Shortly after joining the Royal Southern YC, we were on committee boat duty when I saw a Hardy Commodore 36 in the RSrnYC Yacht Haven.
I thought it would work for us. Dairne took a little persuading! Also we would have to make several adaptations to allow Dairne to move around, and even to get on board.
We did look at other motor boats, but most required you to board via the swimming platform, and the owner’s cabin was usually in the bow where you have to swing round to get on and off the bunk; both impossible for most stroke survivors.
Teal, the boat we eventually bought, had been built in 2002 and marina based, connecting to shore power each evening. As we often spend several days at anchor that had to be addressed. Other access issues had to be addressed to enable Dairne to board and move about.
We took delivery in September 2015, and endured a rough trip from Poole to Marchwood. During the winter of 2015/5 we spent most of the time in the Royal Southern YC Yacht Haven (because Ariadne was still technically in our ownership and Marchwood YC resist anyone having 2 boats in the yard).
After a Spring refot at Marchwood, were really familiarising ourselves with the boat, and occasionally assisting at Royal Southern YC regattas
This is a list of key events (where possible links to Flickr Albums are included).
Aug 23: Survey – “Teal ‘as bought”
Sep 26: MYC Newtown Rally
Dec 15: RSrnYC RYS Rally
May 17: RSrnYC Beaulieu Cruiser Rally
Jun 4: MYC Gins Farm
Jun 7: RSrnYC Cruiser Bembridge
Jun10: RSrnYC Motorboats Cowes
Jun17: Teal ashore for repairs
Jun 26: Family on board
Jul 5: RSrnYC Motorboats Bembridge
Jul 17: RSrnYC Regatta (C0mmittee boat)
Aug 5: Peaceful weekend in Keyhaven
Aug 17: RSrnYC Newtown rally
Sep 17: Family weekend in Newtoqn
Oct 17: Teal ashore (Throttle problem)
We were back in the water by April, and managed to do quite a few rallies with the Royal Southern Yacht Club cruiser and motor boat sections; and a couple of Marchwood YC Rallies as well.
We did not do much committee boat work in this year, but did make Teal available to the RSrnYC Sailability Day
The highlight of the year was a cruise in company with the Royal Southern YC, when we were accompanied by Dairne’s college friend, Rowena. The weather was very patchy all year, and we had serious doubts about making the trip. In the event it was successful, and our first real holiday since Dairne’s stroke.
I had not planned to do a Log, and we were well into the trip before I started collecting the material, so the early parts of the Log are a bit thin. In the end, however, I managed to produce both a You Tube video (and CD) and a pdf printed Log
Other events, organised by Royal Southern YC and Marchwood YC are recorded in the flickr albums
Everybody was late getting going this year after a long, cold, wet Spring. Alan Ganter serviced the heat exchangers, sorted out a pimp defetect and fitted a much better tap in the aft heads. Stuart Southwick did a brilliant job cleaning the teak, polishing and antifouling. I did a bit of work on the props, rudders trim tabs, and P-brackets. Propspeed has been abandoned in favour of Trilux on all of these except the props. There I am trying a PropShield, a kind of propeller grease. It turned out to be tricky to apply, and the end result seems rather rough. We shall see!
The launch date is set for 15th April with a fair forecast for that week.