Monthly Archives: December 2017

  • 189. Top Tips Tuesday - One Into Three

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    I have always hated cutting holes in my own yacht but strangely enough I'm quite happy to do the dirty on customers’ boats. Maybe it’s because I am being paid for it, but I don’t think that’s the real reason and no, I have never used a chain saw! When we started on the Mystery project I knew that below the waterline I would need, as a minimum, a 26mm cutout for water supply to the toilet and a 47mm exit for toilet waste plus a separate 47mm for the holding tank if pumping out offshore. The Yanmar sail drive takes care of engine cooling, so no holes to drill through the skin for that function. However, I decided some three years later into the build project that we would also want a salt water deck washdown pump after cruising on a friend's yacht in the Greek Isles. Recovering your anchor and ground tackle can be a very messy business what with all the mud that comes up on the chain and anchor.


    The Mystery has a traditional look to it with a slim, easily driven hull, 35ft overall, 25ft on the waterline so as you can imagine stowage space is at a premium, never mind it’s fresh water capacity. By modern standards, 45 gallons is not particularly generous so we decided to use salt water for washing dishes/boiling potatoes etc, I therefore went for and fitted a salt water galley pump next to the sink.


    To supply sea water to these two pumps instead of cutting another two holes in the hull, my pet hate, we fitted a brass manifold just after the toilet inlet seacock and then T’d off to supply, toilet, deck wash and the galley pump, job done with no need to cut another hole.


  • 188. Top Tips Tuesday - Chart Art, Our Top Christmas Gift


    When you're confined to barracks and the only walk you might get (assuming the pavements stay dry) is a totter up and down the street with a little help from your friendly crutches or sticks, it's amazing what you can do to stave off boredom. Yes sadly I have been looking out for a couple of small Christmas presents for Hindsight on the website. As for a joint prezzie for Jenny and I, we must confess that one of Annika Tomlinson's (wife of the superb yachting photographer Rick) Chart Art printscustomised to show Hindsight's delivery trip from Port St Louis France to Corfu in Greece would be something special! Chart Art prints are a genuine Admiralty chart printed on canvas and mounted on artist grade stretcher bars. These are great for hanging on the wall of the family home, office (as can be seen from the below image we have one hanging in our operational headquarters of the ‘other’ Andy’s favourite cruising ground the West Coast of Scotland) or given to that faithful crew member who, come torrential rain, howling blizzard or occasionally sunshine can always be relied on to turn out and prep the underwater surfaces of your boat ready for the first coat of antifoul.


    As already mentioned above, the beauty of Chart Art is that it can be ‘customised’ such as showing only a favourite anchorage such as Tinkers Hole on Mull or locally the Kettle in the Farne Isles, or the route of last year’s summer cruise. Photos can be added of your boat, your crew or maybe the pub where you rowed ashore and had that rather raucous evening! Sadly, like all things special, there is an extra charge for customising but as can be seen from the example below well worth the extra cost incurred!


    A review from a satisfied customer reads:   Andy! The ChartArt arrived and it's beautiful! Genuinely impressed by the quality and resolution of the print and the solid wooden frame. My expectations were exceeded. Bravo! Stephen

    The Chart Art printing process uses technologically advanced 12 colour UV ink printed onto the finest 100% Cotton artist's canvas, which is sourced from some of the biggest international art suppliers. Museum Quality Artist's Stretcher Bars are made of the finest quality European kiln dried knotless pine, which has the advantage of being extremely hard wearing and not susceptible to warping that cheaper woods are prone to. Each bar features a rounded back edge which is designed to ensure that the canvas is always kept a full 1⁄2" (13mm) above the stretcher bar to ensure that there can be no ghost impressions on the canvas. These stretcher bars also incorporate ‘wedges’ which are placed in each corner and allow the canvas to be stretched extremely tightly over the frame. It also allows the canvas to be restretched over time, which can be of particular importance for the larger sizes. Hanging kits are supplied with each Chart Art canvas so putting them up on the wall is easy. The Canvas hanger incorporates a cut-out which allows the canvas to be hung on a standard two pin picture hook, which is also included. Using the included kit ensures that the canvas is “pulled” flush to the wall on a secure fixing.

    If your budget cannot stretch to Chart Art (prices start as low as £124.95 and that includes free UK delivery worth £10-00!) why not purchase an UNFOLDED Admiralty chart of a favourite cruising ground at only £36.95. Customers to whom we have supplied a chart in this format have had them framed (suggest non reflective glass), pinned to a wall and on a couple of instances wallpaper paste has been used to stick them to the wall of a sailing club bar!

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