Saturday, 10 November 2012

That was the boat that was... "Papillon"

Now that Papillon is sold; what could be more natural than a summary of the period of my ownership..

So...  it all started when I bought Papillon in March 2009 from Wilson's Boatyard on Hayling Island [clicky]. I remember distinctly offering the asking price immediately...  I'd been looking for a boat for some weeks by then and had missed out a few times by being too late, or delaying, so when I saw Pap, I knew she was right, & I moved quickly to avoid losing her! As it turned out  Wilson's were a very nice bunch of people who allowed me to keep her in the yard until I was ready to launch, so my first few months of ownership involved long commutes down the length of Hayling to clean/paint and generally titivate....happy days...!

So first off, and with much interest, I loaded every GPS track I had for the four years into GoogleEarth for a view on where I'd been spending my time...  so once again, like a spider dipped in blue ink and left to wander all over Google Earth - here's where Papillon went under my ownership - click again for slightly bigger views of the pictures in this post:

2010 - 2012 trips - no 2009 data as I didn't have a GPS then..

Mostly in the main Chichester channel it would seem, if the above is anything to go by....smiley emoticons

...and that's the big view including the Solent trips... two to the Nab, one to Cowes, one to Seaview, and one "Round Hayling"..


Number of sailing trips/visits: 61 in four years; 18 in '09, 13 in 2010, 18 in 2011 but only 12 this year (hideous weather, but I was also getting the sink hole fixed!). If you count all the times I visited in the mornings/evenings while she was on shore though (usually two to three times a week), and the days I worked on her pre-season, and the cups of tea visits (and pot noodle visits!) - easily triple, or even quadruple, that...

Total distance sailed: 646 miles; 125 in '09, 154 in 2010, 193 in 2011 & 173 odd this year - that's no mean feat when you consider there's no tiller pilot involved - I hand steered all of that! smiley emoticons

Nights on board: Surprisingly I can only find 3 - one was on the Cowes raid, this year and then a couple of times in 2010; one of these was, memorably, the night before I dis-masted..!

Crew on occasion: 2 daughters - both of them are good company. Youngest was crew more than eldest (as she got a job and a boyfriend) Youngest is turning into a confidant helm... Both of them tell me sailing is "boring" and look at me in a pitying way when I talk about Pap... smiley emoticons  Oh, and Jellybean Phil and I took her for a motor up to Emsworth one very wet & gusty evening!

Cruising range: Emsworth to the north, Bosham/Itchenor in the East and the Folly (up the Medina River from Cowes) to the west and the Nab to the south..  superb!

Biggest Cruise: Cowes raid day one  this year (32 miles) shortly followed by the day sail to Seaview in 2010 (31 miles)

Best Cruise: So hard as it comes down to a choice of four, the Cowes raid this year (which proves adventure is available to everyone), the trip to Portsmouth Harbour entrance also this year, the trip to Seaview in 2010, and also the trip to the Nab last year (the one where I finally got there).....

I'm going to go for Seaview as it was my first major cruise out of the harbour, it was sunny, it was windy, and I learnt that the boat wasn't going to let me down, and I wasn't going to let the boat down...

Seaview, ahoy....  overall best cruise..... and that was back in 2010..
Worst cruise: Choice of two..  the trip when I dis-masted, or the outbound trip to Cowes where the weather was hideous; cold, wet, miserable, windy, and on the nose! (Thank goodness the pub was open when we got there... smiley emoticons)

One of the three bad lucks
that afternoon
Dis-masting takes it I think, as it was a very low point in my burgeoning sailing career....

Oddest cruise: Bad luck comes in three's without a doubt!! I look back now and I can chuckle, but blimey what an afternoon....!

Best anchorages: None... didn't anchor her on the main anchor in all the four years I had her! I have moored up on the small kedge a couple of times, and the spot I enjoyed most is just at the top of the main Emsworth Channel where it turns towards Northney....  I've stopped there a couple of times for a fish, or just a relax, when the wind isn't blowing....

Best mooring: Ignoring my home moorings for the time being I have a choice of three that I use on a regular basis....  one at the mouth of the Thorney Channel, one in the line of visitors buoys at HISC, and one at the end of the Emsworth Channel - and of the three I especially like the HISC one - purely because there's so much to see at that end of the harbour.... you have to be quick though...  they have a tendency to demand money for stopping - who'd have thought it! That aside this is the spot for a freshly cooked sausage sandwich and a mug of tea.....

My favourite mooring other than "home" - this is looking towards HISC and the harbour entrance
On the home front my first mooring was mostly mud, but my new one is a cracker (once we get the sinker re-buried) water 3+ hours either side of high tide...  the temporary one I got put on at the end of this year has even more water but is a bit of a long slog out on oars! Looking forward to getting back on mine with a new boat next summer... smiley emoticons

Worst mooring: None... they're all good when you need a cup of tea and a break!

Plans for next year: New boat!!


Papillon is a 41 year old boat (she was built in June 1971)... my period of ownership (or better, guardianship??) has  represented less than 10% of her life to date..  talking to her new owner he already has plans for her next stage...  we only get to look after them, we never own them.....
As is the way of these things this will be the last but one post in this ships log - a new boat calls for a new log, so the last post will be to announce the new address, but for now this chapter has come to a close.... 

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

"Papillon" is .. sold.....

End of an era...

Papillon is sold - looks like she'll be heading west along the coast to Lee on Solent at some point in time..  probably next spring as the new owner would like to keep her at the club yard for the time being..

I'm happy she sold of course....  just not sure if I'm happy or sad at losing her! 

Thursday, 1 November 2012

"Papillon" is for sale..

LOA 19ft. LWL 16ft, Beam 6.25ft, Draft (twin) 2ft, Displacement 1568lb, Ballast 545lb, Sail area 150sqft, Construction GRP, Headroom 4.4ft.

The Fantasie 19 was designed by Robert Tucker and is a 19ft triple keel GRP constructed mini cruiser suitable for coastal and estuary cruising. I sail her in Chichester Harbour, and have personally sailed her to the Nab Tower, Portsmouth Harbour, Seaview (IoW) and this year to Cowes.

I have owned "Papillon" since 2009 and in that time she has had new standing rigging (in the winter of 2009/10), new running rigging winter 2010/11. The cabin was extensively re-furbed winter 2010/11 (old headlining removed/scraped back/painted).

She comes with jib/genoa (new in 2009 from Arun sails), and a good condition main. Reefing for the main is the boom roller type which works well (two reefing handles included), the jib/genoa is on a  Plastimo 406-S roller furler. All lines have been lead aft to the cockpit and she is optimised for sailing solo...

She also comes with anchor (with chain/rope rode in anchor locker), nav lights, steaming light (new 2009), anchor light (new 2012), VHF (working but venerable), stereo (amplifier and speakers with cable to connect MP3 player - new winter 2011/12), two solar tickle chargers (keeps the battery going all summer), battery (new 2009), electric & manual bilge pumps, cabin lights, cooker (single burner - new 2012), sea toilet (which I've not used), and various "chandlery" (ropes/mooring ropes etc). By the by, there is also a transducer for a NASA depth sounder (I've only just found this, and as I don't have a head unit I have no idea if it works.. )

She is sitting on, and is being sold with, a trailer that is not suitable for road use - I use it for moving her round the sailing club yard and launching (it also helps when painting/anti fouling underneath).

I have anti-fouled and she is in all respects ready to go sailing right now - all you will need is an outboard *.

In the four years I've owned her, she's looked after me, and taught me many things and we've had some fantastic sailing trips - I'm only selling as it's now time to be moving on, and I'm looking for something bigger....

From PBO publication 'Which Boat' - "Attractive, well made, three berth twin keeler with practical outboard well, skeg mounted rudder and good directional stability."

From Hoskyns Yacht Directory - " useful pocket cruiser"

Leave a comment if you're interested...

* Recommended engine size is a 4-6hp outboard (I use a 4HP/2 stroke/standard shaft) which sits in a well at the rear of the cockpit (this allows you to manage/refuel the engine from within the cockpit - much safer than having the engine on the back - I think this is a major bonus)