Saturday, 28 December 2013

Metal Fabrication

I don't have the facilities to fabricate metal at home and it would be a large outlay to buy the tools to undertake the work. I have requested quotes for 2x chainplates, 2x keels and 2x keel runners from FabTechAJ engineering and Stainless Marine Fabrications to give me an idea of cost. 

Friday, 20 December 2013

Relocated Quest & Keel removal

Today I completed quite a lot of work on Quest. The boat has been moved to my parents house, taken off the trailer and the keels have been removed. Not bad when you consider there was only 8 hours of daylight!

Monday, 9 December 2013

Removing fittings and buying teak

Quest just about has all the fittings removed apart from her keels. I have also been sourcing parts and today I picked up some reclaimed Burmese teak from Lincolnshire Wood Supplies in Stamford, the owner was very helpful and machined the wood to my specification. 

Sunday, 24 November 2013

Removing fittings and buying power tools.

Progress on quest has slowed the last few weeks due to work commitments, however they have now passed and today I continued to remove fittings from Quest.

Saturday, 5 October 2013

Progress with Quest refit

Today I spent a few hours stripping more of the fittings off Quest, I started by removing the rubber fend-off strip which her last owner had fastened on top of the wooden rubbing stakes. I also wanted to remove the rubbing stakes but they are bolted through the hull so I will need someone to help as I can't undo the bolt and hold the screwdriver at the same time!

Friday, 20 September 2013

Learning to roll a kayak

I had a couple of recommendations that it was well worth trying a pool session in the kayak. It has given me the opportunity to try all sorts of kayaking safety drills including T-rescues, X-rescues, paddle rolls and hand rolls. It has given me a massive confidence boost learning such skills in a controlled environment that I can then work on in open water. I included a short clip of some of my practice session!

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Quest is getting ready for a retit

I am aware that I have not been out on Quest since July, whilst I feel bad for this I suspect that there
are many other boats that get even less use. However today I cleared out the cabin on Quest to get ready for a complete refit. Inevitably jobs take a lot longer than you think, I aim to start work in December and aim to complete the work by May, 6 months should be enough even for a procrastinator like me!

Friday, 13 September 2013

Kayaking at Surfleet

Continuing our exploration of local paddling spots, myself and Ryan once again donned our spray decks (Ryan has finally got one) and headed for a paddle at Surfleet.

Sunday, 8 September 2013

Kayaking at Crowland

Time to see what Ryan's boat can actually do, or more to the point what Ryan can do. A potter up the Welland from Crowland turned into a nice 8 mile jaunt on a lovely evening. 
We learnt that its a lot easier to paddle downstream (duh), that my key for the locks on the River nene, also allows me access to the slipways and Ryan really needs a spray deck! Next up Surfleet

Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Christening a kayak

Today Ryan brought his new kayak down to Tallington lakes. After a somewhat shaky start (Ryan fell in trying to get in his boat), we had a good few hours paddling so he could get used to his dagger axis elite. Its almost identical to my boat but a lot more shiny! We also talked of trips we would like to do in the future and the possibility of kayak camping, so watch this space!

Friday, 30 August 2013

Kayaking on Lake Windermere

Most of my sailing / kayaking activities could be described as pottering about, not worth mentioning, an arm chair explorer getting his kicks. However occasionally I complete a trip I am proud of.....

Tuesday, 6 August 2013

Wells-next-the-sea Reccy

I occasionally do "reccy trips" to places I would like to launch my boat or kayak from, on this occasion I chose to have a day out at Wells-next-the-sea.

Tuesday, 23 July 2013

BCU 1 star

Well after being persuaded by friends I opted to do my BCU 1 star. I had a great day and learnt loads, although I didn't get to practice what I really wanted to learn... Rolling the kayak! 

We did however go through, efficient forward paddling (torso rotation), paddling backwards, edging, turning and capsizing!
A great day for £75 at Tallington Lakes

Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Sailing Quest on Rutland Water

After my friends first sail onboard Quest, he wanted to come out again. We were fortunate enough to have a steady force 2 - 3. I payed the launching fee and he brought lunch. Ryan improved lots during the day, he must be reading up on sailing in his spare time!

Thursday, 20 June 2013

Outboard mini-tachometer

Continuing on the theme of looking after the outboard motor, I treated the honda to an oil change. I
also brought a mini-tachometer (£13 ebay) that measures the engine RPM, allowing for a better estimation of fuel consumption and also an engine hour counter that allows for monitoring of service intervals.

Fitting the mini-tach couldn't of been easier, the wire coming out of the mini-tach senses the electrical impulses in the spark plug cable, obviously a the spark is consistent with the engine RPM, the wire is wrapped around the spark plug cable 3 times and the mini-tach attached to a convenient point on the motor. I attached it with tape to give it a test run, although i intend to find a more robust fitting solution in the future.

Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Mr Funnel

If you have had a chance to read Bills log that I spoke about in my previous post. You will know that during his sailing trip most of his problems were a result of  his outboard motor breaking down. Outboard failings are often caused by blocked carburetors due to dirty fuel, therefore it makes sense to filter the fuel before it goes into the outboard. I picked up Mr Funnel fuel filter for £13, it ensures no water/muck enter the outboard tank. Prevention is better than cure.

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Burnham to Falmouth in a WWP

Since starting this blog I have always enjoyed reading Bills Log, a fellow small boat sailor with many

years sailing experience. Normally I would just link to a blog I like but he has recently undertaken a very impressive voyage that I think worthy of a separate post.  Very humbly Bill notes his 3 month sail from  Burnham to Falmouth as a "summer cruise", many would argue this is a accurate description of such a journey. However, when you consider it was undertaken in a 14 foot West Wight Potter I prefer to refer to it as a Voyage, one that even the most experienced yachtsman would be proud of in such a small boat. Furthermore,  Bill does not do this for publicity, charity or bragging rights but purely because of the joy of sailing.

Monday, 17 June 2013

Voyager 14 for teaching sailing

Yesterday I taught a friend the basic principles of sailing, as a senior dinghy sailing instructor it was interesting to see how a beginner coped with sailing the boat.

Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Sailing on the River Nene

Since preparing Quest to go out on the river I have been out on the Nene 4 times, this post summarizes my experiences!

Friday, 31 May 2013

Falmouth Maritime Museum

Being a bit of a anorak when it comes to anything to do with boats, I jumped at the chance to visit Falmouth Maritime Museum whilst in Cornwall.

Thursday, 30 May 2013

Preparations for River Sailing

So for something different I am planning on taking Quest onto the R.Nene this year. The Environment Agency is responsible for these waters and there were a number of hoops that I had to jump through before I could go.

Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Testing Outboard on Voyager 14

Testing my Honda 2hp outboard on a Voyager 14. GPS speed is in mph. The engine performs best at half revs with a full tank (1 liter) i managed 7 miles at half revs and an avg. 3.5mph in calm waters. 

Thursday, 2 May 2013

Fitting an outboard bracket

My DIY skills are poor at best, however I really needed an outboard bracket on Quest before I took her onto the river nene.

Thursday, 25 April 2013

River Nene Reccy (via kayak)

I am in the process of getting all the correct bits of paperwork to allow me to take Quest on the River Nene. Part of this process involves finding a suitable slipway. So I took to the water in my Kayak for a bit of a reccy. 

Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Amphibious Boats

You can lean alot about a place by the type of boats people keep there and I guess my trip from Cornwall has taught me... the tide goes out a longgggg way!

Friday, 12 April 2013

Kayaking St Ives

Here is a collection of pictures and a video of my highlights from kayaking in St Ives recently. If interested you can read a review of my Dagger Blackwater 10.5 kayak.

Wednesday, 10 April 2013

RNLI Lifeboat Launch St Ives

Having recently got back from a holiday in St Ives, I managed to get a video of the St Ives lifeboat launching.

Tuesday, 19 March 2013

The History of Quest

Do you know how old your boat is? Do you know who has owned it in the past? Ever interested to know where she has sailed? Well I wanted the answer to these questions and I found out quite a lot. 

Sunday, 10 March 2013

It Fits!

If you are after a small trailer sailor that can be towed by almost any small car and can fit in a single garage (saving me £400 per year in storage fees) look no further than the voyager 14. Here Quest (including mast) is in her new home, alongside the kayak and windsurfing kit! As Quest is over 25 years old dry storage reduces the deterioration of the boat/trailer.

Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Fixing the mast step

I have not had to do very much work on Quest since I brought it as the previous owner had done a great drop of restoring it. However after my first sail the homemade wooden mast step pulled out and required a repair.

Thursday, 14 February 2013

Saturday, 2 February 2013

Sailing is in my blood!

Looking back over some old photos yesterday, its no wonder im so fanatical about being on the water!

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Kayaking on the River Welland

Today I tried out my Dagger Blackwater Kayak for the first time. I brought it last month to explore local rivers, reccy sailing spots and take on holiday when the boat isn't an option. I only know the very basics of paddling, so I decided a beginner one would be a sensible option.

Wednesday, 2 January 2013