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.

Monday, 23 April 2012

Hands on safety training

We had a useful day at the Hamble School of Sailing a couple of Sundays ago, taking part in an Ocean Safety course. As well as lots of theory and discussion on how to deal with eventualities one would hope never to encounter, we got to fire distress flares and fire extinguishers. Useful stuff we hope never to need but another tick on the ‘things to do’ list.



Friday, 13 April 2012

Launch date!

Friday 13th passed without misshap and Maunie is now back in her natural environment; the engine started on the first push of the button and none of the new skin fittings leaked, which was good!

We launched just before high water at 11.00 and had to get a wiggle on to get down the river on a very low neap tide.

We're really pleased with the new colour scheme!

Monday, 9 April 2012

One Week to Launch

The countdown clock is ticking, so Easter weekend saw us removing Maunie's winter covers and refitting kit; a full-on four days! With a wash and polish, the dust and dirt accumulated in the yard has gone and Maunie is looking great.

We refitted the mainsail and book cover and fitted the new front boom cover that we made a couple of weeks ago.

We'll be back to Totnes on Friday to see if she still floats!