Friday, 26 May 2017


Ken and Grainne hard at work. Finally getting Teals cushions covered.
Just in time for the weekend. Off to the 2017 Baltimore Wooden Boat Festival tomorrow morning.
Have to get off the mooring early or we'll be hard a ground for all the races. Spring tides this weekend.

Monday, 15 May 2017

Camera was on a funny setting for this one. We had a small accident with the crane. We had to let the chains down into the cockpit to let out some links and as we were watching the rigging when they were being hauled back up a link caught the cleat and ripped it out of the coamings, Thankfully the cleat gave before the coachroof, Need to do a repair the next day.

Varnished stripped

We had a nice easterly going down the river so sailed most of the way with just the main up. We had no outer forestay  rigged yet so had to do without a jib

Monday, 8 May 2017

Launch day tomorrow

So its final bits of varnish and painting that needs to be done before launching but there are coats to be done when we are out on a nice dust free mooring.
Ken had to be back at school time today so I took the opportunity to treat the Apple Pie dinghy to some much needed TLC. It finally got some rubbing strips on the bow and stern albeit softwood, but after  three seasons it seemed to be that or nothing. It had also been covered in rust from angle grinding when left in the yard last year so it got a nice new coat of paint. Blue because its what I had. 
Engine cover got new paint and varnish as did the washboards, tiller handle and my oars.
Teal is looking pretty well now again so tomorrow it is mainly a case of getting the rest of the spars on and mainsail bent on.

Drifting of topic a little but I thought I'd show you round my shed and some of the various other bits I spend my time messing about with. It probably explains why I'm quite comfortable in Hegarty's yard.
The shed which is an old sheep shed has seen a lot of various uses and projects of every sort come and go. The biggest thing about all this stuff is that it was important enough to me to survive the   "the great Teal funding sell off of 2011-2014"
Or just worthless 

Yep! full of crap, but it is improving

The last year has seen this end becoming a workshop, The new floor is level, everything else is not.

The Salt bay skiff sitting on top of a strange little 8ft speed boat which given years and years ago. I may do it up for my kids at some point. Other things include piskie's sky light which we didn't use in the end and a big section of Teals original keel.

My beloved Jetta amidst an engine transplant

My 323 which has been waiting for a respray since 2010. I'll get there

And hiding over there is "Suzette". Shes not mine, just looking after her.