The story of Topaz Rival

25 July 2020 | Weymouth
22 July 2020 | Lymington
21 July 2020 | Itchenor
20 July 2020 | Port Solent
18 July 2020 | Osborne Bay
12 July 2020 | Lymington
06 July 2020 | Dartmouth
02 July 2020 | Bristol
27 June 2020 | Noss Trots
17 June 2020 | Noss Trots
04 June 2020 | Noss Trots
02 June 2020 | Noss Marina
28 May 2020 | Totnes
16 May 2020 | Bristol
15 April 2020 | Bristol
01 April 2020 | Bristol
25 March 2020 | Bristol
24 March 2020 | Bristol
04 March 2020 | Totnes
07 February 2020 | Totnes

Going West

23 August 2019 | River Yealm
Martin Whitfield | E F3
Not much sailing in August, as weather not brilliant. However, Dawn and I had a few days down on the boat in the middle of the month as she was playing in Ilfracombe at the weekend. The weather prevented us from going out, but we did make a decision to have the winter refit done at Baltic Wharf, so Topaz Rival will be coming out of the water at the end of September.
However, Ewart and I braved the Bank Holiday weekend with a planned trip going westwards. First stop the River Yealm where I have never been before. Great place, very quiet and we tied up on a river pontoon before a pub supper in Noss Mayo.
Vessel Name: Topaz Rival
Vessel Make/Model: Rival 36
Hailing Port: Dartmouth
Crew: Martin Whitfield and Dawn Kelly
About: Plus dogs Buzz and Bonnie
Topaz Rival's Photos - Topaz Rival as purchased (Main)
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Topaz on her original berth: She has been here for 20 years or more
The quarter berth: No to sure whether to believe this, but was told this was the original plastic cover!
Instrument panel: The depth and autopilot work, not so sure about the GPS!
Bukh 36: I’m told that Bukh paint is first class. Well this engine is 29-years-old...
Survey lift shows keel shape: Topaz is the scheel keel version 1.5m draft
Rudder and skeg: As Tom Cunliffe says “a wholesome compromise between precise steering at sea, comfort, and athletic steering in harbour”. We’ll see about the latter...
Dirt and mould: An image of neglect
Deck: Nothing that a good clean can’t solve
Crazy portlights: There are 10 of these...
Post Covid sailing
4 Photos
Created 11 June 2020
Winter refit at Baltic Wharf
38 Photos | 1 Sub-Album
Created 2 November 2019
A selection of pictures from sailing in 2019
31 Photos
Created 1 August 2019
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