February 2013

  1. Wood Is Good...

         Had Fred Crowell in yesterday who is a superb traditional wooden boat builder that works out of Wapping Street Boatyard, South Shields. Over a period of time Fred has been working on the restoration of the George Elmy - The Seaham Lifeboat that capsized on the 17th of  November 1962 whilst trying to enter the harbour. As a result...
  2. The Show Must Go On...

         Here at the chandlery we sell a good number of boatie bits, we make sails and canopies, rig masts etc but, what many folks don't realise is that we are often getting big named stars out of trouble; not that Cheryl Cole would ever get into trouble on Tyneside! So picture this, snow on the ground, two five...
  3. Time for a change?

    Our old Spanish courtesy flag had seen better days so I decided to bring a new one out with us, what I had of course forgotten (must be an age thing?) was that hoisted above it was actually a Canarian flag which was in even worse condition! Anyway, the new flag is proudly fluttering in the breeze, lets hope it...
  4. My Love Affair...

            My love affair with Universal Stone continues, this time in the cockpit of the Channel. After ten years the gearshift/throttle and the CE labelled adjoining were looking a little bit jaded from the effects of the Canarian sun. I was a little worried about using a colour restorer on the label in case it removed the...
  5. My Hero!

          No doubt, it my 'new find' at last years Southampton Boat Show, discovering Universal Stone. As readers of my blog will already know we used it in the chandlery with great success to bring back the 'as new condition' to the powder coated shelves on the paint rack that were starting to look a little scruffy despite...

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