Tula’s Endless Summer new boat


Adrenaline 1       Tula’s Endless Summer new boat 11/2017.

https://www.instagram.com/explore/tags/adrenaline/      This spindrift 37 was built or extended to 41′ which should help nicely with the sailing performance and load carrying with the 2 Diesel engines and have stronger rudders than the transom mounted of the original design. But they will have to be careful not to ground them as they will probably be lower than the hull without the dagger boards down.

I searched the web for all the interesting links I could find about The Spindrift 37 design of Aussi “Lock  Crowther” here is a great link about lock Crowther  and people that knew him

https://www.boatdesign.net/threads/lock-crowther-biography.30229/       and here   http://www.cruisersforum.com/forums/f48/lock-crowther-design-notes-as-promised-5910.html



A stock spindrift build in 1975 in USA by bell composites,Fl


at 239-233-1309. –Mark Z.

S/v Zingaro board repair  ( also great you tube channel )

Link to cruiser forum again with comment from1973 spindrift 37 stretched to 40 and sailed UK to NZ … might be interesting contact

This is I think the same guy on boat design forum “Cleveland” ( Cleveland Motley on instagram)
Rebuilding a spindrift 37 …….a couple of construction dwgs there and original sail plan etc     Some really scary pictures of his ongoing rebuild and the consequence of the builder using expanding foam causing huge issues later.



I follow Billy and Sierra who travel and post about their time with their 4 legged crew Jetty on u-tube and at. http://tulasendlesssummer.com/ on their new boat.  https://youtu.be/Tlo1TBT2C90





Bleuet Farm Cemetery

Uncle Will Heyden

last resting place is Bleuet Farm Cemetery in Belgium. He was killed during WW1 in 1917. Nov 25th,  He would be my great great uncle, my grandmother , Elsie, brother.



Historical Information
Bleuet Farm was used as a dressing station during 1917 Allied offensive on this front. The cemetery was begun in a corner of the farm and was in use from June to December 1917, though a few of the burials are of later date. Two graves were brought into the cemetery after the Armistice from isolated positions close by.

There are now 442 First World War burials in the cemetery and nine from the Second World War, all dating from the Allied retreat to Dunkirk in May 1940.


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http://www.cwgc.org/find-a-cemetery/cemetery/50401/BLEUET%20FARM%20CEMETERY (Page 14 for his listing) Location plot11 rowB 19

This year ,2017, is the 100th anaversery of his dead., Paul may have an opertunity to visit the grave site.



Gull of Bristol, Sea-Kindly


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I finally got my motor launch. (adding to my fleet!)


A  Bristol Pilot 15, built by Gull of Bristol in 1970 called “Sea-Kindly”.img_4902

We picked her up in August this year, 2016 in  Portsmouth NH.


She is in great condition , considering the age, she was re-engined in 1991 with an 18hp Westerbeke to replace the 22hp p6 Palmer 4 cyl gas marine engine. This is probably what saved her. I expect most of these were scrapped or lost when the cost of engine replacement was way more than a new aluminum skiff and outboard. Probably hard to justify if you were not attached to the boat. I think the original owners did the replacement when parts got hard to get for the Palmer. Now there are new water cooled exhaust elbows available for the Palmers gas engines as they become classics.

The ‘new’ engine is a 2 cylinder diesel , electric start, freshwater cooled with heat exchanger. Its a 20B by Westerbeke,Ma, a maranization of a  Mitsubishi tractor engine. (tractor engines are often used for marinanizing). The gentleman I bought it from had rescued it and done a great job fixing it up from a forlorn  state. He replacing the freshwater pump and a few other things. He also fixed up the underwater hull and a bent rudder which is probably why it was sitting unused in Marblhead.


Below is the Diesel Westerbeke 20B , 18hp.


The original engine probably looked something like this, below.


This Palmer engine is from the only other one I have seen when it was forsale in FL.


At its new slip.


The cool instruments in the back of the engine cover.


Not sure where this came from but it does have a lot of information. I have tried to find the builder but can find nothing on the web and without a street address its a bit of a dead end unless somebody knows more.

There is very little wood in this fiberglass launch which is a good thing  and has lead to its longevity,as I have found over the years of fixing boats that it’s the wood in the fiberglass boats in particular that rots out. When I was building boats in the late 70’s -early 80’s I remember ‘ encapsulating cheap wood  in resin and thinking that will keep it protected forever , Ha, how wrong is that! To do a good enough job would take a lot of care and attention to detail not usually found in the boat factory labor that would put up with the smell and iche of fiberglass production work. Fortunately it never bothered me.


The manafacturers plate attached to wood shelf in the aft locker.

Derek William Mangan

My father. Obituary image

DEREK WILLIAM MANGAN of Rendham, Suffolk, died peacefully on 10th January, aged 87. Son of Elsie and Reginald Mangan, brother of the late Pamela of Wallington, Surrey, he is survived by his beloved wife, Ann, and three children, Laura (Robert Miller), Warren (Denise Dongworth), and Paul, and granddaughter, Sarah Ann Mangan Miller. After serving in the RAF, he graduated from Cambridge University and Harvard Business School and, while in America, met Mary Ann Cutting, his wife and the love of his life for 60 years. An executive in the international paper industry for over 30 years, he worked in the U.K. and South Africa, before settling in Rendham and buying the Leiston Old Abbey Residential Home that he ran with Ann for over 10 years. He became actively involved in county and village life serving as Suffolk County Councillor, Rendham Parochial Church Councillor, and co-founding Friends of St Michael’s. A man of great energy and love of adventure, he was an avid sailor, long-time boat owner and member of the West Mersea Yacht Club and Royal Ocean Racing Club. He sailed and raced for over 55 years from the east coast of England to the coasts and inland waterways of Western Europe. A Thanksgiving Service will be held at St Michael’s Church, Rendham, at 2 pm, Saturday, 7 February. No flowers please, but donations to Friends of St Michael’s, c/o Tony Brown’s Funeral Service, New Cut, Saxmundham, IP17 1EH.


Here is a photo slide show that we had at his wake held at the White Horse Public House, Rendham immediately following the service in St Micheals church,Rendham across the road.

Sadly the day before his wife Ann of over 60 years, our dear mother died the day before and we had a special remembrance for her at the same service.

Ma & Pa

Here are a few photos that we did not find until later or that some folks will find interesting.


Clyde ships

Old Clyde yachts image image image image imageHi
I have information on Narija 1946 yacht
She came up on a web site
The boat is in DRB Boatyard in fine shape. http://www.drbmarine.co.uk/
There were a couple of photos posted #2&4 and a comment by Ian Clark
6 October, 2014 at 11:31 am Ian Clarke says:
Photo’s 2 & 4 are of Narija a 1946 36′ Silver designed by John Bain – amongst UK classic motor boat enthusiasts these are the the best you can get, from the best designer. The sailing rig – if any – on these would have usually been more for steadying, but useful if the wind is in the right direction. The 1969 Lloyds Register has her then with twin 2 cyl 16hp engines, I suspect would have been upgraded to about twin 50 hp engines by now. Hull speed would be more like 9 knots. Prop size fairly typical – my 1951 vintage 30′ with 105hp engine (way over powered though) had a 19 x 17 prop, plus wing engine, plus steadying sails, all fairly typical of the era.

You can see the name Narija on the back. Beautiful condition.

Unfortunately there are some other boat in poor shape probably Clyde Built too
Who has time to find the boat and document in photos before they disappear ?

above sent to the clydeships register.


The old James a Silver yard is just a little further up the river from DBR


And http://www.silversmarine.co.uk/history.htm
Check the days gone by photos too.