Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Boat for sale

A decision has been made, and my trailer sailer yacht Impulsive is officially for sale - for the princely sum of $4000 or offers. I bought it in 2000 or 2001 (I honestly can't remember, it was a long time ago) so we've had 12 or 13 years of sailing. It's had the mast repaired, a new outboard motor, major trailer repairs, a repaint, and lots of minor tinkering with winches, rigging, and fittings. I think it's worth more than the asking price, but as Heather pointed out, we've had our money's worth over the years. And small yachts don't sell for big prices, so there it is.

I won't be completely beached, though - I'm now involved with two friends in another boat, a larger yacht with some accommodation room. It's a Noelex 22 that has been extended, with a stern section added, but it sails well. This boat needs some tidying up, so at least I know what my retirement project will be. And I still have plans for a Jim Young 3.5m stitch and tape sailing dinghy, if I get really ambitious.

Friday, 3 April 2015

Big day out

Sailing at Lyttelton was a bit hairy this afternoon, with 20 knot squalls on top of a rolling swell and a solid surface chop - it was like sailing in a washing machine at times.

We made it to shelter in Purau Bay, to reef the main then catch up with our mate Chris Hutching - he was rigging up while we watched, then we sailed down to the inner harbour, and on to Church Bay. We picked up a mooring and rafted up for a beer and a chat. At 5pm we motored back across to the club ramp, while Chris battled back upwind to Purau. We hope he made it!

Watching Chris hoist sails.
Leaving the Inner Harbour for Church Bay
Henry Salad arrives in the shelter of Church Bay.
I'm tired and happy now, it was an exciting day out!

Some footnotes:
Chris's yacht is a 19ft Robert Tucker Caprice, designed in the mid 1950s. Twin keel yachts are very popular in the UK, because so much sailing is done in tidal estuaries. When the tide goes out, the boat sits level, then you can put the kettle on and do a bit of bird watching. How very British.

The complete set of photos is on my Flickr site.

Thursday, 2 April 2015

Well, maybe

I like the Blogger interface, although their fancy new templates make it harder to customise. Oh well, it's really all about content. This is me getting around to saying I think I'll revive this blog for a while and see if I can manage a couple of posts each week. Facebook descends to the trivial whenever you touch it, and I'd like more control over what I post.

Here's today's post, 3 photos I took with my Moto G2 on my bike ride to physiotherapy this morning. The fog was completely gone 10 mins later, so I just caught it at the end. From Horseshoe Lake Road, looking west over Shirley Golf Course.