Lost a Keel & The Recovery of Martha

We had been at Brancaster Staithes for a week before the wind changed to a better direction for us to set off along the coast again, we had planned on leaving with the tide at 2am but postponed our departure until the following day as we had run out of cereal and only had enough porridge…. Read More…

Oops, We’ve Gone And Bent It

Yesterday was both pleasant and quite frustrating, it started off during our walk ashore by finding the anchor had partly rotated out of the sand and on digging it out to check it, discovering the shank has been bent, most likely during our snatching and keel wrapping a few…. Read More…

Waiting For The Weather

We're still at Brancaster Staithes and it looks like it will be a few days yet before we set off again, there's been a steady 20+ knots of wind from the North since Friday and the forecast says it'll be here for another few days yet…. Read More…

Brancaster Staithes

We arrived in Brancaster Staithes on Wednesday after a short sail in through the buoyed channel, we have anchored ourselves in a nice spot at the far end of the moorings and dry out for around 3 hours either side of low water. The village is only a 25 minute walk over…. Read More…

Away Again At Last

We finally left Grimsby after our long stay, sneaking out the gates at 5am and hoisting the sails in a steady 7kts. A short detour to say goodbye to Bull Sand Fort, a frequent sight of ours while sailing out of Grimsby, then out past the end of Donna Nook range to where we could…. Read More…

Catching Up

It's been a while again since I last posted and we've been quite busy. While we were out of the water Suzanne has sanded and stained the washboards, their frame, the cockpit locker wood, the grab handles on deck and varnished the tiller. While she was…. Read More…

And The Rudder Is Back On

We had quite a productive day today, Suzanne has been staining the rubbing strake while I set to and reduced the new rudder bushed to the correct size (frequently using Suzanne leaning on a drill as a lathe). It's taken all day and at least a dozen fittings and removals…. Read More…

Re-Wiring (A Posh New Switch Panel)

I've spent today re-wiring Martha. The old upside down shore power socket has gone, replaced with a double socket the right way up. The two switch panels in the port quarter berth are now empty holes waiting to be patched up and our new switch panel…. Read More…

Lift Out & Rudder Removal

We lifted Martha today so I can sort out the stiff rudder along with a few other jobs which may or may not get done. We have about the best spot on hard standing as far as I'm concerned, I can sit in the cockpit with coffee and biscuits watching the commercial boats…. Read More…

Grimsby Dries Out

I didn’t expect to be taking to the ground at the HCA in Grimsby but something went wrong last night and the lock gates were left open for about two and a half hours longer than they should have been. Several cracked pontoons & a fair number of displaced…. Read More…

Running On Two

After much stripping and rebuilding of various parts of the engine over a few days we are now running on two cylinders again, the culprit turned out to be a pin in the injector pump that had not been knocked into its groove and was allowing part of the piston…. Read More…

Spurn to Grimsby

We spent an interesting night anchored at Spurn Point, the motion ranged from almost still to rolling so much we had to hold on if we moved anywhere, the current and wind were causing this by fighting each other for control of Martha, we were moved from head…. Read More…

Filey to Spurn Point

We left Filey at 5am this morning in order to make it around Flamborough Head and later Spurn Point with the current going with us, unfortunately we completely lost the wind for about three hours and were forced to motor for a while in order to reach Spurn before the turn…. Read More…

An Early Start From Filey

We had a change of plan after hearing the shipping forecast and looking at the GRIB sheets earlier today, they both said 5-6bft climbing to 7bft later for a while so rather than trying to get around Flamborough Head with a strong wind against tide we're staying…. Read More…

Runswick to Filey

Had a great run from Runswick today in a steady 16kts gusting to 23kts making a steady 6 to 7kts through the water under single reefed main and headsail. We set off from Runswick under sail at 11am and were soon out of the bay and making over 6kts on a broad…. Read More…

Start/Finish Markers

The small catamarans were out racing today and were using us as one side of their start/finish mark, it looks like great fun but I don't think we'd be very competitive in Martha…. Read More…

Seaham to Runswick Bay

We've been waiting in Seaham for a better wind direction to get to Runswick Bay and finally got the slight change we've been waiting for, it's been blowing straight from where we want to go until today but has swung around enough for us to almost make our…. Read More…

Back to Seaham

We left Amble this morning just after high tide at 9am and headed for the outside route around Coquet Island with nice steady 10kts from the south, managing to pick our way between a couple of small showers on the way out…. Read More…

Lindisfarne to Amble

We've had a few nights at Holy Island (Lindisfarne) now and have decided we'd better head somewhere to work for a bit, I'd thought I had until November to travel and get the next set of updates ready but it turns out I'll need to submit them by the beginning…. Read More…

A Quick Update On Our Leaks

We had a look at our leaks this weekend while my parents were up and were waiting for the tide to come back in, we finally managed to knock the stuck seacock through with a long socket extension and a persuading stick. The cone from the seacock is now polished, greased…. Read More…

Around The Farne Islands

My parents came up to visit us this weekend and I think they've had quite an interesting time, the tide was out when they arrived so rather than rowing back to Martha it was easier for me to wade in the foot of water we had left and drag the dingy with everyone in it back…. Read More…

Embleton Bay to Lindisfarne

We were quite privileged today, we've seen dozens of puffins and other birds, saw three seals on a rock and were later visited by two more while at anchor. As we were sailing away from Embleton Bay this morning we even had a short visit from three porpoise/dolphins…. Read More…

Newbiggin Bay to Embleton Bay

Up anchored and left Newbiggin Bay this morning under sail with a steady offshore breeze which soon turned to be dead astern of us. The new wind direction held steady and we Gull Winged for most of the day right to about 500 yards off Embleton bay…. Read More…

Newbiggin Bay

Had a good sail today, wing and wing for about 7 hours, the rest was mostly playing about tacking into the wind to get back to Newbiggin Bay after having to heave to and head back out while fixing the engine. That was a pleasing experience knowing that I can happily…. Read More…

The Seaham Stopover

We've been at Seaham for a few days now and are finally moving North again today, it's been quite a pleasant place to stop and day sail with Suzanne while showing her the ropes…. Read More…

Seaham

We finally left Hartlepool this morning & motor sailed up the coast a short way to Seaham, I would have preferred to just sail but it was a case of 2kts under sail alone or 5kts with the engine assisting, Suze didn't want to miss the tidal gate…. Read More…

Hartlepool

Just wanted to do a quick update before we leave Hartlepool. The car will be going up for sale soon so we've been doing a lot of driving around and buying little bits for the boat…. Read More…

Hand Starting a Volvo Penta MD11C

The starting handle has been lengthened and I have stripped and rebuilt part of the head to make the decompression levers work, I have also fitted a new alternator to replace the old one which had given up the ghost and put in a new exciter…. Read More…

Charging Problems

We discovered a small problem on Saturday which has stopped us going out again temporarily, it turns out that the alternator isn't charging the battery but seems to be draining it after a very short time…. Read More…

Out Sailing At Last

My parents have come up this weekend to visit and joined us for our first trip out sailing, it's been a while coming but we wanted to get the Martha feeling comfortable before we went anywhere.
It was good to share the first…. Read More…

Rigging The Sails & Fixing The Foil

A few more fixes…. Read More…

Breezy

Last night was good, there was a warning out for force 6 building to 8, possibly 9 with heavy rain. We recorded a steady 18kts gusting to 26kts this morning after things had died down a bit, should really have had a look last night when we were being heeled well over tied to the…. Read More…

Fixing, Fixing, Fixing

We have quite a list of things to sort out now, been slowly going though Martha arranging everything since Monday and noting anything we came across that needs looking at. Today mainly consisted of…. Read More…

That’s It, We Officially Own A Westerly Centaur, Martha

We came back to Hartlepool this morning to help antifoul Martha before butting her back in the water on Monday. We're now officially boat owners…. Read More…

Martha

After several emails and calls we've decided that the owners of Truance, the Westerly Centaur at Titchmarsh didn't actually want to sell. They never provided any documentation or said what was included with the boat and wanted an unreasonable amount of…. Read More…

Tollesbury & Titchmarsh

Had another trip to Tollesbury today, took my mum along this time as well so she could have a play about looking on the boats with us, theres nothing quite like an excited big kid in a boatyard…. Read More…

North Wales and Anglesey

We woke up this morning and decided a trip to Wales was in order, we'd been looking at several boats around Anglesey and North Wales last night which seemed like they could be a good buy and since Suzanne had the day off work, away we went…. Read More…

Levington & More Boats

We arrived in Levington late this morning after having a quick look at Fox's marina on the way, nothing at the Fox's broker in our budget though. At Levington however there were several boats of interest, a Prospect 900 (wrong layout & felt small…. Read More…

Ramsgate, Tollesbury & Ipswich

We left the Travelodge a little later this morning to get to Ramsgate just after the morning rush, it's a very sheltered marina but didn't give us a good feeling with all the graffiti and rubbish we passed while walking between the brokers. Once again we didn't find anything of interest…. Read More…

A Driving Day

We covered a few miles today but didn't see a single boat, called at several brokers but everything we were interested in had either been moved from the yard back onto swinging moorings or just didn't seem to exist anywhere but on their website. Hopefully…. Read More…

Hunting the Coast, Searching for a Boat

We had a change of plan just before the airport run and decided to carry on to Plymouth to look at a several boats around the area, then follow the coast around to Ramsgate before heading up the coast to Tollesbury and finally on to Ipswich. A few extra miles…. Read More…

Leaving Waddington

We're finally leaving our rented house in Waddington, the sorting and selling of our possessions is finally at an end and it's about time too, I'm absolutely sick of eBay and the stupid questions you get from people…. Read More…