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28th February 2021.
|After a few sunny days today we are
enveloped in fog and the temperature struggling to get above
6 C. However tomorrow is the first official day of Spring
and the cold wet weather seems to be behind us for at least a
week, and every few days into 2021 gives the prospect of better
weather for fitting out, when we are allowed to move about, at the
end of March. That's when the 'stay at home' rule ends.
Can't come quick enough, so long as the WhuFlu is on the
Nick Lonton has agreed for me to put some
details of his fathers funeral on these pages.
Lonton's funeral will be held at Forest Park Crematorium,
Hainault. Tuesday 9th March at 13.30hrs. Alan
survived WhuFlu but succumbed to cancer.
There will be a
webcam broadcast as is usual in these times.
Remember Alan from his beautifully turned out Waterwitch 'Bonita'.
He and his chum Doug Hoadley, built their boats side by side in
the old school, Collier Row, Romford. I remember visiting
them there under construction. They built both together and
tossed a coin to see who had which one when they got to the stage
where they wanted different internal layouts.
Margaret, Alan their brother and Nick on board 'Bonita'
'Bonita' being followed by 'Dougaljo', motoring out of the top end
of the Pyefleet, where we had all spent a quiet night back in
Alan tucking in to his lunch with Doug behind with his birthday
cakes, at an EOG Meeting..
|We will miss Alan's dry wit and his
expertise, a real craftsman. Fortunately his son Nick has
the same skills and is our Waterwitch Rep. answering the queries.
Alan's friend Doug, who has been in hospital for 5 weeks with
the WhuFlu has at last been allowed home and is slowly recovering.
We wish him well.
|Sunday 21st February 2021.
|At last the ice and snow have melted and
we have temperatures into double figures. We need a bit of
warmth and a drying wind as the ditches are full still! with
the National Lockdown still in force none of us can (legally) get
to our boats for the time being, so when we are able to resume
fitting out, there is going to be a flurry of activity!
Send 4 DVD's to Richard in Wales, he is contemplating having a
steel boat built! Looking at Eventide 26 in Steel, WW in
Steel, Riptide as Noontide in Steel with the GH 31 drawings as a
guide maybe! Thanks for the donation Richard and good luck
with the choice of design.
Nathan in the Azores is also
contemplating building in Steel, he is still deciding but is
leaning towards the Steel Eventide 26.
The Steering Group are looking at restarting the sail number books
for the most popular designs. The idea is that we have had quite a
few boats built to our drawings in the last 18 years all without a
sail number being issued.
Years ago Yachting Monthly would
only issue a sail number when they had seen a copy of the keel
casting, weight certificate. this ensured the sail
numbers did not get out of hand and give a false idea of the
number built. However after a while, maybe 10 years, they
began issuing numbers with drawings and of course there are many
who start off with good intentions, but for one reason or another
never build. There are also some I have known who collected
one of every design?? Maybe they wallpapered the den with
them, who knows, but we do know many sail numbers that were issued
will never actually be marked on sets of sails.
asked by one of our Senior builders about a sail number it set the
cogs in motion. Incidentally we had previously been promised
the old sail numbers books by the last member of the old defunct
eoa, but sadly as I suspected at the time, nothing ever came of it
and all those records are apparently destroyed, shame on them.
So the Steering Group are debating the issue at the moment and
with the assistance of the Database Manager, John Stevens we are
coming to a consensus re the Senior numbers.
The idea will
be to make sail numbers available to members, free of charge., on
receipt of proof that the vessel exists! John Stevens will
then start new sail number books for every YM design, based on the
sail numbers of the latest known existing craft.
Just added a few pics of the Barbican drawings
to the Gallery page. whilst no one is ever going to build
another it will help owners restoring or repairing their boats I
suspect. Thank you Paul.
I have a fun task ahead of
me this afternoon, I intend to finish off my new mooring buoy and
the spliced rope riser... pull the finished re-spliced rope
through the centre of the buoy.....
nylon rope has a safe working load of 19 tons, more than enough
for my boat! The rope will not rot like the galvanised
chain, so looks as though it will be a job I should not have to
repeat for years, if ever. Slight snag was learning how to
splice 32mm 8 plait rope! Bit of a steep learning
curve! I will publish more about this when all done!
All for now, off to wrestle with a mooring buoy!
14th February 2021.
St. Valentines Day.
and Happy Valentines Day!
Hope you got or gave flowers!
This is traditionally the day the birds start making nests, but
the ones here just busy eating to survive, been very cold till
late today, now the temperature risen above freezing and the thaw
started. A heady 4 degrees C at the moment!
We have had a
new enrolment, from Nathan in Portugal, we have tried to contact
him to find out why he has joined as he has put scant information
on the form, so far he has not responded. Wait to see if we
hear from him, hope he comes back so we can enroll him.
Paul Harrison has sent in a load of pics of the Barbican drawings.
We will put some of these on the gallery section. Will be of
interest to other Barbican owners. Paul has asked if anyone
knows how the rigging eyes on deck are fastened, as he cannot see
how they are. Anyone know?
John Hopthrow, a friend,
has sent a snippet from the Walton and Frinton Y.C. newsletter.
'Twizzle Tattle' A bit about MG and his first sail, in
winter! If you know the 'Magic' you will know the story..
We’d been beaten up by the Beast from the Baltic.
Walking home from the Frinton clifftop, where I’d
squinted through the blizzard thinking: “What a
great day for a sail,” I was reminded of Maurice
Griffiths’ maiden voyage aboard his first boat – a
converted 17ft ship’s lifeboat – as described in
his Magic of the Swatchways.
For a chap
who was to become editor of Yachting Monthly,
designer of 140 different yachts, author and war
hero, he chose a rum time for the trip from
Woodbridge to Ipswich…a January snow storm. Let’s
join him off Felixstowe. He’s already run aground
on the Deben bar, escaping by the skin of his
teeth thanks to his crew getting out and pushing…
“…That was the coldest and most miserable
passage I have ever made. We were able to stand
only short spells at the helm, and I well remember
the agony of aching hands as one sat in the
bucking cabin, trying to get back one’s
circulation in the brief spell below, while
increasing bilge water surged up on the lee berth.
By the time we had brought Landguard Point at
the entrance of Harwich Harbour in sight through a
break in a sleet squall, the ebb tide had eased,
and another board allowed us to fetch
through the shallow swatchway that used to
lie in those days between the end of the jetty and
the deadly Platter Sands.
unexpected cross sea suddenly rose above us to
windward, tumbled over and fell with a thunderous
crash on our deck, seething over the cabin-top and
surging into the well. For one sickening moment,
as the water boiled around our feet and burst open
the cabin doors, it seemed that the little boat
had filled and was going down under us; but
she slowly shook herself free of the water,
lurched on and rounded the point into the harbour,
very much down by the head with the weight of
water inside her.
While we raced up the
smooth water of the harbour I bailed with a bucket
until the bilge water was below the floorboards
once more; then I lit the Primus and handed out a
mug of steaming Bovril to the mate, who had so
unselfishly risked his life for the sake of my
An hour later, when we lay snugly on
my moorings at Ipswich, with the gear stowed and a
hot meal under way, we sat in the cramped little
cabin, drying ourselves, and declared that, now it
was over, it had been a great passage and the boat
herself a ‘wonderful sea boat’ to have stood it.
And the joy of ownership that I felt then, the
mounting enthusiasm that swept over me like a
flood, glossed over all its trials and hardships,
its dangers and miseries, and wanted to do it all
again, to go and explore other rivers and
estuaries in her – for she was mine. My boat!
The joy of that moment lingers still…”
heart warming end to a numbing tale.
In later, and warmer, times. The Eventide, one of
Maurice Griffiths' classic designs
Must say I would not have fancied being out sailing for
the last week or so! Roll on Summer.
He also sent a
few nostalgic pics of craft on the Norfolk Broads in the 1950's,
seems an age ago, innocent times. (I was not even a
I do maintain our 'generation' have had
the golden years. For the most part from the 1960's we have
had jobs, and with Maurice's assistance were able to build our
'Dream Ships' and sail them. We developed skills that today
no one seems to want to have, from carpentry to engineering,
to navigation and seamanship..
From the 1960's, till about
20 years ago, these were magic times. Sadly it has
seemingly gone downhill since then, with fewer able to have the
time, inclination, expertise or finances to follow us. Thus
recently so many are finding it difficult to pass on or sell their
boats and resorting to even giving them away. As
a result they do not seem to be as cherished and are not going to
get the TLC we have endowed on them, and many of our wooden
creations will not survive.
(Loads in boatyards, not our boat designs necessarily, mostly
more modern GRP creations, but many abandoned, as the owners
could no longer afford the storage....)
So enjoy them whilst we still can! Hope to have a few years
sailing, gentle local sailing, before I pass my boat on!
Roll on summer
|Wednesday 11th February 2021.
|The threatened 8 to 12 inches of snow
never materialised here, we did get 5 inches or so and plenty of
drifts in the strong wind, but is was the wrong sort of snow for
snowballs and Snowmen, fine and so cold it was dry, so just went
to snow dust! Snag is that its the worst for getting into
places you might not welcome it.... hope your covers....
Had a donation in from Matt in the States. Sent
drawings... He is interested in maybe trying to emulate what
the Dutch designer and yard did to the WildDuck when they converted her for steel
construction, stretching it successfully to 23ft. He
promises to keep us informed of progress.
Had Lucy identify
the Gulfstream 45 already on our Gallery. She had
spotted on line for sale in Kent, the pics of her on the Gallery
taken some time back in Conyer. She looked to be ready to go
to sea then, now she is more of a houseboat...
The UK had
its lowest temperature for over 20 years last night, very cold in
Aberdeenshire! At minus 2, it was 20 degrees warmer here!
Got a few more days of slush to endure yet, it is still
not that cold here, our pond has not even half frozen over, and it
is due to thaw today... It has not frozen now for the
last five years.
Just heard from Bradwell they have let my
berth of 25 years to someone else, and re located me a
few berths away.. Humph! So got to make up new fixed mooring lines
I suppose! Have got the promise of being able to return to
the berth if the other people don't like it.... without even
paying a promised retainer I feel slightly cheated..
Apparently now let to a couple of really old gents, who cannot walk far....
So fair dos. I am promised it back if they give it up,
but I have had promises before.... I have a sneaky feeling I am now to get
charged for the 3ft 6 inch bowsprit! Because I had the most
difficult berth to get in and out of in the marina, with a large
post in it, that they could never rent to anyone over 20ft, they 'forgot' the sprit!
Heard on the news
yesterday that it was far too early to consider booking holidays
here in the UK and overseas is likely to be out of the question
for a long time, so like many, looking forward to days afloat this
season instead. Just hope we get some good days for gentle
|Saturday February 6th 2021.
been a rather sad week, as we have lost Captain Sir Tom Moore.
An inspiration to many and responsible for a record breaking near
33million pound collection to support our NHS staff. He will
hopefully be remembered for a long time.
We also have had
two friends and members in hospital, one just transferred to a
nursing home now... the other may be well enough to go home
shortly. Sure many have similar tales. My Darian lost
a dear friend and work colleague suddenly today. This one
not WhuFlu related though...
With the number of
vaccine sites being progressively increased, and more staff
being recruited, my step daughter Carol has volunteered and
is now trained to give these shots, so we hope all the targets
will be met and we can begin to get back to some form of
normality, what ever that might be. Certainly not as it was
a year or so back.
I have plans afoot to get back afloat in
about May. Mooring confirmed in Bradwell....
meantime, here on the east coast of Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex and
Kent, we are bracing ourselves for storm 'Darcy'.
Now normally we escape the worst of the cold due to our proximity
to the sea, it's about a mile away, eastwards... But
this time a narrow coastal strip, barely 20 miles wide, has been
warned to expect up to a foot of snow, on Sunday and Monday.
Hope those covers are tight, with NE F7's and snow, it can get in
everywhere. Sadly, but rightly, with the national
lockdown, travelling to our boats on the coast, to secure covers,
is not classed as essential travel....
Bit of good
news, a welcome to new member Andrew in south London. He is
actively looking at a rather nice WildDuck. He contacted us
to enquire about their sailing abilities. We were able to
assure him they were excellent. He also wanted to know
if the design would be happy in a soft mud berth on the Medway!
Affirmative to that one too. More information on the boat
when he has acquired it! It looks to be one of the best we
Another new member, Attini in the Netherlands,
has send more information about his 40ft steel, round bilged boat.
We have managed to establish it is indeed one of the 'Bay Class'
of vessels built in Conyer in Kent and designed by the design team
of Spears, Hundy and Griffiths! He has sent a few
photos we will add them to the Gallery.
Sadly we can
find little on the 'Bay of Islands' class vessels on line. I
thought I had a handout here from Conyer Marine, with them all
listed, but cannot find it. Anyone got any info? Designed by
Spears and Hundy with assistance from Maurice.
far as we can tell the 40ft and 45ft Bay of Islands Class were round bilge,
was also the 'Gulfstream' vessels in
designed by Maurice, also from the same yard,
and these were double chine). I listed a 45ft Gulfstream ,
spotted for sale in Kent
by Lucy, in the last page of the Stoppress..... Others on the
Gallery. The same yard produced the only Noontide to ever be
built commercially, that boat I inspected at the East coast boat
show decades ago
and wrote a report on . That report resulted in Maurice donating the pencil
drawings of the steel Noontide and the wooden Riptide to me! Had a
friend redraw them in ink...many built!
So time to batten
the hatches, especially if you are on the east coast. We
have the generator ready and the logs are in!
|Monday 1st February 2021.
Ridiculously wet still, incessant rain has turned most people's
gardens into mud baths. Hope the covers OK on your boat, if
in the open!
Sadly not heard any more from South Africa
about that Eventide 26 aground on the sand bar. Not sure if
we can figure out which one it is from our membership list....
Member Lucy has sent in details of a 45ft MG designed
'Gulfstream'. Was bought and sold a couple of times and had
reappeared for twice the last selling price at a marina in
Kent. Leave it to you to figure out if this is a 'bargain'
do have a nice boat for sale on our pages, see the
advert.. The price has just dropped
Keith building the Senior mailed us this
week with an interesting enquiry. Could we give him a sail
number? Seems he fancies his chances racing her! (I
think our boats were more designed for safety and comfort than
We were promised the old sail numbers books by
Rodney, the last president of the defunct assoc., but of
course they never materialised. To be honest I never
expected them too!
So having got most of the records from
earlier days, we think we should be able to work out where we are
up to and than start a new sail register. That will keep our
Database manager busy for a while!
On a positive note, good
to see the evenings staying lighter and the dawns getting
earlier.. Snowdrops, crocus and Narcissi out in the garden.
Roll on spring.
|Tuesday 26th January 2021.
|I am pleased to say
one of the two members in hospital is responding to treatment and
may be allowed out at the end of the week! So very pleased to hear
this today. Sadly the other member is not doing as well and
at the moment he is still in the best place.
Welcome to yet
another new member, Jonathon in Derbyshire. He joins as a
'friend' or associate member. He is looking to acquire a
Senior. Because of the WhuFlu and lockdowns not been able to
do much more than look on line, or read magazines. He saw
the article in Watercraft and looked our site up. He found
us and we were able to put him in touch with Mat the Senior rep.
In the meantime bet Jon is reading every page of the site.
Had a mail yesterday from Joey in South Africa, he sent in several
photos of a sad looking scene. a fin Keeled Eventide 26 hard
aground on a notorious sand bar. Hoping for more news later.
We do know the young man onboard managed to get ashore safely...
Thought it will be of interest to you. I
sail a small Flamenca 25 on the South African west coast.
A young man, 20 years old, left Cape Town
bound for Port Elizabeth. Last week during the night he ran
aground some distance past the Cape Agulhas bank . Very sad to see
the boat stranded like this. Young man is safely on land.
Think you will agree this is a sad picture, do hope they can
get her off.
|I have spent most of
this afternoon editing the links page. I added a link to the
rope seller the other day, with a discount code... and
whilst doing so noticed a number of links did not work! That
is not on! So I have found new links for some, others
sadly have been deleted, as the companies have ceased trading etc.
I hope now all the links work again.
At the moment the rain
has restarted, our little spinney behind the cottage was so wet
recently we have started to call it the 'swamp'! It was just
beginning to dry out a little but seems more rain on the
way. (I am often likened to Shrek!).
One last comment, neither Darian nor I have had any adverse
effects from the vaccination thus far, it was the Pfizer one.
Hope you get yours soon.
24th January 2021.
|Pleased to be able to tell you that one
of our senior founding members, who has been very poorly in
hospital with WhuFlu, is on the road to recovery, he is a fighter!
Sadly another founding member is still in intensive care.
Our thoughts are with all who are suffering or have family
suffering from this damned WhuFlu.
See the chinese are now
blaming the rest of the world for giving them it! Could not
make it up could you.
One really good bit of news last week
from the other side of the pond, was the new president, Joe.
Hopefully America can get back to some normality now, see
one of the first moves was to rejoin the climate conference, good
We had a phone call out of the blue Friday, 'could we
be ready at a moments notice to travel to have the vaccine'!
To save vaccine going to waste because of cancellations...
Yesterday at 1303 precisely I had mine, the first one anyway.
Makes the future look so much brighter, hope it is not long till
all are in the program...
We have had another new
enrolment, Annie and Will in Derbyshire, with the M.G. Bawley
'Pearl'. She sails from the Essex side of the Stour.
Hope to cross wakes with them next summer, reminder to all to keep
your luff's taught, the roving camera may spot you!
had an article about shoe horning a cabin table into one of our
designs, clever. We will be publishing the pics etc. on the
Owners Tips Pages.
Also had a rope
manufacturer asking to put a link on our pages.
be doing that in a little while. their website can be seen here:-
The Steering Group authorised repayment to me for the hosting
of the website for another year and despite the WhuFlu lock
down I am pleased to say the cheque has got back to me, posted
during a period of exercise by John the counter signatory.
Amazing how the simplest of things get so difficult it we are
applying the rules correctly!
As I was passing my boat on
the way back from being vaccinated, (Well almost passing), I
was able to visit the barn, briefly, (whilst doing my press ups!)
and pat the boats transom again... Not too long now.
Had you noticed how the evenings are getting so much lighter,
longer! 1700 last night and still just light.
expecting snow this evening, already had a few flurries and heard
from others west of here that they have had a few inches already.
That will make it darker earlier..
All for now, stay
safe out there.
Saturday 16th January 2021.
|Had nice mail from Terry who used
to sail out of Tollesbury many moons ago. He had some old
drawings and other correspondence he wanted to give to a safe
place, gratefully received Terry. He also sent a couple of
photos that I am able to reproduce, after a little editing.
To my surprise one of the photos shows him on board
'Gil Gilad' motoring past
my mooring buoy in Woodrolfe Creek. Trying to ascertain when the
photo was taken as I am not on the buoy.... Sadly the boat
was vandalised some years back and eventually broken up, sad...
at the photo on the right you can just make out a yellow blob by
Terry's elbow, that's my mooring. Bradwell power station in the
|At the moment I am gathering kit to
re-lay that mooring. I have a 'new' large mooring buoy and
to go on top a very strong s/s swivel. It will stay out of
the water.... To secure the buoy to the mooring ground
chain, I am going to use a 7m or 22ft length of very heavy duty
nylon, 40mm with a 12 ton safe load!
Up till now I
have always used a 22ft length of 3/8 inch galvanised chain.
Strong but corrodes gently, so needs replacing every 5 or 6
years. Mine is overdue! Got this idea from a friend, Dave
the rigger! He has been splicing up mooring risers in nylon
for over a decade now for use on the Crouch and all have survived
Once the rope is beneath the surface it attracts
weed and of course mud, if like mine it dries, this also protects
the rope from UV. So long as you take care with thimbles
etc. to protect it from chafe it will out live chain! I had
noted years ago, that Tollesbury Marina have been using heavy rope
for risers on the marina 'waiting' buoys just off my creek
mooring. Made a mental note for the future!
report back on the effectiveness of the new set up..
|By the way, talking of promises of
paperwork, never did hear back from the ex president of the
eoa with all the drawings and logs he promised us, somehow I never
expected him to keep his word.....
Had a couple of people
concerned about the new rules for boat in the EU, after our exit.
Good thing for one person is that they are never planning to
return the boat to the UK, so they are safe, till someone moves
the goal posts again! Two others at least must now be
wondering, what to do... If I hear any more from the
Cruising Association I will let you all know.
mail us from the other side of the pond, in Texas.
Sent him a DVD of the Junior drawings by air mail, as well as
sending them by e-mail, the DVD took over 2 months to get there!
Not really surprised, what with staff shortages and planes
grounded due to the WhuFlu, it is amazing any post gets through!
Had a prospective Senior owner read the write up in
'Water Craft', about 'Bethem'
Mat's Senior. He contacted us to ask Mat's advice, pleased to be
able to pass his mail on and await Jon's enrolment.
Nick in La Rochelle contact us regarding the Golden Hind
'Right-Eh-Oh'. He is
berthed near her and has not seen anyone near or by her so is
tending the lines for the owners. We do hope they step
forward and enroll as we have someone who has the original ship's
bell for her. would be great to reunite the boat and bell!
So if you know who owns
'Right-Eh-Oh' now, get them to get in touch! If you
do not want to speak to us, we don't bite, honest, Get in touch
with Nick direct:-
msvp74 at hotmail.com
Heard back from Raf, in Belgium, who was deciding
which of several of our designs he was going to have built in
steel. Says the choices are difficult! Go for the
biggest one you can afford, will be a more comfortable ride if you
are off ocean voyaging!
After adding some pictures of
'Running Wild' a 3 tonner based
in Suffolk, we have sadly still not had the enrolment. Are
people shy? Cannot think they are if they own designs from
our stable as we do tend to stand out in the crowd of white GRP!
We had snow here this morning, just a half inch, and as it
turned to rain after a few hours it was all gone soon enough, but
a timely reminder if you can legally get to your boat, check the
Hopefully the vaccine roll out will get to our
senior members soon!
Saturday 9th January 2021.
|After a week the news just gets scarier.
So many in our little backwater were ignoring the rules all last
year and now the country is paying. Having spoken to many
here refusing to wear masks, and getting verbal abuse for my
concern, I wonder if any of them have any regrets.
only hope they may have learnt. Heard just yesterday that
a friend and EOG member and owner was in hospital for another
reason and has now contracted the virus, at the moment he is OK
but as he is in the very high risk age group, there is great
Trying to think positively, I was taken aback by a
bit of news about the EU. and the Tax man in the UK.
Seems as we left they have now decided in Brussels to punish us.
So many silly regulations coming out of there to upset out trade,
but yesterday they hit below the belt. Seems those who want
to sail to the EU for extended periods are to be taxed! Only
allowed to be in the EU for so many days or have to pay VAT again!
If your boat is already in the EU it has to get back, (in a
pandemic???), or lose it's VAT paid status! I gave up
going to the EU to spend my holidays supporting their tourism when
they got silly over red diesel, so I am not that surprised at more
digs at Britain. I am grateful to a member for sending
in this précis promulgated by our friends in the Cruising
I am writing to you about
an issue that will affect most CA members. Her
Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has decided
that UK-owned boats returning to the UK post-Brexit,
i.e. after the transition period ends on 31st
December 2020, will be deemed to be imported and
VAT will be payable unless a relief from VAT
payment is available. The main relief available is
the Returned Goods Exemption. This requires that
goods (including yachts) are re-imported within
three years of export.
To make matters worse, HMRC
decided in September that the rule would be
applied rigidly from the end of the transition
period on 31 December 2020. This would mean that
yachts that have been out of the UK for more than
3 years on 31 December 2020 and yachts bought in
the EU which have never been in the UK would lose
UK VAT paid status. Given that it was announced in
September this year, this was farcical. HMRC has
now relented to a small extent and a period of one
year’s grace has now been granted for yachts that
have been located in the UK at some point but
yachts which have never been located in the UK
will still lose UK VAT-paid status on 31 December
2020 which is ridiculous. We think there are up to
30,000 UK boats scattered throughout the EU at the
moment, many in Greece and Croatia.
The least we are asking of
HMRC is that the three year period should start
from 31st December 2020 and that the Relief should
be available for yachts which have never been
located in the UK, but even that is
unsatisfactory. Hitherto, in practice boats could
leave the UK and sail for as long as they wished,
for example round the world, to the Caribbean or
just in Europe. HMRC were not interested when they
returned and in the vast majority of cases there
was no suggestion of additional VAT being payable
as long as it was the same person returning the
yacht and the yacht had not been significantly
improved. We would like to maintain the status
The change in attitude by
HMRC is unacceptable. The CA is fighting it but I
would like you all to write to your MP expressing
your extreme disapproval of HMRC’s new policy.
The Cruising Association, CA House, 1 Northey
Street, Limehouse Basin, London E14 8BT
Registered in England Number 05838052
age ago I was on the RYA Cruising Committee and fought off the EU
regulators re the Recreational Craft Directive, to get a clause
inserted, exempting our home built boats from having to have the
full £5000, certification. eventually they agreed it was OK,
provided we kept them for 5 years after their launch date.
Worked for most, but in a couple of sad cases where owners, or
their families, were forced to sell before that 5 year date and
they had to obtain certification at huge cost, before they could
When the RYA abolished the Cruising committee
I realised they were not as interested in us the common cruising
owners, more the Olympic racers and the sponsorship deals...
Hope this will not apply to many of our members, but I know it
will apply to those with boats abroad now, and there are a few of
Our member wrote:- In a
nutshell, apart from being extremely unjust, for the purposes of
you excellent web-site, it means that boats remaining in the EU
will have a limited marketability. But, to those who would like to
cruise in the EU27 for an indefinite time, such boats will be of
particular interest. So, some boats already in the EU, should
appeal to anyone wishing to cruise in mainland Europe
indefinitely. The EU accepts that VAT has been paid.
Cruising will also be harmed by non-EU visitor status that means
no one can be in the EU27 for more than 90 days out of any 180
Also contemptible is HMRC's 'generous' grace to exempt us from
double VAT payment, so long as we make it back to the UK by the
end of this year. Given that we can only be away for 90 days - and
then there's pressure/problem of Covid - folk as far a field as
Greece and Turkey don't have cat in hell's chance.
Lets hear from any members who may also be effected by this
and maybe we can lobby the CA to speak on your behalf...
Lastly before I sign off, Go to the
For Sale page if
you are hankering for a nice Golden Hind. Price drop!
Pleased to say the snow did not settle and it was warm enough
today to plant 10 new hedging bushes on our little spinney
boundary hedge. Supposed to warm up shortly, just so long as it is
dry, had enough rain! Check those covers..
Tuesday January 5th 2021.
Yes we are
back in Lockdown!
|Some would say, and I am one of
them, not before time! The Pseudo Lockdown we had before
Christmas was a farce and of course with so many ignoring the most
obvious dangers, cases have rocketed.
Good news is the new
lockdown appears to be being obeyed, at least round here.
Less traffic and schools closed. During the phony Lockdown I
spoke to a local marine engineer working out of Bradwell who told
me loads of people ignoring the rules and mixing with others,
doing 'important safety maintenance ' on their boats. Apart
from an occasional pat on the transom, my boat has been in her own
Hoping with the vaccination being rolled out
maybe it will not be too many months till the antifouling brush
can come out! If we are careful!
Using the EBay page
shortly to buy a new water filter cartridge for the water system
in my galley, to fit when I can get back to her, that
is about all she needs apart from a wash down and polish, did it
all last year.
Hope your boats are safe and secure
and almost ready to launch.
The Steering Group have just
authorised renewal of the web hosting for the year, so all paid
up. also the domain name renewed, for two years.
Welcomed 'Orinoco' to the Forum, pleased to see more owners taking
advantage of it. You registered on there yet? You will
need the password you were sent when you enrolled, lost it?
Just mail us and we will check your membership and send the
Friday 1st January 2021!!!
Welcome to a wholly different New Year!!
The photo I took in Dover during my
round UK trip in 2018.
|We welcome in 2021 with a couple of great
reasons for real enthusiasm.
As of 2300 last night
we officially are an 'independent sovereign nation' again and a
British made vaccine is being rolled out, not only to protect us,
but available to the whole world, for a fraction of the cost of
other vaccines! Britain can really lead in so many fields...
Really hoping 2021 will be a different year to the last
one, which we would like to forget asap!
I have the
forms on my office desk to fill in, to be able to return to
my berth in Bradwell marina!
I also have
the half tide mooring at Tollesbury to pay for and one of the
first jobs I will have to do next season will be to change the
riser chain on that mooring and fit a new mooring buoy! It
is a strong enough mooring to take a 30ft boat, so long as you are
OK drying out at half tide, available to friends and members, if
you are visiting this beautiful part of the Essex coast and need a
I was in some doubt I would be able to
get back to my berth at Bradwell this year... As a berth holder
at Bradwell for 25 years, I was fortunate to be allowed to 'have a
year off' with the promise that I could return to my berth, when it
was safe to do so. Pleased to say the grandson of the owner,
Arthur, was good to his word!
Last year it was impossible
to get my boat out of the barn, transport her back to the marina,
step the mast and rig her etc., without breaching all the rules in
'Lockdown 1'. I always rely on my two good friends and
regular crew, Keith and Phil to be able to do all this, as well as
the local farmer for the tow from his barn back to Bradwell.
Looking forward to Darian and myself and all of my crew
getting the new vaccine, so we will be able to launch late
As 'Fiddler's Green' was nigh on
ready to launch back in April last year, all jobs sorted,
all she needed was the antifouling, so it will be an easy
job to finish the fitting out. (Unless of course I find a
few more 'little jobs' to do!)
Hoping all can have the same
positive outlook for sailing this year... For some it
has been very difficult.
Finally a welcome to Raf in
Belgium who joined us a couple of days back, as a 'Friend'.
He is deciding which of our designs he is going to have built in
steel for a rather long voyage he is planning to undertake.
He is hankering after the steel Eventide 26, but is also
considering building a steel Riptide!
So a toast to '21 and
we look forward to crossing wakes with many friends.