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For Sale and Wanted / Paddle Boards, Sea Kayaks (Sit on top) and Canadian Canoes
« Last post by Poppers on March 13, 2019, 04:11:56 PM »
Calling all Members....

If anyone has, or knows of any of the above being available for the club, or up for sale, please can the let the Committee know. We are in the process of acquiring craft, and thought it wise to ask the members first! Please spread the word.

Many thanks.
Sailing queries and advice / Mooring Wanted
« Last post by DarrenW on January 22, 2019, 03:09:04 PM »
Hi, im looking for a mooring for my 23ft bilge keel sailing boat. Doe not need deep water.
Is there anything available please?
General chat about anything / Re: Electricity
« Last post by Lee Foster-admin on December 03, 2018, 09:12:19 PM »
From what was said at the AGM, the bulk of the electricity bill was for the new cellar cooler, so a biomas / log burner would not help!

Solar panels are an interesting idea, although as I understand it most of the financial benefits are being taken away anytime soon - I guess a properly costed solar installation would be interesting to see, as to what would be the expected KWhrs produced in the summer against usage - we do have quite a lot of roof space that could be used.

One for the new Commodore to have a look at...?
General chat about anything / Electricity
« Last post by DarrenW on November 19, 2018, 10:24:52 AM »
Looking over last years accounts it appears that the club spent just over 7,000 on lighting and heating.
Would it be an option to install solar panels on the roof to reduce the amount of electricity we use.
Regarding heating: could a log burner or biomass boiler be an option?
General chat about anything / Re: The Pontoon
« Last post by damarri on November 18, 2018, 08:27:04 AM »
For the benefit of other members I will relay what Gus told me...........

Gus built and paid for the pontoon and he owns it.  However the Pin Mill Bay Management Company made a (small) contribution towards it, as did our Sailing Club.  It is for the use of everybody for boarding and disembarking crew,  loading and unloading "stuff" and for launching and recovering dinghys.......  ie. SHORT-TERM use only. Boats may not be left there for any length of time and you may not work on a boat without first speaking to Gus.  Basically,  it is Gus's pontoon and he needs it for his operations.  He  allows people to use it as long as they don't clog it up!

General chat about anything / Re: The Pontoon
« Last post by DarrenW on November 16, 2018, 02:26:52 PM »
Thanks Paul. After a chat with yourself and Gus everything is much more clear.
Many thanks.
General chat about anything / Re: The Pontoon
« Last post by damarri on November 14, 2018, 11:24:43 PM »
Darren,  the Pontoon does not belong to the Club and as I understand it, is provided by King's Boatyard for the use of the whole Pin Mill community, which includes the Club.  I am not sure to what extent the Pin Mill Bay Management company are involved or pay for it, if at all,  but I will investigate and let you know.  Certainly it was put there by King's Boatyard and it has been maintained and extended by them.  I think before occupying the pontoon for any length of time you need to clear it with Gus because he does use it all the time in the course of his business.  I will ask Gus to clarify the situation and will let you know.......  Watch this space! :)

Boat maintenance and technical stuff / New ourbords
« Last post by DarrenW on November 14, 2018, 05:25:45 PM »
Hi Everyone,

I have just taken on the UK dealership for Seatan outboards. The engines are based on Yamaha, but at a fraction of the price.

If anyone needs information for a new engine please let me know.

Web site being updated as we speak:

General chat about anything / The Pontoon
« Last post by DarrenW on November 14, 2018, 05:21:39 PM »
Can some please tell me the rules and regulations for using the pontoon?
I have had my boat moved from the pontoon and put on a mooring with my tender on-board making it near impossible to get out to.
I have had my dinghy moved from the pontoon and now, every time I am alongside, i 'm being asked how long i will be there.
I must admit it feels most unwelcoming.
I am only alongside to do work etc and would welcome the facts.
General chat about anything / "Adrift"
« Last post by damarri on July 03, 2018, 09:06:53 AM »
With a great sense of anticipation,  Ute and I went to see "Adrift" last night........  I think it COULD have been a great film. 

As sailors we can always sit and pick holes in sailing films and we certainly did that a few times.........  Their preparation for the storm was too late, inadequate and frankly,  just plain wrong.  There were some good computer graphics,  the dialogue wasn't great but in truth, these people were not film stars acting out a "thriller" so it was probably pretty much on a level with how yer average yottie would speak.  However the main problem for me was that the film is a series of flashbacks and throughout it you are going backwards and forwards........  There were lots of shots of lovely places which gave quite a nice "feel" of the cruising lifestyle and there is a twist at the end which I won't give away,  but the film starts immediately after the storm so you know pretty much what is going to happen and therefore there is a lack of "build up" or suspense.

It is based on a true story and there is no doubt that "Tami" is a remarkable lady and did amazingly well to survive.......   and as we learn at the end, is still sailing.

I give it 8 out of 10  ;)

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