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January 2020: The New Year came in quietly & not too cold down here in Dorset. Very quiet time in the boatyards. The only surveys being requested are for MCA Fishing Vessel registration surveys & one or two new build Fishing Vessels on behalf of Seafish. One or two sailing boats getting sold after a long timeon the market but for a very large reduction in price. One Colvic Atlanta 31 originally just under £20,000 sold for £10,000. Good time to buy...perhaps not too good to sell though. New rules came into force for New Build Fishing Vessels at the beginning of the year & existing fishing vessel surveys are quite all encompassing plus there are only 19 (at last count) surveyors for the whole of the UK including Ireland that are authorised to undertake this work for the MCA.


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October/November. The yards hve been a bit late filling up but it seems that all those who are going ashore are now ashore. Rain & wind of remarkable extremes did not cause too much damage ajthough some ofthe very high tides were extreme. The walkways at Ridge Wharf were underwater with an extreme tide of 2.5m which, for Poole bearing in mind the normal high spring is usually about 2.1m or 2.2m is very high.and the yachts were all floating above the pontoons with fenders over the top of the walkways.

Memories of August: We were unexpectedly the centre of the wing walking bi-plane demonstation in Swanage. Best seat in the house...and free..





When these planes dive straight at you, the engine noise & the sheer sight of this can be very disconcerting to say the least. Leaves you with a hint of what it must have been like to be on the ground with an enemy aircraft coming for you in the 1914/18 war.

August 2019: well..the extreme weather did arrive and the weekend of the 10 August saw very severe gales along the south coast with gusts of 80 mph at the Needles although perhaps accentuated by the geography of that location, nevertheless in Poole gusts of 57 mph were quite exceptional & too frequent. At least one vessel broke her moorings and ended up on shoal ground west of the ferry terminal. One of the very rare times I was unable to get out to Dalrymple only 75 mtrs off the beach because of the conditions Photo: 10- ton Hillyard a short distance off beach in 50mph winds
July 2019: A large mooring barge (about 45 tons) whilst trying to manoeuvre between moored yachts near Lake immediately East of the Marines base in Poole Harbour got caught in the strong flood tide and swept onto a Westerly Fulmar, nearly fetching the mast down and causing substantial damage as the vertical ground post on the barge appeared to catch the rigging as it passed down the side of the vessel. CCTV caught the accident fortunately for the owner of the Westerly.
May 2019: Used boat sales do appear to be quite slow for the older vessel with continuing low prices. Some owners are holding out for the best price, but unless the vessel is outstanding or scarce, then buyers are finding owners who really want to sell....& at the buyer's price. These low prices tend to make the cost of a survey seem quite expensive in relation, but although an older vessel can be a bargain price, any major issues still cost the same to fix on a 30 year old 26ft vessel at £4000 as they would on a 4 year old 26ft vessel at £30000..sometimes more. Worth bearing in mind.

March/April 2019: Sudden week of Summer weather followed by an ongoing week of mid winter temperatures and unsettled weather as I write this. Boatyards all busy now getting ready although come to a bit of a stop at the moment due to the cold.
This year no Beaulieu Boat Jumble & no Dorset Boat Jumble. Bit disappointing..have to purchase full priceantifouling and cannot buy a lot of things we did know we didn't want either!

Jan/Feb 2019: Late January and early February brought some very low temperatures & in parts of inland Dorset, a quantity of snow. Less snow on the coast but still some low temperatures. -5c in Wareham overnight causing the marina at Ridge Wharf to freeze over. Even boats afloat can be at risk of engines & other systems being damaged with no antifreeze or system drainage on calorifier systems if the temperatures remain low for too many hours.

December 2018: Have a Happy Christmas to all who see this. Click on the image to access the short Xmas video