Monday, 27 June 2016

Solent Way

Running along the western Solent between Lymington and Keyhaven

Friday, 24 June 2016

Interesting variation

Apologies for the poor photo but the boat was jammed in and difficult to get a picture.

Flush decked, around 21/22 feet, quite a wide hull form reminded me of an E Boat but as can be seen not a chine hull.

The unusual rig has twin unstayed aluminium masts, some google research revealed a Poacher cat ketch trailer sailer, but very little detail.

Sailboatdata shows the Poacher boat built by Parker Dawson in the US, but the drawing shows a raised section of the cabin rather than the flush deck. I'm wondering if it's the same boat, perhaps a few were imported or maybe UK builder produced a few?

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

That's what I call a fender

Seriously, I guess it's around 6 feet long, that's 2 meters in metric money.

Compared to the two normal sized pick up buoys it should make coming alongside a bit easier.

Above gives a better indication of scale.

Saturday, 18 June 2016

Morning Vicar

I don't know why but this always makes me smile.

Boat is a Cornish Shrimper

Thursday, 16 June 2016

Hamble River SC sailing camp pirate treasure hunt

A fantastic weekend camp included a pirate treasure hunt, with the gang of happy treasure hunters wading and riding through the winding upper reaches to Botley where a hoard of treasure included custard creams, iced biscuits and soft drinks courtesy of the priate queens, AKA Rachel and crew.

Checkout the video as the bunch of fearless pirates have a lot of fun on the homeward leg.

Setting out from Fairthorne Manor the going was quite easy.

Later with steep and deep mud on both sides as the river winds its way to Botley, a lot of the pirates thought it was easier to ride. You might think that the motley crew slept well after all the day's exertions but marshmallow toasting around the fire went on well into the night.

Monday, 13 June 2016

Who needs wind

Late afternoon high water, hardly a breath of wind and 25 excited kids. No problem, get them all afloat, chasing around and having fun.

They might not have learned much about short tacking and hiking, but they sure had a good time.

Friday, 10 June 2016


I spotted this motorcycle outside a cafe on an island on the Loire in France, presumably either doing duty as some kind of object of interest or awaiting restoration, not sure about the bucket though.

Motoconfort and Motobecane manufactured motorbikes, bicycles and small vehicles in France, including the Mobylett moped, a very old one of which I owned when I was sixteen. The company declared bankruptcy in 1981.

No idea what model or date this one is from, I'm guessing it's one of the 125 cc or 175cc models from the 60's or 70's, very French in design. Sadly the cafe was closed so there wasn't the opportunity to find out more.