First time sailing the boat! Tony Bertram the Discovery commissioning manager invited me aboard to trial sail the new sails, although this event was for the commissioning team to test the running rigging and furling gear rather than one focused on the client as part of handover. It was a short few hours but not … Continue reading 21 Mar – Hythe Marina
Finally a gap in the weather good enough for sails to be hoisted. Peter and Chris Sanders brought the sails down to the marina this morning and got to work! Yum - new sails Tony Bertram (of Discovery) winches up the genoa while Peter and Chris Sanders egg him on All fitted beautifully. Hopefully Thursday … Continue reading 19 Mar – Hythe Marina – Sails On
Today was compass day - Robinsons and the Discovery folk took the boat out from the marina to swing the two compasses. I wasn't there to see it done sadly, but Marine traffic picked up the boats movement from the AIS Two circles one for each compass I guess, the resulting deviation card shows they've … Continue reading 05 Mar – Compass Swinging
We spent a lot of time looking for the right sails for the new boat, and in particular talking with Peter Sanders in Lymington about the right specification. Fast forward and it's really nice that Chris Sanders sent us some pictures of the sails being produced. It's great to see the detail and care that … Continue reading Our Sanders Sails are Ready to go!
So today the boat was moved from Saxon Wharf to Hythe Marina (2.8nm) , where the testing/commissioning will be carried out. The canvas and window mesh have been fitted. I'll be down there later in the week to set up some of the nav systems etc, so just this one pic for now…
There is a 360 view of 480-002 as shown at Southampton for those that haven't been able to view the boat and would like to get a feel for her https://my.matterport.com/show/?m=Vp5Qhr8qPMF&utm_source=4 https://my.matterport.com/show/?m=Vp5Qhr8qPMF&utm_source=4 She has some custom cabinetry where the lower saloon seating is with the standard layout, that includes an extra fridge and tons of … Continue reading Southerly 480 360/VR
Quick visit today just to see the mast - Mast being craned into position Today - No crane! Temporary forestays in place