Monday, 1 August 2016

The Only Way is Wessex.

The (nearly) Famous Five have just done the Wessex Ridgeway.

Two days of epic cross country cycling in rural Dorset.

66 miles of Bridleway
7000 ft of ascent.

Nettles, Brambles, Horseflies, Ticks, Blood, Sweat, nearly tears,
and lashings and lashings of ginger beer.

Well Beer and Cider at any rate.  

We all had a wonderful time,
And nobody died,

Sunday, 24 July 2016

Katie As Done Down Under

Regular Viewers will be acquainted with Katie Beardie my sixteen foot sailing paddling expedition canoe, you might even have read about her in Watercraft Magazine or seen her at Beale Park Boat Show.  Its all here in her very own Katie Beardie.  page .  

I have been asked a few times whether there are any plans available so that people could build their very own Katie.  The answer has always been, well not really. As you can read over on Katie's page there never were any proper plans, I've just pointed people towards the two pieces of A4 Chris Waite provided and said, go ahead if you are brave enough.

Over on the other side of the world serial boat builder Rob Blackburn was looking for his next build and after a shortish conversation decided to take up the challenge.

Rob is going his own way with his version of Katie, the hull is the same but the deck, hatches and cockpit are of his own devising. 

Now while I did my initial testing under the full media glare of the HBBR paparazzi,  

Rob has had his own special test tank built in his back yard. 
They don't mess around in the antipodes you know. 
Here he sensibly gets his attractive helper to test the stability while he manfully stands ready to prevent a capsize. 

Rob has devised a roller furling lug sail, which seems eminently sensible and he is also fitting electric bilge pumps for when he gets the inevitable dunking. 

There has been a lot of progress recently with paint being applied and all the little fiddly jobs being done so a Southern Hemisphere Spring Splash should be happening quite soon. 

I'll keep you posted.