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

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Slack the stack-pack

This letter appeared in the December 2016 Yachting Monthly and the tidying of the stack pack was done on my old Jeanneau 44.

Ballasted fenders

This letter appeared in the August 2016 Yachting Monthly:-

Atlantic Return

This article appeared in the August 2016 issue of Yachting World. Helen Fretter, the Deputy Editor interviewed crews in Horta for a feature on the ARC Europe rally which had not been featured before. The account of Hejira’s ‘chaperoning’ of… Continue Reading →

Sea water pump failure

This ‘tale of woe’ has several lessons which can be drawn from the salutary experience and I hope that by recounting the story, others will be better able to deal with any similar problems should they arise. In the late… Continue Reading →

Watermaker Intake

When I bought my ‘used’ 135, I commissioned Northshore to carry out some work which I felt would benefit from the epithet ‘Installed by the original builders’ should I come to sell the vessel in the future. Other elements of… Continue Reading →

Fans

The addition of 12V sockets in strategic locations to power electric fans has proved to be a real winner. When anchored in the tropics or when the only shore power is American 60Hz precluding the use of the AC, the… Continue Reading →

Rant

How can it be that a replacement gas cylinder cost 11 Euros in the Azores and £32.99 in Port Solent ?

Security Bars

Yachting Monthly July 2016 Security Bars

The End – really

Slipping the mooring buoy off Yarmouth, we motored sedately eastwards with the tide under our keel making good time in the early sunshine. We took the time to rig the courtesy flags of the countries visited over our yearlong cruise… Continue Reading →

The End – nearly

This post should have been published on Saturday morning having been meticulously compiled during the course of Friday spent tracking up the Channel. The excellent sailing wind dropped away and we flew the Parasailor while there was sufficient wind to… Continue Reading →

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