Ships log for the yacht "Sparrow" an Ian Anderson designed
'Hurley 20', sail no. 109, launched 16th November 1967.
This is the day to day stuff involved with owning and sailing a
small boat, so nothing earth shattering but there'll also
hopefully be some adventures along the way..

Monday, 18 March 2013

A new blog for a new boat...

Welcome to the new boat... a bilge keel Hurley 20 of venerable age, and unsurpassed loveliness....!



Was known as Tjanna, but I shall (for the first time) be re-naming her....  can't say I'd have done it from choice, but the name doesn't signify anything specific (from what I can tell it's just a slightly unusual girls name), and I don't fancy having to spell it out every time I talk to a marina, or Heaven forbid, the Coast Guard..!

She'll be known as Sparrow - no specific reason other than the wing/flying analogy, they're also small, feisty, it's the same name as Bolitho's first command [clicky] which was always my favourite of the series....  and it's also Captain Jack's surname (and they wouldn't let me call her Black Pearl)... and I like it....


The interior is just superb - lovely condition..  all the windows have been recently replaced, the cabin sole is immaculate - a testament to her previous owners skill with wood and varnish....


This was taken last year I think - she's currently looking even better with the benefit of a fresh coat of anti-foul - so I don't even have to do that this year....


Very clean....  there's space for a toilet under the square cushion in the fore cabin - none present at the moment which suits me just fine - no holes in the hull, thanks...  I suspect a camping toilet will feature at some point....



Galley position (above) - she comes with a camping gas cooker....


Cushions are original (I think) but in excellent condition - she's freshly painted throughout...  note - no electrics at all...


Can just see a tiller pilot there...  eventually!


Hand rails are all freshly fixed with screws and penny washers (as are windows/fore hatch hinges etc) - lovely job..


The top of that push-pit will be ideal for fitting a solar panel at some point in the future...!


Roller furling jib (above) is from a Benetau (I believe)...

Currently aiming at an Easter launch date - but there's a list of things I need to do before she goes in - some more urgent than others...  I'll cover those in future posts....

2 comments:

  1. Hope most of the work is inside, it seems like rain is forecast between now and Easter!!

    Nice location (the last pic) where is she ?

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  2. Hi Bursledon.... that's on Bosham Hoe somewhere.. wouldn't mind a view like that myself!

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