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by Mavanier
Mon Jul 29, 2019 10:33 pm
Forum: Shooting the breeze
Topic: Avy-J
Replies: 19
Views: 1672

Re: Avy-J

That is really impressive. You'll be glad to know the boat inside out when you are hundreds of miles offshore.
What's the plan now? Still heading for the Canaries this year?
by Mavanier
Mon Jul 29, 2019 10:19 pm
Forum: Around the Scottish Coast
Topic: New marina and deep water port for Stornoway
Replies: 10
Views: 2177

Re: New marina and deep water port for Stornoway

Have they published a figure for the final dredged depth? Newton is a little way out of the main centre of town, although reasonably handy for the Tesco at least. And you could probably nip round by tender if you wanted to- assuming they give you the gate codes for the existing marina as well. The n...
by Mavanier
Sun Jun 16, 2019 6:33 pm
Forum: Book Club
Topic: You are likely to enjoy this
Replies: 2
Views: 852

Re: You are likely to enjoy this

Agree, good book. My MiL got it for me a couple of years ago, I wouldn't normally have thought of Mairi Hedderwick as anything other than a children's author.
by Mavanier
Sun Jun 02, 2019 8:44 pm
Forum: Shooting the breeze
Topic: Restoration Project, Isle of Raasay
Replies: 0
Views: 750

Restoration Project, Isle of Raasay

At the end of last year one of my closest friends suddenly and tragically passed away. John, who was only 33, had gained a pHD and ran a small renweables engineering company on the Isle of Raasay. He was also a keen sailor and had previously lived aboard a 26ft SCOD which he refitted and sailed to N...
by Mavanier
Wed Mar 13, 2019 9:46 pm
Forum: Shooting the breeze
Topic: Feck me it's windy
Replies: 5
Views: 1288

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: 10
Views: 2177

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: 2122

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: 2122

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: 2122

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: 2122

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: 2122

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: 1844

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: 4751

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: 2182

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: 1454

Hydrovane wanted

As per title, we are in the market for a Hydrovane self steering system.
Would also consider the Windpilot Pacific Plus.

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