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  • I think the best we could maybe hope for would be an overnight here or there along the East Coast, but just need the weather to play its part!! Its no fun for the newbies if the weather is awful.

    At least theres a few places on the East coast North & South of the border you can get to and tie up in a marina.




  • neris wrote: »
    At least theres a few places on the East coast North & South of the border you can get to and tie up in a marina.


    Thats it, You've got Arklow, Greystones, DL, and then up North, Carlingford and perhaps around to Ardglass

    I really want to get back to Carlingford at some stage. We did it years ago on my dads boat, in a flotilla of about 15 boats from Poolbeg, and really want to do it again.. The scenery in the Lough is amazing.

    I'd want to be timing it right though.. arriving at the entrance just after low water perhaps? to get the flood up the lough..




  • Thats it, You've got Arklow, Greystones, DL, and then up North, Carlingford and perhaps around to Ardglass

    I really want to get back to Carlingford at some stage. We did it years ago on my dads boat, in a flotilla of about 15 boats from Poolbeg, and really want to do it again.. The scenery in the Lough is amazing.

    I'd want to be timing it right though.. arriving at the entrance just after low water perhaps? to get the flood up the lough..

    Bangor up North to also hops along easy coast and onto dunmore and Waterford. Only problem in dunmore is its a pontoon and rafting




  • If I was heading for Waterford, I'd probably want to stop in Kilmore Quay, and try and make Waterford from there.. tides being a big factor.

    wouldn't be so much fun rafting with a 6yo!!
    I'll happily pay the premium for the convenience of a marina..




  • The spin up the river to Waterford is a lovely sail, plenty of interesting stuff to see on the way, you definitely need to have your tides right though unless you like going backwards!
    I was there a few years ago, just chatting to the chap on the boat behind me before I headed up the town for a bite to eat, we saw a chap sailing solo struggling a little bit current wise while arranging his lines (a few big last second go arounds), so we gave him a hand to get a line onto the pontoon, then move to where he wanted to go. He seemed a bit unsteady on his feet so, I initially though he had had a couple but it turned out that he was just knackered, he had sailed straight from near Falmouth in one hop, his autopilot had failed a couple of hours out and he had tried rigging something using bungees and his jib sheets that he dimly remembered reading about, but it wasn't enough, especially with the high traffic areas that he had to pass through, weather got a bit adverse and he was getting headed a lot, so he put the head down and went into complete zombie mode just getting through the next few minutes with no rest, I was making him some coffee and asked why he didn't just pop into Kilmore Quay get some rest and continue from there, he just looked at me blankly for a few seconds and told me in a slightly shocked voice that he was so tired and focused on getting here minute by minute that he completely forgot that Kilmore was there!
    Just goes to show what fatigue can do even to an experienced sailor!


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  • There is a decent marina in New Ross too. Would love to sail up there someday.

    There is a swing bridge at Cheekpoint to get through on the way, but apparently it will open for any vessel with some advance notice.




  • DOCARCH wrote: »
    There is a decent marina in New Ross too. Would love to sail up there someday.

    There is a swing bridge at Cheekpoint to get through on the way, but apparently it will open for any vessel with some advance notice.

    I saw that too, looks really nice, and if going all the way to Waterford, would be a worthy stop on the way up or down...



    eOceanic really is a brilliant website for info on all the various harbours & anchorages around the country... and how to get to them...

    Pictures paint a thousand words...
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    https://eoceanic.com/sailing/harbours/europe/ireland/wexford/16/new_ross_marina




  • The new ross bypass bridge looked fantastic when it was being built, there was a touch of the unfinished Death Star / post apocalyptic ruin about it with the exposed rebar and steelwork before the ends were connected!

    You can't get into Cheekpoint anymore since the groynes were built to help keep the deep water channel, the mud had to go somewhere so the harbour is very silted up with the mud extending a good distance out from the harbour, so watching your depth outside of the channel and don't believe the chart.

    Going around the north side of the island is also important as the ferry that operates on the south side is a cable ferry.

    For Dunmore East a nice way of doing things with small people or non sailors is to book the Convent AirBnB (https://www.airbnb.ie/rooms/24152920), sail down, then you have the boat on the pontoon, can see it from the apartment, and can do easy day trips from there, easy walking distance for everything.

    It is on my list to do again when we are left off our leashes!




  • When I say ‘limped’ around to the hoist today, I mean literally limped at about half a knot!!!!! Wasn’t sure if I was even gonna make it out of the Marina heading into the wind/tide........

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    I don't think I've ever seen the prop that bad.... before launching last season I sort of polished it..... Next winter I'll be trialling some prop anti-fouling...




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  • Have had something similar after not using boat for most of summer with feck all anti foul on it. A power wash turned into a trip to the hardware and a 2 hour scrape




  • In fairness, she scrubbed up well, and the anti-fouling looks to be holding well.... I put 2 1/2 coats on last May, but the boat's hardly been out since then..




  • How do you find the wing keel?




  • Have seen similar but not quite as bad, thought there was something seriously wrong till we got it out!

    What anti foul could you put on?

    Brush attachment on a drill made a right job of it




  • neris wrote: »
    How do you find the wing keel?

    Its great for us being in Malahide as it means our tidal window for getting in and out is bigger than that of a lot of the other boats there... my rule of thumb is within 2 hours either side of low tide is a no go... We once left 2 hours before low tide, and one of the day tripper ribs was on his way in as we were leaving, and he was even signalling us that it'd be too shallow to get out, but we made it!!! The echo sounder is calibrated for roughly 0 under the keel, and I've often had it down to 0 entering/leaving.... so cutting it fine..

    As for sailing performance, I don't really have anything to compare it to as it's been so long since I sailed anything else, but she goes upwind surprisingly well, and she stays fairly stable.

    I'm sure in a few years racing will be on the agenda, and a new set of sails, so that'll be the time to determine how goos she is (though I've heard the 285's don't rate that well...)


    Alkers wrote: »
    What anti foul could you put on?

    Theres lots of different types of propellor anti-fouling available, Like the International Trilux 33, so I might give that a go, or something similar...


    Next job is to wash the topsides & cockpit..... and pray for some good weather over the coming months....




  • are speedboat seats hard to come by? is there scrapyards for boats?




  • fryup wrote: »
    are speedboat seats hard to come by? is there scrapyards for boats?

    There’s a Facebook for Irish boating bits for sale.. and you’d usually see seats of this nature for sale...




  • and how do you go about fixing seats to a speedboat?? its just an empty hull no fixing points

    *i'm a novice at this




  • fryup wrote: »
    and how do you go about fixing seats to a speedboat?? its just an empty hull no fixing points

    *i'm a novice at this

    Every boat is different, you might be better off starting off a post of your own with photos so we can see what we are dealing with also the make and model. We all started out as a novice so don't worry about asking any questions.




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  • its a global sceptre boat, similar to this (14ft)

    here's a pic of the hull


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  • fryup wrote: »
    its a global sceptre boat, similar to this (14ft)

    here's a pic of the hull

    Looking at the holes in the carpet you can see where the seats where bolted down, these holes usually line up with stringers under the floor " stringers are timbers running the length of the hull to stiffen it up they also support the floor" it might be worth your while taking up the carpet and having a look as the carpet tends to hold moister and can rot the floor and stringers over the years. If it's just a fibreglass floor you might have metal or wood mounting points built into the floor again best to lift the carpet and have a look.





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  • so the replacement seats that i purchase have to measure up with these stringers?

    *its interesting what you say about rot & moisture - the seller say's the front seats were stolen should i take that with a pinch of salt?

    btw - just to add i haven't seen the boat in person, just going by online description & pics




  • fryup wrote: »
    so the replacement seats that i purchase have to measure up with these stringers?

    *its interesting what you say about rot & moisture - the seller say's the front seats were stolen should i take that with a pinch of salt?

    Take anything anyone tells you about a boat with a pinch of salt :D most boats of this age will have rot you might feel soft spots under your feet as you walk around the deck. If your new seats don't match up you might have to add new supports across the stringers or add to the side of them and fibreglass them in place, you might also be able to add new bolt/screw holes to the new seats.
    If the floor and stringers are rotten you can see the work involved in repairing it here https://www.boards.ie/vbulletin/showthread.php?p=96112235 it is a big job and not cheep so take a good look at the boat before you buy.



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  • but fibreglass hulls never rot? or do they corrode in other ways?




  • fryup wrote: »
    but fibreglass hulls never rot? or do they corrode in other ways?

    they can delaminate and go to crap reducing the structural integrity and strength. They also suffer from osmosis




  • Jeebus, I’ve never seen Howth like this.......

    The dredging can’t come quick enough....

    https://www.dropbox.com/s/m0w3a78fjylq5z8/DJI_0050.MOV?dl=0




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  • The sooner they dredge that the place the better




  • When was that taken?


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  • fenris wrote: »
    When was that taken?

    Not sure but I’d say very recent based on the construction works on the middle pier....


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