was only thinking of her poor hands when she had to let go
the mooring, better with clean soft lines.... not sure I was convincing
Had a message in from Tim of Wedjit last week, had I seen the letter in Classic
boat? I had not, but he went on to say it was regarding sponsoring an
apprentices tools at the wooden boat building college. Will be interesting
to see if anyone else responds, the EOG have...
By coincidence our friends at Classic Boat have contacted us and shared this snippet from
another of our friends, Dick Durham, Maurice's biographer.
‘Discovery coast’ was chosen as the subject of the first of a series of
Rough Guides. Does it deserve it? Dick Durham, who has been sailing the East
Coast since his childhood, thinks so
It’s the land of the sawn-off keel, the sawn-off bowsprit and the
sawn-off shotgun. The keel because the creeks are shallow, the bowsprit
because they are narrow and the gun because many longshore folk in Essex
have drifted east from Bethnal Green, Bow and Bermondsey, where old habits
Coastal Essex is marked culturally by violation, historically by sea and,
in more recent times, by land. From the sea, ‘the invasion coast’, as Essex
was once dubbed, with the ships of Romans, Saxons and Danes turning up with
conquest in mind.
Boudicca torched the Roman fort at the head of the River Colne at
Colchester, Vikings beheaded the Saxon leader, Brythnoth, on the River
Blackwater, while flayed Danes suffered at the hands of a new cult, the
Christians who, it is said, nailed their enemy’s shrinking skins to the
oaken doors of churches, notably St Mary the Virgin at the head of Benfleet
Creek. So when your echosounder pings it could be off the bones of an
invader of yesteryear.
From the land, refugees poured across the River Lea into Essex fleeing
the smoke of London’s hearths, which on the prevailing southwesterlies meant
getting far enough east to be beyond the soot fallout zone. Refugees come
with their predators and these included highwayman Dick Turpin and, in
fiction, the likes of Bill Sykes and Fagin, who drifted into Essex
Getting east of Tower Bridge, well east, remained the dream for many
working class folk and with them came assorted gangsters. Ronnie Kray
enjoyed beers in Wivenhoe on the River Colne while former armed robber John
McVicar once lived on a laid-up bilge-keeler in the Crouch marshes.
Less well-known gangland types include Stanley Setty, the Tottenham Court
Road, heavily indebted, second-hand car dealer, whose dismembered body was
dropped by light aircraft over the ‘North Sea’ – but when the tide ebbed the
remains of Mr Setty were scattered over the vast mud banks of the Dengie
Flat, to be discovered by a lone wildfowler, Walter Linnet, whose day job
was drifting in a tiny punt with a small cannon and downing teal, brent
goose, and wigeon.
My father Richard was born in Balham, London, but my mother Nancy was an
Essex girl from Leigh-on-Sea, and I was born here within the sound of
foghorns, as in those days ships with post-colonial freights nosed
myopically in smog up to the cranes of London’s docks.
London’s delta – the Thames Estuary – is a protective muzzle. The first
to founder here were the knotty keels of invaders. To ensure safe passage
today, through the greatest expanse of mud in Europe, there are myriad
crooked beacons, obsolete lighthouses, posts and winking buoys. Abandoned
gun emplacements left over from the violation of World War II add their
satanic silhouettes and all provide rare perpendiculars, with the
contemporary addition of twirling turbines, to the flattest coastline in the
UK. So there’s plenty to steer for.
It’s a place where land and sea merge imperceptibly, where plough meets
sail, as marked by several pubs. If you pick up a mooring in Hole Haven,
visit the Lobster Smack and raise a glass to the late Lee Brilleaux of Dr
Feelgood, with whom I enjoyed many beers there, and elsewhere. Blockhead Ian
Dury was another regular. He contracted polio in the salt-water pool at
Westcliff-on-Sea. Watching him perform, callipered and surgical-booted, in a
run-down boozer, you knew he was destined to be a star, a very Essex kind of
In contemporary times the boater exploring Essex is more likely to find a
tanning salon than a chandlery in many places, but never forget you are only
yards from historical detritus, from the timbers of Darwin’s Beagle, which
hold up Shuttlewood’s old shed at Paglesham on the River Roach, to England’s
oldest church, built on the footings of a Roman fortress at Bradwell.
Don’t forget either that you are in the land of the Parliamentarian: as
the royalists headed west to the shires it was only natural that the
disenfranchised in the swamp lands should bay for representational justice.
And if the ladies of Essex dance round their handbags in port discos,
it’s because they can look after themselves. On this coastline it’s the
women with the tattoos. The earrings are left for the men.
Tuesday 29th November 2016.
Tomorrow evening at 1900, we will be at Izumi in Maldon, next to the swimming
pool (and under the roller skating rink for those that fancy it....
(I amazed the family when we all took a spin on it, I used to be a real whizz on
'Jacko' skates 55 years back, they had no idea!!)
If you fancy joining us, (no we are not skating!!) for an excellent, as much as
you can eat, Chinese, do call on 01621 778859 and I will get a larger table!
It has been really chilly here for a couple of three days, real frost on the
grass! Not seen this here for 2 years! Still not cold enough to ice
over the pond though. Never froze at all last winter.... What global
I went to my boat yesterday and rigged my two winter solar panels. 20
watts each. Straightway I registered 0.1 amp charge on all three battery
banks, 500Amp hr of batteries in all, so guessing that will keep them topped up.
Far better than having to lift and carry 5 heavy batteries off home to keep them
on a trickle charger!
As batteries suitable for our boats are quite expensive you have to look after
them, they must be kept on a trickle charge over winter or they will die!
I have decided to sell a couple of my fleet of boats, (No not F.G.!!).
See the For Sale Page. Shortly an Optimist dinghy with all the trimmings and in race tune will be
appearing, wonderful present for a 8 year old who fancies sailing! The
other boat is a 16ft replica of an 1880's Thames Waterman's Wherry, that I have
had for many years but not used since we used it for the 'Hayling Island
Marathon' back in 2012. 27 miles, some in the open water of the Solent,
round Hayling. 5 hours of fun with a 4 hp Seagull buzzing away.! She
has mast and spars and sails etc. to rig her as a spritsail ketch! She is
on a special break back trailer with spring loaded recovery arms with rollers,
all clever stuff. At over half a ton and unsinkable, she is a solid sea
I am involved in a rather exiting project at the moment, only loosely to do with
boats, one of my pet themes though. Wonder if you can guess!.. All
will be revealed soon.
We have had dozens more phoney registrations in, and they are just being deleted
en-masse, but if by chance you have registered and not heard from us you might
have been caught up with the mindless twerps bombarding the site, so please mail
us and we will sort it. Peter and I are working on a solution....
Heard from Tim, owner of the WW 'Wedjit'. He is enrolled at the Lowestoft Boat
building college and he tells me he is presently battling with clinker planking
and its difficult, the most difficult thing he have done or failed to do so far
but if he can get one acceptable plank on he will be happy/relieved! He plans to
build a Leamington scow (Selway Fisher now do plans) after he finishes!
Having failed to make clinker planks work myself I know the frustration!
He says he just called in to Southwold harbour on the
way back to Lowestoft. He saw a lovely clinker thirty foot odd,
M.G. boat there, the name of which just escapes him, but very attractive.
Anyone know what or who it is?
OK time for me to take the parcels to the post office
but just a quick reminder.. if it is not too early..
We have a good stock of burgees here, make ideal
Wednesday 23rd November 2016.
We have had an invite from our friends at Lowestoft. Anyone fancy
Click to enlarge.
Been chilly on and off but warmer of late, 10 degrees outside and it is midnight
nearly! Not looking as if it is going to get any warmer, on the contrary
looks to be getting very chilly soon. snow up north and Scotland minus 8 last
Apart from notification of an Eventide mainsail back on EBay for about the third
time, at an even higher price, (over £200 now??), it has been quiet here.
apart from the mindless russians bombarding the Forum, they will never get in,
not sure why they keep trying.
Get together in Maldon next week if you fancy it.....
Sunday 20th November 2016.
Another week gone by and the days are so much shorter and now colder. 5
degrees outside for most of today and a real hard ground frost 2 days ago, for
the first time this winter. Sure I do not have to remind you about winterising!
We are being attacked by the russian spammers again. So far we have kept
them at bay but they have been trying to infiltrate the Forum again, seriously
Peter the webmaster and I are about to introduce more stringent
questions to attempt to stem the flow of silly registrations, all time consuming
here as we now check every one personally before allowing anyone access.
On the security side the Steering group have just authorised the renewal of the
'Spamfighter' programs that protect the P.C. here and it is now up to date with
'anti this and that' programs!
Heard from Eilard in the Netherlands, one of our Steering group members, he has
lifted out, done all the underwater work and is already back in the water!
He stores her afloat and has to take precautions as doubtless he can get frozen
in! Maybe a picture later when the ice and snow are all round her!
We are planning to have a get together in Maldon on the 30th, the last for this
year, meeting at Izumi Chinese buffet for a meal. We love this place,
excellent food, as much as you like for a fixed price, about £17.00 from
memory... (plus drinks of course..). Do make the effort to join us,
7pm Wednesday 30th. ring on 01621 778859 to book a place at the table.
I have just spent all day in front of the log fire finishing off the tax return,
now I am taxed, time to relax and throw another log on!
Thursday November 17th 2016.
Been very quiet again here, almost no mails in this week, except for the
inevitable spam! This time of year is always quiet, even for my Seagull
business, which is why I choose to sort out the dreaded tax return this time of
I did get an advert in for a nice Eventide 26, 'Goldcrest'. She is another
that we had never heard of, how many more will come forward? She is
offered for £5000 or for an exchange.? Worth a look. See the
For Sale Page.
See also the boat above it, 'Cris Hawk' in Ireland, this needs work but is a
beauty and planked in iroko!
Talking of Iroko, do go to the
Forum and read the
story of the Golden hind 26 whose samson post snapped!! We are fortunate
to have Mark Urry on hand to answer queries on the GH boats...
John Stevens's Eventide 'Glasstide' also has a samson post problem, but
fortunately it has been spotted in time!
Went down the marina yesterday to meet someone and saw all the boats in various
stages of winter preparedness. Some were well organised with special
wooden frames erected on deck with tight fitting covers. Some covers were
tailor made to include snow proof vents! Others were not covered at all
and despite the warning from the management about not pulling boats out with
sails on spars, there were roller reefing genoas still on!
Sails must be looked after! They are so expensive to buy new.... and are our
main motive power...
So should standing rigging and a surveyor friend of mine informed me the reason
for the 10 year rule on stainless standing rigging life is because of the reluctance of owners
to lower masts over winter. (cost of crane?) The vibration in the rigging during winters
storms, added to the lower average temperature, reduced the life of the wire
Having completely re-rigged F.G. a couple of years back, (my rigging being over 20 years old),
I know it is an it is an expensive exercise. (My old rigging was tested and found to be in
very good order, but still replaced). The rigger said it had lasted so well
because it was stored off the boat every winter.
Our marina now will not allow boats to be chocked with temporary chocks if they
are not sat on bilge keels, they have to be purpose made cradles.. If a
boat falls, the domino effect can quickly drain a bank account!
Wonder how many drain water tanks etc when boats are left outside.? I am
OK now as I am locked away in a barn, but the effect of a real cold spell on a
boat outside can really spoil your sailing season, worth checking out!
Likewise if you have a header tank and closed freshwater cooling system, do check it
has enough antifreeze in it!
Time to throw a log on the fire,
Sunday November 13th 2016.
It has been very quiet on the e-mails this week, just a few in for a change, and
those all re a boat being advertised, tweaks to advert.
The weather is certainly not conducive to boating, it has been damp and cold
here in Essex. So I have been out collecting logs for the winter!
I have sorted out the solar panels to take down to the boat next week, but that
is the only boaty thing I have done, apart from stacking the last plastic box of
cleaned halyards away in my garage.
Hope your pride and joy is tucked up for the winter.
Reminder that driven snow can wreak havoc on our boats, as it thaws and then can
refreeze, lifting paint and varnish you thought were safely covered!
I have used the EBay search page to good effect whittling down my Christmas list!
Remember to change the text in the search box to what ever you are looking for, all
puts a few bob in the kitty for the webmaster.
Given up on punctures in my wheel barrow tyre, (was a struggle to get the
logs across the garden on a flat tyre, no matter how many times I used the
aerosol puncture repair kit... ) off to buy a solid wheel on the Bay!
Friday 11th November 2016.
Wednesday 9th November 2016.
Welcome to President Trump!
Wonder how the events the other side of the pond will reverberate over here, has
to be some effect! Even if it just makes comb-overs trendy!
I have to spend some time on the site tonight updating the
'For Sale' pages I have two
more boats to add.!
Spent a little while updating my
preparation page this evening, to bring it all up to date. Think i
have all sorted for now. Time to hibernate.!
The sail makers Ratsey and Lapthorn have just contacted us to offer a 15%
discount on any new sails. If any members, or friends, want to take this
offer up contact me for the code word that will get you the discount.
Sorted out a nice length of 3 inch square Iroko yesterday, that is going
to be pressed into service as Glass Tide's new samson post, knew I had kept it
for a reason!
Had the new owner of the Kylix, 'Pandora' contact us yesterday, hope we hear from
you again with that enrolment Jan!
All for now, cold and wet and dark out there, why do we persist in changing the
clocks every autumn??
P.S. No sooner published this that we had a mail in.... we have lost a
East Coast Pilot News
9th November 2016
newsletter this time has to bring sad news - the untimely death of
Colin Jarman on November 6th.
Colin was the original inspiration behind ECP - it was he who sold
the idea to Imrays, he who came up with the name, recruited Garth and
me to join in the project with him, he who shaped the book and the
style of its contents and saw the value of a supporting website.
fought his illness for several years but was unfailingly upbeat and
cheerful. He could do little towards the current edition of ECP,
managing only one small piece of the practical research, but chipped
in with adjustment of photographs and helping with final editing.
Garth has written and illustrated a fine tribute to Colin, which you
on the website.
Knowing the inevitable, these past few months have seen much
discussion and, on our part, an unhesitating agreement and commitment
to continue ECP into the future, exactly as Colin hoped and wished.
And so to business as usual...
Just south of
Ramsgate Harbour entrance, an 'old' wreck has been
uncovered by shifts in the banks there. It's not so very far from our
suggested track between the B2 buoy and the harbour, so just something
else to be aware of.
Basin lock is now out of action until the end of March
2017, major works taking place on the gates which should result in
improvements to the locking cycle. At the Ore entrance,
the buoyage has been removed as usual for the winter, while at the
Deben entrance, buoys have been shifted significantly
to take account of changes on the sea bed. The chartlets to both
entrances have been amended accordingly, even though new surveys have
not been done.
Details on all these, and more, can be found on the News page of our
website, available directly from
the home page.
Book updates since the previous newsletter in September have
(thankfully) been thin on the ground, with just the one. We don't
normally publish much in the way of pub information, on the grounds
that everything pub-related tends to change so much, but we make
exceptions where there is little choice of where to go. So, an advice
note to check
opening times at the Ferry House Inn, on the Swale, has been
included - we'd hate you to make an arduous trip ashore only to find
the door locked!
If you notice any detail changes yourself, either when away from
your home berth or even in your own harbour or marina, do let us know
as it helps us to keep 'East Coast Pilot' the most up-to-date pilot
Out and About
Garth is still beavering away on the re-fit of his lovely classic
boat, while my plastic fantastic is now out of the water again and
facing a long list of fettling and 'improvements'.
between messing about with boats, we are willing to come along and
give illustrated talks about ECP at club nights or other events. If
you are interested, email me or simply reply to this newsletter.
ever, the ECP website will continue to be updated with news and book
updates throughout the winter, something we spend a little time on
virtually every day, so it's worth keeping an eye on it when you're
browsing the internet.
also continue to use Twitter to ping out any useful bits and pieces,
now up to almost 400 followers, to complement the 1100-plus audience
on the newsletter mailing list.
you're still afloat and grabbing the occasional day's cruising, good
luck and I envy you. Otherwise, good luck with the winter jobs!
Co-author and webmaster
us on Twitter....at @eastcoastpilot
photo taken by Garth Cooper - the late Colin Jarman, sailing his
Cornish Shrimper on the Blackwater.
have received this email because you registered with us to be sent
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you can also update your details if you wish.
Colin and I would often cross wakes out on the river Blackwater and we would
always exchange greeting, with my camera often clicking! Really sad he has
Sunday 6th November 2016.
Today the thermometer is really struggling to get to 7 degrees, very pleased to
be ashore. Heard from a few others that are also out now, with gear removed and
safely stashed till next season. Hibernation seems a good option if we cannot
sail south till the butter melts!
One GH owner Robin, is celebrating his boats 50th year afloat, but sadly his
insurance company have declined to further insure him??? Seems odd after
being willing to take his money for years... do boats have a 50 year
crumble by date? Tell that to the Navy for the 'Victory'! I have
directed him towards 'our' insurance company, 'Craftinsure'. See the link
on the bottom of the home page and elsewhere. OK he is going to have to
get a survey every few, (5) years, but that is good for your own peace of mind
if nothing else and we have links to surveyors that can do that for our boats.
Well done to Robin for caring for 'Wine Knot' so well over the years!
Thinking of insurance?
Click here to save yourself some money
and put a few
pence in the EOG!
We have a glitch on our EBay page at the moment, Peter has been informed and
hopefully normal service will be resumed shortly. Peter does not get a lot
of mentions and he mostly keeps his head down, but he is often busy behind the
scenes. Recently we were under attack from Russian Spammers again, but
Peter sorted it. Without him in the background you may not have been
able to read these pages.! Thanks Peter.
I have just been on the 'For Sale'
pages and reduced the asking price of the steel Levanter that is advertised
there. Lot of boat for the money....
Have you seen the GHs advertised? Now there are another two GH beauties to
chose from as well, if you come up on 'Ernie' or the Lottery!
I will be shortly adding yet another boat, this time a design 'based on' the
'Tidewater'?? How closely I'll let you decide! (she is a beauty, and
all planked in Afromosia!!)
Had a lovely mail in from Andrea in Italy, joining the group with the WW 'Rosy'.
Welcome letter on the way Andrea! Envious of his sailing area!
A member remind me that the 26ft Eventide Polly is still for sale on the pages.
She needs a new caring owner...
As it has been very dry here in the east maybe she is still dry and sweet down
below, but as I understand it there is no-one opening her up and airing her on a
regular basis, like so many of our boats, I fear her condition will not be improving.
Heard from our Database Manager John that he managed to get some epoxy on the
outside faces of the bilge plates, that he had managed to clean off to
bare metal/galvanising, before we lost the warm weather. Still has a long way
to go though, jobs list getting longer as he uncovers more horrors! That is so the
story of so many of our boats. John has found that there had been some
serious bodging in the past and is now having to replace all the bilge keel
bolts, they had lost their heads to rust! Some had been done in the past, but
not the ones that were difficult to get at inside, they were just ignored! Very
little holding one keel on!
How often do you check yours.? Would not be the first Eventide or GH to lose a
bilge keel! Well done to John for tackling it. Sadly I do hear of
other owners sweeping such problems 'under the mat'.
Hope your winter work list is a short as mine this year. (had a blitz on F.G.
I have found a simple cure for a silly problem I have found. Our
hand held VHF failed to charge aboard. (Charges fine at home). I resorted to replacing the charger
base during my 'Fiddling Around' trip and it then happened again, just as we
were hauling out last week. The bright red/green indicator lights
did not show. Because the charger is mounted at the back of the chart
table you cannot really see the led indicators... When I took the base
unit out and tried again on board, where I could see the indicator lights
better, I could see there was a faint, different colour led showing.
Orange. A quick look at the instruction book told me it meant too many
volts! Seems VHF chargers do not like working with more than a
12v supply! As my batteries are charged fully, with the help of a clever
charge regulator, to 14.8v, this is too much and the charger switches off!
Anyone else had this happen?..
If so I have found the cure! A £14.00, 12v power supply, as fitted in a
car cigarette lighter for powering a 12v TV! Gives a stabilised 12v supply
when the input is anything from 10 to 30v!
Yes our EBay page is up and running again so used it to buy one, and put a few
pence in the kitty for the webmaster!
Seems there is always an answer if you look far enough!
Thursday 3rd November 2016.
Winter is officially here. Today we had a hard frost and the thermometer
struggled to get to 9 degrees. But the sun did shine, weakly....
I was down the boat at 0930 and puttered F.G. round to the boat lift... My
helpers were not due till 1000. By 1000 as they arrived, I was
watching the lads in the marina pressure washing Fiddler's Green's bottom and an
pleased to report that once again she is the cleanest boat to come out of the
water at Bradwell again. Marclear again! (or as it is now called
again, EU45!) We spotted 3 dizzy barnacles on the prop nut and a few jelly
growths under a bilge keel and the main keel where I had once again
scraped the antifouling off gently, by running aground, on a rising tide, to get
to one of my special anchorages!
By 1400 she was safely tucked up in my neighbours new barn, secure and dry for
the winter. Having said that I must go to her next week and give her a
hose down and scrub, from the top down, as she is grubby. We have not had
any rain to wash off the dust! Also got a slightly blackened transom, guess its
the diesel smoke, a quick wipe will remove that, with detergent.
Just before we hauled out I topped up the diesel tank so there was no space for
condensation to form, so not allowing water to collect in there and added a Cetane
enhancer and injector lubricator... I could not say I noticed a difference
running her since then, she always starts on the button and runs as smooth as
silk... but maybe next year it will show. Also in the mix is a fuel
stabiliser to stop the diesel going stale and a separate dose of anti diesel
bug, just in case. It is the Boy Scout in me, be prepared! I have
always said that seamanship is 90% preparedness!
I removed the anchor chain before towing away today, all 50 metres of it..
(to lessen excess nose weight on trailer). I was surprised to see a lot of what
looked like rust, but after it was unloaded at base it turned out just to be
mud, all cleaned off and all OK!
Do you mark your chain? I used to paint it in white bands, one for 10m 2
bands for 20m and so on, but the paint always came off. I now use bright
(Green of course) cable ties instead. They manage to go round the winch
and remain in place and you can feel them in the dark, much easier!
Heard back from Simon with the 23'6" motor sailer. It is a Colvic
Watson, nice sturdy craft! Simon tells us he is on the look out for a
After 1700 now and pitch black out there, clear skies and loads of stars out
here so it is going to be another cold one.
Hope you have winterised the boat!
Time to wrap up warm.
Go the the For Sale pages for
a look at the latest, in very sense of the word, boat, to go onto our pages!
Monday 31st October 2016.
Happy Halloween shipmates!
Been busy here over the last few days, not only aboard, where all is now sorted and ready
for lift out to trailer Thursday, but have also been editing loads of pages on
Gratifying to have so many messages in from all of you, we must be doing
I have added pics of the WW 'Rosy' now sailing off the Italian coast near Elba,
see WW pages..
I have added the pics from John Hopthrow of the Eventide 'Cosmic Wind'. see
There has been an explanation of the GH 26 in steel. Not really a GH but
based on the drawings, very akin to our own Steel Eventide 26, see
the GH pages.
I have added pics of that great Riptide 'Ramillies' built by the late Sid Taylor, she is
now with Keith in Scotland and cherished! See the
I have added another boat to the
For Sale pages and have another to add shortly. The one I will be
adding is a real gem...
Met Brian and Elizabeth Letzer yesterday, they admitted they were considering
buying a Sabre 27 and selling their Eventide 24 'Avocet'. Expect an advert
for that to come to us shortly, she is based in Fleetwood and sails the Irish
Sea and Scottish waters, you may well have seen their logs over the years...
I last saw them puttering out of the marina at Bradwell lunch time... in the
Sabre... I was gone
before they returned, so I cannot tell if they were grinning or not!
When I haul out Thursday I will endeavour to get some decent pics showing
Fiddler's Green's underside, I am hoping the Marclear will have done it's trick
again this year. I have heard many moaning in the marina about the fouling
this year, especially waterline grass. (I have none!) Sadly they
could so easily cure the problem by using the Marclear, but seem reluctant.
It's cheaper than the big brand names and works better. So many round here
go for the local antifouling, but every year they moan that they have to scrub
off, sometimes twice.. The stuff does not work but they will buy it again
next season as its a bargain. how can that be if it doesn't work?
As I type this the fog is swirling around the cottage, real Halloween weather!
Must go and do those pumpkins before the boss gets home!
Sunday 30th October 2016.
An amazing 18 degrees yesterday and the day before here on the Essex coast.
I was unloading Fiddler's Green yesterday, as we haul out this week, real tee
shirt weather! Have more to unload and rigging to un-tape and slacken
The next couple of days look like being almost as warm and so un-seasonal.
OK we had similar weather last year, but by now we should be having frosts and
the leaves should be knee deep. Instead the trees, (those that have
survived Dutch Elm, Ash die back and Horse chestnut miner!), are all in splendid
We have had yet another enrolment, a 'Friend' or Associate Member, Simon of
Leeds with a 23ft motor sailer. I will try and find out more. Maybe
he is looking to buy one of our designs. Replying shortly Simon.
Hope John Stevens got to his boat yesterday to coat the newly cleaned off bilge
plates with epoxy, that will preserve them...
How are you getting on with jobs aboard, this weather has been a bonus to all of
Yesterday I was able to lay out my sails on the dry clean grass to fold them up
for storage. I tried my replacement genoa, made from a near new
larger sail cut down and adapted for me. so the old genoa and mainsail,
both still good, but now 26 years plus old, so retired.
I wonder how long other peoples sails remain good.?? Mine lasted because I
get them Valeted and checked by the sail maker.
However I have retired them as they are looking more fragile now and maybe not
fit for a serious round the UK sail... OK for the river though!
(except in a blow!).
Spoke to an Atlantic Clipper member, Simon. He is wanting to get some
details of sail sizes and boom heights for the Clipper. He is wanting to
fit a solid deckhouse but concerned about the height of the boom as it appears
to have been lowered.... Has anyone a 'standard' Atlantic Clipper that can
help. Simon is going onto the Forum to ask.
Why is it owners are reluctant to use our free Forum?
As I type this early Sunday morning we have already 15.5 degrees out side,
Thursday 27th October 2016.
Still warm here, was 17 degrees today and forecast for next few days is 15
or 16 degrees. Daft weather for this time of year. And we have not
seen rain her, significant rain, for weeks.
A small but select group met at the Alma Arms in Navestock last night, for a
chatter and meal. Not much talk about boats, mostly about our trip to
Ireland and another one of the groups family being out there.
Went to the sailmaker today and picked up my 'new' genoa. Made from a
slightly used larger genoa cut down and reshaped, heavier cloth and now with
matching sacrificial strip. Will take it to boat and try it tomorrow.
Got my mainsail cover altered, or rather the missing hook fitted. That is
about to go in the washing machine, along with the staysail cover, tiller cover,
outboard cover and spray hood. It is quite amazing how dirty they are in
just a season in the elements.
Same goes for all the halyards.
With this warm weather and the tides around midday over the weekend all the
heavy kit will be coming off in the trolley when the brow is level!
Welcome to another new member, Matt with the GH 'Marschallin', she is to be
based in Brighton. May see you next year Matt, on my travels.
Got pics of Olive Mary today so will be adding an advert for her on the pages.
Monday 24th October 2010.
Fiddler's Green was out afloat on Trafalgar day, with John Stevens as crew....
We did not sail far, Friday afternoon up to a creek near Maldon, much frequented
by seals. We drank to Nelson in the time honoured fashion, 'To his
immortal memory'. John S was fascinated by the clear dark skies and the ability
to pick out the milky way, something so many find impossible to do these days
with the street lights and other lighting they have. Sort of take the
night sky for granted out here in the country....
On the Saturday we sailed leisurely the length of the Blackwater and out to the
Bench Head buoy and back before returning to Bradwell before nightfall.
The winds were F3 with the odd gust of 4/5 for the most part, but cold!
That's the end on my sailing season!
The clocks go back next week, so time to start taking gear off.
Started Sunday when we filled the back of my van with food stuffs from on board,
they get sorted into 2017 boat stock, (emergency food supplies for home... ) and
those that the date will expire by the end of the year or shortly after, so are
put indoors to use up... ( I had been stocked up for a long sail remember!).
The next few days are supposed to be warmer again, so sails and other gear next.
Over the weekend one new enrolment, from Greg in Australia with an Eventide,
'Jester', welcome Gregg, the letter on its way shortly.
Another mail brought news from the new owner of 'Rosy'. (This boat was
built alongside the hull of mine over 30 years back!) He has not
officially enrolled as yet as there is a language barrier, but we will enrol him
shortly once we have obtained more info. Andrea has sent some nice new
pictures of Rosy for me to add to her page.
Will be editing a few pages later today.
Thursday 20th October 2016.
Welcome to several new enrolments. Whilst I was away John Stevens welcomed
three new members.
Mr Perrin of Cambridge is looking for a decent Senior, was looking at some a
week or so back, hope he finds the one for him.
Mr Starkenburg in the Netherlands has joined us with the Atlantic Clipper
'Mariking', he sails her in the Algarve!
And welcome to Mr Chetwood from Lyme Regis who has an Eventide, but gives it's
length as 22ft? We have only once heard of one smaller than the standard
24 or 26ft, and that one had a centreboard! very different. We wait
to see if this is the same one or the tape measure slipped!
John Hopthrow has sent in some pics of the Eventide 'Cosmic wind'.. I knew
her when she was on the Crouch an age back, good to see still sailing!
We have had an enquiry about a boat called a 'Springtide' The name is
close enough to make me look. Then it turns out she is exactly 24ft by
8ft?? coincidence?? The designer, none other than Kenneth Evans..
and 'partners'. Now as the other Kenneth Evans design was so much like a
MG design, 'Searover', that we included it on the pages we now have more
tantalising links. We know MG was partner to other designers, Harbottle,
with the Finesse, Buchanon with the 3Tonner and to the Bay of Island yachts,
could it be he was also partner to Kenneth Evans? It seems increasingly likely
that there was a tie up. Sadly there is no one left to tell the tale....
unless you know different!
Had another boat to advertise on our pages and news that a GH has sold. Will get
round to editing that page shortly...
I am off sailing in the morning, and will toast the great man in the time
honoured way, 'To his immortal memory!'
There was talk of making the 21st of October a national holiday once, but the
wet blankets said it may upset the French and Spanish! Sad world.
Nelson and Capt Cook were so many children's heroes, not just mine. I will
continue to toast him annually as long as I am able.
At least the forecast is good., but like Trafalgar, a day or so later there are
gales forecast, (more ships lost in that gale than were lost in the battle!!),
so I will be scuttling back to safety by Saturday evening!
Good sailing to all those afloat, there are still a few days sailing left in the
Tuesday 18th October 2016.
I am back!
Darian and I have been away for 2 weeks in Ireland. I now know why they
call it the 'Emerald Isle'! It was so green I was sure they went out at
night spray painting the grass! We did a 1500 mile round trip visiting
most of the counties and checking out areas my Darian's family may have come
from, they left during the 1850's and the famine. Also checked out a load of marinas and
moorings from Dungarvan to Belfast. Even spotted an Eventide and a
I will start replying to the outstanding mail later, but a thank you to John
Stevens for stepping in to send notes to all who enrolled etc.
John and I will be escaping for a day or two Friday, its Trafalgar day, so
Fiddler's Green will be out there drifting about somewhere in the Blackwater and
raising a toast to the great man! we will be back in Saturday as the
forecast for Sunday is 'orrid. Gales.
All for now, back later,
Thursday 29th September 2016.
Welcome to Michel in Brussels, enroled this week. Do not know if he is
contemplating building, restoring or buying yet, I have enquired.
I am going to be away Saturday for a fortnight, so there will be a gap in news
items till I return on the 15th of October to pick up your mails...
Spent 6 hours with John Stevens again yesterday, working on Glasstide and
managed to tick off a few jobs on the list, but add a few more!
see his page!
Closing down now, off to the post office with my last Seagull spares before I
close for hols!
Sunday 25th September 2016.
Next Wednesday, 28th, 1900hrs, Henri's Steak house, Maldon
Call John on 01621 778859 to reserve a place for a great meal with friends..
Welcome to Keith McDevitt in Scotland who has joined over the weekend with the
Riptide 'Ramillies'. Great to have 'Ramillies' back in the fold! I
watched it being built.. He has requested details on the drawings, so suspect a
CD will be winging its way north shortly.
After my comments about Glasstide's rusted up rudder stock on these pages, we
have had several owners and friends contact us with remedies. Coca-Cola
was one John Hopthrow sent in. I had toyed with Coca-Cola. The Remover
fluid was also mentioned, but Lucy came up with a new one, molasses?!?
Anyone had any success with rust melting magic potions, John Stevens certainly
needs one! Not sure what he is going to try but we will report back..
could be a new page on the 'What Works' section!
Mat's remedy involves a new s/s tube and cutting out the old rusty one
with an angle grinder! It may come to that Mat. Mat is going to send
in some drawings to add to the hints and tips page that may assist others with
the same problem..
40 years ago I removed the rudder stock from 'Bluenose', my first Eventide, a
24. It was an identical rudder set up to Glasstide, except that the outer
tube reached the deck, but it had not rusted up as badly that it could not move.
(I think the tube on mine was larger diameter because I could get an interesting
jet of water up it, if I gave the motor some welly from a standstill!)
However when I took out the steel rudder stock I found it had
corroded, from an inch to half inch, two inches up the tube.. where you could
not see it! Worse still the tube wall had corroded so that is was no
thicker than my thumbnail! Dangerous! Totally impossible to
tell from the outside of that tube either... At that stage I removed all
the steel inboard rudder tube and fittings and scrapped it. I plugged the
hole in the hog with three shaped laminations of inch hardwood, glued and
screwed in with resorcinol and covered all over with another larger hardwood pad
on the inside. Never leaked...
With a GRP Eventide such as Glasstide, it would have to be a new tube in s/s
fastened to the hull with GRP or Epoxy, rather like Mat has suggested,
Or... doing what I did with both my Eventides, make a new transom hung rudder
plug the hole in the bottom with GRP mat and resin or epoxy and extend the
skeg so it had a heel fitting to stand on...
Wondering which way John Stevens will decide to go??
At least one of the hiccups to fitting a transom hung rudder has already
been sorted, he has a split backstay, so centre single backstay not an issue...
and with a lifting tiller the stern hatch would still be accessible... but not
my call... Lots of work involved making it and the new fittings to be
bought/made for pivoting it on the stern and the lifting tiller...
If you want to know more, see what he decides, you can
see on his page... Will be updates when there is something to tell...
We had toyed with a trip out over the weekend but other things came up and to be
honest the forecast was not that clever, with gusts of F5.. too much for
the boss, so we went to Southend, the Cliffs Pavilion, see 'Sunny
Afternoon' the musical, a romp down memory lane for me! I was a Kinks fan in the
Today I have had to catch up on chores here, and the grass needed a trim, or the
long straggly seed heads did. So dry here we have a bare browning parched
area we used to call grass. For those outside restoring or building
its great, but not so good for the plants, we have lost a 100 year old Walnut
Hoping to find time this week to collect the newly welded stainless
support for my little radar mast, but am juggling so many jobs at the moment see
no chance of fitting it for a couple of weeks!
If you are hauling out, get those masts down to save the rigging and take the
halyards off and wash them, (easy care 30!). Done annually will extend the life
of ropes for many years, some of mine are still good after 26 years...
Still some sailing weather left, so looking forward to our traditional Trafalgar
day cruise next month, before we decide to lift out and scuttle back to our barn
for the winter!
I have just added a super boat to the
For Sale pages, a Levanter 33
with everything aboard to step on and sail off, you have got to see it...
Enjoy the rest of the season, long may it continue as warm as this! (18 degrees
outside here at 2300!)
Friday 23rd September 2016.
Had another great day afloat last Sunday, the weather was again perfect.
Took my niece and family out for a day sail, up to Maldon and back on the tide.
We sailed up in a F2 Northerly and stopped off in a tiny creek I know to show
them the resident seals, 8 or 9 of them, including 2 pups. My great
nephews and great niece steered most of the day, and I got them hauling anchors,
hoisting and lowering sails and the youngest was my engineer for the day.
'finish with engines Sydney!' They had a ball. May have more crew
Looking out the window today the estuary was dotted with sails all day, for late
September the weather has been terrific, actually hot today. Wonder if we
are going to have another perpetual autumn like last year?
Welcome to a new member Jerry from Victoria in Australia. Jerry has a hankering
to build one of Colin's boat designs, the 'Pochard 20' and I have just send him
a set of drawings on CD. Colin's drawings are sent out at cost but with a
donation going to the RNLI.
Spent the day with John Stevens yesterday working on his Eventide.
I wanted to remove the rudder and its stock for him so we could get a
puller in to pull off the prop. (The
prop is a 13 x 9 but left handed and he needs 13 x 8 or 9 but right handed.
Shame the motor cannot use astern as ahead.....?).
I got the blade off easily enough and can see that at some stage someone had
fitted a longer rear bearing housing with cutless bearing and as a result the
prop had moved back nearly to the rudder and the
balanced area had been sawn off the front of the rudder blade to give clearance, making it twice
as difficult to steer. Apart from sawing off half the cutless
bearing and housing I see no way of being able to put that balance area back.
So the helm is always going to be hard... A longer tiller needed and maybe
a few inches off the back of the blade..?? Of course a transom hung rudder
conversion would be the ultimate answer, but time and money....
John is finding the drawbacks of trying to work on a boat that is a 2 hour drive
away rather than in the back garden!
Try as we might we could not remove the 1 inch steel rudder stock. It runs up
through a 1 & 1/4 galvanised water pipe, it is stuffed so full of rust so much so that the
tiller is difficult to turn out of the water! The rudder stock has to come
out.. so we can get the puller on the prop... and so we can see the real state
of the shaft, I am seriously suspecting it will be badly corroded up there, so
much so that a replacement will have to be made...
Has anyone any good experience of using 'rust remover fluid'? I think this
is about the only way I can see of freeing it enough, to be able to lift out the
stock and clean all up... then I will drill that tube to take a greaser!
Had another boat on the pages sell, a GH, but sadly it appears, not through the
pages.... I will be removing it later.
Hope to get out afloat again next week as the calm weather seems to be holding,
then I am off for a couple of weeks, so there will be a gap in the
page, for a fortnight... Keep sending it in though!
All for now,
Friday 16th September 2016.
Yesterday was the last day of summer and I was afloat with Brian the Fund
manager, enjoying the 30 degrees and the cooling breezes. With F2 or less
for most of the day, (apart from the F5 line squall that came through...
fortunately whist we were testing motor at full bore so did not effect us), it
was a stunning day to be afloat.
Back with a couple of pics later. and here they are...
Brian West JP., sailing F.G. Goose winged and slowly sailing up the River
Blackwater in 30 degrees and a F2!
Buzzed by friend Mike from Bradwell marina bar and then a slow sail home towards
Parts selling off the pages still.
The Houdini hatch was collected a couple of days back, the new owner overjoyed,
as well he should be, as it was dirt cheap!
Hoping to add more bits to the For Sale pages soon.
All for now, off to catch the post office with today's Seagull parcels.
Post Script. Summer over! Floods and deluges today, lightning and high winds
too, what a difference a day makes.
Monday 12th September 2016.
Summer has come back, 25 degrees all day and even now at 2300 20 degrees still
outside. Hope you are out enjoying it while it lasts... I hope to be, got one of
my round UK crew joining me for a jolly on Thursday. As I appear to have
sorted the problem of the diesel cutting out we will test the motor to the
Long weekend of jollity for the boss's birthday, so this is the first time I
have been on the site to edit for a few days.
I intend to be swanning
off the end of September for a bit so there will be a short intermission again
Over the weekend a new member, Welcome to David Lemon with the Waterwitch
David was caught out by an unscrupulous former owner and stalwart of the 'other'
group. David set off in the confidence that all had been properly serviced
and in full working order, so the former owner said... He was rescued by
the RNLI and with the assistance of a reputable engineer found the motor had
been abused and neglected and in fact one cylinder had not ever fired in years.
Add to that terrible problems on board meant that the boat, formerly known as
'Pintail' was pulled ashore and totally stripped out, repaired and refurbished.
She is to be launched this week in Southampton as 'Wimaway' and a full naming
ceremony and party held. David bought a burgee for the occasion and is promising
to send pics Interestingly he has altered the rig from ketch to
sloop. Look forward to seeing the pictures and full marks to David for
overcoming what must have been a terrible disappointment, given the price he
initially paid and the the false promises he had. Well done getting this
far and hopefully we will cross wakes when Fiddler's Green sails south next
Pleased to say the Houdini hatch has sold off the 'Bits for Sale' pages, gone to
a non member though, for the foredeck of a motorboat.. you missed out
OK time to turn in now and it's still over 20 degrees outside! whew...
Wednesday September 7th 2016.
Had a call in from Chris in the Netherlands re that missing table for a
GH. Chris has one. Trouble is too big to post, so is anyone going anywhere
near the Netherlands and or Ireland so we can get it from Chris to John!
Wishful thinking maybe, but stranger things have happened.
Talking of which I had a call from a chap today, Alec, he was wanting spares for
a Seagull motor. He told me that he has sailed round the world many years ago
with a Lodestone Trimaran. It was fitted with 2 Seagull model 102's for
emergency propulsion. He was hoping to transit the Panama canal but they
would not let him through, so the did no more than sailed round South America!
After a lengthy conversation he went away to make up a wish list of spare parts for me, which
he duly sent. A few minutes later he was back. Said he thought he
knew the name.. Well to be honest there must be thousands of John
Williams's about, but when he looked at the SOS site he saw 'Eventiders'
He is none other than the son of the Clarksons who sailed round the world at the
same time in their Waterwitch, 'Pilecap'. I organised an Eventide meeting
years ago in the old St. Katherine's Dock C.A. building, the 'Ivory House' when
they gave a presentation on their trip... I recall asking them the origins
of the name, 'Pilecap'. He told me it was because he had worked on and
looked at the drawings of a 'Pilecap' (for a nuclear power plant) for so long he
just had it in his brain all the time, add to that that it gave him the
wherewithal to have her built!
Small world Eh.
Hoping to escape tomorrow and give the Beta inboard a real test, weather looks
to be fair for a putter out...
Might even be a good evening to venture out on my Bantam tonight.... warm
See you on the river,
PS. Grinning from ear to ear, a 50 mile round trip on a 60 year old BSA makes
you smile, 2300 and just back in!
Monday 5th September 2016.
I was back on board yesterday afternoon and I have sorted the cutting out
problem I had with my ultra reliable Beta Marine 17. If anyone else fits a
fuel tank where you have to lift the fuel up out of the top of the tank, you
will have to do the same, fit a small electric 'Facet' pump near the tank. Seems
none of the small mechanical pumps fitted to modern diesels are man enough to
suck the fuel up far.. OK with a gravity feed of course, which is what I
had till last year... Off out for long engine trials later in the week I
hope. (Summer is due to return!)
Very pleased to hear that the owner of the Vulcan 'Silverhow' up in Scotland,
has been in touch with the son of the former owner. (some time back and it seems
I missed it!) He now has a rather nice watercolour, not a photo, of the boat and
signed by MG! He is gently restoring her and has spent out a bit on
welding etc., I will update his section on the Gallery, MG designs page.
Had a package arrive from Denmark today. In the package were all the lost
drawings of MG's Kylix, the last boat he designed for himself. We indebted to
Peter Clemmenson the former owner of the Kylix 'Pandora' for these, we promise
to preserve them and make them available to any member who needs a copy.
We will, as with all our drawings, be making a copy to send to the Maritime
Museum Greenwich and the Falmouth and Lowestoft Colleges as before.
Just as I was about to sign off when another mail pinged in and it was John the
'Iris of Glenarm', with a log of his
August Bank holiday cruise and some excellent photos of an Golden Hind 26
sailing well in windy conditions.
I am hoping summer will be back during the week and I can give it a real test.
Heard from Tim re the Vulcan 'Silverhow' and his restoration. I have added pics
to the MG designs page. Hoping Tim can get in
touch with the son of a former owner, I have sent details, as he has a framed
picture signed by MG that he would like to pass on!
Peter in Denmark has informed us that his Kylix 'Pandora' has sold, and as a
thankyou, he is sending us the drawings of Kylix, copied to pdf files, on a data
stick. We will be able to instantly add these to our list of drawings
available to members! Very nice of you Peter.
Sad to say our Database Manager is not well at the moment, so work on his
Eventide ashore at Tollesbury has come to a grinding halt. Hoping he will be up
on his feet before the weather really breaks and puts paid to outside work...
Tried to put the son of a builder in touch with someone who bought his fathers
boat many years ago, but sadly have not got much further as the email address
must have been changed, no reply, but oddly it has not bounced back as unknown
Heard Tim with Wedjit the WW is out and about, sadly not been able to meet up
with him, but we will.
I always think a brief look about a boat can tell you a lot about the sort of
care the owner has bestowed on a boat. Saw an MG for sale locally and one
look told me the owner was not clued up. The anode was fitted back to
front. Said it all to me.
The webmaster is about to add a keel drawing to the Senior Specs page, for all
to see and download. More when it is up. We are still after a proper
drawing or good picture that we can scale, of the fin keel version...
The rain over the last 24 hours has doubtless been welcome, but why is it that
it occurs over the weekend?
Sun back out next week, hope to see you out there.
Tuesday 30th August 2016.
Happy Birthday Keith!
We were at Bradwell Saturday afternoon, relaxing on the boat and had a few
visitors come to admire Fiddler's Green, but not Eventiders, just owners of
nearby boats! They do not often see us aboard! With fierce winds no
one in their right minds was out sailing, not if they listened to the forecast.
The EOG boats due to arrive failed to materialise, sensible people, they heard
As the Sunday forecast was even worse after the BBQ we went home and I arranged
to come back on the Monday and meet anyone wanting to come out to play, at the
Baffle, off the power station in the early afternoon. We went for a slow
sail, F1 winds and at the appointed time we arrived back at then left the
Baffle and set off for the Bench head, under power, not a breath of wind!
We completed the course and returned to Bradwell.. there's another story
see my preparation log!
Approaching the Bench Head just before LW.
After a very pleasant meal we heard from one WW owner who had been holed up in a
creek near Mersea, that he was making his way back to Maldon, and heard another
went into Lawling to escape.. As for the Atlantic Clipper owner, sadly we
learnt that Simon had been very poorly. hope he is on the mend now, with
suspected CO poisoning from nearby earth moving machines running their motors
and the fumes reaching his boat, where he was asleep! Good case for the CO
monitor I have aboard!
The weather has stayed good today and I have seen a few sails out on the river,
and it looks as if the forecast could have sails out there for the rest of the
week, if you are out, enjoy! I now have to sort an annoying engine problem!
Getting there.. slowly. I am now fit and thought the boat was too,
but I was wrong.... We will fix it..
Saturday August 27th 2016.
Still meeting today for BBQ, but sailing cancelled till Monday!
F6 and thunderstorms, so not clever for Sunday.
Monday hope to have F2's and wall to wall sunshine!!
Join us Monday, we will be anchored inside the baffle, down stream of the power
cable!!, at 1430...
Even time to do the washing up after lunch before a drift to the Bench Head and
back via the MG buoy off the Nass.
Friday 26 August 2106. (oops 2016!!)
Wednesday afternoon, the
grandson, Brandon, and myself, slipped out into a near empty River Blackwater
in 30 degrees and a F2 cooling breeze... We sailed and motored and
sailed and motored for four hours, returning just after HW with grins
from ear to ear.
Not only had I got the
mainsail up for the first time this year, but the motor performed faultlessly
and no leaks. To top it all we sailed in company with 4 harbour
porpoise! Only ever come across these in twos in 40 years plus sailing
the estuary and working on the London river, so to have 4 cavorting around us
for ten minutes was a real bonus, and just off Pewit Island near Bradwell.
Wonder if they will still be about come this weekend???
The Return of the Bradwell
August Bank Holiday Saturday,
HW time 2047
Bradwell Saturday afternoon, a chance for others to see aboard your boats,
Fiddler's Green and 'October Girl' will be there, all
members welcomed... then in the evening to the marina bar for a chat, a
meal, there is a BBQ on that evening... and a drink, or two!
in the early afternoon, we intend to have a sail in company/race. Starting at
1330 from anchor just down stream of the Baffle, away from the electric cable!!
Then sailing out to round the Bench Head buoy (pass either way!), for Low Water at
1541, to doff our caps and dip our ensigns to MG.
(We spread his ashes here.). A leg back to the 'MG' yellow racing buoy off the Nass beacon
then returning to a finish point off the remains
of the Bradwell Baffle, timing your passing yourself, as we will not have a
start/finish boat, and gently back into the marina...
Weather forecast for Sunday looks to be favourable,
Westerlies, F 3 to 4.
Bradwell on the late Sunday afternoon flood and prize giving in the marina bar.
contact me on 01621 778859 for any further
If you want to contact Bradwell to book a berth in
advance, (if they will permit pre-booking...,) phone 01621 776235
Wednesday 24th August
We are officially in a heat
After several days of
wonderful hot balmy weather it has been declared a heat wave. Been a
long time coming this year! Just hope it lasts till after the Bank
We are meeting up with
others at Bradwell Marina Saturday afternoon, BBQ in the marina bar that
Sunday sail in
company/race?? out to the Bench head and back, hopefully in the same F2
southerlies we have today!! (wish!).
Sunday evening BBQ again
and prize giving!
Yesterday I enlisted the
assistance of a fellow marine engineer, but a diesel expert, to try and
trace my annoying air leak in my fuel lines, story on my
Suffice to say we are off out sailing/motoring later today.
Heard from Barney with the
WildDuck 'Whisper' he is after advice re stripping and remaking his wooden
mast. Anyone help? I have directed him with a few pointers gleaned from
members who have built new ones....
Also heard re the Eventide
Hobgoblin, the name of the guy it was given to in Manchester area was Allan
advertised it on our pages in 2006 as an unfinished project. I now
recall advertising it. Sadly, so far, no response from his contact
details.... you out there Allan?
Peter the webmaster is
adding the long deep keel for the Senior to the Senior pages so people can
down load it for free. will be up soon. Still waiting for a better
drawing or picture of the fin keels that several Seniors sport, and that appears
to work so well.... got one??
And hot off the press a
price reduction on that GH 31 Serenity, to £64,995.00. Sadly my number has
still not come up on Ernie!
I'm off sailing today, I
really feel that much better now!
Friday 19th August 2016.
Had some nice pics in from
Italy from member Cristiano of his WW
'Rosy'. He is sadly parting with her
after 10 years. she has prospered under his ownership, see
the WW page. He has passed the new owner, Andrea
on to us so hope to hear from him shortly. She is to be moved from her
mooring in Tuscany to one opposite the Island of Elba. I was 12 years
old when I stayed there with Club Meditaranee! The place was
quiet and secluded then, now all hotels...
Incidentally Cristiano has
sent me a picture of the Seagull featherweight he bought from me 10 years
ago and he is cherishing for his next tender. Just as
does, the Seagull looks as good as the day I sold it to him!
I have been working on
Glasstide's hatches again see the page in the
Restorers section. Getting there. Finding the anaesthetic still
effecting me occasionally, but the effects are wearing off.
We have been offered a
full set of drawings for the Kylix Class. As it happens Maurice gave
me the sail plan many years ago when I was building my Eventide. He
said the dimensions of my 27ft Eventide and the Kylix were so alike I could
use her sail plan and indeed I did use the boomed staysail from it. Hope to
have these available on CD shortly. May be of use to owners in the
No coincidence then that
an advert for a nice Kylix has just been placed on the
Boats For Sale page of the
site. A bargain at £3,500, all you need to do is sail it back from
Heard from a WildDuck
owner who is doing a restoration on 'Whisper'. Sadly he has found some
delaminated ply on his deck. All needs replacing, been advising. He is
having trouble removing the stem head ironwork, but I think I have seen the
problem, a hidden fastening, the toe rail was added after it was fitted and
butts up to and I'm betting, covers, the bolt that is holding things up.
Hope to hear he is winning soon.
As the rain starts to fall
here this morning, the last few weeks of warm sun are rapidly becoming a
fond memory. Summers seem all too short, as you get older.
If you are out there,
enjoy it while it lasts. We are in for gales tomorrow!
Monday 15th August 2016.
Back to work for me today,
and catching up on a weeks backlog of mails with Seagulls. And Eventiders...
Welcome to new Member Mark
Foyle, who has taken on the restoration of the GH 'Pink Gin'. hoping to see
pics of the restoration in progress shortly.
Escaped from the Seagull
work for a couple of hours this evening to sand down and refill those
hatches I have been working on.. Think I am just able to save them! got to
them just in time... will have before and after pictures soon.
Apparently just missed
meeting up with long time member Mat who was camping down at Tollesbury when
John Stevens and I were working on his boat.. He saw my van parked and
realised we were working on an Eventide but could not stop. Next time Mat!
Had a great mail from
Italy today, from Cristiano who bought the WW 'Rosy' some years back.
He has just sold her and she is now on the Italian coast near the island of
Elba.. hoping to hear from Andrea the new owner soon.
Peter in Denmark has just
sent in details of a Kylix Class boat for sale out there, details o the
For Sale pages soon.
I have just removed the GH 'Pink Gin' to the archive
pages from there...
Had an enquiry re the VHF
radio we have for sale, but it turns out the guy has no idea and no licence
for himself or the boat. As the ship licence is free and you are fined
for not having one seems he is a no brainer so doubt I will hear again from
him. Radio still here is anyone wants a new Simrad waterproof main set!
Hoping to get to my boat
this week and get some sailing in, as I am feeling one heck of a lot better!
Saturday 13th August 2016.
Yesterday was a non day as
far as I was concerned, though normally I celebrate the 'Glorious twelfth'
(not so glorious for the grouse!!), as it is also called, with a sail at
least, I did not get afloat and did not even get to see my birthday
firework display, laid on annually by Swift-Tuttle. (Perseid Meteor
shower!). I was out of it..
This year, after effects
of the aesthetic I have been knocked really beam on. I am struggling to
trype and cannot be trusted to do much more at the moment.
Thanks to those who mailed
to wish me a speedy recovery.
Just heard that Bradwell
Marina will be having a BBQ on the Saturday of our meet and we are invited
to join in.... do hope we get a few boats turning up.
Off to lie down in dark
Thursday 11th August
I'm back and my barnacles
Out of hospital and
resting, can only do little bits at the moment, yesterday brain scrambled
from after effects of aesthetic! Still not allowed to drive and my fingers
are having a problem tryping! will be OK in a day or 14 I'm told! Not
finished with the hospital yet, got to go back tomorrow, on my birthday!!!
To have a plastic tube removed.... fun!
I have just changed the
name of new member John Jennings's boat to 'Iris' and will change it on the
GH page too.
Heard from John Stevens
last night, he has amazingly found a suitable prop for his boat on our EBay
page for 1/8th of the cost of new! Well found. RH props do not
often come up. You can see hundreds of old LH ones for sale!
(Time was when all motors were slow revving plodders and all props driven
without a reduction ratio, so all LH!)
Hope he may pop over today
as he is on his boat at Tollesbury. He is to collect his tabernacle that I
have had altered... Plus I have some bits sorted for him. Cleats and
Heard my van, 'Maddy', is fixed, for
those that do not know, this is her....
Click on the picture of 'Maddy' the Moggy above to find out more!
At very nearly 50 years
old she is my everyday wheels and mobile advert and it is just astonishing
that she was to be laid up at exactly the same time I was. (She really
never fails me!) Heard from the garage that they fixed the ignition with the
new unit I had sent direct to them, (electronic points conversion). The last
one lasted 20 years so hope I shall not have to worry about the
replacement!. Doc says I am still not allowed to drive her yet, so
though they will have done the service and MOT on her, (thought they may as
well, whilst she was in), cannot pick her up till tomorrow.
When I am back on my feet
I hope to go and get that shed load of chandlery and add it to the pages!
Feeling a lot better now,
but boss has me grounded for a while, so off to edit that GH page,
Saturday 6th August
Welcome to new member John
Jennings with a very pretty GH26 'Iris of Glenarm'.
(Name corrected, John blames the 'Irish of' on over enthusiastic spell
checker!!) Yes. sailing in Irish waters, based at Strangford Lough. May be
crossing wakes with them next year if all goes to plan!
And part of the plan is
for me at last to get these barnacles of mine zapped! So advance
warning, I am closing down as of today for a few days at least, as I go into
hospital early next week.
If all goes to plan I
could be out afloat in a weeks time as I have been told I will feel 10 years
younger after the op. As I feel about 105 at the moment, looking
forward to that!
Before I close this down I
will be adding a few pics and also will be placing that Houdini Hatch back
on the Bits for Sale page, if anyone
interested, (it did not fit the boat we hoped it would fit! Glasstide.).
Speaking of Glasstide,
John has a few more pics to send me of the work we did last Wednesday. Was
there for 6 hours and got a whole lot done, see his
John is now looking for a
prop, a 13x8 or 14x7 or similar, R/H, a 3 bladed prop to fit 25mm shaft. I
worked out the size with a prop calc computer program I saved off the net
some time ago.
We had links to it on
several pages via 'Dropbox', but Dropbox in their wisdom have closed down
all the links as it was being used to often?? Daft idea. So they
will host it till you use it, then remove the link, do not like Dropbox.
I will ask the webmaster if there is anyway we can host it on the page so it
can be run from there?? Darn useful program!
So if you happen to have a
spare prop just lying about??
I was hoping to go and
retrieve a van full of chandlery yesterday, but the intermittent misfire on
my 50 year old Morris minor last week turned into a total sparks failure
yesterday and despite my best efforts, and after I had given up, those of
the RAC man, we could not fix her, the 20 year old electronic ignition
module had failed. I can fix most things but a box of magical tricks
is beyond me, so Maddy the Moggy is off the road and in the garage till new
bits arrive. She will get a full work over whilst I am also 'off the
road' in Broomfield hospital.
Hopefully when we are both
fit I will go and collect the chandlery and be posting it on the pages.
Heard today that the set
of portholes sold from the pages, has arrived safely in the Netherlands and
look forward to seeing the pics of them fitted!
Heard again from Richard
re this grandfathers Eventide. Sadly grandfather has no recollection
now of the sail number, so we are not much further forward. I will
post some pics of it on the Eventide page of the
Gallery though, in case it jogs someone's memory.
I have at last added pics
of 'Kismet III'
to the pages, your really should look at this one. At 40ft she is luxurious
in the extreme. In Australia and features in MG's book, 'Sixty years a yacht
Still awaiting a couple of
adverts for Golden Hinds, promised some time back. One a project the
other a sail away.
OK all for now, off to add
a few pictures to the Gallery etc.
AKA: Barnacled Old Bill!
Tuesday 2nd August 2016.
As the rain hammers on the
cottage roof, all night and most of today, thoughts of sailing sort of
evaporate! I have sailing friends coming over Thursday and hoped to
take them out for a jolly, but see the forecast is F6. Mmm not clever, well
not for me at the moment anyway...
Summer was on a Wednesday
in June this year.
Just removed the set of
lovely bronze 'Davey and Co' portholes and deadlights from the
'Bits for Sale' page, as the courier has just
picked up the parcel containing them and they are en route to the
Netherlands. Hope to see a pic of the boat with them fitted (and
Added that fancy loo to
I still have to go and see
a member, 40 odd miles away and see what he has for sale that I can put on
the pages here, trouble is, life is so busy and he is a long way off...
Hope to get round to it one day soon...
I will be off air for a
few days as of Monday next week, booked into hospital to have my barnacles
zapped! So there may be a small interlude between updates on this
page... Be good to be able to do things again, though the temporary
fix cured the pain, it has been getting increasingly debilitating..
Off to Tollesbury
tomorrow, with pen, paper, tape measures and measuring callipers in hand to
get an idea of what I will need to be making to repairs the rubbing strakes,
toe rails and to do the mast conversion on Glasstide. Hopefully by the
time I am fit I will know what I need to be sorting out... Already taken the
tabernacle in to be worked on...
This came in the mails
yesterday. Anyone interested in going along? If so, just mail the
organiser. One of our members Tim Fenner, is doing a course there!
OPEN MORNING 26th August
Dear Shipshape Members,
We would like to invite you to the Shipshape Mill
Open morning where we will be offering customers a
10% discount on all orders and purchases made on the
day. Our experts will be on hand should you need any
The following will be on offer to all our guests:
Free Tea, Coffee and Bacon rolls
Raffle: prizes to include a £200 Voucher for the
Shipshape Mill, Taster Day at IBTC Lowestoft,
Lowestoft Water Taxi Tickets.
Tours of IBTC Lowestoft will be run throughout the
The rain appears to be
slacking off now, so time to go and sort some more Seagull bits out, parcel
them up for posting tomorrow on my way out. still collecting items to
take for Glasstide too.
Hope summer comes back and
we can all get out to play soon, not good watching the boat bob up and down
on her berth and not be able to use her.. Who was it said, 'Harbours
rot ships and men'..... Joseph Conrad? A very true
statement whoever said it..
(Bet someone will tell
Sunday 31st July 2016.
Now I was supposed to be
off on my little BSA Bantam today, at a local event, either that or sailing,
but bit breezy today. Sadly I am doing neither as my personal
barnacles have been playing up again, so gentle relaxation at home for me,
and a little non strenuous typing! In just over 10 days I should be shot of
them and life can get back to some semblance of normal...
Again we have had yet
another enquirer say the enrolment form did not work for them. I immediately
tested it and it was fine, so really am at a loss as to why some cannot get
it to work. Maybe they are using mobile phones, I have asked, but as
yet not heard back as to what they were using....
Just heard from Barney
that he has received the set of Wild Duck Drawings. Good they system
So being stuck at home I
have been editing some pages and have more to do. I have
corrected a few errors and added explanation to the new
'Glasstide ' restoration pages.
I have also added a brand
new, boxed posh sea toilet to the Bits for Sale
pages. Sure this will get snapped up. About a third of real price!
I have had an enquiry for
other items on the pages too, so may be removing other items shortly.
Off to lay down in
darkened room, and dream of wide open seas and fair winds....
Thursday 28th July 2016.
A small but select band
met at the 'Duck Inn', Newney Green, Essex, last night, the place was quiet
so we could hear ourselves speaking and it turned out to be a very pleasant
No Wednesday night meet at
the end of the month in August, as we will all be meeting up over the bank
holiday weekend at Bradwell. Do come along if you can, there will be a
cruise in company/race on the Sunday afternoon and prize giving Sunday
evening in the Marina Bar.
Opened the mail the other
day to one from Ian, the chap I was hailed by, off Heybridge basin Sunday
last. He says he just likes the pages and MG type boats. His boat is a
Falmouth Bass Boat, said it looked good! Good to have you aboard Ian!
I started a new page
today, on the Builders and Restorers section,
this link will take you there. It is for the restoration of
'Glasstide', our Database Manager, John Stevens boat, a GRP Eventide 26.
As far as we know only a couple were ever moulded in Glass. As one offs. I
have offered to assist John and next week work will start in earnest. John
has promised to send in pics and words, for me to edit, as he works on
Hopefully the boat will be
re-engined, better equipped and all sorted ready to sail in 2017.
I heard from Eilard one of
our Steering Group and the Netherlands rep, that the Meet in the Netherlands
had to be cancelled last June. Seems the Dutch had the same terrible
spring that we did and very few were ready to sail. Better luck next
I bought a job lot of
Seagull spares last week and in with it oddly was a brand new sea
toilet, still boxed. I will be adding that to the
Bits for Sale page shortly. Will be at a bargain
price if you are in the market for a new one!
Got to sort out a load of
lengths of timber and take them to be machined by Doug, but as my personal
barnacles are playing up at the moment have to wait till the grandson comes
back next week, He is tall enough to reach them in the rafters!! After
the excellent job he did helping me paint the cottage, he is going to turn
his hand to stripping Seagulls to earn more pennies, got 300 to sort!
Depending on time, may get
some sailing in as well as a trip to Tollesbury to check out 'Glasstide'.
got to measure up how much new gunwhale and toe rail we need to make!
The inboard has to be disconnected ready to lift out when the mast is
Seems the weather is back
to the seasonal norm, sunshine and showers, but at least no gales in it, as
Monday 25th July 2016.
Was able to let go the
lines again yesterday and once again take a slow putter up to Maldon,
against a gentle breeze and then just unroll that genoa and sail back.
As we did I was hailed by someone in a nice looking heavy dinghy, also under
sail, who asked after me saying he read this blog. Sorry I do not know
who you are sir too far away for me to recognise anyone, but nice boat! I
was able to tell him that at last I have heard from the hospital and in
early August I go in to hopefully get rid of my barnacles! (Kidney
About time they went as
the temporary fix is now giving complications, just as predicted!
Also crossed wakes with
the Steel WW normally seen at Blackwater Sailing Club mooring, cameras
clicked!, spotted Wedjit on the moorings off the Heybridge basin and the
Vulcan and skipper on the moorings off Maldon prom and very nearly went
aground whilst admiring her.
Sadly noted the old
Eventide 'Malika' has been systematically sawn up and there is not a
lot left now, wondering if one of the live a boards has been using her a s
firewood as cannot see anyone doing it to clear the remains from the seawall
otherwise... well at least she is keeping someone warm in winter if that is
the case! But sadly not the first to suffer that fate round here, Sea witch
was used for firewood in Tollesbury and I have had the dubious job of
removing and finally burning two others from the Blackwater estuary, 'Fran
Charlie' and 'Folly'. the latter two just made substantial bonfire
Had an enquiry re any Junk
rigged G.H.'s for sale. Sadly I have only known of a couple, the
lovely 'Jua', a 34ft? version and one sad one that last I heard was broken
up on a beach in France, a 28. Do not think many were ever rigged
Junk, so suggested that the normal Bermudan cutter rig should be looked at,
with it's incredible records for safe trans Atlantic crossings, the most by
any one design. A record that is very unlikely ever to be beaten. The
enquirer said he wanted to live aboard? Easy enough, if you are
Had an owner ask re head
sails for a Senior, seems the set on the boat flogged to bits.
Wondering if they had been left up?? Set on Wykeham Martin gear as they
appear to be, not wise to leave whilst the boat was left on a mooring...
Sails set on WM gear of course should be lowered and stowed, furled up, as
they normally have no sacrificial strip and not a very strong line to furl
them and keep them furled. I have suggested Lonton and Gray as a sail
maker, but have you a good one to recommend?
Or even better any Senior
head sails for sale, preferably tan...
I have had an enquiry re a
possible August Bank Holiday Meet in the Blackwater.
Yes, I am planning to be
fit enough to host a meet in Bradwell Marina and we will be using the Marina
bar as a venue, meals available of course. Meeting in there Saturday
of the B.H. and a sail in company planned for the Sunday, with prizes of
course! More on the Events page,
please come and join us!
Helping a member with
enquiries re his Wild Duck. It has a rusty flat steel plate on the sides of
the keel, not seen this before, has anyone else? Seems to bridge the
Certainly looks as if it
is there for a purpose, but is very rusty, so maybe should be replaced with
another or at least removed and re galvanised.
After painting the outside
of our wooden cottage last week I rather knocked myself up for a while, so
at the moment under docs orders not to climb ladders and do daft things,
sailings OK though, so taking it easy, till after the op!
Just out to do a few
little jobs.. just little ones dear, honest....
AKA Barnacled Old Bill
Wednesday 20th July
Summer has arrived!
For the past 4 days the
sun has shone and the UK has been bathed in sunshine, temperature here in my
bit of Essex reached 33 degrees Monday. Not far short of it
yesterday and will be similar today. Thunderstorms up north already, we will
have ours in a day or so...
Sadly not sailing. I
am painting our cottage, with the assistance of grandson Brandon. At 16 he is
a useful lad to have about! We were hoping we might get some sailing
in as well, but yesterday the river was shrouded in fog! (No not
heading out to test the new radar!). We carried on painting and by
2000hrs last night had the whole of the front finished! Sea breezes here are
keeping it comfortable, but we are working round the cottage avoiding the
sun! This morning the western end. Later the eastern end. Sooner we are finished the sooner we can
Reminds me of working on
boats in the open, with painting and varnishing, timing was everything!
We have had more
Welcome to Barnaby with
the lovely Wild Duck 'Whisper'. I knew the builder Malcolm, he sailed
her for years from Erith Y.C. on my patch of the London River, and sailed
her so well. Barnaby has her ashore at Warsash and is working on her,
he is after a set of drawings on CD to assist him.
Welcome to James in
Australia with the beautiful 40ft 'Kismet'. He has sent in some
fantastic pictures of her and I will be adding these to the site as soon as
I have time...
Have not heard back from
David who joined last week to find out if he is thinking of buying or
building.. If you read this David drop us a mail.
Pleased to be able to
report that 'GlassTide' is at last ashore for her refit, and she is about to
have all the growth and barnacles removed from her bottom. John
Stevens is off to her to also power pressure wash the mud and green slime from the
topsides and the lichen and lose paint from the deck and cabin top, so she
will be clean for us when we start work on her shortly. Hope she will
look splendid after the refit.
All for now, off out to
carry on cottage renovation. At nearly 400 years old she takes a
little TLC, but repays handsomely, just like our boats do.
Good sailing, if the fog
Thursday 14th July 2016,
27 years ago, to the minute,
I wed a lady who changed my life, thanks Darian!
Later that day, 27 years
ago, 108 friends and family met at a remote Essex barn for a 'Boat Naming
Day' barn dance!! We had rolled the boat outside and my daughter broke the
bottle of champagne on the bobstay fitting, swung from a special rig hung
from the bowsprit! A police blue ensign obscured the name and a guard
of honour of work colleagues, with drawn cutlass's, stood beside us!
A few moments later I
announced that the boat was not the only thing to be named that day and introduced
Darian as my wife! (We married in a 'secret' ceremony in Brentwood at 1115
that morning.) Despite out car being parked outside the barn and
covered in confetti, most had not twigged! There was great jubilation!
To this day, she has not
forgiven me for sharing her wedding day with the boat!
The local Morris men danced for us,
and friends Mike and Sarah and the Metric Foot Band, had everyone on
their toes for some proper English country dancing! Everyone smiled!
'Fiddler's Green' was not
finished nor floated till a year later, August bank holiday Friday, 1990. We
have had great fun with her and we hope to continue to enjoy her, for years
Not all get to sail the
dream, as John Stevens described it, but Ed and the crew of the GH
'Moondancer' have done it! You may recall he was awarded the
'Barry Sturrock Seamanship Trophy' for his
exploits, culminating in a 4,000 mile voyage to the Gambia. Ed has just sent in a film
clip saying thanks and it features the burgee we
sent him! We will be showing the clip on the site soon. (As soon as the
webmaster can upload it!)
Click here to see the film!
Just hit the back button after enjoying the clip, to come back here!
Had a great mail in from
Oz and the owner of the 40ft MG boat 'Kismet'! He was trying to enrol
but had a problem with the form... not sure why webmaster to
Had a new
enrolment earlier in the week, so it does work, sometimes.
Had a trip to my old
stamping grounds at Tollesbury yesterday, to have a look at John Steven's (our database
manager), Eventide 'Glass Tide'. (It is a GRP built Eventide 26!) It
was good to walk the sea wall again, long time since I last did.
I still maintain and occasionally use a half tide mooring in the creek, but
I normally come in by boat! We
spotted a Sparrow Hawk, a Buzzard and a Kestrel all hunting nearby!
I have volunteered to
assist him in giving G.T. the overhaul it needs. She has
not been sailed since we helped deliver her to Tollesbury 5 or 6 years back, due
to john's work commitments and health, but now is the time to ready her for
sailing.. John is ready! He is fitting another
inboard, a GM10 9 hp to replace the ancient, but still working, Volvo 5 hp.
That will appear on the For Sale pages and will
suit a smaller boat.
When the Eventide drawings
first came out the plans had suggestions for motive power, this
included the 4hp Stuart Turner and the 5 hp Watermotor Shrimp! How
times change! Today 8hp is deemed minimum for a 24ft Eventide and 10hp
for a 26. Optimum 12 to 18hp! We all have to be there yesterday,
40 or 50 years ago no one dreamt of fighting a foul tide, we all used them,
to our advantage!
John has a lot to do on
board and around the boat, but as he is now retired hope we can get the boat
fit to be used and enjoyed. It is Soddes Law that the weather has been
so foul and I have not been able to get away on my trip with my barnacles,
so no sailing, so this is the ideal time to work on her. Already
sorting out timbers for new rubbing strakes, modifying a tabernacle to fit
her and planning hatch replacements and renovations. That will keep me
busy, if the weather is right I can still do day sails on F.G.
Just heard from someone
looking at a GH for sale and he is not a sailor, yet! Have suggested
he goes on a dinghy sailing course! (Also recommended one of our
surveyors!) To me one should always have started in dinghies, learning
quickly and normally painlessly, by your mistakes and then when you move up
to a cruiser, the slower reactions of the boat gives you loads of time to
counter it and cope. Seen many who jump aboard a cruiser and
have no idea, as they have not learnt on dinghies. And when they make
mistakes in their cruisers they can be nasty and costly! Seem to
recall with the dinghies, I just got wet!
Fair winds and lee going
tides to those sailing and to the builders or restorers, John Stevens
included, more power to the elbow! (Or is it power to the power tools!)
Monday 11th July 2016.
For 3 days now the
forecast has had F6 in it, F7 yesterday! No boats moving on the river
and even Mr Selby of PBO, on his way to Southampton had to pull into
Bradwell and admit it was better to be in than out there! Was down the
boat a couple of times but no one was daft enough to want to go out, Summer,
when will we get one.?
Hope next week is better,
have to rub down and paint my little wooden cottage!.
Sent out another Senior CD
last week. We have the deep long keel drawings from Bruce to add,
still looking for that illusive fin keel drawing, or the measurements of one
of the examples we know works.. I will add the drawing to the Senior
page so anyone can see it shortly. In line with our policy of sharing all we
Welcome out to David
Elliott of West Sussex who joins us as a friend. Not quite sure what
his interest is as yet but will be mailing him with the 'official' welcome
letter shortly. Could he be another model maker?
Spent a satisfying 20
minutes just now with a sharp pair of scissors and a sheet of Treadmaster.
I have just cut a sheet of the green to fit the top of the replacement hatch
I found to fit in the front end of my cockpit floor. It is robust and
watertight without any handles to trip over, with the Treadmaster glued on
top will be non slip too! But when am I going to get to go sailing,
not this week by the forecast.... Thunder storms and heavy rain, with
winds to match.
I have just had a mail re
an Eventide 26's mast coming up for sale, sadly Karali is no more.
Hope to add the details of the Alloy spar and some sails shortly.
Incidentally seen the used Eventide mainsail on EBay has not had a bid,
starting price way to high at £195! Half of that and he may get a bid..
Sadly Keith Pryke's Senior
project boat has not attracted as much attention this time round, was not up
to £200 last I looked, shame. Search EBay for 'Senior project'.
Just reduced the price on
a G.H.on our pages by £2,000, the seller has had no bites at all.
The very high priced G.H.'s on the
For Sale pages may well be
still there, at the prices they are asking at the moment, in the next
millennium. It is just not a sellers market.
Still waiting for summer
Friday 8th July 2016.
Welcome to two new members
in the past few days, to John Frake, as a 'Friend', who has sent pennies in
for a CD of the Eventide drawings, just to peruse, CD will be out the door
today John. And to Bruce in Australia, a 'Full Member' with a Senior,
and a special thankyou as he has also sent a proper drawing of a full length
deep keel he had designed by a naval architect 40 years ago and has been
testing ever since! we will be adding the drawing to the CD of Senior
drawings. We are still looking for a fin keel drawing, we know several
were fitted with successful fin keels, a lot in Oz, but as yet we have only
pictures, no drawings. you got one?
We have had a few
additions and alterations to the
For Sale pages again.
Pleased to see the GH
Serenity has acquired a RCD compliance survey, at some great cost, and is
now legally for sale, price £69,999. For as near perfect a new GH as
you will ever see!
Also had a restored GH
added for a much more affordable price. Sure this one will sell, she looks
terrific. see the For
Heard that a mast
advertised on the Bits for Sale page has had
interest and there is the promise of more parts to be added to the page.
Had a lot of info in from
Dick of East Coast Pilot, thought you may find it of interest if sailing the
I hope that at least some of you have 'got some sailing in' so
far this year. The weather hasn't exactly been encouraging, has
it? I have just been cruising the East Coast for over two weeks,
and the weather was most certainly 'mixed', although as I write it
seems more settled, probably because I'm now back at home!
In the course of our cruise we discovered some further changes
and updates which are now documented
on our website
together with a number of News items, and we hope you will find
these useful during any cruising you do over the coming weeks.
The Medway's port authority has re-published details of the
exclusion zone around the area of the docks where gas tankers
unload their cargoes. What they have now published is much clearer
than before, and they have made it plain that violations of the
zone will be taken very seriously.
At the gentler end of the spectrum, withies are missing on the
approach gutway to Heybridge Basin, and the smashing little shop
at 'Chelmo' has sadly closed. Whatever next? Major works continue
at the Tide Mill, Woodbridge, and the Waterside Marina at
Brightlingsea has been dredged. We were glad to shelter in there
recently for a couple of very wet and windy days.
More buoyage has been laid at the top of the Roach, and in some
of the creeks linking to the Havengore, while it still seems that
the boatyard moorings at Paglesham are off-limits to visitors.
Details on all these, and more, can be found on the News page
of our website, available directly from
the home page.
The latest updates since early May, available as usual via the
'Updates Summary' Page of our website, include moorings
improvements at West Mersea, revised timings for lifts at
Kingsferry Bridge, and a number of small detail changes at
Woodbridge, Shotley, Pin Mill and
Heybridge as well as others linked to the News items above.
I hope you find the Updates service useful, and use it to keep
your book current. If you notice any detail changes yourself,
either when away from your home berth or even in your own harbour
or marina, do let us know as it helps us to keep 'East Coast
Pilot' the most up-to-date pilot book available.
been good to get out on the lovely East Coast these last few
weeks, even if the weather was a bit ho-hum. We've changed our
boat this year - 'Cornsilk' has been replaced by 'Cantata' - so
this first cruise was something of a shakedown, albeit in familiar
places. As ever it was good to meet ECP readers who dropped by for
a natter - one of the joys of this 'job' is meeting like-minded
people up and down our coastline.
Don't forget the latest versions of the chartlets for the Deben
and Ore Entrances are available free from
Downloads Page. Hundreds of these have been downloaded during
the last month, our site being the only place where these
'official' versions are available.
Can I remind you that the
ECP website gets constantly updated with new information as
soon as we hear and verify it, so it's worth keeping any eye on
it. And if you use Twitter, 'follow' us to pick up our occasional
bits on there to help keep yourself up to date.
We hope you have a wonderful summer, and look forward to seeing
us on Twitter....at @eastcoastpilot
Header photo taken by Dick Holness - big skies over Pyefleet
Creek, off the Colne, a few days ago.
Was down the boat the
other day, searching for items mislaid, found most, but still one bit of
dodger outstanding. Commented to another boat owner that is was one of the
first days it was not blowing hard. Seems most have been waiting for
the weather to calm down. However today and for the next few days it
has F5 and F6 in it again. Will boats evolve with smaller sail areas and
I will be adding a few
pics and comments to my
'preparation log' again shortly, pics of the plotter screen with the
radar working! I was impressed.
And finally I went down
the field, beside our cottage, to visit the owlets again last night with the
licensed owl officer and to my surprise found I was not grandparent to
a pair, but to triplets! We had to make some drainage holes in the
nest box so the chicks would not get wet and here is a pic of them in
a safe place whilst the work was done. Pleased to say the parents were
back shortly after we left, to feed their voracious appetites. I can
tell you they have strong and sharp talons even at this stage, drew blood!
I should have had the gloves on, but doubt they would have helped much!
Strong hand cleaner afterwards! They will be on the wing in about 3 or 4
weeks so will be watching, with the camera.
I am off to have a day
'Owl handling' in Kent next week to further my interest..
Hope you are afloat. if so
'Fair winds and Lee going tides'
Sunday 3rd July 2016.
At last I have managed to
get off my berth! The weather was perfect, for a change, F2 to 3 SW
and no rain! Tide was not quite as helpful, but we had a very pleasant
6 hours afloat. We did not go far, but tested the motor and the new
roller reefing drum bearings! Rigged the mainsails reefing lines and
tried the new radar and fish finder out! Had no idea there were so
many fish under us! (If they tell the truth!)
The new 3G radar is
brilliant, picks up all the nearby vessels, even fast jet skis and on close
range even passing seagulls! Will be a real asset.
Passed a new burgee onto
new member Simon and after a pleasant dinner in the marina got back in
time to do a major edit on these pages. I have added a
Golden Hind, Removed a boat sold and added another
to the for Sale page.
Moved one to the Archive page...
And I still have a few
more pics to add, but not tonight!
Good sailing to all, fair
winds and lee going tides.
Thursday 30th June 2016.
Where is the year going,
still not managed to get out!
Last night dodged the
fallen trees in the day before's gales and wended our way to Navestock. Met
with fellow Eventiders for a good evening.
Excellent meal and
very reasonable cost, £10.50 for 2 courses! you cannot really beat that as
the quality was excellent, doubtless we will be back there.
Had Katie after a set of
drawings for the Senior, so have directed her to the enrolment page.. We had
someone say it was not working, but I have just done a test and it is
working 100%. wonder if they missed the ticky box to tell us they were
not a robot?? Sorry but we have to do this after the russian spammers
Also had Zak contact us
with an Eventide to sell in Bristol, asked him for more details and will add
it to the pages, sounds like another project boat sadly. We are
getting a lot of these.
I desperately hope to get
afloat this weekend, and in the meantime get the mainsail up on my berth so
I can rig the reefing lines and lazy jacks. thought I was going to be
able to do so today as the wind dropped and went easterly, (the boat faced
NE in the berth) but within half an hour it was back and SW again!
I have been saying that I
have thought the changes in the world's climate have increased our winds by
at least one Beaufort. Yesterday world scientists confirmed this,
winds all over the planet have become stronger in the last 25 years.
Some have in the past laughed at my assertions, great to have someone back
it up. Maybe in the future our boats will have shorter masts and less
sail area to compensate!
After all the fun and
games I had with my roller reefing gear I am now sorting out a second set.
bought it in case I needed to scrap mine but instead I will be
advertising it on the pages soon. I have to buy some bits for it to
make it 100%, joining sections etc. but when done will easily suit an
Eventide 24, but with spar long enough for a 26 or a WW.!
All for now,
Post Script. 2100hrs.
We are grandparents again, we have two new charges!
Two bundles of white fluff, baby Barn owls in our nest
Monday 27th June 2016.
A group of friends are
meeting Wednesday at the Alma Arms Navestock, Essex, for a meal. We
cannot book at this place so have to take pot luck. First time we have
tried it but another member recommended it. We will see. Do turn
up, we will be there at 1930 for a meal. Bet someone mentions
Welcome to Simon Coone
with the Atlantic clipper 'October girl'. (Sounds like a pin up!)
Simon is berthed in Bradwell on the beautiful Blackwater. Hope to
cross wakes with her this year.
A member has contacted us
over concerns re red diesel and our European neighbours. As you may be
aware they chose to target a few British boats over traces of red in
their tanks recently and one was fined £500.00.
The advice from the UK is
to use white if you can, but if you have red in your tanks have the receipts
for it aboard. However I am informed that does not always cut the
mustard... Friends were told to fit a separate tank and have one for
white, but there was still a grey area around that so better to either drain
and refill with white only, or do as I have done, cruise elsewhere! I
know when I am not wanted. Obstacles appear in front of you!
Had a donation in for
another boat sold off the site thankyou John.
We do this for fun and
every penny to keep the site going helps as the Steering Group can then
decide if there is enough for another of our charitable donations. Youth
sailing, sailing for the disabled, etc.
Pleased to hear from Bruce
in Australia again re his long fin keel Senior. He is trying to get a
better copy of the drawing for it so we can add it to the info we send out.
I for one really like the
Martin Lewis 'Extended Bilge Keel' version, that sails well and can dry out
upright. But if you have deep water moorings and do not need the ability to
dry then the fin keel or in this case shallow long fin keel is a good
option. As it also has been tried and tested by Bruce for 40 years, we
know it works!
Another Senior sold over
the weekend, Keith Pryke's boat, sold for very little money really, but is
short of a mast, so if you have the remains of a Senior in the back yard and
are thinking of breaking it, let us have a list of bits and the buyer of
Keith's may well be in touch to look for bits.
There was also one on the
Bay for sale at £1250 but that was the 'buy it now' price and it never sold.
Maybe it will come back at a more realistic price.
I tested the Enrolment
form out OK on Saturday and of course we had Simon enrol Sunday, but still
nothing from Brandon in the States, you out there Brandon? Still waiting to
hear re those Wild Duck drawings.
Lastly hope no one mails
in to object, but I am off with the local wildlife officer, to check
out the Barn owl boxes we put up near the cottage and will report back on
what we find, eggs, chicks or for rent signs. Nothing to do with
Eventides, but what the heck! Many like to hear......
Friday 24th June 2016.
Great Britain chooses
to go it alone!!!
After a rather tense night
the UK has voted to leave the EU! I must say I am relieved. Up
until 0400 I thought it was all lost and could see there being riots in the
streets here. Seems the only places that voted to remain were ones
that have had large benefits from the EU in the past, instead of from
central government. And London, but then London is like going to
another country these days!! The flags are out here in Essex.
To top it all the sun is
blazing too, so off to the boat later to load the last bits of kit and do a
couple of jobs..
Everyone round here has
broad grins today!
I have been criticized by
an associate member of this group for voicing my views about today's
results. He did not think the EOG site was the right place for this.!
I have replied to him, but as he clearly had no idea why we were so
anti Euro, I wondered how many others have not read about our clashes with
the EU on our pages,
maybe few, (it is a big site...). So let me explain why Euro politics
is so important to us!
I feel the EU has to be
discussed, and scrutinised. They targeted us, as home boat builders 25
or 30 years ago. Were it not for the fact that I was on the
Cruising Committee of the RYA at the time and asked to comment, we would all
be totally banned from building boats in our backyards! (At the time I was
doing just that!! ) The European Recreational Craft Directive came
into force over 20 years ago and all boat builders had to comply. No
exceptions! Or they were prosecuted!!! Many could not comply, it
was, and still is, prohibitively expensive to have all the surveys, tests and compliance
testing. Average cost per boat £5,000!!! Then! Many
boat builders packed it in right there. Some went on, but only to
build huge, costly boats so the £5k could be lost in the price.
Look at the boats offered
by builders today, so very few small boats...
I alone fought hard
against these nameless beurocrats and in the end I won home boat builders a
reprieve. We could build our boats without complying with any of
these regulations, but could only sell, if we kept our boats for our own use for 5
years first, from the date of launch.
Any attempt to sell before
that 5 years was up, (and you had to have documented evidence of the
launch date), would invoke the risk of a very heavy fine from our 'friends'
So yes, I believe we have
not only the right to mention the EU but for our members it has been
imperative that we continue to monitor these faceless politicians.
I note I was not
criticised for the comments about the Paris bombings and shooting at
Charlie Ebdo just the EU election.
I have had many owners
express concerns over the EU and rightly so, by the history I have just
Today to my knowledge
there are two brand new MG boats that cannot be sold, even though the owners
have to sell for health reasons, as they were home completed, in line
with the opt out. They have not yet been launched yet, so to
sell, have to comply, with all the expense that entails.
I can tell another sad
story involving boating and the EU. They caused the closure of a firm very
close to my heart. British Seagull. Some nameless, faceless man at the EU
targeted them and the rest is history.
So Sir we do have the
right to comment on these matters and yes I am damned pleased the vote went
the way it did!
Fly it with pride!
P.P.S. apologies he is a full
member as he bought a boat after getting the drawings to build one from us.
Subject now closed, but thanks to all those who rang or mailed supporting my
Thursday 23rd June 2016.
Today in the UK is our
first chance in 40 years or so to right a wrong, that is for all of us who
voted in 1975 to join a 'European Free Trade Agreement' and were conned!
We will see tomorrow if we
are doomed to be locked into the sinking EU ship or free to sail our own
On the EOG front had a
nice donation in to day from John Showell for helping him sell his Senior.
On the weather front I
have never seen such weather as we have had in the last 24 hours. It
started last night with the most ominous coloured sky I have ever seen, a
pre-curser to the most spectacular thunderstorms and rain in years.
Started at 2330 and was still flashing and banging at 0500. locally
roads were flooded and Essex came to a standstill. Out cottage had a
Today walked to the
village to vote and been caught in yet anther thunderstorm on the way back,
the water is back up round us and needless to say we were soaked from the
jackets down, at least the rain is warm!
I am hoping this will ease
off by Saturday as I really do need to get out of my berth for the day!
Tonight I will be adding
another GH to the For Sale
pages, the boat I moored along side on the Caledonian Canal three years
back, 'Hale Kai'. She is a GRP version too.
Had an enquiry in from
Brandon in the States re the drawings of the Wild Duck, yet to get the
enrolment. And have not yet heard from Simon with the Atlantic Clipper
either, will have to check to see if the form is behaving...
My Van is full of boxes of
food and drinks to load aboard tomorrow, plus my Seagull. Hope to
finish off fitting the 'Rate Compass' that is part of the Radar set up...
Bracket all made and epoxied!
Would you believe it the
sun has came out after all that rain!
Tomorrow is another day,
but will it be a good one, only the voters will be able to make my sun
Monday 20th June 2016.
The summer solstice
Watch out for the Strawberry Moon tonight, no not the
colour but a native American saying. first day of the strawberry harvest.
And I never knew they came from America, all those years ago.
Seems an odd time for the
solstice to occur, but it is the exact time when we are in the exact place
in our orbit, and the sun appears to stop at the furthest northern part of
the horizon at dawn.. Suspect the Celebrations at Stonehenge and else where
occurred this morning, but they could also be taking place tomorrow as sun
up! This wonderful pic by Mr Alexander was taken in 2008, was not the year we went to
see it rise at Stonehenge, when it tipped it down!
So it is officially
summer, do hope it gets better, rained incessantly for half of today!
Heard from the new owner
of the GH 'Pink Gin', seems there is a lot of work to be done and he does not
have the time, so she may well be coming back on the market.
Heard from Simon with the
Atlantic Clipper, hope to get his enrolment shortly.
Henk with the Eventide
'Havoc' sent an update, lots of soft bits and damage, but he and his
girlfriend are beavering away at the hull and hope to have all the soft bits
out of her very shortly. She is in Swansea.
Brian has told us the Sabb
G10 is in Southampton, will be adding that info to his advert.
Bede has mailed to say he
has figured out why his halyard got wrapped, the reefing gear is similar to
the Colnebrook gear and should have a thin halyard and sheave attached to
the spar, it was missing and he used the halyard on the mast and of course
there was no swivel, jammed, mast coming down to attach pulley block
John Stevens the Database
Manager has at last managed to sort his water pump problem, the wrong
impellor and some missing screws.. also a mud blockage. Motor running sweetly
again.. He is planning to be hauled out next week and I am hoping the
new, nearly double the hp, modern motor will be fitted and the external woodwork repaired, new
Houdini hatch fitted and interior sorted in time for him to attend the August Bank
holiday meet! He also has a tabernacle that I hope has been modified and is
ready for the galvanisers, so we can fit it and make his mast easily lower
able... I have volunteered to give a hand. Well I'm not sailing off
Went to my boat this
evening, to try and sort a problem of mounting the new compass, a flux gate
affair. After trying every page on my plotters menu I came to the
conclusion I could not turn it 180 and simply compensate, I have to make up
a bracket tomorrow so it faces the right way!
Bet I have that fitted by
the weekend, as it looks as if it will be nice by then.
See you on the river.
Sunday 19th June 2016.
I went to Bradwell today
to work on the boat, but found the car park full! Whilst driving round
looking for a place to park, I chanced to see a Barbican 33 with a new
'for Sale' sign on it. I went to investigate and of course it was 'Red
Dawn', owned by Mr Leaper, he of the old eoa. So the last of the old
eoa officers is selling up, now there is a surprise.
I had a bit of a spring in
my step as I leapt aboard 'Fiddler's Green'! I managed to turn my
staysail halyard end for end, (rigged a thin messenger line) and bent
on staysail and cover. And despite the stiff wind from astern I also managed
to bend on the main and it's cover, will save the fitting of my lazy jacks
and reefing lines till a calm day!
Filled the water tank,
sorted out a loo leak, (turned out it was not leaking just water splash back on
the lid, dribbling down the back when lid lifted), all cleaned and polished up like new!
Also got my fancy fluxgate
compass sorted, location fixed for it and the cable threaded through and
connected. Instantly the Lowrance plotter and AIS also became a radar,
really whizzy! Could see every boat near me and the seawalls of the marina
as well, clever, even better is it is overlaid on the plotter view and
changes as you zoom in and out. Real techy!!
Bumped into Bill, the
owner of the GH 26 'Proteus' in the marina. he is beginning to enjoy the
fruits o his labours, after giving her the TLC she needs... He is a member but for
some reason though he would joint the old eoa as well, cannot think why and
suspect he is regretting it now as they have ignored him, and he had to pay
money!! So many have had similar experiences....
Spoke to Simon, the owner
of an Atlantic Clipper, moored in Bradwell and mailed him this evening
as he wants to join us.
Returned to base a lot
happier this evening, for many reasons, not least the excellent dinner with
many friends in the marina bar.
Started tackling the edits
on the site, I have added a Sabb G10 motor to the
Bits for sale page, duff but good for spares. Know anyone with one of
I have removed a Senior,
'Shelduck' from the For Sale
Page, sold from there, as has the Senior 'Nolly'. New owner of the
latter has joined us, Lallyalice. (Wonderful name!) Donations on the
way! I have also amended 2 adverts for owners....
John Hopthrow has sent in
a couple of interesting adverts on EBay, one was for a Senior owned by
member Barry Pryke, he mentions us in his advert but I have not been able to
contact him on the address he gave, to offer to advertise the Senior here
too. The other was for a dozen or so old eoa magazines, many of which
I was editor for or the major contributor, never seen anyone advertise these
before.. wonder if they are actually worth anything? 99p?
Answered a few mails re
meets, sails and the forum too, why are not more using it, sure some think
it bites back....
Whilst the rain is now
gently beating on my windows and the weather for the next few days looks
damp, at least it is beginning to warm up. So warm and damp! How many
days till mid summers day?
I thought I was going to
be a little sad onboard today, as today was the day I was hoping to set off
on the second leg of my 'Fiddling Around' trip, but as it has turned out, it
has been a good day, hope yours was.
Saturday 18th June 2016.
Tomorrow I was supposed to
be setting off on the last leg of my round UK trip, not even got the sails
bent on yet! Weather this week terrible, thunder and wet! Lots of it.
Still I have not had my barnacles sorted out yet, still awaiting a date with
hospital, and I have been up to my ears answering mail both from EOG mails
and my SOS. As well I had not been tempted down to the boat to finish
off the loading up...
In the EOG mail I have an
advert pending for a SABB inboard, for spares, and two new enrolments.
also one registration for the Forum, hope more will eventually get to use
this great resource.
So Welcome to Lallyalice
with the Senior 'Nolly' in Doncaster, hope to see pics of 'Nolly' under sail
Also From Dr. James
Botham, of Hampshire who has taken on the GH 'Pink Gin'. Again hope to
add pics to the Gallery soon.
Ted Hollaway has been in
touch, he briefly owned the Eventide 'Camelot', before selling her on as
there was too much work for him to undertake. Instead he has bought that
Medusa 25 that was for sale for a while on EBay, he made a private sale and
I think got a bargain. She is to be called 'Morningtide' in a nod to
the Eventide! Add to that he came across a complete new set
of sails for an Eventide a while back, before he had even purchased Camelot
and these will suit the Medusa. She has been moved down from Henley to
Gravesend basin, his home port. Hope to see pics shortly.
Nick Ardley, the Finesse
sailor who I come across every now and again snugged up in one of the creeks
I use, has written a book. Here is the press release.
Tales of the Thames Estuary.
Talking of the Estuary,
had this in from my contact Roger Gasper....
I had the opportunity to conduct a re-survey of the SW
Sunk early Tuesday morning. Bit nippy given the
north-easterly but reasonable wind speeds to ensure flat
enough conditions.A brisk spring ebb got me down there
very promptly so I was able to start before local LW.
With great visibility the whole of the SW knoll was
exposed but nothing side of the Middle knoll was exposed
although obviously shallow.
The result is that the swatchway is viable; comfortably
viable. Indeed last year’s waypoints and rhumb line was
viable. However, the rhumb line was uncomfortably close
and needs revision.
Any previous version of the chartlet should not be used.I
have also revised the waypoints and the rhumb line. The
west waypoint is further north (away from the SW knoll),
the east waypoint is pretty close to its former position
but I have also included a new ‘middle’ waypoint. To go
straight west to east waypoint brings the rhumb line close
enough to require caution close to the SW knoll so the
middle waypoint gives a very comfortable ‘dogleg’.
I have added some notes on the chartlet:
SW knoll is very steep-to (as before). With a
north-easterly that morning as a lee shore, the edge was
lively enough. But there were no difficulties. I was
content that the new rhumb line provides no particular
hazard but take care not wander south of the rhumb
line. Coming either way having started at any of the
waypoints, it is possible (with visibility) to mark
either the Gunfleet Wind Farm or the London Array ahead
but no visible back bearing. For those of you with
chart plotters keep the X-track zero.
Opposite the SW knoll, the bottom shallows even and
regularly so there is quite a lot of room to keep
further to the north-east if you want. The Middle knoll
does clearly intrudes eventually!
From the central new waypoint to the east waypoint, the
bottom is very flat. As before it shallows 3 metres
approximately from the deep west start of the swatch.
The edge of the Sunk Sand at this point by the edge of
the Black Deep is pretty steep-to as well. When I first
approached while there was a little of the ebb, there
was a very distinct tide ‘popple’ (I wouldn’t call it a
rip) about 400m wide and 30 to 40m ahead. I took a
little bit more precaution thinking there might be a bar
but there was no shallowing. Once I had come off the
Sand, the depth dropped very quickly; very quickly
indeed. There was no tide problem affecting the yachts
direction. I do think there are slight signs of the
eastern edge of the swatch having a modest flat bar.
To the north of the eastern side of the swatch had
obvious sand waves or ripples. The visible depth
sounder polls an average every 4 seconds so it looks on
the instrument head flat and even. On the full record
of the data the evidence of the sand waves was obvious:
depth could change in three seconds and the sense of
waves is obvious. Note the soundings on the chartlet
are the ‘worst case’. Deliberately so as peaks can
reduce depth by over half a meter quicker than you can
respond. Again don’t worry there is plenty of space and
depth. Remember how shallow the 2012 swatch was – best
2.5m if I recall.
Any questions or problems, please let me know. I hope
this all helps.
I am not sure if I will be
sailing across the estuary this season, not wishing to be too far from
civilisation with my barnacles, but sure some of you may be.
We have had a query about
bowsprits, do Eventides really need one? Mine does and I am very happy
to have one, but if you have no bowsprit and no excessive weather helm, what
is different about your boat. I have even seen one Eventide where the
mast was moved forward 6 inches! most common remedies are filling in
the skeg to rudder gap with rudder on the stern, mast bolt upright, (though
hopefully still pre-bent!) and mainsail cut back a foot in the foot. What
ever works. See the Owners tips page re
We have also had payment
and have sent a CD of the tidewater/Bluewater drawings out to Wouter in the
Netherlands. He tells me his name is Walter in English, MG's middle name!
I saw and bought an old
advert from our EBay page recently, its a review from the pages of Yachting monthly
of 1949. It was for
the design 'Tamaris'. I will be scanning and publishing it on the pages
Reminds me I bought a 60
year old catalogue of MG's drawings last month and I have yet to scan a
couple of pages from that and publish them, historical gems!
All for now, off to do
some gardening in the damp and drizzle, hoping tomorrow will be dry to allow
me to bend on the sails! Sadly weather for next week more of what we
had this, not good and it's mid summers day during the week! all
downhill from then....
Monday 13th June 2016.
Sorry if you have been
trying to contact us but the website co-ordinator was away on a survey
mission in the Isles of Scilly preparing for the trip there next year!
Yes off on holiday to our favourite islands in the UK again! And what
a week we chose! After weeks of cold NE winds the sun blazed on us and
we had none of the oppressive heat and winds and thunderstorms the rest of
the UK seemed to have, I actually got sunburnt, which never happens!
Heard from an owner in
Scotland who says they too had the good weather whilst most of the UK had
the buckets and mops out. As it has not stopped pouring since we got
back last night and the forecast for the week looks the same, suspect not
many will be sailing as yet!
Met Mike Booth with his
Tidewater, 'Fidelio' in the Scillies, after a chat I left him a card so he could look
up the site when he returns from his summer cruising, and took some pics for
the Gallery, will add them later when I sort out the camera... lost the
lead. He was
anchored where I had mentally selected to stop, a good test, seemed to settle OK
at LW! Hard clean sand... (Green Bay, Bryher if you are wondering!)
I hope to catch up with
mails in the next few days, whilst it pours outside... If you are out
there hope the bailer and bilge pumps work OK. Though I have just re-proofed
my oilies. I'm not looking forward to testing them at the moment.
All for now,
Wednesday 1st June 2016.
Only twenty one days till
mid summer and we lit the fire last night, cold and damp, but at least the
gales have abated. Wind still firmly in the north though and it feels
I have been busy on the
pages today, added a few new pics of Eventides to
the Gallery, one steel one we had not seen before. also a new pic of
the GH right Eh Oh, courtesy of Lucy, to the GH
Gallery, and another Senior to the Senior page.
I have added a GH for sale
to the for sale pages too.
Added another boat to the
builders and restorers section as well, Lady
I am hoping that you are
like me, ready to get out there, as soon as summer finally arrives!
Funny old year...
Not sure how many would be
interested in this, but it was sent to us for the members, so here it is:-
SIGN UP TO
THE GREATEST YACHT RACE IN THE WORLD!
The J.P. Morgan Asset
Management Round the Island Race
2nd July 2016
Standard entry fees
apply until midnight on 18th June
The annual J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island
Race, organised by the
Island Sailing Club in Cowes,
is a one-day yacht race around the Isle of Wight. The Race regularly
attracts around 1,600 boats and 16,000 sailors, making it one of the
largest yacht races in the world and one of the largest participation
sporting events in the UK.
The Race provides a unique opportunity to join world-renowned
sailors racing against families and first timers. For those not
competing, the Island and the South coast have many great vantage
points to watch the Race unfold, such as the
Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth, Hurst Castle, and The Needles.
Sounds as if it could be a
nightmare, all those boats vying for position.. but if it floats yours....
On the other hand this may
be more appropriate!
We have several weeks of bookings from private charterers and Norfolk
schools. Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award students are beginning to book for
trips including the small ships race from Dartmouth to Gosport in late
August. However, we do have availability in August and early September so
if anyone is interested in a trip either as individuals or putting together
a party then do please get in touch! E-m:
Hope to see some of you
out on the Blackwater during the summer. I will not be going too far a
field till I get my personal barnacles removed, shortly I hope!
Monday 30th May 2016.
Typical Bank holiday
Monday! F6 and 7 with heavy rain in the forecast. Yesterday only
saw a couple of boats out on the river, F4 and 5, today nothing but white
tops on the river. Cold Northerly wind too. Roll on summer.
Will be adding the advert
for Libertine later today.... See
For Sale pages
All for now.
Saturday 28th May 2016.
She floats! F.G. was
launched back into her natural element at 1400 hrs yesterday. Took
forever to sort all the wires and halyards, why is it taking longer every
year?? Left her at 1700 with all rigging set up and rigging screws taped,
and genoa on roller reefing with the new drum! Saw a look of joy on
one of my crew's faces as he reefed her in the first time!
How are you getting on,
We had an enquiry
yesterday about an E24 for sale, but the enquirer said he was still looking
for a better one! There are a few out there but as always, 'buyer
beware'! if you are not confident in your abilities, get a survey,
worth £300 if you then save getting involved with one with serious problems
and if you still want to press ahead, despite a bad survey the price will
become much more negotiable!
Clive with the GH
Libertine is going to advertise with us shortly, age and infirmity catching
a lot out now... And we all look for some one to really care about our
Just loaned my half tide
mooring at Tollesbury out, just for a day or two, but if anyone visiting the
Blackwater area needs a mooring, I have one that will take a 30ft boat, able
to dry on soft mud.
Off to load the first van
load of gear aboard shortly, loads to do before we can take her out and the
weather for the next couple of days going downhill fast! Typical bank
See you on the river!
Wednesday 25th May 2016.
Sadly had to cancel
another monthly get together, I am just not up to it.. But hey nothing
stopping you from organising one! If you have a venue, time and date
and would like us to promote it, just let us know. If anyone else turns up
it is a bonus!
We were hoping to get up
to Walton on Naze for a meal there with new members and stalwarts that have
been with us since we formed, but not to be.. another time.
Had a mail in from Lucy
Hawkins saying she thought a WW was in this months edition of Y.M..
Yes it is a WW, wonder who's it is, we can only see her head on and no name
visible, is it you?
Had yet another new
Eventide surface this week, a Steel Eventide in Eire. Awaiting an
enrolment! Seems there are still unheard of boats out there coming forward!
Had another new member
join, Welcome to Robert Grieve with the Eventide 24 Tarka, she is moored at
Wells next the Sea, a nice little harbour that I visited on our way round
the UK a couple of years back, amazing maze of sand banks in the entrance
though! Official welcome on the way Robert.
Heard from William with
the Eventide 24 'Vieve', he is adding ballast in the form of a steel box
filled with iron scrap, above the 560lb keel, it will transform her!
Been there, done it twice!
Heard one of our
prospective Eventide Owners has launched his Snapdragon, hope you are also
sailing. Bede was the owner of 'Lady Gertrude' and sold after teething
problems. Regrets it now I suspect and is looking at other Eventides.
'Lady Gertrude' on the other hand is undergoing repairs in a nice dry barn.
An ideal place to store an
Eventide.. I have been very fortunate to be able to store my Eventide
under cover and under lock and key for all the winters of her 26 years, and
With any luck I will be
afloat Friday, and sailing by Monday. As ever once she is afloat I
will be struggling down to her with three Morris Minor van fulls of kit.
I am always amazed where it all goes as you are hard pressed to see much of
it when you step aboard!
Hope you are sailing, I
have heard summer is coming, in about a weeks time!
Thursday 19th May 2016.
It is almost a month since
I planned to be in the water, and of course events conspired against me..
however we have only had six days since then that I would have even thought
of going afloat. Summer is slow to get here this year..
Yesterday was dismal and
the temperature has only just got up to 18C as the evening comes on,
just time to nip to the boat and get another coat of Sikkens on the new bits
of wood glued to my transom, the new fishfinder brackets.... very whizzy!
Ballast weights.. I had
thought with all the drawings updated by me over the years the queries on
ballast would diminish, but no, had another one the other day, who I was
able to point in the right direction. pleased to say another Eventide being
cared for and brought up to date.
Have you spotted the
Eventide on page 13 of the July edition of PBO? Yes its our 'Fiddler's
Green'. The editor printed most of my letter of response regarding the chap
who wanted to build one but was 'dissuaded' by friends who said he would
never 'make any money' out of it????
Really, is that why people
think we build our own boats, or even buy used ones and do them up??
What an odd way of carrying on.
No we build boats so we
can sail them, and when doing so can feel the creature we have slaved over
coming alive in our hands! The joy it still gives me every time that tiller
comes alive, even after 26 seasons! It is incomparable. I also know
every nut and bolt, every shaped timber and secret bronze fastener. I
have the confidence of someone who 'knows' their boat. So many seem to
go sailing in trepidation of the next failure!
generations are less likely to have that comfortable feeling of 'knowing'
their craft, as so few are able to do what we did, 30 years or so ago, spend
a lot of time and effort, and a little money, (OK a lot of money!!) building
our own. But amazingly we are still being asked for copies of the drawings
on CD, loads of them, over 25 a year year after year.. so maybe more will
come to know that joy....
With any luck I will
holding onto that trembling tiller again over the bank holiday weekend, See
you on the river!
Saturday 14th May 2016.
Well we had the 3 days of
sunshine, with fog, since then it has been fog drizzle rain and cold F7 NE
winds here in Essex. Not many sailing days, so still not missing out
I am working gently to be
afloat in a week or so, still a few jobs to sort, how about you, afloat
Welcome to new enrolment
from Alabama, US of A. David has filled in the enrolment but
added nothing about boats so will be enquiring later...
Apart from a couple of
Seniors turning up on EBay there has not been much mail in the last few
days, for a change, maybe everyone is busy with the antifouling brushes.!
I have done that bit, now
wiring and fitting gizmos and washing ad polishing the hull, bit cold for
wet work today, barely 11 degrees out there... and I wanted to mix some
epoxy too... too cold!
Roll on Summer.
Wednesday 11th May 2016.
Welcome to new member,
Wouter from the Netherlands. He is interested in the Tidewater design
and we are now awaiting a payment so we can send him the CD of the drawings.
Sadly he has no intention to build, but thinks it is one of MG's finest and
wants to frame the drawings for his wall! OK by us!
We had another enrolment
yesterday as well, but I realised Christian had already joined some weeks
back, he was just adding to the info he sent earlier. He too is after
a CD of drawings, this time for the Eventide. He has the Eventide 24,
'Lady Gertrude' A plucky boat that has sailed round the UK, with a
previous owner. Having only got halfway round myself, OK, 3/4 of the
way sailed, if you count my earlier trip to Cornwall, that is no mean feat
in a 24. I found it hard going in our over sized 26, (27'3").
Every extra inch seems to help!
We had an interesting mail
in from Joe the new owner of 'Camelot', The gaff rigged Eventide 26.
She is now to be used as a novelty caravan on a caravan site in Suffolk.
He says the sailing gear will be put into store and no modifications will be
done to prevent her being re-launched and used later, if the novelty caravan
idea fails! Certainly different.
We have had a response
from Practical Boat Owner and now from Jeff Nelson, who wrote the letter to
P.B.O. re his wishes to build an Eventide.
He has a set of plans
dating back 56 years, bought by his father from Yachting Monthly!
I suggested he get our
updated drawings if he wished to embark on a 5 year building project, but
may also be a good idea to look at the used Eventides for sail, a years
restoration on one could have him afloat sooner!
Had a very nice mail in
from someone re the sail plan on one of our designs. Cannot say too
much as someone may be getting a set of sails as a surprise present!
I had to take my newly
refurbished genoa back to the sail maker this week, I did tell him the luff
groove size in advance, but it was made too small so he is to replace it.
I also said I could not live with the muddy brown sacrificial strip he had
put on, as all the other canvas work he has ever done for me is very light
beige. Got to match to look right! He agreed and is going to
replace it all with the correct colour, at just labour cost! I know
the approx cost of a new sail and hope this one is going to work out at a
third of that cost... will last me for my sailing years.
There was an old Eventide
26 mainsail advertised on EBay, has been re-advertised at least once. the
asking price an astounding £285.00. Not exactly a bargain! A
more realistic value would be half of that as it certainly needs a clean and
valet... We still have a few cheap sails on our
'Bits for Sale' page. worth a look if you are after a jib....
The following came in to
me from friends at East Coast Pilot....
information for us East Coast sailors....
East Coast Pilot News
9th May 2016
Quite a while has passed since the last of our occasional
newsletters, mainly because time has been soaked up with messing
about with boats!
Another reason is the unusual lack of News and Book Updates
to talk about - normally during the winter, material usually
keeps flowing in, but this year for once little has been
What has still continued is the growth of our email
subscriber base, which has now passed 1100 - welcome to all
those who have joined up during the last few months.
Most significant to many of you will be the issue of the new
2016 chartlets of the Deben and Ore river entrances.
These are available from our website's
Downloads Page, and once again were drawn for us by chart
agents Imrays using data from Trinity House surveys. These
chartlets are only available online from our website. If
you find them anywhere else, printed or online, they may well be
out of date - beware.
Because they are approved by Trinity House, we cannot amend
them should changes occur before the next survey, but we do now
include some notes with each download with any special advice
that applies at the time.
Also on our
News Page recently there are notes about Hythe Quay
at Maldon, the marina at St. Kat's which is to undergo
refurbishment, and Kingsferry Bridge which has different
lifting times. A new survey diagram of Stone Point, in
the lovely Walton Backwaters, is also available from our
And in case you missed it, ECP is now available from
iTunes. If you like to use an iPad for documentation, Imrays
are currently offering ECP as an 'either/or' - you can buy the
book or you can buy the iPad version.
The latest updates, available as usual via the
'Updates Summary' Page of our website, include Kingsferry
Bridge and Hythe Quay, mentioned above, and bring
your attention to public information about Thames Barrier
Test Closures and this year's management of Halfpenny
Out and About
us we've done quite a few club talks recently, and I certainly
have good memories of all the clubs where I was made very
welcome. If you're involved in planning your club's activities
for next winter (perish the thought!) and you'd like one of us
to come along one evening, do get in touch.
Please remember to let us know of any changes that you spot,
or know of, in the area covered by East Coast Pilot - we are
plugged in to many sources of information but we don't
necessarily get to hear of everything. Get in touch through the
website or even by simply replying to these newsletters.
the ECP website gets constantly updated with new information
as soon as we hear and verify it, so it's worth keeping any eye
on it. And if you use Twitter, 'follow' us to pick up our
occasional bits on there to help keep yourself up to date.
We hope you have a wonderful summer, and look forward to
seeing you afloat.
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Header photo taken by Dick Holness - evening in Stangate Creek
at the entrance to Funton Creek, off the Medway.
I was trying hard to
recognise the creek in the picture, but failed... and I have anchored
Belated welcome to Adrian
with 'Celtic Lass', she is an Eventide 26 and is now based in Poole.
After three days of warm
and sunny, even though we got harr and poor visibility, the last 2 days have
seen heavy rain and now fog. Typical British summer weather really,
looking out the study window I cannot see the Blackwater, cannot see a mile
across the fields, let alone the 2 miles to the river.
Not good sailing weather
yet, can count the good days on the river on one hand so far. But ever
optimistic off to the boat this afternoon to try and do a few more jobs.
Sunday 8th May 2016.
Summer has arrived!
For the past 4 days every
day has been announced as the hottest this year and today is continuing the
trend, at 0900 I have over 21 degrees here on the Essex coast. However if
you venture offshore not the same picture. We have Harr. For
several days now the mist has come in from the sea with the easterly breeze,
dropping the temperature and the visibility. Yesterday the river
Blackwater was full of sails, from the Nass beacon upriver, below the Nass,
off West Mersea you could not see a thing for fog!
Good reason for me to go
to the boat and continue to fit that radar mast!
I hope to be afloat very
soon, but from what I see locally, many boats are nowhere near ready,
Bradwell is half empty with boats up on the hard not yet antifouled.
Sent off that CD to Les
this week and we have had another enrolment enquiry, from the owner of the
Steve tried to enrol before but the page would not work for him. We
tried the page several times and it was working, not till yesterday did we
realise there was another link to it on a page hidden deep in the site,
which of course did not work! Had to be the one Steve found!
Fault corrected and I hope to hear from Steve shortly.
Had an enquiry about the
Senior drawings we sent out to Soren in Denmark, he is struggling to convert
them to metric? I am going to advise he buys an imperial tape measure!
If you are not out sailing
today you are missing out on summer, may not last long.... hope you get out
Saturday 30th April 2016.
Actually got to pat the
boat's transom yesterday and off to it later to do a little preparation work
for tomorrow, got a work day. See my
Postman today has
delivered a letter and cheque for a CD of the Senior drawings, they are to
go out to Les Dodd after the Bank holiday.
Another very generous
cheque came in from Toby Harris, for a burgee and donation, many thanks
Toby. Toby has also entrusted us with an original Atlantic Clipper
Brochure to scan and add to the site, along with a details general drawing.
Never seen these before and very pleased to be able to share them with you
all. The clothing and hair do's are very 1970! found a
September 1972 date on the brochure. I was in Dartmouth and visited
Philip and sons that July to look for myself, though could never afford one
on a humble P.C's pay, thus we bought an Eventide!
Toby tells us he is off to
his clipper in the Netherlands, to try out his new set of sails!
Our fund Manager has sent
me an RYA link regarding the forthcoming possible, (I sincerely hope
probable!!) Exit of the UK from the EU! Apart from sitting firmly on
the fence over it they do not appear to think it will make any difference to
sailors who whish to visit, they will still have to abide the same rules...
Had part of the GH 'Imshallah's'
advert, pics to follow, will be adding to the pages at some time...
Now off to rub down a bit
of Sikkens and give it a coat, prior to final coat all over tomorrow.
I feel summer is just
round the corner... 14 degrees outside!
Thursday 28th April 2016
Hope we have seen the last
of the snow storms! Yesterday was a real mix of white outs and
sunshine. Very April showers!
Heard from the son of an
Eventide Builder yesterday, enquiring if anyone knows where his dad's boat
is now? He thinks it was sold to someone in Maldon, but we have now traced
it to the south coast, about 10 years back, where is she now??
Eventide 24 Sail number 178. 'Emilyne'
picture taken 26 August 1967! River Blackwater.
Ex 'CHELONE'. Builder Mr Meeklah carved a
dolphin into the end of the teak tiller. Stuart the son of the builder,
would like to know where she is now? Last we heard was 2005 in the
Christchurch/Poole area. Do you know her?
We have had several owners
contact us about selling boats in the past week or so, a couple of Eventides
and a couple of Golden Hinds. (One is the one I moored against in the
Caledonian Canal in 2013!!) We are happy to advertise all boats for
free, and just ask that owners inform us when they sell, and if we assisted
selling, make a small donation so we can keep the pages open for others to do
the same. We do have a lot of boats sell from the pages. We are easily
found by anyone searching, because the site is large and active!
Pleased to be able to put
a Barbican owner in touch with Mark Urry who was able to further put the
chap in touch with another owner he had lost track of. With the
assistance of the Database Manager John Stevens we have also been able to
put Robin with the GH 'Wine knot', in touch with local GH owners. Or
at least most of them, one had changed his mail supplier and his old mail
A reminder to everyone who
changes their mail, please let us know or you may well be missing out!
I still have not been able
to get to my boat, just a bit 'Groggy' a lot of the time, but have a workday
planed for Sunday, so hope it will be warmer! Only got a bit of prop
polishing, some Sikkens to go on and just the antifoul really. The
Radar mast not back from engineer yet, and that has to go on before we
launch... Everything is ready to connect, so should not take long to
fasten to the deck and stern rail.
Hope your fitting out
Certainly not the year to
be in the water early, despite not having any winter, did not ever freeze
our pond.... unheard of... spring has been very disappointing,
the F11 at Easter was not nice!! I hope summer is better!
Saturday 23rd April 2016
St. Georges Day!!
The Blackmore Morris men, who danced at our wedding,
at Maldon Prom and doing their stick dance.
What could be more English!
And now for something
important from our friends across the North Sea!
The 3rd Dutch reunion!
For the third time the reunion of YM designs in the Netherlands will be
held. This time at Lauwersoog on May 21st -22nd 2016
We will gather in the outside yacht harbour and probably sail together to
the island of Schiermonnikoog for our meeting and dinner.
For information contact:
Eilard Jacobs griffithsreunie at upcmail.com +31645693288
Had a mail in from long
time member Robin, he is wanting to organise events around Poole and the
Solent. Robin Lewin and ‘WINE KNOT’ moored in Holes Bay, Poole (near
the RNLI centre) would like to contact/ meet up with any GH owner in or
around Poole. Sailing mid-week normally. Big event: Anyone else fancy a sail
in company round the IOW on Saturday July 2nd – with the RTIR – some 1800
other boats? contact him by mail:- robinlewin at btinternet.com
Could be fun, if I am fit
and well however I may have sailed past there by then!
Had a mail from John
Eastwood, with the Barbican 33 'Hasimara', he was after contacting another
owner and Mark Urry has come to our aid to pass details on for him.
Hope you have a good reunion.
Toby Harris has been in
touch with nice pics of his Atlantic Clipper, instead of the 'Cap't Pugwash'
aft cabin his was much ore sympathetically designed and built from wood.
'Melia of Norwich'.
A different and distinctive Atlantic Clipper!
Finally a warm welcome to
Soren in Denmark, he has just joined as a 'friend' and wants to get a CD of
the drawings of the Senior. I will be responding to you shortly
As the rain gently falls
and the temperature with it, I have still to get to the barn to pat
Fiddler's Green's transom, too many things to do and not so much energy as
yet. Cannot wait to get shot of these cannon balls!
Thursday 21st April 201n6
Happy Birthday Maam!!!!
I swore an oath to protect
and preserve 50 years ago, and so pleased she is still at the head of the
Got to meet her once and
was close many times over the years, we could not have a better one!
Think most would agree.
Long to reign over us!
We learnt 2 days ago that
maybe our efforts assisted Nigel and his Eventide to become the
Classic Boat magazine best Traditional New Build Under 40 foot category for
'Niarbyl' under sail, and
looking very smart!
My wife, Alwyn, and
Dutchman Win, the boss of Star Yachts who built her (the hard bits, anyway),
receiving the award from yachting legend Tom Cunliffe at a ceremony in
London (I was away in France on business unfortunately).
Many congratulations to
Nigel and Star Yachts for an excellent modern Eventide!
Some may have noticed the
editor of PBO had a very kind word to say about the Eventide too, i will be
writing to him to see if he wants to sail one! F.G. is just about
ready to launch, it's just me that has to get rid of a few barnacles first!
Welcome to new member Joe
with the Eventide 26 Camelot. She is now to be based up Suffolk way,
be good to see her about again. She has sailed the med this one! she
has a shorter mast with gaff rig, big inboard!
The monthly meeting we
planned may be postponed for a bit, I am only just getting back in the
saddle! More info shortly..
Chris, our GRP rep has
sent me in details of a Buchanon for sale in the Netherlands by one of his
family, hope to have that on the For Sale pages today.
Had a few mails in this
week yet to answer, I hope to be up to date with all mails by the weekend,
sorry for delays.
Still not been to the barn
to pat my boats transom! But as British Rail once said, 'I'm getting
Saturday 16th April
Heard that Kareli the
Eventide 26 is about to be advertised with us, for a reduced price as a
project.... She sailed so far by Doug Bullock, he of Yachting monthly
'Coastal correspondent' for the North West, for all those years. she
is in a mud berth not far from Fleetwood at Wardle. More soon.
I have added a nice senior
to the For Sale Page,
Nolly. Going for a very realistic price too.
Also added a pic of 'Vieve',
the eventide 24. New member William is renovating her, starting with
doubling the weight of the old 500lb keel, hope to have a page on the
builders and Restorers for her up soon.
Trying to contact
Roger Harriss with the Senior 'Minuet', as another member is interested in taking
her on if she is not being restored to sail at the moment.. long shot.
Sadly I do not seem to have Rogers mail address, which is odd, so I have
asked John Stevens the Database Manager to look into that for me.
Post script, the address we found failed, so
if you see this Roger do let us have your new mail address.
I have just packaged up 2
Eventide CD's of drawings, one to Norfolk the other to Australia. they will
be in the post Monday.
As you can see I am
getting more active. Hope to be able to get to the barn next week to pat
F.G's bottom, not sure if i will be painting it next week, depends how well
Thursday April 14th
Thankyou to those who
mailed in, I am getting there, firing on 3 cylinders now and stuck in low
gear, but getting better daily.
One of the touching mails
came from Sallie, the daughter of my late friend Gerry Loveridge. Her
son Richard is now a dinghy racing champ! Good to know the
family still has a toe in the water! Was it Sallie or her sister that gave
my Jenny the name: 'clinging duckweed' (Smuthers yu!). She was very
young and the girls were her idea of 'princesses'! They were
Postman has just brought a
few more cards ... I will respond...
Managed to get back to the
EOG P.C. today for an hour to answer a few and enrol another couple.
So welcome to Toby Harris
of Norfolk who sails an Atlantic Clipper in the Netherlands, 'Melia of
Norwich'. Hoping Toby can join in with Eilard the new steering group
member and Netherlands rep who has organised another meet there.
Welcome to Jon Davis who
sails from Dartmouth with a 43ft American wishbone cat, different!
Welcome to to Simon in
Suffolk. He has a set of the Mouette drawings, but not sure at this
stage if that is to be the project or maybe another of our designs. Hoping
Simon will let us know.
Have had notification that
a few are contacting Marclear/ EU45 direct and getting the discount!
good, they system works. Still got stock here for local owners.
There was me planning to
have mine painted Monday, and launched next week! Not to be, I will
get there, I have not got far to go, just got to sort me out first!
That's enough for now, off
for a lie down.
P.S. just heard Simon, the
built another boat, not the Mouette, a Selway Fisher, but is now contemplating an Eventide!
Monday 11th April 2016.
Thanks to Peter the
Webmaster and John Stevens our Database manager for getting the info on here
about my problem! I do not do 'ill' so it was a real shock to be hauled into
& E not once but twice in the past week. If there is any way of
avoiding kidney stones, take it, I have never had such pain. At least I
am now stable, but cannot see straight for pain killers so if I blunder
I have a new member or two
to respond to and promise I will get there ASAP. At the moment limited to 15
minutes at a time...... I am told they will drag me in to have the
'real' operation in 2, 4 or 6 weeks time!!!! In the meantime life is on
hold! Suspect I will watch a few dozen afternoon black and white
I see I have already had a
lot of get well soon mails! Thanks to all of you. I will get
round to answering, but not this week! Getting about is fun with tubes and
bags, sitting to do this no fun!
Time for bed said Zebadee.
Wednesday 6th April 2016.
Posted on behalf of John Williams... Laid up in hospital with kidney stones.
Collapsed yesterday admitted, Surgery today Hope to be out Sat but boat plans put back a bit. Will not be fit for launch on 20th! But in the best place to get it sorted.
Thursday 31st March
After a wild weekend this
week has been rather better here in Essex, temperatures into double figures
and little rain. Hope like me you have been able to get o and make ready to
launch. I am lucky in that I have regular helpers and crew and we have
a workday booked for a week's time and a launch date shortly
after. Hope to be afloat by The first May Bank holiday, for sea
Heard from a few others
that are getting there too, power to that antifouling elbow!
We have had another new
member, a 'Friend' for now, though he had a set of WW drawings from years
ago. Now sailing a small Westerly but looking for an Eventide, welcome
Fergus in Eire. Fergus has just snapped up that 150ft length of new
spliced anchor warp that was on the 'Bits for Sale'
There have been
discussions about the Recreational Craft Directive recently, as one or two
members may have fallen foul of it.
The RCD required that all
small craft were built to a certain standard and had to pas all sorts of
tests regarding the hull, machinery, rig, stability and every aspect of
safety in the construction, be it gas installations or heads. They
estimated it would add £5,000 to the cost of a boat, and as it cost as much
for a 20 foot boat as a 50 ft it made little sense to build small boats and
in deed many boat builders just threw in the towel. Thanks EU!
Another bit of daft legislation....
I was on the RYA cruising
committee and heavily involved in this legislation. I fought hard to obtain
us an exception. What we eventually got was a partial one. We
are exempt from the regs if we do not sell out boats on the open market for
at least 5 years from date of launch. Having spent 7 years building my
'Fiddler's Green' I thought it unlikely I would be wanting to sell inside 5
years and as that was the best I could get accepted it.
There always has to be
exceptions to owners wanting to keep their creations forever and in the past
few months I have come across two. Do hope they manage to get a fair
deal at the end of the day. One chap inherited his fathers MG Lone
gull II and is now rather stuck as it has not been finished, never launched
of course and will be the devil to sell without RCD approval, if fact
illegal. The only thing to do would be to pass it to a member of the
family, but that's not going to happen, very difficult...
Had a mail in from a
member this week, who briefly owned an Eventide, had problems, sold it and
is now looking for another. I know the feeling, after sailing my E24
for 10 years or more I sold it with the thought of buying a round bilge GRP
Creation, sadly having stepped onto a few, and been given the chance to sail
a few, I knew I needed to get another Eventide. So it was I bought the
unfinished bare hull of my 'Fiddler's Green. Never looked back!
I am hoping I may meet up with this member on my adventures this summer, and
if I do, I can let him sample a modern Eventide 26. That will do the
All for now, off to the
barn to polish my prop, 1/3rd done 2 blades to go!
Monday 28th March 2016
Storm Katie has just about
blown itself out now, F11 winds! We lost several fence panels!
Boat on the hard standing at Southend was blown over and onto the road!
Really violent gusts have brought down power lines, trees and walls and at
least one fatality in Essex.
I wanted to get some boat
work done, but pointless, as just too windy to open the barn doors!
Instead the Eventide computer threw a wobbly and it has taken me from Friday
until an hour ago to sort. All working fine again now! A
Microsoft update threw a spanner in the works.
I have just been to see
the boat and make sure the barn still had a roof! All fine.
Opening the mail today I
have an advert for a nearly new GH31, 'Serenity'. She has only been
finished and launched a very short while and sadly the owners Steve
and Janet are having to sell. I will be placing the advert later
In the next mail comes 'Shelduck'
for sale, She is a 16ft Senior and on a trailer in Essex. We have known her
for many a year as the sellers father owned her for decades. Advert on
the pages later.
Heard from William with 'Vieve'
up in Norfolk, she is now under cover and her 560lb keel is being worked on,
it is off and the bolts need drilling and bashing out and when it goes back
on it will be twice as heavy. William is a documentary film maker and
he and his girlfriend will be on the restorers page and we look forward to
text, pictures and some film of their progress!
Replied to a GH owner on
the Forum, who has
just launched. He and others have been discussing how to rig a self
tacking staysail, similar to the one we have on 'Fiddler's Green'. I
have promised to add a few pics of the set up on F.G., a picture is far
easier to understand!
After the good day on
board F.G. Friday, I have been in the garage in between adding a coat of
Sikkens to my additional toe rail pieces and more primer to the pad about to
be fitted under the new radar mast. Letting the Sikkens parts set a
bit before taking them down to fit, and with any luck will get a coat of red
Danboline on the new pad and allow that time to set before I have to handle
it, nothing worst that laying on you back in the stern locker juggling with
a bit of wood that the paint is still tacky on, it gets everywhere!
Hope your boats survived
P.S. just had a plea for
internal pics showing the bilge keel stringers in a Tidewater... can
anyone out there help Andy??
P.P.S. I have just edited
many pages, added adverts to the
For Sale pages, added the
new steering Group member, Eilard to the 'Advisors'
page, added pics to the Gallery, the
minutes of last years Annual Meeting on the
official pages also the approved accounts.
Friday 25th March 2016.
'Good' so far anyway, as
far as our 'traveller watch' goes. I have been
on watch in the road since 0500 and apart from my local Barn Owl coming to visit
me several times, all quiet!
So here is a welcome to new
members, to Henk who has just bought the Waterwitch 'Shanty sails' and
renamed her 'Havoc' a name I think fits better! she will be based in the
Bristol channel shortly. Henk is promising to send a few pics for the
Gallery once he has finished painting.
Welcome to Paul in
Victoria, Australia who is after building an Eventide, waiting to hear from
him as he wants a CD of drawings.
I have heard from Ed
Wade-Martins who was awarded the 'Barry Sturrock Seamanship Trophy'. He has
left 'Moondancer' in Africa for now and will be returning for her later this
We have heard from the
daughter of an owner of the first ever Eventide, 'Mimulus', we sent her some
details of her for her father and she in turn has sent a photo taken during
fitting out back in the 1960's!
Heard from Cy with the
Steel Kesteloo, 'Wind, Sands and Stars', an advert will be with us shortly,
looking for a new caring owner to save her.
Roger Gasper, the man who
writes the Thames Estuary pilots, has sent this picture of the S.W. Sunk
Swatchway. As you can see the depth of water is no longer 3.5 metres.
As is often the way in the estuary, the sand moves!
Bit frightening as some believe charts and pilots are
Roger tells me he will be
surveying the area ASAP and has also asked the PLA for the latest soundings.
Will pass on info when we get it! As I will be crossing the estuary on
the first day of my 'Fiddling Around' trip this summer, I for one will be
interested. I know the Gore Channel on the Kent side has gone, one I often used.
Years ago a mate crossed the Barrow through what he expected to be a 2m
Swatchway, he found over 20m of water... that sand has to go
With the temperature today
already up to 15degrees, I am off to the boat, my stint on 'traveller watch'
is done for now.
I think the best policeman
of the lot will be watching over us for the rest of the Bank holiday, heavy,
torrential rain, hail and gales, Happy Easter!! That will keep the
travellers away! Their vans would get bogged down! At least now I have
a Barrister on speed dial and I can get help, in the form of an injunction,
for free, with just a call, very reassuring!
Off to barn now armed with
Thursday 24th March 2016.
Those that know, will be aware all the
High Court Judges are away today doing their traditional Maundy Money bit,
so not generally available for emergency court orders so I am on high alert for travellers, as it was this time,
Easter, 2 years ago, they
tried to camp on the land round us. Last time we got a 'stop notice', this
time I am lucky enough to have a Barrister with access to a Judge, 24/7, 365
days a year and my telephone on speed dial. We can have a full
injunction inside 10 minutes, or in the hour at the very least.
So forgive me if this entry is brief, I am
due back on watch shortly!
Monday 21st March 2016.
The days are officially
longer than the nights now! Yesterday, our Annual Meeting , was on the
We had a reasonable
turnout, and a lot of last minute apologies. Could have been a near full
house if all had attended! We were entertained for 30 minutes by Stuart
Robinson of Marclear/EU45 paints, before the business of the meeting.
I have now got a stock of assorted colour antifouling paints.
The minutes of last years
meeting were agreed, and will be reproduced on the 'official' page along
with the Fund Managers accounts. As a group recognised by the charity
commission we are obliged to do this but do it freely and openly, (Why is it
others don't.? Do they have something to hide?).
We are in a financially
good position, considering we charge no fees and exist on donations alone!
So much so that the Annual Meeting voted to allow the Steering group,
when given the green light by the Fund Manager later into the year, to make
another donation to a youth sailing charity of our choice..
It was suggested by Member
Tim, that other charitable groups involved in sailing may be organising to
club together to do something really positive, more on this if and when!
John Stevens, our Database
Manager, has rewritten the Data base into a user friendly Excel system that
will prove invaluable later. He informed us that the member ship stood
at 1600 now and in the last 2 years over half those enrolling were actually
'owning' members, with a few 'ex owners' staying with us and the remainder
being prospective owners, either contemplating buying or building, and to
that end 22 CD's of drawings were sent out at cost, £5.00 for UK and £6.50
overseas. Enrolments are at approx 45 a year!!
This year the Seamanship
trophy was awarded to Ed Martin and the GH 'Moondancer'. Ed if you are
reading this I will be contacting you to arrange to send a small plaque to
you for the boat! If you have not already done so, visit their site.
Worth it for their music as well as their
With the weather slowly improving, lets hope
we can all get back afloat soon, don't forget your antifouling, contact me
firstname.lastname@example.org or see the phone number on the advert above
for Marclear/EU45 if out of Essex.
More power to the elbows,
Thursday 17th March
Happy St. Patrick's day!
Many think my 'Fiddler's Green'
has Irish connections, but no. She was named after my favourite colour
and a folk song written by a Grimsby Librarian! John Connelly! I have heard
well known Irish groups sing it and announce it as a traditional Irish folk
tune, origins lost in time... Wrong.
Too many Jamison's!
No sooner had I said there
were no boating related stories to relate, just 2 days ago than they came in.
Very pleased to say we have a huge audience here at the Eventiders and so
many take the time to send in snippets.
Had a great series of
mails in from Ben who is looking to buy an Eventide. He is looking at
an Eventide 26 that stretched to 28 in the building and was fitted with a
fin keel and short bowsprit. Bet she sails well. Turns out Ben
is involved with 'Clipper Ventures'4r, and his boss is Sir Robin. I
related a tale about Sir Robin that he did not know about, from my days on
the river. He is going to mention it and I am hoping to get some
Ben thought Sir Robin
would love a fleet of Eventides for his next venture, real boats like Suhali!
Mike Hughes has been on to
say his Senior, 'Moth'
has gone to a new owner. He has passed our details on but we have not heard
from the new owner as yet.
We had an invitation to
look at pics on a Facebook page, sadly we do not subscribe, so I am hoping
the person with that Sea Rover will just send the pics to us as jpg files...
Had an enquiry, (or two)
for the Houdini hatch advertised on the site for £75.00, that will have sold
by Monday, one way or the other, and sold far too cheap I suspect.
Also had someone after the
pair of Lewmar winches and handles for sale one the pages. At the price I am really surprised they
have stayed on the page as long as they have. 6 months or more, they
are off to Portugal if the post is cheap enough for him!
Heard from a few to say
they will be there Sunday, will be pleased to buy everyone that first drink.
I will have a small stock of the antifouling there so after the talk from
the paint maker and the meeting they will be for sale.
See you Sunday at
Tuesday 15th March
Annual Meeting, Bradwell
marina Bar, 1230hrs Sunday, for lunch, 1330 for talk,1400 meeting.
(for just an hour... members chance
to have a say!!!)
Hoping to welcome all
'members' and 'associate members' to this private meeting in the dining area
of the marina bar. The first drink for anyone attending, is, as
normal, on me. Tea, coffee or something stronger! (I do not have to travel
We are recruiting for the
Steering Group, we already have one new member, but there is room for more.
You must be an 'Owning
Member' to be eligible to run our group. We are a Group run by owners,
helped by 'Friends' or 'Associate Members'! Unlike other so called
'owners' or should we say 'non owners' groups!
Boat news. For the first
time in weeks I have not had any members boat info in! Normally I hear
from several members with items of interest to others, this week so far, we
have had plenty of mail in, over 10 mails a day at the moment, but
most simply relate to 'other matters'.
Maybe it is the weather.
Here on the east coast the biting north easterlies have brought cold and
damp, 4 degrees, misty and dismal. Certainly not fitting out weather. Down
at the Marina Sunday for a coffee and making sure all ready for the influx
of members next Sunday, the place was deserted, bitter cold winds..
So cold that even in my
garage I have only managed to get one coat of Sikkens onto new timbers set
to be fitted to raise my toe rails forward, it is just too cold for it to
Roll on Spring.
And Sunday, our Annual
Meeting day... just to mention it again.... is also the Vernal
equinox, so days longer than nights as from Sunday! That will cheer a
lot of us up...
See you at Bradwell!
(Antifouling will be available.. limited quantity.... my Moggy Van is not
Friday 10th March 2016.
(or is it Thursday??)
Well done to Chris, who noticed the
mistake, like to know people are keeping an eye on me!
The cold snap was not as
long or cold as I thought it would be, in fact the garden pond never froze
over once this winter!
We have heard from Ed on
the Golden Hind 'Moondancer'. They have made it to their destination in
West Africa they were setting off to, but as I suspected internet access was
bad, so no videos added, just a few photos.
They are talking of
leaving the boat there and heading back to the UK to earn pennies before
coming back to collect her and sail back to the UK. We will post info
when we get it. If you have not visited the site, you are
We have one new volunteer
to assist on the Steering Group but are looking for a couple more.
If you are a
owner or Senior
owner there are places on the Steering Group. We do not have Steering
Group meetings as such, but any decisions are knocked back and forth by
e-mail, so overseas members welcome. Normally I would ask the Steering
group to make about 5 or 6 decisions a year. Can I buy some more recordable
DVD's or CD's?, can I pay for the update to the wed sites?, domain names?,
anti Hacker or the like?, nothing too onerous. We may ask for
suggestions for the charitable donation, or for suitable recipients
for the seamanship trophy... never much more.. come and help us...
It's your Eventide Owners Group.
So if you are an owner of
one of these designs, or any other of our boats and want to lend a hand once
in a while, online by mail, please contact us at
Had a mail in requesting
information about a stretched Eventide that was built in and sailed from Rhodesia many moons
back, (Via South Africa!!). Name of the boat was 'Marimba' and it was 30ft
long. Many were built there and 'escaped' back to the UK, this one was
shipped as deck cargo.... and belonged to Wing Commander Crescens Reynolds.
Was sailed along the south coast. John Dawson is enquiring, as he sailed
aboard her. Sadly we have no trace of her? Could this be yet another
Eventide that has slipped the net and if so, where is she now?
Mark Deeming the owner of
'Athaena' is trying to help me update the web editing program I use.
The site can be edited in several ways but to make it easy for me, I use the
same program that Barry built all the early versions of the site in, dating
back to the first days of the internet in 1992! FrontPage.
Anyone who knows will throw their hands up at the thought of using this
program, as it is many years old. (I have the latest version... 2003) But I have removed all the twiddly bits that FrontPage could put in, so it can be edited with Word for
instance, but to make it really easy I need a modern program that is WYSIWYG
and works on Win 7. We may have an couple of options, one may even be
a new 'Freeware' version of FrontPage. Like the idea of free!
With so many thousands of amateurs like my self still doggedly using
FrontPage, I am pleased that there are people out there caring enough to
update it. We will see. Mark is investigating 'Joomla'.
Had a nice donation in
from Malcolm up there in the Northwest, just as a thankyou to us for keeping
the site going, thanks Malcolm.
He also sent in details of
a boat he had seen in Fleetwood. He saw it last year, afloat and got a
surprise when it was seen on the hard, it's a fin keeler, not many of these
A Fin Keel Eventide!
Malcolm is hoping to catch
the owner this spring. This is yet another Eventide not on our books, I do
not recognise it and the name does not ring any bells, although we are well
aware that names change.
Does anyone know the
owner? Bet she sails well!
selling slowly, early days yet... good to see people going direct to the link and buying a
couple of cans or more with free carriage! I have one customer calling
in on me Saturday. I will have cans at the Annual Meeting on the 20th
if you just want 1 can for £59.00 and do not want to pay the fiver
Is that enough to get a
few more owners to turn out to Bradwell on Sunday the 20th? We are also
getting a 30 minute presentation from the paint manufacturer. If you
have not been before we are a friendly bunch! And the first drink on
me! (As I do not really have to travel far!).
Spent the afternoon today
designing and building a folding, transom hung, transducer mount for my new toy, the fish
finder. Once I get it all together I will publish some pics on my
'Preparation' page. Came to me
in a flash of inspiration, and a quick visit to our EBay page and I had the
2 stainless fittings I needed to finish the job. Just got to bend a
bit of 3/4 stainless tube a little now. Tried wrapping it round a log but it
is a lot stronger than me.! Off to see a friend with a pipe bender
Also spent some more time
shaping the teak wedge to fit under the new radar mast... and took the skin
off my fingers with the sander, Opps! Will be taking the wedge to the
boat over the weekend, with elastoplasts on the fingers!!! If I have
got it right will be drilling holes in the aft deck to secure the foot of
the mast... Feel I am getting there slowly.
I have also been trying to
assist our Database Manager get his Eventide sorted, it has to come ashore
this summer for all sorts of mods to make it fit to sail from next year on.
One of the items we were discussing was mast lowering. John wanted to be
able to do what I can, raise or lower the mast without outside assistance.
Quite a saving at a boat yard! What was needed for John's boat was a
tabernacle, just too dangerous to consider doing it without one and it needs
to be substantial. Try buying one.. we have not found one for sale
anywhere, (used of course!) Then I
recalled an Eventide locally that had gone so rotten it was broken up a few years
back and wondered... I remembered seeing the fitting on the ground when
i went to pick other parts up.... John Phoned and now he is the proud owner of a
good sized tabernacle. We will make that work!
Keeping the finger on the
Eventide pulse can assist many people to acquire bits from the sad
remains of old ones, so they live a new and useful life! Recycling!
Think Maurice would have
liked that, he did a little recycling in his time!
Fingers crossed the
weather will continue to improve and as the evenings get longer and when the
clocks spring forward I suspect there will be stirrings in the coastal
boatyards. Antifoul stirring!
Don't forget the Annual
Meeting on Sunday 20th.... see you there.
Saturday 5th March 2016.
Is this the cold snap?
10cm of snow over half the country and below zero for most of it..
Snow in the forecast for Essex too, but it will not settle. They are
still saying we may have a white Easter though! It is cold here still
not cold enough to freeze the pond. Odd sort of winter.
Paint Talk by Stuart
Robinson of Marclear/EU45 paints.
I can now confirm that the
Annual Meeting on Sunday the 20th will be preceded by a 30 minute
presentation by the antifouling manufacturer. So gather at 1230 for
lunch and chat, 1330 talk, 1400 to 1500 the meeting. Hope to see as many of
you as can make it at the Bradwell Marina Bar, first drink on me!
Welcome to another new
member, Mark Deeming. At first we had no boat info, but Mark has come
back to say he is the new owner of 'Athaena' and she is now berthed in
Poole. Hope to cross wakes later this summer!
I was away for a few days
and when I returned my new 'fish finder' was here for me to play with.
At just 5 inches across I hope the screen is going to be large enough!
The eyes do not get any younger!
Getting a little concerned here as we have not heard from that happy band on
'Moondancer', the GH 31 sailing south in the Atlantic to Western Africa.
So I checked yesterday and they have arrived, see
I suspect internet access is in short supply because we have not seen
any update videos, but they have managed to get a few new pics on the site.
Suspect we will get more when they are back in internet land!
Worth a look to see the very professional films they have taken, watch out
for the EOG burgee!
I was off to drill holes
in the boat today but at just 4 degrees outside may wait a day or two.
Hope your fitting out is
See you on the river,
Monday 29th February
Not heard of any ladies proposing today, as yet, but there
is still time! Who's hiding??
Today we welcome new
member, Leslie Dodds of Cornwall who is wanting to build a Senior. He has
joined as a 'Friend' and we hope he will soon be applying for a CD of
Spent an hour or so
editing the For Sale pages
as there were so many adverts that were possibly out of date, I left
messages or mailed all the sellers and those we did not hear back from have
had their adverts moved to the archive files
where they will be stored for now. If a seller reads this and
realises he or she is still wanting to advertise but maybe the phone number
or mail address they gave is no longer valid, we can resurrect the
Tomorrow is the first
official day of Spring, and though there is still time for a cold snap,
hopes of my 3ft of snow, are fading fast. This winter has now
officially been recorded as the warmest on record and certainly for parts of
the north west of the UK, the wettest on record.
And there are still some
that think the extremes of weather are nothing to do with us?
Sadly it is going to
effect our summer sailing season more and more, already the wind
generally one Beaufort strength more than it was 30 years ago, but also the
number of sudden summer gales has increased too, not good news.
Had fun this morning
looking up the power curve graph for the GM10 and working out the possible
sizes of prop that would suit an Eventide 26. We have to wait till the
boat is got ashore later this spring, but if the prop is a right hand 13
inch one then it may be re-pitching it will get 'Glass Tide' motoring about
at top speed! Another little project!
I am beavering away at
bits for my fit out here and hope to fit the new radar mast properly next
weekend. So many little jobs to sort, and some silly ones. Found yesterday
that the drop nose pins I had shortened and that secure the radar mast's
telescopic part, were made upside down! Easy mistake, so the engineer
is going to reverse the weighted end piece, so when fitted the weight
rotates the pin and the nose stays 'dropped'! Not easy to explain, will get
a pic on my Preparation page!
All for now, wear your
Daff tomorrow if your Welsh.. St. David's Day of course!
(despite my name cannot
find a single Welsh ancestor?).
Sunday 28th February
Yesterday met up with John
Stevens the Database manager. He was down to check his boat. We
spent some time discussing the replacement of his vintage, but running,
5.5hp Volvo, with a Yanmar GM10 9hp he has. As well as preparing F.G.
for her trip I will be going to assist him helping to get her ready for the
local engineer to drop the new motor in.
At the same time John is
planning a thorough refit, from new heads and galley to replacing
external timber work, (his is one of the few made from GRP), as well as
overhauling roller reefing and the like. Will be a year long project
that will see 'Glass Tide' transformed and ready to sail on with John in his
retirement. John has been collecting good gear for a few years now and
it is time.
Maybe I can twist his arm
into writing it all up on the 'Builders and Restorers' page?? I tell all
involved in restorations they can have a page, that way it is a good
incentive to get on with the job, as everyone can see the progress, OR LACK
OF IT!! Nothing like a little peer pressure to give you a boost!
I made a purchase
yesterday, a new 'fish-finder'. Now I am not a fisherman but I have
been watching, with interest, the new generation of video sounders that can
now give an accurate picture of the seabed beneath you. A clever idea
especially for those of us who like to take the ground sometimes. So I
chose a dual DSI & HDI machine, not an HDI sounder?? No I did not know
the difference either, till I researched and spoke to Dean at 'Bottomline'.
Its the frequencies they work on. Bet your echo sounder, like my 25
year old VDO instrument, works on 200htz or less, great for penetrating the
depths, but not good for detail.
The one I have chosen can
work on 83/200htz, but can be switched to 455/800 only for the detail.
The reason for the 83/200
and 455/800 is that they send a chirp of different frequencies out, not just
at one frequency they use all that band, very clever, all solid state
electronics.. . Haven't things moved on since my old lead line! Yup,
still got a tub of tallow to arm it...
Added benefit of this is
that the old VDO one can work away at the same time giving simple depth
readings and the other one will give detail, if on 455/800htz, (plus still
give echoes from whales!).
Until I started looking at
these I had no idea it was so complex.
I eventually bought a
'Lowrance Hook 5' from 'Bottomline ltd, in the Isle of Man, you will find
them on EBay. Though Force Four were actually doing a slightly cheaper deal
on a near identical one. Went to Dean as he had been so helpful....
The screen size was
important, I could have bought one for half the price, but I tested the
3.5inch screen and I could not see it from 4 or 5 feet away, had to be the 5
Fitting it is to be the
next job, as it has a transducer that mounts on the transom and trails
behind. Considering mounting it on a swing down timber support, so it
can be hoisted up when not in use, to save fouling! We will see.
Talking of fouling the
first batch of cans of anti-fouling are here, if you just want a single can
(or more) and you do not want to pay the carriage, (£5.00 charge for just 1
can), pick up from me instead, in Essex.
Had a nice pic of
Mollymawk in yesterday...
Chris and Fiona have her
on the Beaulieu River at the moment but are hoping to move her to our neck
of the woods this spring, hoping to be berthed on the Blackwater.
Chris sent me links to 3
of his web sites, have a peek! You will probably realise you have seen some
of his work!
Was down at Bradwell last
night and a reminder to all that we will be meeting there for our annual
meeting at 1230 for lunch, 1330 for a talk and 1400 for an hour of EOG
business. All members and enroled friends welcome.
Friday 26th February
Had an enquiry from a
former owner of the first Eventide 24, number 1 'Mimulus'. We have
been able to furnish them with a lot of info but where is she now??
Has she survived? We are trying to track her down and if you have some
info, please share it with us.
Here is a copy of the page
I wrote for Yachting Monthly back in the day.
At the time I was editor of the old assoc, so forgive the
references to that defunct organisation.
Wednesday evenings meeting
in Maldon was a very pleasant gathering, a lot of reminiscing and talk
of sailing, years gone by and of tomorrow!
Look forward to meeting
many more members and friends at the Bradwell meeting on Sunday 20th March,
1230 for lunch. I have now organised a short presentation about
EU45/Marclear antifouling. I will also have a selection of colours
there to buy, at our discount rate of £59.00.
I will have red, 2
different blues, black and white. (only 2 cans each of all but
Interestingly today see
Mailspeed is doing a real special offer on paints and apart from Flag, which
does not seem to work at all here, all the others are far more expensive
than the Marclear, that we know from experience, works!
By using our records and
local knowledge, we have been able to find the correct sail number for
'Cameroon' and explain the sail number visible, just, in the stitching on
the sail. It was a replacement sail number I issued in the 1980's when the
builder launched and could not recall his number.! Very pleased to be able
I have been predicting and
hoping for a cold snap to kill off all the nasties in the garden and did
think it might be on the way last week, but though it has dipped below
freezing briefly overnight, our pond has yet to freeze this winter, and the
weather is warming up again, so time running out for me to tow the grandson
about on the sledge I bought him! Will we have snow for Easter? I can
recall crawling out of a tent to find 2 inches of snow one Easter, was Brr I
can tell you.... So still time!
Off to clean off a couple
of rubbed patches on the rubbing strakes and an odd patch on the bottom
where the pressure washer took my paint back to the epoxy, ready for
varnish and antifouling when the temperature picks up.
Tuesday 23rd February
Welcome to another new
member, Richard, with the Gaff rigged Eventide 26,
As you can see,
is different, the tan gaff rig certainly sets her apart.
Hoping to meet up with
Richard, as he is planning to sail to Bradwell for the
Annual Meeting on the 20th March. Do hope many other members come
along and meet us. This is your chance to say what you think of us! This year we are hoping to have a guest speaker before the
meeting, from Marclear/EU45 paints.
Welcome to John O'Brien,
with the M.G. Medusa 'Stratton's Fancy', ex 'Tina'. Has to be a
story behind that name! Waiting some pictures to add to the gallery...
I took my newly acquired
tan sail, a genoa, to the sail makers yesterday. Ian, of Lonton and
Gray's rolled the sail, plus my elderly 'Team sails' genoa, out on the table.
Apart from a small chafe mark in a part that would be cut off, the sail is
in very good order. So Ian is cutting the large one down to match the
original genoa and adding luff tape for the roller reefing, new head, tack
and Clew, sacrificial strips and tell tales, for less than £200!
I like recycling!
Speaking of which I will
soon have a set of Plastimo roller reefing to sell, got to get a few bits
for it, joiners and plastic luff groove pieces and an extra length of spar
maybe, so it will be suitable for an Eventide 26 or maybe a Waterwitch.
I have not sadly heard
back from several people who have placed adverts for boats on the EOG pages.
If we do not hear back soon they will be filed in the archive pages.
Tomorrow night, 1900
Maldon for a meal. Any more takers? Call me on 01621 778859.
Monday 22nd February
Reminder that the Essex
group will be meeting in Maldon Wednesday evening, for a Chinese meal.
If you would like to join
us please ring me on 01621 778859 to book a place at the table.
Welcome to William Darby
with the Eventide 24 'Vieve'. She is to be based on the North Norfolk
Spent a little time
editing pages on the site over the weekend, 3 hours pouring over pages of
stuff I had written, trying to correct the spelling and grammar. Very
difficult to correct your own mistakes, you tend not to see them! I
hope it all reads a little better than it did!
Heard that the Eventide
'Camelot' sold on the Bay for about the same, £800 as she has sold the last
3 or 4 times she sold in the past 18months! do hope she finds a
permanent home soon, she must be feeling like an unwanted waif! I will be
speaking to the first owner/builder and letting him know this week.
See that white Eventide
mainsail is for sale at £285 not £250, and I thought the latter was a lot.
When I re-read the advert the guy is in Manchester and says collection
only??? Sorry but you have severely lessened your chances of selling
saying that.. As I had a sail delivered from the south coast by My Hermes
for £10 Friday, seems daft...! how much is an old mainsail for an
Eventide really worth? I would have thought £100 top whack.... cannot
sell perfectly good used sails on here for half that much...
Off to sailmaker today
with the used genoa I bought, hoping he does not tell me I wasted my money
and he cannot remake a roller genoa for me out of it....
I have been checking
antifouling stock here and I have 1 can of red left from last year to sell
at the £1.00 off price. 1 can of primer, £29.00 and one of Thinners, (sell
that at the cheaper old price £7.50).
I will also be getting 2
cans of black in to sell at the new price £59.00. and next week will have
dark blue, light blue, red and white in stock here for callers, same price.
Ring me if you are nearby and just need 1 can, to save the carriage. 01621
Pleased to be able to
offer this to owners again as I think it is about the best you can buy,
because it works! Pleased also that the EOG may make a couple of bob
out of it courtesy of the manufacturer, Bill.
Don't forget if you want 2
cans or more it will come direct to you free, if you ring Bill on the number
on the advert. I am not taking a cut so it is no skin off my nose for
you to go direct and save a run out to me in Tillingham!
Friday 19th February
Today I have heard news I
have been waiting for since last summer, we have seen off the big developer
and the greedy farmer who has been trying to turn our tiny village in to a
town, by planting houses all over his fields instead of crops. We are not celebrating yet, but the two appeals by the developer
have been thrown out! I was allowed to speak at the first appeal,
on behalf of our village and as a result the developer has withdrawn
the second. Time will tell if we are now safe, but for the moment we breath
a sigh of relief.
We live in a tiny unspoilt
part of Essex and have been the subject of attacks by these shyster lawyer
developers for 2 years now. What with that and the traveller site we
stopped, we seem to have had our rural idyll somewhat shaken. Lets hope it
I have been busy with the
Antifouling deal and the first orders have gone through and paint is on its
way to owners. With any luck we will also get a small donation for
every can sold, direct to the EOG. See above for the deal and to get
your orders in.
At the same time I have
been contacting all the sellers on the
boats for Sale pages that
have older adverts. Not surprisingly I have found many have been sold,
so the boats are being removed to the archive. Some that are still for
sale have been edited to reflect the lower asking prices. I have
mailed loads and hope to hear back from them by the 24th, or the adverts
will again be removed to the archive. One I removed today, because
neither the mail nor the phone number worked!
I have also added some
items to the Bits For Sale pages, harnesses,
lifelines and some stainless steel wine goblets!
A big parcel arrived for
me today, a good used tan genoa! It was made by Sadlers of Burnham on
Crouch, same as my staysail and previous mainsail and is exactly the
same colour. It is at least 6ft too long in the luff though, but my
sailmaker is confident he can cut it to suit me, so I am taking the old
genoa and this one along to Burnham next week for him to measure it out on
the table. Tape luff for roller reefing and sacrificial strips to be
fitted. The sail came from SeaTeach, the same people who sold me the
replacement Plastimo roller reefing drum. Stuart there is really helpful.
Cost of a new genoa? Quoted in excess of £900! Hopefully this one will
come in less than a third of that and will be serviceable for years.
Seen an Eventide 26
mainsail advertised on EBay for an extortionate £250. unsurprisingly
it has had no takers. Says he is open to offers, so if you are looking
for a replacement white mainsail, use the EBay page and search, 'Eventide
mainsail' it will come up.
All for now, back to chart
Wednesday 17th February
Today had discussions
regarding the 'Marclear' Antifouling.
The source I have had for
the past 10 years or so has packed up. However I am now in touch with the
manufacturer and have managed to get a deal! It is going to be
£1.00 cheaper this time round!
Workboat Red is no more,
but wait, they have 'dulled' the Red so the difference is not so noticeable, so
I'm told! The copper content is exactly the same.
The other change is the
cans, they will now be 2.5 litres in 3 litre cans, so you will be able to
stir the stuff without loosing any over the edge, and be able to add a drop
of thinners if it is very hot!
The cans will have the
other name for 'Marclear' on them, 'EU45'. This is what I bought back
in the 1990's when I started using the product, it is the same.
('Marclear' was the trade name for 'EU45').
Details yet to be hammered
out, but basically I will stock the paint here for callers, but for all
others I will be directing you to a free phone telephone number to talk to
Bill the owner of Marclear in Spain. He will take orders at a discount when
you give a password and it will be carriage free for 2 cans or more anywhere
in the UK. payment by card.
The good news is there will also be similar
discounts for those in the EU, 79 Euros delivered for 2 cans or more!!
(France will be extra as carriage prices extra, nut only 5 Euros a can).
I will be contacting all
who left mails and changing the adverts on the site, shortly.
Pleased to be able to
offer this to all.
Tuesday 16th February 2016.
My daughter sent this one
in, she knows an M.G. when she sees one! She competed in and finished
the Worthing half marathon Sunday (1 hr 54!) and afterwards went to check
out the course of the Brighton one she is competing in for charity in a
fortnights time... saw this boat from a distance so went to
It is the GH 'Francis
Fletcher' and for sale for £26k! So a bit of me has rubbed off then!
Nice boat, so why is she
not for sale on the EOG pages yet?
All white and frosty
again, so I am setting up the dining room table today to continue correcting
Little reminder, we are
meeting on the 24th, a weeks time, in Maldon this time for a Chinese meal!
If you want to join us, please let us know and I will add you to the seating
plan! It's a great place, all you can eat for less than approx £15.00
a head ! 01621 778859.
Sunday February 14th
Happy Valentines Day!
We did our Valentines meal
Friday! Spent the day with the grandchildren today, the two older
ones, out in the garden for a bit, bitterly cold... chopping logs and
filling the bird feeders, then off to play 10 pin etc., real old fashioned
When we came out of the 10
pin and restaurant, it was snowing! 1 degree above and wind chill
making it 5 below!
May get to the boat
tomorrow to do a couple of jobs but even in the barn it is going to be cold,
so not hanging about!
Over the past few days we
have added another Eventide to the
For Sale Page, A 27
that stretched to 27 like ours! 'April May', she was called
Gambor' but have no history on her sadly. as there is some exotic timbers in
her, the Keelson is Teak, we wonder if she was one of the many build at our
forces camps in the far east in the 1960's.? Few jobs to finish off on
board but looks a fine boat. Worth a look and maybe a survey...
Chris in the Netherlands
sent this in. One for Early Summer?
In 2012 we had the
first reunion of Maurice Griffiths and Ben Bouma designs held in Gaastmeer.
That was a very nice meeting and Fluessen was decorated for a weekend with
superb classic sailing boats. We then agreed that we would repeat the
meeting every two years on the first weekend after Pentecost. In 2014, we
repeated the meeting. In 2012, we had eleven participants in 2014 less,
Now it's 2016 and the first weekend after Pentecost, 21 and 22 May, is
another reunion weekend. Before we invite anyone definitively we need to
know a few things about you to come or how still can count on widespread
interest this meeting behind. Therefore, I would like to receive answers
from you about the following questions:
1. Want to join in 2016 with the 3rd reunion? <Name also reserved if you
We have the first two meetings in Gaastmeer, it seemed for the most number
of ships the most accessible place. We can imagine that some of you would
like to participate is chosen as a new location. Therefore, the question:
2. Is Gaastmeer Take a sufficiently accessible place?
3 Is Lauwersoog Take a sufficiently accessible place?
4 Would you like to suggest another place that is easily accessible for many
Finally, the question:
5 Do you have any ideas or suggestions
I hope many positive comments
:- eilardja at gmail.com
If any MG owner in the
Netherlands has not heard about this meet please contact Eilard at the
mail address given.
Following my comments
about red diesel and the bio additives I found this article that may be
Having just seen the
weather forecasts I hope you have those covers secure, snow is one of the
worse things to get on board. It can be wind driven into nooks and crannies,
and then can freeze and thaw to wreak havoc to paint and varnish..
Not sure if this is going
to be the cold snap I have been forecasting, but it is certainly looking
more like winter for the next few days!
Thursday 10th February
Just a brief note to say
we know the site and forum went down today, the main server had a massive
problem for several hours this afternoon. Pleased to say all appears to be
back up and nothing lost.
Makes you realise how
dependent we are on electronics that we have not a hope to understand.
Also that we have to be doubly sure we have all the backups in place and
working as they should.
The site is saved daily to
several locations, not just here and the info on the EOG computer, the saved
documents and photos as well as the website itself saved to 4 separate
storage systems here, with dual drives and Raid as well as flash drives.
Belt braces, bits of string and safety pins!
Starting to get lots of
enquiries in for the Marclear. As yet I have not had the prices for 2016,
but as soon as I get them I will amend the site and let all who have
I spend some time today
adding another tip to the hints and tips page, (it
was when I went to upload it that I found the server was down!). It is
an informative article about servicing seacocks, something I do every few
years. I am often asked how, and now I just have to direct enquiries
to out tips page. Thanks go to our friends in the Trident Owners
Association for this tip.
Glad to say it is very
calm outside for a change!
John Hopthrow has just
sent this in, an Eventide 26 on the Bay.
I have identified her as
'Camelot' sold from our pages a couple of times and then sold again on EBay.
She is up for sale and bidding is just shy of £600 so far. A short
mast rig with gaff sails. different.
Monday 8th February 2016.
The cottage has been
buffeted with F9 winds overnight for the second night and it is still
blowing F7. In an hour or so we have Storm Force 10 forecast for the Essex
coast. Already bridges are closed and ferries cancelled, flights as
well. This one has the name 'Imogen' and is she is causing havoc!
I cannot recall a time
when we have had so many storms and gales in such a short time. Was it
like this years back?? I do not recall it ever being continuously windy as
it is now. Something is clearly amiss with this world. Blame the
Pacific El Nino...
Sad news in from Classic
Boat and the Medina boat yard, some real beauties have been destroyed in a
massive fire there, over 100 lost, including a Dunkirk little ship. Watched
the old black and white film of Dunkirk last night, really poignant film!
Did you know it was as a
result of the sacrifices by the small boat owners that we got that red
diesel tax free concession for so many years. I feel it is right to
tax fuel normally now, as all those hero's have long since swallowed the
anchor, most are no longer with us!
Did you know another
thing, when you buy your red diesel and if you opt for the 60/40 taxation
split, each time the Customs and Excise have to be informed. No
problem if you have a boat with a generator and or a diesel fired heater, but a
friend of mine in H.M. Customs said beware, one day, they might just come
and check! If you have not a heater, watch out.... I always pay full whack for mine, in fact I often put white
diesel in from the local garage, as that fuel is fresher.... For a few
bob it is not worth the hassle of losing your boat!!
Heard from Peter Fox in
Australia, he had a CD of Senior drawings from us, he has given the CD to a
friend who is going to build him a 32 inch scale model! Look forward
to the pictures of this! Not sure if it is to be radio controlled, as
the ones being built in the States are though.
Heard from Tim Fenner with
the WW 'Wedjit', she is over wintering on the Blackwater, safely ashore and
out of these horrendous wind though, hope to cross wakes in the spring.
I spent some time working
on my FG over the weekend, found a time in between wind and wet to get a few
jobs sorted.... see my
'Preparation' page. On course for an early launch and a few sails
before I set off round England again.
I am off out to get some
welding done, but the wind is so strong here I worry my little moggy may
will get blown into a ditch... Batten hatches!
Thursday 4th February 2016.
We heard the other day
from Viktor and family, he was awarded the Seamanship trophy for the
work he put in before his Atlantic trip. Though his mail always said
Russia he claimed to be Serbian... But asked for the plaque to be sent
to his address, in Russia... Only down side is he is adamant that Mr
Putin is a real nice bloke! Funny old world. Propaganda and
brainwashing..... even gets to sailors.
I had a mail regarding
'Beachcomber', for sale on our pages. Samantha has already had an enquiry
but asked me to point out the theft she suffered was not in the present yard
in the Isle of Wight.
After a few days of chilly
and breezy the warm wet stuff is back, it just does not seem right.
After selling yet more
gear from the web site pages I am about to add a few bits, have a few safety
harnesses that are surplus to requirements.. photos and details soon.
Have downloaded all the
Imray corrections for the charts on loan and all I have to do is find the
superfine waterproof pens and I am away!
Tip, when doing
corrections on any chart, do not start with the first correction on the
list. No start at the bottom and work up. This way it may save
you correcting and re-correcting the same area of the chart!
Surprising how many times this saves you time and keeps the chart cleaner.
Just had the renewal from
Craftinsure for my boat. As we are hoping to cruise Ireland we have to
pay an extra £28.00 again, makes you wonder why there is more risk along the
Irish coast as opposed to some of the English and Scottish rocky bits I have
sailed through! the Dorus-Mor and the nearby Corryvreckan come to
Not heard from anyone on
fridges or coal heaters as yet?? Nor tablets and phones....
Sunday January 31st
I am presently preparing
to correct my charts in readiness for the second leg of my 'Fiddling Around'
and have downloaded loads of them from Imray's great website. I have
20 charts for this part of the trip. I have found 3 or 4 have been
reprinted, so I will have to buy new.
Amazingly I went on line
and found sharks on line, not only on EBay, are trying to sell the OLD out
of date charts, for MORE than the latest chart is advertised for, in
Marinestore Maldon! You do have to have your wits about you, beware.
On a similar thread, I
thought I would update my paper copy of ALL the UK tide tables, for 2016. I
bought these when I bought the £35.00 Cruising Association's excellent
almanac. Would you believe, when I searched on line, I was offered
loads of OUT of DATE tide tables for £15.00 or so. WHAT???!? I really
do wonder who would want one that is of no use....
At the moment I have not
found a suitable set of 2016 tables, but could buy the new C.A.
Almanac and then, if I follow the example of the Sharks on the net, sell the
old one for more and make a profit!
It is so daft it is
Off to meet Martin, an
ex-colleague, next week... he followed after me round the UK in
his own boat, 'Blaze', see the logs page...
and he is loaning me back the charts for the east coast I sold him in 2014
when he went round. We might just be wanting to make a full circuit and come
back down the east coast! Martin wants them back as he has plans for next
year, when he too will have retired.
Lots of planning to do.
Added a Lone Gull I to the
For Sale page yesterday, a
lot of boat but in need of TLC. If you have expertise and energy
this could be a great one, one of the first of the Lone Gull's
Had a mail from the ex
owner of an Eventide called 'Lady Gertrude'. He, like me, had noted
the name of the storm that roared in 2 days back.! Gertrude!
Shook my weather vane to bits!
Hope your boats were OK
Thursday January 28th
A group of 5 of us, that's
all, met in Boreham last night, for an excellent meal and chat, where is
everybody else? It was not long ago we could get a dozen every month.
Maybe the annual meeting will tempt a few out in March..... (20th at
Bradwell.). It was not as if it were cold last night...15 degrees in
January!!! Maybe there was something good on the box.....
We have had confirmation
from Christine Rhodes and Roger and Kathy Thomas, that former owners
of the GH 31 'Moondancer' are in touch and are watching the progress of the
ship and crew sailing the Atlantic!
So are we.
Sam Fuller has been on and will be
advertising a part restored Lone Gull II, timber version, just waiting for a
few more details before posting the advert.
Cy Walter with 'Wind, Sand and Stars' has
confirmed he is contact with a prospective new owner via us, we wait to hear
on that one....
Roger and Kathy Thomas has told us they are
selling up their olive farm in Spain and going to move on board their 40ft
Junk rigged vessel, ' Emma-Fay' as she is now all 'ship-shape'! Hope
to cross wakes with them as their home harbour now will be Newhaven.
I have not as yet managed to get to see the
alleged Noontide 32 moored in Maylandsea. I say alleged because as far
as I am aware Conyer only ever built one, called 'Noontide' later named
'Ratty' we think. this one
I am sure must be a steel Riptide extended to
the 32ft we have on the drawings, to make it the same as the Noontide, but
as you will see she is very different in every other respect.
I am off to the boat today
to test the plotter. Yesterday I uploaded all the chart corrections
onto the SD card from Navionics, just have to test that they work!
With the sun shining brightly and temperatures over 10 degrees in the shade
outside I will be flinging open those barn doors to let the sun in!
Got to measure and make a wooden plinth for the new radar pole, then pluck
up the courage to drill through the deck to secure the base! Hate
making holes in her!
Speaking to John Stevens
yesterday we were talking about the advances in plotter programs for
tablets, which are often very much cheaper options than a fixed plotter.
OK tablets are not generally waterproof, they are subject to knocks if
carried loose aboard and must be ones with WiFi, day visible screen, good
battery life and be retro fitted with a good waterproof/shockproof
cover. But having said that the prices are very reasonable. Has
anyone any experience of using one, pros and cons? We would love to hear.
If all goes to plan I hope
to be adding more items to the 'bits for Sale' page shortly....
All for now,
Sunday 24th January 2015.
Next Wednesday we are
meeting in Boreham, near Chelmsford. If you fancy joining us for a
meal out, please call on 01621 778859.
Had a major clear out
today, sold loads of bits off the 'Bits for Sale' pages from here,
stuff that has been on
sale for a while. Chap drove away with suspension groaning! Still some
good stuff there and hope to add more shortly.
The website has been
particularly active in the past week.
Managed to put a
prospective new owner on to Cy with the Steel Eventide. Kesteloo built,
needing a lot of TLC. that's before Cy came back with an advert.
Had en enquiry from Chris
who used to own 'Moondancer', before Roger and Kathy and before Ed. We
have been able to put her and all the ex-owners and owner together by mail
and fill in a few blank pages on the Database. At the moment we think
'Moondancer' maybe half way to America!
This may be one of ours???
Luke has been on to us
about a 32ft boat for sale that is allegedly MG design. It is for sale locally. I think it may be a
modified Riptide/Noontide and in steel! It has been rigged as a Junk
Sloop and with an interesting wheelhouse and deck saloon. Wondering if this
might be that splendid boat that Rachel our Steel advisor built.?? We never
did know where it was sold to... Will take a run down to Maylandsea to
see it, but not buying, at over £40k!
We have been contacted by
Samantha who has a Lone Gull by the name of 'Beachcomber' down the Isle of
Wight'. Seems there is work to be done and she has no time, so is
wanting to advertise it, another that will be appearing on the pages soon.
Whilst talking about the
For Sale pages it has been suggested that it takes a while to scroll down to
the latest adverts, so maybe I will start adding new ones to the top of the
page. You are still going to have to scroll down though, or
you may miss a bargain, one that has been reduced!
Took advantage of the warm
sun today to finish off planting 50 new hedging plants, putting the rabbit
guards on, and to sow a
wildflower meadow just outside our garden, with permission of the farmer, in
a strip he has set aside for the wildlife. (And for our owls to hunt
in!) He is a very green farmer! Should look a picture come summer..
whenever that comes along! Half the gardens and hedgerows are in bloom
here, spring bulbs, primroses the lot. If we get that snow storm
here in 2 weeks time, that at the moment is sweeping America, the
plants and us, will all be shivering!
John Stevens tells me that next
weeks gales can be called 'Jason', (and the Argonaut's!?). Watch those
Roll on Summer,
Thursday 21st January 2016.
We have heard from Cy with
the Kesteloo, Steel Eventide, 'Wind Sand Stars'. Sadly Cy has had to
admit defeat and wants to pass her on to someone who can give here the TLC
she needs. The interior timberwork has mostly been removed, (rot), the
inboard has had a replacement gearbox, but it has all got too much, hoping
to hear back from Cy with more details, but she is moored in Wales on a
drying mooring and he really wants her to go to a good home, so if you are
in the happy position to be able to rebuild her, and transport her away,
please contact us and I will pass your info on.
I have written up more of
my preparation log for my forthcoming 'Fiddling Around' trip in June.
Click here to go to it .
You will have to scroll down to find the latest bit.... I intend
to set off about June 19th. Anyone fancy a sail in company, Blackwater
to Ramsgate then along the south coast, hopefully to the Scillies then up to
Eire and along the Irish coast, hopping over to Scotland and aiming for
Troon! Of course same as with any cruise we have to be flexible and
are so weather dependent so could be fizzling out in Southend.... If
you and your boat are in a position to take on a long cruise, would welcome
The cold snap has not even
been cold enough to freeze the pond over here, though a few have had colder,
and with white stuff! Pleased my F.G. is safely locked in her new barn!
Sure we are going to have
a real cold snap before the winter is out, so got a trailer full of logs
yesterday. Made me wonder about those with solid fuel heaters on
board. Have you a coal or log heater on your boat... and if so, how
successful is it. M.G. used to recommend them, to extend
the season, but wonder how many still have them, with the dirt, soot, smuts
and ash they cause?
We have the log fire
in the living room alight and when it's cold, have it ticking over all
day! On our boat we have a small catalytic gas heater, clever thing,
little condensation... but if its a cold day sail, nothing better than
jacket potatoes in the oven all afternoon! Can you do that on a solid fuel
At the moment I am trying
to get my head round wiring a radar set I have. Never thought I'd be
shipmates with one, seen many when I worked on the water, but all big ship
stuff. I used to warn my students of the danger of going close to one.
Today the new broadband radar sets give of a fifth of the radiation of the
phone we all carry, different story. So I have made a short stainless
telescopic mast to mount on my stern deck and rail and have a 'Lowrance' set
to match the plotter I bought some years back, I had little idea the plotter
could take an add on scanner when I bought it. Very pleased I bought the
I wonder if many others
have had experience of these broadband scanners?
After my experience of
fog, navigating the rocky waters near the Corryvreckan on the first
leg of my Fiddling Around trip, I look forward to the reassurance it should
Hope to be getting a price
on the antifouling next month, my supplier is investigating..
Thursday 14th January 2016.
Sent a WW CD off to Ross
in Australia the other day, for some reason it has taken us a while to get
the communications sorted, but we got there. Ross is promising to send
photos in, by snail mail!
Sold a couple more items
off the 'bits for sale' pages today, gradually thinning out the bits and
bobs in the store! May have a whole load more soon! Got to visit
an ex owner with a garage full to pass on.
Bill Booth of 'Coronette'
fame, has sent in loads of photos of her and her travels. Sadly the
narrative of the log seems to have slipped between the cogs on the EOG
computer and I cannot recover it, Bill is hoping to send another copy. Sadly
again 'Coronette' is once more languishing ashore, having been sold and sold
again. Do hope we will see her afloat again, after all the work Bill put in
to recover her the first time!
Dropped by the boat today
to add the last 2 gallons of diesel needed to top the tank up to the top.
At last the temperature has dropped to near the winters normal and snow is
in the forecast. Will be a shock to all the daffs, snowdrops, primulas
and other flowers out in the garden!
Hope your covers are
Friday 8th January 2016.
We have had a nice letter
of thanks and a donation in from Bob Puzey for selling his Senior on the
pages, many thanks Bob.
I have tried to contact a
few who have items for sale on the pages, but sadly some have not responded,
so I will be 'weeding out' some adverts. If you are one of those who
have an item for sale, you may have changed your e-mail address, (it
happens, after 20 odd years I had to change mine when Virgin gave up on
phone line customers...). If you have an item for sale please check the
advert is up to date and let us know. There is a date at the end of every
advert and as you can see, some are a little old....
Had a former owner of that
splendid vessel 'Coronette' on to us today, asking to be put in touch with
Bill Booth. I have forwarded the request on to the mail addresses,
plural, I have for Bill, hope you are still out there Bill.
The silly weather
continues, we have daffs, narcissi, snowdrops and crocus out and birds
making nests. Real daft. Have a thought for all those knee deep in water
too, dreadful weather changes all over the UK and I understand the World.
The fires in Western Australia and torrential rain and storms elsewhere seem
to be a worldwide issue, and still there are some that say it is nothing to
do with us?
The Eventide 28 'Kiafas'
owned by a someone I knew in the 1970's has just sold as 'Pippalotta' £2770.
She is a stretched E26 and when I knew her had a Yanmar 12 single that made
all the crew leap in time in the cockpit! Dreadful thing! Now
has a smooth triple diesel. After a chequered life, the chap selling,
in the Bristol area has restored her and I hope the new owner has a good
buy. Waiting to hear from the new owners..
Suspect 'Moondancer' the
31ft GH that has featured her often recently, is halfway across the Atlantic
now. We wait to hear of her triumphant arrival in the West Indies.
A couple of us have been
thinking we should perhaps have a 'Passage Trophy' for the best logs and or
web pages... Can anyone come up with an idea for a suitable trophy?
(in addition to the Seamanship Trophy).
Hoping this mild wet
weather hangs on for another day as I have more hedge plants to get in!
Then watch out for the cold snap!
Wednesday 6th January 2016.
The dust from the
Christmas and New year celebrations has settled and tonight, or was it last
night, was/is twelfth night so all should be packed away for another year.
Welcome to the first new
member of 2016. Marin Boberg in Germany. He is building a properly
engineered 'Stitch and Glue' Senior hull from Selway-Fisher. To
complete the boat he needs our CD and yesterday we sent him one! Look
forward to seeing his progress. Will share the photos with you.
Had an enquiry regarding
an Eventide for sale in a dealership we have had experience of in the
past... Have warned the prospective buyer. I suspect he will
find the boat is stripped out and the gear can be purchased separately at a
price! Beware the sharks!
One enquiry the chap had
was 'what length is a berth in an Eventide'.? Do not think he knew
that we all built our own to suit ourselves, so all interiors are different!
One member was on the
phone for nearly an hour today as we discussed the pros and cons of fridges
and cooler boxes. Made me wonder if it may be worth asking you out there in
Eventide land, what you have aboard.?
We have an electric 'IsoTherm'
fridge, it runs on the excess voltage from the motors charging system when
the motor running, to freeze down a holding plate, takes about 45 minutes
motoring to get all frozen. About the time it takes me to get out of the
marina and the creek into the Blackwater, convenient! From then on it only
cuts in when needed and used the cold in the plate before it cuts in again,
thus saving electricity. However to keep it running for 3 or 4 days I
have 200Amphr of batteries dedicated to just the fridge.! A large solar
I know others who use
cooler boxes, plugged in at home and in the car on the way down to the boat
and on the 12v onboard. These can be heavy on the battery though!
Another idea is the deep
insulated ice box with several frozen bottles of water as cooling, what
works for you?
Essex members will be
meeting up on the 27th of January for a meal and chat, fancy joining us?
We will be in Boreham, Chelmsford from 7pm that evening. Hope to see a few
members there, honest, we don't bite!