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Enchanted lands and new sails

I’ve just returned from a memorable four day trip round the Markermeer (bottom half of the Ijsselmeer) with it being our Ascension weekend holiday Thursday till Sunday. We left the Westeinde lake around 6pm to make the first bridge in … Continue reading

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Just add water.

Three weeks on the hard, considerable man hours I was ready to launch, and quite ready to be finally sailing again! After painting the remaining contact points from the stand and the bottom of the keel with the boat suspended … Continue reading

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Vertue haul out!

After three seasons it was really was due time to have Virtue craned out to inspect and repaint the hull, I was also very intrigued to see if I had any under the water issues, as I had bought the … Continue reading

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Hitters Proost website

Had an email this week from Thijs Hitters to inform me that there is now a website over the yacht builders Hitters Proost full of lots of details over the history of their yacht building etc and it has also … Continue reading

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27 hrs blood sweat and tears!

  Just finished my mast, three coats of primer + 6 coats of varnish sanding lightly between coats, must say it’s been quite a job and kept me busy in my weekends for about a month! Luckily Ive got a … Continue reading

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The trials of a wooden mast.

A wooden mast should be a thing of great beauty, mine was a rather matt mars bar brown, in fact you might think it could be mahogany, instead of the lovely spruce or pine. With a full overhaul of the … Continue reading

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Sails and Bilges

With the uncertainty over our trade relation with the UK I thought it a good time to get a nice set of  sails made in the UK before the terms may be changed, not to mention the low pound. Having … Continue reading

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Amateur footage of a Vertue sailing

After a few software and format issues I have finally managed to join a number of average to poor video clips together and make a distinctly homemade and slightly amateur  video complete with the rather typical accompaniment, the type of music … Continue reading

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More lingering rust !!

Time to tackle my boom gallows, I had my suspicions that the splits and warped blocks of wood on the bottom posts of the boom gallows were hiding some nasty rust as the slight seeping rust stains had indicated on … Continue reading

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Oh no more rust!!

Now turned cold here in NL and glad to have the boat tidied up and covered for the Winter, time to check off a few jobs that aren’t too urgent but still require tending to.   There’s a couple of … Continue reading

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