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Port Edgar quickie

June 4, 2017

The crew and I were down in London for a couple of days in late May, and I took the opportunity to rattle round some old haunts, catching up with family and friends. I also managed to squeeze in a trip to St Katherine’s Docks, and was really surprised to see that the red-hulled Macwester Malin I spotted back in 2013 when we were down for three months [see here], was still berthed in the innermost harbour. At 32ft long, she looked diminutive compared to the larger boats surrounding her.

It was after midnight before we got back from the airport on the Friday night, but we were keen to make the best of what was left of the weekend, so we set course for Port Edgar as soon as the tide allowed on Saturday. We left a moody, pregnant sky behind us and yet it was remarkably bright by the time we reached the marina. Unfortunately there was a newbie in charge at the marina office and we ended-up having to move three times from our allocated berth due to returning owners amongst other issues. While that was a pain, we accept that the challenges of a new role can be …umm …a challenge. We ended up berthing our Macwester Malin alongside Copepod, a Hallberg-Rassy 43 (see above, lower right of image).

To their credit, Port Edgar subsequently took steps to remedy the situation and we were not left with a sour taste in our mouths. That said, two hours moving the boat around when we had other things to be doing, knocked the edge off our overnight stay, and the inaugural outing of the crew’s newly-purchased disco ball will have to wait for another weekend.

The following day we slowly tacked our way home into the wind, however we eventually chucked in the towel close to Rosyth and pootled the rest of the way back to our mooring using the engine.

Once we had gone through our mooring procedure, there was time for something cold out on deck, while the sun was making a reasonable job of convincing us that summer was on the way.

The following weekend we also squeezed in a quickie to Capernaum. The weather was changeable, but I managed to achieve my goal for the trip which was to construct the basics of a helm seat that will sit on the lower washboard of the campanionway to our Macwester Malin’s aft cabin.

With neepy tides, unfortunately we couldn’t take up the offer to go racing on Calloo, as the window to get back on our mooring was just too tight. That was a pity, as with a noticeable south westerly, the race was very exciting. In the shot above you can see Calloo just this side of Joint Venture. Seconds after I took this shot, a big gust of wind caught Calloo and she momentarily rounded towards Joint Venture. It must have been more than a little bit hairy onboard.

On second thoughts …perhaps it’s just as well that we couldn’t join the Calloo crew afterall.


Single to Dalgety Bay please

May 25, 2017

As the crew had prior commitments, it was down to yours truly to get our 32ft Macwester Malin to her destination for the weekend on the Friday. I had work to complete on the engine bay hatch (see previous post here), and therefore I set off in the morning so that I had the afternoon to get my head down.

There was very little wind on the journey east, which suited me as this was easily the most adventurous single-handed sail that I’ve tackled. As luck would have it, an unwelcome swell appeared out of nowhere just as I was coming into the harbour at Dalgety Bay. Fortunately things settled a little as I rounded the end of the pier. It was a neep tide and having overshot the stairwell, I realised that the leap up on to the pier was too risky, and so had no choice other than to manoeuvre astern …using the thruster to keep the bow steady. It was all good.

I worked on the engine bay hatch until the crew arrived by road later in the day. It was a peaceful evening, however that peace was shattered in the early hours of the following morning by some late-night revellers intent on revelling. With raised voices for an extended period, I got up and kept a look-out for upwards of thirty minutes.

Saturday was mainly soggy and we didn’t venture out apart from a trip to the local store for provisions. There was a brief spell of sunshine late afternoon, but that was followed by increased winds on Saturday night. Despite this, the weather didn’t dampen our experience too much, as this was the first trip away from our home port this season, assuming that our voyage from Whitehaven to Largs on the west coast a few weeks ago didn’t count.

Sunday morning came around all too quickly. We set sail as soon as we floated and headed west towards the bridges. On passing under the Forth Road Bridge, I presented a wooden boomerang to the crew. She momentarily paused, before throwing the boomerang back towards the bridge in an act of commemoration for a close friend’s son who had leapt from the bridge a few weeks previously.

Leaving the bridges behind us, we threw our genoa up and pressed on with the motor to meet friends from our club at Blackness. We arrived just about the same time as everyone else, which was a pleasant surprise as we weren’t at all sure that we were even going to make it given the neepy tide.

With almost nothing under our keels and the tide falling, there wasn’t time for much more than a handshake and a quick beer at the Blackness Boat Club bar. The shot above was taken from our Macwester Malin’s stern as all the club boats made a hasty retreat.

Thanks to Blackness Boat Club for their hospitality. Hopefully we’ll have more time to spend the next time we visit.


Escape to Port Edgar & Dalgety Bay

August 19, 2015

Wideshot River Forth from onboard

We managed to squeeze in a quick overnight at Port Edgar when a brief break in the unseasonal weather appeared. Above shows a panorama iPhone photograph looking towards Rosyth, taken from on-board our Macwester Malin. After a meal at the local Chinese restaurant, we enjoyed a good night with friends on-board their Moody 31, Calloo.

Macwester Malin Dalgety Bay

A few days later we set sail for Dalgety Bay. The weather forecast was mixed, but we had plans to be away for well over a week. As you can see from the shots above and below, the harbour at Dalgety Bay is very small, but the pier provides pretty good protection no matter which direction the wind is blowing from.

Macwester Malin Harbour @ Dalgety Bay

We enjoyed a couple of barbeques, went for walks along the coast, and I spent ages trying to capture just one of several fish jumping instances that were taking place. The best I managed was a distant splash which I won’t bore you with here.


After three or four days we set sail pre-8am. The shots above and below show the view off our stern to the east. I’m not one hundred percent sure that these truly captured the liquid metal sensory immersion that we experienced; it was truly breath-taking.

Hound Point River Forth Reflections

The view to the west was pretty too, if more mundane (as you can see below). The contrast between what we were seeing behind us compare to the view forward was notable. If you notice the tanker above at Hound Point (looking backwards to the east), and then spot the same tanker on the left of the picture below, you’ll get some indication of what I’m trying to describe.


Our next destination was Port Edgar for the 2015 East Coast Sailing Festival. If you know the River Forth then you’ll see that’s where our bow is pointing.


€27500 “project” Macwester Wight

July 16, 2014


During one of my recent interweb meanders I spotted an amazing-looking Macwester Wight for sale in the Netherlands and thought that I’d share it here. It’s an incomplete “project” boat, with the seller claiming that she’ll be valued at €48500 when she’s finished. Not to everyone’s taste, as she looks more like a wooden classic, although she is GRP. I’m not sure how long the link will be live, so have a peek at the photographs while you still can by clicking here.

If you’re in the UK and the English Channel is too much of a barrier for you, then there’s another less complete “project” Wight for sale at the moment too which can be seen here. A lot less money, but quite a lot more to do.


Green light in run-up to the new season…

March 7, 2013

One month to go until crane in …and we’re in full swing preparing for the new season. Amongst other things, We’ve fixed our yacht’s internal electrical fault with the generous help of our club sparkie, who quickly spotted an earthing problem that I simply couldn’t see. While he was checking over our electrics, he commented that our batteries were impressively meaty and that we had all the electrical bells and whistles. Good news. Hopefully, we’ve also fixed the transducer problem which (having already replaced/tested 100% of the hardware) I’m now pretty much convinced was an electrical fault, but we won’t know for sure until our Macwester Malin floats on the 6th of April.


Additionally, we’ve fixed a separate electrical fault with one of our navigation lights (see top). We’ve fixed the broken rollock on the dinghy and the gelcoat puncture in our dinghy’s little keel and as you can see in the photo above we’ve quickly splashed some of last year’s anti-foul on her bottom.


And… we’ve polished our Macwester Malin’s propeller. We’ve fitted a chunky stainless steel hoop in the centre cockpit for attaching lifelines. We’ve power-washed the hull and decks with a friends ride-on uber-power-washer. Okay, it’s not actually a ride-on, but it’s a duel-powered-steam-breathing monster. See above and below for evidence.


In addition, we’ve bought a replacement stern gland, opting for a mechanical seal made by ‘John Crane’. The previous Allpa seal has been removed and I’m now in the process of sourcing additional stainless steel components for the stern gland installation, including a 1/2 x 1/4 straight reducer (3 components) and a 3/4 x 3/4 x 1/4 reducing Tee (see 5 component solution below). This has proven difficult as the required parts are not available off the shelf, so the only option is to make them up from 316 stainless steel components. Incidentally, many thanks to John of ‘Flow Technology’ in West Yorkshire who informed me that I was searching for something that simply didn’t exist and, despite having the component parts available, put me on to ‘Complete Stainless‘ in Cumbernauld who are much nearer.


Where was I? Ah, yes, we’ve bought six new size four Majoni navy blue fenders. We’ve bought a spare boat hook, and as I mentioned previously we’ve bought 5 litres of antifoul paint, some more navy braid-on-braid rope, various shackles, carbine clips, grease and other stuff that I can’t recall.

I’m fully focussed on the must-do-before-we-hit-the-water list over the remaining weekends. That’s mainly fitting the stern gland, re-aligning the engine, re-commissioning the engine, applying the anti-foul paint, and reinstalling the mooring. Any other jobs can happen after crane-in, but the aforementioned all need to be dealt with this month.

It’s gonna be busy, but it’s gonna be good!


Euro Mac prices on the rise

October 3, 2012

Macwester Wight and Malin for sale

Back in April this year I posted a short article on strong asking prices for 32ft Macwesters (click here) in the Eurozone.

Now that we’re at the end of the 2012 season, there doesn’t appear to be any softening of asking prices …in fact if anything they appear to have drifted up a little according to two examples that I noticed for sale recently.

There was a €40,000 Macwester Wight MK II for sale lying in Germany and a €38,000 Macwester Malin for sale lying in Turkey (best I can tell). With the current Euro/GBP exchange rate that places both of those examples North of £30,000. While I haven’t done the math on the exchange rate now versus the exchange rate back in April, these remain pretty healthy valuations given the prolonged economic downturn, and typical softening of prices at the end-of-season.

If this upwards trend continues, I might have to dig out my polish!

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