The admirals great adventure

Emptying the money bank & filling the memory bank

In the beginning

04 January 1978 | Bristol
Ian
The story didnt begin here , it began way before this point in time , it started back in school, the dreams of an adolescent teenager with visions of fame and fortune and sporting a a full head of hair (none of it facial)

A teenage lad with no idea where life would take him , of little concept of the world in which we live, this blog chronicles the travels of a now 40 plus individual with considerably less hair ! (Mostly facial)

But I will start the story at this point in 2004, as it is as far back in time as i want to go , the story of a ketch rigged hedoniste called Barintha, Id been looking for a roughly toughly steel yacht to go travelling in.

I found Barintha in Dublin after looking around her I made an offer which was duly accepted and Barintha was sailed from Dublin to Bristol to start a new life and for me to start the restoration work.

Arriving from Ireland - still in her Irish green livery

from ireland

RE - Launched in Bristol after a LOT of welding and painting , new galley , new heads , new electronics , new sail covers, new leather linings , complete retrim below.

relaunch

Ive owned this old tub for over a decade now ! Ive sweated, cried and bled on her decks, spent countless hours cutting - welding - painting and varnishing to get her to this point.

So a little about the boat :

Blown Away was built by a company called Arma marine way back in 1978 when i was still wearing short trousers and cycling to school , video recorders had yet to be invented and Apple was just a piece of fruit !

Put together by craftsmen of a bygone era she was built to plans by Peter Ibold and is essentially a stretched Endurance measuring 44 ft on the water line and just shy of 50ft over all.

test

Often mistaken for fero cement as she is faired steel and has no welds showing or hard chines which in its day was pretty radical and BLOODY expensive , her internals are all teak and there are some lovely hand made features below decks.

I bought her when she was a little tired , she had been raced in the north sea and then belonging to a syndicate in Ireland, she was showing signs of rust and desperately in need of a welder ... oh that ll be me !

Being the ever enthusiastic car dealer - mechanic - welder at the time and having scoured the internet for a project that i could both afford and repair my self, I instantly saw the potential in this old girl

I had the hull sand blasted below the water level as there were several blisters that concerned me, these turned out to be holes, although small pin pricks they started on the inside and worked their way out.

The heads (toilet) was completely removed and the plate completely cut away , frames were made to keep her structurally sound and not turn the boat into a banana and then the ribs removed , the new ribs were cut and welded into position and then the new hull skin rolled and welded into situ.

The chain locker was a similar problem with a LOT of pit holes below the water line that needed cutting out and removing , all told Barintha and me spent 9 months under a tarpaulin over winter, with comments like "that will never float again" being banded around the boat yard - red rag to a bull !

We cautiously relaunched her into the water and held up every floor panel to ensure we had no water ingress before going astern and sliding back into Bristol docks - my face must have been a picture

Little was I to know that this boat was to become my permanent home, after a less than amicable split from my (then) wife I moved on board the yacht which was at the time in Poole harbour.

Since then the two of us - Blown Away and me - have reached a mutual understanding - we take care of each other, i keep her afloat, she keeps me alive. (She's a better boat than I am a sailor) long may that remain so.



Vessel Name: Blown Away
Vessel Make/Model: Peter Ibold - Hedonist Steel ketch
Hailing Port: Bristol - UK
Crew: Admiral Horatio Nelson and motley crew
About: WARNING: MAY CONTAIN NUTS
Blown Away's Photos - Main
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A short yard list of work to prepare BA for summer 2016 and the adventures ahead.
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some pictures of offshore life
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A file of strange phenomenon seen at anchor
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Beautiful - beautiful port
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What a Beautiful city - highly recommended
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Ibiza Island - Balearics - Highly recommended
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Home to more than just the apes
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Moorish Castle in Grenada - beautiful !
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The Castle in almeria - stunning !
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The Balearics Island
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Pictures of the crew and family at various locations
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Beautiful city of Northern Spain
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Fitting the Hydro vane
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google maps
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Loved the Helford river - could spend ages here out of season - summer - Its packed !
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The brest a man can get !
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cold - way too cold !
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Hygiene - we laugh at you ! Clearing unexploded ordnance in the mouth of the shat al arab river Iraq
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HSE. We laugh at you ! Anti piracy patrols - Mombassa - Tanzania - Dar Salam - Ghana - Nigeria
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Simon - sam - holly - lord admiral Horatio Nelson & the repair guy
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Ho Chi Minn city (AKA Saigon)
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Seismic research around Australia - great crew - great time - sad to say good bye !
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Ku pang Indonesia
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Bye bye Britain
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A collection of pictures from falmouth - not my favourite place
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Winter in plymouth
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I could live here !
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The endless list
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