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Jan/Feb 2018: So far this year we have had no snow in the south but some very low temperatures & some extreme rain. At weekends the boatyards have been completely empty of owners with no one having the enthusiasm to make any kind oLaid-upf start. Very bleak. Very limited enquiries for survey work as boats are not top of the list, although I would advise you think about arranging any insurance survey soon, as come March the work becomes a bit hectic for a few weeks & you may not get the surveyor you want at short notice. Too cold for outside shipwright work as glues will not cure and accuracy of work in bitter conditions suffers.
December 2017: Happy Xmas. Click the video.

November/December 2017: Some very extreme gales along the South coast, a few vessels broken their winter moorings in Poole & washed up on the beach. One in Hamworthy pushed onto the Marines Base boundary fence. Forecast of extreme cold with forecast temperatures of -10C. Cold enough to crack engine castings if the temperatures remain that cold for in excess of 24H so make sure all systems are anti-freezed up.

October 2017: LATE NEWS: October 2017. Seafish are no longer undertaking registration surveys for existing fishing vessels from November 30. The MCA are taking over directly & are in the process of rewriting the requirements which are likely to be quite exhaustive. Fishermen have until November 30 2017 to apply to Seafish before these changes become applicable. It is likely that the costs will rise as will the scope of inspection at this time. New vessel registration will not change.

October 2017: Quite a few vessels appear to have ended the season a few weeks earlier than past years. Lay up is well underway in the Poole area. No surprise considering the poor weather over the latter months of Summer. Netley Boat Jumble held on Sunday October 1 but quite poorly represented by stall holders this year as the forecast was not good. It turned out to be much better than forecast but prices were lower due to, what appeared to be lower attendance figures. A lot of missing stalls though.
Autumn has certainly arrived now with strong winds & unsettled weather. Many owners were planning a last minute local cruise but the weather has scuppered many plans this year.
Beware if proceeding up the Wareham channel in Poole toward Ridge & Redcliff, one of the important perches on the last bend before entering the river has disappeared leaving the channel erroneously indicated & helping the initiated to cut the corner & go aground.

August/September 2017: Generally the quiet months for repairs & surveys. The weather has not been reliable for any pleasant cruising although the gale warnings have been few & far between on the South coast. The last couple of days in September are forecast to herald strong winds with early October weather warnings already circulating. Boat Jumble at Netley On Sunday 1 October. weedy_bottomThe first vessels just starting to lay up in the yards end of September. The fouling in Poole Harbour this season appears to be quite severe. This is Blakes Tiger after 5 months afloat.

July 2017: Quiet time in the yards at present. Usual time for yard maintenance & make & mend to keep staff busy. Restoration of Wanderer Coachroof cosmetically deteriorated. Few more coats of varnish before completed.
The result of a badly leaking cover & without any framework keeping it off the structure. Plastic covers are inclined to prevent damp areas ever drying out properly.

May 2017: Interesting survey on Fandango, A Laurent Giles design racing vessel of the late 1940's. The vessel is in the IBTC in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard for restoration but for complex reasonsfandango, the restoration is not going ahead at the yard & now the vessel or what is left of her, has a very uncertain future. She is very similar to Myth of Malham but not quite as well known. Unusual build being double diagonal Honduras Cedar with a lead keel. If anyone would like to know more or get involved in a restoration contact me & I can put you in contact with the owner. She is 43 ft long & a lot of boat, and a lot of work.

January/Feb. 2017: Relatively quiet time of year in the yards. Few owners have the enthusiasm for cold days in windblown open boatyards. In the South there has been no exceptional weather, good or bad thus far. Boat sales appear to be slack with few new owners or potential buyers around. Some owners are getting information for insurance survey costs and I would advise those to not leave it until the last minute to find a surveyor as most get fishing-vessela busy period from the start of March.. Sometimes it is possible to reduce the amount you need to spend on a survey. See the article above this column for more information.

A few new Fishing vessels being surveyed for the MCA. Depending on the length, these sometimes have to have as many as 4 surveys whilst in build to ensure they comply with the Seafish & MCA build regulations. These are extremely complex.....and expensive.....