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New motive power for Sparrow..

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When I first bought Sparrow I was planning to use the elderly and venerable Yamaha 2 stroke I'd been using on Papillon, but just before launch [clicky] I suddenly realised that it wouldn't do as Pap had a lowered outboard well so the venerable Yam was a short shaft and I'd need a long shaft for the transom mount on the Hurley .. cue much running about at short notice looking for a suitable power plant in far too short a time....

Happily, Bill at Home Marine [clicky] in Emsworth happened to have a reconditioned Suzuki that fitted the bill (ugh... pun unintended), a long shaft, 2 stroke, 4HP that looked old but in good condition - I part'exed the venerable Yam (which he'd serviced every year anyway so knew fairly well) and with that I got the Suzuki for about £300 I think...

The Suzuki has done all right - there's nothing fundamentally wrong with it, it's only failed once in two years (spark plug was shot), and it starts well (full choke/half throttle, push…

Sunny Sunday drifting..

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It was too nice an afternoon to miss out on a sail, but in the event the weather was more pleasant than the breeze, which was pretty much non-existent....  little more than a training run then.


So pretty much BAU..  swift motor down the channel against a strong'ish tide.. sails up off Northney, and then the next few hours watching the world go by slowly... spotted my third (fourth?) seal of the year as I turned for home.. just a  head watching what was going on.. cracking...

..and talking of cracking, I'm getting a split in the tiller where I keep levering it up - I need a make do and mend session so I may take half a day to fix things this week..  tiller's fine, I just need to drill it and through bolt it with a couple of penny washers - I'll also fit a wedge underneath so it sits higher.

I'll also replace the old screws I used to hold the hatch slider rails..  they're beginning to rust

Stay tuned for interesting news on motive power for Sparrow..

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Bembridge bumble...

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So rather than Sunday as I'd hoped, it was Monday, and another one of those crafty days off...

Tides were at 0730 and 2000, and were a bit neapy to be honest, but I was hoping for 3 hours either side of high tide, so I eventually left at about 0930, with hopes I could get back on the mooring by 1700'ish in the evening...

I had no passage plan - quelle horeure - I had a day to play with and a well set up boat, and to be blunt I'd go wherever the wind provided a reach to...

So - a decent breeze when I got to the boat, I almost put in a reef as I thought it was bound to be windier outside in the Solent (it usually is) but in the end I decided not to  - the wind was northerly, always easier over powered and I could always take some in later..

So a fast run down to the harbour entrance - I think I reached the West Pole in about an hour, and that was sailing as I switched the engine off when I found it was only really adding a knot or two to speed - Chi is a big old harbour an…

Not dead...

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...just resting....  

Just back from 2 weeks in the Vendee, and the weekends before that were either poor weather or useless tides...  needless to say I'm gagging for some sailing as the only time on the boat since the Bosham jaunt has been to check she's OK just before and after the holiday (she is)...

This weekend the tides are big (big) at almost 5mtrs, but they're also very early (and late) so I'm hoping that if the weather gods smile Sunday will be an all'dayer (leave on one tide, come back on another); I have no idea where I'll go, I'll decide nearer the time...

Trip out last Sunday to check also involved a wash down of the deck, and a run of the engine.. all is fine, just need some time to get out!