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  • Springtime in Scotland
    We were in Oban, the hub of the highlands and we were in Oban Marina, which was on the island of Kerrera, so to go anywhere you had to travel by water taxi. Once I had had a much needed shower, it (More info)

  • Salty what?
    After a much needed day in bed, it was time to move on. We planned to sail to Ardfern as it was reported to have a well stocked chandler and we were in desperate need of a chart of the area. As (More info)

  • Salty Sausage rides again
    We were off once again and this time we were off to a little island called Gigha, there was absolutely no wind, so we motored across. While we sat in the cockpit keeping an eye on the autopilot, we (More info)

  • Cock-a-leekie soup
    Ingredients: 1 diced chicken breast 1 small onion 3 carrots 1 parsnip 1 large leek or 2 medium ones 1 or 2 cloves of  garlic 2 tblsp split lentils 1 bunch fresh parsley dried mixed (More info)

  • Stormy weather - Islay Scotland
    We were in Islay and the start of our Scottish adventures. We had stayed on the pontoons on the outside of the harbour for one night and although we had slept well there was a lot of slap on the (More info)

  • Ballycastle to Portrush - Ballycastle to Portrush - Sailing Northern Ireland's Coast
    We were feeling lazy, so rather than sail across to Rathlin Island, we took the ferry across. Even in the ferry there was large swells and quite a few people looked the worse for wear. Beverley and (More info)

  • Carrickfergus to Ballycastle
    We woke up quite late in Carrickfergus, or at least late for us as it was still well before nine o'clock. We had agreed to meet up with some people from Sailing and cruising Northern Ireland, as (More info)

  • Sailing the Irish Sea
    We were in Liverpool and we were ready to leave, but there is always loads to do. One of them was to get our rigging checked. Apparently you need to be in the water to do this and there was one (More info)

  • Airplane Mode
    We had a great laugh creating this pop video, the words can be found at Some of the bits of video used are from the cutting room floor, but (More info)

  • Electric nightmares
    Even though I know more about electrics than any other boat related subject, it seemed to be the one that I shied away from the most. The wiring put in by Bavaria looked cracking. The wiring added (More info)

  • Back in the water
    When you are on the hard, there is a huge list of jobs that you want to do in the shortest time possible Prop The work that needed to be completed on the sail drive was adding the new anode (More info)

  • Ship-wrecked - Ship wrecked? On the hard and in the yard
    Keel We were in the yard and there was a whole host of extra jobs to do. One of the jobs that had not been planned for was the state of the keel. As soon as the keel had dried out, the copper (More info)

  • More scary stuff - standing rigging
    Of all the things that Beverley and I have discussed over the last few weeks, it is the state of our standing rigging. Despite the rigging being 15 years old, it is in quite good shape, so in my (More info)

  • Cooking with Gas
    One of the things that Beverley really wanted was a new cooker. The only problem was finding one that would fit. We scoured the internet looking for one that would fit and found a cooker of the (More info)

  • Our first mullion
    From our last video which was Beverley and I adding Dyneema as our guard rails, we had been asked by one of our followers about the rubbing of the ropes. As we follow the advice of a man we met at (More info)

  • Dyneema and the Dan girl - Saving money - Dyneema and the Dan girl
    Fixing a Traditional Coastal Dan Buoy Equipment – Empty 1350g Vanish OxiAction container. Most are pink but the crystal white container is white. Drill with bit, sharp knife, vernier, (More info)

  • Splicing Dyneema
    There are several ways to splice dynemma and it is one of the simplest ropes to splice. Equipment - Hollow Fid, Splicing needles, chopping board, sharp knife Splice 1 - Long tail splice (More info)

  • RNLI - Heros who save lives at sea
    I met RNLI volunteer crewman Mark Greensmith while I was working as a temporary receptionist. While he was waiting for his appointment I chatted to him about his work and more importantly his (More info)

  • Giants, fridges and kedgeree
    Here be giants The giants were in Liverpool so we went to see them along with our friend Karen. It has been a long time since I saw the crowds that were in Liverpool. The last time that I saw (More info)

  • Gas Leaks - Gas Leaks and Thermal cookers
    Gas leaks The hunt for Gas continues, Beverley had just put in a new cylinder of gas and one week later, it was completely empty. We must have a gas leak. Beverley used soapy water over the hose, (More info)

  • Hot and Cold
    It was January and our heating system stopped working. Beverley took the heating system apart to look at the atomiser and the glow plug. The glow plug was the correct shape, being nice and square, (More info)

  • Staying warm and dry
    We were going to be staying in the marina throughout the winter, which only meant one thing we needed to insulate the boat. We bought a big role of closed cell foam from it had (More info)

  • Sail cover repair
    One of the projects that was needing to be done was fix the binnacle caver. It had one or two rips in the canvas which I repaired by adding a piece of fabric to the back of it, then going over the (More info)

  • Bookcase - Boat Projects
    We were back in our slip, that means that it was time for boat projects. There was so many to do, but we decided to start on the bookcase as it would free up some space in a locker that was too full (More info)

  • Southport 2018 - Southport 2018 - 24 hour race
    It was the Southport 24hour race and we had agreed to do the cooking. For the team leaders that means a lot of preparation. I had gone down to Manchester and borrowed all the camping equipment. (More info)

  • We're back
    We are back in Liverpool, so it was time to decide what we want to do to convert Salty Lass from a short time sailor or a weekender to a full time cruising boat. So projects that we have coming (More info)

  • Lessons learned whilst sailing
    We were in at Port St Mary and I was so thankful to be tied up to the harbour wall. As we sorted out the lines, we invited the helmsman and his son from the diving charter boat onto Salty Lass. His (More info)

  • In trouble again
    We had stayed overnight on a mooring buoy outside Peel harbour, so that we could leave on the morning tide which would be heading south. Beverley manoeuvred Salty Lass off the mooring while I (More info)

  • Midnight Manoeuvrers - Queenies In Peel and Midnight Manoeuvrers
    It was a very cold and wet day in Peel, so I decided to talk to the man cooking Queenies and other Manx favourites on the Pier. It was a little strange asking the man if I could film him cooking, (More info)

  • Sailing with the disabled
    We had met Arne the chairman of Isle of Man sailing for the disabled in Peel when we were bringing Salty Lass down from Troon to Liverpool and we arranged a day where we could help out on Pride of (More info)

  • Stripping, Rolling and Booming
    Our time cruising was coming to a close, we had things to do in Liverpool, so it was time to start heading for home in Liverpool. The passage though the Donaghadee Sound had been a lot easier than (More info)

  • B.O.A.T
    B.O.A.T. stands for Bring Out Another Thousand, we didn't spend that much but we certainly did spend some money in Bangor Marina, which had quite a nice chandler on site. Beverley and I love going (More info)

  • Titanic
    We were moored in Ardglass, a little longer than we would of liked as there is very little to do close to the Marina. One of our fellow travellers had brought his golf clubs and there was a (More info)

  • Windy Bumpy Seas
    We were safely moored in Carlingford Marina, and Beverley took a walk into Carlingford, to pick up a few bits and bobs. On the way there she heard shouting going on in the local river culvert. She (More info)

  • Splicing rope - 3 braid nylon
    How to make a three strand splice Step 1: Tape the ends Split and unravel a short length of rope. Tape the end of each braid where the braids are still neat and cut half way through the tape, (More info)

  • Curry in Carlingford
    We were safely anchored in the Skerries when the weather took a turn for the worse and just closed in. We had planned to get off the yacht and explore the small islands in and around the Skerries, (More info)

  • Rule of Twelths - Rule of Twelfths
    After spending the night in Howth, we were ready once again to set sail, and this time the wind was in the right direction so that we could anchor in the Skerries. Looking at the passage we decided (More info)

  • We are going to Dublin
    Howth Lifeboat had got us safely secured back in Howth Marina. So now at least we had options, we could use the service of the local yard and have a lift and hold, but we could also employ the (More info)

  • Rescued at Sea
    We arrived in Howth quite late, so once we had secured Salty Lass and knew that she was safe, we went down below and crashed out. The next day, once we had filled in the paperwork at the marina, (More info)

  • Sailing to Ireland
    As we were moored up in Port Dinorwic, my mother and my brother took the opportunity to come visit us. So we explored around the local area, which allowed us to watch the regatta. There was so many (More info)

  • Swellies - Navigating The Swellies - Menai Strait - North Wales
    Beverley was wondering about the passage and worrying about the length of time it would take. So we got the maps out and I saw immediately where she was going wrong. It was the same mistake that I (More info)

  • Stormy Weather
    We went around Conwy one last time and found a defibrillator in a phone box, which I thought was a great use for the old style telephone box. The weather predictions were fine and everything (More info)

  • Navigating Liverpool's Rock Channel to Conwy
    Sometimes it can take ages to get stuff sorted. We are still busy working and dealing with customers and other jobs that it just seems like everything is getting in the way. We had invited friends (More info)

  • Getting the grot off the yacht
    Every time we come back to Liverpool, we update a little bit more of the yacht. On our way down from Whitehaven, the cover on the wheel had got a little bit tatty, so one sunny afternoon, I got my (More info)

  • Cheats Banoffee Pie
    I am sure that this recipe has been around for ages, but I had recently bought a portion of Jeffersons rum butter in Whitehaven and the idea of making a biscuit base, with the rum butter, was very (More info)

  • Party on the Pudge
    We had travelled down to Maldon in Essex, to see our friends boat, "The Nobby Empress". On the Friday night there was a launch party for the boat, which was attended by the shipwrights who had (More info)

  • Prudences Dream
    Prudence had a dream. Her little boat was getting tattered and she wanted a bigger boat. She wanted all her friends to join her in the boat and she wanted it to be secured in Salty Lass. She (More info)

  • A rum story
    We left Ramsey Pier at low tide and sailed across the Irish sea to Whitehaven. The sea was quite lumpy as it had not settled down from storm Hector, which had been just the night before. The wind (More info)

  • Passage Planning - Douglas to Whitehaven
    Storm Hector had battered Salty Lass during the night, so much so that at one time she was healed over. Beverley commented that she didn't think that it was possible, but it was. It meant for an (More info)

  • Train ride to Ramsey
    Getting about in the Isle of Man can be quite an experience as they have steam trains, horse frawn carriges and an old electric train system. Just reading the timetable can be a challenge in itself, (More info)

  • Night with Creo
    Beverley and I were listening in on channel 12, as we had agreed to help with the lines of Pride of Mann III when they came in, when we heard Matt from Creo wishing to come in. Beverley and I (More info)

  • Douglas - Isle of Man
    We had arrived in the Isle of Man just before the gates had dropped and we were moored up. That was the end of our personal race but what of the others how had they faired. I was curious to find out (More info)

  • Leftover chilli
    Making the most of leftovers, is the best way to make the most out of life. We had made a rather nice cottage pie for our crew, on the day of their departure which was the Sunday. When we make a (More info)

  • Isle of Man Midnight race
    On Friday 8th June Liverpool Yacht Club, Tranmere Sailing Club and the Irish Sea Offshore Racing Association joined together for the 99th Isle of Man Midnight race. Altogether there was 25 racers, (More info)

  • Tall Ships on the Mersey
    On Monday 28th May, the tall ships left Liverpool, to sail to Dublin, on the start of the "Three festivals tall ships regatta". Beverley and I welcomed aboard Chris, who wanted a day sail, that (More info)

  • Changes
    We have decided to change our blogs name to Sailing Yacht Salty Lass. When we started our channel we didn't know what we wanted. We had made the decision to change our lives drastically and we (More info)

  • Adventure Wales
    I met the skipper, Sam Jones of Adventure Wales and his crew Sharon Salisbury, first mate, Paul Ash, watch leader and Kerry, youth development officer as part of my role as a ships liaison officer, (More info)

  • Tall ships in Liverpool
    On Thursday 24th May 2018, I became a Ships liaison officer. I had volunteered for the role in April, by attending a meeting and filling in the application form. The main things that they wanted to (More info)

  • Running aground in our sail boat
    Now that we had sorted out the anchor and the chain, we decided that we would go to a local anchorage called Hilbre Island to test it out. Although we have 50m of chain, for our area we soon (More info)

  • Anchor chains, shackles and swivels
    Our brand new shackle had arrived at the chandlers, so we picked it up and also collected a small section of 10mm chain. Our survey had recommended a swivel that allows the anchor to turn more (More info)

  • Night on the Mersey
    After sorting out the engine service on the Saturday, we still had two days of the weekend to enjoy ourselves. So on the Sunday we decided to leave the marina to go out and moor on one of the new (More info)

  • Oil and Diesel Service
    The last of the parts needed to complete the engine service had arrived during the week, so now there was no excuse, but to get messy and complete the engine service. Oil Service For the oil (More info)

  • Brunswick Stew
    I have enjoyed Brunswick Stew on many occasions, but seeing as we were tied up in Brunswick Dock, then I really wanted to eat the stew in the correct place. Serves 2 2 Chicken breasts (More info)

  • Water cooling - Servicing our Volvo Penta sea water cooling system
    Whatever type of boat you have, there is a service schedule with regard to the engine. For a full service ours is every year or 200 engine hours. When we purchased the yacht, the last time that the (More info)

  • Life raft - Life raft servicing
    The length of time that your life raft need servicing depends on the age of your life raft. When you buy your life raft new it will come with a three or five year warranty. During that time you do (More info)

  • No fire in the hold
    After finding a total of five fire extinguishers on board Salty Lass, I decided to get them all checked out and to find out exactly what the recommendations are for boats. We got our fire (More info)

  • Salty Lass at last
    For Beverley, one of the jobs that really needed to be done, was putting the name Salty Lass on the bow. Beverley had removed the yachts old name well over a month ago and if you looked carefully (More info)

  • Spare Ribs
    I feel very fortunate, as I always seam to get what I want, we had only been in Liverpool for an hour and already someone was giving me a rib. True, the rib was not in great shape, but it was what I (More info)

  • Mushroom Fajitas
    Sometimes there is nothing wrong with using a packet to provide you with good nutritious food. I particularly like the Old El Paso Fajita Kit, as the Fajitas are good, even my daughter likes them, (More info)

  • Ferry to the Mersey
    Our friends Karen and Steve, arrived on the Friday and we all consulted the weather and the local tides. The weather for the Friday was not great for sailing so it gave us chance to explore Peel (More info)

  • Meat feasts and castles
    We had been away from Salty Lass for a few days as it was Easter and we had gone to my mothers 93rd Birthday. But as soon as my daughter had gone back to Sheffield, we were back down to Peel and (More info)

  • Portpatrick to Peel
    After our damsels in distress incident I took a walk around Portpatrick and I met the locals from The Crown who enquired if I had got the gas I wanted. On finding out that my search had not been (More info)

  • Damsels in distress
    We had left Portpatrick in Scotland to sail to Peel in the Isle of Man. Even though the weather around the harbour had been clear, we had not got far along the coast before we hit winds gusting (More info)

  • Tieing up to a harbour wall
    Do not rely on this information, as we have tied up to a harbour wall a total of two times and watched a local come in, so we are no experts, but it will give you a first stab as to the equipment (More info)

  • No water under the keel
    We stayed in Stranraer for the day, following our disaster. We were just tired out and we needed to recharge our batteries. I managed to go for a walk in the afternoon discovering a museum and an (More info)

  • Disaster on day one
    We travelled up to Troon on the Sunday, so that we were bright and early to catch the morning tide out of Troon. When we got up the sea was as flat as glass and the reflections on the water were (More info)

  • Renaming your yacht
    You will need At least three bottles of good quality bubbly. Do not offend the gods with cheap stuff, I'm afraid they like quality Removing the old name requires one bottle, 1/2 (More info)

  • Aladdin's Cave
    We took ownership of our yacht on 14th March 2018, it had been a long journey to get our yacht but we felt that this was a great big step in the right direction to a different life offering new (More info)

  • How we bought our boat
    In our experience, there are three ways to buy a boat. Buy brand new with all the mod cons, but its expensive Buy it cheap and then do it up Look for the middle ground If you have (More info)


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