'Stoppress' pages for 2022
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Happy New Year, Eventiders, here comes 2023! Hope it brings peace and happiness to all.
Back soon with a new page, for a new year!
OK, it's time! with snow falling over most of the UK the bouncing snowmen are back!
Tuesday 20th December 2023
Tomorrow is the Winter solstice. The days get longer from then on!
Please think of these brave people at Christmas.
Link to the President of Ukraine's special donation page, donate what you can for medicines, for clothing, equipment. https://u24.gov.ua/
As the Season of goodwill approaches please have a thought for those in Ukraine suffering in the cold there. We have used the link above to donate, they need so much.
On the 'Home Front', been very quiet on the Eventide mails.
Marcus, a new member with a Barbican, has promised to scan some Barbican drawings he has been given. Hope to publish those soon.
Chris the owner of Barbican 'Katana' has threatened to send a log in, look forward to that Chris. Reminder there is a trophy you could get your name on! In fact there are a couple, the Seamanship trophy as well. So send in those logs.
Roy the gentleman building models, has sent this in:-
You remember I said there was a free plan ( of the Eventide) in Model Boats magazine for January 2023, well it is on sale now.
Ray Wood the chap who drew up the plans made a good job of her. There are full instructions with lots of pictures taking you through building the model.
Should anyone you know want to build her and need any info on radio control, that is my expertise and I would be glad to help.
Andrew our Webmaster, will be working on the website security update over
the holidays, we look forward to the Eventide site being declares a 'secure'
Andrew our Webmaster, will be working on the website security update over the holidays, we look forward to the Eventide site being declares a 'secure' site!
Roger of 'Crossing the Estuary' has sent us this....
Roger of 'Crossing the Estuary' has sent us this....
H ope Santa brings you what you wish for, (so
long as you have been good!). I am off down the boat to check on
the solar panels and the battery charging, as the sun has come out after all
the grey skies recently.
ope Santa brings you what you wish for, (so long as you have been good!). I am off down the boat to check on the solar panels and the battery charging, as the sun has come out after all the grey skies recently.
Have a safe and peaceful Christmas.
Have a safe and peaceful Christmas.
Saturday 10th December 2022.
Thought I'd show you my Bumble, to compare with the Ukrainian cat!
He is huge! Tell people who ask, that he is a 'Dengie Marsh Lion'! Thinks he is a dog. Actually just a moggy, and we now have his mother and his grandmother living with us!
Update from Chris with the Barbican, on the Round the World race entrant. Here is a link to the French site in English:-
Seems he is retiring with a mast problem, that prevents him sailing to windward. Wondering if this is as Chris suggested, to do with the mast support, or lack of it! Maybe we might learn more later. Also has had a terrible problem with barnacles. Shows he is not using EU45, or 'Marclear' by another name!
Not heard back from the chap in Lisbon, but I did see he had sent an e-mail address that was incorrect, misspelt g mail.... So not going to count him as an enrolment for now!
Very cold here, minus 4 last night, felt like it this morning as I waited for the MOT to be carried out on our car... (It passed), snow in the forecast... Brr.
Time to throw another log on the fire.
All for now,
Wednesday 6th December 2022.
This fierce moggy could so easily be my Bumble!
Brave young lad too! They do care for any lost pets they find....
Give them all the support you can, ruzzia must be stopped or they will be knocking on our door!
Link to the president of Ukraine's special donation page, donate what you can for medicines, for clothing, equipment. https://u24.gov.ua/
Sorry it has been a few days since the last update, I have a problem with my other computer, (for SOS) that was causing me hassle. Now in the menders. Seems on 14th June last Microsoft's Outlook program started throwing a fit, worldwide. Basically overwriting your own email passwords, with it's own!! Thus stopping me sending or receiving mail... The fix people had worked out required a knowledge of higher math and computing! Gone to the experts to sort!
In the meantime the Steering group have given the go ahead to make out site secure. So I have yesterday purchased the 'SSL' certificate. In the near future it will appear as an 'https' secure site, with that padlock symbol, no more will anyone logging into us get the message, 'this site is not secure'!! Andrew the Webmaster will be working on changing it over in the next few weeks.
Enrolments. We have had one in from a chap in Lisbon, but he sadly has put very little info on the form, so I will be contacting him to see if it is genuine. Sadly we do get spoof ones, but they are easily weeded out. John Stevens is working on the numbers, hope to be able to update the number of enrolments shortly.
Had a thank you mail from John that I sent the 'Good Hope' drawings to, on the other side of the pond, seems he is a retired Yachting correspondent and just loves looking at these old MG drawings, as works of art!
Graham the custodian of 'Borer Bee' found this picture on the internet last week. A slightly modified E24 by the looks of it, anyone know her, on the Ribble apparently.
She has been updated with an extended forward cabin fitted. Do not think I have see this boat before...Yet another unknown Eventide!
Chris in the Netherlands has reminded me that he sent this to me years back! my memory is getting worse... Anyone the wiser as to her name etc..?
Had this in from another Chris. Barbican owner...
An update on our our Barbican 33 owning friend that
is entered in the GGR2022.
He had been struggling to make it to Cape Town as he apparently had a problem with his rig that was making upwind sailing nigh on impossible, though details are scant at the moment as to what is actually wrong with the boat. In addition to that, he has; like some others in the fleet, been struggling with a barnacle infestation.
This meant that he stood almost no chance of making the Hobart gate in time. So, in the light of that, he has apparently decided to head to Jamestown which lies currently downwind for repairs before returning to Les Sables-d'Olonne. Though he hasn't officially retired from the race yet.
With Arnaud's expected retirement; of the original 16 starters only 8 will now remain!
Arnaud is/was the only one in the fleet who lives on his boat full time. I'm sure that all fellow MG owners wish him a safe passage to St Helena and onwards to his home port.
We are very interested to hear what Arnaud's problem with the rig is to see if there's anything that we can learn from. One thing that has always concerned me about the design has been the way that the shrouds are mounted into the deck with no direct structural connection to the hull. Two boats in the original GGR in 1966; both Westerlys, went out because the rigging failed due to that arrangement. It was, I believe quite common on cruising boats of that era. It was never a problem in "normal" cruising....but a solo round the world race is anything but normal! Another Barbican that we saw around here had had the chain-plates moved to the outside of the hull like on traditional wooden cruising boats.
Then there is the fact that the mast sits to one side of the compression post and the loads are just transferred by a king plank....again; not uncommon back then. Katana has a huge stainless steel fabrication about a cm thick fitted inside which transfers the load; which is an improvement. I've attached a picture for you. That other Barbican we saw didn't have that. I don't know if Arnaud's boat has anything like that.
Fair winds and a following sea.
This is the mast support on Chris's Barbican. A beefy upgrade!
This is the mast support on Chris's Barbican. A beefy upgrade!
Chris has also sent in a story about an 'ex russian ship' that has been
sort of hijacked by its crew. Good Story!
Chris has also sent in a story about an 'ex russian ship' that has been sort of hijacked by its crew. Good Story!
Here's a story that I think might interest you...
It's in French. I dunno how much French you have....but the gist is this...
The Shtandart, now transformed into a school boat, left Russian territorial waters in July 2009 and has never returned to the country since. In April this year, this Russian flagged ship was scheduled to attend the "Escale à Sète" which is a huge bi-annual festival of classic boats and ships, which is well worth visiting, BTW! She was unable to do so as she was denied access to all European ports because of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. So...they headed offshore.
The skipper; Vladimir Martus who is actually the son of a Russian and a Ukrainian, says that his boat and his crew, have been the target of attempted kidnapping by the Russian authorities. Since February 24, the crew has been devoting part of its time to collecting donations for the children's hospital in Zaporijia.
This Sunday, December 4, he wrote an open letter in which he says that his boat and his crew dissent and support the Ukrainian cause. He says..."The maritime world is a nation in its own right. The solidarity of seafarers is not influenced by political issues" and the "The frigate Shtandart supports the Ukrainian people". He then goes on to say that "The Russian flag does not belong to Mr. Putin. I think Russia is much stronger and more durable than him. He will disappear one day. But the country will remain and return to normal. That's why I don't plan to change flag"
Brave skipper, just wish there were more like him!
I was down at my boat the other day, the sun was blazing, so I took the opportunity to check the output on the two 20w solar panels. NIL!!! A quick check of the wiring with the multi-meter revealed the fault was in the back of the panels. Investigation revealed corroded wiring. New ones ordered and the old ones in the workshop, waiting for me to try and repair them.... Always a job or three to do!
Picture in from Eilard our Steering Group member in the Netherlands, he says his Vulcan can now fly!
Interesting to see the underwater profile!
She is now safely tucked up for the winter in Amsterdam!
It is definitely that time of year, the fairy lights are up outside in our fir tree and the magic lantern show plays coloured snow flakes across the front of our little cottage. We also have a very large illuminated star hoisted on the chimney. Can be seen from a far as the 'Star in the east'.!
So time short now if you want a new burgee to appear in that stocking!
P.S. just been back and corrected my many errors on this page, thanks to John, Keith and Chris for pointing them out.. see any more??
Saturday 26th November 22.
In the last few days the ruzzian terrorist state has cut off electricity, light, heat and water to many parts of Ukraine, and still the west refuses to give them the means to prevent these attacks, for how much longer can they hold out?
This is a link to the president of Ukraine's special donation page, donate what you can for medicines, for clothing, equipment. https://u24.gov.ua/
P lease help... donate what you can....
lease help... donate what you can....
Eventide news. John Stevens, our Database manager, has identified the Eventide for sale on eBay! It is non other than 'Serenity', built and owned by our late friend Jack and for a while berthed alongside me in Bradwell. It has changed somewhat since those days, did not recognise it. An honest Eventide if sound. Addenda!! No it is not Jacks old boat! This is another Eventide of the same name that we have known about for a while, always been on the west coast of the UK.
I organised a group get together Thursday evening, for members of my 'Fiddling Around' crew, the helpers, and other halves that signed their 'chitties' as well! Ten of us had a very sociable evening playing 10 pin bowling and having a meal, at Maldon's Madison Heights. Amazingly we were almost the only ones in there! This was the first gathering I had organised since the WhuFlu struck.
Can see why so many places have closed down. We hope to repeat this in the new year and I will try and reinstate the monthly EOG gatherings next spring as well.
Had an interesting mail in from one of our 'Friends', Roy.
Hello John, the model plans for E24 will be out in the January 2023 edition of Model Boats magazine which is on sale on 21st December 2022. The good news is that it is included as a free plan!
It will be full size for the model which I think is 1/12th. full size. I have not seen the plans but he sometimes uses a removable keel to stabilise the yacht.
If anyone wishes to build the model but uncertain of making sails then try Nylet. They have made sails for many years for model yachts. They make bespoke sails and as this is a published plan they may be waiting for orders to place the sails in their catalogue.
Plans for Wild Duck are available from Sarik plans and they also supply a laser cut wood pack to make building easier. I have one and it is good quality ply and cheap for what it is.
Best wishes for Christmas to the Eventiders.
May be of interest to those who like shaping timber and are at a loose end over winter!
Some may have noticed the little padlock on the Eventide address line when you bring up the site, may have changed. Our Webmaster Andrew, (in Bermuda!), is experimenting with the 'SSL' protocols to make both this site and the Seagull site appear more secure to visitors. I say appear as the site is already secure, we do not farm info from visitors, nor send spam! The 'SSL' padlock however is supposed to add an extra level of security. Of course there is a cost associated with this and at the moment, as the provider does nothing more than take money from me, I cannot see how they are guaranteeing it is safer, just seems like a money making scheme to me. However I have had one or two tell me they did not rummage around the sites as they did not see them as secure. With some browsers, if the site is not 'https' as opposed to the standard 'http', then it flashes up a warning! I can see that this may put people off.
All experimental at the moment, working just on my SOS Seagull site at first, but if successful I will ask the Steering group for permission to shell out the £60.00 it appears to cost to get that padlock..
I was down the boat during the week, and after the horrendous rain we had Thursday, very pleased she is under cover.
Side benefit from all that rain was that on Friday we could plant another dozen trees and a dozen prickly hedge plants, easily into very soft, wet ground!
Just a month till that tubby red coated guy makes an appearance, hope you have written your letters to him!
Monday 21st November 2022.
Britain supporting Ukraine!
This is a link to the president of Ukraine's special donation page, donate what you can for medicines, for clothing, equipment. https://u24.gov.ua/
Welcome to yet another new member, Mark with the Eventide 'Cobweb'. Mark will be sailing from Kent in the Thames Estuary next year..
Nice shot of Cobweb under sail, can only surmise she had just let go from being alongside another boat, surely would not be otherwise be sailing with the fenders down? Anyone recognise the backdrop? Think I do, sailed past it a few times!
Just heard from Bede of another Eventide 24 for sale on eBay. Sail number 1080. looks neat and tidy and very 1960's! In Devon.
Check it out on eBay.. smart and simple Eventide 24.
Got a slight query on the rigging though, note no intermediate shroud on the aft chain plate?? We have seen this error before and have the fix!
Sent the DVD of drawings to the USA last week, post getting silly expensive now! Sadly we have so many sheets of drawings that are so large it is impractical to send many by e-mail, so post is the best way.
Was down on the boat the other day, wanted to check the solar panels are keeping the batteries charged, however it has been so wet and dismal for the last week the voltage had only crept up a smidge and there was no charge showing on the meters. Tipping it down again today, making up for all those red hot days we had last summer... Will have to wait till the sun is shining to check for sure.
In the meantime all the halyards have been washed, dried and are safely stored away for the winter. Only one bit of running rigging was worn and to be replaced, the self tacking staysail sheet. Sorted. Also I have bought a new 10m length of soft braided rope to replace the mainsheet. I had bought a new length of green braided rope last winter to use for the mainsheet last summer, but it is so stiff and hard, several crew commented on it! Relegated to a tow rope! Nice new soft mainsheet for next season.
I have charged the big packs of Silica Gel and they are in the store shed with the sails and halyards now. Keeps any damp off.
Not long now till that jolly rotund chap arrives, have you been good and have your written him a letter? Wish list?
If you are after a tiller pilot for your 24, maybe I can help. Will be on the 'bits for sale' page shortly. (and eBay!).
Sunday 12th November 2022.
Watermelon county free a last!!
Kherson City liberated on 11.11.22!
Had a mail in from the States today from John in Galesburg IL. He has been a friend since 2009. After a set of drawings for the Good Hope design. Think he needs to paper the outside loo again, already had several sets of drawings sent to him!
Barbican 'Nomad' off Babbacombe last week!
Marcus has sent in this great rainbow picture, taken on a day sail from Brixham last week. He has also explained the two threaded holes he was questioning, are in the cabin sides beneath the windows, not the hull, so not for 'drying out legs' as I surmised. Has your Barbican got these? If so what are they for... I am waiting on a pic.
I have just about finished washing all the running rigging etc. from 'Fiddler's Green'. Always get a bit of stick from the boss for using her washing machine... (Easy care 30 or this year, 40, as they had not been washed for 2 years...) However the ladies really appreciate it when sailing with me and the sheets and halyards are soft and clean! If you do not wash your running rigging annually, the salt in a halyard will eventually destroy it internally, salt crystals are sharp and very wearing on lines.
I have just sorted the last bundle of washed ropes out, sat on the living room floor in front of the log fire, good job for a winters evening. Found the staysail sheet needs replacing, the outer braid cover has eventually worn through in a couple of places. (Has to be 35 years old!! Lines lasts ages if cared for...) It is 10m of soft braided line, already searching our eBay page and sourced a replacement!
(Our staysail is self tacking on a short boom, so only has one sheet to the boom, with a traveller on deck. ) Good simple system works well. Years ago, Maurice gave me a set of sail plan drawings for his Kylix 27 with the simple sheeting arrangement shown. The boom is pivoted about 12 inches back from the tack so as the sheet is slacked off and the boom swings out, the sail becomes fuller, very clever!
I have just the spray hood and a couple of dodgers to slip past the boss, and into the washing machine this week!
Today took advantage of the unseasonable warmth to plant another dozen trees in the Spinney today 17 degrees!! Planted a few hazels that were grown from seed that the squirrel had planted! Next week going to be too chilly for tree planting.
Whilst on about the weather, you may have heard me carping on about the year by year sea level rises in Essex and all round the UK, this week it has been confirmed by the Hydrographic dept. that the sea level rise round the UK, due to melting ice caps etc., in just the last 20 years, is 16cm.. About 6 inches. And that rate is accelerating. How long before I could moor half a mile from home, on the edge of the little 20m high hill we live on???
Watch the weather, I'm thinking this wonderfully warm spell is about to abruptly change and there could be snow ..... Polar winds coming...
Watch your covers if it snows.
Sunday 6th November 2022.
Another one of his speeches that's worth reading! His message to the invading ruzzians.
This is a link to the president of Ukraine's special donation page, donate what you can for medicines, for clothing, equipment. https://u24.gov.ua/
We have been enjoying watching the Ukrainian comedy series, 'The Servant
of the People'. If you were not aware Zelensky was a well known comedian
in Ukraine and came to notice by making this series. It tells the
story of a history teacher who made a rant in his classroom that was secretly
filmed on a phone, and went viral. before he knew it he was standing and
elected as president. In the following episodes it tells his struggle to
end the corruption in politics and drag Ukraine away from ruzzia. It is
fast moving and you have to be quick to keep up with the subtitles, but it has
had us rolling with laughter.
We have been enjoying watching the Ukrainian comedy series, 'The Servant of the People'. If you were not aware Zelensky was a well known comedian in Ukraine and came to notice by making this series. It tells the story of a history teacher who made a rant in his classroom that was secretly filmed on a phone, and went viral. before he knew it he was standing and elected as president. In the following episodes it tells his struggle to end the corruption in politics and drag Ukraine away from ruzzia. It is fast moving and you have to be quick to keep up with the subtitles, but it has had us rolling with laughter.
Subsequently reality copied art and he was actually elected and has been a fantastic leader for them.
If you have Sky, do a search and you can download it for free! Beware there are 3 series and up to 40 half hour programs in each! Enjoy! We are only up to number 15!
Today it is tipping it down, good day to nip to boat in barn and fit the winter solar panels then! Amazingly when I plugged them in, the 2 x 10w panels produced 0.1 amp charge in one of the three battery banks, even in the rain! Hopefully when the sun comes out they will ensure the 3 battery banks are kept topped up.
I removed another load of kit from onboard, almost all off.
Did a deep rummage in the forward under bunks lockers and got out the unused wetsuit.. That will go up for sale, I cannot fit into it now! Bought it 10 years back in preparation for the round UK trip. Also unearthed was a pair of flippers and a mask, all the rubber parts have perished! Sadly had to bin them. (Must be over 25 years old if a day!).
In the same locker was the spare autopilot, a Simrad TP, I will advertise that. Had it onboard as a standby, in case, and off Howth, Northern Ireland, the trusty Navico tiller pilot went up in smoke. (Sykie as she was called, hangs in my study as a trophy now!). So it was actually useful, and used for the next couple of weeks, just till I got back to Scotland. Found though it was not quite man enough, if the wind piped up, would be OK for smaller boat methinks.... I replaced my 30 year old Navico 5500 with a similar age, but unused Navico 5000, almost identical and still in use today. Sykie II!
The first Aid boxes have yet to be checked and contents brought up to date, bet a few items too old to use! Job for the spring!
Today had another enrolment, from Mr. Heyes of Brixham, with a Barbican, very scant info so I will be contacting him to find out a lot more....
I have another advert to place on the 'For Sale' page. It is the 30ft Maurice Griffiths designed 'Irene' at present ashore at Bradwell. At £4000, it is a lot of boat and i know the fancy fitted cover cost £2500 alone!
Also a reduction in price on 'Sula'.
Roy the chap building model boats, a Goosander and a WildDuck, found an advert
'36" Maurice Griffiths inspired Ketch Rigged Radio Controlled Model Boat '
If you fancy a radio controlled, 3ft long ketch with a centreboard, this
one could be for you, not sure which design it is based on, a 'Good Hope'
maybe? Go search for it.
If you fancy a radio controlled, 3ft long ketch with a centreboard, this one could be for you, not sure which design it is based on, a 'Good Hope' maybe? Go search for it.
That's all for now, still raining out there so I will unload my van
That's all for now, still raining out there so I will unload my van another day!
Post Script, late yesterday had more info in re the latest enrolment.
Barbican is 'Nomad' Marcus is the lucky owner. He has a few queries he
wants other owners to assist with. Wants to know what the large threaded holes
are for in the topsides.... Not seen pics yet, but I think these must be
for drying out legs, has your Barbican got these?
Post Script, late yesterday had more info in re the latest enrolment. Barbican is 'Nomad' Marcus is the lucky owner. He has a few queries he wants other owners to assist with. Wants to know what the large threaded holes are for in the topsides.... Not seen pics yet, but I think these must be for drying out legs, has your Barbican got these?
Sunday 30th October 2022.
Still watching the war in Ukraine, in admiration of the people there
This is what they are made of!
Lowered my Ukrainian flag on FG this week, had to, all the halyards, bar one, came off as we are about to lift out and then lower the mast. It has been flying since April!
Eventide news. Welcome to new member Tim in Dereham, Norfolk, joined last week, he is looking for a Senior to sail on the Broads. And today I received an advert from a chap in Norfolk with a Senior who is wanting to swallow the anchor. I have passed the info on! I will also be posting an advert shortly.
The Senior 'Claire'. Soon to be on our For Sale page.
Had a mail from Adam with 'Avocet' up in Fleetwood. He is making progress, already fitted a wood burner and is planning beefing up the ballast by adding lead inside and reshaping the bilge keels as they are too short. Makes for uncomfortable drying out and can cause terrible wringing strains on the boat. The bilge plates should be just 1.5 to 2" shorted than the main keel with a wide shoe on the bottom edge...
'Avocet' with bilge keels that need to be made deeper! Sorting sails.
Adam tell me the sails seem to be in good order, I advised trying to get a roller reefing genoa on that bowsprit. Adam is thinking of raising the centre part of the cabin top, to get more then the 5ft headroom she has. Been done by a few owners in the past... good luck Adam.
Have you been amazed at the balmy weather of late. Yesterday was like a summers day. I was on FG scrubbing the decks... Tee shirt weather.. Last week Keith, my regular crew and I managed to escape and sail over to Tollesbury, where we picked up the mooring buoy I keep there. A year back we replaced the riser and buoy. It now has a very strong multi braided rope riser, that will last donkeys years, no more replacing rusted through chains! Last Tuesday was the first time the weather and tides were right to sit on the mooring and have a picnic lunch! Very enjoyable.
On our return to Bradwell all the sails unbent and bagged and the running rigging removed, all bar the staysail halyard, which we will use next week with the mast lowering gear!
Crossing the Blackwater, running under genoa, then picking up my mooring, watching as the 5.5m spring tide covered all the saltings
Under full sail on the way back, the boat sailing herself at one stage. Then on the approach to Bradwell the huge approaching downpours part and we motor in dry!
Tomorrow I have help and we are lifting out to the trailer, then if the winds abate enough, they are not supposed to be more than a F4, we will lower the mast and pad and stow it ready for the tow to our winter barn storage. The box of carpet offcuts and string already in the back of the Morris Minor van for tomorrow.
Then I can carefully look at the paintwork damage and start to make repairs!
Fortunately I have a very short winter jobs list again!
Wednesday 19th October 2022.
A Playful Ukrainian cat!
No more enrolments this last week or so but a few enquires. After posting the advert of 'Sula', the Eventide converted to a motor cruiser, we have had two owners mail me to say they were considering doing the same. Also know of a WW that was chopped in half and lengthened by several metres, to make a larger live aboard barge with which to explore the French canals years ago.... One prospective owner was looking at buying one and take the rig off. At the same time another owner was looking for a rig, both in the same county, what are the chances of that! If it comes off it will help both of them out! Watch this space.
We managed to get out for a few hours in 'Fiddler's Green' last Wednesday, the winds were supposed to be gentle, and for the most part they were, but when it piped up later, I dropped sails and tested the motor! We have fitted an exhaust temperature alarm this season, after nearly boiling the motor's water off last year. Twice it has alerted us to blocked filters this year, saving another overheated motor. Pleased to say for the half hour we puttered out and for the hour later we motored back, gently from the Thirstlet, the temperature gauge needle never shifted from 40C! We did note there were no huge rafts of weed about that day to catch us out!
'Sykie' our tiller pilot steering us, as the kettle went on. Me relaxing at the helm, under motor and then with just the Genoa set, heading up river for the Thirstlet. Going to windward, the helm was perfectly balanced and we could have left her to carry on on her own! The sun shone and we both enjoyed a breath of fresh air, having just recovered from WhuFlu! We are still recovering a week later! Some tell us it takes months, great, damned chinese....
The days are telescoping fast now and it is nearly time to unload FG and arrange to get the trailer to the marina. She is going into the barn again this winter. In the next week I will be aboard emptying the lockers. Unbending sails and packing them away... Unless I can grab a day sail...
Will be taking all the halyards off, bar one. It normally takes 3 trips, filling my little Morris Minor van to the roof, to take most of the gear off. Then she comes ashore and is put on the trailer, at which point I remove the anchor and chain and the remaining halyard and maybe the bowsprit. (otherwise the bowsprit may foul the towing tractor!). We now know the boat on the trailer, even stripped bare, weighs in at 4 ton. The trailer was beefed up many years ago to take 4.5 ton, but driving license and weight rules prohibit towing with the Land rover now, so we use the farmers tractor, a slow tow, max speed 15mph. But its not far.
Just hoping that the day we get her out and lower the mast, it is not cold or worse snowing! We will use the Staysail halyard and mast lowering gear to drop the mast. Really could do with a third hand that day, will see if a grandson or Nephew is available...
With the wind howling in from the East today, as soon as the sun began to set, the temperature began to drop from a respectable 17 to 13, will be a cold night I suspect, time to throw a log on that fire.
Sunday 9th October 2022.
I have been waiting for this for 6 months!
We have had a donation in from Martin for a set of Eventide drawings and I have had a picture in of a model Eventide... and a Model Goosander!
The Eventide is to be featured in next months Model Engineering magazine and the Goosander is actually a radio controlled model sailing on a pond in Hertfordshire! Pics from Roy. The Eventide looks so much like the model I was given some years ago by YM, it was in 2 shoe boxes, having been part destroyed when the marquee blew down at the Southampton boat show one year. I painstakingly repaired it and made a Perspex case to protect it ,but sadly it 'disappeared' when the old assoc. folded. wonder who has it now and have they even actually sailed an Eventide?
Roy is at present building a model Wild Duck!
Enough for now, the fingers are aching! Have to say I just could not have done this a week ago, Whuflu scrambles the brain!
Wednesday 6th October 2022.
Apologies for the short break in publishing. WhuFlu got me.
Had to show this meme from Ukraine. The farmers there have become legend, retrieving abandoned ruzzian tanks from fields. Some wag realised that the 'z' they paint on their tanks has another meaning at sea! Thus a request for the Ukrainian farmers to do their thing! They have towed away hundreds of vehicles, tanks and carriers!
I have just been on it and made a small donation for medical supplies,
using my SOS PayPal. Its easy!
I have just been on it and made a small donation for medical supplies, using my SOS PayPal. Its easy!
I have just welcomed two new members. Adam with the Eventide 24
'Avocet' in Fleetwood, once owned and
sailed by Brian Platts and Elizabeth Letzer, mostly around the Western Isles.
Adam has a little work to do next spring before he can go sailing!
I have just welcomed two new members. Adam with the Eventide 24 'Avocet' in Fleetwood, once owned and sailed by Brian Platts and Elizabeth Letzer, mostly around the Western Isles. Adam has a little work to do next spring before he can go sailing!
Second enrolment is from Lewis with a GH 21 called
'Lady Sefton' Lewis will be sailing
Welsh waters, await some photos.
Second enrolment is from Lewis with a GH 21 called 'Lady Sefton' Lewis will be sailing Welsh waters, await some photos.
I have had a batch of new photos of 'Borer
Bee' sent in by Graham. I will be adding these to the pages
I have had a batch of new photos of 'Borer Bee' sent in by Graham. I will be adding these to the pages shortly.
Also more photos of 'Goldcrest' his
other Eventide that is on our For Sale pages..
Also more photos of 'Goldcrest' his other Eventide that is on our For Sale pages..
Had a mail in from a chap who has built a radio controlled sailing model
of a Goosander and who wants to add a WildDuck to his fleet, pictures
promised! I know Tony and Sally years back had a radio controlled
Eventide, a replica of theirs, that they would chug round Bradwell marina at
meets, to much amusement! Who knows, there may one day be a miniature
Had a mail in from a chap who has built a radio controlled sailing model of a Goosander and who wants to add a WildDuck to his fleet, pictures promised! I know Tony and Sally years back had a radio controlled Eventide, a replica of theirs, that they would chug round Bradwell marina at meets, to much amusement! Who knows, there may one day be a miniature boat rally!
Had some photos of 'Sula' in, the
Eventide converted to a motor cruiser. These will go on the For Sale
Had some photos of 'Sula' in, the Eventide converted to a motor cruiser. These will go on the For Sale page soon.
Also heard from Steve with some news of a sad looking Eventide,
'Realta' in a yard in scrap yard in
Newcastle, Co Dublin, that needs rescuing. If you want more details
please contact us.
Also heard from Steve with some news of a sad looking Eventide, 'Realta' in a yard in scrap yard in Newcastle, Co Dublin, that needs rescuing. If you want more details please contact us.
I am going to quit now, whilst I am ahead, as the brain is having
difficulty keeping up. WhuFlu sucks.
I am going to quit now, whilst I am ahead, as the brain is having difficulty keeping up. WhuFlu sucks.
Sunday 25th September 2022.
Autumn is upon us.
Now the news is less focused on the loss of our Queen, maybe more will see the incredibly important things happening in Europe.
Our thoughts with the brave people fighting for freedom there. And they do love their cats....
Popped down to Fiddler's Green the other night, when the boss was first poorly and we suspected it might be serious... picked up a few vacuum packed provisions, just in case, and hoisted my new Ukrainian courtesy flag! The old one had faded!!
Eventide matters.... Welcome to Michael Goy , he is building a Senior and just made a donation for a set of drawings, sent this last week. Hoping to see pics of 'Wanderer 1' in the build shortly. Says he is building in a garage with not a lot of room!
Heard from Graham with some more photos of 'Goldcrest', for sale at Pin Mill. See the For Sale page.
Bob Bryan has contacted us, he has a slightly unusual Eventide for sale. 'Sula' has been de-rigged and up engined, into a practical power boat. After exploring the French waterways for a few years she came back to the UK and is in the West Country again. Waiting for more info to be able to post an advert. Not the first Eventide or WW that has been so 'converted'.
Had Nigel Thomas on with updates on the restoration of 'Pegasus' . He has done wonders replacing the laminated stem and replacing the bilge plates. Like so many he came across the 'seized rudder stock' problem that so many have encountered. He has had to cut away the old steel tube and stock and has replace the rusted steel tube with a stainless tube, finishing above the waterline with a sealing gland beneath it... I for one will be very interested to see this. I have been involved in several seized or seriously corroded inboard rudders, and in each case have done away with the inboard rudder and converted very successfully to transom hung. There is a drawing on the hints and tips page..
'Pegasus' with new stem and shiny new bilge plates.
Nigel says same as every other restorer, takes many times longer and is more involved than he bargained for! Still worth it though, the thrill when that tiller comes alive in your hand....
Andrew, our Webmaster, has been in touch. We have had issues with people trying to use the Forum, hopefully he will be able to sort this. But not till he has cleared up the after effects of 'Hurricane Fiona'! When I mailed back and forth last week he was battening the hatches! Hope they were not badly disrupted. The photos and film of whole streets being washed away further north in Canada, when 'Fiona' made landfall there, was distressing, whole houses floating in the sea!
What global warming, what climate change? Had the misfortune to have to replace the windscreen on my little Morris Minor van last week, the screen rubbers leaked, and as it had a chip repair, I was told it may break, and of course at the last moment, it did. Drove off with huge crack in it.... I returned a few days later with a new screen that my Minor supplier had sent me, and the boss fitted it. Apologized for the nerd who worked with him the last time, as he went into one decrying global Climate change and the vaccination scheme and anything else common sense tells us is genuine, what a fruit cake. They live among us and breed!
I am really hoping the recent booster jab I had, the 'Moderna' one, will work, as I have my Darian laid up with WhuFlu here. So far I am OK. We were the last in all our family to get of this damned WhuFlu, and I had thought it was just a matter of time... Still waiting for it to get me.
If there is a slight gap in communications in the next week, you will know why!!
Lastly a pic from Gary with Xercia's home, he lives on this. Great!
Off out to get some fresh air, to ward off the WhuFlu.
Monday 19th September 2022.
State Funeral of her majesty Queen Elizabeth II
Rest in Peace.
Sunday 11th September 2022
Remembering the Twin Towers and the evil perpetrated there.
Today in Ukraine the evil that is ruzzia, has taken a bloody nose!
The brave soldiers fighting for our freedom in Europe have the ruzzians in full retreat, chasing them back to the borders.
This news has rather been overshadowed by the loss of our Queen, but I am amazed it has not had more coverage. It is unprecedented!
Boris did the right thing and I for one am pleased my taxes went to help supply them with what they needed, for the sake all of the free world.
Back to more mundane things, our leisure pursuits.... (somehow seems wrong at the moment.....)
We have had no new enrolments in the last week, but Les has been on regarding his Eventide 'Rambler'. I was right he did build it himself, launching back in 1975. He even raced it in the round the Island race! And here is a photo by Bekon of Cowes to prove it!
We have heard from Graham, the owner of 'Goldcrest' and 'Borer Bee' Sadly poor health forces Graham to put 'Goldcrest' up for sale. She is on our For Sale page. And at a very realistic price too. Ashore at Pin Mill Suffolk.
Another boat we know well, 'Irene', is ashore at Bradwell and is also for
She is based on the Eventide design and was built in South Africa to special
drawings by Maurice, as an 'Ocean Cruiser'. She will need a little bit
of work to make here usable for coastal cruising though as last time I was
aboard you had to climb through a tiny hatch backwards, to get below, no
companionway or the like!
She is based on the Eventide design and was built in South Africa to special drawings by Maurice, as an 'Ocean Cruiser'. She will need a little bit of work to make here usable for coastal cruising though as last time I was aboard you had to climb through a tiny hatch backwards, to get below, no companionway or the like!
We have had a report from one new member that he is having trouble
getting on the Forum, anyone else having issues. I have asked Andrew to
look at this but it may assist if he knows of other having problems.
We have had a report from one new member that he is having trouble getting on the Forum, anyone else having issues. I have asked Andrew to look at this but it may assist if he knows of other having problems.
That's about all for now, keeping half an eye on the weather to see if
the winds drops one day, and it's not actually raining, to get back out
That's about all for now, keeping half an eye on the weather to see if the winds drops one day, and it's not actually raining, to get back out afloat.
8th September 2022.
Sad to hear of the death of our Queen.
Sunday 4th September 2022.
Ukrainian Cats know the best place to stay safe!
There is a lot going on out there at the moment and they need our support!
We still have warm weather, 24C outside at 1700 this evening. Sadly it is also F5 and so few boats out on the river. Took the grandson down to the boat for a picnic lunch aboard yesterday, virtually no boat had left the marina, F5 again. River had just 5 or 6 boats on it! We have only a few more warm days now before the rain marches in from the west. So many saying the same thing, too darn windy!
This week we have had a couple more enrolments. Welcome to Kit Edwards, in Darwin Australia. He is sailing a Senior, 'Gemini', built in 1962 but never launched till this year! Has to be a record! Seems it was built by close relatives, but then stored for 60 years!
Welcome also to Leslie Harris with the Eventide 26 'Rambler'. He sails from the Southampton area. I have a sneaky feeling he has had this since it was launched, trying to find out if he also built her!
I now have to make an admission, after thousands of miles under the keel and 32 years of ownership, hundreds of different berthing operations and countless times berthing in the same slot in Bradwell Marina, that we have used for over 25 years, last Saturday I got it wrong!
In fairness the boat normally moored on my port side was missing, had it been there this would not have happened. As we pulled into the berth to reach for the mooring lines on our starboard side, a fierce gust of wind caught the bows and paid it off so rapidly the crew were unable to get the lines. I had the one at the stern, fortunately not secured, so could quickly cast off and hurriedly try and back out the berth(s) . However I was not quick enough and the port side, caught on the corner of the finger pontoon on my port side. Made an 'orrible noise! After a second try a friendly berth holder passed the line to the crew on the bow and we were in.
I trepidation I walked round the bow and checked the hull. My pristine 2 Pot poly paintwork had suffered a serious scratch. Ooops! Never done anything like this before, of course it was under the ever watchful gaze of the marina bar crowd, (fortunately not many users of this establishment are boat owners now, he has driven us out.. ) so not many seemed to be aware of the seriousness of my contra-temp!
A dark wavy mark on the topsides... Next day I came down armed with epoxy to see if I could seal the damage. Fortunately it appears the corner of the pontoon finger woodwork simply pressed hard against the hull as I passed it and left a slight dent about 18" long. The groinching noise was the 2 pot poly paint breaking, its very hard and brittle. This exposed the dark grey epoxy layer beneath, which being slightly flexible, simply dented.
From the dinghy I scrapped and sanded the loose paint off and to my amazement there was only a pin head size hole through the epoxy to the ply. After gently sanding along the scar I applied a coat of rapid hardening Araldite to it, thus sealing all in.
This winter I will be gently sanding, filling and fairing, then trying hard to feather in a paint job so it is as near invisible as I can make it, do not need to be reminded of my mistake!
You can see the dent in the first pic, and the flaking 2Pot poly paint, in the last pic I am smiling because damage was so light!
Now trying to get our barn winter store back, if the farmer not going to play ball, (he doubled the price last year, so we overwintered at Bradwell under tarps!), plan 'B' is to widen the drive and trail her home here! Would make it a cheaper option to have here here, but she would need tarps again. Barn better... if I can afford it!
Last weekend was the August Bank Holiday of course, when, in previous years, we would have met up with other owners for a few days together. Did not hear from one other boat owner this year, where are you all?? To be fair most had probably taken up golf or bought camper vans! With F5's on several days and F6 on one, the River Blackwater was amazingly empty. On the Saturday when we were out, we counted just 20 odd large cruisers afloat at the bottom end of the river. A couple of fleets of racing dinghies near Osea, otherwise the river very quiet.
Footnote, this summer we have fitted an exhaust alarm, after falling foul of blocked water filter a couple of times now. We are not alone, with the huge rafts of weed floating about lots have had the same problems and Steve from Althorne Marine Services has fitted loads of these alarms this season. On Saturday our alarm went off and sure enough filter was blocked, temperature gauge read 100C! Fortunately we could quickly anchor. After clearing it we made our way back against the stiff F5 easterly motoring at 2000 revs, with one eye on the temp gauge, never rose above 40C. Yesterday whilst I was onboard showing grandson round, of course he wanted to hear the motor, so quickly did normal pre start checks on the motor, and yes, the filter was again full of that darn weed! With the water at 17C this year, the weed is growing faster than ever...
But not on our hull I am pleased to say, Marclear still working well!
Hope the season is not over for you, still a couple of months that we may get out for a sail or three.!
Thursday 25th August 2022.
Well done Boris!
Hello and sorry for the pause in publication. We have just returned from a holiday in the Scillies and some 'quality time' with family in Devon.
Back to 520 spam mail and a couple of dozen real enquiries! Just been filtering them out. If you have not heard from us., sorry maybe you were in the spam folder and I missed you, please come back to us.
Whilst in the Scillies we were sat relaxing and into Porthcressa Bay puttered 'Right Eh Oh'! A Golden hind 32 I have sailed in company with several times, on annual cruises. She changed hands a few years ago and was last heard of in France. We had been trying to contact the new owners as we were offered the ships bell for her by family of the first owners. Sadly they have not responded to us. A fellow member was keeping an eye on their boat in France and passed the message to them. cannot understand why they would not want their bell..? If anyone sees them, or knows them, remind them we have the contact details of the person holding it.
We actually spotted them again last Thursday, anchored off Penzance harbour! We were on the 'Scillonian' coming into harbour!
News in from Chris..
I dunno if you are following it, but the Golden Globe race's prelude; The friendly race; "The SiTraN challenge" has arrived safely at the start in Sables d'Olonne.
One of the fleet; Abhilash Tomy managed to break his bow by apparently getting too close to a Bulk carrier... oops. Fortunately no one seems to have been hurt, but he is surely going to be up against it to effect repairs to his Rustler 36 prior to the start of the race proper on the 4th September, I would think. There are some pics here....
The good news is that "our" man Arnaud Gaist in the Barbican 33 has arrived safely and is looking happy.
He has some pictures on FB.
I have not actually managed to get to my boat to check her yet, so much to do on our return. Hoping to get out this weekend for a sail on the Blackwater, with family. If the winds stay reasonable!
Enjoy the rest of the season, hope we get decent weather and not too windy.. today we have had torrential rain, which is good as the garden and our little spinney are as dry as dust. Needed rain...
Monday 8th August 2022.
Our thoughts are with the brave people of Ukraine.
I am about to slide away for a few days, so bear with me as I do a very quick update on these pages today, I will be back in a little while, to add more.
Cannot go without giving you a link to one of our members pages on Utube.
Marco has been restoring the Eventide 'Nausicaa' in Italy for some years. He has made this page to show his progress and promises to send more pics and video in when sailing! He has sent this extra photo in of the boat rigged with the Italian ensign flying from the backstay and a very special flag in the rigging!
Well done Marco.
All for now, back soon.
Monday 1st August 2022.
After the latest ruzzian atrocities in Ukraine our thoughts are with them.
A new Enrolment. Dave in New Zealand has joined us, he as a WW named 'Tabaluga'. His cruising ground sounds idyllic! He has just sent a donation and a set of WW drawings are in the post to him.
I have been meaning to present a few photos of Josef's new Eventide, had to edit a couple. Josef has built a 26ft Eventide from the drawings we sent 10 years or so ago. Some differences to the drawings to suit his sailing. He will be sailing her on a large lake in Austria. For propulsion he has gone electric! With Solar panels no doubt and very fancy batteries. The full story later when he reveals all at launch next year. For now, enjoy the photos.
I think you will agree with me that the finish and standard on this build is superb! Congratulations Josef.
We look forward to seeing her finished and afloat.
Had an enquiry back from Hamish re his Eventide 'Nkwazi'. He
asked about ballast keel weights and was about to add more inside ballast,
good move... and how to safely mount gas bottle storage. This was
my response, thought it worth sharing.
Had an enquiry back from Hamish re his Eventide 'Nkwazi'. He asked about ballast keel weights and was about to add more inside ballast, good move... and how to safely mount gas bottle storage. This was my response, thought it worth sharing.
The 7 inch depth of the main ballast keel is light by
several hundred pounds on the weight of later keels. Would be about
780lb on the E24, the Mk II, should now be over 1020lb. On an
Eventide 26 this would only give 1200lb (Mk II) and it needs to be in
excess of 1660lb! Latest version.
Then you have to melt it, a job we would do easily enough 30 years or so back, I was always making lead fishing weights, my friends making .22 bullets! You do need a fierce burner under a grid and a load of firebricks to keep the heat in, then an additional hand burner to add heat. Lead pipes can explode if any water trapped in them. The pan has to be scraped and the dross lifted to the top, then skimmed off. I got to be a dab hand at making 56lb slabs of lead this way.
(Sometimes used as a seat!)
(Sometimes used as a seat!)
Finally I round off with a snippet from the Met office. I warned some time ago that sea levels were rising globally because of climate change. at the time it was estimated at 2.5mm a year, a minimal amount you might say. However latest predictions and observations tell us the rise is now 5mm a year and rising!, that's an inch every 5 years. Wondering how long it will be before I can moor my boat a half mile from the cottage, when the seawall breaches and floods all the low lying land between the seawall and us. We have a 21m spot height outside the front of the cottage, so at 5mm a year....... got a while...
Monday 25th July 2022.
Reading between the lines the last week things now looking more positive in Ukraine, so long as we keep sending what they need!
With the temperatures melting roads and stopping trains and planes, you would be forgiven for thinking it was great sailing weather, as it's always cooler offshore. However only a few, fool hardy souls, have braved the F6 & F7's on the river here! All the sensible ones found a tree to sit under! The inland temperatures topped 40C, but with the Sea breezes, we 'only' made 34. That is 2 degrees warmer than it has ever been here! The weather pattern has continued over the last week.
Saturday I was hoping to take part in our village Flower show, by getting my 1958 BSA Bantam ready to ride in the procession. I got it going finally the night before, first time in 5 years. All new electrical system, wheels and tyres all upgraded too. She ran beautifully round the lanes here but Saturday, in the 2mph procession, she popped and banged, stopped and had to be restarted over 25 times... Thankfully with the new CDi ignition, instant start! Just did not like going slow! Some others fell by the wayside, but we made it, just. At the end of the day I was as pleased as punch to be awarded best in show! Now, when it cools off a bit, just have to clean that carb out to make her run sweet again at tick over revs! I'm sure it is 5 years of gummed up fuel! Then I can putter down to the boat on her!
Had a mail in from Chris with the Barbican across the channel, he tells us the Frenchman who has entered his Barbican in the 'Golden Globe' round the world event is still in the running! Working very much on a shoestring. Here is a link to his entry at Yachting Monthly:-
We wish him well!
Had a mail from Hamish with the Eventide 'Nkwazi'. He has to have a new mast made and was wondering about the pros and cons of solid timber or hollow. I rather upset the apple cart by saying Ali! Sadly he has already committed to have a local shipwright build one, so the second best has to be hollow! He says his boat feels tender, so after reading the Weatherhelm article in the Owners Hints and Tips page, he is about to figure out how heavy the main keel is and start adding internal ballast! The 1660lb of the 26ft Eventide keel weight is, I feel, a minimum. I ended up with 2240, a full imperial ton, and she handles well and stands to her canvas. We all add so much other weight, in goodies, to our craft these days, 2000lb aught to be the minimum!
Had a mail from William regarding the GH 'Hale Kai', readers may recall I came across her in 2013, whilst I was half way round the UK, moored in the Caledonian Canal! He is fighting deck leaks from poorly fixed fittings, deciding if he should launch or leave her ashore to work on over winter. Hopefully by next season she will be water tight from the top down as well as the keel up! He is doing all the right things!
Had a request for the drawings of the Waterwitch for an owner in New Zealand. Waiting for his enrolment...
Finally an update from Dick at East Coast Pilot.
That's all for now, hoping the breeze will drop, but betting it won't until it rains, and that seems a long way off at the moment, dry as dust here!
Monday 17th July 2022.
You have to love these guys, in all the carnage, they have time for the animals too!
Today is the hottest day of the year and tomorrow is due to get hotter and break all records. It has been a scorcher here in Essex and we are just a mile from the sea and have sea breezes to cool us, still made 34 degrees here, hottest it has ever been. Still 30 here as I type this.. What Global Warming! At least with all the trees we have planted we have shade!
Sadly this sort of event, and the high winds associated with it will get ever more common, along with the grass fires, crop fires and the like, we have to get people to wake up, we must cut emissions and plant more trees!
Few mails this week, think most must be out sailing, at last the winds have dropped and the sun is out!
I have heard back from Josef in Austria, we have been able to issue him with a sail number for what must become the most eco friendly Eventide of them all. Solar powered batteries and an electric motor! Josef is planning on launching on the lake in Austria next year, we will be waiting for the photos!
Last Thursday was our 33rd wedding anniversary but I did not feel too bad about slipping out with the lads for a day sail, as she was at work then having a session in the local spa! Brother in law Keith came along with his son in law and two grandsons. Harvey was crew with Brandon and myself on the West country leg of the 'Fiddling Around', and their dad Steve ferried crew back and forth as well.
Sid, Steve and Harvey crewing for the day. Meet friend on board Hydrogen and the crew go overboard at HW!
We had a good sail up to Osea then after a coffee stop, we motored up past Maldon prom and the quay, to gently putter and sail back down to the western end of Northey, where the anchor went down for lunch and the lads swum. Have to tell you that Keith braved it too! Sea temperature 18C on the fancy fish finder! As is often the way, a sea breeze got up and we gently puttered back to Bradwell with the tide. Very few boats out....
Will be sheltering from the heat tomorrow, they are promising over 40c!!!! Back to normal Wednesday, rain forecast!
Monday 11th July 2022.
Look out Cat in Ukraine!! We are hoping they will prevail.
Sorry for slight delay in publishing this page, was going to do it but got involved in a Boot Sale and as it was so hot we melted and had to cool off!
I did manage to get out afloat Friday though, Sunny 22 degrees and F3 all day, beam reach up the coast and back. Took friend and crewman Phil out for the day, he has been undergoing treatment and needed cheering up, amazing what a good day's sailing can do!
Under full sail all day and it was so relaxed I even had time to clear the weed from the log impeller to get that working as well!
We have had a few mails from Josef a member in Austria. For the last 12 years he has been beavering away with a set of Eventide drawings we supplied. He has produced a masterpiece. A new Eventide, about to be launched. This boat will stay in Austria on one of the lakes and will be powered by an electric motor with Solar cells and fancy batteries. More details to follow. At the moment John Stevens the Data baser Manager is checking the sail number register so we can issue him with a sail number.
Bet there is going to be a big party when this is launched! Pictures to follow we hope!
Heard from Bede in Hythe, Southampton, that a GH 31 has just arrived at his club, he is finding out more..
Planned another day sail Thursday, with young Harvey, crewman from the west country leg of the round UK, with Steve his dad and his brother Sidney and hopefully Keith, forecast looking good!
Enough for now, back to cutting the grass, it is 4ft tall in our wood! Hacking my way through it slowly.. but not in the heat of the day, far too hot for that!
Saturday 2nd July 2022.
Hoping with the additional support promised by many nations, the aggressors can soon be sent packing!
Thanks to crewman Keith for spotting the 6 or 7 errors on the last couple of pages of this Stoppress. All typos due to my fingers getting tangled! I hope I got them all....
We had one day last week where the wind dropped to F3, sadly I was busy, but as it happened by evening it was back up to F5. Today it has been warm and sunny, and force 6!!! Not a single sail visible on the R. Blackwater!
Hoping high pressure will dominate next week and I can slide out to enjoy a 'gentle' sail! We will see.
I have first to pop down to the boat, maybe tomorrow, and fit the new control panel I picked up Thursday..
I have to cut out a space on the wooden dashboard to allow me to fit this and mount the two gauges.
Photo of the finished panel to follow!
From 'Clearcut Engraving', Chelmsford!
No new enrolments this week. Was expecting a couple?? I have checked the enrolment page and it all seems to be working fine, so not sure why these two did not manage to fill in the page... Maybe they are trying to do it on a phone, that seems to cause issues.
Waiting to update the actual numbers of enrolments, feel it must need an update!
Good news on my torch, I managed to get the last reluctant battery out and clean out the interior of my Maglite with emery on a split dowel, then wash it out with vinegar to kill any residue of Alkali from those batteries, threaded end cap cleaned up and greased and all working well again! Was a lot of effort took 10 days to do it, but at the price of a 4 cell Maglite, well worth the effort. Hope you have checked your torches!
More good news, the cable ties I managed to get on my stbd spreader has cut to mess on deck considerably, now got to do the port side...
Anti-crow cable ties!
More good news, the local owl officer asked if I would like to accompany him on an inspection of our two owl boxes.. (We are not allowed to touch them without him in attendance.) Earlier this summer we had seen two young owls having their first tentative flights from the nearest box, so was not expecting anything in it, however when we approached the box a little head popped up. Camera ready in case they flew, but no, when we looked inside there were four young Kestrels! A real bonus!
Surprise then when we looked in the second box, as our owls have reared yet another two! So in 7 years, 14 owl chicks, several stock doves and now 4 Kestrels. A real success story!
Hope we get the weather soon, that we have been promised, to enjoy some sailing next week!
Post Script, Sunday. Down the boat for a couple of hours, cut out a section of the old control panel board with a Stanley knife and fitted the new, white traffolyte panel, had to slightly ease the large holes in the panel make the gauges fit nicely. All rewired and working nicely.
This is the instrument panel at the rear of the cabin, over the engine box, on 'Fiddler's Green'. With all the light switches, fuses etc., the engine control panel and monitoring gauges. You can see the 2 extra gauges I fitted today, to the right. There are two ammeters to show the approx. charge to start and Aux batteries, and a 'Nasa' BM 1 that shows the exact charge in the main bank of batteries and can also read the state of the start battery.
With the Alt-X charger controller and the X-split clever diode splitter, the alternator keeps all three battery banks charged when the motor running, and when under solar power from the 32w flexible solar panel. Total of 500 amp hours of battery. The X-split distributes that charge automatically to the batteries too. Works a treat. The only manual bit is the switch to throw charge supply from Alternator to Solar, the rest is automatic. System works well.
The Solar panel keeps the batteries fully charged all the time. (So long as I remember to flick that switch!)
We can outdo Blackpool illuminations!
Sunday 26th June 2022.
Have to take my hat off the the Ukrainian fighting guys and girls, who care enough in wartime to save the animals too!
Hello everyone, another week has gone by and there was only one day when the winds here dropped to just F4. Today we have had F7's! Needless to say no one out sailing, only one motor boat seen bashing along!
I have researched and my suspicions were correct. Due to our warming climate the wind strengths have increases generally! By up the two points on the Beaufort scale! Gone are the balmy days of yesteryear, at least at the moment!
I hope to pop down the boat tonight or tomorrow, not that I am worried the moorings lines cannot cope, no, I need to check a torch I leave aboard.
I had call to use one here at home the other night, to see what the cat had brought in, fearing another rabbit, (it was a mouse!) and though it worked, the light was weak, so tried to take the batteries out to change them. Could not unscrew the cap by hand.... Oh dear, 4 Duracell's were corroded and stuck in there! So far I have three and a half of them out, the last one difficult to get at right down the bottom and being reluctant.... If I can get the remains of the last battery casing out I will use a long bit of dowel with a slit cut in it and some glass paper in the slit, on the end of a drill, to sand out the corrosion, then swab the inside with vinegar to neutralise the alkali the batteries left.
Why all the effort? It is (was) a very good quality Maglite! I looked up the price and was astonished, have to try and repair it.
Checked another I keep in my van, it did not work, fearing the same I tried the cap, to my surprise it unscrewed easily, unlike the other torch.
One of the 3 batteries in that was dead when tested, the other two still full, replacement batteries and all working fine.
But a warning to check the torches. Today with LED lamps and 'better' longer lasting Alkali batteries, they can last ages, but some batteries leak before their expiry date, so check frequently, I will be checking them more frequently from now on...
Welcome to new member Gary. Gary sails a steel Eventide, 'Xercia' from Brightlingsea, hope to cross wakes at some stage!
Chris with the Barbican in the Med is selling a 'Taylor' style paraffin stove on eBay, see here :-https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/265742681887
It will have to be collected from him in France though!
It will have to be collected from him in France though!
Chris also tells us of another Barbican, sadly not on our lists, that he
helped shift in France a while back, he has recently heard from the lady owner
that she has sailed it to Dunkerque, where it is now on the hard being
worked on. Hopefully we will hear from Chris again regarding this boat
and maybe she will enroll.
Chris also tells us of another Barbican, sadly not on our lists, that he helped shift in France a while back, he has recently heard from the lady owner that she has sailed it to Dunkerque, where it is now on the hard being worked on. Hopefully we will hear from Chris again regarding this boat and maybe she will enroll.
Heard from Peter in Greece with the G.H. 'Terrapin' He is having
some remedial work done on her around the cockpit. We have been able to
send the only drawings we have of the woodwork in this area. Would love
to have more detailed drawings of the GH and its construction, the timber
versions, to assist those repairing. Any drawings out there?
Heard from Peter in Greece with the G.H. 'Terrapin' He is having some remedial work done on her around the cockpit. We have been able to send the only drawings we have of the woodwork in this area. Would love to have more detailed drawings of the GH and its construction, the timber versions, to assist those repairing. Any drawings out there?
Peter said he is also changing the water intake for the motor. He
realised it was a less than 1/2 an inch pipe and skin fitting, and with no
external strainer, so he is fitting a 3/4 intake, with strainer. For a
30bhp inboard, very sensible.
Peter said he is also changing the water intake for the motor. He realised it was a less than 1/2 an inch pipe and skin fitting, and with no external strainer, so he is fitting a 3/4 intake, with strainer. For a 30bhp inboard, very sensible.
I have to confess to having a
1/2 inch intake with no external strainer on 'Fiddler 's Green' with out
Beta 17, and until
last year never had a problem. However the Blackwater and surrounding
waters have been blighted by huge rafts of floating and semi floating weed the
last few years, and on my only trip out this year I see it is still
about, lots of it. Last season I was going to someone's assistance, a
brand new motor boat run out of motor and drifting... (they could have
dropped the anchor but not sure if they knew how!!.) I managed to run
into one of these weed patches and unbeknown to me blocked the water
intake and filter... smoke from a red hot engine was my first warning!
The motor survived and the weed was extracted. This year I have fitted
an exhaust alarm, to let me know the instant the water flow interrupted!
A red light flashes in the cockpit and a noisy alarm sounds! Just
waiting on a new 'traffolyte' panel to come from the engravers, so I can alter
my control panel to take a new temperature gauge as well! Photos soon.
's Green' with out Beta 17, and until last year never had a problem. However the Blackwater and surrounding waters have been blighted by huge rafts of floating and semi floating weed the last few years, and on my only trip out this year I see it is still about, lots of it. Last season I was going to someone's assistance, a brand new motor boat run out of motor and drifting... (they could have dropped the anchor but not sure if they knew how!!.) I managed to run into one of these weed patches and unbeknown to me blocked the water intake and filter... smoke from a red hot engine was my first warning! The motor survived and the weed was extracted. This year I have fitted an exhaust alarm, to let me know the instant the water flow interrupted! A red light flashes in the cockpit and a noisy alarm sounds! Just waiting on a new 'traffolyte' panel to come from the engravers, so I can alter my control panel to take a new temperature gauge as well! Photos soon.
Have not resorted to fitting a strainer over the intake as yet!
Have not resorted to fitting a strainer over the intake as yet!
Heard again from Kit in Australia, he has an issue trying to fill in the
enrolment form, but says he will try again as he wants a burgee!
Heard again from Kit in Australia, he has an issue trying to fill in the enrolment form, but says he will try again as he wants a burgee!
Hi John Here is the Senior on its first ever sail since it was built by Peter in 1960 or so. This is the Darwin Sailing Club ramp in Fannie Bay. I’m waving and the Chief Engineer is wrangling the Seagull.
This is amazing, this boat was completed 60 years ago and has only just been launched!!
Hopefully we will not have to wait as long to get a good days sailing in! I have just heard that the sad looking boat parked on my mooring at Tollesbury has been moved, so planning an overnighter on the mud there, just for fun.
Sunday 19th June 2022.
At last 'Fiddler's Green' has left the berth! Last Tuesday we crept out at half tide and sailed over to Tollesbury.. Bonus today was the sighting of a harbour porpoise, just off the Nass, it was heading upriver on a fishing expedition. Great to see one in the river again. They are regular visitors and no one has any idea they live here!
The idea was to have lunch on my old mooring there, that Keith and I had serviced last autumn, replacing buoy and riser. When we get close I spot there is a boat on it. Six months ago I was asked if by the local moorings man if a boat could be put on it temporarily, as the owner was poorly and his mooring had carried away. Temporary was the word.
Well we picked up another close by, but I had a weather eye open, just in case it carried away too! Some moorings not as well maintained! Sadly though I have mailed a couple of times, I have had no response from the moorings man. I will resort to snail mail!
We did have a good putter out of Tollesbury against a freshening SE wind and then a run up to the Radio Caroline ship, anchored in the Blackwater. Back to our berth 3 hours after HW, by then it was blowing F5!
Back in the berth I decided to try and fit crow deterrents on my spreaders, to save having to clear the mess on the cabin top and deck again. I managed to climb the mast steps, with Keith on the safety line of my harness, and get half a dozen large cable ties on the stbd spreader, tails vertical as bird scarers, but by then I had enough, knees shaking, and gave up, hope to drop down to the boat in a day or two to see if the fouling is less! May enlist the help of a younger, fitter chap to do the other side!
For the last few days even with 31 degrees C the wind has been F7! No boats on the river most of the time! Is this how the weather is going to be now? Not conducive to gentle sailing!
Hope the weather becomes more favourable.
Sunday 12th June 2022
Our thoughts still with Ukraine as they continue to fend off the invaders...
Today was probably the first day for at least a week than lots of sails appeared on the River Blackwater, the wind at last dropped to F4/5. Down the marina this evening, to put provisions in the tea and coffee making locker, the marina was quiet as most had gone home. there just were few owners about.
I had planned to lower my staysail halyard and turn it end for end, it has been annoying me for a year, I incorrectly rove it beginning of 2021 and as the mast has not been down, its still wrong. Not the end of the world, it still works, but it's not right! However when I saw the state of the cabin top and deck under the spreaders I had to spend 30 minutes with the hose pipe and the deck scrubber, what a mess! Hope to be able to shin up the mast next week, with the crew on the safety line, and fit a load of cable ties to the spreaders. There are three tiny ones up there, which up till this year, have sufficed, but it appears we have a bully band of crows in the marina now...
We have not had any recent enrollments to report, but we have had a donation from Ian Walker for a set of Eventide drawings on DVD. Sent!. He is trying to tackle a soft keelson, in his Eventide, difficult task...
I have been trying to get more information from Lloyds about our bank account. We did not had a statement for a year, despite me requesting them!! John Stevens and I have had to fill out forms for me to try get access to internet banking, so I could see the funds and manage the account better. After 6 months they returned the form saying there were not enough signatures?? As only John S and myself are signatories, I could not fathom this. After lengthy phone calls for 2 days eventually I got to the bottom of it. They had not removed the former Treasurer, Fund Manager, from the correspondence! Finally. Thought we could then have access. Oh no, we have had to go back to the beginning and fill in the forms again! However I did get an apologetic phone call from the bank a day later, saying they were sorry and they would expedite the new application.. We will see. So I have not been able to show the accounts on the Members page as yet... Soon I hope!
Had this in from Roger re new chart lets for parts of the Thames estuary, may prove useful to some!
Hope to get out on FG this week, with stalwart crew members Keith and Phil. Nearly mid summers day and FG has still not left the berth!
The forecast for this week is warmer and calmer, lets hope so.
Hope you are able to get out sailing,
Thursday 2nd June 2022
I dressed ship overall for today and nipped down the next day to check all were still flying, to be very disappointed to note that 'Fiddler's Green' was the only vessel in the whole marina properly dressed. Two others flew union flags?? (not proper!!) and one motor boat has a small string of flag bunting...
Then I thought about it.... How many people have full sets of international code flags these days? Even mine are no longer kept aboard, and only come out for the odd occasion. I found my set in a junk shop 30 years back and when I got them home found a mouse nest in the middle! My dear old mum sewed patches on so many with offcuts of coloured bunting I already had..... (Salvaged from HMS Leopard, broken up on the Thames decades ago..).
The weather is breezy again today F5's and 6's , same tomorrow, then heavy rain, so I will be taking the flags down before they get wet! Not surprisingly no sails out on the river again.
We attended the Maldon Prom last night partly for the beacon lighting, but mainly because the Carters Steam Fair was there and we love it. The fair shut down respectfully at 2100. Then a lone piper, blew heartily for over 30 minutes, then the interminable speeches and the reading of the proclamation, then the climax, the countdown to the lighting on the beacon, 10, 9, - 3, 2, 1, nothing!!! After a long pause a small flickering gas flame appeared..... Looked like a pilot light.... We all waited.... No that was it... The crowd of maybe 1k people groaned.. Maldon Council done it again!
On the way home we spotted the other beacon we had seen earlier, near to us, this one we had seen filled with timber, when we passed earlier, a proper beacon, it was a huge blaze visible for miles, well done St. Lawrence!
Our Village has a small celebration tomorrow, a picnic and live music, kids competitions etc.! Suspect that will be well attended.