Friday 1 March 2024

After the rain

 Driving through the New Forest the rain was lashing down and the wind howling, I had to slow down to drive safely. A few miles further as I approached Keyhaven things couldn't have been more different.

Flat calm, not a breath of wind nor hint of rain, typical of a passing squall.

 
The harbour surface like glass.

Sadly it didn't last long, within another 30 minutes or so the rain resumed although thank fully with less intensity.





Monday 26 February 2024

South Downs chalk stream Idyll

Couple of photos from last summer along one of Hampshire's chalk streams, the water is crystal clear, filtered by the chalk hills.

Nearby there are watercress beds, cress being one of the traditional local summer crops.


 I could probably put up with water in the basement to live there, but not sure about the thatch, nice to look at someone else's house with that. Like teak decks, an expensive repair waiting to happen.

Friday 23 February 2024

Harrison Butler

Local Harrison Butler design, I'm never quite sure but I presume the Z denotes the Zyclon design which was a 4 ton 22 foot sloop which the famous Doctor created for production manufacture from an earlier design for Captain O M Watts in the late 1930's.

These small HB boats just look so perfect and with the metacenric shelf hull projection apparently sail really well. Nice.
 

Monday 19 February 2024

Sinking feeling

Further to the local yacht sinking, the boat in question was exposed enough to be bailed out during the LW springs (I believe by the Pink Ferry guys),

and then subsequently re-floated and put back on her mooring.

Apparently sunk due to rainwater after being abandoned or at least severely neglected on her mooring, she looks like a Hurley 22, one of which I seem to recall made an Atlantic crossing some years back.

Above looks like another potential sinking candidate, already sitting very oddly bows down like that probably only a matter of time and a few days of heavy rain before she goes submarine.

The problems of abandoned boats locally appears to be getting worse. With ever rising costs of moorings, running costs and maintenance, while the capital values are virtually nil, owners are walking away leaving the mooring operators and port authorities to pick up the removal and disposal.
 


Friday 16 February 2024

High High Wtaer

With some big spring tides together with combined atmospheric pressure and southerly winds  have forced recent high water up by as much as three quarters of a meter above predicted levels (that's almost two and a half feet in old money).

 There was no one sitting on the town quay benches over in Lymington on Saturday morning. The flood gates were closed and when we went past they were holding back the water.

 
 
We heard that further west in Keyhaven, the water had reached the war memorial in the village (photo courtesy HCSC members).
 

 
 Down by the Royal Lymington YC the tide was up to the bottom of the wall and just staring to spill over.

No doubt there will be speculation that global warming is involved, but the levels were well below the 2007 big HW, plus there are many other examples such as this and this.
 

Monday 12 February 2024

Mary Eared

I haven't been upriver for a few months and noticed this MFV on the moorings above Bursledon railway .bridge

Presumably this is an Motor Fishing Vessel, one of the heavy wooden small fishing craft of which there are so few remaining after the EU driven forced scrapping of the 1990's when so many were literally cut up.

You can imagine that sweeping sheer and huge bows slamming into waves in the cold North Sea. The wheelhouse appears to be perhaps a later addition made in steel, but looks exactly right and a safe and secure place for the crew.


 As a leisure vessel the all round stainless handrail is a nice touch. She looks in need of some TLC, hopefully the owners are up for that.

Friday 9 February 2024

Folk Boat Friday

Nordic Folk Boat heading home up the river, the colour combination navy blue hull, white cabin and wooden spars is just the best.