Friday, 29 July 2016

Harbour Views - Keyhaven

I have to say Keyhaven is one of my favourites. It's a shallow, presumably natural harbour protected from the prevailing weather in pretty much most directions.

There's an interesting mix of  small day boats, motorboats, RIBs, local fishing boats and of course the Keyhaven SCOW fleet.

Always seems to be lots going on.

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Marine design

Now beauty being in the eye of the beholder and all that, but when fellow blogger Joe - Horse's Mouth commented recently about some of the horrors being imposed on marine craft in the name of design I kind of agree with him, or at least I agree that  I don't understand some of the stylistic design being applied to modern yachts and especially to motor boats.

No doubt those more in touch with current design thinking will say that a new breed of designers are pushing the boundaries to find a new marine form and aesthetic, which is all very well but is it attractive and does it function?

 It's only my opinion but this on the other had was designed by folks who really understand boats

Friday, 22 July 2016

Try and make it out onto or into the water this weekend

New London Mayor Sadiq Khan's recent announcement that Transport for London would no longer run ads which could cause body confidence issues,  has clearly not resonated down here on the coast.

Our local kayak and SUP (stand up paddle board) outfit have a new base which sports the clear message that getting out on the water is for the young and beautiful.

Fortunately the BB readership while admittedly not at the cutting edge of hip fashion, are in the main pretty robust. 

So don't worry about that beer belly and beard, get out on the water while the sun shines.

Monday, 18 July 2016

Waiting for the tide

The aftermath of Easter's storm Katy is still in evidence at Emsworth. The yacht alongside the tiwn pontoon was completely awash at HW.

Further out the the harbour a stranded yacht sits high and dry, presumably waiting for a combination of spring tide, low pressure, southerly wind and maybe a substantial tug before she will float/get pulled off.  That is if there's no damage and she's not taking water.

Friday, 15 July 2016

Scaffie or Lugger

I've always like the Drascombe Scaffie for it's simplicity, a perfect boat for pottering around the harbours and estuaries and while I'm not normally really taken by double ender's, the Scaffie is undeniably pretty. The lack of a centreboard, and the associated space of the case and restrictions to the cockpit are good features, but presumably the trade off is lack of pointing ability.

The original Drascombe Lugger is also a handsome boat, bigger and heavier to handle ashore than the Scaffie. The drop through rudder demands care in very shallow waters, at least compared to a transom mounted lifting rudder.

Overall two fine boats, ideal for getting out on inshore waters.

Too many boats, too little time.

Thursday, 14 July 2016


My morning run takes me through the local boatyard where Grand Soliel "Lickitysplit" unfortunately dropped from her cradle, squashing two nearby cars recently.

Great picture here on Sailing Anarchy

Must have made of an interesting insurance claim, "yes that's right my car was hit by a boat"

Fortunately no local blogger or runner was injured in the event.

Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Zen and the art of boat maintenance

You know what it's like you go down to the boat to do a few jobs that really need attention.