The story of Topaz Rival

16 September 2021 | Lymington
15 September 2021 | Chapman’s Pool
14 September 2021 | Weymouth
13 September 2021 | Weymouth
11 September 2021 | Bridport
10 September 2021 | Brixham
06 September 2021 | Dartmouth
05 September 2021 | Dartmouth
04 September 2021 | Dartmouth
02 September 2021 | Plymouth
31 August 2021 | Polkerris
29 August 2021 | Malpas
28 August 2021 | Falmouth
28 August 2021 | Helford River
27 August 2021 | St Michael’s Mount
23 August 2021 | Crosshaven
22 August 2021 | Approaching Ireland
21 August 2021 | Biscay
20 August 2021 | Biscay
19 August 2021 | Biscay

Learning lessons of short pontoons - help needed!

25 June 2021 | Chipiona
Martin Whitfield | F5 SE
For the second time in two days, I have been allocated a berth on which the pontoon is shorter than the boat length. And for the second time in two days, I have had a strongish wind blowing from behind. The combination of the two makes it all but impossible to stop the boat before the bow comes to rest at the end of the berth as it has no impact if you can lasso the stern cleat with the stern line as the boat just keeps going forward. You have to try and jump from cockpit to midship cleat asap and hope to tie on close while getting a spring fixed up asap. In Mazagon, a local sailor came to my aid, while in Chipiona I made sure there was a member of the marina staff on the dock and I am glad I did as there was a very strong wind from behind. This was the same wind which had been getting up all day and finally topped 20 knots and meant a lively close hauled sail from Mazagon. Have to say I am getting fed up with wind on the nose, despite whatever the weather forecast says is going to happen!

Vessel Name: Topaz Rival
Vessel Make/Model: Rival 36
Hailing Port: Dartmouth
Crew: Martin Whitfield
About: Plus dog Buzz
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...
49 Photos
Created 30 March 2021
Post Covid sailing
5 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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