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by Mavanier
Wed Mar 13, 2019 9:46 pm
Forum: Shooting the breeze
Topic: Feck me it's windy
Replies: 5
Views: 349

Re: Feck me it's windy

We recorded sustained winds of over 40kt yesterday aboard the feed barge at work. It's kind of fun driving a power boat in those conditions but I'm feeling it today!
by Mavanier
Mon Feb 25, 2019 8:35 am
Forum: Around the Scottish Coast
Topic: New marina and deep water port for Stornoway
Replies: 6
Views: 711

Re: New marina and deep water port for Stornoway

Sandwick is still just a proposal. A fairly major development, with big breakwaters, new road access, etc. Newton Basin isn't developed yet either. It will need dredged, some infill to create hardstanding, and of course the pontoons themselves. It will be great for SY to gain a dedicated hard standi...
by Mavanier
Sat Feb 23, 2019 8:32 am
Forum: Shooting the breeze
Topic: Bluewater/liveaboard forum?
Replies: 13
Views: 962

Re: Bluewater/liveaboard forum?

wully wrote:You don’t need to follow it chapter and verse....

I’m sure you won’t obey all the stuff on a web forum either?


Haha certainly not... but I do try to learn from other people's mistakes where possible...
by Mavanier
Fri Feb 22, 2019 9:12 pm
Forum: Shooting the breeze
Topic: Bluewater/liveaboard forum?
Replies: 13
Views: 962

Re: Bluewater/liveaboard forum?

Buy Annie Halls book ‘Voyaging on a small income’ Everything you need to know is in there. Have read it cover to cover quite a few times. It's good, and thorough, but IMHO she is quite a fierce advocate of ideas that are not mainstream, without really giving much consideration to differing opinions...
by Mavanier
Wed Feb 20, 2019 11:30 pm
Forum: Shooting the breeze
Topic: Bluewater/liveaboard forum?
Replies: 13
Views: 962

Re: Bluewater/liveaboard forum?

Yes Noonsite is a great resource, many a happy hour spent on there. I do use Cruiserforum a bit but perhaps I'm not posting/lurking in the right sections... I did ask recently about people's choice of tender. It was quite interesting to see a wide variety of responses, with many people extolling the...
by Mavanier
Mon Feb 18, 2019 7:08 pm
Forum: Shooting the breeze
Topic: Bluewater/liveaboard forum?
Replies: 13
Views: 962

Re: Bluewater/liveaboard forum?

haha thanks for the encouragement. There is certainly plenty of information out there- just finished reading 'Get Real, Get Gone' which is pretty much an updated and less eccentric companion to Annie Hill's 'Voyaging on a small income'. Also a fair bit can be learned from Youtube, although I think w...
by Mavanier
Sun Feb 17, 2019 6:46 pm
Forum: Shooting the breeze
Topic: Bluewater/liveaboard forum?
Replies: 13
Views: 962

Bluewater/liveaboard forum?

I hope Nick doesn't mind me asking about other forums... I'm wondering where the best place is online to get advice for an aspiring bluewater liveaboard cruiser. I frequent TOP, but the liveaboard section there seems to consist primarily of elderly wrinkled Med dwellers who call themselves liveaboar...
by Mavanier
Sun Feb 17, 2019 6:41 pm
Forum: Shooting the breeze
Topic: Summer Passage Plan
Replies: 10
Views: 794

Re: Summer Passage Plan

Canal is a personal choice, I found it a bit dull myself, but could be friendlier for new crew and dogs. Assuming it is in operation this year! Don't get too hung up about particular destinations, it's all good so just arm yourself with the pilot books and the invaluable Hamish Haswell Smith's 'The ...
by Mavanier
Sun Feb 03, 2019 11:46 am
Forum: Shooting the breeze
Topic: Review of 2018
Replies: 29
Views: 2949

Re: Review of 2018

Missed this thread until now, nice to hear how much use everyone is making of their boats. We didn't do much by most people's standards, but it at least was an improvement on 2017 (where we only had two day sails, although I did a delivery trip too). So 2018 was alright. Two blocks of two weeks book...
by Mavanier
Wed Jan 30, 2019 11:59 pm
Forum: Shooting the breeze
Topic: Avy-J - the story so far.
Replies: 10
Views: 1095

Re: Avy-J - the story so far.

Thanks for the update. It's true that boat jobs always take about five times as long as you think they will! As you presumably already know, fitting s Navik isn't really a big job. I've done it twice, both times it took about a day, and that was with the boat in the water. Solar panel is definitely ...
by Mavanier
Tue Jan 29, 2019 8:27 pm
Forum: Stuff Wanted
Topic: Hydrovane wanted
Replies: 0
Views: 677

Hydrovane wanted

As per title, we are in the market for a Hydrovane self steering system.
Would also consider the Windpilot Pacific Plus.
by Mavanier
Tue Jan 29, 2019 8:25 pm
Forum: Shooting the breeze
Topic: Brokers- perhaps not a total waste of time after all
Replies: 8
Views: 1186

Re: Brokers- perhaps not a total waste of time after all

Well we are proceeding to survey on the Moody. Exciting times! It really is a case of picking the boat that is in the best condition, I think. The Sealord has that awful teak deck to contend with, I just couldn't face a project of that scale. The Moody is not the glamorous option (formica interior, ...
by Mavanier
Sun Jan 20, 2019 11:39 pm
Forum: Shooting the breeze
Topic: Brokers- perhaps not a total waste of time after all
Replies: 8
Views: 1186

Re: Brokers- perhaps not a total waste of time after all

One more boat to see tomorrow, and that'll be five in total for this long weekend. Could end up paralysed by indecision- no obvious stand out winner from them. The most expensive boat, which was really over budget to start with, turns out to have major defects- to the point where you couldn't actual...
by Mavanier
Fri Jan 18, 2019 11:09 pm
Forum: Shooting the breeze
Topic: Brokers- perhaps not a total waste of time after all
Replies: 8
Views: 1186

Re: Brokers- perhaps not a total waste of time after all

Yes we saw her this morning. We've already viewed the ex Alba one in Dunstaffnage, but they didn't want to shift on price by very much at all and she is pretty bare in terms of kit. The one in Ardfern is better equipped and seems to have fewer deck leaks, but the elephant in the room is the hectare ...
by Mavanier
Fri Jan 18, 2019 4:09 pm
Forum: Shooting the breeze
Topic: Brokers- perhaps not a total waste of time after all
Replies: 8
Views: 1186

Brokers- perhaps not a total waste of time after all

Just been to view a boat and was quite taken aback to meet a broker who was genuinely well informed and helpful. Being at the younger end of the boating demographic I do sometimes wonder if brokers think that we are time wasting tyre-kickers with a dream in our heads and little money to back it up. ...

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