Monday, 25 June 2018

Keyhaven Lake

Actually there's Keyhaven Lake, Mount Lake and Hawkers's Lake which stretch from the village and out to Hurst Castle, shallow salt marsh and channels protected by the shingle spit.


The deep channels are good for moorings and a protected place for a quite sail.


Kayaks are great for exploring the tiny channels, inaccessible by boat of foot, but only at high water.


There are a few interesting boats out in the moorings.


And some alongside the harbour wall, like this lovely and really well kept clinker dinghy.


This old fishing boat is the perfect characterisation but seems to have been neglected in recent years.


Looking back across the dinghy park to the two Sailing clubs, Keyhaven Yacht Club and Hurst Castle Sailing Club, both enjoy prime location and would be a great place to spend the weekend.


Friday, 22 June 2018

Well Lane

An alleyway and steps lead down to Well Lane in Hamble, the wall apparently was built from stones recovered from a defence castle built by Henry VIII on Hamble common about a mile away.


You've been warned, don't leave empty castles lying around, the locals will steal them.

Monday, 18 June 2018

Emsworth Classic

Perhaps not exactly what you expecting, but nice to see this parked up in the old Georgian town centre of Emsworth.


I'm assuming it's a 50's something (Chevy, Buick, Mercury ??) and it sure is a cool ride.


Named after El Nino the Pacific weather phenomenon which when it occurs preoccupies sailors across the Pacific, Caribbean and even further out in the Atlantic.


Friday, 15 June 2018

Morning mist

At the western end of the Solent, Hurst Castle and in the distance the top of Tennyson Down on the Isle of Wight peering over the sea fog.


Erica and I planned to sail over to Yarmouth a few years ago, launching Tosh our Cornish Cormorant at Lymington in bright sunshine we headed out of the river to see a a similar bank of fog stretching all across the Solent, fortunately it cleared quickly and we made a quick and safe passage.


Monday, 11 June 2018

Fine day down at Hurst

A fleet of  Terra's out for training, I made that joke about Joseph and his friends at our sailing club and got the blank "durr, Dad joke" response.


Local SCOW, tough little boats I need to get ours out more often.


The good weather has brought people out and it's getting busy down on the Keyhaven Quay.


Friday, 8 June 2018

On the rocks

Familiarity and over confidence. I was slightly distracted by Joseph who was fishing from the stern, I also knew the old stone pier near Holly Hill extends a long way out, but it was high water, I wasn't really paying attention and so we crashed into a barely submerged rock going at a fair old lick which tore a hole about 10 inches long on the port side - ouch.


I planked Gato with 4mm ply which frankly wasn't the best quality, it was light, but 6mm would probably have been better.


Close up reveals the damage, we were lucky that the breech was contained and only flooded the first compartment, see below the buoyancy chamber is divided by a bulkhead about half way, which also seems to have provided more impact strength.



The hole after initial surgery, once I've tidied up the incision  a backing piece from 6mm ply will be epoxied to the inside and a piece of 4mm will go in the hole plus some more epoxy filler to smooth off before the paint.


 All in all could have been a lot worse.

Monday, 4 June 2018

Local Protest

We cycled down King's Saltern Lane in Lymington recently and commented about all the potholes.


It seems like we're not the only ones.