Friday, 24 January 2020

Good old Emsworth boats

We seem to go to Emsworth more often in the winter which is a good place for lunch and a walk around which usually offers an interesting boat or two.

Less and less wooden boats like this nice cruiser still around, the cost of upkeep and especially moorings contributing to their disappearance

Pretty sure this is a SCOD - South Coast One Design designed by Charles Nicholson and billed as the affordable classic. What a great place to keep a wooden boat, just a few steps away no excuse for not doing all those small maintenance jobs and touching up the varnish.

This looks like Ocean Pearl restred by local boat builder Nick Gates, lovely.

Monday, 20 January 2020

Early morning row

Following what feels like weeks of rain and high winds, Saturday morning opened cold and still so I headed off for an early morning row.

Circle mists were rising off the river, the surface was like glass.

There was still some overnight ice around as the sun just stared to rise over the trees and light the western shore.

I had the river pretty much to myself apart from a lone yacht, the  RAFYC launch and a couple of kayaks - doesn't get much better.

Friday, 17 January 2020

Gayle Force

One of the best motor boat names

Monday, 13 January 2020

Going, going ....

Alas our local wreck has suffered significant deterioration over the past few winters.

At high water there isn't much left other than the starboard rail leading up to the bow.

It's sad but interesting watching the gradual, slow decay - here's the view in 2016

Friday, 10 January 2020

Not so mystery boat

Lurking beneath than green monotex tarp is a fine boat waiting to emerge in the spring

The clue is on the stem post.

Dolphin Quay development

It's taken a few years but work has begun on the development of Dolphin Quay in Emsworth.

 Formerly a quaint, traditional old yard which attracted more than a few interesting old boats, with drying moorings right at the top of the creek. Now being developed with townhouses and waterside des-res.

I wonder how long the boats will be able to stay on?

Monday, 6 January 2020

Dinghy Neglect

Given the amount of recent rain if your dinghy is left afloat it might be a good idea to go down and bail it out.