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by Mavanier
Sun Feb 17, 2019 6:46 pm
Forum: Shooting the breeze
Topic: Bluewater/liveaboard forum?
Replies: 0
Views: 17

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: 4
Views: 46

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: 1555

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: 9
Views: 340

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: 150

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: 600

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: 600

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: 600

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: 600

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. ...
by Mavanier
Sat Jan 12, 2019 10:11 pm
Forum: Around the Scottish Coast
Topic: Forth and Clyde this year?
Replies: 6
Views: 572

Re: Forth and Clyde this year?

Thanks- might drop them a line closer to the time. Tbh it's all hypothetical just now, we're pondering a new boat and looking at how to get her home. Surprisingly the East coast + canals route is only marginally shorter, but it should offer an easier passage with favourable prevailing winds. I assum...
by Mavanier
Fri Jan 11, 2019 6:27 pm
Forum: Around the Scottish Coast
Topic: Forth and Clyde this year?
Replies: 6
Views: 572

Forth and Clyde this year?

Does anybody know what the score is with the F&C canal at the moment? I heard something about it being closed last year.
I know that the published depth figures need to be taken with a bucket of salt. What about mast cranes?
by Mavanier
Sun May 20, 2018 12:04 pm
Forum: Gear and Gadgets
Topic: Heating, not burning holes in your pocket
Replies: 6
Views: 2688

Re: Heating, not burning holes in your pocket

A wee update on my heater. I've done a semi-temporary installation and had it running a few times. So far, so good. I chose to put the exhaust outlet in the cockpit coaming, as that keeps the exhust run reasonably short and it should stay dry unless I am absolutely sailing on my ear. Also removes th...
by Mavanier
Thu May 10, 2018 7:14 am
Forum: Gear and Gadgets
Topic: Heating, not burning holes in your pocket
Replies: 6
Views: 2688

Re: Heating, not burning holes in your pocket

Chinese heater arrived this week. Did a rough and ready test run with it sat on top of my car's engine, clipped to the battery. So far so good! Hoping to start installing it on the boat today.
by Mavanier
Tue May 01, 2018 5:40 pm
Forum: Gear and Gadgets
Topic: Heating, not burning holes in your pocket
Replies: 6
Views: 2688

Re: Heating, not burning holes in your pocket

I've just ordered one of the Chinese ones- will cross my fingers and see how I get on with it!
by Mavanier
Sat Apr 14, 2018 4:37 pm
Forum: Shooting the breeze
Topic: Boatyard to check my keel bolts, chain plates etc?
Replies: 2
Views: 1979

Boatyard to check my keel bolts, chain plates etc?

So, our boat is 48 this year and feeling a bit tired. We have ambitions to sail away for a few years and a part of me is worried that the fundamental structure of the boat might need checked out. Perhaps I am just being paranoid? If not, what would be the best way to go about satisfying myself that ...

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