Thursday, 2 July 2015


We visited some friends in Belgium recently, they have this delightful model ketch in their living room. If money were no object I'd rock up at one of the better, traditional boat yards and say "build me that full size."

I stupidly took photos using my phone so apologies for the poor quality, not to mention Joseph hiding in the background behind one of his Star Wars books.

The name is a bit odd, maybe the Flemish for Barracuda? I forgot to ask.

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Sea hopper

The convenience of an inflatable dinghy as a yacht tender is well understood, with the ability to roll it away to be stowed safely below on passage. But as anyone who has used an inflatable will know they generally are about the worst craft to row.

While the inflatable is ubiquitous there is an alternative, for the past 28 years a small boat yard down in Somerset has been building  the Seahopper folding dinghy. It's a proper rigid dinghy that can be sailed and rowed, yet folds flat for storage and transportation.

They come in sizes from 6'8" to 10', my favorite is the  7'10" version named the Nifty Fifty.

Sunday, 28 June 2015

Bursldon High Street the heaving metropolos

A work colleague was in Winchester recently, so I took the opportunity to take him for dinner at the Jolly Sailor. As we drove through Old Bursledon he commented "Bursledon has a High Street?".

Indeed it does, there's even a letter box and a phone booth.

Thursday, 25 June 2015


While Joseph was at a party at the Fareham leisure center recently we took the opportunity to explore a part of the Portsmouth harbour shore that I've never visited.

There's a path which follows the creek around from Fareham to nearby Wicor.

 There were some splendid low water views across Pewit island,  Spide Lake and  Bombketch Lake. No idea why it was names but we had a mooring at the entrance to Bombketch years ago it was a lovely, peaceful place to stay aboard on a summer evening. In the distance Portsmouth docks, the city and the Spinnaker Tower.

For more details see local  on line chart

Monday, 22 June 2015

The train waiting at platform 5 has just been eaten....

Commuters to Waterloo found a new distraction last week, instead of (or perhaps in addition too) late trains, crowds and queues  trying to get to the tube, the latest station centrepiece is a trio of roaring dinosaurs promoting the new Jurassic World movie.

Either that or it could be South West Trains latest idea for ticket collectors.

Saturday, 20 June 2015

Slipway Saturday Hamble

All that's left of the public hard at Hamble which 100 years ago stretched pretty much all along the foreshore.

The main street in Hamble runs right down to the slipway which is wide and easy to launch from.

Parking is a problem, the adjacent car park is aggressively patrolled by the local Eastleigh council enforcement officers (I'm sure they are doing a vital job) so make sure your ticket is up to date and correctly stuck on the windscreen

Thursday, 18 June 2015


I'm a regular reader of Moth enthusiast sailors Earwigoagin and Mid Atlantic Musings so when I spotted these boats with their matching, multi coloured sails, sailing on the pond at Salterns SC near Lymington,  I guessed they were moths and wanted to know more.

The club is pretty unique, solely focusing on teaching kids to sail. They have a fleet of the usual Optimists and some Solent SCOWs another local boat, and apparently a fleet of Moths. Some research on the British Moth web site shows they are built locally by john Clardige and look to be the most southerly fleet in the UK. The hull form has a very distinctive scow shaped bow and hard chines. Interesting history here.