All Blog Posts (136)

A169 Kerry Piper - cockpit tent + mast and boom issues

Missed the bulletin deadline this year, so thought I would add this blog of the ongoing work on Kerry Piper A169.

Working on the basis of KP launch in 2018, need to schedule the various jobs still outstanding. First off, as there are various onboard mini projects to complete, a cockpit tent would add some comfort over the winter. A quantity of heavy-duty waxed canvass from previous boat projects was…


Added by Chris Green on December 10, 2017 at 21:00 — 2 Comments

Paint job (mostly) complete

So today was the day that all the prep has paid off.

I hope the colour gets the nod. When I stripped off the old black paint, I found some of this colour underneath and thought - why not?

I've used Dulux trade weathershield for the white and colour, and Safekote polyurethane for the deck paint.…


Added by nick runeckles on December 1, 2017 at 18:42 — 1 Comment

(Not so) Secret weapon....

I had a good result on Ebay - a Max Prop for £100!

The very nice people at Darglow serviced it and cut it down to the right diameter, and supplied the various small screws and pins it requires. All for not much money and very quickly too.

Here's it (finally!) fitted...…


Added by nick runeckles on December 1, 2017 at 18:29 — No Comments

Vertical rudder


Added by Richard James on November 17, 2017 at 12:26 — 1 Comment

Portsmouth Bound Prt 6 Padstow to Lizard Point

So after a very long time sitting in Padstow and due to work commitments we made the final push get Brother Jack underway again and back to Portsmouth. 

We set out our passage plan with a few refuge ports identified.The weather looked good with some possible F4/F5 sailing. …


Added by Paul Jones on November 5, 2017 at 12:00 — No Comments

Great day with the children

It's just one more day and we're in November, having launched Solone in her new port just last week we were keen to get her out . So after preparations and a night on the boat we all set off , that is myself , William 8 and Lauren 15. The weather was great for us , not a wave and temperatures of low 20s. It couldn't have been better for introducing the children to sailing . The Atalanta was great , easy to handle and just great fun. We all slept aboard in port that evening , watched a Gil in… Continue

Added by Simon Weston Jones on November 1, 2017 at 21:00 — 3 Comments

A-102 East Coast sailing

Well I have to say this "it is certainly different than sailing the med, or even the south coast".

Mostly the water moves and reveals heavy objects like cardinals and the earth...

Last weekend I managed to get out to the Waltern Backwaters and stayed at anchor at the bottom of Kirby Creek.  It is a lovely location and plenty of room down near the landing.  Lots of wildlife, with the sounds of birds and I did see a seal jump out of the water. 

However on the way there I…


Added by Fairey Mary on September 21, 2017 at 19:51 — No Comments

A169 Kerry Piper - out of the shed!

Last week (of August), after several postponements due to inclement weather, KP's scaffold shed was dismantled. The scaffolding has been reconfigured to provide a higher lift on the winched slings ready for the undersides epoxy / cloth sheathing. One of the benefits of the Rye boatyard is that a houseboat resident here is an expert in the process of the epoxy cloth laying-up. The mast rebuild is still pending - in the photo sequence  the mast is under cover along…


Added by Chris Green on September 7, 2017 at 11:00 — 4 Comments

Portsmouth Bound Prt 5 (Update)

Made a cheeky visit to Brother Jack as it was my wifes birthday last week and she wanted dinner at Rick Steins'.... (Its a Malay thing)...

We gave the engine a run and the cabin a good airing. After about an hour I wondered why the exhaust wasnt splurting so much, so opened the engine bay only to find it half full of water!!

Well I killed the engine and then started to pump for my life to empty it before any serious damage to the engine.

The culprit was my own heavy…


Added by Paul Jones on August 15, 2017 at 22:26 — 1 Comment

Portsmouth Bound Prt 5

So progress so far we have been running on motor since 11pm the previous night with a short 2 hour interlude the follwing day. We are making good headway at 6-7 knots with the tide running out as turn across Milford Haven harbour…


Added by Paul Jones on August 15, 2017 at 22:00 — No Comments

Portsmouth Bound Prt 4

So after the false start first time round, myself and another 2 others set sail from Aberystwyth in the dead of night (11pm to be precise).…


Added by Paul Jones on August 15, 2017 at 20:30 — 1 Comment

Italian / Croatian adventure

Its a pretty well worn path for Titania / Atalanta owners but its certainly a big adventure for us, family crew of five, including George 6, below, Jemima 10 and Freddie 9.  With lots of great advice  from Trevor, we trailed and launched off in San Giorgio di Nogaro in northern Italy and are now in Pula, with amazing amphitheatre, and on to the first islands south tomorrow.  We got caught out in a nasty squall with gusts of late 30 knts but, although white knuckle, Achates looked after us…


Added by Jonathan Reynolds on August 13, 2017 at 16:53 — 2 Comments

Portsmouth Bound Prt 3

Hi All

Sorry its been a while since I updated but suffice to say we have made progress to N Devon but since then progressed has stalled due to work commitments. Anyway here is the update from Aberystwyth to Padstow (but ended up going nowhere).

So we left Aberystwyth early evening with a view to making Ramsey sound by the 11am the next morning. By the way the marina is lovely at Aberystwyth if you are passing John and Mike are a cracking couple of guys there. …


Added by Paul Jones on July 24, 2017 at 22:30 — 1 Comment

The madness has paid off

Firstly I would like to introduce myself to the members of AOA.  My name is Simon and I am the proud new owner of yacht Solone.

Back in May I began negotiations to buy an Atalanta Solone, some of you may have seen her advertised here on the AOA for sale page.  Well I did what everyone tells you not to do , purchased her in full without even seeing her. Its not the first time I have done this and I can honestly say its payed off for me on both occasions. 



Added by Simon Weston Jones on July 11, 2017 at 14:00 — 2 Comments

Portsmouth Bound Prt 2

So during our trip around Anglesey was quite uneventful although we did witness an amazing sunset in the Irish Sea.

The progress was slow going around Bardsey as we hit the tides wrong and the winds come onto our nose. Anyway we eventually turned Bardsey Island and entered into Aberporth Gunnery Range…


Added by Paul Jones on May 13, 2017 at 17:44 — 1 Comment

Portsmouth Bound 2017 Part 1

So we arrived on a blowy Saturday morning to set off from Castletown with a view to reaching at least the North Coast of Somerset/Devon. This was slightly ambitious in hindsight now we have completed the sailing. The winds were in our favour on the Thursday and Friday when we checked. By the Saturday Lunchtime a storm warning for south Irish sea was in place and the winds were turning southerly from the favourable north. So a quick review of the plan and we decided that the East coast of…


Added by Paul Jones on May 12, 2017 at 19:00 — No Comments

Salizanda blog update

I have just finished updating the Salizanda blog following her successful re-launching and I have posted the link here.

I would be very pleased if members would look at it and tell me what they think.I would also be very happy to try to answer any questions you might have

Cheers Peter

Added by Peter Snowdon on January 31, 2017 at 15:30 — 2 Comments

Happy New Year

Best wishes from A87 in NZ to all member for 2017!!

Added by murray reid on January 1, 2017 at 2:30 — No Comments

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