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Monday, 22 August 2016

Nice Little Newbridge Topaz for Sale

Just seen this on eBay:

A pretty clean looking Newbridge Topaz on a trailer and with sails and full rigging, radio and other bits.

The guy is keen to sell as he has to move it from the car park it's in, so maybe direct contact may get yourself a bargain. Saves him getting stiffed by eBay trolls multiple times.

From the description it's been in mothballs for a couple of decades and the oil lamp in the cabin I guess testifies to an oldie-worldy vibe. :-)

Looks in good nick and the description says the sails are ok too.

Thursday, 18 August 2016

Southampton Boat Show Ticket Offer

There's a 2-for £15 ticket offer on at the moment for the Southampton Boat Show.

I've got my tickets already, but it might be usefule to someone else. Just follow the link, if the offer is still on, it should have the code cml9 in the promotional box.

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Non-Sailing Weekend

Despite being the ideal weather and tides for a long trip or even a weekend away from home port, I didn't go on the boat.

I had a prior engagement, the wedding of my Step-Daughter to her partner.

As you can imagine, I had a lot of running about to do over the past 4 days. :-)

Sunday, 7 August 2016

Another good day

Motored out of the harbour entrance, sailed back in, then out, then in again. Sprite sails pretty well when the bottom is free of marine growth:

Thursday, 4 August 2016

Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Filling and Fairing

On Saturday I filled a few more holes in Sprite's bow.

I filled in the largest hole the last time Sprite was on the beach, so on Saturday I sanded it down and filled in a few more bits of it.

It's a bit hard to photograph brilliant white bits, but trust me I filled 1 big and 4 small holes in this area.

A bit closer on the big hole I filled.

Looking round the hull there were a few other small holes. A gouge in the side (probably caused when Sprite was bounced around moored up at Cowes), the results of a clunk on the back corner and more worrying an 8mm hole around the waterline. Perfectly round:

You can't see it that clearly, but in the light blue area there is a dimple where I filled the hole in.

This is just after I filled it in.

So some work being done on the hull as well as scraping.