Getting closer to the water

It’s been a busy winter with lots of work being done on the boat, but the final stages are now underway, so she will hopefully be ready for a shakedown cruise around the middle of April. After Christmas Richard helped me re-do the forward heads. With a move to Amsterdam, …

Blasted down to the epoxy …

After doing three-quarters of the blasting, the yard moved off to do another boat. Eventually, after a couple of repairs to the nozzle of the machine, they moved back to Charmary and finished her off, so, she is now all stripped (down to the gel coat in places) and ready …

Blasted out of the water

It’s that time of year again and the days are drawing in – time for the boat to come out of the water. The mast came down some weeks ago and over the winter the rigging will be re-done – a 10 year update. She came out of the water …

Sweet Caroline ….

Levington to Tollesbury via Radio Caroline. 27.6 miles in six and a half hours. We woke up to a lovely morning, with a gentle north easterly and clear skies. Having motored down to around the Landguard cardinal we hoisted full sail and headed on a gentle broad reach just keeping …

Terning up at Levington

Tollesbury to Levington. 28.2 miles in 6 hours. Though the weather was a little cloudy and visibility a bit murky, there was a good breeze forecast. We left the marina at 13.10 and managed to get sail up as soon we got to the Nass and I left in the …

Back to the Blackwater

Limehouse to Tollesbury – 69.2 miles in 11 hours 55 minutes A return trip today from Limehouse back to Tollesbury. Richard came up to London Thursday evening to help me back and Anne left early morning to drive home. Once Anne had left, we locked out at 6.15am and by …

Tiptoeing to Tollesbury

West Mersea to Tollesbury – 2.3 miles That’s it – the last leg. Given the cooling water problem with the engine, we crept back in two stages. First from the buoy in Mersea to a Tollesbury waiting buoy. Then, once the engine had cooled again and the tide made sufficiently …

Back in the water

Well, the boat is back in the water ready for the season. She was put in the water on Tuesday 10th April and stayed moored at the craning jetty for a couple of days waiting for a crane to put the mast back in. On Thursday the mast was craned …