Hejira

"For Boats, even the uglier ones, are among the loveliest creations of man’s hands, and though owning them brings a train of debts, hangnails, bruises, bad frights, and all kinds of worries not experienced by those who content themselves with more practical vices, the relation between man and his boat is as personal and intimate as the relation between husband and wife" - DESMOND HOLDRIDGE

Month

February 2016

Modifications and Improvements

Improvement schedule since purchase 22nd August 2012   Northshore upgrades Winter 2012/13   Replaced Stainless Steel Water tanks (x2) and Stainless Steel Diesel tanks (x2) with polyethylene TEK tanks. Installed a central third rudder. Fitted a new transom portlight to… Continue Reading →

Cockpit lights

Easy cockpit lights with no wiring involved can be achieved by securing cheap LED lights on the spray hood/bimini/tent using rare earth button magnets.

Hejira data

Hejira Southerly 135 RS Series III Yacht Club:                             Royal Victoria Yacht Club. Fishbourne. IOW.UK   LOA                                         45’6”                13.86m LWL                                         36’6”                11.13m BEAM                                     13’6”                  4.12m DRAFT                                    9’9”/2’9”             2.96m/0.84m DISPLACEMENT                   27,708lbs         12,563Kg.   Engine:                                    Yanmar 4JH3E 56HP     Serial No:… Continue Reading →

Jolly good spot

We have spent a couple of days here in Jolly Harbour and they have been very enjoyable, it being a surprisingly good destination for all sorts of reasons. The Marina is sheltered and well serviced. The cross section of shops,… Continue Reading →

Antigua landfall

We have ‘signed off’ our cruise with another great sail. F5 on the beam making 7-8 knots all day – big seas – great stuff! John has become the perfect crew member, Happy to steer all day, knows where everything… Continue Reading →

Lee ho

The passage north has taken us from the Windward Islands to the Leeward Islands and, unfortunately the only discernible difference is that, on this occasion, we have had rain and I mean heavy, relentless rain with absolutely no wind. We… Continue Reading →

Whale washing

Being moored to a mooring buoy (especially when you have given it a big tug to be sure),  gives one a more relaxed night’s sleep. No worries about dragging the anchor or other yachts dragging, you can sleep worry free!… Continue Reading →

Caribbean contrasts

From Martinique, we headed for Dominica which is an independent country but the ex-British influence does at least mean that they drive on the left! We decided to put a ‘day in hand’ and head straight for Portsmouth at the… Continue Reading →

Carnival cacophony

It is feature of the Caribbean islands that they are mostly volcanic, rising out of the sea and, as a result, the depths offshore tend to plummet. In some places this makes anchoring something of a challenge as, in an… Continue Reading →

C’est Martinique

My 3 days alone in Rodney Bay Marina on St.Lucia were spent productively doing jobs, having the laundry done, organising the cleaning of Hejira and sorting out the best places to watch the rugby on TV. All this achieved, it… Continue Reading →

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