Westerly Centaur – Gemini.

Holbrook – Hamford Water – Ore/Alde

First trip of the year!

MD2020 After Re-Build

Thank you to Stu and Paul for their invaluable advise, would never have got here without you.

Shotley Point Yacht Club (SPYC) Laying Up Supper

Great day followed, by a craking sail in ideal conditions on the the Sunday!

Drying Out At Shotley SC Beach


Tide Times

Saturday 12th October – Springs +3

1150 – HT
1250 – Grounded
1450 – Dry

2320 – Approx – Re-floated
0020 – HT


  1. Next time try adjacent to the posts, one boat length away, see GPS coordinates.
  2. Next time if too dark to travel further pick up a mooring buoy as quite confined.
  3. Next time try drying out for shorter period
  4. There was a tap on the beach that could be used for a pressure washer?

September 2019 – Lift In

Non-piling anchor chain solution

New Gas Locker

Boat Handling In Tight Places

Great day with Yachtmaster Examiner/Instructor Mark Lewis, who is based on the Orwell River, and Principal Instructor at Shearwater Sailing School.

My notes for future reference, diagrams by Mark:

Boat-Handling-In-Tight-Spaces – PDF Document including diagrams

Thetford Topline 111 Thermocouple Problems

Coonections appear to all be as they should, nothing loose!

But, burners still fail to ignite.

The right burner is better, but only manages to light after a considerable amount of time.

I’ll ask Ely Boat Chandlers for a replacement.

GMI 20 Flicker

New Fuel Tank

Relocating Control Panel and Morse

Here are some pics:


MD2020 impeller sizes

On the left is the larger Johnsom pump impeller, on the right is the earlier Jabsco.

VANG Installation

Z Spars are upgrading me to a larger model FOC, how is that for service!

Project – Holding tank

Z Spars Boom Fitting

The problem is to achieve an acceptable angle, I reduced the inner tube by approximately 200mm, now just before the boox is horizontal there is no spring and the two tobes are tight together.

The mast foot fitting extend up inside the mast making it difficult lower the mast bracket further, but it could possibly be lowered by 30mm.


Boom/Gooseneck and Old Handle Sail Track

Removing the Volvo MD2B Engine From A Westerly Centaur

Photos taken when removing the Volvo Penta MD2B from Gemini:


Next time I would wrap the engine in an old duvet to further protect the woodwork.

Gemini’s Current Sprayhood And Dodgers