Sunday, September 30, 2012

Watch out in Feb for my photos of India and riding a 500cc Royal Enfield through a Tiger reserve, there is always something else to do......
Whilst I was sailing round the Uk there was another character doing it in a bit more challenging way, and via a lot more uncomfortable form of transport. have a look at I've mentioned this guy before somewhere and I finally met him at his slideshow of his trip.  It was interesting to hear him talk about things I could relate to:-

The general nature of the CG weather forecasts - better to use other sources such as XC weather;
The feeling when you get back - this was work for a few months and a routine, settling down again isn't easy.  I don't know what John's next adventure is but mine is Motorcycling round Rajasthan next Feb 2013.

Well done John, never mind what the RNLI or anyone else says keep going for it.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Westerly Storm OD For Sale £36k ono




galley view aft

saloon aft


saloon table
aft cabin view forward

Additional Specs, Equipment and Information:

Boat Name

LOA: 33 ft 2 in
Beam: 11 ft 7 in
LWL: 27 ft 0 in
Maximum Draft: 5 ft 6 in

Engine Brand: Volvo – rebuilt 2012
Engine(s) Total Power: 18 HP
Engine Model: 2002 series
Engine Type: Inboard
Drive Type: Direct Drive
Propeller: Folding propeller
Cruising Speed: 5 knots
Rope Cutter

Number of single berths: 2
Number of double berths: 2
Number of cabins: 2
Number of heads: 1

Raymarine  Depthsounder
Raymarine Wind Instrument – with new masthead transducer fitted 2012
Raymarine Log-speedometer
Raymarine Plotter A70 with integrated AIS
Autopilot X 2
Compass x2
Garmin GPS – reconditioned and updated 2012
CD player
Navtex Easy 2012

Battened mainsail – serviced 2012
Furling genoa serviced and new UV strip 2012
Storm jib serviced 2012
Spinnaker and gear


Inside Equipment
Manual bilge pump
Electric Bilge pump

Electrical Equipment
Electrical Circuit: 12V
240 volt mains with battery charger

Outside Equipment/Extras
Teak cockpit
Wind generator
Vetus Anchor winch -2010
Sailomatic wind vane steering

GRP hull and deck (original gel coat) Lloyds cert
Non slip paint on deck
Cast iron fin keel
Spade rudder stainless steel stock and tiller steering
Teak rubbing strake
Survey from 2010 available on request
Volvo Penta 2002 series 18HP 2 cylinder diesel engine – top end rebuild 2012 + new starter motor; rebuilt alternator, new exhaust elbow, new ignition key switch, quick release impeller, new fuses and solenoid
Shaft drive to Gori 2 bladed folding propeller + spare fixed 2 blade prop
Rope cutter fitted to shaft
Volvo 12V electrical system with 2 x Marine 12V batteries & isolator switches ( Switch new 2012)
240V shore power system with battery charger
Rutland 913 Wind generator
Marelec HRDX charge controller (wind gen)
2 x battery voltmeters
3 x 12V charger sockets (cigarette lighter type)
240V sockets
Silver anodized Kemp mast and boom
Masthead rigged – standing rigging replaced 2000 – inspected 2012 – emergency forestay added.
Stackpack and lazyjacks ( Serviced and re stitched 2012)
Rotostay furling system for genoa – new furling line and halyard diverter 2012
Strut type vang/ kicker
2 x self tailing Barlow genoa winches
2 x Barlow halyard winches
Running rigging has been replaced as and when required
2 x new genoa sheets,, 3 new halyards plus dyneema and wire emergency forestay.
Spinnaker pole and gear
2x  Mainsail with sliders ( one excellent, one worn but serviceable)
Furling genoa with new UV strip ,plus  Jib with new UV strip ( both furl)
Storm jib
No. 2 genoa requires new UV strip but serviceable
No. 3 genoa -serviceable
Double roller stem head fitting
Vetus electric anchor windlass recently fitted
Draining chain locker in forepeak with access from forward cabin
35lb CQR anchor with 60 meters of 8mm chain
Fortress anchor with 10m chain and 50m rope
Twin Plastimo bulkhead steering compasses
Standard Horizon DSC VHF radio with cockpit speaker ( second non DSC VHF fitted in cockpit locker on separate stern mounted aerial)
Raymarine A70 chart plotter – cockpit mounted (removable) with all uk charts
Raymarine depth sounder – cockpit
Raymarine speed/ log – cockpit
Raymarine wind speed and direction – cockpit
Garmin 152 GPS – chart table
Simrad TP32 Autopilot
Simrad TP10 Autopilot
AIS engine linked to plotter (new 2012)
H20 Lowerance hand held plotter with charts of UK and West Med.
Navtex Easy.( New 2012)
Hot and cold pressurized water system – new pump 2012
Eberspacher diesel cabin heating
All upholstery renewed 2012 Headliner in good condition
6’1” headroom
Aft cabin – good sized aft cabin to port aft with hanging locker
Heads – to starboard aft with shower, sink & sea toilet
Chart table - to starboard with seat and switch panel
L shaped galley to port with fridge, sink, 2 burner cooker with oven and grill
Main saloon – plenty of stowage lockers, 2 x settee berths, folding table with central stowage
Forward cabin – sail stowage & water tans below 2 x V berths with infill, sink, locker.
Note- wood work is in very good order, including floorboards.  Some marks bottom of companion way
Kenwood CD / stereo
Sprayhood and dodgers – very good condition – strengthened 2012
Outboard bracket in cockpit
2.6m dinghy with 5HP Mercury outboard
Warps and fenders
Teak cockpit table
Teak cockpit gratings
2x Gas bottle
Winch handles
Boat hook x 3 (2 special buoy pick up hooks for singlehanded use)
Adjustable storage Cradle ( can be dismantled for transporting)
Winter cockpit cover
4 man Plastimo liferaft (2003) serviced 2012 in test until 04/2015
Fire blanket
3 x fire extinguishers (serviced 2012)
Radar reflector
Throwing line
Lifering with cover and beacon
Henderson manual bilge pump
Offshore flare pack new 2011
Also 10 metres of mooring chain and four anchor/mooring angels
Fender Board
Four life jackets (gas) good condition with harness
Webbing Jackstays – fitted 2012
Crockery etc.
Davies Plastic Sextant
Plastimo hand bearing compass
Various engine spares.
Spare fuel cans
8 fenders
Danbuoy and horseshoe with light.
Emergency throwing line
Anchor ball and Motoring cone
The Storm has always been a popular Westerly model with 130 boats built between 1986 and 1989 and around 40 more built until production ceased in 1993. A fast boat that is suitable for cruising, club racing or shorthanded sailing, the Storm is a very versatile boat with good accommodation and plenty of stowage space.
“Buffer” is a well equipped example of this model  and is in very good condition for her year, This boat was purchased and updated by her current owner for a specific cruise for charity round the UK. Completed Aug 2012) This included significant work on the engine. The boat would  be suitable for a first time buyer or inexperienced sailor but is also set up for singlehanded or shorhanded sailing.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Total sponsorship is £520 . Thanks to everyone. If I haven't named these people already:-
Scarboro harbour staff;
Handel Phillips
James Castle;
Shotley Marina
Dover marina
Oliver Carpenter
East Bourne marina
Bill and Cath from Testarosa
Freddie and Linda
Jim and Erlys
Malcolm Morling - great mechanic lives on a boat in Haslar marina

\The boat goes to Dickies of Bangor on Monday to be lifted out and put on brokerage. I am now looking for something else to play with and do somethibg silly

Sunday, August 12, 2012

This is the best I can do to show the route and stops clockwise around the UK. I am not a techie so couldn't work out how to put in the detour down the Caledonia Canal and some of the corners are a bit trimmed down but , with all the tacking backwards and forwards in the headwinds it works out at just over 2600n/miles.
Many thanks to Ann and Nef Roberts for the cheque - I'll put it on the Just Giving site when I've totalled up all the rest.
Also thanks to Dave Dawson and the other "inmates" of the Cross Foxes at Nannerch for their donation.
Also Hafan Marina Pwhelli for their support and generosity.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Leaving Holyhead I had a great leasurely sail back to Conwy. helen had arranged to pick me up around 6pm which gave me time to tidy the boat and have a drink in the Mulberry. It was also nice to see John Day who took this final photo. It was John ( and Malc Armstrong) who saw us off on 20th April.
Its been approx 2600 miles  of which from Eastbourne to Conwy have been singlehanded. Add in the three Munros; some Coast Path walking ; and a bit of cycling. It was a great experience. many thanks to all that supported me - there's another £150 to go in the Sponsorship I'll mention all the names later ( They're on the boat and I am now at Home again.