Wednesday, July 12, 2017

July first post

Hi Everyone,
Well all done, well when I say all, I mean all I was supposed to do except for the dam computer battery from my sister, Rowan will be pleased (joke) to know that the tech guy at Jolly Harbour took about 20 minutes to ruin the one she had acquired for me ! I only left him to have a fag!
Anyway have removed so many items from top and bottom priority lists waiting for my passport to arrive, a saga in itself.
Don't know if the guys remember at the classics but I had a horrible smell in the sink ! I was blaming bad seawater smell in English Harbour, but eventually found not the reason, it was the fresh water activated carbon filter had failed some how. it took 2 days and 450 ltrs of water + 32 ounces of strange chemicals to get it smelling and tasting sweet water again, first time its ever happened on any boat I have owned. ( I was still drinking it) tasted ok to me!
So I am already to go go go, only the customs to see and put everything, and I do mean everything back were it belongs, as small as I am just getting to the bog is a marathon obstical course! trying to get to bed is even harder, usually asleep before I make that.
So I am off on my travels armed with the new and improved work to do list.
will let you know when I find out

Thursday, June 1, 2017

1st June post 2017

Hi everyone,
First post for June with a couple of pics, since Antigua I went to Nevis and met up with Mark of Double Deuce fame (a beach bar) got invited too his annual staff party at his house 1000ft up the side of the mountain spectacular.
I then went to St Maarten were I have been since. I started the passport renewal here. So while that is ongoing I started the new installation of the electric windlass, I suppose its been on my distant future wish list since I bought the boat, where I have anchored and which anchor I used has always been influenced and coloured on whether I could lift the thing up again, this especially since the original windlass was smashed on the reef in 2011. But over the last 2 years I have gradually been collecting all the bits required to do the job, including the windlass itself here in March this year. So a couple of pics of that as well, I can report it took me 8 days to complete, I tested it of course on the mooring, and practised a routine for deployment when needed, and now I can not wait to anchor willy nilly anywhere I like !!!!! I have now a leaky toilet to fix, and install a new regulator for the wind generator, I blew up the last one in a very strong wind in Nevis, blew it to bits. There is also three deck leaks now really annoying me, this after it rained here 2 days ago for approx 6 hours! a torrential tropical downpour. Then I need to put a bit of Gas into my fridge.
OK pics next

We did have a good time

I only spoil the picture

unusually Nevis without the cloud on top

Took me ages to get the courage to drill the holes in the deck

Fitting the Gearbox 1
you can see how awkward it was with so many beams in the way

After the rain and no leaks inside! job done

Have met quite a few cruising friends who have arrived, some already left for the south, Hurricane season has its official start today. The anchorage here is nearly empty as everyone goes south.
Have also had a visit from friends from my seagoing days, Dave Ward and Rachael, they came out on holiday to see me here. Last time they did that was at St Lucia, when they got there I had already left 2 weeks earlier! so we missed. We have taken quite a few days catching up on where and what we have been doing! A few beers have been disposed of as well!

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

May 1st update

Hi all,
I am so early leaving Antigua this year, no sinking monthly visit to the slipway boat yard for repairs this year WoW.
I am now in Nevis, I arrived here last Saturday early evening, and I am leaving on the 15th to St Martin/St Maarten, It will depend on getting the fine tuning done to the boat, couple of items left to do to make life easier. Some cosmetic work as well, the cabin is a tip and I need new cushions in the saloon. This post is coming from the Double Deuce beach bar and restaurant, civilised with good food and Internet !!!! will get in touch when at St Martin, will then know more about what is suposed to happen next. Had a few maintenance  prob's due to lack off on my part, all now done.
more coming

Sunday, April 30, 2017

3rd Post April

Hi All,
Well didn't get to post after all, just too busy having lots of fun and hard racing, Had the best classics since my first one in 2010! an amazing time on the 30th anniversary, my crew consisted of Rowan, Sasha and Rhys all from Beaumaris Anglesey (corrected spelling) Suzie, owner of 'Spirited Lady of Fowey' and Paul her crew. also on the trip round from Falmouth to English Harbour we had Suzie's two dogs as well (Chester a cocker spaniel also did the cannon and parade of sail) ! We had such a good laugh together for the racing and all the parties that followed, I took Rowan as my guest to the Owners Party at the newly restored and opened (By Prince Harry) Clarence House in Nelsons Dockyard, a first time to this party for me as well. we also did the steel band event up at Shirley Heights. I had a new palm tree hat made for me as I lost the last one, plenty of Dark and Stormy Rum drinks later we made it back (just).
I was able this year to beat one of the fast racing boats that beat me last year, I had to work hard for it though, on the Cannon race I actually passed her on the first leg of the cannon race and forced her down to fourth place every race, That gave me a Third place in class and a trip on the stage for the crew as well, I can not get close enough to even see 'Janley' on the race course, there was also another fast boat in my class this year called 'Vagabundo'  didn't see that one either!
My Crew are posting the pics on face-book but have promised to send the photos to me so I can post them, So only one pic of me with a big smile after passing 'Seefalke' and a picture of her behind me

Big smile as I passed Seeflake (looks like i'm on a speedboat judging by the wake)

SeeFalke after I passed her
So with a bit of patience I should have more to post later

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

2nd post April

Well  folks that connection didn't last long, 2 days before it failed, never mind I have now moved from Jolly to Falmouth harbour been here a couple of days now, I am presently in Seabreeze Cafe at Antigua Yacht Club Marina plugged into their television socket !
All events this year are going to take place in English Harbour, including all the dockage, so will have to go there tomorrow and register to receive all the info and find out were they have put me. I have already tested the connection over there and its ok, so just maybe I will get time to post a blog inbetween the parties and racing, as its the special 30th anniversary not sure about that !
Boat dragged one anchor last night, put me too close to the shallows so was up trying to sort it on and off all night, it was sorted this morning once it got light, I'm a bit tired though today.
Have not taken many pics since leaving St Lucia so have none to post but if it goes a dolphin movie follows:-

The video was taken somewhere between St Maarten and St Thomas, only a short edit for the blog
Hope there are lots of pics this year, there are a few J class boats here and going to race !

Monday, April 3, 2017

First update April 2017

Hi Everyone, at last another update !
Well I've been on my travels again, left St Martin French side and went to Water Island St Thomas usvi, stayed there a couple of weeks, met a lot of friends and said hello to a lot of people, had a great time, did all the shopping I needed as well, one item has been on my bucket list since 2011, an electric windless for the anchor! Got a bargain in Island Water World here, and knowing I had the wages in the bank for fixing my own boat I splashed out!, (I am getting old these days and have a problem lifting it up if I anchor more than 10mts deep!) I got some teak wood too, to fix the Windless on a pad on deck, and have sort of worked out how to install it without ruining the look of a classic boat. After 2 weeks I left there and headed for Antigua on Tuesday 28th March and after a quick stop arrived at Jolly Harbour Antigua on the 1st April! I found out yesterday that they opened an internet cafe in the marina here (yippee) so first post this morning in comfort at long long last! will sort out pics cos its a good connection at only 80 EC $ for a week! So more coming soooon

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

update March

Hi All,
Well various people have been posting pics of me on Facebook apparently, enjoy cos I can never even open my page and have never seen them!

I left St Lucia as soon as I received the cheque for the damage from 'Moorings' charter comp.
I had a nice girl (Jacks from Berlin) on board for the trip to St Maarten, she has this as her base. broke my record for the journey up island and made it in only 54 hours, this was including a 12hour heaved too stopover behind Montserrat in the lee of the island.
Had a few issues as weather wind and seas were a bit on the rough side, boats first trip after 7 months laid up and no issues of a desperate or dangerous nature experienced. flying along touching 10 knots every now and then. MAGIC
will keep up to date when I can

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Hi Everyone again,
I am in a workshop at Rodney Bay Marina attempting to upload all the pics I took of the boat and the damage. I can't write the story but I will try and put a comment on each pic, this will be a marathon exercise, hears hoping I am successful. They start here with pic No. 1, its starts inside the boat as that is were the camera was at the time.

What a horrifying sight that greeted me

many views

and seeing the work I was going to have to repair was hart breaking

The smashed hull from outside

I just couldn't get my head round the fact I had cleared customs and was leaving that morning

then I started to rip out the wood

The boat that hit me was totaled

centre console ripped out

and the forward storage hatch ripped in half

about to go into the shed

mast in first

then the boat, and I started right away on removing the planks this pic shows finding the fastners by sanding the paint off

both the water tank filler hose and fuel filling hose had to be removed

more wood coming off

and more

The hole gets bigger and bigger

looking out from inside

the corner off my bed now exposed and the porthole which had been missing thought to have fell in the sea was found

nearly all the wood removed

all the bits and pieces

and the hole and what I need to repair exposed

three frames kaput also the forward mast partner

planks assembled to show how much had to be removed

three frames

making the butt blocks for joining the new planks

The wardrobe door, as wardrobe had to be taken to bits

whilst waiting for the wood to arrive all furniture was removed sanded and varnished

the wood ordered got lost in Puerto Rico for five weeks so re-varnishing was started

I took loads of pics usually as I finished work for the day as it went too dark to see

started the sanding and filling of both hull sides were I could

all around the hole

starboard side was completly finished with the first top coat applied

one of three work places

sanding and filling

and first topcoat

and aft view

the port hole was refurbished

then the wood arrived and first job was make new frames

3 x 4 foot lengths of 6" x 3" white oak had been recieved

view of a butt block

2 frames completed

inside veiw

end of mast partner and frame remade

then spieling the new planks after getting them the right size first

The planks 4 x 2 1/2" x 7 foot

first 2 trial fitted

then all 4 and drilling the fastening holes

now fastening all the planks permanantly

inside view of planks and frames

after fitting and fixing into place the forward mast partner with repaired grown oak knee

pics of butt blocks white ones aft

forward ones varnished in cabin

deck after plugging and sanding

caulking and sanding hull planks

inside view of fasteners fitted roved and riveted

some of the local yard workers, all became friends

plugs getting fitted

then the seam sealant put in

then when dry the painting of port side began with the priming coat

undercoats + sanding and filling

this was happening inside too

fitting the wardrobe planks back in place

all painted

and varnished

Hull with first topcoat

bow sprit stem head re-furbished

bow sprit re-fitted with finished stem head

cabin top sanded and repainted

all furniture varnished and re-fitted

planks varnished and painted inside

and hull both sides with final topcoat applied

then the mast job

whilst doing the mast a rotted piece was found so had to be all re-done and new wood scarfed in

re-assembling furniture and rigging

doing the deck

and finally out of the shed

So Guys and Gals you are all up to date at last, 6 months and 4days out of the water