Posts by cspringthorpe

This is what a bilge should look like!

Last month I started a new job looking after this lovely Horizon Raised Pilothouse 110 in Puerto Portals, Mallorca until she is sold or shipped to the States. These Horizon’s are such well constructed boats, as demonstrated by my pics here of the bits that are not normally included in the sales material, but matter…

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Viewing Ocean Pearl (ex Club Med / Maiden 2)

Recently I was asked by a friend to inspect an incredible catamaran for a round the world project he is planning. What a privilege to be aboard this yacht which has such an amazing history and has recently been restored back to life as a ridiculously fast cruising boat! Hopefully, we will get to take…

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Crewing agencies that actually list jobs

If you are new to the industry and looking for work it can be daunting the amount of crewing agencies that are around. They all want you to update their website in their own specific way and it is huge time commitment, I was keeping a list of all agencies but when I reached sixty…

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Seatrial and Handover on Seahorse II

SeaHorse II SeaHorse II At the start of this week I spent a nice couple of days in the Holy Loch getting to know Seahorse II, the vessel newly purchased by St Hilda Sea Adventures. Towards the end of May, June and July this year I will be skippering her around the western isles and…

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Wild, rugged and awesome!

The west coast of Scotland is all you could imagine it to be, and more!  Wild, rugged, awesome, the superlatives abound and yet in most cases, here they are truly warranted. In 2015 after many years working in the warmer, ‘milk run’ parts of the world my wife and I were excited to be heading…

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Boat Electrics DC / AC

I´ve always enjoyed tinkering with electrics and even started a GCSE in electronics when I was 14. However my YM Offshore took priority and then I left home and went sailing at 16, so I never finished it. Living on my own boat for 6 years though gave me a great opportunity to make lots…

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Spirit of Fortitude – The Royal Scottish Shipping Line

A season aboard Spirit of Fortitude Between June 17 and January 18 I ran Spirit of Fortitude. Owned by The Royal Scottish Shipping Line, she is a new charter yacht aiming at the upper end of the market on the West Coast of Scotland. During my time aboard we fulfilled various charters and planned a comprehensive…

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Eala Bhan – Boréal 55

Today I had the pleasure of a coffee with a lovely couple Patrick and Linda aboard their stunning Eala Bhan in Ardfern Yacht Centre. Eala Bhan is the culmination of an experienced yard coupled with experienced owners and would be a dream yacht for any couple wanting to cruise the world. There is a great…

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Proud Seahorse and Elizabeth G – Hebrides Cruises

Last year (2016) I had the privilege of skippering Elizabeth G a converted Norwegian Rescue Ship for some charters around the West Coast of Scotland and through the Caledonian Canal. Elizabeth G is a beautiful little go anywhere ship, I even heard a story of one of her sister ships encountering and surviving a 360 degree…

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Enif – Rebuild and refit of Open 60

Over the winter 16-17 I refitted the Open 60 ENIF in preparation for competing in the OSTAR 17. The video below covers a little of the work, which also included: 2017 Rig completely stripped, spars painted, checked and reassembled 2017 New Forestay anti torsion stay fitted, and Selden furler factory reconditioned 2017 New Selden furler…

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