Eileen of Avoca in Sailing Today
There is a six page feature in the current issue of Sailing Today of my trip across the Atlantic with Eileen of Avoca. According to their editor:
“You don’t have to be nuts to sail the Atlantic in a Yarmouth 23 glass fibre gaffer – but it helps.”
How about substituting the “be” with “have”…. 🙂
or better still…. “nuts” with “audacious”, “daring”, or “tenacious”
My regular blog followers will have read it all before, but for those that simply can’t get enough, the article can be downloaded here (from the Fisher Boat Company website) or by clicking the following link for a direct download… Eileen of Avoca, Sailing Today article. Better still, pick up a copy at your local news stand!
I’m off to exercise my latent Tourette’s syndrome with spontaneous exclamations of imaginative obscenities…. I hear it helps hone your sailing skills…
Yarmouth Marine Services on the Isle of Wight
Yarmouth Marine Services is currently working on making Eileen of Avoca ready for her Atlantic crossing. The to-do list is ambitious, but I’ve the know-how of the people who originally built Eileen on hand, so I am confident the work will be of the highest standard. I guess I’m betting my life on it… hmmm… looking it it that way, I vow to haunt anyone responsible for cutting corners or shoddy workmanship if it leads to my untimely demise… 😉
How’s that for an incentive?
The job list goes something like this:
- Fit new 13.5HP Beta engine and ancillary equipment.
- New rigging
- Deck and mast fittings acid dipped and re-galvanised
- Stanchions removed and re-mounted to prevent leaks
- Mast and teak areas varnished / painted to handle tropical heat
- Inner linings waterproofed
- Companionway washboards strengthened
- Hatch locking mechanism reworked
- Companionway step reinforced
- Pushpit lockers waterproofed
- Fiberglass stress points reinforced
- Seacocks and cockpit drainage pipes replaced where necessary
- Second (internal) bilge pump fitted
- Second VHF aerial added
- VHF radio tested and repaired
- Solar panel mounted
- AIS receiver fitted
- Life raft serviced
- Tillerpilot to vane gear fitting in addition to the existing mount.
- Anodes replaced
- 3 coats of antifoul
- Dodgers made
- Foresails serviced
- Non slip decking material re-painted
- Jackstays replaced
- and more…
If I have any money left over I’ll buy a new EPRIB and some extra anchor rode / chain… ha! big if…
This list will be updated as it changes, and as soon as I get back to the boat I’ll take photos to show everyone how the work is progressing.
A tiny avian visitor
By dawn, I’d managed to pass the southern tip of Sardinia and after setting a course of 228º taking us between Isola del Toro and Isola Sant Antioco, I handed over the GPS to my trusty crew and went below for some sleep.
I usually sleep exceptionally well in my Yarmouth23. Whether it be in the forward v-berth or with my feet in the trotter box of the settee, but not this time!
A disagreeable pounding on the hull accompanied with the pounding of my head against the bulkhead, tore me from my slumber.
What was going on? Why was Gianluca setting such a punishing pace against the unfavourable winds and increasing swell?
Overruling his landlubber logic of “we’ll get through it faster this way”, I set the throttle to a more comfortable speed before returning below to grumble and make sandwiches.
Despite what my friends and family say, I find that my irritable nature is often tempered by a full stomach… 😉