The Naiad Voyages

Mark Austen

2021.11.19 - Getting Ready to Move

There is still a fair bit to be done before Naiad goes back in the water since she will not be close by anymore. This means that the things I had planned to do when she was back on the river,  I now have to do before she goes to West Mersea.

The hull has been painted and I have taped the bottom of the waterline.

Here the top is also taped...

...and the first coat of paint added...

...under the watchful eye of the foreman.

Next up was some lead melting. I have just poured the second set of weights.

These are the first set.

This is today's haul, about 25kg or 55lbs.

By this time the foreman was only interested in lunch.

And after that, an afternoon snooze.

I, on the other hand, continued by using a thick sheet of plywood supported at the same height as the work bench to make an extension that I can use as a sail loft surface. Here I have the job stretched out. 

But work on the new headsails will have to wait until tomorrow.

2021.11.01 - Some Images of Brightlingsea

I took some photos and a video whilst I was visiting Brightlingsea and rather than waste them I'm posting them here.

The town centre itself is quite small but it does have a few shops and a nice coffee shop called Cafe Chic. 

But it's not exactly somewhere you'd want to visit to go shopping.

There are two or three long roads down from the High Street to the harbour.

This is the public hard near high tide.

More of the same.

View from the shore to the right of the floating pontoon.

Now at the end of the pontoon facing up the creek.

A bit further round clockwise.

And a bit more.

This is the view down the creek toward Mersea Island.

Starting to look back at Brightlinsea still from the end of the pontoon.

Now a quick video from the end of the pontoon with the audio removed as it is just wind noise.

2021.10.29 - Alternative Mooring

I took the Brightlingsea Duty Harbour Master's advice and contacted a couple of people on West Mersea about moorings and one said that he had a suitable mooring, so we made arrangements for me to visit.

It was a grey sort of day and I arrived just before low water. This is the view from the car park.

The public hard has two sets of posts that enable boats to moor between them and to prevent them from falling over when the tide goes out. The hull can then be worked on although there isn't much time before the tide comes back in again.

Another view of the hard.

The mooring in question is out there by the large motor boat. Not so easy to see in this photo so...

Here it is zoomed in. That vacant orange buoy is the mooring. Looks close to the motor boat but looks can be quite deceiving as it is some distance away.

A view down towards the open sea. As you can see it is fairly well protected.

This is the view in the other direction. I'm standing on a jetty stick out in the river and there are two barges moored here that the fishermen use for storing their gear.

This is a bit further round looking back towards the public hard.

So, an available and suitable mooring and although not as cheap as the one I was going for in Brightlingsea, this one is accessible at all states of the tide which is very good news for me.

2021.10.22 - Brightlingsea Moorings Unsafe for Unpowered Boats

I paid a visit to Brightlingsea today with a view to looking at the harbour and the general area. I also specifically went to the Harbour Office having phoned yesterday to make sure that someone was there and was advised that the Duty Harbour Master was on duty from 13:00 and would be able to answer any questions I had.

So offI went. I deliberately went early which gave me a chance to see the town and harbour and to have a coffee and to visit the facilities.

At the appointed time I went back to the Harbour Office and spoke to the the very helpful staff there, one of whom, on hearing that Naiad was without an engine, took a couple of pictures of Naiad that I had taken along with me and went upstairs to confer with the Duty Harbour Master.

On her return she advised me that they would not be able to offer me a mooring for Naiad since, as she was without an engine, it would not be safe.

Well, you can't argue with the Duty Harbour Master and to be fair, they do have the moorings very close together in the harbour. Barely enough room for two boats to pass each other between the long pontoons, for example and they give specific warnings about the restricted space there.

So, there you have it. Brightlingsea moorings are not safe for unpowered boats, straight from the Duty Harbour Master's mouth.

Disappointing, but if it is so unsafe, then I guess I'd rather not have a mooring there. I've put a lot of time and money into rebuilding Naiad and and unsafe mooring is not where I want her to be despite having good insurance.

The Duty Harbour Master did suggest a nearby alternative, though, so it's obviously not his thinking that either I or Naiad that are unsafe.

2021.10.15 - Dinghy Mast, Boom, Sails & Parts and Outboard Motor


Mast & Boom

No idea what dinghy class to which they belong.

Deck boot.

Roller furling headsail.

Mast is just under 6.9m.

And 2.63m to the forestay mount.

2ft from the heel to the deck boot.

Boom is around 3.23m in length.

Total length of the furling gear is 4.3m.

Including the eyes at both ends. Notice that there is an alloy tube around which the jib is furled.

Three in-mast halyards exit at the mast heel.

Five sails. A main, jib and spinnaker for sure, no idea what the the other two are nor in what condition. Look to be fine but the ground is too dirty to get them out to identify what they are.

Loads of fittings and wot-not go with the rig.

Spreaders, tracks of all find including a mainsheet traveller.

Should and kicking strap, blocks shackles and other stuff.

More stuff. The plates at the bottom of the photos with the 6 holes were the chainplates to which the shrouds were fastened.

And more stuff. The wooden thing was the mount for the mainsheet block and the odd-shaped metal plate is a bow cover/reinforcement.

Outboard Motor

Johnson 4.0 HP Sea Horse, two fuel tanks and transom mount.

The tanks. Unable to find the hose but after 5 years it is probably perished. [Edit} found the hose and it has hardened into uselessness. There isa tank fitting on one end so that is salvageable.

The lifting transom mount.

The outboard winterised by the previous owner by cleaning wrapping in cling-film. After 5 years in my workshop it is not so clean!

The clip for the engine cover is broken.

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