Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Change of plan

Picture borrowed from facebook, Taken by Petre Riemers. Only one of her with the topsail

OK so we have come up with another plan which does not involve selling her.
I am going to build a tractor trailer capable of bringing her to my house.
There is plenty of room in my shed but I need to open up a doorway in the gable
which will be high enough to back her in.
There is a crane from time to time at Union hall pier so I am going to look in to the idea
of lifting her out there. We also need to locate our missing mooring which I failed to find last Summer and once that is done the plan is just to scale back our sailing ambitions to occasional day sailing and little over nighters in the hope that sooner or later, time off  and good weather coincide
whether it be this season or in a year or two and we can take her further a field.
What are we gaining ?
Well she would be indoors all Winter.
She will be outside my front door and under the same roof as the workshop.
We won't need to worry about getting round to Baltimore and up river etc come the end of the season.
If we really want to she could be mothballed for a season (the pitch pine shrinks very little)
and all the while the kids are getting older and what we can do changes.
We have spent a lot of money and the hard work is done.
So hopefully this will work out.

Saturday, 23 September 2017

Sad realization

So another season is nearing its end and Teal has unfortunately spent all of it on her mooring.
Keeping her in Baltimore was suppose to be the answer but we basically put her out of sight
and out of mind.
I have kept an eye on her and managed to spend a night or two on board and do a little house
keeping, run the engine etc. However I don't want to love her to death so sadly we have decided to offer her For Sale.
My current plan is to take her up river soon and put her to bed for the Winter. There are a few
finishing touches I need to do inside and the canvas deck has not held up well so I am going to
remove all the deck fittings, rubbing strips and toe-rails and recover it, either in canvas with different
paints or epoxy coat it. The only reason I would now consider epoxy is for longevity and the fact that
if I sold her and the deck goes bad it will destroy the whole boat.

Next season I will bring her back to Union Hall where at very least I will see her much more regularly at which stage I may advertise her elsewhere.
Its not that she requires much annually, a good week gets all the paint and varnish done and and doesn't cost much, the yard and insurance are the biggest cost but even that is not too bad but its
all for nothing if she is not used.
Things have changed somewhat for me since we started on Teal six years ago, the charter boat
which was originally planned to be a way of covering the cost of the boats has now become my
livelihood and as much as the kids love getting out on Teal we want to do other things as well when
I'm not fishing. This isn't a light hearted decision and I have sat to write this post numerous times
over the last few weeks.

We were asked a while back what we would have done differently in Teals rebuild with money no
object and the answer was, "nothing" she got what she needed.

So thats the story really. If you are interested in a sail-away condition, 103 year old Falmouth quay punt with all the hard work done get in touch and we can have a chat.


Wednesday, 16 August 2017

My laptop has come to a sorry end after an encounter with a large wave so I'm waiting on a new one but have a few pictures on my phone from a few weeks back on a little trip with the kids to sherkin and hackets creek.
Unfortunately we have failed once again to make use of Teal much this year and now serious questions have to be asked.

Friday, 7 July 2017

No its not a clip from the Goonie's, The ship is going the wrong  direction obviously LOL

Not something you see on most mackerel trips. I had to head straight to this spot for the picture.
I looked her up on AIS and she is a UK registered ship called the Phoenix. I haven't read any more about her yet.
A little while later the breeze died and it brightened up as she turned further South with her stern to us, It looked pretty dam impressive heading out over the horizon.

More on Teal soon once I gather a few pictures up.

Friday, 26 May 2017


Ken and Grainne hard at work. Finally getting Teals cushions covered.
Just in time for the weekend. Off to the 2017 Baltimore Wooden Boat Festival tomorrow morning.
Have to get off the mooring early or we'll be hard a ground for all the races. Spring tides this weekend.

Monday, 15 May 2017

Camera was on a funny setting for this one. We had a small accident with the crane. We had to let the chains down into the cockpit to let out some links and as we were watching the rigging when they were being hauled back up a link caught the cleat and ripped it out of the coamings, Thankfully the cleat gave before the coachroof, Need to do a repair the next day.

Varnished stripped

We had a nice easterly going down the river so sailed most of the way with just the main up. We had no outer forestay  rigged yet so had to do without a jib