Teal has emerged from her tent. Isn’t she gorgeous. Excellent work Adrian!!
An Suire at the quay in Cape Clear.
Got this idea from the most recent issue of classic boat magazine. I am terrible at looking after brushes. That is about to change! After varnishing I give the brush a rinse in a separate container of white spirit before leaving it in the paraffin above. The brush is taped into a hole in the lid which keeps it from touching the bottom. The lid clips on so the paraffin can’t evaporate. Before using the brush again it gets another rinse in white spirit. The lid also catches any varnish that tries to run down the handle. No more sticky fingers!!
Day 2 of my trip was a strange one wind - wise. As in there was none! And when there was it was blowing from the south-east, the direction I was heading. However, I managed to make a surprising amount of progress. It was almost as if the rocking of the boat in the swell drove the boat along. I must have gotten lucky with the tide aswell, though technically I should have been going against it as far as Castlepoint.
After years of neglect my little “Auk” tender is getting a little work done!
So Dick from www.lodestarbooks.com sent me a parcel full of copies of Sea Boats, Oars and Sails, just before Christmas. It is a re-print of a Conor O’Brien book, that has been illustrated with pictures featured on the blog. This is the only one left - my mother gave them all away as Christmas presents!
I really enjoyed it. It is very technical, and heavy on nautical terminology, so I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone that hasn’t got a good grasp of that terminology. Throw in all the archaic words he uses(it was written in the 40’s) and it would seem even more unintelligible.
That said, there is plenty of advice in there for the dinghy cruiser and small boat sailor, and while you may not have a use for all the information he provides, it will certainly get you thinking. He touches on topics such as rigs, mooring, all the way through to how to land on a beach in a storm(his advice - don’t do it!)
In some chapters he gives advice on how to prevent gear failure. Reading these, you come to realise, that these work arounds are now almost obsolete thanks to modern technology. This I found to be one of the most interesting aspects of the book. The shear amount of maintenance and care that was needed to be given to natural fibre ropes and sails, coupled with their limitations of strength and stretchiness, will really make you appreciate how easy we have it these days with our synthetic fibre, rot proof ropes and sail cloth.
Dick has done a wonderful job in laying out the re-print. My photos look really good in print, and I’m very grateful that he asked me could he use them. He even included the cat!
So if anyone wants to buy themselves a copy, here is the link: http://www.lodestarbooks.com/?wpsc-product=sea-boats-oars-and-sails
A couple of pics that didn’t make the cut from my trip up Millcove creek last summer.
The worst storm of the year, in a long line of bad storms, hit us on Wednesday. The power went out in work so I was sent home. I decided to go via Toe Head and snapped these. It ended up taking an hour to get home, a journey which normally takes ten minutes. I had to turn back six times due to fallen trees! It was much more dramatic than these pictures convey, gusting up to force 12, but I decided not to stay too long! These were taken with my older camera whose shutter sticks over 1/2000 shutter speed, that is why they look like they have a filter on them!
Over the last while I have been fine tuning my brailing line set-up. I put some bigger blocks up at the yard and swapped the lower blocks for rope thimbles. Previously i had the brailing line in a single loop but this used to twist badly. I cut the line into two equal lengths and made little oak stoppers from the dowel I made the thole pins from. Aside from stopping the ends of the lines from passing through the thimbles they act as a counterweight that keeps the lines taught and tidy.
One from two summers ago taken by my sister!
Drifting past Siege Cove on a glorious summers day. On the promontory to the left of the cove, are the foundations of an Iron age fort. No doubt that is what the cove got it’s name from.