Welcome to the Maunie of Ardwall blog

This is the blog of Maunie of Ardwall. After a six-year adventure sailing from Dartmouth to Australia, we are now back in Britain.

Thursday, 29 December 2011

Making our own entertainment!

A few months ago we bought a Sailright sewing machine - a wonderfully solid bit of kit designed to sew sails and canvas. So far we've made a couple of covers, done some running repairs to the bimini (cockpit sunshade) and have plans to make other bits and pieces for the boat.

However, we decided that we'd have a shot at making some Christmas presents so set about the old staysail from our last boat, Gentoo of Ardwall, with the scissors. After some trial and error we've build 4 bags from the sail, complete with(largely decorative) top flap which uses one of the bronze sail hanks as its clip.

Very pleased with the results (as are the recipients we're glad to report) and we've enjoyed the project.

Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Out into the cold and damp

After a few weeks in the shed, all the work is now completed so Maunie's back outside for the winter. Luckily, the previous owner had a wonderful three-part tailored waterproof cover made for her so, after a bit of sewing to repair zips and a couple of minor holes, we spent Saturday fitting it (slightly easier said than done!).

The boat's no longer anonymous, with her new lettering applied to the transom.

We'll spend weekends over the winter sorting odd maintenance jobs but she's already well prepared for the coming season.