Dad’s first trip

IMG_2096My dad loved to come sailing on Zephyr, and was a bit sad when she was sold. He’s watched the developments with Lucy with interest, so he was more than keen to come to Mylor with me this past weekend to see her for the first time. We travelled down on Saturday morning, and he helped me with a few jobs, such as fitting an access hatch for the toilet seacocks and re-plumbing the toilet so that the pipes passed through the bulkhead and not through the hatch.

On Sunday we went for a bit of a blast. We sailed slowly along Carrick Roads, out past Black Rock and then roughly in the direction of Plymouth. By then the breeze had freshened up a bit, and I’d tasked him to warm some pasties in the oven. Being heeled over and pitching on the swell didn’t make him feel too good, so I took over below and he took the helm for a short while. Once the pasties and tea were consumed we turned tail and headed back to Mylor. It was a worthwhile short trip.

IMG_2095 IMG_2097On Monday I took him into Falmouth in search of a glass chimney for the oil lamp, but with no success. We also had a pontoon level look at the superyachts on the pontoons in Pendennis marina.

We had a nice little break, finished a few jobs, and created a few more, having decided that the cabin table is too big for what we require, so it was transported home with us and is now awaiting remodelling at the local joiners. It has to be ready for Christmas, as the most important visitor is due on board over New Year!


8 thoughts on “Dad’s first trip

  1. How nice, being able to share your passion with your dad. I wish I could do the same. But with the money he left me, I was able to buy my Poppy. So in a way he sails with me every trip. And I feel he agrees with my choice of ship.

    Friso – Poppy

    • We had a great 10 days in my Cape Cutter at the Morbihan festival this year. It’s a great laugh. One of the reasons for the upgrade is so that it’s easier for him on board. I hope we’ll be able to sail together for many years to come!

  2. I’m delighted that you’ve now tested out the greatest advantage that the Cornish Yawl has over virtually any other boat of its size – the ability to heat a pasty in the oven on a cold day! After 16 years with Nellie B there is no way that I could contemplate life without an inboard oven.


    • I’ve only used it to warm thing so far, but it certainly is a ‘game changer’. I was massively impressed with the the addition of a single burner Origo in my Cape Cutter, but this oven is great. Here’s a question for you Steve, should there be a grill pan?

  3. Russell, I noticed you improved access to the toilet seacocks. I guess yours are buried under the oven along with the raw water intake? There are a couple of circular access panels in the floor of the glassfibre oven compartment but they are not in really the right place and are hopeless for accessing bolts with spanners when I wanted to regrind the seacocks and refit them. The oval access panel in front is a “lie on the saloon floor” job with a torch if you wnt to get in there. Do you have any photo’s of what you did to improve matters? Thanks, Les (CY12 Glory – Emsworth)

    • Hi Les
      Lucy has two holes in the floor of the glassfibre oven compartment, one is for the raw water engine intake strainer, and the larger one is one I fitted to allow more light for when I open/close the seacocks. I still have to get on my knees, but it is easier to see what’s going on. I’m very disappointed with the strainer access, as twice now I’ve had to remove the oven and housing to get to it. I shall take a Dremel to it and expand it quite a bit in due course. It’s not going to look pretty, but I’m stuck with the location of it. I shall probably also modify the strainer spanner. If I was going to fit new seacocks I would definitely remove the oven housing. It’s the only way.

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