Saturday, 3 August 2019

Drascombe Coaster for sale

For sale:  Drascombe Coaster (No 280)  Price: £9500(ono)
Built in 1997 by Honnor Marine (Ltd) of Totnes, Devon.
Lying at the premises of Anglia Yacht Brokerage in Rougham, Nr Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk.  Please contact to arrange a viewing.

Please scroll down for full inventory and details of equipment.

Lazarette lids hinged with rubber seals to prevent water ingress

Mainsheet traveller tube replaced by Barton track.

Infills also available around the entire centreplate casing

White - original gelcoat in reasonable condition.  Blue antifouling last applied about five years ago - I was eventually going to remove this since I have trailer-sailed her for the past several seasons.
Gunwhales treated with Starbright tropical teak sealer.
Cream decking in good working order.  Various cosmetic repairs mainly around coach roof of cabin.
Lower rudder bearing repaired and resealed (2017).  No current leaks noted.
Cabin windows - a pair of distinctive round portholes on each side, rather than the standard oval windows in most coasters.

Rigging and sails
Flexible rig - currently set up to work with booms on mizzen and main, but can easily revert to original rig with original bumpkin, all in good working order.
Spinlock three-way rope clutch (XAS model) on cabin roof, for easy control of halliards (fitted 2019).
Port and starboard Barton travellers and central winch for easy central control of jib sheets.
Barton traveller track for mainsheet (retro-fitted by Churchouse boats to replace sheet horse).  Mainsheet currently set up with two double blocks and four way purchase.  Can easily revert to original 'W' rig - single block provided for this.
All sheets for jib, main and mizzen provided and in good working order.
Three lengthy ropes (at least 10m) for fore and aft mooring.

Spars and masts
Main mast, replaced 2007, with conduit for masthead electrics (none fitted).  Varnished and in good condition.
Mizzen mast, extended 2010 (to provide boom clearance over outboard).  Varnished and in good condition.
Original yard (varnished).  Shows some chafe against the top ends of the shrouds, but in sound condition and showing no signs of weakness.
Jib roller reefing.
Forestay with pelican hook at lower end for easy connection to stemhead.
270cm oars plus two rowlocks.
Plastimo contest compass mounted on port cabin bulkhead.
Boat hook (aluminium, extendable).
Centreboard and track replaced (by Churchouse Boats in 2018)
Original rudder (a little rusty but in good working order).  Rudder rest for easy raising of rudder in shallow waters.
Tiller with tiller extension.
Tan sails by R&J sails (new in 2011)

fittings for 12v battery.  Supplied with battery which is old and really needs replacing, but still good for short bursts.  Battery fittings currently assume stowage in cabin next to centreplate (starboard side).
Two 12v sockets
Switch panel (currently wired to echo sounder, compass and 12v socket no2)
Auxiliary fuse panel
NASA echo sounder (new 2017)
Mast with conduit for masthead electrics (none provided).

Outboard: Mariner 6 longshaft with sail-drive prop (new in 2015) with 12 litre remote fuel tank and connections.  Also has internal fuel tank (never used).  Professionally winterised/serviced annually (as per service schedule) at Seamark Nunn.

Cabin interior
Set out with cushions (covered in blue checked fabric, regularly cleaned).  Infills around centreplate provide platform for two berths.
Usual extensive storage facilities under bridge deck, under side berths etc.
Cabin floor boards.

Cockpit floor boards.
Sprayhood by Churchouse Boats (new in 2017)
Cockpit tent by Cover-to-Cover (pre-2006 and rarely used); zips onto sprayhood.  Requires two 8mm ridge poles since the current ones are now past their best!
Blue performance cabin/cockpit storage bags:
  • one fitted to bulkhead (Starboard) as a 'rope tidy' for halliards etc
  • one fitted in cockpit (a bit old this one) but good for various bits of gear
  • two interior port and starboard bulkhead storage bags both in good condition
Danforth anchor with 7m of 8mm chain and about 20 metres of rope.
Fenders (5x blue), including bow fender.
Boarding ladder (fits in Lazarette)
Blue cockpit cover. 
Separate cockpit and bilge pumps in good working order.
Also provided with a set of home made wooden trestles which can support the hull separately, mainly so that the trailer can be serviced and also providing easier access to the hull. 
Porta-Potty 345 toilet (unused by current owner)

Trailer: braked, roller coaster-type supplied by Churchouse Boats.  Annually serviced professionally, (last done May 2018).  All in good working order. 
Tyres and wheels all replaced about six years ago. 
Spare wheel and cover (unused). 
Rear keel roller a little worn.
Operational lighting board provided.

Daisy II (formerly known as Aquarius) is a much loved and utilised boat.  Current ownership since 2006 during which time she has sailed well over 6000 nm, all documented on this blog:  Previous owners also kept an account of their time with her and this has been added to the blog.  Any new owner will know plenty about the provenance and previous ownership.  (There was one owner before this who kept her on a mooring in Poole harbour.)

The end of an era...

...sadly, I'll be selling Daisy II.  This is because I'm in the process of buying Daisy III, a Bay Cruiser 20, built in 2013, from the Swallow Yachts stable, similar to the one in the image below.

It's all a bit unexpected: one cannot pick and choose when such boats come on the market.  The new boat is one I've had my eye on for some time and it was just a case of waiting for the right one to come up at the right price. 

In due course, a new blog will commence detailing continuing sailing adventures in the new boat.  No doubt, that blog will include details of the reasons for the change.  In the meantime, the next post on here will contain sales details of Daisy II for anyone who may be interested in acquiring her.

Sunday, 30 June 2019

Wells next the sea rally

Sunrise over 'Bob Hall's Sand'
I've attended the Wells rally three times now.  On the previous two occasions, the locals tried to organise an expedition down the coast, overnighting and returning on the next tide.  Unfortunately, conditions are key to pulling this off and luck wasn't on our side.
This time, it all came together...

Dawn on Saturday 29th

I rose at the crack of dawn to make use of the early flood tide.  There was no wind, but the scenery was stunning, particularly as the sun rose.

West cardinal
After reaching the west cardinal, I motored back to port.

We had berths alongside a new (to me) jetty
On the afternoon tide, we sailed west to Scolt Head island, at the entrance to of the channel to Burnham Overy.  Winds were SSE F4.  The tide along the North Norfolk coast habitually runs east from a couple of hours before HW, so we were reaching against this, but still making around 4kts.

Reaching Scolt Head Island, we anchored and played in the glorious late afternoon sunshine, waiting for the tide to drop before taking the beach.

Anchorage off Scott Head Island
Swimming between Drascombes
Daisy II beginning to settle, unfortunately with her head down the sloping bank
Beached Drascombes
The evening was spent in good company, aboard Salford, one of the boats from the Coastal Exploration Company.  Here, a rather reluctant fire was slowly cooking sausages whilst participating skippers and crew drank grog.
Our leader, Peter, had organised the charter of Salford, one of the boats from the Coastal Exploration company.

Early the following morning, we left at sunrise, taking the return tide to Wells.  Winds had freshened to F5 W, daunting at first, but perfect for the return trip.
Rita Mae enjoying the action on the return trip, Salford just visible on the horizon

Return to Wells

Reaching port

Yellow track: early morning tide, 29th June, 5,8nm;
red track: afternoon trip to Scolt Head Island, 6.8nm;
green track: return trip to Wells next the sea, early tide on 30th June, 5.5nm.
Altogether, 18.1 nm.

Sunday, 16 June 2019

Orwell to Walton Backwaters 15-16 June

Moonlight over Horsey Mere
A spare weekend, and an opportunity to pop down to the coast for a one-nighter.  
Launched at Woolverstone, and mostly motored over to the Backwaters almost directly into a fresh Southerly F5/6 blow.

Seals in Kirby Creek
Sanctuary in the Backwaters was found up Kirby Creek, trying not to disturb the local wildlife, including a colony of seals a little further upstream.  Conditions in Landermere Creek were too windy, but there is always more shelter to be found somewhere.

Wind over tide, departing from Hamford Water
The reward for motoring all that way was a delightful return sail with the wind behind me almost the entire way.  I left the Backwaters on the fresh flood, and sailed across Dovercourt Bay in increasingly lumpy conditions, reaching the safety of Harwich harbour before the forecast winds of 20mph arrived.

Thames barges moored on the River Orwell
Back in the Orwell, a reach past Pin Mill as always presented plenty of boats to admire.

New rope clutch replacing the previous cleats.  Still some tidying up to do.
The latest modification is a rope clutch for three halyards, replacing the two cleats that used to be there.  Works well.

White track, Saturday 15th June, 14.3nm; Red track, Sunday 16th June 16.4nm; Total length 30.7nm