Interesting recommendations from Paul Heiney

As I was developing my winter work list, I came across Paul Heiney’s blog about his recent sail to South America in a Victoria 38.  I had just finished his book “Last Man Across the Atlantic,” so it was good to read about his recent voyaging:

Wild Song Blog

To note for us Rival owners is his “winners and losers” list about gear.  Based on his info, I’ve added the following to the winter work list:

— replace my CAV fuel filter with a Racor spin on (sounds much easier and safer in a seaway)

— add some LED lights to the cabin (we already really like our LED anchor light)

— investigate the Walden boom brake, which sound very nice when short handed

–tune up the Monitor wind vane and finally learn how to use the thing

–ponder a watermaker location if we ever get the chance to go long distance

Fun reading.

The Crash Test Boat Series

Yachting Monthly is arguably the best yachting mag in the UK, and if you haven’t seen their Crash Test Boat series of videos on Youtube, you should check them out. A donated Jeanneau was put through a range of misadventures (holing, capsize, fires, lost mast, gas explosion) along with expert tests of different tools and responses to the disasters. Very revealing– especially the tests of different ways to plug a holed hull and different ways to cut downed rigging.

Here’s one example– the rest are on their Youtube channel:


Our next boat?

In the winter months, it’s always tempting to think about our next boat.  We will own Southern Rival, our Rival 34, for at least two more years, but then we might consider a bit larger boat (38 to 43 feet).  We’d like an offshore-capable boat, maybe liveaboard comfortable, but not so heavy and old that day sails would be out of the question.

On our “consider list” are new and used Ovni sailboats:

We like their ruggedness and world-circling ability.  We’re a tad nervous about the aluminum hulls over time and the stability factors of the hull design.  However, having a relatively easy to sail expedition boat is very appealing to us, especially if our desired 10 year tour comes to fruition.

Secondly, the shallow draft and beachability of Ovni are both attractive features.

Ovni on beach

Meanwhile, I’m off to our Rival early tomorrow morning.  It’s time again to heat up the engine, and I’m also taking down recently-bought gear from the London boat show.  I hope to build and rig the new preventer gear tomorrow.