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Title: Live from Lone Gerd
Post by: Twynkle on May 22, 2014, 10:54 AM
Hi Bruce,
Good to hear that you are in Manx waters
Hang around a while and we can meet up in Liverpool!
Lone Gert and the mighty Mersey could enjoy themselves!
Rosie
Title: Re: Live from Lone Gerd
Post by: Bruce Nicholls on May 22, 2014, 10:58 AM
Hi Rosie, Sorry but we are now at Portpatrick just north of the Mull of Galloway and heading for the Western Isles.
Title: Re: Live from Lone Gerd
Post by: Twynkle on May 22, 2014, 11:10 AM
Wishing I was up there too!
If you get the chance to pay a call at Badachro harbour, just S of Gairloch, (Wester Ross), look for lobsters and have a wee dram at the Inn.
If you are amongst the Summer Isles, it'll be enough to turn me green, and when off Skye, blow kisses to my sister in Dunvegan!!
Godspeed and calm seas
Rosie

PS what about a 'Live From Lone Gert' in the Shanty Section here...'twould be brilliant!
Title: Re: Live from Lone Gerd
Post by: Bruce Nicholls on May 25, 2014, 08:02 PM
Ok Rosie, but as we have been moved to off topic chat I guess this will do. First a bit about Lone Gerd. We are always being asked what a Gerd is. It is actually a name, so she carries on the fishing boat tradition of 2 girls names for a fishing vessel, Lone also being a name in Danish. Correct pronunciation is we believe "Lona Geart".

Lone Gerd was built in 1954 in Esbjerg. She is 54ft long, 15.5 ft beam and 6.5ft draught. Construction is of oak on oak with 3 inch thick planking and doubled framing, built for operating in ice conditions. Total gross weight in current format is 56 tons. As built she had a Hundestedt hot bulb ignition engine with no gearbox and astern via a feathering propeller. over her fishing life this engine was replaced at least twice. Finally in 1986 a 12 litre Volvo turbo diesel was fitted which remains with her today. By the time she was sold this engine had clocked up about 6,000 hours (in 2 years). Today it has just under 12,000. The original 5ft diameter hundested propeller is still in with us, although the feathering mechanism has been removed from the bridge and can only be adjusted with a spanner when stationary. She fished under various names out of Esbjerg until 1988 when she was sold out of fishing, brought to the Uk and converted to a dive charter vessel by her previous owners who kept her untill we purchased her in 2007.

The conversion involved removing the original wheelhouse, fitting a new aluminium deckhouse containing the Bridge, Saloon and Galley. Accommodation is in the old fish hold and forward crews quarters.
Title: Re: Live from Lone Gerd
Post by: Twynkle on May 25, 2014, 09:47 PM
Oh Bruce - Thank You! This is one of the best reads in a long time.
She sounds Brilliant! Long, oak (clinker built?), quite 'thin' across her beam (?) a good tonnage, and obviously very strong and with a great heart! You have taken great trouble in your description - and it's wonderful.
You have clocked up an amazing 'mileage' - like you both - she obviously loves the sea!

Please, don't let this become a chore, however anything that you can tell us will no doubt will be extremely interesting and very much enjoyed.

(When we get to know her better - things like steering, parking etc and how much help she needs with preserving her woodwork come to mind - and how did she enjoy the trip round Bishop's Rock etc?
It was probably good that you left it till after Jan. 2014 - QV had the heck of a time sailing westerly through in the Western approaches!)

Fair winds and calm seas - specially as you go towards the Pentland Firth!
Rosie
Title: Re: Live from Lone Gerd
Post by: Bruce Nicholls on May 25, 2014, 09:57 PM
An early photo of Lone Gerd and as she was in 1988 in Bridlington
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Post by: Bruce Nicholls on May 25, 2014, 10:01 PM
Her diving days
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Post by: Bruce Nicholls on May 25, 2014, 10:38 PM
2013 River Dart
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Post by: Isabelle Prondzynski on May 25, 2014, 11:21 PM
She looks wonderful, and I can understand how much you love life on board :) .

Thank you for the story of this well travelled ship. I look forward to reading more "live" reports!
Title: Re: Live from Lone Gerd
Post by: Bruce Nicholls on May 25, 2014, 11:27 PM
Sylvia and I purchased Lone Gerd in 2007 after a search for a vessel that suited our requirements for living aboard and cruising. We looked at several unsuitable candidates. One ex admiralty MFV No 7 in Portugal, which had been converted into a 2 masted schooner and was beautiful but at 60ft plus bowsprit we decided was too big for us to handle on our own. Lone Gerd we found in Poole where she had been since her conversion. As soon as we went aboard we knew we had found our ship. Yes she needed some work to make her our home but the basics were there.

Since 2007 we have extensively re-caulked her. Fitted a new 240 volt domestic electrical system with a 5kva inverter, gel batteries and 6.5kva fully cocooned generator. The 2 forward cabins before the mast have been cleared to make our master suit. The bathroom has had a refit, and the port side aft cabin is now a utility with washing machine, tumble dryer and deep freeze. The galley has had a refit and a dishwasher added in place of the central heating boiler, which was relocated in the engine room. We quickly found out washing machines work well when at sea, dishwashers only work in harbour as the water slops out in a seaway. All this work we have done ourselves.

The only major mechanical work has been to rebuild the Twin Disc gearbox. I did have help with this as it was a bit beyond my solo efforts. For the technical the gearbox has a 4.45 to 1 reduction, weighs 1600 lbs and contains 11 gallons of oil. A largish bit of kit. To further complicate matters its sump sat between 2 frames making it impossible to separate it from the engine in situ. We ended up lifting the engine and gearbox with chain hoists secured to a frame welded together around it. We then separated them and craned the gearbox out through an opening cut in the back of the deckhouse.
Title: Re: Live from Lone Gerd
Post by: Bruce Nicholls on May 26, 2014, 10:21 AM
Our first few years with Lone Gerd were spent in southern and eastern England. Poole where we purchased her and took over her private town centre mooring, we then moved to The River Blackwater near Maldon in Essex, a much maligned county. During this 4 year period we concentrated on our refit with local short summer cruises.

In 2012 however we cast off and sailed away not having a clue where we would spend our next winter. That summer was spent in the south east between roughly Portsmouth and Essex with vague ideas of spending the winter in Devon. However the moorings we had in mind were when we inquired fully booked for the winter. After ruling out some very expensive options in the Southampton area we accepted an offer from Eastbourne Marina and made our way back there.

May 2013 saw us sail on for a summer on the south coast making our way to Milford Haven for the winter. A good choice as the winter storms passed over us almost unnoticed.

May 2014 we set coarse for the Scottish west coast which brings us up to Lone Gerd (nearly) Live.
Title: Re: Live from Lone Gerd
Post by: Rob Lightbody on May 26, 2014, 11:31 AM
I think lone gerd should host a forum get together :-)

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Post by: Graham Taylor on May 26, 2014, 01:49 PM
She looks absolutely stunning Bruce and somewhat familiar. I think I saw her on the Dart or perhaps in Brixham during one of my visits home to Mum in Brixham. Different type of vessel entirely, but she reminds me of the MV Fairmile (ex-Western Lady III).
Title: Re: Live from Lone Gerd
Post by: Alan Snelson on May 26, 2014, 03:08 PM
She really does look good, you have done a great job with the conversion. The new wheelhouse and aft accommodation look like they have always been there. It is nice to be able to look at a larger version of your avatar photo to see her sparkling on the river Dart. Thanks for your account of her recent history it is an enjoyable read.
Title: Re: Live from Lone Gerd
Post by: Twynkle on May 26, 2014, 03:31 PM
This is going to be one of the best topic, Bruce!
You are being really kind to give us such a treat.

And once the engine side of things becomes a little clearer, (Like how much and how often does she need bunkers?) - then....please, would it be OK for you to tell us a little bit about driving your beautiful blue oakey boat? My guess is that as long as she doesn't start getting carried away and racing after the birds, she'll be quite steady in coastal waters....On the other hand, when perched alongside out of water, hull and keel on the sea bed, she did look as if she might enjoy giving you a bit of a rough time  8)

Before we go any further, Bruce - where are you now?
Title: Re: Live from Lone Gerd
Post by: Bruce Nicholls on May 26, 2014, 04:40 PM
She looks absolutely stunning Bruce and somewhat familiar. I think I saw her on the Dart or perhaps in Brixham during one of my visits home to Mum in Brixham. Different type of vessel entirely, but she reminds me of the MV Fairmile (ex-Western Lady III).
Hi Graham. We saw Fairmile a lot last year. She is quite familiar to us, as whilst we were based in Poole she, as Western Lady, had a mooring opposite ours. Fortunately she survived her then owners financial difficulties and now has a new lease of life. A fabulous historic vessel.

We did not take Lone Gerd to Brixham but we did spend a fair bit of time around Torquay and the Dart. At an unbelievable £1 each way it was cheaper to take the ferry from Torquay to Brixham.
Title: Re: Live from Lone Gerd
Post by: Bruce Nicholls on May 26, 2014, 05:07 PM
She really does look good, you have done a great job with the conversion. The new wheelhouse and aft accommodation look like they have always been there. It is nice to be able to look at a larger version of your avatar photo to see her sparkling on the river Dart. Thanks for your account of her recent history it is an enjoyable read.
Hi Alan. Can't claim credit for the deckhouse conversion as we did not put it on, it was done by the previous owners. They did achieve a good compromise between looks and practicality. All our efforts have mainly been on the interior fit out.
Title: Re: Live from Lone Gerd
Post by: Bruce Nicholls on May 28, 2014, 10:18 AM
I think lone gerd should host a forum get together :-)
Thought about this one Rob. However given our absolute lack of any itinerary plus the fact that we only sail on good weather days it is very difficult to make long term plans.
Title: Re: Live from Lone Gerd
Post by: Isabelle Prondzynski on May 28, 2014, 10:22 AM
Thought about this one Rob. However given our absolute lack of any itinerary plus the fact that we only sail on good weather days it is very difficult to make long term plans.

Maybe the next best thing is to let our members know from time to time where you are, so that you can have mini ad hoc get-togethers whenever and wherever...
Title: Re: Live from Lone Gerd
Post by: Bruce Nicholls on May 28, 2014, 10:33 AM
Maybe the next best thing is to let our members know from time to time where you are, so that you can have mini ad hoc get-togethers whenever and wherever...
Currently we are anchored at Port Ellen, Islay where we were visited yesterday by P.S. Waverley and the Dutch tall ship Thalassa. Photo is in Waveley topic.

Took this photo of possibly the best road sign in the world in Port Ellen


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Post by: Isabelle Prondzynski on May 28, 2014, 12:08 PM
Interesting bilingual street signs. Once more, I am amazed at how close Scots Gaelic is to Irish! Strange though that the signposts are not bilingual, as they would be in Ireland.
Title: Re: Live from Lone Gerd
Post by: Bruce Nicholls on Jun 14, 2014, 10:52 AM
A few photos showing the massive double framing taken before I refitted our master cabin in the bow. Inner planking is larch, hull planking and all framing oak.
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Post by: Bruce Nicholls on Jun 15, 2014, 12:21 AM
Part built Master bow master cabin.
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Post by: Bruce Nicholls on Jun 15, 2014, 12:29 AM
Finished bow cabin.
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Post by: Isabelle Prondzynski on Jun 15, 2014, 09:12 AM
Thank you for all these pictures, Bruce -- so impressive! She musty be a wonderful home for you.

Keep the pictures and the stories coming!
Title: Re: Live from Lone Gerd
Post by: Bruce Nicholls on Jul 04, 2014, 12:23 PM
I thought a brief note of our trip so far this year may be of interest.
We left Milford Haven at the beginning of May for the Scottish West Coast. On our trip we have visited anchorages at Fishguard, Porth Dinllaen on the Lleyn Peninsula, Port Ellen on Islay, Craighouse on Jura, Tayvallich on Loch Sween, Crinan Loch Aline and Salen, Loch Suart. Picked up a buoy at Peel Isle of Man, Ardminish Bay Gigha and Tobermory. We have taken berths in harbours at Victoria Dock Caernarfon, Peel Isle of Man and Port Patrick on the Mull of Galloway and Oban.

Weather, or more accurately for us, sea state, has probably been better than the average so far this year with no rough passages. Ship's cat Cleo seems to have acclimatized and recovered from her initial sea sickness. At Caernarfon we had a trip on the Welsh Highland Railway to Portmadoc and met up with a cousin and his wife who live in Bangor (and are planning their own sailaway). The Isle of Man is still in an earlier age and we can report that the Peel kippers and smoked bacon are excellent. Port Patrick is a fabulous little harbour and village, well worth a visit and with a good assortment of seafood eateries. Ardbeg distillery on Islay serves excellent lunches and Laphroaig distillery seems to serve unlimited free samples! Tobermory is is picturesque and we were obliged to sample the distillery and the local cheese production. Loch Sunart we had not visited before. It is a fabulous place and treated us to some incredible dusk displays of light over the hills (photos attached). Currently we are back at Oban on a buoy waiting for the wind to blow itself out a bit so we can go back down the sound of Luing and past the Gulf of Corryvreckan to Crinan, where we hope to enter the Crinan Canal to cut through to Loch Fyne and the Clyde Estuary.

The major disappointment of the trip so far - NO DOLPHINS, more accurately one seen briefly going the opposite way in the Firth of Lorn and only a brief visit from a couple of seals. Still we have time yet.
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Post by: Bruce Nicholls on Jul 04, 2014, 12:47 PM
More Loch Sunart
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Post by: Bruce Nicholls on Jul 04, 2014, 01:03 PM
Sorry Can only post 1 at a time.
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Post by: Bruce Nicholls on Jul 10, 2014, 10:32 PM
Came through the Crinan Canal yesterday and we are now in Loch Fyne at Inveraray. Surprised at how narrow the Crinan was. Some of the English narrow canals seem bigger than this, apart from the locks.

Rosie asked about fuel. Currently we can hold about 3 tons of marine gas oil. We use this for the main engine, generator and central heating. Main engine is a 12 litre Volvo turbo diesel coupled to a twin disk gearbox with 4.5 to 1 reduction and a Hundested 60 inch adjustable pitch prop. Generator is a 6.5 kva paguro in a soundproof casing. Central heating is a standard domestic oil fired boiler with radiators. the radiators can also utilize the waste heat from the engine when on passage. This year so far the main engine has run 108 hrs and used about 1300 litres of fuel.
Title: Re: Live from Lone Gerd
Post by: Bruce Nicholls on Mar 27, 2015, 10:05 PM
From Inveraray we visited Loch Gair and then to Tarbert for a few days. In the harbour here are several fine ex fishing vessels plus a small Danish MFV replica built as a pleasure yacht and looking much as Lone Gerd must have in her fishing days (the light blue boat behind the pontoon).
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Post by: Bruce Nicholls on Mar 27, 2015, 10:45 PM
Next call was Isle of Bute where we anchored at Rothsay, being too big to enter the small harbour. After visiting Mount Stuart we moved on to anchor at Millport, Cumbrae. We then ventured further up the Clyde than we had been before to Rhu Marina, just below Faslane Nuclear submarine base. Although not the cheapest this was one of the best Marinas we have visited. It started well when marina staff came to help us moor and got even better when we enquired about the bus to Helensburgh for shopping. Don't bother with the bus, we will take you was the response, phone us up when you've shopped and we will fetch you back. Never have we had service like this. More usually we get vague instructions over the radio to a berth and then have to work it out ourselves. Here we met up with Sylvia's niece and family who were in Glasgow for the Commonwealth Games.

The wreck of the Sugar-boat off Helensburgh was of interest as we passed. This was the MV Captayannis, wrecked in a storm in January 1974 and never removed as her owners and their insurers could not be traced. The hull is amazingly complete 40 years later.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MV_Captayannis
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Post by: Bruce Nicholls on Mar 27, 2015, 11:19 PM
It was now August and wee needed to be back in Milford Haven by the start of September as we had the Channel Tunnel booked for our drive to Montenegro. So back to Cumbrae, then Arran and Portpatrick on the Mull of Galloway. Notable on this leg was passing the island of Ailsa Craig, where the granite for curling stones is found, wreathed in cloud on a flat calm sea.
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Post by: Bruce Nicholls on Mar 27, 2015, 11:31 PM
Approaching the Isle of Man we passed a Viking ship under sail, something you don't see everyday. This was the Draken Harald Harfagre from Norway. They had just left Peel where we were heading, so we just missed two Vikikg ships together but separated by a millennia in design.
Title: Re: Live from Lone Gerd
Post by: Lynda Bradford on Mar 28, 2015, 09:57 AM
Bruce, I have really enjoyed reading "Live from Lone Gerd" and hope you will continue to keep us updated this year on where Lone Gerd takes you.  :)

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Post by: Isabelle Prondzynski on Mar 28, 2015, 04:21 PM
I entirely agree. Thank you, Bruce, for the wonderful updates and pictures.
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Post by: Alan Snelson on Mar 28, 2015, 05:37 PM
Me too, it sounds like a fabulous adventure and I am quite envious.
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Post by: Bruce Nicholls on Mar 28, 2015, 06:55 PM
We were storm bound in Peel in the Isle of Man for 2 weeks. We ended up the third boat in a 4 boat raft as more and more arrived and nobody left. Even the fishing fleet came in and did not leave till the day before us. Photo is before the fishing boats came in and rafted up on the opposite side of the harbour.
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Post by: Bruce Nicholls on Mar 28, 2015, 07:10 PM
Whilst in the Isle of Man we explored this fascinating island using buses, the steam railway, electric railway and horse trams.
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Post by: Bruce Nicholls on Mar 28, 2015, 07:12 PM
Electric railway
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Post by: Bruce Nicholls on Mar 28, 2015, 07:24 PM
Next stop was Holyhead on Anglesey. From here we sailed to Fishguard for overnight in its sheltered anchorage. It was flat calm when we left Fishguard. By the time we reached St David's head things had livened up a bit causing us to go a fair bit out of our way to keep the sea off our beam and reduce the rolling somewhat. Finally we were in the sound at Milford Haven amongst the oil tankers in calm waters and soon in Milford Dock at our winter berth.
Title: Re: Live from Lone Gerd
Post by: Bruce Nicholls on Nov 06, 2015, 03:15 PM
Due mainly to the terrible weather this year we have been mostly confined to our berth. Lone Gerd was in need of her bi-annual antifouling and new anodes. Research produced little in the way of boat yards with the facilities to lift our tonnage. Nothing near us in Wales, Liverpool have a 60 ton lift and Largs in Scotland a 70 tonne and that appeared to be it on the west coast. We had used a 60 tonne lift at Hamble for our pre purchase survey so it looked like it was Liverpool. Liverpool looked at photos of her in the Hamble 60 tonne lift and thought they could do it so we booked.

It would appear Lone Gerd has put on weight. Hamble weighed her at 54 tons in 2007. The 60 tonne lift at Liverpool could only lift her clear of the water before it gave up, not onto the quayside. Never mind they said, Fleetwood have a 75 tonne lift (which was news to us) and are only a few hours further north. A phone call later and we were booked.

 We elected to spend a week in Liverpool as neither of us had been their for many years. We were both impressed by the improvement in the city centre and docks area since our last visit. Well worth a visit.

Picking a suitable weather window we sailed for Fleetwood. This used to be a huge fishing port but now has no big boats operating out of it, unlike our current home port of Milford haven which has quite a fleet. The approach is also somewhat tricky through a narrow channel which is only navigable near high water. However we made it and in a few days were in the boatyard and busy with our scraping, caulking, painting and bolting on numerous anodes.

I mentioned Lone Gerd's weight gain. Eight years ago Hamble said 54 tons. Fleetwood weighed her at 59 tons. Have we really moved 4 tons of gear on board?

For our return we cruised south to Anglesey where we spent a few days anchored off Beaumaris in the Menai Straits where we met up with Sylvia's sister and husband with their boat and cruised together through the Menai Straits to Caernarfon. A week in Caernarfon and we were on our way again as we had to get back to prepare for our drive to Montenegro at the beginning of September.
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Post by: Bruce Nicholls on Nov 06, 2015, 03:18 PM
Always worries Sylvia a bit this!
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Post by: Bruce Nicholls on Nov 06, 2015, 03:24 PM
Menai Straits & Menai Bridge
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Post by: Bruce Nicholls on Nov 06, 2015, 03:30 PM
At anchor Beaumaris, Menai Straits.
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Post by: June Ingram on Nov 06, 2015, 05:54 PM
Thanks very much, Bruce, for all of the news and photos.  You certainly have been busy.  Lone Gerd is looking great and I'll bet she is  happy !   :)
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Post by: Isabelle Prondzynski on Nov 07, 2015, 09:39 PM
Thank you so much, Bruce -- beautiful photos of a beautiful ship!

It was interesting also to read about the maintenance regime and the questions arising, e.g. about her weight.
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Post by: Twynkle on Nov 08, 2015, 09:21 AM
Oh, Bruce and Sylvia!
Just to say Thank You!
Your description of the saga of what summer we had is very impressive - the images of Lone Gerd are a true testament to the time, energy and possibly comparatively high costs that you must have needed to spend in keeping her in excellent nick!
Yes - that lift doesn't look as sturdy as the wee ship - the hoist looked like a big breath-holding event!
As a matter of interest, do you know whether the weighing equipment needs to be checked by the MCA (or other?) on a regular basis?
Just thinking that maybe the 'scales' used originally might have required re-calibration at the time you bought her...?
btw - L'pool has had a big amount of money spent in a very small area - they still use a marquee as a cruise terminal, and it is really heart-breaking to see the rest of town being neglected throughout very many original terraced streets; the bigger listed houses are also in bad and disrepair - including  what used to be ours down by the river towards Garston.
Hoping you have reached the Adriatic in good order!
All the best
Rosie
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Post by: Bruce Nicholls on Nov 08, 2015, 10:36 AM
Hi June, Isabelle and Rosie
Thanks for your comments. The boat lift is the weighing equipment via strain gauges on each of its winches. These are used to balance the loading and are I would imagine checked as part of routine maintenance.

You a correct about the dereliction in none central areas of Liverpool Rosie. I suspect it will be a long time before this changes but the more people who visit will help. At least the one time plan for wholesale demolition of complete areas seems to have been put on hold, restoration of areas must be better in my view.

We reached Kotor (by car) in September with a stop off in Venice for a few days on the way. Fabulous weather right into October. It is noticeable that the cruise season there has got much longer, with multiple cruise ships still appearing each day when we left towards the end of October.

Even better for us this year was our addition to the fleet with Sea Eagle. With this we were able to explore Kotor Fjord and get to areas less accessible by road. It was also interesting to be able to observe some of the visiting ships more closely.

You may recognise this visitor to Kotor (sorry, I suppose this should really be in "Ships on Kotor" section).
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Post by: Bruce Nicholls on Nov 08, 2015, 10:43 AM
Sea Eagle on her mooring by our apartment.
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Post by: Rob Lightbody on Nov 08, 2015, 10:46 AM
Loving reading about your adventures, really fascinating. Makes my life seem very dull by comparison!
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Post by: Alan Snelson on Nov 08, 2015, 12:19 PM
It is always great to read the accounts of your adventures and also makes me quite envious. That kind of life is one which I had imagined for myself a long time ago but other things got in the way.

Is that 'La Soleal' in the background of the photo of Eagle? I saw a doccumentary on her a little while back and it looks to be a very nice ship.
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Post by: Bruce Nicholls on Nov 08, 2015, 01:51 PM
I could not remember as we now get so many ships. On checking the Port of Kotor website for 25th September I can see it is Le Lyrial, delivered by Fincantieri in April 2015.

http://www.portofkotor.co.me/en/Novosti/25092015.html
 
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Post by: June Ingram on Nov 09, 2015, 06:42 PM
Thanks very much, Bruce, for more photos and description of your adventures.  It does sound so wonderful and thanks for sharing it with us !  Yes, cruising seasons are being extended just as "tourist season" in Mystic is almost year round now.  Please do keep us posted with more photos and commentary as available !

June   :)
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Post by: Bruce Nicholls on Jul 29, 2016, 10:37 PM
Due to appalling weather we have not really got going this year. In between showers however I have managed a fair bit of maintenance. All the bulwarks have had attention, the deck house has been painted and some major carpentry has taken place on the stern capping rails. I have been patching these up since we bought Lone Gerd in 2007. As we kept putting off sailing plans due to the weather I thought I might as well deal with them.

Research online found a local sawmill that could supply suitable Oak boards. Measuring the car I decided that 1.8 was the longest I could get inside, so I ordered four 60mm x 600mm x 1.8 metre boards.

Some weeks of work later and we have smart new cappings round the stern.
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Post by: Bruce Nicholls on Jul 29, 2016, 10:40 PM
Timber!
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Post by: Bruce Nicholls on Jul 29, 2016, 10:42 PM
Cutting to shape
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Post by: Bruce Nicholls on Jul 29, 2016, 10:45 PM
First piece ready to fit.
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Post by: Bruce Nicholls on Jul 29, 2016, 10:48 PM
First two pieces on.
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Post by: Bruce Nicholls on Jul 29, 2016, 10:50 PM
And shaped up.
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Post by: Bruce Nicholls on Jul 29, 2016, 10:52 PM
Good as new.
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Post by: Bruce Nicholls on Jul 29, 2016, 10:54 PM
- and repeat -
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Post by: Bruce Nicholls on Jul 29, 2016, 10:56 PM
- on other side.
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Post by: Isabelle Prondzynski on Jul 30, 2016, 07:43 AM
Fabulous! And thank you for showing the work in progress.

The skills we have in this Forum! I am full of admiration.

And now, I wish you fair weather so that you can show off your handiwork in other ports :) .
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Post by: Lynda Bradford on Jul 30, 2016, 09:56 AM
It just goes to show that there is a positive to everything - even bad weather.  If the weather had been good you would have been sailing and not had time to do this smart repair to keep the boat in mint condition or as the old saying goes:
"Shipshape and Bristol Fashion"  ;)
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Post by: June Ingram on Aug 11, 2016, 07:51 PM
Awesome work, Bruce !   :)
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Post by: June Ingram on Feb 26, 2017, 11:31 PM
Hi Bruce -

Just wondering how things are going ? Any more work on Lone Gerd or any new voyages ?

June  :)
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Post by: Bruce Nicholls on Mar 02, 2017, 11:24 PM
Hi June.
Not much to report here at the moment. I have just overhauled the main engine cooling system with a rebuild of the freshwater circulating pump, new thermostats, descaling of heat exchanger etc.

Lone Gerd is due her 5 year insurance survey this year and we are planning to have her lifted out at Fleetwood again for this. As we are heading northwards for this we may take the opportunity to have another Scottish trip over the summer. I will post more on this nearer the time.

Before this we are taking a month on a trip to Australia, Hong Kong and Singapore for our 25th wedding anniversary (air not sea travel sadly), so with our usual autumn in Montenegro it will be a busy year.
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Post by: June Ingram on Mar 03, 2017, 03:38 AM
Hi Bruce -

Thanks very much for your message and update. It does sound like you have done quite a lot of work. And quite a bit more to follow with her coming out of the water.

It does sound like you have some great travel plans. All the best with them and all good wishes for a Happy Anniversary !

June  :)
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Post by: Lynda Bradford on Mar 03, 2017, 08:51 AM
Sounds like you have exciting travel plans this year and what an amazing trip for your 25 Anniversary.  Will Lone Gerd be in Scotland in September for the conference?
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Post by: Bruce Nicholls on Mar 03, 2017, 05:08 PM
Hi Lynda

Sadly we will not be able to make the conference, it clashes with the only time of the year we are really able to go to Montenegro for a decent length of time before the weather breaks.

Thanks for the anniversary wishes June. The work never really stops but sitting watching the world go by is not for me.
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Post by: June Ingram on Mar 03, 2017, 05:39 PM
Hi Bruce -

How much weight over Lone Gerd can Fleetwood accomodate ?

June 
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Post by: Bruce Nicholls on Mar 03, 2017, 10:55 PM
Hi June

They can lift 75 ton I think. They told us we were 59 ton last time so have a fair bit of spare capacity.
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Post by: June Ingram on Mar 04, 2017, 02:03 AM
Yes, it sounds like you do not have to worry too much about the weight.
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Post by: Bruce Nicholls on Jul 26, 2017, 07:25 PM
Lone Gerd in James Watt Dock Greenock with its Titan Crane (I didn't realise there was more than one till we got here).
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Post by: Isabelle Prondzynski on Jul 26, 2017, 10:01 PM
Good to hear from you, Bruce! Will you and Lone Gerd still be around by the time we reach there for the Conference?
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Post by: Rob Lightbody on Jul 26, 2017, 11:02 PM
Good to hear from you, Bruce! Will you and Lone Gerd still be around by the time we reach there for the Conference?

How long are you in the area for, I'd love to say hello!
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Post by: Bruce Nicholls on Jul 27, 2017, 09:01 AM
Hi Rob. We leave for Montenegro at the beginning of September so sadly won't be around for the conference. Would be good to see you though. Currently we plan to leave Greenock on Saturday but this is a bit weather dependant. We generally only go into marinas when conditions are not suitable for anchoring as they vary from expensive to very expensive and anchoring is free.
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Post by: June Ingram on Jul 27, 2017, 05:42 PM
Hi Bruce -

It is great to hear from you and to see the photo of Lone Gerd and the Titan Crane.  Wonderful photo !

All the best,

June   :)

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Post by: Lynda Bradford on Jul 27, 2017, 08:31 PM
Good to hear from you Bruce and liking the picture of Lone Gerd at Greenock.
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Post by: Pete Hamill on Jul 28, 2017, 12:40 PM
There are actually 4 Titan cranes (or Giant Cantilever cranes to give them their correct title) still in existence on the Clyde.

Greenock as shown above, Barclay Curle , Stobcross and of course Clydebank at John Brown's old yard where we will be visiting in September.

I believe the crane at Barclay Curle's old yard is theoretically operational in that it still has all its hoist cables in place and I believe still has power, but is said to be in an awful state of decay.
Anyone doing the sail Doon the Watter on Saturday will be able to see the Stobcross crane in Glasgow, especially if staying at the Crowne Plaza hotel.
Greenock's crane is a bit more of a journey down river.

Only the Titan crane at Clydebank is accessible and those doing the sail on Saturday will have fantastic views from 150ft above the river (assuming the weather is decent - which is a big assumption  :-\)

The cranes were built by William Arrol except the Stobross crane which was built by Cowans and Sheldon.
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Post by: June Ingram on Oct 20, 2017, 06:10 PM
Hi Bruce -

Any news ? and how is Lone Gerd ?

June   :)
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Post by: Bruce Nicholls on Nov 01, 2017, 09:51 PM
Hi June.

Sorry for the delay in replying. We have been in Montenegro during September and October. Sadly although the infrastructure has improved dramatically in the last 10 years, the internet has gone downhill. They badly need fibre optics as the demand on the system now makes it really slow. We have pretty well given up using it for anything that involves downloads or uploads. When we first had our apartment the electric and water went off regularly but the internet was not too bad. Now the lights and water stay on but the internet goes off! Weather however was as always good.

Lone Gerd is fine and has weathered all the storms while we were away. The outer of the 3 sets of lock gates giving access to Milford Dock came off in the worst of the weather but fortunately the other 2 sets were unharmed and no boats were damaged.

Attached is a photo of Q.V. taken from our terrace showing off her new "improved" profile.



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Post by: June Ingram on Nov 03, 2017, 02:52 PM
Hi Bruce -

Thank you very much for your message and news.  Glad to hear that the weather was good even though internet access is not so good.  I am also glad to hear that Lone Gerd is doing well.  Thanks too for the photo of QV and her "improved" profile.  Now she looks like all the other HAL ships ! 

All the best !

June   :)
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Post by: June Ingram on Aug 04, 2018, 01:54 AM
Hi Bruce -

Just checking in to see how things are.

Any news ?

June  :)
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Post by: Bruce Nicholls on Aug 08, 2018, 11:00 PM
Hi June

We have not sailed yet this year. We spent the spring in Montenegro and since then have been busy painting and doing general maintenance, the joys of owning a 64 year old wooden boat! However we are now done and should be able to sail in the next few days, weather permitting. Our only planned destination is Liverpool, as my niece is getting married there in September. Otherwise it will just be wherever we end up. True to form though after a glorious summer to date, gales are forecast for Saturday so it might be a while yet before we depart.
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Post by: June Ingram on Aug 09, 2018, 03:59 AM
Hi Bruce -

Great to hear from you and I am glad to hear that you spent Spring in Montenegro and have been doing work on Gerd. 

All good wishes for setting sail soon.  I hope the weather does not become too bad.  The intensity of the weather in various parts of the US this summer has been pretty bad.

That is great that you can attend your nieces wedding.

Any new photos of Lone Gerd ?

Best,

June  :)
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Post by: Bruce Nicholls on Aug 09, 2018, 07:37 PM
Hi June
Nipped out and took a couple of photos. All ready to go, just waiting for the weather.
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Post by: Bruce Nicholls on Aug 09, 2018, 07:41 PM
Thought you may be interested in our mooring neighbour, the ex Angle lifeboat. One of two historic lifeboats moored near us.
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Post by: June Ingram on Aug 10, 2018, 12:20 AM
Hi Bruce -

Many thanks for the photos ! Lone Gerd looks awesome ! And she does indeed look ready to sail !  Just like our QE2, Lone Gerd's proportions are very good.  I especially like her stern. 

Great photo of the former life boat !

June  :)
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Post by: Thomas Hypher on Aug 10, 2018, 12:24 AM
Lovely vessels ;D  Lone Gerd has what looks like a cruiser stern of sorts but in the older style (like Queen Mary's in Long Beach).
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Post by: June Ingram on Aug 10, 2018, 12:31 AM
Hi Thomas - My thoughts exactly - she does have kind of a cruiser stern but probably a bit pointy as she is a smaller vessel.  She (Lone Gerd) is a beauty !  :)
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Post by: Peter Mugridge on Aug 18, 2018, 10:55 PM
Bruce - I was almost within waving distance of you on Thursday; just over the water from Milford Haven on Pembroke... unfortunately did not have time to nip across...
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Post by: Bruce Nicholls on Aug 19, 2018, 10:20 PM
Bruce - I was almost within waving distance of you on Thursday; just over the water from Milford Haven on Pembroke... unfortunately did not have time to nip across...
Would have been happy to see you Peter if you could have made it.
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Post by: Peter Mugridge on Aug 19, 2018, 10:46 PM
Alas, it was a day trip from Tenby and with only one train every two hours on the Pembroke Dock branch, plus the rabble* in tow expecting to visit the castle...



*a.k.a. the family
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Post by: Bruce Nicholls on Aug 21, 2018, 06:40 PM
Alas, it was a day trip from Tenby and with only one train every two hours on the Pembroke Dock branch, plus the rabble* in tow expecting to visit the castle...



*a.k.a. the family
Great Castle though. One of the best I've visited and the birthplace of Henry V11 to boot!

We are away now and currently at anchor at Porth Dinllaen on the Llyn Peninsula.
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Post by: Peter Mugridge on Aug 21, 2018, 09:47 PM
Yes, definitely a proper castle and a decent size as well.

So - your voyage begins, and that looks like very quick progress!  Do you have a map you can post of your planned course?
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Post by: Clydebuilt1971 on Aug 22, 2018, 10:29 AM
Thought you may be interested in our mooring neighbour, the ex Angle lifeboat. One of two historic lifeboats moored near us.

Hi Bruce,

What was Lone Gerd originally built as? She certainly has a nice sheer on her anyway!

Gav
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Post by: Bruce Nicholls on Aug 22, 2018, 10:42 AM
We actually have very little by way of a plan this year. Our only objective is to be in Liverpool for my nieces wedding by the end of 1st week in September.

Normally we would head from Porth Dinllaen to Victoria Dock in Caernarfon. However the silting there is now so bad that the Harbour Master thinks we would have problems with our 2.5 mtr draught as we only just made it in last year. Fortunately they have arranged dredging for October so we should be ok in the future.

However St Georges Pier at Menai Bridge was suggested as on alternative. We have never used this before as it is normally occupied by the research vessel Prince Madog. However we spoke to the Pier Master and he had no problem with us staying over the Bank Holiday so we are heading there today.

We cannot cross Caenarfon Bar till about 5.30 tonight and then have to make it up through the Swellies and the Britannia and Menai Bridges before the tide turns just after 7.45pm. It will be close but should be do-able.

The links here may give some idea.

http://www.caernarfonharbour.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/buoys.pdf

http://www.caernarfonharbour.org.uk/passage-through-the-swellies/


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Post by: Bruce Nicholls on Aug 22, 2018, 10:51 AM
Hi Bruce,

What was Lone Gerd originally built as? She certainly has a nice sheer on her anyway!

Gav
Hi Gav
Lone Gerd was a Danish Sein Netter. Built 1954, Oak on Oak (plus modern aluminium deckhouse), 60 tons dislpacement. A typical medium sized Danish boat. There were hundreds of these. Although now somewhat rarer there are still many about, even a few still fishing.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seine_fishing
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Post by: Twynkle on Aug 22, 2018, 01:05 PM
Lone Gerd will look absolutely wonderful tied up between England and Wales!
 Oh how I wish I could come up purely for the fun of it!
Will be going (to the Pool) via Chester?
Please  give it most of my love, and of course, have a great time... fear it might be a tad breezy up the coast
Sail well Lone Gerd!

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Post by: June Ingram on Aug 22, 2018, 06:41 PM
Yes, every good wish for the sail in your gem of Lone Gerd !  :)
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Post by: Isabelle Prondzynski on Aug 22, 2018, 06:48 PM
I love your reports from Lone Gerd and just wish I could come and visit! She sounds like a wonderful little ship. Have you ever taken her back to Denmark?

It is fascinating to read about your passage to the Menai Bridge -- that will be a wakeful night for you.
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Post by: Clydebuilt1971 on Aug 23, 2018, 08:24 AM
Hi Gav
Lone Gerd was a Danish Sein Netter. Built 1954, Oak on Oak (plus modern aluminium deckhouse), 60 tons dislpacement. A typical medium sized Danish boat. There were hundreds of these. Although now somewhat rarer there are still many about, even a few still fishing.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seine_fishing

Thanks Bruce - she certainly looks like a good sturdy sea boat! Wouldn't mind one myself.

Godspeed to you, yours and Lone Gerd sir!

Gav
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Post by: Lynda Bradford on Aug 23, 2018, 10:01 AM
Loving the posts from Lone Gerd, please keep posting updates Bruce. 
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Post by: Rob Lightbody on Aug 23, 2018, 10:40 PM
Yes i love hearing about your adventures, please continue!
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Post by: Bruce Nicholls on Aug 26, 2018, 10:49 PM
At St Georges Pier Menai with a great view of Telford's Bridge from our deck.
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Post by: Bruce Nicholls on Aug 26, 2018, 10:52 PM
Menai Bridge
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Post by: Bruce Nicholls on Aug 26, 2018, 11:03 PM
Built for Stage Coaches and used by Busses! The clearances are tight for modern traffic.
Lone Gerd at St Georges Pier taken from the Menai Bridge.
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Post by: Clydebuilt1971 on Aug 27, 2018, 09:35 AM
Hi Bruce,

Great pics - the Menai Bridge is very similar in many ways to the Clifton Suspension Bridge which spans the river Avon.

Here is one of us sailing under it on mv Balmoral in 2016 - it was undergoing renovation at the time as can be seen by the scaffolding around the tower on the Bristol side.

Keep the adventures comin' :)

Gav
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Post by: Bruce Nicholls on Aug 27, 2018, 09:52 AM
Menai is of course somewhat older, opening in 1826 as compared to 1864 for Clifton. Both are great bridges.
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Post by: Lynda Bradford on Aug 27, 2018, 09:55 AM
Thanks for posting the pictures Bruce.  It give us an insight to what you are seeing on your travels. 
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Post by: June Ingram on Aug 27, 2018, 11:02 PM
Awesome photos, Bruce !  Yes, indeed, keep them coming !  Many thanks !  :)
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Post by: Bruce Nicholls on Aug 29, 2018, 05:54 PM
St Tysilio's on Church Island in the Menai Straits (AD 630)
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Post by: Bruce Nicholls on Aug 29, 2018, 05:57 PM
St Tysilio's
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Post by: Bruce Nicholls on Aug 29, 2018, 06:03 PM
Slate gravestones on Church Island.

Britannia Bridge (road & rail on 2 decks) from Church Island.
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Post by: Isabelle Prondzynski on Aug 29, 2018, 06:03 PM
What a beautiful little church! I wonder whether it gets a decent congregation or whether it is only in occasional use...
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Post by: Bruce Nicholls on Aug 29, 2018, 06:07 PM
Saw this today for sale in Beaumaris so had to acquire it.
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Post by: June Ingram on Aug 29, 2018, 08:00 PM
Great photos of the church !  And what a marvelous QE2 find !  I wonder, too, if the church is used.  Many thanks, Bruce !  And I am looking forward to the next installment.   :)
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Post by: Isabelle Prondzynski on Aug 29, 2018, 08:29 PM
Saw this today for sale in Beaumaris so had to acquire it.

What a great find! I am sure you will not be eating your bread and butter off this plate :) .

I wonder what its history is... we have not come across this plate before.
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Post by: June Ingram on Feb 27, 2019, 03:13 PM
Just checking in to see how things are ?  Well, I hope.  Any news ?   :)
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Post by: Bruce Nicholls on Mar 12, 2019, 01:12 PM
Hi June. Not much happening here apart from gales & rain. Not planning much cruising this year as we have a few maintenance jobs to catch up with. The foremast needs to come out as we lost the top 3 feet last year due to rot above the mast collar where the rigging attaches. This is a fair sized tree which is stepped on the keel so we will need a crane. I plan to replace it with a much lighter mast stepped on the deck in a tabernacle so that it can be lowered down for maintenance. The mast serves no purpose today apart from navigation lights, flying flags and generally making the boat look right so this should be fine. The mizzen mast is made from a telegraph pole and used as a crane for lifting the RIB on and off the roof. Something similar would be fine for the foremast as telegraph poles are well soaked in preservatives which helps. We will also be giving the deck a refresh as one or two leaks have appeared over the last year.

I have done a bit of work on my Austin 7 as my nephew wants to use it for his wedding in November. It hasn't been used for a few years but generally fresh fuel an oil change and a battery gets it going. I have fitted an alternator which is available as a direct replacement for the Lucas dynamo. This should make the 85 year old electrics a bit more reliable and has the advantage of looking just like the old dynamo. I have also fitted a new electronic ignition distributor which vastly improves the way the engine performs according to those who have already fitted one. Again it looks just like the original The survival of around 10,000 Austin 7's means there is good parts availability and the cars are regularly used by many owners. Photo shows old dynamo and new unit in place.
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Post by: June Ingram on Mar 13, 2019, 02:06 PM
Hi Bruce -

Thanks very much for your message and all the news !  I hope all is going well today.  I hope the weather improves.  I hope we have turned the corner into more Springlike weather here.  It sounds like you indeed have a lot of work to accomplish.  All the best with it !  Thanks for the great photos !  The Austin 7 looks marvelous and it should be an eye catcher at the wedding.  If you can, as work progresses on Lone Gerd, please update us and send photos too !

June   :)