Moving on Board

Now the adventure starts properly. We have already spent quite a few nights on board Island Girl over the winter including some very cold nights with ice inside the hatches but is now time to make a permanent move and hopefully, the weather is going to get warmer over the next few months. We have cleared the house and cleaned and scrubbed it and are ready to move out and for a tenant to move in. We have sorted through all our belongings and tried only to keep those things we will want / need when we return and can be stored in the attic. We have sold stuff, given… Read More

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Our first sail

In January we have really started to get ready for our adventure, Judith has stopped working now and we are busy clearing the house and preparing to move on to Island Girl in March. We have still found time to go down to Gosport and we have to take the boat to get the mast removed in preparation for the standing rigging (the wires that hold the mast up ) to be replaced. Before the mast is removed we managed to get out on the Solent and have a sail, the weather was cold and there was a stiff breeze but we had fun and the boat handled well. We… Read More

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Our Boat

We have found a boat that we think will meet our needs for the next few years. We have purchased an Island Packet 35 “Island Girl”.  Having had a sea trial we took ownership on Friday 19th October and spent the weekend starting to sort the boat out. We have not been out sailing at the weekend but did venture out into Portsmouth Harbour to go to the fuel dock. (The picture below was taken after this trip to  prove that we got back in one piece.) The boat was launched in 1990 but is in pretty good shape, it has good living accommodation and as a long keel boat should be comfortable when making passages. We… Read More

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