• Adrian Pery replied to the topic Dartmouth Area in the forum Cruising 5 years, 4 months ago

    I never followed this up but I had an excellent cruise in the Dartmouth area last year. We launched from Blackness marine just up river from Dittisham, which was an excellent launch place with space to prepare the boat and park, although someway up the estuary and thus tide dependent. The first day we sailed down to Dartmouth, grateful for the…[Read more]

  • Adrian Pery replied to the topic Dartmouth Area in the forum Cruising 6 years, 3 months ago

    Dave, as ever very helpful, thank you. I shall try and track Johnathan’s report down.


  • Adrian Pery replied to the topic Dartmouth Area in the forum Cruising 6 years, 3 months ago

    Thank you Dave,

    How far upriver can you get? Is Totnes possible and are there any good anchorages for overnight elsewhere in the estuary if you choose to stay away from the madding crowd?


  • Thank you Colin.

  • Adrian Pery replied to the topic Transom Flaps in the forum Technical 8 years, 9 months ago

    I have just used electrical tape in the past. I think I now use a clear repair tape (as I have it). Thus if I need to open the flaps I can just push them open from the inside. Just one strip of tape around the edge is enough to avoid water coming in when the transom is under water. This keeps my boat dry, even when camping afloat. I would…[Read more]

  • Adrian Pery replied to the topic Transom Flaps in the forum Technical 8 years, 9 months ago

    The transom flaps on my World are just flimsy plastic, as yours look like. If you have self-bailers than the transom flaps are almost redundant and most cruisers tape them shut to the transom (I do) and only push them open in extreme circumstances; this prevents unwanted water ingress and you can easily punch them open if required. The…[Read more]

  • Adrian Pery replied to the topic 2011 Calendar in the forum General 8 years, 10 months ago

    I think the Calendar is a wonderful display of colour and vitality and I know the committee took a tough but conscious decision to major on the Weymouth event for this season and it has been very successful. Although it is a shame that there was not room for any cruising photos (even though they were submitted) they cannot do it all. We cruisers…[Read more]

  • Jonathon

    On my recent cruise on the West Coast I carried two anchors. The first is a 2.5kg Sentinel with about 3-5m of chain and a hawser laid warp of about 30m. The second is a bruce type, again of 2.5kg, this time with a braided rope warp of about 30m that has a lead core for the first 10m.

    Both anchors had their use this year. The Sentinel…[Read more]

  • I have Super- Shutes fitted to my World and have no problems with them. If fitted well they are water proof and maintenance free. But do ensure they are clean to avoid any leaks.

    Given all the other problems you mention in fitting something you feel is more robust I would go for the ones that fit. Just ensure they are closed when you launch…[Read more]

  • Mato,

    I have no better photos of the Secumar but I haul it up on the line which runs up the outside of the mast to a cheek block at the top and back down, it works as a topping lift, and also for raising the Secumar and/or a mast head Nav light (a picture of which is shown in this topic viewtopic.php?f=5&t=747 ). The line is tied off to a cleat…[Read more]

  • There is more on this topic at viewtopic.php?f=4&t=639

    However I have a 20l secumar that I can hoist to the top of the mast. I know my in sail ‘cushion’ is less than 20l, indeed it is possibly nearer 10l, but it does the trick as described above.

    It is not just the weight of the mast that makes inversion likely, it is where the forces occur.…[Read more]

  • Dave – Thank you. These were all checked in Ullswater – indeed it was whilst doing a full check with the aid of John Mellor that we realised I needed a shorter halyard. I have measured the old one and will probably buy a new one – then at least I have a spare…..

    Interestingly, differing from Mato’s dimensions my current halyard is 6370mm…[Read more]

  • Adrian Pery replied to the topic Topping Lift in the forum Cruising 9 years, 2 months ago

    I have fitted a ‘topping lift’ or masthead line and use it for the following reasons:

    1. Hoist a secumar automatic inflation cushion, which I use as additonal masthead bouyancy (see inversion topic).
    2. Hoist a mast head light if required for anchoring or night sailing.
    3. Support the back of the boom when using a boat tent, admittedly as belt…[Read more]

  • I have both in sail bouyancy (inflated pillow) and, for extended cruises, a secumar as back up on my World. I consider it essential for safety on a cruise.

    There has been much debate about how well in sail bouyancy works but I have tested mine fairly thoroughly (not always voluntarily) and often in front of witnesses. I have no experience with…[Read more]

  • Perhaps I should add that I use the line for a variety of uses (mast head light or extra mast head bouyancy) as well as for a topping lift – taking it back to the back of the boom as required. The remainder of the time it is tied off down the mast.

  • Mark,

    A topping lift can be very useful when cruising to hold the boom up out of the way. It is not needed for reefing, as on larger boats. If you are wishing to suspend the boom for a long period of time (and use a boom tent) then you may want to consider a boom crutch as well as this places less strain on the mast, but i have certainly found…[Read more]

  • Adrian Pery replied to the topic Road Towing?? in the forum Technical 9 years, 5 months ago

    There is a good article starting on page 30 of the July edition of Practical Boat Owner that sets out things quite clearly.

  • Adrian Pery replied to the topic Road Towing?? in the forum Technical 9 years, 6 months ago

    As I understand it, as well as a horizontal towing limit (half the car’s kerb weight or as defined above) most vehicles also have a maximum vertical load for the tow bar. I believe this is to avoid overloading the car behind the rear axle (rather than the physical limits of the tow ball). In my experience this is typically about 70-80 Kgs but…[Read more]

  • Adrian Pery replied to the topic Righting Lines in the forum Technical 9 years, 8 months ago


    There is a lot of talk on this thread (viewtopic.php?f=5&t=417) and this one (viewtopic.php?f=3&t=739)

    I added righting lines in 2008 after advice from John Mellor. Mine is one rope that goes around the mast and out through the chain plates on either side. The free end runs back to the spinaker block where it is kept in an elastic…[Read more]

  • Going back through my summer photos I came across this one I took when I did the test above. Although she was unladen it is interesting to note how high the keel sits above the water. It does make the turning moment of buoyancy and mast obvious. It also explains why getting onto the centreboard, in order to right her, was so tricky and tiring.

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