Log Entry 27th June 2018

Departed Holy Island around 10.00 am BST bound for Eyemouth. Anxious ride over the bar at Holy Island but made it without any issues only to be faced with fog. The new Raymarine radar with display at the help was much appreciated and picked up targets which were tracked until visible at less than 1/2 mile.
Light winds but we arrived safely at Eyemouth around 16.00 hrs BST – despite best efforts the main halyard got caught round the radar reflector again – freed once tied up.

Log Entry 25th June 2018

An exciting night at anchor in the Kettle as the anchor dragged, but seemed to reset. The following morning when we departed for Holy Island the reason for the problems with the anchor became apparent – Kelp a massive chunk on the chain. We were lucky, next time the anchor will be lifted and then re-set.

Arrived in Holy Island early afternoon today, lovely light winds and very settled. Anchor has been buoyed on advice from the pilot.

Later in the afternoon we lifted the anchor and moved a little further out – good move as we got an onshore wind later.

 

 

Log Entry 24th June 2018

Departed Blyth around 9.30, some light breezes which helped us along, at one point thought we might may Holy Island. The wind dropped and with a forecast of Southerly wind Beadnel Bay did not look too attractive so we anchored in the Kettle Anchorage overnight.

Log Entry 23rd June 2018

Departed Filey anchorage 9.00am on the 16th June. Planned to depart the night before were shelved when it was found the reefing hooks were the wrong way round on the boom, which meant the boom had ot be removed – better to be done at anchorage rather than out at sea!
It was a pleasant sail with West and South West Winds 4 -5. Arrived Blyth at approximately 11.00 pm.
Nice reception at Blyth and met up with Wayne (Jay 9), who had sailed from Grimsby the week before – and caught fire – but safely extinguished it before arrival of the RNLI. Yet another example of no fuse on the starter motor battery – we have ours – just need fitting !

Log Entry 16th June 2018

Departed our anchorage at around 20.30 yesterday to catch the North going tide with the promise of some favorable southerly wind,  what we got was very little wind from the North.  Nonetheless we made good progress to Flamborough head with the spring tide and the engine on little more than tick-over – once rounded the wind picked up on the nose ! Painful to see the tide turn and the SOG change from 4.5 knots to little more than a knot even with some revs on the engine.  The crew took a watch, which was most welcome and gave time for some sleep and thinking.  Filey Bay was only a few nautical miles from our position but with the wind was going to take hours to reach, by which time the tide would turn again – so should we anchor or not.   After an hour or so sleep at least the wind had dropped and we were making a couple of knots – so we headed close in shore to escape the tide and sure enough we made it to Filey – our first ever visit.  A bacon sandwich and much needed sleep.  The wind has now picked up and we are sat comfortable in a Southerly force 5 – where was that last night ?  The plan is some more rest and then depart either later today, or tomorrow morning – that gives the wind chance to hide and for us to rest.

Log Entry 15th June 2018

Finally we have departed Grimsby this morning bound North,  perhaps Blyth or Hartlepool being first port of call.  Currently anchored north of Withernsea at a place called Hilston – some rest and tea and then hopefully use the tide to take us a little further North as very little wind, despite the promise of some SW – I am sure it will come

Log Entry 20th July 2017

After another trip home to make new blocks for the poles  to be mounted on it was nearly time to start putting things back.

Before the pole could be mounted a smaller pad needed to be glassed in on the underside, as one of the bolt holes came through right on the corner which is partially covered by one of the plates for the back stay fitting.

The pictures below shows the pad glued in with epoxy and then glassed in :

 

In simple terms this has extended the ‘flat’ area for a plate to lie on which both supports the back stay fitting and one of the bolts for wind generator support pole.

The next job was to start fitting the exterior blocks – some new and some sanded down and refitted.  The smaller pads were easy to fit – unfortunately the larger gave a few problems, one split and the hole to take the cables in the other one went in the wrong place … a symptom of rushing probably.  Initially the wood was blamed as previously the were made out of teak and the new ones made out of poor man’s teak – Iroko.  The cost of a Teak plank was estimated to be just short of £300. The fact of the matter is Iroko should be fine, more care simply needs to be taken to avoid it splitting.

There was the another job that needed attention, that being the chip and cracks in the gel coat on the exterior, noting a repair pad had been glassed in before the balsa panel was put in place.  It was a large chip with associated cracks which were enlarged with a chisel:

 

80 grit paper was used to sand round the chip and cracks and 180 grit further out, this provides a feathering effect which helps blend the new gelcoat into the new.

Now here is a tip, the gelcoat used was pure, i.e. no additives of wax to help it harden on the outer surface – this means the outer layer must be covered, using for example a PVA solution (wax in alcohol).  This can be sprayed or bushed on after about an hour.

Gelcoat matching is an art and requires patience,  I was reasonably happy with the mix made and it was applied with a sponge brush – when it hardened it looked reasonable, and even better when it was sanded and polished:

 

I cant actually see the repair, and is one of the best done so far.  Usually I have struggled with bubbles which spoil the finish, but using pure gelcoat seems to have helped.

Today we are home again and a new set of blocks have been made, and hopefully progress can resume over the weekend.

 

Log Entry 5th July 2017

The balsa panel seemed solid enough, and so after that the two side pads were epoxied in using the same technique .. there is a limit to how often photographing a vacuum setup has appeal.

Returned home to order more supplies and prepare materials.

Over the last week we have glassed in the two corner pads, the first six layers vacuum pressed in and the remainder laid up by hand.  On the way the air has been blue as glass has fallen and flopped after being laid up upside down – it’s about as bad as it sounds.  Had it been feasible to continue with the vacuum technique we would have done but its a race against time and getting a good seal in the far corner was not easy.

Six layers of glass have been hand laid up on the centre balsa panel today,  the last three would have been done today but it was noted there was some air trapped on the over lap so that needs to be ground out first.

Starboard Corner:

 

Port Corner:

 

Centre Balsa Panel