'Stoppress' pages for 2018
I am hopefully off on the second part of my 'Fiddling Around' trip this summer, 2018. Due to barnacles in my kidneys for the last 2 years, which I have now at last got sorted..... I had to postpone it till now!! Above is a link to the first part, of the Fiddling Around log. Anyone up for a sail in company from the Blackwater, south and west in mid June this year??
When I am away these Stoppress pages will be on hold till my return, but the log of the trip will be updated daily! See the link above. John
These pages will be updated on an almost daily, certainly on a weekly basis, from all the mail and information coming in to us.
EU45 antifouling for Sale.
I have got the same great deal on antifouling again, now called EU45, (as it was years back) identical to the old Marclear, made by the same man... Bill Robinson. For high strength navy blue, mid blue, red, black, grey and white Antifouling. (Workboat red has become just red!)
For the last 8 years it has been sold to us at £60!! for 2.5 litres, a discount on the normal price. Add £5.00 carriage on 1 can orders, Carriage free on orders for 2 or more cans. Ring the free phone number above and quote EOG. Bill will make a donation to the EOG as a result of owners buying...
Now on the paint is being supplied as 2.5 litres in 3 litre size cans, so it is easier to stir.
For members in Europe cost was 79 Euros, delivered! 2 cans or more.. (except France where carriage is more expensive, French price 84 euros.)
Thinners for wiping down, cleaning up or thinning 10% if it is really cold £9.00 for a litre can.
There is also a primer in 2.5 litre cans, for covering old antifouling that may be flaking, unstable or not copper-based. £29.
Members if you would like it delivered all you have to do is ring the free-phone number to speak to Bill and quote 'Eventide Owners Group' If you are not enroled join first or we will know and you will not get the discount.
You pay him direct by card, or bank transfer it will come direct to you within 48 hours! Min 2 cans for carriage free delivery. (You can order only 1 can but there will be a £5.00 contribution to carriage costs.)
For more details contact me on 01621 778859.
Winter 2017/18, I have just a few cans left here in a few colours. Call me on 01621 778859 to find out what I still have. I will be accepting payment for these from credit cards on ordering, via my 'SOS' PayPal account.
Contact me via this site email@example.com and I will send details.
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Sunday 14th January 2018.
We have had a succession of grey winter days here, and today is another. Certainly not conducive to work outside! (Not that my nurse will let me out into the cold yet, after the bug I had!!). So I have been downloading chart corrections for the 20 odd charts I have here as part of my folio for the second part of my round England, Wales and part of Scotland, hopefully taking in a visit to Ireland along the way! Some have Three A4 pages of corrections, that will keep me busy though the next month or so!
I have updated the 'Preparation Log' pages as well, I have been busy on our EBay page again!. Scroll to the bottom to get the latest. This morning I downloaded the directions for navigating and obtaining licences etc. for the Forth and Clyde Canal! More reading material.
Had a request in from a new member, welcome to Tom, with a Golden Hind in Wales. He would like to get in touch with other GH owners. Contact us to be put in touch. He has GH 63 a sheathed ply version from 1968. Formerly known as 'Blyth Andora' now renamed 'Catrin Glyndwr' Any relation to the other 'MG', the Welsh one I wonder??
Michael with 'Mystique' was in touch last week and has sent a load of interior shots of his boat, interesting decor! Also a couple of pics of her without the junk rig as a motor cruiser. Looks good.
I will be adding the pics to the Gallery later.
Hope the armchair sailing is going well, I have worked my way along most of the south coast already this week!
Sunday 7th January 2018.
Popped into the marina bar last night for a meal, we were the only ones there! Arranged our Annual Meeting date. 25th March at 1400, bar meal beforehand, 1230. We have the exclusive use of the marina bar dining area, lets fill it!
Storm Eleanor wreaked a little damage here last week, several very old dead elm trees came down near our boundary falling in among our newly planted trees, but thankfully missing them all, though a few bits of fence suffered. The dead elms were 'Cornish lock elms' a variety planted widely in the area as hedging, not the enormous English elms! At just 15ft tall and no more than 5 inches diameter, they are easily removed! Firewood!!
(I am protecting a few elms of this variety in our hedge. By keeping them trimmed back the elm beetle cannot get access and therefore not spread the virus that decimated the other native elms here...)
The boat barn unscathed thankfully, hope your boat ok.
We had an interesting enquiry from France yesterday, asking about our drawings and seemingly wanting to use some of our drawings to experiment on re stability curves? Interesting.
I had the stability curve and the rating for my Eventide worked out by my surveyor 27 years or so ago, was an interesting exercise. Proved that MG knew what he was about, my Eventide is supposedly suitable for offshore use, what a surprise!
Keeping warm here, as I am still recovering from a nasty bug that left me squeaking like Pinky and Perky, so chilly outside, wind chill temperature is minus 2!
Tuesday January 2nd 2018.
Happy New year to all our readers!
Start the year with the news that at least one other boat is to join 'Fiddler's Green' next summer, at least to see us as far as the Swin! 'Wedjit'! Do hope we can kindle a bit of interest with others to get them to sail further.
We are hoping to spend 2 months approx sailing the 800 miles or so up to Troon, to complete the second half of our trip. When we get back to Scotland we then have a few options, sail on, through the Clyde and Forth eastwards to Edinburgh, then south, or trail back with our own trailer or piggy back home on an artic. Others, if they join, may decide to peel off and go further north, to Skye and the outer Hebrides maybe. Perhaps retracing our route through the Crinan and the Caledonian canals...
We met others last time who loved it so much in Scotland's waters they arranged moorings up there and went back the next summer! I really can see why!
Heard from John Hopthrow, he has found a MG Barrier Reef in Walton, in lovely order too. Pics to be added to the gallery. Hope to find out more about her....
Do we know this one by a different name maybe??
Not the boat I thought it may be, Crystal Voyager, different number of wheelhouse windows!
The Eric Manners mention in December has brought a couple more comments. The late Gerry Loveridge's family, Wendie and Sally have sent more info, they knew Eric! And Chris in the Netherlands has turned up more, he designed big cats and tri's too! Also a story of shipwreck I am going to bend his am to write up! (in an Eric Manners cat!)... I will be passing all on to the enquirer. So good the network of Eventiders stretches so far.
Had a nice note in from Peter North's daughter Val, after we sent a card. Peter sadly has severe memory problems and cannot remember a thing, a nautical card every now and again is the least I can do for all the assistance he gave me 40 years back!
This greeting to members has come in from Silvano in Italy!
So the first entry for 2018 ends.
Hoping it is a good, happy and healthy year for all of us.