It all starts at the Castle Tavern

Ollie came down late Friday night for the weekend. Saturday would be boat jobs and/or sailing, perhaps anchoring in Osborne Bay overnight. Sunday we planned to go to Goodwood Festival of Speed thanks to Ollie having free tickets. I managed to get the Hydrovane rudder antifouled before he turned up. We had a few drinks...

Progress, finally!

Some jobs have been haunting me for weeks, months even. It’s a toss up between sailing or maintenance, and there comes a time when you either  have to drop down tools and just go out, or keep plugging away at the job list and envisage that Caribbean rum at the other end (whilst seeing yachts...

Fathers day sail

No surprises as to what this post is about. I haven’t managed to get dad out for a sail since I bought Excalibur, we’ve only motored up the Thames or motored in the rain around Beaulieu. This weekends forecast was sun and light winds. Perfect! I’ve been waiting for a day like this for a...

Chi shake down #2

Another weekend, this time a trip to Chichester and back. The weather was pretty blustery, and getting out of the berth was a close call as wind and tide were not working in our favour. Soon as we got far enough out into the Solent it was time to get the main up. I admit...

May bank holiday shake down #1

I headed down late Friday night after being subjected a barrage of abuse from a Jeremy Kyle watching chav down the road, who went ape shit after I gently bumped her car whilst getting out of a tight spot. Ollie and Becki came down for the long weekend, and we had a couple of drinks...

Gosport memories

The title may suggest that I’m no longer in Gosport. I’m still in Gosport. I spent 17 consecutive days in Gosport working on the boat between two bank holidays to try and nail as many jobs as possible. My daily commute to the local Aldi has become a thing. I’ve never seen so many brightly...

Mast-erful

  This will be another quite dry post I apologise. Last year on a windy day in Chichester we got a riding turn on the main halyard which couldn’t be freed. I had no choice but to cut it and get a new one made up. I put another block up and ran my topping...

Do Genoa?

Excalibur is in need of a new Genoa for next years big trip as the current one looks like a dirty hanky. My knowledge of sails so far is quite limited. Yes I can actually sail, but up until now I couldn’t tell you the sail area of my genoa or what cloth weight I...

Oh my god there’s a hole in my deck! Part 3

……not anymore! I/We have finally fixed this issue (pretty much). Trina laid another 10 or so layers of biaxal cloth to fill the void where the plate used to be, so that in itself is now super strong, being solid fibreglass. I’ve added a few more layers of biaxal cloth to the knee. There must be...