The story of Topaz Rival

01 April 2020 | Bristol
25 March 2020 | Bristol
24 March 2020 | Bristol
04 March 2020 | Totnes
07 February 2020 | Totnes
05 February 2020 | Bristol
26 January 2020 | Totnes
09 January 2020 | Totnes
01 December 2019 | Totnes
18 November 2019 | Totnes
08 November 2019 | Totnes
09 October 2019 | Totnes
03 October 2019 | Totnes
30 August 2019 | Bristol
28 August 2019 | Noss Marina
27 August 2019 | Salcombe
25 August 2019 | Plymouth
24 August 2019 | Fowey
23 August 2019 | River Yealm
28 July 2019 | Dartmouth

Shiny mast

07 February 2020 | Totnes
Martin Whitfield
Got down to Totnes early to give the mast a clean with boat shampoo and the updated version of Blakes' Mast Care. This Hempel product (Blakes were taken over by Hempel some time ago) is now called Alu Protect and works wonders on 30-year-old masts. The mast was out of the rack and on accessible trestle tables so that Nick the electrician could install the new LED anchor/tricolour light, the VHF and Windex (wind direction instrument), radar and LED white steaming and deck light. The Furuno radar is unique in that it sends its signal direct to iPads and iPhones rather than to a multi-function chartplotter. At the same time, agreed the position of the solar panel arch to take a couple of solar panels and the aerials for the GPS and AIS. Hopefully, this will be finished by the end of the month.

The new radar randome on the mast

Vessel Name: Topaz Rival
Vessel Make/Model: Rival 36
Hailing Port: Dartmouth
Crew: Martin Whitfield and Dawn Kelly
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...
Winter refit at Baltic Wharf
38 Photos
Created 2 November 2019
A selection of pictures from sailing in 2019
31 Photos
Created 1 August 2019
Topaz Rival at or about the time of survey in December 2018
14 Photos
Created 8 May 2019
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