Thursday, 31 March 2011

Mystery the Meteor Yacht

Well, i've gone and done it! I have agreed to buy Mystery; A 21ft classic Meteor yacht dating from 1956. It is in unappealing condition, currently stood on a trailer in a field and has been described by the wife as 'firewood'.
The current owner suggests paint and a bit of TLC is all that is required. We shall have to see whose assessment is more accurate.
I have a couple of friends who have agreed to help with the sanding and painting so may get to sail her this year.
Now i'm off to find a friendly boatyard where I can get the boat fettled into sailing order.

Oh, and i've just found a boatbuilding ruler for converting imperial to metric, in order to fit imperial designs onto metric-sized sheets of plywood. It is a simple idea - the kind I like best!

Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Following my Wooden Dreams

Moonfleet isn't enough. She's a lovely little cruiser but not the 'wooden boat' I first wanted to build 40 years ago.
My lack of woodworking skills, energy and time mean I will never build my own wooden yacht but I hope to buy and sail a classic wooden cruiser some-time soon.

Tuesday, 22 March 2011

Cruising, drifting and contentment

I've taken Moonfleet out for our 1st cruise of 2011. We had a lovely time pottering up to the Waveney River Centre with a couple of friends on board.
We did have 1 small problem though: Our lovely little outboard decided to either run or go into gear so we ended up drifting into the mooring. It's a good job the mooring was not very busy so we had plenty of time to drift.
Anyone know a good way to debug intermittent miss-fires on an outboard?