Fireworks over Tower Bridge some years back, not this year!!
New Years Eve and another year to forget! The last two have
been dire. Hoping that 2022 may??? bring a respite, but not
looking clever at the moment. So many ignoring precautions,
despite the rampaging WhuFlu, what planet are they on?
Spent a happy hour on board 'Fiddler's Green' today, rigged the
pair of solar panels I used to rig when she was in the barn, this
year they hang from the bowsprit. I removed my
flexible solar panel from the top of the spray hood and shortly
the spray hood will be removed, after I have fitted a pair of
tarps. the spray hood will of course go in the washing
The batteries all showed 12.9v and
the NASA battery monitors show all three banks fully charged, from
the flexible solar panel that fits atop the spray hood.
Hopefully the two panels hanging from the bowsprit will keep the
batteries fully topped up all winter, nothing kills a battery
quicker than letting it go flat. As FG faces SW they will
catch any afternoon sunshine....
Amazingly the temperature
outside today was 15 degrees. Will hear later if the records
have once more been broken. (What Global Warming??).
The seasons are totally to cock here, spring flowers out, cherry
tree in blossom, crackers... And still there re people who
are in denial????
Whilst on board today we also managed to
attach the 4ft length of 4 inch s/s tube that I had cut and shaped
to fit onto the end of the boom, with the addition of a bit of old
carpet padding, the tube now extends the boom over the transom,
supported in the crutch I fitted to take the mast, when lowered.
Must take some pics. Now our cover, when we get it, will
neatly cover all the back end. Next week I hope to sling a
couple of very heavy tarps over the boat awaiting the new fitted
Darian had to agree with me that the boat was dry
and sweet smelling inside today, the 7 ventilators, the cracked
open fore hatch and the removal of the log transducer
creates a decent air flow. It has been so wet of late it was
good to see no puddles of water collected anywhere on the side
decks! They can be the cause of problems if they freeze!
I will be preparing a new Stoppress page for 2022 in the next
day or so. Got a lot of hyperlinks to alter and dates to change.
Give me a few days, then if you notice a link not functioning or
missing, please let me know.
Incidentally I have
just paid up the web hosting for another year. Now lets see
if we can add so many pics we have to make the hosting bigger!
Already over 10Gb!
To that end I am adding a nice photo of
the WW 'Sugar' berthed in Dartmouth, to the gallery.
WW pages. David has done a
very good renovation on her. Great area to sail!
Sent a new
EOG burgee out to our GH rep, Simon, also
a copy of all the drawings and updates on the GH31 we have, and
they are many and varied! Lots of input from Mark Urry.
I also sent a copy of a CD regarding a circumnavigation I have
been trying to add. had a problem as the photos would not
show. Simon is going to see if he can assist. Be good to add
this one to the Logs Page.
That's about all for now, it just leaves me to wish you all a
healthier 2022 and hope we get some decent sailing weather.
Monday 27th December 2021.
We are now in that odd limbo, between Christmas and New Year, where
we never know which day of the week it is! I had to look it up.
I hope Santa bought you that new GPS or whisker pole you were
wanting, and not just the socks! This year I had no boating
wants, so Santa concentrated on the socks!
Christmas Eve we
took ourselves off to Bradwell beach for a couple of hours.
I do a regular litter pick there and was disappointed to find a
carrier bag full of litter, most had floated in with the tide, but
the metal BBQ grid did not, nor did the 4ft of barbed wire?? We
also pick up beach washed glass and collected a small bag full.
To be reused decorating craft items...
happened to be HW, springs, so not a lot of beach there. We
almost had the beach to ourselves and afloat there was only one private
motor boat out there, fishing. However the Dutch dredger
'Scald' came in as we arrived and made its way over to Mersea to
drop spoil on the Nass and nearby sand banks. We heard this
rather than saw it as the wind had gone to a gentle F2 easterly
and the fog rolled in!
I could see where the 'Scald' was,
using the AIS app on my phone though. I have been monitoring
her every day and apart from a brief respite on Christmas day when
she anchored, loaded, off Sales point, Bradwell tor 24 hours, she
has been back and forth twice a day on the tides, dredging off
Harwich and dumping a Mersea/Tollesbury. As she is an 80m
long x 15m beam dredger, I bet the creeks will be half blocked
with spoil by now, caution when navigating there next spring!
Even though it is Christmas we have had another enrolment!
Welcome to Tomas in the Czech Republic! Tomas seems to
indicate he already has many sets of drawings, but it may be
he is interested in a few, I have replied to try and clarify
that. A 'Friend', or 'Associate' member for now.
rain is beating against the study windows as the wind is SE, a
foreteller of stiffer SW winds later, with more rain! Whilst
out Christmas Eve I did do a little detour to Bradwell marina and
checked F.G. She is sat on her blocks at just the right
angle, so no puddles on
the side decks. All clean and tidy. I have given up
waiting for the sail maker, and have purchased a pair of very
heavy tarpaulins from a company called 'Tarpaflex'. These
are a lot heavier than the Mickey Mouse ones sold elsewhere.
Brother in law has offered to come over and help me rig them when
they arrive! They weigh 7kilos each!
temperature is supposed to be 15 degrees over the next few days, warmer
than some days last summer! Hope to get her protected before
the snows arrive!
Hope your pride and joy is safe and
Wishing you all a Happy and HEALTHY 2022!!
Its time, the bouncing snowmen are
Tuesday 21st December 2021.
Today is the Winter Solstice so as of today the days start getting
longer!!! Sadly the coldest part of winter is still to come
though, as generally we get the worst cold spells nearer March!
And still I have no winter cover!! Cannot chase it though,
as the sail maker recovering from hospital visit... Seasons
greetings to all. And here's hoping for a lot healthier 2022!!
Sunday 19th December 2021
A quick line to welcome Teo in Portugal, who has enrolled, looking
for a G.H. Anyone selling in his part of the world?
Not that many people will be able to travel to view for a
while, the new variant of WhuFlu is running riot all over the
place now. Amazed we have not gone back into lockdown, but
politically it would be a bad move for the UK government, despite
what common sense and the medical advisors say! We are being
ultra careful and have just done tests, as have the rest of the
family, who are all coming to us today.
Christmas meal is also going to be an engagement party for Holly
and Brandon. There is a big union flag and banners up out
side welcoming them home... After 7 months on the ship not
seeing daylight, very relived to be back. (Can't go for a
stroll on deck on a carrier, bit of a busy place!! Off limits
The weather is calm and still, with high
pressure in charge, but of course this time of year that of course
means fog. Not been able to see the river for 3 days so I
have not had eyes on the Dutch dredger dumping spoil in Mersea
quarters, but I can see it on my phone with the AIS app.. It
has been dropping gravel on the edges of many of the islands or
their sand banks.. With the number of trips they have been
making, from Harwich approaches to the Nass area, the creeks will
be very different next season, so beware don't cut corners until
you have seen it at low water!
I am still waiting for any
sign of the winter cover for Fiddler's Green, which is annoying as
I was wanting it on long before now and I have just heard the
weather is to become 'wintry' for next week.... Hmmm.
I must rig that bit of s/s tubing I have shaped, on the end of the
boom, so I can at least sling a tarp over the back end....
Noticed the spray hood was in dire need of a good scrub too, to
get the green off.... Then that will go in the washing
As an aside we had a young swan crash land in
our garden last week. It was just loosing its brown plumage.
When they get to this age the parents chase them off to find a
place of their own! With no long flat area to get a
run up, it was not going to fly off in a hurry. Trapped in the
garden.. We have had a bird flu outbreak not 10 miles
from here so, though I would normally catch it and carry it off
quite happily, (years of swan catching during my time on the
London river!!) I would not touch it. It was not
apparently sneezing or otherwise looking infected... It
happily fed on the corn and peanuts I gave it and drank water...
and was not at all phased by me, quite the opposite, so guessing
it had just been ousted from a public lake where it was used to
being thrown bread and the like. After an hour or so it
eventually found a gap in our hedge and got into the farmers
field. Fortunately it had a crop of cut Lucerne in it and was
pretty flat. Even with the peanuts it made a good take
However we have not seen many larger
birds, the Magpies, Crows, Pigeons and the like that are
normally always here for a week now. The bread tossed out 2
days ago is still there. This is unusual. Bird Flu as
well as WhuFlu????
Good news is my Black headed
gulls still line up on the roof. They do not like to land to
get the bread though, wary feeders. Only if they get really
Hope you are all vaccinated to the eyebrows now,
Sunday 12th December 2021.
HMS Queen Elizabeth.
This last Weekend Darian and I were invited, along with
other members of the family, to Portsmouth, to welcome back the
Carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth! Why?? Well the grandson,
Brandon and his Fiancé have been serving aboard.
Fiancé, Holly left the ship some months ago with an injury, but
today was reunited with Brandon.
Holly and Brandon
We have just spent a joyous weekend with Brandon and Holly and to
our surprise were treated to a VIP tour of this great ship!
Great because it's huge! The flight deck is massive. Brandon
and Holly are newly trained chefs and this was their first
posting. (They are also trained firefighters and medics now!!)
They have excelled! The Navy also know how to entertain, the
band of the Royal Marines played as hundreds of personnel were
reunited with family! Much flag waving!
To round the day
off all family were given special passes to the dockyard exhibits,
so we revisited HMS Victory and the new Mary Rose exhibit.
Fascinating! If you watched the raising of the Mary Rose, as
I did back in 1982, you will remember that moment when the
bolt broke! They saved that clip of video till you were
leaving the exhibit. If you ever get the chance, go and see
her, a time trip back to Tudor England! Very well done!
Back at EOG HQ we have a couple of interesting mails, a request
for details of the MG centreboard, as fitted to the Trinka design.
John , who was researching the designs an had come across an old
article in YM, which he had kindly scanned and sent to us,
so I can add it to the MG page of the Gallery. Sadly we do
not have the drawings of her or her sister ships,
Cordelia/Trinka/Coronette. Yet!! We were able to send
a drawing of the Cockler's plate and if John finds any drawings he
promises to pass details on..
A mail from Matt at the
Woodbridge boatyard, Everson's Woodbridge boatyard, informs us
that they are working on a Lone Gull II, we are hoping to get more
info shortly.... Though there may be something on their
Always pleased to hear of people renovating one of our
On my own boat, I am still waiting to hear from
the sail maker about that winter cover.... as the shortest day is
only a fortnight away, I hope he hurries up!
Sunday 5th December 2021.
We have welcomed another prospective owner, Dale from Tennessee,
(lots of double letters in there?!). Dale is sailing an
unusual Westerly, a ketch rigged Centaur, and is seeking a GRP GH
31. He says they are a little thin on the ground in
Tennassee! With travel being curtailed again, as we go into
yet another phase of WhuFlu, it may be a while before he can get
to see one, when he finds it... Good luck with the search.
Here I have not heard back from John with the GH 28 for sale.
I think he was quite poorly, and may have been unable to get back
to us.... if anyone interested in a GH28 give him a shout
gmail.com he was asking £3,000. It's been round the
world once already!
I am still awaiting the winter cover
for my Fiddler's Green. Hopefully before we get any serious
white stuff in the south east! In the meantime I have pumped
out the freshwater tank, removed anything that might not like
getting damp and filled the engine cooling with antifreeze.
Heard from Terry in Nova Scotia with a Senior, he is after a
set of drawings, we await another communication from him.
renewed one of the clever programs that protects the computer here
and saves the content of it to several places every few days, As
ever I contacted the Steering Group to sanction the payment etc.
Had a couple of interesting mails as a result.
recently sold his Water Witch, and is stepping down from the
Steering Group next March, sent some pics of the boats he now has.
He not only owns two lovely little classic boats. he is actually building a
National 12 from scratch! Impressive! An Uffa Fox Classic
From the left, Doris and Doris under sail, Nutmeg sailing and the
impressive traditional National 12 he is building!
Nick, who has taken over the WW Bonita after the sad passing of
Alan, his father, tells us he has done some renovation to the mast
and is planning to renovate the cabin varnish next summer!
Before treatment, looking a little grey and sad.
Planed back to good wood!
Gleaming varnish work!! Mast now stored away for winter!
Nice job Nick!
Had sad news from Graham the owner
or 'custodian', of 'Borer Bee' and the Eventide
Goldcrest. He got caught up with a load of loud football
supporters on a train, no masks! Went down with Covid 3 days
later. Pleased to say he is on the mend, but it's taking a
while to get back up to speed. He is considering renovating
'Borer Bee' in a very gentle way and sailing her on Lake
Windermere near where he now lives. A graceful retirement
for her. Maybe he will cross wakes with Tim sometime
in the future.
Stay Safe out there, it is not going away in
a hurry. Hope you have all had the boosters!
Sunday 28th November 2021.
At last Boris has decreed masks must be worn in shops again.
Have been saying it was daft to drop our guard, ever since they
relaxed the rules, and like most sensible people have continued to
wear the mask. Does not seem like a chore to me, bit like wearing
a lifejacket afloat really! If it all goes to
pot, it could well impinge on our boating freedoms again,
especially if things get as bad as they are across the channel.
Speaking to members in the EU, seems they are way behind with
inoculations there. For once the UK leads the way!
Stay warm too, bitter northerly winds with storm
Arwen thundering through. 3 degrees outside with wind chill
bringing that down to zero! We saw a few flakes, but
mostly cold rain, further north you would be needing really strong
winter covers to keep the white stuff out. F9!!
I have had our boat measured up but it will be a while before
the cover is ready to fit. Hope the weather warms up a tad.
Boat can stand rain, lets face it last summer was so wet, it won't
know the difference!
We have had another enrolment, Welcome
to the Rev. Gary with the beautiful WildDuck, now named
'Jacqueline'. This is the one I mentioned a week or two
back, see the film clip:-
'Jacqueline' is to be base in the Isle of Wight from now on.
Built over 37 years by Dr. Bill, who was building it as
an exercise in carpentry, rather than to later sail it,
apparently. Gary has no boating experience, so I have
advised a night school course and a sailing course next spring, in
a large dinghy like a Wayfarer preferably. You soon get the
rudiments of sailing and later on a small cruiser, you have a
little more time to think, as it all happens a little slower!
Nothing worse that taking out a boat without knowledge and
frightening crew or yourself. Some never go afloat again!
The perfect answer would be a sailing course in your own boat, or
at least a very competent friend to accompany you at first.
The antidote to fear is knowledge!
I have added the GH info
sent to me by Owen, we do already have some of it, but not all, on
the GH pages.
I notice the dredging and depositing of
shingle around Mersea Quarters has finished. Be interesting
to see how much the shingle banks have been enlarged next season.
Using AIS on my phone I was able to track the dredgers movements.
She was near the Nass and then Cobmarsh Island at Tollesbury, as
well as the islands on the approach to Mersea.
sent a few more pictures of his Senior, 'Dipper', the build is
As you will see I have been working on the cabin interior and have
now put the roof on. I will be putting something onto the
underside of the roof to protect it from the heat and am yet to
cut out the area for the companion way hatch. Keith
This is going to be one beautifully built Senior! Might
get the chance to cross wakes with her next season as Keith is
relocating closer to the Essex/Suffolk coast... look forward to
Keep that luff taught Keith, my camera is always to
Time to throw another log on the fire and start
writing Christmas cards, Roll on Summer!
Saturday 20th November 2021.
Welcome to Owen O'Reilly with his GH, 'Dulcibella'. Owen has
forward loads of correspondence he got with the boat, some we have
not seen and some of interest because it lists many of the voyages
undertaken in the design. Have seen these before, but always
been too tatty to reproduce. I have saved the reports and
will post on the GH page of the gallery! Many thanks Owen.
Though I am still not firing on all cylinders, due to back
playing up, I was able to gently pilot 'Fiddler's Green' to the
travel lift in Bradwell Thursday. With little effort from
myself Beth and Adam who were manning the lift in Ian's absence.
(Ian is training Beth to be his successor). They did a very
FG is now chocked up at Bradwell right
in front of the tower and under CCTV surveillance!
again she had no heavy fouling, save 4 dizzy barnacles on the
prop! A thin coat of slime came off swiftly! Again
The next day Ian from Lonton and Grays sail
makers, came along to measure her for a new heavy duty winter
cover. If I am to lay up in the open boatyard, rather than
the cosy barn in future, this will come in handy, year after year!
Whilst on board I took the opportunity to pump the water tank
dry, to prevent frost damage. Also drained half the engine
coolant and will top that up with
antifreeze next week.
As is normal this time of year, our house is festooned with sail
covers sails and ropes! I have already washed and dried
lots of it ( Easy care 30!) and the sails have been opened out to
ensure they were dry and checked for damage.. Cannot get
them in our washing machine, but as they have had little use and
are not dirty, forgo the sail makers valeting this year! The only
fault I found was an eyelet on my staysail was missing?
Trying to actually recall when that sail last saw the light of day
and am betting it was on my round UK sail 3 years back! I
will be able to simply bang another eyelet into the sail and re
attach the piston hank, no need for the sail makers
attention, boat hardly used.... Ever optimistic that the
next season will be a cracker!
Whilst aboard Friday I off
loaded all the blankets and pillows etc., anything that would not
like to be damp.... they are best stored in the
dry and warm at home!
I noticed a new sign had been posted in the marina, I took a
photo of it. See below. It is a product recall
for the 4.5Kg Calor bottles we small boat owners tend to use....
If you have recently, in the last few years, changed a gas
bottle, do check the numbers on it.
Hope your pride
and joy safe, if afloat, or covered and secure, if ashore. Roll on
Sunday 14th November 2021
It has been a quiet week weather-wise and perfect for hauling out
and laying up. hope you managed better than I have done!
Somehow I have managed to injure myself, hoping it is a
pulled muscle nothing worse, but it has meant I could not nip down
to the boat and lift off my sails, all waiting in the cabin for
transporting home to totally dry out before storage. Neither
have I felt able to lift the dinghy off to bring it home to clean
and then store.
As I was unavailable the marina yard
manager never got my boat out to hard standing as I had
arranged... hopefully next week, when of course the balmy weather
will have made way for wet and windy and cooler weather, Soddes
Hope you have done better than I have! With snow
forecast for later in the month I was hoping to have her covered
and safe ashore by now..... Sadly got to get her ashore before the
new cover can be made. (We normally store ashore in a barn,
by the farmer has over doubled the cost, and as I pay for all year
in the marina, afloat or ashore.... Just hoping I do not come to
We have had another new member join us
during the last week, Owen in Kerry, Ireland. His boat is
called 'Dulcibella'. Well coming from Ireland I suspect he
is a fan of Erskine Childers! (What? never read the
'Riddle'?? Do not know the Irish connection?? Come on,
get a copy and read it!).
'Dulcibella' is not a converted
ships boat either! She is a GH 31. Sails out of the
Shannon. Hope to see some pics soon.
link to a Utube clip regarding another boat that I have been
corresponding to the new owner about. Gary has bought that Wild
Duck that featured in Classic Boat. 'Jacqueline'. You
may have seen mention of her. Her builder, William, we
think, holds the record for the longest build time on any of our
designs. 37 years!! Sadly by the time she was launched
he was about ready to swallow the anchor and Gary has become the
lucky owner of one of the finest WildDuck we have ever seen.
There was a local news
item I that I picked up on yesterday, a Dutch dredger has started
on a project to clear shingle from the approaches to Harwich and
use it to build up sand and shingle bars around Mersea Quarters.
I could see her working at Mersea from here! The Nass sand
bar from 'Shinglehead point' and some of the islands on the
approaches to Tollesbury and Mersea are all being beefed up.
New lengths of retaining timbers are being affixed to the sands.
The area will need approaching with some caution next
season! I used to be able to cut across many of these sand
spits (on a rising tide) with local knowledge.... Suspect this is
going to catch a few out if they do not hear about it...
Paul in the Netherlands with the Eventide
'Perami', has send pics in of a new pair of cabin doors he has
created! Look smart! I had a similar pair on my E24
'Bluenose', managed to make them so they folded right back out of
the way, without blocking the echo sounder or the compass!
These smart doors look very substantial. Wide double
doors do make access so much easier. Perhaps best suited to
craft on sheltered water! I know where Perami is based and
her cruising ground is a joy. The Veerse Mere!
Have had a few mails back and forth to New
Zealand with David. He has an Eventide 24 'Quest', that he
is restoring. He has spent some time ripping out shoddy
repair work and is now rebuilding properly. This Eventide 24
still had the first 560lb keel! Something he is attending
The bilge plates are to be removed and the keel deepened. And more
weight added to bring it up to the modern 1020lb minimum for the
E24. I thought he could so easily have gone for a fin keel
there, but instead he has opted for a Scheele keel. With the
wide base he hope to simply have a pair of legs to assist drying
He has a 30hp motor to put in her and
though overkill, it will fit, and as he says, the most economic
option as smaller replacement motors are so expensive..
thanks for the reply.
If you want to know a bit more about junk rig
look at the junk rig association website (junkrigassociation .org).
Sleive McGalliard is the member who has developed the split junk
rig and he has extensive writings about it on the website. He put
one on a Westerly and did very well in the round the island race
(Isle of Wight), much better than the Bermudan rigged ones. The
engine I have got is a Vetus and is fairly light weight for its
horsepower and the extra horsepower will not go amiss in the
Kaipara harbour which has quite strong tidal currents, and as I
said it will make her into a full motor-sailer, which suits me at
my age. It is not that big and should fit comfortably in the
engine bay. I got the engine at a bargain price and a change to a
different engine would be cost-prohibitive. A Scheele keel is
specifically designed to create an efficient shallow draft keel,
look up Henry Scheele on the interweb, he is a Canadian naval
architect, I used one on the 50 foot boat I rebuilt and she
performed better than the original with 18 inches less draft.
Anyway. I will take photos as I go and send
them through to you.
All the best, David
An interesting project, hope to see pictures as he progresses.
I have researched and found the Scheel keel, designed by an
American, must be the same one. Basically a keel that gets wider
at the base, so in theory one could add large flat steel plate to
the bottom of one of our cast iron keels to get a similar effect??
I have heard of boats with these types of keel. Not our
designs as yet though... Or do you know different??
He has also to
replace the rig and has opted for a 'Split Junk' rig, something I
am not familiar with.
Well you learn something new every day!
This Eventide project is going to be an interesting one to follow.
Finally a sad note, John with the GH 28
'Pecarus', the 'round the world', Golden Hind, has been
forced to sell up due to sudden severe poor health. He is wanting
£3,000 for the Golden Hind ASAP! I am waiting for the full
details before posting an advert, but if you are in the market for
an historic Golden Hind 28, contact us and we will put you in
Friday November 5th 2021. Guy Fawkes Night.
One of my cats sat very close beside me as I type this, because I
can hear loads of fireworks going off in the village. The
other one has gone out to investigate and bring back another
mouse, not at all phased! Well he does not seem to mind the
clay pigeon shoot a couple of fields away, so a few pops and bangs
are as nothing!
Had one new enrolment this week, welcome to
Philip in West Sussex who is looking at a Lone Gull II.
I will let you know if he alters his membership from ''Friend' to
'Full Voting Member' if he becomes the owner!
I spent a few
hours down the boat earlier in the week, taking advantage of a
rare sunny and calm day, and was not entirely surprised to see
several other boat owners in the marina doing the same!
was able to unfurl and lower my genoa, and gently bundle it down
below, if filled the fore cabin. As it was slightly damp on
the sacrificial strip I left it in a loose heap. Will collect it
and the other sails I removed from the spars, when the tide is up
and I can get a trolley to the boat to bring all home and indoors
for a day or two to dry out. The dinghy, used a fortnight
back whilst redoing my creek mooring, was left on the cabin top
afterwards, to wash off in the rain. I had hoped to
simply dry it out and roll it away, but when I opened it out, it
was muddy, so that has to come home to be inflated and washed,
before drying and being put into winter store.
some of the sheets and they will be popped into the washing
machine, (Easy care 30!!) But this year I am leaving the
mast up and storing the boat in the marina, so the halyards will
stay up for now. I intend rigging 'messenger lines' later
and they will stay in place over winter and then the halyards will
too go in to the washing machine. Makes all the difference
the following season! (If you have heavy snap shackles
attached to your halyards as I have, best tie an old sock on
those whilst in the boss's washing machine, to avoid disharmony!)
The politicians have been spouting hot air in Glasgow this
week, but we simply went out into our little Spinney and planted a
few more trees, every little helps. Seems I have been
banging on about the change in our weather for over 25 years now
and it has taken this long for the world leaders to actually sit
down and talk about it.... Wonder how many of them planted a
tree this week.??
Saturday 30th October 2021. Nearly Halloween!
No new enrolments this week but Stewart has been back in touch, he
did not buy the wooden GH he was looking at because it needed some
repairs, not many, but enough to put him off. Instead he has
bought the all GRP 'Audeer'!
Also heard from William who is
repairing a GRP GH. He has removed and replaced toe rails,
curing a leak between deck and hull by so doing. He then
went on to describe the issues he had found with the rig.
There was a lot of electrolytic corrosion between s/s fittings and
the Ali mast. He was attending to that.
He went on to
ask what I thought about HMWPE rope. I had to admit I
had not heard of this, so he explained it was high strength
synthetic rope and to further confuse me, he was not suggesting
using it for the running rigging, as I had assumed, but for the
It’s gaining acceptance for that use. It’s
stronger than wire rope and much easier to work with and inspect.
It’s important to get the right kind — heat set and pre-stretched.
I will use 8mm Rig12+ made by Kingfisher which has an MBL of
nearly 8 tons. It’s not sized for strength but for creep. With a
max working load of about 5% it should not stretch more than a mm
or so per year.
At the bottom end the idea is to fit a
ring to the chain plates using a toggle. Tension is then provided
by lashings between this ring and a spliced eye with thimble on
the end of the stay. Very similar to the way standing rigging was
done before steel came into use, but with much better modern
Now this is very new to me, but as 1x19 s/s wire has always
had a fatigue problem, especially for the many craft that leave
their masts up all winter, maybe there is something to this?
This year, for the first time ever I am laying up ashore at
Bradwell, with the mast up. Previously I had always been
laid up in a farmers barn with mast and rig down of course.
This way the rig can be safe for maybe 20 years, as opposed to the
10 year life the surveyors list, expecting the boat to be out all
winter in gales etc. The wind vibration causes stress
Anyone else have any experience of this new cordage?
William also found that, though the chain plates had holes
for 3/8th pins, all the standing rigging tangs were fitted with
5/16th holes and pins?? Anyone else with a GH31 come across
this? (My Eventide, at a stretched 27ft, has holes and pins
for 3/8 top and bottom on all stays...)
Lastly I saved a link of the 5/16 galvanised chain I
salvaged. It had been attached to the top of my old mooring
buoy, a length of 5/16 with a shackled loop in the end to
drop over my samson post.
In the 7 years it had been hanging in the water from the top
swivel ring of the buoy, the loop end and half of the chain had
fallen off! I saved this link, that was still attached to
the buoy, to show just how severe salt water corrosion can be on
galvanised chain. The 3/8 chain beneath the buoy was as bad,
on the section that lifted out of the mud every tide, the top 10ft
or so... There was enough meat left in the lower
links for me to thread a long 8mm rope through a chain link,
10ft down and secure the boat to that, would not have trusted the
top 10ft of chain at all! Had anyone picked up that buoy I am sure
it would have parted....
Not a lot of meat left on this!! Was new 3/8 galvanised
chain 7 years back!
Reminded me of the day, decades ago, that I picked up a
vacant mooring off Pin Mill. After rowing the family ashore
for ice creams and provisions, and to pay my dues in the Wards the
boatyard and chandlers there, I was advised to pull the mooring
buoy up and investigate the chain, and if dodgy move to another,
as they had not been checked that year....
I quickly rowed back to the boat, my Eventide 24, in those
days, and raised the mooring chain. To our horror we had
left dear 'Bluenose' on a mooring unattended, and the chain we
were hanging on was held together with lengths of blue bailer
twine, in several places!!
Moral of story is always to check the mooring, especially
if picking someone else's up and to check your own often!
Extra hour in our bunks tonight, those of us off watch
Sunday 24th October 2021.
Apart from Trafalgar celebrations it has been a quiet week here.
Quiet enough for me to drag out the printed copy of my log from
the round UK trip and re-read some of it. I was looking at
the picture of the little light at the entrance of Newlyn harbour
and realised I had not said anything about the shack next to it!
Newlyn Harbour South pier July 2018.
For many years I ran
navigation classes and during the lesson on tides I would always
mention the Newlyn tide gauge. Gave us 'Ordnance Datum
Newlyn' as a base line for working out heights of tide.
Replaced on Admiralty and of course on all charts now with Lowest
Astronomical Tide or 'LAT'. (the height the tide is never
expected to go below....) I would always tell my
students about the little shack on Newlyn Pier and there I was
within spitting distance and never went to see it! So I was
pleasantly surprised that the BBC had done a little article about
the tide gauge and I copied it for this page.
The Cornish hut that gave rise to sea level benchmark
It's not much
to look at - an anonymous red-and-white concrete hut that
has that familiar battered seaside look.
building, on the end of South Pier in Cornwall's Newlyn
Harbour, is celebrating an important anniversary.
measurements made in the hut, and completed on 30 April
1921, that established mean sea level.
And it's this
surface, known as Ordnance Datum Newlyn (ODN), that became
the reference against which all other elevations were
mountain and building in Britain could be described as
being so many feet above the Cornish benchmark.
datum point, without that 'height zero' level that
everyone agrees to use, nothing we do would fit," said
Mark Greaves, from
Ordnance Survey (OS), the UK's national mapping
our modern technologies - you know, in some of our
applications you can fly around Ben Nevis (the highest
mountain in Britain), for example - none of that would be
possible. It's a fundamental underpinning," he told BBC
efforts to begin measuring mean sea level during WWI were
by no means the first attempt to track the highs and lows
of tidal movements around the UK. But as scientists came
to understand better the complexities of capturing and
fixing a robust reference, the Cornish station took on
It was in an
excellent position to do so. The pier stood on stable
granite and the harbour, being close to the open ocean,
was less affected by the confounding behavior of waters
that swirled around other stations sited near rivers and
OS ran a
six-year study from the now-Grade-II-listed hut, starting
on 1 May 1915.
Sea level was
measured through a hole in the floor that led down into a
chamber which was open to the harbour. A float connected
to a chart-recording gauge monitored the ups and downs of
The gauge was
inspected twice daily to see that it was still working
properly, and temperature, barometric pressure, and
salinity measurements were also taken.
It was then
possible, using the standard leveling techniques at the
time, to go out and describe elevations anywhere in the
country, using Newlyn as the common comparator.
heights today has been transformed by satellites.
measure height above a mathematical surface known as the
ellipsoid but the data from gravity sensors in orbit has
been used to construct surface models (a geoid) against
which GPS heights can be converted to give you an
elevation above mean sea-level to a few millimetres.
"We now use
satellites to measure height relative to the ellipsoid,
but ellipsoidal heights are not what you might call
'natural'," said Mark Greaves.
seems natural to have a height that's somehow relative to
the sea. We're land-based creatures after all And if
you're stood on a beach, it just feels right that
height-zero should be somewhere around where you get your
Important updates from our friends at East
Thames - Gallions
Point Marina (2nd Oct 2021)
We are sorry to
report that it seems that Gallions Point Marina is no longer
trading. It was a family business, established and run for many
years but the landowners intend now to redevelop the area. It was
a very ‘different’ boating facility, not a place that would appeal
to everybody, but it had its own character and merits.
Sheerness - Garrison
Point - new hazard (10th Aug 2021)
A new large yellow
mooring buoy is in position about 50m NE of the ferry jetty on
Garrison Point. Beware that even when there is no ship present,
there is a line between the buoy and the jetty.
Lowestoft - new Gull
Wing Bridge construction (28th July 2021)
Mariners and Port Users
are advised that construction work and marine plant activities
related to the new Gull Wing Bridge are under way on the South
side of Lake Lothing.
All vessels are requested
to navigate with extreme caution when transiting this area, and to
pass the construction site at slow speed to reduce the effects of
Please contact Lowestoft
Port Control on VHF Ch14, Tel. 01502 572286, if further
information is required.
Outer Crouch buoyage
There have been significant changes to
the buoyage in the outer Crouch, changes which may well confuse
skippers arriving into the river. Resulting text updates in ECP
(see Crouch updates)
are minor, but larger changes are needed to the Rolling Road
diagrams on page 93 and new versions are
available to download and print from our Downloads page.
Basically one Swallowtail Channel buoy, and one pair of Whitaker
Channel buoys, have been removed, with others having numbering and
light characteristics changed. Skippers will now find about a
2-mile gap between the Swallowtail No.1 and the Swallowtail No.2,
and between the Inner Whitaker and the Whitaker No.1/No.2 pair.
items (22nd June 2021)
A reader’s recent
visit to Southwold prompted him to tell us that -
- there is no white
diesel available at the moment because the tank is contaminated -
it may not be fixed for a while so call up and check first, if
that’s why you’re going there.
- during Covid
restrictions there is no rafting on the piles, and the facilities
at the HM’s office are closed.
SW Sunk - WARNING (21st
A few days ago there were serious
strandings of several yachts attempting to pass through the SW
Sunk Swatchway. It seems they were following charts displayed on
chartplotters. Data on these is evidently seriously out of date
and led them astray, grounding them on the Knoll on the S side of
the swatchway and requiring RNLI attendance. If you want to go
that way, PLEASE use Roger Gaspar's recently re-surveyed route
Stone Point, Walton Backwaters (4th
A new chartlet for the area around
Stone Point is now available on our Downloads page,
with grateful thanks to the Walton & Frinton Yacht Club.
switched on! (18th May 2021)
Visiting boats at
Queenborough can now plug in to shore power when alongside the
pontoon, for a small extra fee.
Deben and Ore
Entrances (Updated 6th
New surveys of the two entrances have
been carried out by Trinity House, and the new Imray chartlets for
both entrances are available on our Downloads page.
Please be sure to read the note that is included with each
downloaded chart. The Ore entrance chartlet has already been
amended very slightly. Update: Both
downloads now include aerial photographs.
Mistley Quay (16th
A recent court ruling
suggests that the notorious fencing along the edge of Mistley
Quay, on the River Stour, could be removed, restoring ready access
to visiting boats. However, as with all such things, we will have
to wait and see what actually happens! Perhaps ‘Elfen Safety’ will
Pot markers - the
Scots fix the problem (9th July 2020)
Online discussions recently suggest
that the pot marker problem in the Naze area is as bad, or perhaps
worse, than usual. We welcome the news that, after great efforts
by the Cruising Association’s RATS committee, the Scottish
Government has now made ‘informal’ marking of lobster and crab
pots illegal. We wholeheartedly support their ongoing efforts to
persuade our Government to do the same. Read the details here:
Edition of ECP (9th September 2019)
We are pleased to
announce that the new 5th edition of ECP
has been published, and is already appearing in chandleries and on
the websites of online booksellers.
As with previous
editions, this is a major revamp where we have re-visited
virtually every location mentioned in the book, taken new
photographs, found many new updates and amendments, and rewritten
many sections of the text, The book has grown by a further 10
pages and we have been able to incorporate many new and very
useful aerial photographs. Our thanks go to the hardworking folk
at Imrays who suffered our many requests and comments during their
time laying out the book and putting it together.
There will be no
further amendments to the 4th Edition.
Roach - foul
anchorage warning (9th July 2019)
There is a new warning of a risk of
fouling anchors at 51°36’.206N 000°52’.223E, which is in Quay
Reach, the bottom stretch of the Roach, on its east side just
above The Quay and by the 5m contour, and ironically right in a
Welcome to another new member, Philip
looking at buying a Lone Gull II. Hopefully more info
The weather has been calm and the
temperatures passable for the past few days, but after this
weekend looks as if it is going downhill. Enjoy the weather
while it lasts.
Monday 11th October 2021
No need to say anything much except we were very successful.
New buoy and riser attached to bottom chain. Bottom chain checked
and found un-corroded, same as it was nearly 50 years back.
All went like clockwork, great to have Keith aboard, passing
spanners and the like. Reckon the mooring is now good till I
am about 90!
Tollesbury , Woodrolfe Creek and replacement mooring buoy.
John with the help of Keith!
Friday 8th October 2021.
We have had another new enrolment. Welcome to Andre in
Brazil. Andre would like to build a 'Riptide', but construct
it in steel. Has been done if you are into bulding steel
craft, but there are no specific instructions for steel.
Have not had a donation for a set of drawings, waiting to hear
Not heard any more from Dave in New Zealand
regarding the design of his craft as yet. Jury still out!
I have been back and forth to the boat a few times this week,
sorting her out for a couple of trips.
Saturday is the
Tollesbury Oyster Smack race, hope to be out there for that, then
have a quick look into Woodrolfe Creek Tollesbury to check my
mooring buoy is still floating! Not seen it for 2 years!
On Sunday I will be racing over to it from Bradwell, with
Keith the brother in law and regular crew. I have the new
mooring buoy and riser etc. already stowed on deck and hoping we
can pick up the mooring Sunday evening, before it gets dark and
from the dinghy, fish for the ground chain and fasten my new
tackle to the really heavy bottom chain, and the new buoy to the
boat! We will cut the chain on the old buoy and drop it into
the creek to add to the already considerable weight of chain down
there! Keith suggested towing the old buoy behind us on the
way back to clean it off!
Together with Keith, we laid this
mooring in the early summer of 1973. I recall rowing
an old heavy dinghy down the creek on a falling tide, laden
to the gunwales with chain and old lorry wheels, plus a couple of
cast iron weights.
I had laid my hands on
some 3/4 chain with a centre ring same diameter, it was immensely
heavy! There were a couple of places in the length of
this chain where it was worn to 1/2 inch, which was what I had
been recommended, by a local old salt who used to lay moorings,
the extra thickness and weight of the 3/4 stuff was a bonus, but I
doubt today if I could have even got in into the car, let alone
into a dinghy and dug into the creek! Long time ago, was so
The chain was to be led through the centre of
one of the wheels and secured to one of the cast iron weights. Pulled
across the creek and a second hole dug for the other end. All
sounded so easy on paper!
We dug the one higher up the slope of the creek first, a
3ft hole to drop the lot into, then back filling and consolidating
the mud. Hand tools only, nothing larger than a
The chain, about 50ft of it, was then stretched
down towards the retreating tideline till we figured out where to dig
the second hole. Repeat procedure. Seem to recall by
then I for one was knackered! You cannot walk in this mud,
you sink. We laid sheets of old ply on the mud in an effort
to stay above it, we lost all the ply! You have to
either run and that is so difficult, or push a boat in front of
you, resting on the transom. You get covered!
We fastened a swivel to the centre ring and
22ft of 3/8th galvanised chain between that and a buoy. Twice the
height of the tide at the top of springs... That set up
lasted a while, with me changing the galvanised chain every few
years, getting the old bit re-galvanised if it had not worn and in
a couple or few years it rarely had, only the galvanising went.
Had several lengths I cycled.. Those were the days when
there were local galvanisers that were willing to slip bits in for
a 'consideration'! That mooring tackle was used for 10 years
and never gave me any qualms. Boat rode out loads of gales
on it... In 1983 I sold my Eventide 'Bluenose'
and started on the build of 'Fiddler's Green'. The mooring
was not checked for 7 years whilst I was up to my ears in wood
shavings!. Used by many friends though.
1990 when I launched FG I dried out on it and checked the tackle.
Found the bottom swivel had nearly worn through and did
away with it. Unsafe. Replaced the 3/8 chain and instead
I fitted a new swivel to the top end of the chain, where it
was easier to check and attached a 11ft length of rope from it to a pick
up buoy. This meant the chain always lay on the bottom of
the creek when the mooring was not in use. We had found that
the ground chain left in the mud, that is the original 3/4 chain, had
never worn or corroded in decades, so figured if the riser chain,
the 3/8 length, laid in the mud most of the time, then it would not
corrode either, sealed in the mud like the 'Mary Rose'.
This proved to be the case and the mooring needed little
However one day decided to buy a
new mooring buoy with a steel rod and swivel running through it,
and a large easy to thread, eye on top.... This was a mistake, as after a few years I went over to Tollesbury
to pick up my mooring to find no buoy. I dried out
within a few feet of where I thought the chain should be and as
the tide fell fished for it, and found the remains of the steel
rod that was once through the centre of the buoy! Corroded away, 3/4 inch
steel! I removed the offending rod and
re-secured the chain to a 11ft length of rope as before, with a
swivel at the top end. This set up served me well for many
years. Then I must have had a mental blank because I one day
found the light rope cut and decided to hoist the chain out of the
mud and fit another inflatable buoy with a rod and swivel through
I did check this about 4 years back and decided
it was OK, just, but i needed to rethink it. The chain was heavy
3/8 galvanised and had worn so I was planning to replace in
2020.... Then we went into lockdown and the boat was laid up.
Sunday I hope to replace the chain and buoy with a
length of approx. 40mm thick 8 plait nylon rope, spliced into an eye at the lower end
to fasten to the ground chain and coming up through a large
inflatable buoy to another eye above the buoy with a s/s swivel
fitted to it. The idea is the nylon rope is strong, a 19ton
breaking strain! It is weighted 1m below the buoy, so
the rope should be safe from props, and being nylon it sinks
anyway. The rope is UV proof and underwater and once covered
in mud totally UV proof! The s/s swivel eye will always be
above the water so should never corrode and can be checked every
time I pick up the buoy. To make it even easier to pick up
the top eye stands tall of the buoy in a plastic collar, (old
plastic drain pipe!). And what with the size of the buoy
should be 3ft above water level. Easy to catch and thread
the rope through....
Nylon like this has been used for over
15 years for moorings on the Blackwater and the Crouch and has
worked well, stood the test of time.
If I left my boat on a mooring like
this, unattended, I always used a length of chain, so carried a
length to secure to the buoy if ever I leave F.G. unattended.
Had both ends brought back aboard with shackled loops of chain to
drop over the samson post.
For normal mooring purposes I
have a permanently fastened 'head rope', on deck, the ships end
has an eye splice that is always fitted over the samson post.
This harks back to my days on the London River where a head rope
was often needed at a moments notice. This 'head rope' is approx.
20mm diameter and very strong nylon multi-plait. It is long,
but thoughtfully, not so long that it could foul our own prop, if
it was washed over the side! Another lesson learnt on the
I use the stbd spare
anchor rollers on the bowsprit for mooring and the rope is long
enough to loop through any buoys mooring eye and come back the
same way and secure with a 'lightermans hitch' to the samson post.
A method that is super secure yet easy to slip.
tip. To prevent the metal eye on any mooring buoy touching your
topsides, rig a light line from the buoy to the end of the
bowsprit to hold the buoy off the bow! a length of 1/4 inch
parachute cord will suffice!
Just thought I'd share that
with you! John
Saturday 2nd October 2021
Where did the summer go? With one of the windiest and
wettest years on record, as well as the hottest at times, sadly it
was not a great year for boating! Still time though.....
Once the gales and near continuous ran has blown away! Give it
another week or so.....
This week we have had not one new
enrolment, but three!
'Karaman of Woodbridge'.
Very pleased to welcome back
Stewart, he had the Eventide 'Tranona' for many years, selling for
a GRP boat a few years back, now he is back with a Golden Hind!
Great to have you aboard again. 'Karaman of Woodbridge'
(there's a mouthful!). She will be sailing out of Poole next
season. No plans to change the name as yet, though a bit of
cosmetic work to do inside so suspect a few bits of timber will be
replaced, allowing the option of a name change!
Roger from Glastonbury, the relatively new owner of 'Right E Oh'.
As readers may remember, the son of the original owners contacted
us re the ships bell. Pleased to say we have been able to
put Roger in touch with him. Hoping for pics to update the
Gallery photos. And of that bell! She will be based at
And welcome to Dave Budd in New
Zealand. He has just purchased the MG designed 'Devon Maid'
at 28' 6" not quite sure which design she is, listed as 'Mappen'
design, but that name may have been mixed up in verbal
translation?? 'Maplin' design maybe, not that I know one of
that name, but it is a likely one for MG to call one of his.
I will add some pics, maybe the sharp eyed readers will do better
than me at figuring her out. No centreboard no bilge keels
on this one. But has all the hallmarks of an MG, I thought
'Lone Gull I'. She was a recent build however, 1995!
Not that recent I know, but not 1950!
Had a mail from Paula
re her father's Eventide, 'Paubi Lou'.
'We have gifted her to friends of mine
who are keen sailors and recognised the quality of the build.
Hopefully they will give her a coat of varnish to get her looking
good again and go on to have many adventures in her!
Pleased to hear she will be appreciated and in the hands of
friends, so dad may well get another sail on her!
Heard regarding the Senior languishing in a barn in
Lancashire, sadly, had a Viking funeral. She was too
far gone.... and time was pressing.... I have asked about the
sails and any fittings...
However we have another Senior coming up, 'Pandora'. She is
in the Exeter area and needs taking away before she is broken up.
To any builder, this is the opportunity to pick up spars and
fittings from the boat, I will be placing an advert on the
'Boats for sale'
page today. She sadly I think has gone too far to be
Brian tells me that the Eventide 'Omrod', also had a Viking
funeral, but he has sails and other kit to sort out and he will
let us know so we can advertise them...
Heard recently from Kevin, who bought the last, part
completed Lone gull II. He is now searching for masts and
about to fire up the Bukh 20 for the first time, hoping to get
some pictures and when he finds them, some drawings!
Today I have spent a lot of time converting files and
uploading them onto a new page, or series of pages. They are
the logs we have had sent in, I have managed to tidy the
'Logs' page and at last add the round the world log of the crew of
'Pecarus', a fantastic trip! We are indebted to the current
owner John for sending these to us for publication.
As we batten hatches for the impending gales and rain here
today on the east coast, hope your boats are safe and we
still get a few days decent weather before laying up time.
Saturday 25th September 2021.
This weekend is likely to be the last of the dry and quiet
weather we have been enjoying for the last 10 days or so, as of
Monday it is due to rain for a week at least.
taking the opportunity to have a sail. Have the brother in
law and regular crew, along with my sister, joining us. We
were hoping to see the old Gaffers and Classic craft sailing for
the Maldon Regatta, but sadly got my wires crossed and that was
today. However looking out over the Blackwater today, hardly
a sail in sight, as not only has it been near flat calm, with
thick fog this morning, but we are also in the midst of a
fuel shortage caused by panic buying and there have been
noticeably fewer vehicles on the roads.
The old gaffers may
well stay up at Maldon overnight so we hope to see a few making
their way back down once they have enough water to float up the
top end. From about 1400 on, HW being 1600 ish. This morning
it was foggy, so a later start, 1100, should see the mist burn
off. F3's all day at the moment, so just right for a gentle sail.
The rain starts Monday....
Had a great evening out
last night, courtesy of friend Tim Fenner, ex owner of 'Wedjit'.
He and a bunch of chums had rented a holiday home in our village,
having trailed his 15ft classic boat down from Yorkshire way to
launch at Bradwell and to take part in the Maldon Regatta. I
was invited to share a meal with them. Much 'Lateral Flow'
testing! I was concerned as for the first time I had one not
show any result?? Had to take a second to be sure.
We all enjoyed a very pleasant evening 'swinging the lamp', as
Sadly the WhuFlu has not gone away and even in our
tiny village we have 6 cases at the moment.
Do make sure
you stay safe out there.
Saturday 18th September 2021.
At last the winds have dropped and sails are appearing on the
Blackwater, in the Wallet and in the Ray Sand Channel. Not that
many, but people are getting out afloat again.
tomorrow has a weather warning for torrential rain, so not sure we
will see many out tomorrow. Certainly not us!
We are at
last beginning to move furniture back into the cottage. The
and the builder
have been and have got the repairs done. Carpets down
yesterday, cats think its wonderful!
Returning to some
normality, slowly. Family coming over tomorrow, before the
rain hopefully, to move the heavy stuff from garages back into the
cottage. Piles of books etc. Will take a while to get
During the week we have had another enrolment.
Ron with another SeaRover. This one is a restoration
project and has yet to get a name. Based in Wales, the last
SeaRover enrolment last week was in Wales too, do I hear a meet in the
We are now pretty convinced that Maurice had a hand
in the design, Kenneth Evans and partners are accredited, but we
have found one of the partners was a friend of Maurice's and an
Eventide owner! As the SeaRover and Springtide designs have all his hallmarks
on them, inclined to believe Kenneth was another of the designers
he had a collaboration with! Same for the Finesse boats.
And those Bay of Islands designs!
As I pen these words, dusk
is falling, and the sea and river is quite empty of sails, the wind
has died. The wind turbines on the Gunfleet and the Dengie
still.... Not seen that for a while..
Normally would have said a great night to
be anchored in one of the many creeks here, but tomorrows forecast
is not clever, so happy to be here, and still ferrying kit in to
the cottage from the garage. Tomorrow got help for some of
the heavier items...
Hoping when things are straight again
her to spend some time editing the site, have two logs to
enter.... and getting out afloat!
Will be out there soon I
hope. Next week it is Maldon Regatta and Tim, the ex owner
of the WW 'Wedjit' is trailing a classic 15ft boat down from the
north for the event. Hope to be out there to witness it, spring
tides so ideal for a sail up to Maldon to view the classic boats, on the tide and drift back....
Bet it blows!
Good sailing, John
Saturday 11th September 2021. 20 years since 9/11.
Two decades have passed since the horrors of the twin towers, the
day the world changed forever.
20 years sounds a long time, but it seems only
yesterday. Where will it all lead to.... I hate to
think. We take our freedoms so much for granted here... just
remember they have been fought for....
20 years ago the
Eventiders were a different organisation and dying on its feet.
Like to think we have learnt from the events of yesterday,
and have done more than just survive! The positive thinking
within this group has enabled many to get afloat and last week
another example. We have had a volunteer step forward to
assist Paula's father with his boat, we will let you know how that
One enrolment this week, but that was in a way an
update on a previous enrolment. A member had
decided to join the Forum and found he now needed a security code
to get in. This is relatively new.
So if you are a
member of long standing and have not previously signed up for the
Forum, and wish to, please contact us so we can check your details
and then send you the requisite codes.
We have had to
improve the security on the forum application, as we were getting
hundreds of Spammers trying to join. All blocked of course, but it
took time and effort to do. Andrew, the webmaster in
Bermuda, has made it more secure and automatic now.
weather has been more settled of late but still windy, however for
a couple of days sails have again been visible on the River
Blackwater and on the sea. Not been able to take
advantage and get afloat though, as we are up to our ears in major
renovations here at Bluebell Cottage, upstairs floors repaired and
the cottage in turmoil with rooms empty and decorator and builder
falling over each other to sort us out. Pleased to say we are
Tomorrow is the first day the wind is not forecast
over F3 for ages, but it is the day of the family gathering, for
Darian's birthday, so no sailing tomorrow either. Builder
back on Monday, but after that we just have to let the carpet
fitters in, then move the furniture back, so are hoping to escape
for a sail when we can...
With any luck, even though the
evenings are drawing in, we may escape for a few hours.. or
even overnight. It would be great if the 'Indian Summer' promised
actually materialised too.
Good sailing, make the most of
what we have.
Sunday September 5th 2021.
We are just home, 2130, from a great day sailing! What a
change in the weather, F3 to maybe F4 later, easterlies..
Gently sailed up to the other side of Osea, to near the Mill
Beach then as the tide turned at midday, slowly puttered
down to St. Lawrence creek to anchor for lunch. Sadly the F4
easterly was a little too chilly to sit out in but the
evening sunshine later in Bradwell when the wind died, made up for
Noted not that many boats moored in the creeks
still, nor out on the water, most of the day could only count two
dozen boats in view... though for a very short while
it was almost busy as a load of dinghies took to the water for a
brief race and a flotilla of noisy wet bikes came out to play.
Still nothing like as busy as 5 years back. A midday tide normally
would have hundreds out there.... Has Whuflu had an adverse effect
on boating too?
Finished the day with dinner cooked on
board and sitting at dusk in the cockpit, faces glowing with
Almost empty Blackwater.
Is she an MG design? The name rings a bell. As we
puttered past she was expertly sailed down river with the ebb,
against the breeze.
Sun was so warm the boss had to find a hat to wear!
Pleased to say that everything worked well on board, right until
we were entering the marina, then the motor overheated.
Luckily we had enough way on to drop alongside the empty visitors
berth. A quick inspection found the culprit, the water
filter blocked with weed. Checked the Water pump, an easy to get
at Jabsco with the easy fit run dry cover. No damage in
there! Left the motor to cool for an hour. Then
cautiously removed pressure cap to find we had lost water. A
quick check of the bilge and we found it! The
antifreeze gave it away.
Seems the lack of cooling
boiled the header tank and it vented into the bilge... Re
filled the header tank, mopped out the bilges and after double
checking oil, water and the sterntube greaser, restarted the
motor, all well. Resolved to buy and fit an exhaust
temperature alarm! Strange, in all the motoring we have done
with this little Beta, over 2000hours, this is the first time this
All's well that ends well.
week we have had another enrolment. Paul with Sea Rover
number 1! I will be responding to Paul shortly. The Sea
Rover was designed by Kenneth Evans and 'partners' and we have
reason to believe MG was one of those assisting! Has all his
hallmarks on it. Paul Sails 'Shanty' out of Aberystwyth.
Good boat name for a welsh singer?
More good news,
Juliet has found her father's boat, 'Whisper'. What's more
the current custodian has offered it back to her, so she can
restore it, at the moment transport is being arranged. Well
Done to her.. She says we should have a 'Facebook' Group as
that is how she found it. Not being a Facebook person
I would not have any idea on how to set one up... A
job for someone who is into social media?
'Whisper' is found!
A few members have spotted this advert
for the Waterwitch based in Whitby. The name escapes me but
I have seen her there..
There is something about the 'Black Pig' and Capt. Pugwash
with the Clippers, but they do attract a lot of favourable
comment. That poop deck great for sun worshippers and the
aft cabin a great place for the children!
This one has had a great paint job.
We had an enquiry from
Paula who's dad built a stretched Eventide, 28ft, and
launched back in 1980. Her dad is now approaching 90 and
wants to hang up his deck shoes and would like the pass the boat
on to someone who would cherish her and still allow him on board
A difficult one. We have had several
donated boats that were supposed to have had this agreement, but
two were sold on at a profit with no recompense to the donor and
another broken and stripped for parts then abandoned! There
are some unscrupulous people out there. Our advice was to
offer it for sale, at a realistic sum, and then if he liked
the 'cut of his jib' to offer it for free if the new owner would
agree to the ex owner having the occasional sail. Do hope it
works out for them. Having built mine and having to one day
consider passing it on, I would be devastated if the boat was not
cared for or sold on for profit...
Our day out today has
made us both realise how much we enjoy it still and made us more
determined to hang on as long as we can, even if it does get
turned into a garden shed one day!
John (and Darian of
Sunday 29th August 2021. Happy Birthday to the grandson
Raffi! 6 today!
Today should be an East Coast Meet day. Normally we would be
meeting up at West Mersea or at Bradwell. Not this year.
Though Whuflu seems.....????? to be under control many are
still wary, and rightly so. It has not gone away! Add
to that it has been one of the windiest, coolest Augusts for a
long time, since I can recall anyway, so not many boats out
sailing, saw a dozen racing dinghies at lunch time but they
scuttled back to base as the wind increased to F6! Rained
yesterday to add to the misery!
Sadly Bradwell is no longer
a friendly place. Some of the staff ill mannered and the
friendly marina bar has now gone, Mike and Anita retired, replaced
with an up market Bistro where visiting sailors are not really
welcome! Run by a couple with no boating knowledge and
catering for a very different clientele. (Flash sorts in
Mercedes with dolly birds on their arms!!!) Gone is the warm
welcome for damp and bedraggled sailors and gone too is the cosy
comfort food. No bacon butties or sausage sandwiches now.
Even the children's pool table has gone, along with the brick BBQ
we all looked forward to seeing lit!.
Shame, and they think
it's progress. I'm so disheartened with Bradwell now that
today I visited an alternative, rather more basic, but far
friendlier mooring spot and I may well 'shift my flag there' next
season, if I do not just lay the boat up in disgust at the
We have had just one new Enrolment this week, from
Juliet, the daughter of a chap I used to know decades ago.
Malcolm, her father built a very smart WildDuck, 'Whisper'.
She was berthed at Erith and I have photographed her under sail
many times when I worked on the Tideway. She of course is
trying to track 'Whisper' down. Hoping John Stevens will manage to
turn up something, but in the meantime Juliet has traced the boat
from an old advert, to an address in Fareham, where she was being
restored some time back. Where is she now??
Had a few mails in from Keith, with that new
Senior 'Dipper'. He was considering adding buoyancy to make her
unsinkable. He has already filled a few voids with foam.
Sadly to really make a boat unsinkable would really need a massive
amount of buoyancy and that would seriously impede its use!
When building mine, the Sadler 26 was being discussed in
the sailing magazines of the time, she is a double skin GRP boat
with enough buoyancy to actually sail when flooded. Yes they
tested one and it sailed half full with the seacocks all open!
I thought long and hard about trying to emulate this. (Not
the sailing with seacocks open....) So I filled spaces at the
back of the bunks with insulation foam (makes the bunks
warmer if you roll against the timber slating in the night!) and had calculated the
amount I would need in addition to the areas I had already packed
full of foam, (all areas that were never going to be used for
storage etc., like under the cockpit sole or behind the metal clad
panels at the rear of my oven). I eventually came to the
conclusion that to achieve the target, I had to install two large
air bags, gas inflated, and store them in a pair of long boxes
either side of the saloon table. Never going to happen!
Would take up too much space. An alternative was to have a
liferaft inflate inside or a dinghy....
sailing thousands of miles in 'Fiddler's Green' now I am
very confident that she is not about to fall apart and is strong
enough to survive all but the most severe of collisions, and
if the worst came to the worst, I would take to the life raft,
(that I collected from the service agents just Friday)!
insurance company could sort out the mess!
Had this in from
Terry with the GH 'Mollymawk'.
Just to update you on Mollymawk and our
plans for her:
We are restoring all the exterior
varnished wood to the original oiled teak. This will be a few
seasons’ work! Some damp deck patches have been repaired and worn
Treadmaster has been replaced.The deck was repainted last season.
The worn Parafilguardrail has been removed and new wire guardrail
installed. Batteries and electrical/electronics are being upgraded
with a new shore power unit, new leisurebattery, AIS receiver to chart plotter, handheld radio, and
inverter/charger next season.We’ve plans for new main and headsail and the standing
rigging is due for replacement in a year or so. And she has new
lined curtains with matching cushions!
Mollymawk is now berthed in Ipswich and cruises the Stour and
Orwell, as well as further afield. Skipper Thérèse is joined by co
owners Jack and Luke, Chief Engineer Richard, and lovely crew from
the London Sailing Club.
I just wish the weather was better and I had crew, so I could sail
up to meet you, camera in hand, as ever! More power to the elbow
Terry, she will repay you for the attention you are lavishing on
Finally We have been having fun with the forum and so
many spammers. Andrew our Webmaster in Bermuda has now set
to and is altering the way members register, hopefully this will
mean less delays for members joining and less work for me
Thanks Andrew. He tells me the
weather is balmy in Bermuda!
Sunday 22nd August 2021
Anther week where hardly a boat has moved out there on the
Blackwater. Only on one day last week did the wind
abate, below F5, but even then I only counted 10 sails, and
Yesterday morning I saw two sails, then the
rain started again! Today could not even see the river or
out to sea, thick misty mizzle! No one out there this
afternoon. As the rain gently ran down my study windows this
afternoon I wonder if there has actually ever been a more
inclement year? Now at 1915, the skies have cleared and a watery
sun has made an appearance. The river empty.
new enrolments this week, but a few mails.
Clarke, with Maurice's old boat 'Storm' in north Essex, has
been in touch, he sent this pic found on Facebook, sadly before we
could make any enquiries though, it vanished from the net?? .
Do you know this boat?? Could it be the illusive
Certainly an MG design, but which one, and where is she?? No clues
in the picture... Being offered for free! Sadly
so many older wooden boats have got to the stage where they are no
longer cared for and they so quickly become write offs.
Shame to see. And sadly without a lottery grant, I doubt she
will ever sail again.
Paul mailed to say he had seen an
Eventide on the site, but could not find it again..
Advertised by 'arawack at cheerful.com', but the mail
bounces. Apparently a few interior shots and described as
' beautifully painted down below with chart drawer and
lockers in a light green / eau de nil sort of colour.' Could it
have been 'Neptune's Nereid'??
I have had a scan through
and cannot find it, too many pages, so many boats! Anyone
have any idea.
We are still in total turmoil here in
Tillingham , still clearing drawers
and shifting furniture out and having a good clear out at the same
time. Stacking furniture out in the garage etc. preparing
for major upheavals indoors. Replacing sagging floors!
Sort of issues you have looking after a 400 year old wooden
cottage! May well resort to sleeping on the boat, will
be about the only thing it gets used for this year!
positive thing is the amount of kit I have put aside to dump or
sell. I may be placing a lot of it on the 'bits for sale'
Got to go up to Suffolk next week to retrieve my
liferaft, all newly serviced! I suspect I will keep if for
just another year, then sell it with years left on the warranty
and a couple of years to go before the next service. Not
planning any big trips now where I can justify having it!
The inflatable will do for day trips in the Essex rivers!
One draw I emptied today had an old copy of 'Classic Boat' in the
bottom. Idly thumbing through it I came face to face with
myself on the pages! It was an article I helped to write
regarding 'Affordable Classics'. On the same page was John
Steven's boat 'GlassTide'. Wondering when she will get
finished? John has not been too well of late. Lots to
I visited a local boat yard recently and fond a
heap of old GRP boats out the back. Yes a heap! They
were to be smashed up with a bulldozer!
I have said it so
many times, we have been lucky to have been part of the 'Golden
Era' of small boat boating. I doubt very much that we will
ever again see the number of small wooden and GRP boats that
happily sailed around in the Essex rivers and indeed the whole of
the UK, as did during the last 40 years. So many have gone.
Moorings empty, too many marinas and boat yards, with graveyards
of unloved boats, never to return.
Sadly the cost of
mooring a boat has not dropped and locally one organisation has
doubled its prices, justifying it bay saying as the number
of boats has halved, they have to increase their prices so they
can keep their money coming in! How short sighted. I
will watch that creek to see if the number of boats moored there
drops again next season, I can bet it will, one owner has already
told me that was the last straw. His is up for sale... but
who is going to come along to buy a 40 year old plus GRP boat.
I am seriously debating what to do with 'Fiddler's Green'
next season, move somewhere cheaper or lay up ashore?
Selling would be unthinkable, FG is so much part of me, as anyone
who has created and nurtured a wooden boat, will tell you.
Do I have to wait till a younger member of the family steps up to
take the helm?
Had thought of having her in the
garden as an extra shed... children's play house....
overnight guest accommodation.... Man cave......
Monday 16th August 2021
just recovering from a very stressful and energetic weekend,
sorry, too knackered last night to write up these pages.
What am I up to? We are having the builders in, then decorators
and carpet fitters..... and to prepare, we have to
shift furniture and belongings out of the cottage to allow for the
floors to come up. Major upheaval.
well the weather has been 'Pants' as one put it the other day!
The last week has only seen one day where the wind strength was
less then F5! Yesterday as I struggled to shift boxes of
books etc., the wind was a boisterous F7! Not surprisingly
no boats out on the river or on the sea here most of the week.
(The one day the weather might have tempted us out, we were
attending the celebration of a friend's life, Mick of the 'Metric
Foot Band'. A very talented musician sadly taken from us too
soon. Mick and his wife Sarah played at our wedding
over 30 years ago, our housewarming 23 years ago and at a recent
birthday party here. We have followed their music at
concerts and barn dances for over
35 years. Often met them out sailing on the river too!
His music lives on!
No new enrolments this last week but a
few interesting mails.
Raf who is researching which of our
designs to build, has come across Barco, one of our members we
believe, who has made 4 interesting Utube videos.
He has sourced loads of pics, many from our site, some
from boat sales sites and other online videos. He shows the
Eventide, the Waterwitch, the WildDuck and the Senior. Shame is
there is no mention of our site or the EOG, where so many photos have come
from, nor any link that I could see to assist anyone interested to
obtain more info, from the only source, us. Barco if you read this a few
acknowledgements would not go amiss and a link to the EOG!
I have just removed all the items that were for sale, on our 'bits
for sale' page, almost all gone. Advertised for and sold
by a chap in our village who had swallowed the anchor 20 years
back. The remaining kit, new buoyancy aids etc.
donated to The Fellowship Afloat at Tollesbury.
(Though he does have 4 x 25litre fuel cans left that I could still
grab if anyone would like them, £10.00 oh, and a Bickerton fold up bike
£30.00, in need of new tyres, chain and wheel bearings etc.!) Too much work for
Had a little reminder from John with 'Pecarus',
sail no 8. A Golden Hind 28,
that was sailed around the world in 1975 with Dr. Mike and Lindy Couch.
He has sent in a dozen extracts from their log as printed in their
local newspaper. I will be posting these in the very near
future on the logs page.
I have little excuse really for
not having already done this. OK moving everything out of our
house might count, and does having a suspected detaching
retina and subsequent medical visits etc... Sure I will get
the log on the pages asap!
This will have to do for now,
back to the day job sorting Seagull spares then resume the task of
packing boxes and carting them out! At leas it has given us
another incentive to declutter!
Sunday 8th August 2021.
Well here we are again, another wet and windy Sunday! No
sails seen on the river for days, F7 at one time... F6
today. Do hope we actually get some calmer, warm weather soon or
this season will have been a total wash out!
I spent a
couple of hours when the rain had stopped, and using a simple
metal hacksaw blade in a jigsaw, made all the round holes in one
of 'Glass Tides' bilge plates square! A step nearer to
getting them galvanised to be refitted! John is using proper
galvanised coach bolts with domed head and a square beneath the
head to locate in the bilge plates...
Less drag when
racing! Seriously, the barnacles find it so much harder to
cling on as you can get the antifouling onto the smooth heads
easier... When it stops raining for long enough I will do
the other bilge keel for him. Then an angle grinder and some
flap wheels, to strip off all the old paint and the epoxy we
coated one side of each with and off to the galvnisers!
had any new enrolments this week, for a change. Had a couple
of interesting mails though.
Lucy mailed to say she had
spotted a dubious advert, a 'Sea Reach 30' advertised as a Golden
Hind. I too had seen this advertised some time back and
informed the seller it was not a GH. Seems the advert at
Apollo duck has now been altered. The 'Sea Reach' was a
design built by a yard in steel and they got MG to design it for
them, to be honest it is so like a GH you could be forgiven for
thinking it was one. But no Steel GH 31's were ever built,
which is the closest GH design.
Graham with the Eventide 26 'Goldcrest' and 'Borer Bee',
contacted us re the rigging on the 26ft Eventide. He was
puzzling over a chain plate fitted in front of the mast position.
Informed him this was an error in the 1972 plans, the sloop
rig and the cutter rig had got a little confused.
For sloop rig there are two pairs of shrouds from beneath the
spreaders, to chain plates, one aft and one forward of the mast.
The middle chain plate in line with the mast is for the
topmast shroud of course.
In the cutter rig, that he has, there are two chain plates
aft of the mast position. 15 to 18 inches apart. A
lower forestay to the stem head, is attached to the mast 3/4 up
the mast and this is also the attachment going to the aft pair of
shrouds! The topmast forestay goes to the end of a
3'6" to 4' long bowsprit. He had all these. So the one
in front of the mast position would be unused.
Unless of course he did what I did with 'Fiddler's Green' and
fitted one in front of the mast just to support my mast lowering
As you can see I extended the rigging attachment up till the
bottle screw eye was in line with the tabernacle pivot. A
diagonal strut forward, (to the left in this picture), holds it
there. Lowering the mast made a lot safer as the topmost
shrouds rigging stays in slight tension....
The mast has no tendency to swing sideways when raised or lowered.
As you can see I am hardly breaking a sweat doing this and can
pause to pose for the photographer. Crew man Keith is there
to gently guide the mast into the padded crutch on the sternrail.
You can see the full article about raising and lowering masts
on the hints and tips page.
Graham came back to me to say thanks and all sorted and then
posed a challenge. Could I name the Eventide 24 in this
1970's Range Rover advert?! He had seen a brief extract
during a TV program and had looked it up on the net! Well so
far I have come up with one possible, but not 100%.
See if you can do better.
John Don’t know if you have seen this. Original Range Rover
promotional film from 1970 launch. Check out minutes 8.50 to
9.25. Extra points for naming the boat.
I have worked out that it was in Wales, Graham says it is a
boatyard near the Menai Bridge. The year is 1970. I
can see it is an Eventide 24 and that the keel has been in-filled
back to the rudder. No guard rails, but they may have been added.
The three ports are likely to still be in the hull. The mast
is stepped on the foredeck as was the norm for all pre 1972 plans.
I can only think of the Eventide 'Serenity' that matches all
these, all except the painted raised topsides, as she now has
varnish work there??? Can you do better? I have been
through the gallery pics and cannot 100% match her, maybe another
that slipped the net!
Finally a couple of mails in from prospective builders.
Raf still investigating ..... and Ian asking how sea worthy
the Riptide is compared to the GH. I would have said on a
par! He has the Riptide drawings, so we wait and see.
I am off to the boat later, just to check her over, when the
rain stops that is!
Sunday 1st August 2021. Happy birthday Michael... for
For the first time
in ages the river has sails on it! Even though it is gently
raining! First time for weeks the wind had relented.
No sailing for us though we have a birthday dinner to go to, and
anyway it's not so much fun in the rain for the boss!
I have just removed
the Eventide 'Morag Morgan' from our
'For Sale' pages, Barry has
reluctantly parted company with her... Must have been a
wrench, he sailed her for nearly 40 years!
I am about to
add a pair of GH 31 Mainsails to the 'bits
for sale' page. Were supposed to be posted ages ago, but
life gets in the way sometimes!
Rambler has sent
in a photo. Not many can claim one of these, by Bekon of
Painted a nice colour too!
Had a series of messages
from Ian, he is tossing up which design to build! He is not
alone. Seems we have more and more actually want to build their
'Dream ships' . Think he would have liked to build a Golden
Hind, but as the moulds gone and no timber version drawings
available the best option I suggested was the Riptide. As
close to the GH 31 as you are going to get.. Watch this
Had an interesting mail re the copyright on MG's
books, someone wanted to quote from one in a book she was writing.
I pointed her to the publishers, but if no joy there I am in touch
with the sole beneficiary of MG's will. Not heard anything
I have spent some time reading through some of the
old copies of Yachting monthly I purchased, some gems in there.
May publish some snippets on here. Sadly the man who sold
them, the last 'leader' of the old assoc., has refused to sell
back the silver MG passage log trophy. Have a feeling, that
we, the owners, will never see that again. Like all the other
trophies donated to the owners, all grabbed by the last handful of
people clinging to the mistaken premise that they were actually
representing owners! (They never even owned one of 'our' boats!)
Keith who is building the Senior 'Dipper' has sent in a couple
of interesting pics.
A couple more pics for you if you want them. The foredeck
is on and I have framed out the cockpit. You might note that I
have introduced small side decks which will therefore result in
the cabin top being a little narrower. Pure vanity really. I just
think I will like the impact on Dippers overall appearance.
All the best
I quite like the little side decks, but not really wide enough to
walk down! Makes the boat less boxy though....
On my Eventide the side decks were widened to 15 inches.
After owning a 24 for many years and perfecting the penguin waddle
down the side decks, I decided it was time to be able to walk
unimpeded, so for 'Fiddler's Green', the 15 inch side decks work!
(Not many ever realise they are actually wider than plan... it is
not apparent till you walk there.)
Tony the owner of
the Eventide 26 'Kittiwake' is
wanting to sell, I will be posting an advert on our
For Sale pages
Roger of The 'Crossing the Thames Estuary ' book
series, has been back with
another survey, this time one close to home, the Swin Spitway.
Worth looking at, if, like me, you are planning to use it.
On the 2nd and 12th July, Larry and I
successfully completed a survey at the
Spitway (a third attempt with Brian
between the 2nd and 12th failed
because a horrible easterly swell made
the data unreliable). I have now
posted the results on the usual
Download page of the Web Site.
The chartlet is based on 15356
soundings which are reduced to Chart
Datum using the Port of London
Authority live Walton tide gauge data.
The profile (i.e. the shape) of the
Spitway has remained as before but
arguably depths have reduced 0.2m in
places. Best water to the east
of the line of SW buoys is 1.6m CD.
In line between the two buoys, 1.4m CD
but with a small 'finger' of 1.2m CD
'intruding'. Of course the
height of tide can be added.
Tidal Heights at the Spitway
Mean HW Springs =
Approx. 42 minutes before HW
Sheerness, approx. 18 minutes after HW
Walton Mean HW Neaps
= Approx. 32 minutes before
HW Sheerness, approx. 19 minutes after
HW Walton Mean LW Springs
= Approx. 42 minutes before
LW Sheerness, approx. 30 minutes after
LW Walton Mean LW Neaps
= Approx. 22 minutes before
LW Sheerness, approx. 21 minutes after
Typically at the
Mean Spring Range, low water at Walton
can be expected to have a height of
tide of about 0.4m: i.e. 0.4m above
charted depths. The Mean Range
Factor at the Spitway is about 1.13 on
Walton. So theoretically at 30
minutes after the time of LW at
Walton, the height of tide at the
Spitway should be 0.4m x 1.13 = 0.45m
for Springs. That of course is
based upon weather conditions and the
progress of a uniform tidal wave into
the Estuary which can never be
certain. At Mean Neaps Range,
low water at Walton can be expected to
have a height of tide of about 1.0m.
So theoretically at 21 minutes after
the time of LW at Walton, the height
of tide would be 1.0m x 1.13 = 1.13m
There is one
excellent facility. The Port of
London VTS broadcasts live tidal
heights at four tide gauges 15 minutes
before the hour and 15 minutes after
on VHF Channel 69. The 4 tide
gauges reported are Walton (always
first), Margate, Shivering Sands and
Southend. Receiving the
broadcast on Ch 69. can be difficult
at the Spitway but since for the
majority, LW at the Spitway is likely
to be for those northbound, it is a
good idea to listen into Ch. 69 from
the beginning of Fisherman’s Gat.
Given the profile of the Spitway, once
you are happy as to the height of
tide, there is no need to adhere to a
line between the SW buoys. For
those from the West Swin or Outer
Crouch bound for the Wallet, a course
of 025(T) over the ground from the
Swin Spitway SWM would be useful.
Similar for those to or from the Colne
or Blackwater and the Sunk Sand
crossing points, a transit of
135(T)/305(T) diagonally across the
centre of the swatchway will save time
Third item down. Click on the
download button for the pdf version or
click on the image for the Jpg format.
Good passages for the summer!
Well that's all for
Welcome to yet
another new member, Les with the Eventide 26 'Rambler'. Les built
this Eventide, starting 1971 and launched 1975, and
'Rambler' still owned by Les. Sails out of Totton,
Southampton. Great to have you back aboard! I recall Les
and 'Rambler' from the days of the old assoc. Hopefully Les
is going to send some pics in for the gallery.
days of very hot, unbearably hot weather, (What global Warming??)
We have now had the thunderstorms! Watching the river there
were a few sails out there, but only a few, we need a month of
settled weather, not sure we are going to get that....
have yet to add the GH 31 Mainsails to the 'Bits for Sale' pages,
but will try to do this ASAP. It is 2300 now and we have
only just retuned from an afternoon/evening with the family,
hectic! Too late to start now. Had some good thunderstorms and
torrential rain.... in Rayne. But was dry here when we came
home, so must water some plants in the morning if we don't get the
rain... We get less rain in this little corner of
Essex than the Sahara!
Keith has also sent some more photos
of the Senior he is building, 'Dipper', has sent some interesting
pics in of the alterations he has incorporated. Some may
like to emulate these!. I will add these pics ASAP too!
All for now, sadly looking at the forecast for the week, it
appears to be wet, wet, wet! British summers.!
rumbling overhead, I have retreated indoors to write up this page,
overdue! Today has been stifling again, but not so hot as
the west country and Wales, where health warnings are in place!
Sunday our car thermometer read 33 C! Told it officially
made 31, far too hot to do a boot sale! Especially one
starting at midday! The public flocked in, but 2 hours later
all had admitted defeat and the stall holders packed in too. The
ice cream man did a roaring trade.
I had earmarked next
Friday as a sailing day, but the forecast is for F6's and 7's!
Don't think so! Today the sea breeze on top of the NE
winds has meant the Blackwater has been empty again! F5!.
Time to add to these pages.
Welcome to two new members,
Kieran with the Atlantic Clipper has enrolled. Sparkle.
He is refurbishing her at Douglas Boatyard, Merseyside.
Think I have been there, when 'Jean' the junk rigged E26 was
launched 20 odd years back...
'Sparkle of Scolt'.
Welcome too to Kevin in California! He is after the drawings
for a Senior. Such a popular design! I have responded
with details of how to get our drawings and the Selway-Fisher hull
Norman has been in touch, anyone know where
his old Eventide is now? 'Rhona
John Stevens is checking the database as I
am sure the new owner joined us...
Norman sent in this
photo of her on the front page of the 'Field' magazine.
Matt with the GH in
Brighton has just mailed to say he has a couple of main sails for
a 32ft GH for sale, details awaits, but if you are in the market
for a cheap replacement sail, either tan or white, get in touch I
will pass your details on.
Gert in the Netherlands wants to
know if anyone has a contact for a window company that can make
new Ali frames up. The firm I used 40 years ago has sadly
gone, but there are a couple about, suspecting there could be more
in the Netherlands...
Another ex owner has been in
I used to be the
owner of “Halcyon of Yealm” between 1980 and 1989. She was No 19,
built in 1966 by Hartwell with a hard chine and an 8HP Sabb
Diesel, I was her second owner.
Although 31 Ft
from stem to stern she was just called a Golden Hind, I believe
the GH31 were so called after the first GH26 was built. Of course
the first few were 28Ft.
During my ownership I converted her to a
cutter with a mahogany bowsprit and new stainless pulpit rail and
rigging. This greatly improved her sailing performance.
Since she sailed away from Fareham Creek with
her new owners I have heard nothing of her, if anyone knows what
happened to her I would love to know.
Anyone know her??
Makes me think I should never ever sell my boat, I could not bear to
not know she was being cared for!
Paul in the Netherlands, Emmelord... (Don't we have
another member there!) He was asking about the rigging on
his boat. His boat 'Parami'
was built religiously to the set of early drawings, that
subsequently I spotted
some years ago, we corrected them on our drawings! The
Chain plate positions were mixed up!
He was asking if it might be easier to convert the rig to
proper sloop, by altering the mast, or to a cutter, as the rigging
chain plates for cutter were fitted to the hull. A quick
question from me about weather helm and the answer was obvious,
fit a bowsprit! Go cutter! Solves the weather helm
problem and gives you somewhere to mount rollers for the anchor
and keep the mud off the decks! A lot easier than fitting
extra rigging fittings to the mast and fitting more chain plates
forward of the mast on the hull! And you would still have
the helm problem!
Pleased to be able to assist.
Heard from Graham re 'Borer Bee'.
She has safely made it across the Irish Sea, on a
trailer/trolley and is now ashore in Scotland whilst the trailer
is made more 'road legal' for the long haul back to Cambridge,
where renovations will be done.
Apart from having no motor and old rigging, she appears to be
in quite good order. Hoping the keel bolts will be
tested/removed/checked to ensure the keel is safe as well as the
cosmetics done! She has been afloat (and ashore) for over 60 years
and no one knows how much a keel bolt may have corroded in all
that time! (I pull one keel bolt every 5 years, so far all
have been re-greased and replaced as they were like new still! but
I have seen some horror stories!
'Borer Bee' lifted off
trailer whilst it is renovated.
John Stevens sent a link to this picture some may have seen
on the news or in the newspapers. The photographer swears it
is not retouched. Rather spooky.
And finally a message from Roger re the Middle Sunk Sands
crossing point, it has gone!!
regarding the Middle Sunk Sand crossing point
I had recommended last year that the Middle Sunk crossing was
avoided until new data was available and I had not altered that
recommendation. Recently I have been told that one yacht
crossed the Middle Sunk using a chart plotter and unfortunately
touched bottom in 3m of height of tide (with 2m draft). This
was on the north-east ‘finger’ of the Middle Sunk. The last survey was by the Port of
London Authority in 2015 and it was clear that the ‘finger’ had
been extending to the north-east from earlier years.
This chartlet shows the 2015
PLA data. The UKHO chart 1975, which is the primary source
for electronic charting, shows that area is still using 2012 data,
not the 2015. And the ‘finger’ may have, based on the recent
report, continued to extend further to the north-east. The
‘touch’ is thought to be close the Wpt No 16. My recommendation
remains as last year: don’t use that crossing until there is new
data. That involves Routes 3, 9 and 15. I am hoping to
go down to the Middle Sunk and I will, of course, report back.
Both the SW Sunk and Little Sunk crossings have been used on
several occasions this year.
An addition update about Foulger’s Gat and the London
Array Wind Farm Maintenance
The Wind Farm
have just announced some changes in their Diving plans for the
maintenance of a number of turbines. The consequence is that
this maintenance plan now includes 6 turbines that are adjacent to
Foulger’s Gat or the ‘dogleg avenue’. That is turbines A13,
B13, B15, C17, D17 and D19.
When works are in progress
there will be two phases: first a 250m exclusion zone around
preparatory moorings, second a 500m exclusion zone when diving
takes place. Up to 3 individual sites can be operated at the
same time, so for example, if D17 and D19 were serviced at the
same time, space through the Gat would be severely restricted.
There is no advance schedule as the diving depends on very
localised conditions. Therefore it will be necessary to call
up the Dive Support Vessel in advance. Warnings will be
broadcast on VHF Ch 16. The local Notice to Mariners supplies
details of the Dive Support Vessel:
C-Force – Call Sign
MITT4, MMSI 232033970, Mobile 07718 424492. Given that a
late warning to divert to Fisherman’s Gat would in quite
inconvenient, I would suggest a telephone call in advance would
As we move into a 'mask free' situation now, I urge
every one to still be cautious, the Whuflu is not going to go away
in a hurry!
15th July 2021.
Just a quick note to
say we are still here!
I have been away for a
few days, drove down to Devon to visit the daughter and Grandson,
don't 6 year olds grow so much in 18 months! Was a great
break but paying for it with the hundreds of mails waiting for me
on my return, that I have had to wade through. Just
about caught up now, but it's late and no time to add much more to
this page tonight.
Just to say F6 northerlies, flash floods
and lightning strikes, not sailing weather!
Turning out to
be a terrible summer! Again!
We can always wish for an
'Indian summer', why is it we are always wishing for better
weather, maybe because we have destroyed the seasons ??
Back soon, I do have lots of snippets to share.
July 2021 Happy birthday Sis.
We have had a couple
of days of heavy showers this weekend and today a F8 forecast?!??
Weather just not what it was. We managed to get out last
Friday, as I have already stated, and had the river to ourselves
again, max 20 boats in view at any time from Clacton to Osea
Island. Only one hardy soul seen out afloat Sunday!
Went to a Classic bike show Sunday and
it fell, felt sorry for my friends in the BSA Bantam Club who had
managed to ride their bikes there. Damp saddles! Mine
is off the road, again. I have to replace both tyres, they are
over 50 years old we reckon and showing signs of rubber rot! I had
a flat in one and that's how I found the cracked tyres...
Have just bought replacements, using the EOG EBay page.
the battery to charge is however proving more tricky. Hope to swap
to modern CDi ignition soon. Old bikes, just like old boats,
can benefit from modern technology.
On the boat however our
batteries are fully charged just from the 32w solar panel, not bad
when you consider there are 5 x 100Amp hour batteries aboard.!
Perhaps a solar panel on the Bantam....
Paul with the
fabulous Eventide 'Osprey' has contacted me for advice on 'auto
helms' and on reefing. I ended up writing pages to him on
both subjects, so now I am going to get a few photos to back it
all up and publish the lot on the owners 'hints and tips' pages.
Paul has not been the only one to ever enquire! I have been
fortunate to have been able to glean loads of useful info and
experience, be a shame not to share it.
Kieran has been on,
he has an Atlantic Clipper in Liverpool, under refit. He is
about to move it to Douglas boatyard on the Ribble shortly. He has unearthed a
brochure on the Atlantic Clipper that we have not previously seen,
I will be putting this on the Gallery, Barbican and clipper page.
Many thanks Kieran.
The front cover!
No new enrolments since last Friday, but
we are getting at least one a week and its great to find more and
I have had a sort out in the office, found a
pile of CD's, to check. One unmarked one turns out to have a
log and a few pictures dated 1963, of an Eventide built overseas
and sailed back to the UK, 'Jahari.' I will shortly
add this to the logs page with links from the Gallery, Eventide
All for now, the rain just set in with a vengeance
and the trees bent double.... Unseasonable gales are getting
more frequent, hope our trees survive, the little spinney here has
a couple of hundred saplings taller than me now, some up to
20ft tall, not bad for just 4 years in the ground here. Not
quite enough timber to build an Eventide yet!
Just back in from a
glorious day afloat. The Blackwater was hardly crowded, max
20 boats in view all day. F3 and wall to wall sunshine.
Had a pleasant sail up the river against the last of the ebb to
anchor for lunch at LW in a tiny creek, where rarely anyone ever
goes. Too small and shallow for most. Today two other
vessels popped in and out briefly. The resident seal was
amazed to see us all and went off fishing! A slow putter
back this afternoon rounded the day off, no excitement, so the
boss will come out with me again, I hope!
Now back here and
applying after sun! Sadly the weekend does not look as nice,
rain and thunderstorms. Depression barreling through..
Typical of British weather. After all Wimbledon is on, so it has
We have had a few mails in this week and one
new enrolment. Welcome to Andrew with a Sea Rover, 'Pia
Vita', based in Thornham Marina. Though not an MG
design, but by Evans, but we learnt that MG had a hand in the
design. He often collaborated with other designers and in
this case the vessel has his hallmarks all over it!
with the new Senior build mailed with a photo of a very smart
Eventide 24, hope to display that photo soon. this is the
Eventide we all voted for to make it Classic boat of the year some
Gert in the Netherlands has sent in an advert
for a mainsail for a GH. He has converted his to ketch rig,
hope to see more on that later.... See the advert on our 'Bits
for Sale' page.
Bill Montague has mailed with a few
more photos for me to add to the Eventide Gallery. He was
the builder of the Eventide 'Kili. Have also been able to
add some more info to some of the photos he sent before...
Nigel has sent pics of 'Pegasus' You may remember I put him
in touch with the longtime owners Bruce and Viv. They are
now pleased she is going to be restored and sailed again.
Here she is out in the daylight for the first time in 6 years.
Been dry stored in an old aircraft hanger. Hope to see more
pictures as the restoration progresses.
Down at Bradwell
today I was pleased to see Norman has his repaired main mast all
set up. Must have come as a terrible shock when the mast
fell in half this spring, whilst being lifted to step it...
'Irene' is a 30ft version of the Eventide built by Tony Scrace in
Rhodesia and shipped out to South Africa just as the country
changed names and politics! Has survived hurricanes and
mutinies before being shipped here some years back. Very
sturdy vessel. Apparently rain water had got into the
masthead and filled the void above the spreaders, causing
the damage. All now strong again and the masthead sealed!
Finally had this in from Keith with the new Senior 'Dipper'
Just to say that I am still working away
on Dipper. I have fitted the sole boards / bunk bases (hidden
under protective boards here) and painted the inside of the cabin
area with Danboline. The box just forward of the centre plate case
is for a battery. I have placed 26kg of lead each side of the case
(i.e. total 52kg). I cut the lead sheet to fit before epoxying it
all together inside a plastic cover. It is now firmly fixed in
place with a covering board. The centreplate is fitted and Dyneema
strop in place. Now working on the foredeck before constructing
the cabin top itself. I am enjoying the process greatly!
Neat way of adding clean ballast
that a centreboard Senior needs to be more stable. Great to
see how quickly one of the Selway-Fisher hulls can be constructed.
A credit to you Keith.
Hope after the next few days of stormy
weather we can get out and enjoy our boats again.
Summer was a
Wednesday in May! Today had to bolt for cover as the rain
suddenly fell in torrents, accompanied with peals of thunder.
I was so busy outside I had not noticed the cloud approaching.
Looking at the forecast now see we have a week of this!
So time to retreat to the computer and update this
Welcome to new member Jaap in the Netherlands with
the splendid GH, 'Beluga'.
Apparently she has been laid up under cover in the Netherlands
for the last 10 years. (They all seem to lay up under cover
there, great idea.!). Jaap is going through her slowly
checking her out, as he says, expecting the 'job list' to get
longer! Then it could be off to the distant horizon.
Talking about long trips, John has just sent us this.
found out my boat 'Pecarus' sail no 8, a 28ft Golden
Hind, sailed around the world in 1975 with Dr. Mike and Lindy
Couch' And to cap it all he has found their log!
Published in a local newspaper in episodes. He has scanned
it and sent it on, I will add it to the logs page. Amazing
feat for a boat so small. I thought I was pushing it going
round the UK in a stretched 27ft Eventide, but circumnavigating
the world! Wow!.
Now John is repairing and restoring
her down in Newhaven, but needs the transom hung rudder fittings,
anyone got spares? I thought I did well when I found a
lovely set of s/s transom hung rudder pivots etc. on EBay a couple
of years back, they are to eventually go on the back of the GRP
Eventide 'Glass Tide'. You do not often see good strong
fittings suitable for our sort of cruisers for sale....
a couple of mails from William with the GH 'Hale Kai', (you
my remember we berthed alongside her on the Caledonian Canal in
2013). He has found rot in the main cross beam that spans
the boat at the back of the cabin and add to that someone has
actually cut a lot of it away to mount a bilge pump? I agree
with William, this beam is structural and important, so he is
about to replace the lot! Good to see someone caring for
their boat. Another with many sea miles under her keel, and
at least two trans Atlantics!
A friend of the EOG, Mike in
Oz, sent this following link to me. It is a link to a
UTube film showing the fog signal at Sumburgh Head being started.
Finally had this in From Roger Gasper, a few alterations to
the depths and buoyage on the Crouch. A few chart changes to note!
Outer Crouch buoyage changes affecting
the Swallowtail and Whitaker Channels
Crouch Harbour Authority have
announced that with effect from 15th
June, 2021, the Swallowtail and
Whitaker channels are subject to some
changes in the buoyage. The
overall plan for marking the two
channels is as before but three buoys
have been permanently removed causing
some position, name and light
The former No
2 has been removed, No 1 has been
moved to the west and Nos 3 and 4 have
been re-numbered Nos 2 and 3.
Light characteristics for the 'new' No
2 have been changed.
former Nos 3 and 4 have been
permanently removed and Nos 1 and 2
have been moved to the west just short
of where the pair Nos 3 and 4 used to
be located. Nos No 5 and 6
remain in the same position but are
re-named Nos 3 and 4 and have changes
in their light characteristics.
Similarly Nos 7 and 8 are now re-named
Nos 5 and 6 with light characteristics
I have added a new
download at: http://www.crossingthethamesestuary.com/page29.html
(second item) which comprises of an
image and full details of the changes.
I have temporarily 'shopped' part of
Imray Chart Y17 to illustrate the
changes and remove the out of data
information. If you wish to see
the old buoyage to compare the changes
see the local Notice to Mariners at:
(select the Local Authority list).
I don't think the changes will not
bring about any significant
difficulties. Tacking across
either in the outer parts of the
channels will need a little more
attention but the Swin Spitway,
Swallowtail No 1 and the Inner
Whitaker buoys define the approaches.
Enjoy your season.
That's all for now.
As the rain
continues incessantly, ever since the massive thunderstorms that
woke us up
at 0100 yesterday, it's time to sit indoors in the dry and write up
Had a very welcome new member join us
yesterday, George with the Riptide 'Thalia'.
Great to have her back in the group. Some members will
recall she sailed the south west with Geoff for many years and
there are quite a few pics of her on the gallery, Riptide section.
I met her and Geoff aboard in Plymouth in 2000, we were
making our way west... Seems George has saved her, as
she was repossessed by a boatyard here in Essex having been left
in a sad state. He has replaced decks and restored her back
to be fit to go back to sea and if all went well, in the rain, she
may well be afloat today.
Riptide 'Thalia' restored and
awaiting launching in Essex.
A couple of members
have brought a boat advertised on EBay to our notice. Listed
as a '22ft Eventide' she looks as if she has been stripped back to
bare wood and is under cover, so long as she remains dry it would
be a perfect opportunity to apply 3 coats of epoxy and preserve
her for decades. I have contacted the seller, telling him
what she is, but the advert is still the same... shame some may
miss her. 'Tamarisk' can also be
seen on the Eventide section of the Gallery.. Photos from some
I can see the main keel has to come off, it
appears to be an original 560lb iron keel, needs another 500lb,
though the seller is claiming it is a steel box filled with lead,
don't think so. The deadwood appears to need repair too...
(Epoxy?) She has a pair of new freshly galvanised
bilge keels and I suspect will sell for a song, even on a trailer!
A real project boat. Ignore the comments about the value of
the navigation lights, they do not look legal, even if they could
be made to work, but some of the antique gear could be put to use.
See the link to have a look at her.
Not been back aboard
our boat since our day out Sunday, and have an admission to make.
I always..... insist on
having a paper chart of the area I am sailing on the chart table,
ready for reference or to be able to show crew where we are.
Realised on Sunday I had not taken the Admiralty small craft
charts folios back aboard. Oops! Local knowledge used!
I carry one folio for the Essex rivers and another for the
Thames Estuary, covering the length of the London River, the
Medway and round the corner, to Ramsgate, just in case I feel the
need to stretch my legs! Sunday night, on returning home I
sought out the charts, still safely stored flat, under the
mattress.! Now waiting on me to take them back aboard, when
the rain stops, all updated!
During the last week,
before it started to rain, I have been adding the finishing
touches to my new mooring buoy, for the half tide mooring I keep
at Tollesbury. I have been busy engraving the name into the
plastic buoy with a soldering iron, to prevent theft...
amazingly buoys do go missing! And then using
permanent marker to highlight the lettering.
I have maintained this mooring since 1973 and it has never let me
down. Been used by many members visiting the area, looking
for a safe spot to stop.
I use the mooring
occasionally during the season, as a picnic spot or if I want to
really hide and escape the world! Fiddler's sits upright on
the mud most times... with the holding tank in use, we just
need a bit of water to flush the loo... bucket on aft deck!
Every five years or so I have to make a special trip to
Tollesbury, by boat, laden with a 20ft length of newly galvanised
3/8 chain and new shackles etc. to replace the riser. It
might last longer than 5 years, but as soon as I notice the
chain wearing the galvanising thin anywhere, time to replace.
Normally now the old chain has to be scrapped. Years ago I
did this every 3 years and had the chain re-galvanised.
That's when it was easy to pop into a local galvanisers....
most now have gone.
The ground chain, laid nearly 50 years
ago, was a length of heavy 3/4 chain, worn in places to 1/2inch.
It is still the same now as it was in 1973, the mud preserves it.
Three lengths of chain 25ft long are each secured to large iron weights
in 2ft holes in the mud, with the chain up running through old car wheels, safe as houses! Has
The 20ft length of riser chain is twice the
max depth at HW springs on the berth. So a 2:1 ratio on the riser.
Just right. (As opposed to a 3:1 minimum for anchors...)
This time round I have resorted to using a 20ft length of 30mm
heavy plaited nylon rope as the riser, with a 19 Ton safe working
load!. Rope like this has been used locally for risers for
10 or 15 years now and someone I know makes up all the risers for
the moorings on the Crouch this way, and they last.
Underwater, or caked in mud, the rope riser is protected from UV
and being nylon, it sinks.
I had great fun threading the
thick rope through the centre of the mooring buoy, had to thread a
smaller rope through and use it as a 'messenger' line. I
could not then get the eye splice I made, (fun splicing 8
plait rope!!) back into the buoy, too thick, as a result I
ended up with 9 inches of the thicker sliced part sticking out the
top of the buoy, with a heavy s/s swivel on the eye on the end.
Of course if left this would just flop over. So I had the
bright idea of splitting a length of heavy black poly gutter
downpipe and slipping it over the rope between the top of the buoy
and the eye and s/s swivel fitting, this to make it stand up,
bring the s/s swivel eye up about 2ft 6 inches above the water,
so making it much easier to pick up.
To further ensure the
buoy floats upright I have a roll of lead sheet that I intend to
wrap round and fasten just under the buoy with jubilee clips, to
'ballast' it. And another roll of lead to fasten a metre
down from that, so the rope under the buoy tends to stay a metre
underwater, to avoid boats catching it if they pass too close!
Then as a final trick, the inflatable buoy is to be filled
with closed cell foam, in case someone cuts it with a prop.
Got the spray foam to use, soon. Bet that is fun!
braces and bits of string me!
I will add some photos, when
the rain stops!
Then the next stage is for me to putter
across the Blackwater and go and pick up the Tollesbury mooring.
As the tide drops I then shorten up on the old chain riser till
the boat is almost above the centre ring of the three ground
chains. Before the water disappears I launch the dinghy, and
pull myself round to the bow, cutting away the old mooring riser
chain from the old buoy, and trying to clean off the old buoy
before bagging it in a rubbish sack to bring home. The new
rope riser is to be then secured to the ground chain as it is
exposed and the shackle moused with an electrical tie! The
old riser will be left on the creek bottom as extra weight on the
ground chain..... Not going to bother to lift that!
try and get some pics of me in the mud doing this too! Gone
are the days where I waded out over the mud pushing a laden wooden
pram dinghy to do this, too much like hard work!
today would have been a great day to do this, as there is no wind,
but gentle continuous rain to wash everything off!
am just arranging to have my life raft picked up to have it
serviced, I went to take it aboard and realised the service date
was last summer, midway through the lockdown! So it is all
boxed up sat in a wheelbarrow covered in poly sheet, awaiting the
FedEx guy. Such a weight! New in 2014, this will be its
second service, so another 3 years plus left in it...
Will see me out I suspect.
Sure when it ever came to deploy
it, adrenalin would kick in and it would seem light as a feather!
Worth getting it serviced, as a reassurance to all aboard!
Maybe one day I will part with it, but not quite yet.
Looking forward to seeing the sun again come on less than a week
till the longest day! As I sign off the thunder starts!!!
actually managed to get afloat. Fiddler's Green has at last
left her mooring, for a very pleasant day sail. Managed to
test every bit of kit aboard, almost. Certainly the sails,
the motor, the electronics, cooker, fridge, sea loo and holding
tank. All passed with flying colours. What slightly
surprised us was the small number of boats out there with us.
Flood tide, with Sunday afternoon HW, 25 degrees and F2....
Where is everyone? So many empty spaces in Bradwell, though
they say they are full, and the creeks very empty, barely a
quarter of the moorings taken, same up river.
Are we seeing
the death throes of the small boat scene.? Certainly fewer small boats about. All the 20
odd ft wooden boats and the under
25ft GRP boats of yesteryear seem to have gone, scrapped?
With so many people in financial difficulty maybe no wonder.
As well as some now having health problems.... damned
Views up and down the Blackwater a couple of hours before HW
today, only 20 boats visible?
This is where we ended up for lunch, up a tiny creek that very few ever
venture into.... As it was nearing HW it was impossible to
see the creek, just a huge expanse of water, but a lot of it less
than 1 m deep, not a place for the unwary!
During the past week
we have had another new enrolment, an Eventide 26 called 'Osprey'.
Welcome to Paul from Dublin. I have contacted him to see if
this is the same 'Osprey' that featured in Classic boat some time
back, took forever to build, 20 years of more, and was a work of
art with ornate carvings. Not heard back from Paul as yet.
We understand 'Borer Bee' is still in Scotland, having crossed
by ferry from Ireland. The trailer had to be taken away to
be rebuilt before it would be safe to tow her down to Cambridge,
where she is to be worked on.
Had an enquiry regarding a
boat in one of M.G.'s books, 'Windflower' . Edward asks,
have we got the drawings? Well having researched in the
library I have here, I think she is a Bawley or Cockler
design and yes, we do have the drawings. Waiting for an
enrolment so we can pass a set of drawings on.
Had a mail
from Nick, he has a Senior he wishes to sell on behalf of his
father, awaiting a few more details before publishing an avert,
this one is very much a project, or a donor boat for one of our
Stitch and glue hull builders, more soon.
Chris in the
Netherlands sent a link to us re John Rowland, the designer of the
'Mouette'. Chris had found that John had written a book many
moons ago and though most copies seem to be for sale in the States
I have started a search on EBay so that may turn up one here, I'll
let you know. Another for my library! Here is
link to the book.
Had this in from Roger Gasper, could be of interest to anyone
cruising the Thames Estuary....
Update on the SW
Onto the news , Thursday, 27th
May, I went down to the SW Sunk for the survey. I was very
fortunate to have Larry Botheras with me (Ex-Gladys of the YBW
forum) and I am very grateful to him to help me. He steers,
responds to commands(!) and generally keeps the boat going while I
pour over instruments and look at the water, generally
The SW Sunk is still firmly established.
There are some changes but nothing dramatic. In fact the
2020 waypoints could still be used but I will comment on that in a
moment. We started the first run of the survey, following
the track between the three waypoints, and depth was fine.
We noted that the SW Knoll has moved a little to the North but
corresponding the Middle Sunk Knoll equally has retreated.
The profile of the swatch retained deeper water at the western
side as before and the eastern side still had over 3 metres of
water at chart datum. So the swatch is workable.
I am recommending revising the western and
centre waypoints so as to retain the same distance away from the
SW Knoll. The SW Knoll is very steep, indeed you will see at
one point it looks pretty vertical. I suspect that edge
changes very locally as Larry and I experienced seeing and going
through a rather impressive tide rip (or is it ‘overfalls’) at the
edge of the knoll. We had the advantage of no wind at all at
the time so we could see the action of the tide. We were
there at the second half of the spring tides so we can explore
over the banks and that is the time that the tide rip occurs.
We found probably as much as 1.8kts of tide moving from the east
to the west through the swatch and where the swatch tide tries to
exit into the Barrow Deep, the weight of the Barrow Deep flood
forces the swatch flood round the edge of the face of the knoll
and produces the rip. Please don’t worry about this for 2
reasons. First, if you use the waypoints you will stay clear
of the tide rip. You can see from the chartlet that there is
ample room further to the north if you wish. Second, if you
use the tables in the book and seek the best passage times, you
would not arrive at the swatch at the time of the tide rip.
The rip is a function of the flood tide and once the flood eased
the rip completely disappeared.
As the sun sinks low in the northwest, it is shining in my
north facing study
window, onto the screen here, a rare event.... a reminder
that it is not that many days till the longest day and sadly the
nights start drawing in. Do hope you are able to take
advantage of these longer days, to get your boats afloat.
Been a quiet week on
the e-mails and calls. Had a chance though to thumb through
the volumes of Y.M. I acquired last week, some fascinating stuff!
Lots of references to M.G.'s drawings, as one would expect, as he
was the editor!
I have have the details of the Senior 'Nollie'
through though, so adding an advert for her on our
Suspect most people will be doing what we have been
doing, sorting their boats out! So many have not been able
to get to their boats or get their boats to the water, for 18
We spent a happy few hours on board
today, filled the water tank and changed the water filter, topped
up the fuel tank, only took half a pint!! I had doubted the
'new' fuel gauge, but it was correct. Spent a silly half
hour with Darian, knitting together our lazy-jacks!
Had to concentrate really hard to get them all in the right place!
We cleaned and polished all inside and made it all homely
again, evicted a couple of spiders! Strangely had to really
think how it all went together.... However we have tested
all the kit out, from gas detectors to cabin clocks, VHF, Navtext
and GPs, Plotter and radar, even the loo and holding tank,
amazingly it all works!
We were planning a run out today
but three of my five weather forecasting apps indicated rain, so
cancelled and just got on with the work, had a picnic on board and
as we have moved berths to a quiet part of the marina, we were
also pleased to meet one of our new neighbours. We are
snuggled between two Westerly Centaurs. Giles was looking at
the grass skirt on j=hits in horror, 3ft long! Going to get
the boat lifted out, guessing they will have to tow it as his prop
we invisible in the weed! Have spoken to him many times as
he passed us at the old alongside berth we used to have.
Many were surprised to see us where we are, sadly the marina
reneged on the deal for us to keep our historical berth.
25 years plus in that cosy berth.... I had even
offered a 'retainer' but was told as one of the longest paying
berth holders, we could return to it this year, as we were the
only boat over 19ft, that could get in and out of it...
sadly the marina owners grandson had no recollection of that
conversation.... No good in the witness box that one!
So we are now ready to let go and sail, at a moments notice.
And the berth is so much easier to get in and out of, we just have
to sort out the right size folding step so we can get on and off
easier from the sinking narrow finger pontoon!
Writing this at 1900 and there have been a few drops of rain, but
nothing significant. Hope the weather apps work better in
the future! At least I have had time to cut the grass when
we got back.!
Fingers crossed for no more WhuFlu
restrictions, so we can go out and self isolate on the boat!
Good sailing John
Hello and welcome to
another new member, Paul in Thetford with a Medusa 15, 'Windward'.
He is Based in Wells, Norfolk. I will be responding shortly with the 'official' welcome letter and
forum codes Paul.
Interestingly there is a Medusa for sale
on EBay at the moment. It has been internally gutted and offered
for £500. Mmmm maybe a good buy, not too sure...
See this link.
Pleased to announce we have regained possession of the 10 bound volumes
of Yachting Monthly, 1955 on, all signed by MG. I have
bought these from the last man standing in the old assoc. and they
are now donated to the E.O.G.!
The silver salver
that MG donated to the assoc. is being spoken about, the
holder is willing to talk at least... I will
let you know when and if I make further progress. I would dearly love to
get all the trophies back but it may be very difficult, not only to
track them down but also to get the holders to relinquish them
back to their proper place. With the Owners! I have been
told they have enquired as to their scrap value! Sacrilege!
I have been
mega busy with our boat last week.
Managed to get the mast
up on Thursday, took 30 minutes with me acting as rigger and
Banksman for our marina foreman, Ian working the crane.. Took me
another two hours to set up the rig though. Normally I would
have had the assistance of my gallant crew, Phil and Keith,
and we do it in 30 minutes, but
they have been sadly unavailable this year..
Friday saw me acting as
Banksman and marina hand assisting Ian again, for the second day
his assistants had deserted him, off on courses..
Fortunately he knows my capabilities and we worked well as a team.
Hoisted up off the trailer and left in the slings for 30 minutes
so I could touch up all the bits I always miss with the
antifouling, because the trailer gets in the way of course.
Then dropped into the water, first time in 18 months.
Fortunately the solar panels I fit in the storage barn had kept
the batteries topped up and the little Beta started with the first
turn of the key!
I putter round to my new place in the
marina, no longer just under the marina bar verandah, but now tucked
away near the end of 'C' pontoon walk way, an easy berth to get in
and out of, but as the finger pontoon sinks as you walk on it, not
so easy for us to get aboard..... Ordered a folding step!
(Green of course!) With fenders ready and lines on
deck available for instant use, I dropped into the berth with ease.
I had fitted
the mooring lines to the pontoon cleats but was not certain the
lines would be right. They were not, so back later that
evening to add length of galvanised chain to the permanent lines
to make them right. Could not be leaving the bowsprit across
the walkway. Removed the white carrier bag I had attached
earlier.... I have measured up for a new mooring rope at the
stern and have to cut then tuck an eye splice in a spare length of
stout nylon mooring line I had handy, quiet job for later!
I have yet to bend all the sails on, managed the main, but
waiting for the breeze to drop before I tackle the genoa!
But will be out there soon.
Good sailing all,
Last evening I
watched as the grandson's ship, HMS Queen Elizabeth, sailed from
Portsmouth. They are off on a big adventure, not due to be
returning until Christmas. Fair winds Brandon. Though
doubt the waves will have as much effect as they did on us, as we
sailed the length of the West Country a few years back on F.G.!
Acknowledgements to RN and Shaun Roster
on Twitter for pics.
our Brandon 3rd from the left? Could be.?? Serving as a
chef, firefighter and paramedic, good on him!
Have a safe trip.
Today the wind is
really rattling the chimneys and bending the trees, F9 SW
here. The wind turbines are spinning merrily out on the
Been so windy or wet with
thunderstorms, that my boat is still where I left it Monday lunch
time, on the trailer in the marina, with the mast still down.
Has just not been safe enough to use the crane to get mast up.
Who would want to in a thunderstorm! At least the torrential
rain has washed the last residue of the owl poo off!
managed to transport three Morris Minor van loads of kit to the
boat though, and, with a struggle, get it all up the ladder and
stowed away on board. Spent an hour locked inside in one
good downpour, time enough to get all the electronics back in
position and checked... stowed all the lifejackets and even
put the tea and coffee away where they belong.
your boats are secure, gales like this not the normal sort of
weather we would expect this time of year, our trees are in full
leaf, not reefed for winter storms!!
No new enrolments in
the last week, but a few chance meetings and phone calls. I
happened to meet Rob, a young lad working on one of the Cirdan
Trusts boats at Bradwell. A youth sailing charity. He
told me he was the former owner of the Eventide 26 'Maliaka'.
I always wanted to know her story. She is on the seawall
opposite Maldon promenade, or should I say what is left of her is
there. Rob was working on her when someone persuaded him to sell
her, for a knock down price. Reluctantly he agree and was
galled to find the new owner did not carry on the restoration but
simply stripped her and abandoned her. Some else tried to
shift her, with a tiny Seagull in a bit of wind, and ended up on
the seawall. She was abandoned there and subsequently it was
suggested her timbers were removed for firewood by someone living
on an old boat nearby. All that is left now is the bow.
Sad end. Sadly this story has been repeated several times in
Essex and we suspect the same guy has done it every time...
Takes all sorts they say, but some you can do without!
Norman with the 30ft Eventide based 'Irene' in Bradwell.
Whilst they were trying to lift his mast by crane, it fell in
half! Rotten at the spreader roots. It is a square
hollow box section mast with stiffeners at strategic places.
When I saw it yesterday the spreaders were being unbolted and they
were cleaning off bad timber to rebuild the mast.... will
try and take pics, it was raining when I saw it....big
Another owner contacted me by phone. He was an
Eventide owner many years ago and then sold and downsized to a
Senior, 'Nolly'. He says he has spent a lot of time
restoring her, deepening the keels and fitting a 7hp BMW diesel!
Sadly he says the time has come to sell.... So he is
swallowing the anchor. Senior soon to be on our 'For Sale'
To end on a higher note, I was approached recently
re a set of books, actually each 12 bound copies of Yachting
Monthly, from the 1950's to 60's each signed by Maurice. I
was given these by Maurice back in the late 1980's and donated
them to the old assoc., for them to be used for reference.
When the old assoc. folded, all the remaining assets were divided
up amongst the few still in the assoc., allegedly for donations...
Suddenly I was contacted to say they were on
eBay for lots of pennies. The seller asked, would I like
The short story is I have negotiated the price
and acquired these and am donating them back to the owners.
They are in Eccleshall in Staffordshire however, and weigh
21Kg, in a large cardboard box, so now trying to get them back to
There was a hint that other items gifted to the old
assoc. 'might' become available??? To be returned to their
rightful places, with the owners....? We shall see.
15th May 2021.
In the last
fortnight we have at last had some much needed rain, 28.2mm
according to my gauge , and it is now gently raining, 'a soft day'
as my Irish friends call it! I have just returned from my
local farmers barn, where my Eventide, 'Fiddler's Green' has
been trapped for the past 18 months. Just pumped up the
tyres, all six of them, to 55psi ready for the roll out Monday.
(must remember to do the spare tomorrow!). Bet it will still
be raining.... And from what I can see raining every
day next week! Not good as I wanted to raise the mast using
my 'A Frame' that I carry aboard, ably assisted my two
crewmates. Not a task to be undertaken lightly and certainly
not one to do if it is wet! May have to fall back to the
'Fiddler's Green' ready for launching..
enrolment this week, from John with the GH No 8, he is looking for
info on her. Welcome John. Sounds as if the deck has
issues as he was asking about the thickness of the original ply.
1/2 inch or now 12mm I suspect... Hopefully Epoxy glued and
strengthened with coats of epoxy and glass cloth....
have had a mail from Jaap in the Netherlands who hopes to become
the owner of a GH 31 soon, promising to enroll if it comes off.
He has already learnt much from the EOG web pages. Pleased to able
We have had another enquiry from Brazil for the
Senior drawings. Hoping to hear from Anderson shortly.
Send a load of Eventide drawings to Paul this week, he had
obtained a set from the old defunct assoc. last leader, why he is
still sending these out defeats me, they are not the latest, and
he certainly cannot answer any queries.. Strange people
John with the enquiry about the Eventide 28 has come
back with a modified sail number, 8 not 5 as previously
thought. Still no one coming forward with any history of 'Pascars'
as she is called.
Tim with the GH 26 in Faversham has
modified his chain locker and as a result has the chain chute
spare. Speak to him if you are in the market for one...
tim.baker82 at icloud.com Collection from Canterbury.
Paul with the Barbican in Mylor has cleaned off his
antifouling and thinks he has found the hidden centreplate pivot
pin location. Have to say I think he has. Too late to
do anything about it this season but high on the list for
Certainly looks as if that is the pivot under there!
Paul a new member,
who is hoping to build an Eventide in steel, and no stranger to
steel construction with many boats built recently, has sent in a
pic of a steel boat we know of..
WD40, good name for a
better name when it happens to be a Wild Duck... no 40?
lastly Roger Gasper has sent this in for all who cruise the Thames
That's all for now,
hope the increase in temperature continues and the rain eases off.
28.4mm now!! Stay safe, but don't drop your guard, and lets
go sailing. Socially distanced sailing! John
With the winds
howling round the cottage I could be forgiven for thinking we were
back in winter! We do need rain though and sadly we have
only had 15mm in the last week or so. Doing the gardening it is
obvious we need more. Now Soddes Law states it will arrive on
Monday the 17th when we come out of the next stage of lock down
and Fiddler's Green is due to be towed to the marina by my
Today taking a day off boat work, as it is
wet and windy, yesterday spent 2 happy hours polishing my prop
till I could see my ugly face in it. The marina lads take the
mickey every time I launch, over my shiny prop, but at the end of
every season my prop is still clean and not a barnacle in sight.
I feel painting props is a mugs game, at the speed a prop rotates
it does not take long for the stuff to erode off, leaving a lovely
foundation for weed and growths. Many a moored boat
have I seen sporting ball of weedy
stuff standing in for a prop. As a retired professional
Boatmaster I can assure you a shiny clean prop is the most
efficient way of propelling a boat! Never seen a painted
prop on a racing boat!
Tomorrow I hope to have the
antifouling on. The mast is polished and awaits the
laundered halyards, (easy care 30!).
fitting out going..?
During the week we have had two more
enrolments. Welcome to Jorge in Sweden with a steel Kesteloo
Worth looking at this picture of Jorge's Kesteloo, they were
clever enough in the Netherlands to build in proper mast
Welcome to Stuart in Widnes who is seriously
contemplating joining the growing ranks of Senior builders, using
the Selway-Fisher hull drawings.
Had another enquiry for
the steel Eventide but he did not come back to enroll with us,
instead he mailed again just to tell us he had picked up a set
from the defunct, dead assoc. website. Good luck with any help
and assistance there then! Bet they have not got all the latest
info on them.... Leader of the dead assoc.
never did come good on his promises to send paperwork to us after
Had another sad tale of a lady trying to sell
a tired, wooden GH 28, after her husband has passed away. She has
insurance documents with a value and was asking advice, as a broker
had suggested a quarter of that value. As I spoke to her I
felt that broker valuation was very optimistic. It was
difficult to let her down gently... Not only was the inboard
seized, but the rigging was over 20 years old, (replace every ten
they say??) and the sails over 40 years old and dirty. None
of the 30 year old electronics worked. She was having to pay
storage and sadly two years of that was going to be more than the
probable value of the boat. What do you do with boats that
get like this??
It is a shame but boats do not accrue
value, they have to be pampered, just to remain at the same value. Lots
of time effort and money...
Today selling a boat is very difficult, the yards here in Essex
are full of boats they cannot give away.. Owners have simply
walked away.... They are burning the wooden ones and
putting the JCB through the plastic ones, just to clear the hard
standings... I feel sorry for those that end up owning a
boat that may cost more to restore
than three times the value of a comparable boat, but boats
do demand constant attention and money. A boat left in a yard,
un loved, will soon become a liability.
Who said boating
was like cold showering with £50 notes! You
really do have to be committed.... Darian says I
should have been committed years ago!
Stay safe out there.
Just about to upload this page when
the chap that got the drawings from the defunct assoc. sent in an
enrolment! Welcome Paul, sure you have come to the good guys
now, we will assist!
Monday 3rd May 2021.
A Red letter day!
Bore Bee's Identification Plate!
We can announce
today that Graham, the owner of the Eventide 'Goldcrest', has
acquired, for restoration, the historic 'Borer Bee'. We have
been involved from the start of this as another member, Steve,
keeps his boat in the same farm complex, it was he who brought her
to our attention... Graham already has a couple of other
boats, his Eventide 'Goldcrest', will be based at Pin mill, so we
may cross wakes... Graham was stuck in the USA for a time
and only returned to the UK last year...
'Borer Bee' is in a sad
state today, with no motor and many parts needing replacing....
However I have now seen the bill of sale and Graham
is the new owner. 'Borer Bee' is to be lifted off her
trailer so that can go for much work to make it road worthy, then
she will be transported by trailer and ferry to the UK. At
one time Graham was considering using a boat yard in Girvan to do
We watch this restoration with
interest. Though Graham is wanting it to be sympathetic to
the original I suspect there will be improvements, on grounds of
safety if nothing else!
Really pleased this historic boat
looks as if she may now be saved to sail again. Well done
Graham. A labour of love if there ever was one!
last week we have also had a couple more enrolments...
Welcome to John with GH no 5, 'Pascars', in West Sussex.
John would love to know anything about her history, Our Data Base
Manager John is investigating..
Welcome too to Mark
in Galway. He is another of the growing number building
Seniors, using our Selway-Fisher stitch and glue method. A
great way to get a strong easily built hull.. He will be
after a DVD of the Senior drawings to complete her!
GH enquiry, from Griffin in Canada, he has a GRP 31ft version that
needs remedial work to the mast step. Expecting an
enrollment and then we will be sending GH drawings to him to
As, at last, the weather is warming, so I have taken
the opportunity to get to the boat and so far have re-coated the
gunwales and toe rails with Sikkens, and scraped off flaky
antifouling and sanded the epoxy so revealed, to key it for
another fresh coat of antifouling.
Later today I hope to be applying antifouling to all the bare
patches to get a uniform base for the next coat. Marclear of
After having to clean off a few dribbles of
Sikkens from the topsides of the hull with white spirit, I realise
I am not going to get away without re waxing the hull... A
job for later in the week.
Then it is a case of releasing
all the ties round my rigging to expose and then clean and wax the
mast again, before re-reeving all the washed and stored, clean
The mast and all rigging then padded with
carpet scraps and tied up for the trip back to the water.
There will be a flurry of activity in
boatyards all round the country after the 17th of May!!
Stay safe, it has not gone as yet....
Sunday 25th April 2021.
The NNE winds have
been F6 much of the week, only seen two (very small), sails out on
the Blackwater, nothing to seaward! Too darn cold!
Yesterday though the sun came out and I grabbed the opportunity to
throw the barn doors open and roll my sleeves up. Three
hours later I had hosed, scrubbed and rinsed off and I was soaked
from head to toe! The boat however was transformed from a
black and dusty, speckled with the owl poo, mess, to a shining,
gleaming and thing of beauty! (In my eyes!).
will wait a few days for the arms to recover before I go back to
polish the topsides. To be fair, I had already done this
March 2020, and of course she has not moved since! So that
layer of wax polish had done it's job.
explain, my boat is a wood epoxy composite, coated with epoxy and
finished with 2 pot poly paint. With care paint lasts over 10
years on the hull! Over 25 on the cabin top!
dabs of Sikkens on the rubbing strake and she will just need
antifouling and the halyards reeving. Think I should manage
to get all that done by May 17th when the next Covid relaxation
will allow me to get together with my faithful crew to rig her...
Hope your fitting out going to plan.
Heard from Amber
with the pretty 'Kittiwake' that she is also struggling with the
Beastly Easterlies, way down in Newlyn. Drying the ships
timbers out! She is hosing down the hull regularly!
The Bawley 'Kittiwake' with her new coat of cream paint.
Another two enrolments in the past few days.
Mark in Galway who is building a Senior from our Selway-Fisher
stable! Must be a dozen Seniors in the build as a result of
our cooperation with them. Good news! Says she will be
based at Lough Corrib. I have yet to respond to Mark but I
suspect he will be after a set of Senior drawings to finish off
Welcome to Sergio in Brazil. Sergio is
considering building a MG design in timber, hopefully from
plantation grown wood, not the rain forest! He is looking at
several designs , from the riptide to a 38ft Good Hope design....
Had an enquire from the Ukraine?? No, not for
'anti tank' guns but again for Senior drawings, stitch and glue.
I have directed him towards Selway-Fisher!
I was not aware it was readily available still. An
alternative to Epoxy. The hull on my Eventide was glued with
it, indestructible! Found that out when I tried to cut bits
out to modify!
Finally from our friends at East Coast
Pilot.. Download the free chartlets for the Deben and the
Ore entrances, a lot has changed in the intervening year....
At long last we seem to be emerging
from the period of lockdowns, and many of
us will be focused on getting afloat
again. With that in mind, it's also time
to update ECP readers with changes and
developments that have emerged since
Christmas, when we last got in touch.
The main event has been the recent
Trinity House surveys of the Deben and Ore
river entrances, a normally annual
procedure but missed in 2020 because of
Covid restrictions. Whilst the Ore hasn't
changed very much, the entrance channel
for the Deben has continued to narrow and
is now very close to the beach. Signs
persist of a new entrance to the north
becoming viable in the future, and indeed
you may well see local fishing boats using
it, but for now the buoyed route remains
in the same area as before, at the
southern edge of the estuary.
Chartlets for the two entrances have
been redrawn by Imrays, and are available
as usual, free of charge, on our website
Downloads page. Please be
sure to read the notes that accompany the
chartlet. These notes will, I hope, be
updated in the next few weeks to include
new aerial photos of each entrance.
News Items so
far this year include a notice of fresh
dredging in Harwich harbour, with spoil
being dumped in areas that will hardly
help us all, a restricted lifting schedule
for the Haven bridge at Great Yarmouth,
news about Mistley Quay, and ongoing
occasional restrictions at Kingsferry
Bridge on the Swale.
May I remind you that we are
on Facebook, with an ECP Facebook
- feel free to 'Join' us; we aim to add
any updates or hot news on Facebook, and
on Twitter, as and when they happen. Our
website remains the prime source of
information for pilotage news and book
The 5th Edition of ECP is available as
usual online through chandleries or direct
Imrays themselves, along with
all their numerous other chart and book
offerings. If you haven't yet bought a
copy, I should remind you that the 5th is
the one that all our updates and additions
are aimed at, previous editions now being
extremely out of date. With the book,
Imrays currently include a voucher for
a free download of any digital
chart to use with their
'Navigator' app, a really good offer.
Finally, if your club is daring to plan
any social events for winter 2021-2, we
are willing as ever to turn up and talk
about the book and the East Coast
generally. If interested, just reply to
this newsletter and we'll see what we can
Our best wishes to you for a fine
Co-author and webmaster
photo: Up the Thames, with the Barrier
Looking forward to getting back out there, when it
is safe to do so.. Hope you are all getting
the vaccinations, will be the only way we can get
back to some normality after this damned WhuFlu.
Stay safe. John
After a rather
somber week, with the Dukes funeral and all the media coverage,
today the sun came out and things began to look better. I
even got to pat the boats transom! However I have been working
hard clearing my old shipmates bungalow for a couple of days now
and rather bushed, so was not about to set to and spend a
day beavering, need to rest. Also want it to warm up a tad!
Was only 14 degrees at the barn and that a mite too chilly to be
washing all the accumulated dust and owl poo off. Looks good
for later in the week though!
The emails have been buzzing
back and forth here and we have had one or two good bits of news.
I was approached about an Eventide called 'Pegasus' some time back
and was able to put the enquirer in touch with the owners, long
time sailing friends, who have long since swallowed the
anchor. They had carefully stored their pride and joy,
waiting for the right person to come along.
Enter member Nigel. Heard this week that the deal is done
and 'Pegasus', the red Eventide 24, so well sailed by Bruce and
Viv, is in new hands and about to be transported to Cumbria for
some restoration work!
Pegasus sailing well!
I have more news of
a similar story to share with all soon, once the deal is done.
This one may make headlines!
Another member, Marco in
Italy, has sent a few pics of the restoration of his
Eventide 24. 'Nausicaa'. Found in a sorry state, Marco has
been beavering away at the woodwork and hopes to complete
this year. I have been trying to convince him to check the
keel bolts and increase the ballast, as this looks like a very
early 560lb keel version, 1960 vintage. Maybe next year he
says. I can bet if he sails her as she is, he will
scare the pants off his crew and that keel will be off to be
beefed up, next year!
Had a nice request
last week from Peter North's grandson, Simon. Peter as some
will remember built the magnificent leeboard WW, 'Wedjit', (
if it does not fit wedge it!) Peter at 95 sadly
is in a care home and very poorly. Pleased to say I was able
to put Simon in touch with the man Peter sold to, Tim Fenner and
Tim has contacted the new owners, who although they have not as
yet enrolled, they have been in touch with Simon to offer him a
look over the boat in Ipswich when we are able to do so. Had
a very nice 'thank you' back from Simon. That's what the EOG
Finally I have had two contact us re sails,
one looking for a set of Senior sails for 'Sandpiper'
and another with a good mainsail for an Eventide 24 for sale.
I will be posting wanted and for sale
Stay safe and hopefully soon we will
be able to get afloat again.
During the past week only two
sails seen on the Blackwater..... Hoping we can get out
After the sad news
of the Duke of Edinburgh's death, I dug out my old Silver D
of E badge!
I was 18 when I attained mine.
1965. A wonderful scheme. I did 'public service' at a
hospital in North London, an eye opener.
my adventure training, planning and leading a group of 4 over a 50
mile hike for 3 days and nights in the new forest! I
learnt so much doing it and met so many nice people.
in life I met the Prince himself and his off the cuff 'navy humor'
and easy going nature, made everyone warm to him, he will be
Easter Monday and it
has snowed! Not for long and it did not settle, but what a
contrast to yesterday, when we had family round for a garden
picnic and we all got sun burnt!
So pleased someone has
responded to the sponsorship plea for my sister's charity efforts.
Thank you Keith. My sister is very grateful.
Sadly my niece is not too well at all at the moment as the
bowel cancer has spread and yesterday she broke her arm...
another side effect... Want to donate? See the link in
Good news regarding one of our
senior members though, Doug who turned 90 recently has recovered
from the WhuFlu and is home again. He had a slight relapse
last week when he had his delayed dose of vaccine, and was whipped
back in for a day.... but he is home and recovering
now, had a long chat with him yesterday..
Raf in Belgium
has just sent a donation for the Eventide drawings, and is
looking hard at the steel version! Promises to let us know
when the keel is laid!
Rob has sent a couple of photos of
his late father's Eventide 24. sail
number E705 under construction in Hoylake on the Wirral in the
1960s. His Dad served in Sicily in the war and liked Italy very
much - hence the name 'Andiamo' - which means 'let's go!'
See below. I will also add these to the Eventide page.
Anyone know where she is now???
Would be great to track her down for Rob.
All for now,
off to stoke the log fire, with the F6 northerly wind chill it is
only 2 degrees out there!
Very nearly wrote
January! Blessed cold here, not made double figures today,
Sunday supposed to be warmer, but Monday talk of hail and snow and
Not fitting out weather, yet.
Easter weekend is early this year. Looking out over the
Blackwater and Colne rivers and up the coast towards Harwich
today, still not a single boat visible out there all day!
In the last few
days we have had yet another new member enroll, Amber with the
pretty Thames Bawley 'Kittiwake'. Amber berths her in Newlyn
, great place to wait for a fair breeze to the Fortunate Isles....
Wish I was off there again in my boat!
Now you just have to admit that is a nice looking transom!
Amber tells me she is hoping to get all painted and ready to
launch for the 5th May!
shown here in undercoat, ready for her first coat of fresh
cream paint. Her tiller is in her front room with its third layer of varnish and its all starting
to come together.
More power to the elbow Amber!
Tim Baker has been
back in touch with a couple of photos of his finished
fold/swing away cabin table. Looks neat!
Tim's table in place.
I have just come in
from a walk around my neighboring farmers field, good excuse
to check the owl boxes and get some well needed exercise.
Don't know about you but I have got to do a lot more to get fit after
this last lockdown. And don't mention the waistline!
Some may know my sister Sue, her and
Keith are often aboard F.G. Her daughter Lucy is very
poorly, so Sue has committed to doing serious exercise every
day in April, to raise money for Bowel Cancer UK. I
attach the link here in case you feel it is a worth cause.
Would be great to see the donations rack up for her. Would
love to see her top £1k!
Time to throw another log on the
fire, chilly here.
Tuesday 30th March 2021. Released from lockdown yesterday!
Yesterday got out for the first time in
months, sadly was too busy to get to my boat, assisting emptying
my old mate Richards house, lots to sort!
Hoping to get to
my boat to wash off the dust of the last year soon, and assess how
much touching up of the Sikkens I have to do. I know I have
to polish the mast and the paintwork, remove any more owl
poo!! I will not need to be repainting hull and cabin top for
years fortunately, but then the antifouling always has to be
done. Suspect I will be scraping off any flaking antifouling
first and then keying the epoxy coating to make the fresh paint stick.
Do not expect to launch till mid May when it hopefully will be
safe for my two gallant crew to assist rigging and berthing her.
If the relaxation of the rules can carry on without too many
covidiots forcing us back into anther lockdown.... so
antifouling can wait a while yet.
In the last week we
welcomed Mike with the GH 'Thane of Lochaber'. Mike hails from
West Lothian, so suspect her cruising grounds will be the East
coast of Scotland
area, or through the canal to the Clyde, brilliant cruising area! After a false start Mike is up and
on the Forum, already put a question up about self steering gear.
anyone with any knowledge of these please answer him on the Forum.
Waiting for more up to date photos...
Had a few mails
back and forth from Simon in Australia, we have sorted the mail
problem, there was a letter missing from his mail address!
Simon asks if his Senior is built stretched slightly, will it
still qualify for a sail number? Of course it will, many of
us end up stretching the designs a little, with the designers
blessings I might add. My Eventide stretched by just over a
foot! Proud to have the YME sail number!
Belgium is almost decided on which design he will be
building, or having built, a Steel Eventide?, waiting to hear from
him, then we will send some drawings.
Keith with the new
Senior build is contemplating adding some foam buoyancy to her.
Not a bad idea as it also offers sound and heat insulation.
My own Eventide has most of the unusable voids, the cabin sides
against the hull and the spaces beneath lockers, filled with
closed cell foam blocks. May not be enough to stop her
sinking without pumping up the inflatable in the cabin, but it is
cosy! I did calculations 30 odd years back and figured out I
would have to have a pair of huge flotation bags, CO2 inflated
maybe, stored in little boxes, either side of the cabin table and bolted to the
keelson, never went that far!
After a couple of
beautifully warm days here in Essex, I heard mention of snow in
the forecast again! Not down here, but up in the frozen
north of the country! Easter, and snow, great!
(Remember the camping holiday one Easter and waking to 2" of snow! Brr! Long time ago.... 60 plus years....).
to your covers if the snow may get to you.
Roll on Summer,
and hope for a healthy one!
Tuesday 23rd March 2021. Happy
Birthday Doug, 90 today!
Click to enlarge
Doug on board his WW, returning from London via the Havengore!
Saturday 20th March 2021. The
Hello All, its the first day of real
spring, but the weather is not playing ball, grey and cold here!
The mails have still been coming in despite the grey weather.
Just had a couple of pictures in of Rob's father building his
Still not found her though. Guessing she may have had a name
change and not everyone lets us know what their sail number is.
We are inching towards summer and I'm
hoping the idiots still ignoring the rules will not force us back
into another lockdown. Seeing the beginnings of a third wave
in othe r countries and just hoping we do not relax our grip too
The antifouling brush beckons! John
Wednesday 17th March 2021
St. Patrick's Day!
Asgard II The Irish sail training vessel sunk in the Bay of
Biscay 2008. Believed she struck a floating container. No
injuries but she now lies in 80m, upright on the bottom!
Happy St. Patrick's Day. Just had to be
in green again today! Sadly for many the WhuFlu is going to
make celebrations more muted than normal!
When John Stevens
and I sailed the Irish leg of my 'Fiddling Around' trip in 2018 (
) we stopped in Arklow for 10 days and were welcomed by the
members of the Arklow sailing club. One of the first people
who welcomed us turned out to have been crew aboard Asgard II
that fateful day. The ship had been built at Tyrrells
boatyard, Arklow in 1981 and had a large local following.
They were disappointed she had not been salvaged, as, for a long
time, she was in fair condition. Sadly not now, so a
campaign has been started to have a replacement built. In
the meantime Tyrrells' yard has gone, so not going to be
built there like the first two Asgards!
For any of you that
have never read 'The Riddle of the Sands' (shame on you!), the
first Asgard was
the authors own boat and played a large part in the Easter
Uprising of 1916. The Irish failed then and Erskine Childers
sadly met his end later for possession of a gifted, cased, pistol,
donated by grateful followers! Of course Ireland won its
independence from the UK later, peacefully in December 1922.
Have to say if you get the chance go there, the sailing is
great and the people just the best!
During the past few
days we have yet another new enrolment. This time as a
friend, as his father built and sailed an Eventide 24. He
would like to know if anyone knows of her. She was called
'Andiamo' but of course that
name may well have changed.
E705 on the water off Hoylake on the Wirral, probably soon after
her launch around 1970. Do you know where she is now?
Has she been renamed? She may even already be on our pages!
Built by a Harold Elles in Manchester in the late 1960's.
Would be great to be able to put the son in touch with the boat
Another mail in this week from Alan.. Can
anyone assist with location of GH 147?
In 1983, four of
us sailed across the Atlantic in Sunne Rising, GH147. Her
erstwhile owner/skipper, Neville Moray, died in late 2017 and In
August 2018 his widow and daughters hosted a gathering of family,
friends, colleagues and crews at his home in the S of France to
celebrate his life - it was a wonderful occasion.
in the UK, I decided to dig out my copy of the ship's log which
Neville had typed and copied to the crew back in '83 and I got to
wondering whether Sunne Rising/GH147 survives. Neville made his
last professional move back to Europe in 1997 and sold the yacht
before leaving the USA but none us has information about the
I should appreciate any
suggestions you might have about how I might track down GH147. I
don't have any particular purpose in looking - we had good
experiences with her, before, during and after the Atlantic trip,
she always looked after us very well, and whether she survives or
not - and I certainly hope she does - it would be good to know.
Hope to see a copy of this log soon!
Chris the owner of the Barbican
'Katana' has been back in touch with a correction to
the text accompanying his and 'Tide
Times' photos I just added, he acted as escort along the
French coast, not from the UK. however he promises to look
out the log of his cross channel trip and passage through the
French Canals for the Logs page. Look forward to adding that.
From the Irish poem:-
May the wind be always at your
back, May the sun shine warm upon your face.
Saturday 13th March 2021.
After a few chilly but relatively
dry days the weather is beginning to improve, made 10C or more for
a few days now, so my thoughts turn to antifouling....
As of the end of the month we are officially allowed to leave
home, so already making lists of places to go and jobs to do.
No meeting of families indoors allowed yet, and limited out door
contact with one other... but it does mean we can
go to and work on our boats in the open at last. Just so
long as the Covidiots don't mess it up and put us back in
Meeting reports on the 'Members Only' pages of the forum have now
been updated a couple of times, with additional details. For one
thing, we now know the number of enrolments has exceeded 1700!
There is also a new thread on the main forum for comments re
the Annual Meeting reports. I have asked the Webmaster how
we can make this available on the 'Members Only' pages.
Hopefully in the near future members will be able to make comments
etc. in the 'confidential section of the forum. remember if
you write anything in the main body of the Forum ANYONE can see
Heard back from Ed in the Gambia with the GH
'Moondancer' he is figuring out how to get her dragged ashore
with a winch, like the local boats maybe, so he can attack the
bilge keels and get them treated, as well as replacing the soft
timber backing pads.
Sadly not heard back from Simon Broad
in Australia... if you read this Simon, check your e-mail
address and get in touch.
The enrolments are coming in
thick and fast. Another Four this week.
Welcome to Eugene
in Waterford with the GH Chloe, wonderful cruising area!
Welcome to Robin with the steel Waterwitch 'Zareba' he is
rebuilding in Plymouth, lots of work but he seems to be
tackling it the right way!
Welcome to Emil in Canada, he
sails from Silva Bay, John Stevens recommended I look it up.
Great sailing area and there was even an 8 acre island for sale
there for a cool million! Heavily wooded with room for a
jetty and a nice house or two!! Emil has a 34ft steel
schooner but is considering a Wild Duck in steel, stretched to
23ft again... that size seems popular!
Welcome to Nigel in Tonbridge who was the owner of the Eventide 24
Kandy for many years, sold it for a GRP creation, but as he says,
Eventides get to you... so he is looking to buy and restore
an Eventide we know. Thanks for the donation Nigel, a
set of Eventide drawings on a DVD posted to you.
mentioned he had a copy of Classic Boat with 'Pegasus' featured,
his dream boat. I happened to have spoken to Bruce and
Vivian some time back an knew they still had 'Pegasus', tucked
away somewhere. Turns out she was in an aircraft hangar in
Suffolk. A couple of phone calls later and Nigel is
arranging to go look at her, as soon as we are allowed to.
Would be great to see her restored!
Also had someone ring
re a boat for sale on the site, sadly he looked, from a distance
but has not bought, so the Starship, 'Enterprise' is still
Reminder, still looking for a Senior owner on the
All for now, off to water a freshly
planted tree. John
P.S. just added another 12 pictures
to the Eventide, Barbican, Golden hind and Waterwitch pages!
Several boats not seen before!
Sunday 7th March 2021..
Our Annual Meeting is now live on the Forum!!!
do need a new Senior Rep on the Steering Group as Mat has sold his
Senior. Any takers??
Hello all, spent the afternoon sheltering
from a cold North Easterly and working on the website forum pages
I have started off the 2021 Annual Meeting
on the 'Members Only ' section of the Forum with my report of the
last year and with the accounts. If you are a member and are
not on the Forum yet please contact us to get the registration
code. Only full owning members can then get the further
password needed to get to the 'Members Section'.
adding info re the Database from John Stevens shortly!
Members are encouraged to add their
thoughts, you will find a new topic for replies on the General
page of the Forum. Let us know what we are doing wrong!
course our accounts are published there only for 'Full Members' to
Had an interesting series of photos in of a Steel
Waterwitch that was converted to a motor cruiser. Reg, the
present owner has cut away a lot of the superstructure and is
re-welding the back end, a lot of work. Will be asking him
to enroll and getting more info from him.
Heard back from
Ed with the GH 'Moondancer' he is contemplating removing the
bilge plates to re galvanise them but it may have to be done in
another port as where he is now there are only very basic port
Keith with the Senior 'Dipper' (Sail number
1801!!), has asked if we know where to get stainless track
suitable for a sliding gaff fitting he has. Needs C
section, 5/8” internal, 4.5m long, stainless sail track.
Anyone any ideas? I suggested Classic fittings at Woodbridge
and Davey's, maybe I.Y.E.??
That's about all for today,
time to rest the fingers, I have been tapping away all afternoon.
5th March 2021 St Piran's Day!
St. Piran's cross
The unofficial Cornish ensign!
Do not often hear of St. Piran's Day, but
it is a thing, especially in Oggyland! Sadly no celebrations
in Cornwall this year....
We had another enrolment in the
last few days, Simon Broad in Queensland, Australia. Simon
if you are reading this please get in touch as your e-mail bounces
back. Now this does happen occasionally, but in this
case it is a Yahoo address and not Yahoo Australia, tried
converting it but still bounced.... So try again Simon.
EOG have started a new chapter, after 18 years we have started
issuing sail numbers. The first to Keith's Senior, it is now
going to proudly display YM S 1801 on the new suite of
I have added these of the hull upturned, What a finish! 'Coppercoat'
antifouling and superb paint finish. Note the little
steel bilge keels! Not on the plan but a clever addition, weight
where you need it too. The plates will help with directional
stability when plate is pulled up, also let her dry out level
Keith has now turned his Senior over and she now has a name
'Dipper'. Keith has used the excellent Selway-Fisher hull
construction method and as you can see it has turned out a very
We were asked about this a while back and
after realising the old sail number books were 'disposed of' by
the old association, we realised we had all the records of all
sail numbers issued, so we could if we were requested to, issue
for many years Yachting Monthly never
issued sail number until the keel had been cast and asked for the
certificate of weight from the foundry as proof. This
method was used for a decade or more, but then numbers were issued
with every set of drawings, and as we were well aware buying a set
of drawings and launching your own boat were two totally different
stories. so many sail numbers were never used. Gave a false
idea of the number of boats built. In the case of the
Eventide the sail numbers topped 2000 some time back, but in
reality we can only find about 900 that were actually built.
So if you are one of those building one of our designs, from
drawings obtained in the last 18 years without a sail number,
simply send info on your boat, photos etc., to prove she exists
and members will be issued with a sail number free of charge!
John Stevens, our Database Manager has agreed to keep the sail
number records. At the moment we have just started with the
Senior, as we know of quite a few that have been started, all over
the world. but we hope to extend this to all the popular YM
designs, next one would be the Eventide, as it is the most popular
set of drawings we send out!
And talking of sending out
drawings, a thank you to Nathan in the Azores for his donation.
Sent him the Steel Eventide drawings last week.
have had more interest in the possibility of constructing a Wild
Duck in steel and 23ft long. We know this has been done, met
the boat in the Netherlands 20 years or more ago. Hoping
that one of our members actually gets to update the 19ft WD
drawings and build in steel. Time will tell.
an enquiry re the steel Waterwitch, from Tomasz Borowski in
Poland we believe. Waiting for his enrolment.
Anther enquiry was regarding the mast track and gaff on a
gunter rigged Senior. We were able to supply all the info he
needed, but it turned out he did not actually have a Senior, but
liked the way it was rigged, happy to help him out just the same!
Had a mail in from Ed with the GH 'Moondancer'. She is
still in The Gambia. Ed is doing some maintenance and has
found corrosion in a s/s fastening! OK first lesson, never
use s/s under the water to secure anything, his screws were
holding the seacocks on. Bronze seacocks should have
bronze bolts! Then he showed me a photo of the bilge plates.
A sorry state. All the galvanising had gone a long time back
and as far as I could see no Zinc anodes. Recommended
removing and shot blasting, ideally regalvanising, but in Gambia
this may not be possible, so as an alternative, shot blasting and
instantly coating in Epoxy, 3 coats! So many
galvanize, then paint copper antifouling on them... The
electrolytic corrosion eats the zinc. Insulate with 3 coats
of epoxy before applying copper!!!. It works, mine are like
new still after 30 years afloat. Ed is sorting this out
before he sails her further!
Lastly we have had a series of
mails from Martin Hubbard, the owner of the Levanter 33 'Cailin'.
He has only had her a couple of years, some members will remember
she belonged to Ron Pimm for many years. Sadly Martin's
circumstances have changed and he is having to sell and downsize.
I will be placing the advert for her on the
'for sale' pages
That's about it for now, been cold and foggy
overnight the last few days, but sunny during the days, cannot
wait till we are released from the 'Stay at Home' rule at the end
of the month, need to go and pat my boat's transom.... And
clean the dust off and antifoul!
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-in-law 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..
A chilly introduction…
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 John
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.
Julian Dussek CA President
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.