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

Look what the anchor brought in!

08 July 2021 | Laranjeiras
Martin Whitfield | Sunny
Decided to cut the journey time back to Ayamonte tomorrow by moving five miles downstream to Laranjeiras with a pleasant evening trip with the current in favour. Well the best laid plans for a relaxing river cruise followed by a cool beer were rudely interrupted when I started pulling up the anchor and found I had half a tree attached. As the boat had turned with the tide the chain had neatly wrapped itself around what appeared to be two branches joined by some old fishing tackle! After about an hour I managed to saw through three of the arms but the chain was still wrapped around the remaining branch. Finally Les and Jo came to the rescue with their dinghy - I had tried with mine but could not simultaneously hold on position against the current and twist the bough. With Jo holding on Les eventually managed to free the chain. Luckily there was enough chain below the log to hold the boat in position. Don't like to think what I would have done if we had drifted off with 10 metres of chain hanging below the log. Thanks Jo and Les, another couple of long term residents of this fascinating river.


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Vessel Name: Topaz Rival
Vessel Make/Model: Rival 36
Hailing Port: Dartmouth
Crew: Martin Whitfield
About: Plus dog Buzz
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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...
 
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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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