Year 2018

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  This year started with one of our Partners just having completed the ARC and then soon after facing a replacement knee operation. He had taken over our Headlining replacement task so with his absence there will be little or no work done this refit.   Not all is lost though as we are planning to hire the services of a Professional to complete the majority (if not all) of the remaining headlining during October 2018.  This work will be combined with re-gelcoating our Topsides at the same time.  We had in the past experienced high moisture content in one area which proved very expensive to repair and left us with the distinct possibility that this could repeat itself in other areas in the future, hence re-gelcoating.   Other options we considered were Two-part Painting and Wrapping both being of similar cost to Gelcoating but neither would satisfy our requirement as well as Gelcoating.
Its got to be Party Time this year as Chris & myself will have owned Adat for 20 years.   On 7th March 1997 she was formally purchased by our original Partnership of David, Chris & myself with David retiring in September 2010.   However due to my own current medical problems this grand celebration will have to bide its time.
Our main maintenance task this year was a very noisy Wind Generator, a task that had not been carried out for several years. The noise above decks was an acceptable “hum” but down below much amplified by the hull it became beyond a joke and the generator had to be Stalled. To make matters worse the manufacturers video guide for our model was of a later type and prompted several telephone calls to several of their engineers who eventually realised this discrepancy.  Replacement of the main bearings necessitated specialist knowledge and tools.  The bearings themselves were easily available and priced however the special Loctite was very expensive to obtain even the small amount we required.   All the time we were discussing problems with the manufacturer they willingly offered to undertake the work for us, obviously at a substantial cost which was the very reason we undertook the work ourselves.  With the task completed I decided to improve the assembly by installing Anti Vibration Mounts where necessary.  Any specialist will provide these for just a few pounds each and they just bolt on.   Job done and the Generator installed with just the sound of a feather falling. Bliss!
With me out of service but progressing well, restricted and stuck at home, I decided to concentrate on configuring a Tasks List for our forthcoming 3 week outage at Northney Marina in October.  It was amazing just how much work we have to undertake before the contractors come aboard and also bearing in mind that immediately after this work is completed, Adat will be taken back to Wicormarine for a lift & store on the hard for our Winter Refit.  I realise its only April but just creating a tasks list and leaving a copy on board may well prompt an idea.
Having cancelled my prospective crew for the season, I find now in May I have been incredibly lucky with my recovery and am finding it difficult to recruit crew as most have understandably found berths elsewhere.  To allow me to get back into sailing and on light duties until at least for another month, I obtained a berth on “Serene” for the YOSC event to Littlehampton.   As soon as I stepped on board it all came back and any hesitation quickly disappeared.  I found and was reassured to be ready for the YOSC Summer Cruise to Normandy.  If only we had crew?

Littlehampton 'Serene' alongside 'China Girl'

 'Fou de Bassan' tucked away

 'Rusty' Cafe on east front

A very large ship departing the harbour

  The following midweek we had a YOSC event this time on Adat to Bembridge with dinner in the Brading Haven Yacht Club.   Crewing the passage to Bembridge but Helming on our return.  I felt completely at home and great!   The best we had was a motor/sail but hey, I was on the water and on Adat.

Bembridge Pontoon Party hosted by 'Fou de Bassan'

Bembridge Pontoon Party

Excellent dining in Brading Haven YC

Night Water Taxi home
in the Fog

   Early June now and a berth on Adat for the YOSC event to Lymington, Dan Bran Pontoon as crew.   Nearer the time I received a call from the Skipper to say he couldn’t make it and would I take over.   Sure I would and with some quick phone calls it was all organised.  As I had the time I vittled on the Friday morning in readiness for a quick start in the afternoon. With another crew for company I had to reach Fareham to collect an order (Spare for Adat) so we had a meal locally then boarded and settled in (ice to kick-start the fridge etc.).  Later in the evening my other crew arrived and were greeted with a drink.  The following day after breakfast we motored out of the harbour and with zero to ten knots max. we continued all the way to Lymington where socialising with the rest of our fleet was the order of the day.  This was followed by Drinks ‘n Nibbles on ‘Octavia’ at 1700 and later a meal in the Lymington Town SC.   A funny afternoon interspersed with very fine light rain but not enough that required shelter.   It seemed to immediately dry (and was not forecast).  After a leisurely breakfast, a walk to town and top up with water we departed for home at around 1300 with the prospect of a motor again all the way.   What a surprise as we were able to sail in the very light winds for at least 1½ hours which in the hot sun was bliss.   Alas the wind died and on went the engine so we dined in the cockpit at the table whilst ‘George’ took the helm.  After fuelling at Gosport and mooring at Wicor we cleaned up and departed for home.  To me this was a great start leaving me with the thirst for more.

Lymington, Lunch on board

Whilst others just relax

'So proud of his He-man body'

Pirates included

Drinks 'n Nibbles on 'Octavia'

Which spilled over on the Pontoon

Pre-dinner drinks on the balcony of the Lymington Town YC

Followed by our meal inside

  Late June and a chance for a day sail.  With short notice and on springs I headed for Cowes and a deep water mooring in Shepards Wharf giving us more time in port.  I managed to recruit one of my Partners who hadn’t sailed on Adat this year, Joy and her friend Lorna who had never even been on a yacht.   The weather was cool to start with then just got hot, very hot and little wind.   On arrival, a beer then off to “The Basque Kitchen” a small bistro on Shepards Wharf for a splendid lunch.   A stroll around the town, mainly for Lorna stopping off for refreshment then back on board.   The town had certainly changed since the last time I had seen it which was probably several years.  We slipped and motored our way into the Solent and whilst well on our way I found we had run out of water.   This should have been almost impossible as we had full tanks in the morning.  Further investigation found bilges full of water and the Auto bilge pump light was on.   We have a problem!   On arrival at Wicormarine I had a quick look around without a hint of leakage so it was left for another day when we would have more time.   Apart from actually not sailing, it was still a very enjoyable day out.
Mid July and just a day on board undergoing some maintenance.   We had a catastrophic fresh water leak meaning all the 360 litres of fresh water drained into the bilges in a matter of hours.  Unfortunately with the main engine running no one heard the fresh water pump continuously running.   We also had a suspected Gas leak so for the last few weeks there has been no sailing.   We took the covers off all the obvious places finding no obvious trace.   We placed 25 litres fresh water (from a container) into ADAT’s tanks in the hope that with the fresh water pump running we might find a trace of water.  None found so the process was repeated and we spotted running water under the galley sink.   Further investigation found a hose connector completely disconnected (see pic).  That rectified the system was tested, pressurised as all OK.  A third container of fresh water was emptied into ADAT’s water tanks giving our next Skipper time to completely fill the tanks.  We took advantage of this disruption and replaced a faulty Emergency Whale foot pump (for Fresh Water).
  The gas leak was sufficient to activate our new Pilot Dual gas detector but only intermittently and on one channel.  We leak tested all pipe & tube connections (copper & rubber) including our under cooker cut-off tap and connection to the cooker itself all without fault.   This only left the cooker when in use or just pressurised.  With this knowledge we decided to continue investigations and utilise the services of our Gas engineer later should it be required.

Day trip to Shepards Wharf with Lorna & Andy

Joy below relaxing in the cool

Loose pipe connector under Galley Sink

  August now and a chance for an Exclusive weekend.   I managed to rustle up three “Steves” and one “Ian” and decided this weekend was to be a surprise (even to me).  One Steve was very inexperienced and with nothing planned apart from Saturday evening meal ashore, somewhere, I left the passage planning to Saturday morning and the crew.   Plan “A” was lunch at anchor in Osborne Bay Saturday then on to Shepards Wharf for overnight and dinner ashore.   Once outside Portsmouth harbour we raised all sail but of course we needed some wind power so they were soon furled.  Since the very strong winds of F0 and we were motoring we decided to skip Osborne (plan “B”) but then over the VHF came no space in Shepards.   Shepards called back and offered us a mooring on the outside pontoon rafted outside of 2 motor boats which I quickly declined.  Onto plan “C” and East Cowes however they had only 3 berths empty and we hadn’t yet reached Cowes so onto plan “D” and the Folly Inn.  By now and around low tide I was wondering just where plan “E” would take us especially as we decided not to bring the dinghy (probably at anchor off Island Harbour and ferry to the Folly as normal).  As we were approaching I asked that the fenders were raised as with so much traffic we were bound to be rafted however to my surprise there were plenty of available pontoon berths.  We moored and after erecting our Bimini out came lunch and beers.  Around 1800 and still no vessel rafted alongside we were ferried across to the Folly Inn and a pleasant table outside in the shade in the still 30 deg heat.  As time passed I realised why it was so empty, it was Cowes week and all the “action” was up north leaving the Folly Inn a very pleasant mooring (an excellent albeit lucky choice).   On our return just after sunset we found we had a visitor rafted alongside and their only stipulation was that we wouldn’t slip before breakfast.   What a delight.   Sunday, after our English breakfast we slipped and headed for Osborne Bay and anchor.  With the very high air temp Steve Lucas decided he wanted a swim so he dived off our Bow seat and after swimming around in the 26+ deg water swam ashore where we could only make him out using binoculars.  We erected a floating safety line with a fender on the end but had to remain vigilant due to the number of other boats manoeuvring for an anchorage.  During this time all the crew decided to “scrub the decks”.  Again a chore made good by the heat of the sun.   After some time Steve, being a very strong swimmer returned delighted.  We lunched and mid afternoon slipped for Wicormarine.   Once we had refuelled at Gosport (so easy now and 24 hr) we made use of the tidal flow and practised ferry gliding and picking up buoys.  Later we moored on our mooring, cleaned, packed and made for home.

Sunset at Wicormarine Mooring

Moored alongside opposite the Folly Inn

Sunset from the Folly Inn

Sunset from the Folly Inn

At anchor in Osborne Bay

Steve Lewis starts to dive

Crew scrubbing the decks

All across the Solent with Steve Murrell at the helm

  Next trip for me on Adat in August/September was the YOSC Autumn Cruise covering a week including the weekends.   Friday evening we boarded Adat after a splendid meal in the Cormorant at Portchester, plus of course a couple of pints to wash it down.  Saturday morning 2 more arrived and presented me with a birthday cake.   Yes it was my ¾ century.  We slipped and tacked across the Solent pushing us past Cowes where we had a better point of sail. We were to anchor in Studland Bay but in view of the forecasted bad weather of 50 knot winds we picked up one of the many Banks Arms buoys.   It turned out to be good shelter and we stayed there all Sunday. Worst winds we had was 33 knots. Monday we sailed off the buoy and headed for Weymouth but turned about after Durlston Head and headed for Poole and pay their extortionate fee. Showers and a fish speciality meal ashore in the Poole Arms on the front made up for our disappointment then back on board for a night cap. Tuesday back on the buoy in Studland Bay again and this time a visit to the Banks Arms for a meal. Splendid.  Wednesday we headed for Yarmouth with no wind (again).   A tour of the town’s hostelries and got caught in one when the heavens opened. Wet on the inside but not on the outside.  Then realised all our towels were pegged outside drying after our showers, now of course very wet indeed.   Oh and the Sprayhood was still down.  Thursday we slipped to anchor for the Bournemouth Air Show with almost ideal weather. The start was late and rather stretched out with a very low display of a Spitfire then only small planes, a superb start but the rest rather too high, slow, mundane and no shore activities.  The best display came at 1730, the Red Arrows.   Magnificent and made up for what seemed at times like watching paint dry.  We motored with no wind back to the Solent and anchored at sunset outside Keyhaven, a new anchorage for some.  Hunting for a depth of 2 Metres I was looking at the binnacle Depth display but a colleague standing next to me was viewing the cockpit display (Tri Data) and all of a sudden he shouted saying our depth was dropping fast then even faster yet my display was constant.  I slowed down very quickly, confused and I looked at his display both of us making the classic mistake of viewing the Speed display, not Depth.  No wonder it dropped quickly.  Ah well, age has its disadvantages?   Once anchored out came the snacks and drinks in the cockpit and with such peace and clear skies out came the stars.  With the sun setting, red skies, a warm atmosphere, snacks, drinks, peace and very pleasant company what else could one ask for.   This was without doubt far better than staying in any marina.   And no we didn’t miss the evening Air Show fireworks albeit a rather short display seen from the comfort of our cockpit.   After that it was counting the satellites.  Friday off tacking to Shepards Wharf for fuel and water and a night on the town then Saturday sailing to Portsmouth and home.

My 75th Birthday Cake

Sailing through the Solent
to Studland Bay

Studland Bay on a Banks Arms buoy in the moonlight

Passing Old Harry and his Wife

Mike in a Deck Chair in Poole

Customers field opposite
the Banks Arms

Installing a safety line with our 'Chain' mooring

Visiting the Bugle in Yarmouth

Bournemouth Air Show
(wing walking)

The Red Arrows display

Sun setting on our passage to Keyhaven

Relaxing on anchor outside Keyhaven

  September and my last YOSC event of this year is to be Chichester and dinner in the Yacht Club.   Around 3 hours of doing what you want on the water in waters we all know well and the meal in the Yacht Club is always well worth the visit. With just 3 we boarded on the Friday evening after another splendid meal in the Cormorant at Portchester.  Saturday we slipped passing the “Waverley” entering Portsmouth Harbour then motor/sailing to Chichester and after we were secure, lunch.   Visits followed to other YOSC yachts then dinner in the Yacht Club.   Sunday after a very leisurely breakfast and for some a walk we slipped late AM for Wicormarine motoring or motor/sailing.  After refuelling at Gosport we moored at Wicor and lunched.   Another enjoyable but short weekend.

Mike Purdy & Ian Whyteside in the cockpit

PS “Waverley” entering Portsmouth Harbour

Passing PS “Waverley“

Our YOSC Dinner in Chichester Yacht Club

  Overall, my sailing was better this year than expected.   What with recuperating from a Rotator Cuff operation (2017) then Cancer and a very lucky recovery I haven't done too bad and now I have the Winter Refit to regain my strength and stamina.   Completion of the years sailing will be delivering and returning Adat to/from Northney Marina to have some planned projects carried out.  See Headlining & Gelcoating sections.   This is only a couple of 3 hour passages and would be all motoring but that is all that’s left for this season.