Marina frozen over!

We are experiencing some exceptionally cold weather here in the UK this week.   We’ve been spending a few days on board  while having some minor alterations made to our canopy, as well as a few other maintenance items.    This morning we woke up to the rare sight of the marina being frozen over and the ice being topped with a light covering of snow.


Here’s some shots from this morning:

Puerto de Orzola, Lanzarote

Angie & I recently spent a week in Lanzarote.   The weather was not as good as it could have been and we had periods of strong winds on most days.   Puerto de Orzola is a beautiful little harbour but on the day we visited, the entrance could only be described as treacherous.  I have tried to portray it on this short, 90 second video.

Here is  a comment from a friend of mine who has sailed from Lanzarote numerous times :

“The prevailing wind for Lanzarote comes down from the north east. Generally the harbours and marinas on the island, with the exception of Playa Blanca, are built to provide protection from that. When the wind changes to come from the south, and especially when it is a strong wind, then all those harbours are exposed to that wind and become dangerous to enter or leave. Playa Blanca is different. It is on the south coast so it has a harbour wall that wraps round from the east to the south. It is also protected from the north and west by cliffs and old volcanoes. A couple of years ago I was sailing around the island when a Force 8 came up from the south. There is not enough sea room between Lanzarote and Fuertaventura to ride it out so Marina Rubicon was where we ran to and watched the waves breaking right over the harbour wall for 2 days.”

Motorcycle onboard!

bike web 1

After spending many hours thinking about, designing, producing and co-ordinating the fitting of my motorcycle platform, today was the day when I finally got to load up my bike.   Loading it was very straight forward using the ramp which stores under the platform and it was easy to secure the bike into into the bike grab (which holds it upright), using ratchet straps and a handlebar tie down system which compresses the forks slightly and holds the bike firmly into the web 2

Finally, I fitted an overall cover to protect the bike from the Canada Goose droppings!





Open weekend at Henley

We attended the Piper open weekend at Henley over the weekend just past.  Piper confirmed that our steel had been delivered and that they would start cutting it out on Tuesday.  I agreed to make our payment in accordance with therms of our contract.

We spent time discussing details of the layout and a motorcycle carrying platform that I wanted to design and have installed on the stern of the boat with Simon, Nick and Joe the CAD designer at Piper.  Simon suggested that I would be doing Evel Knievel stunts to get the bike onto the platform.   Nick had some discussions with Simon and as a result of that, suggested that they would be able to weld some support brackets onto the stern to accommodate my requirements.   Nick then suggested that the best way forward was for me to have the platform manufactured, deliver it to them and they would work out a way of fitting it.    They will need the platform (or at least the fixing brackets) at the factory by the first week of November as the steel work would be completed by mid-November and it would be better to have the brackets welded into place whilst the hull was being built in the steel shop.

We spent some time with Joe and he was very efficient at redesigning various items in front of our eyes.  The wonders of CAD!

We also spent lots of time talking to and picking the brains of the many owners who were there and allowing Piper to use their boats as “show” boats.

Finally, we enjoyed some good music, food, beer and wine in the marquee adjacent to the river.