V50 – 2024 Shakedown

Ewan and Mike joined us for the first sail of 2024. Ewan has the honour of being on our last sail last season and this first trip!

This is our annual shakedown to check all the equipment, and put the reefing lines in the mainsail (this is much easier out at sea as we can get Molia into the wind). Not too much actual shaking! – as the wind was light and the weather fair. We sailed up-river for a bit then, checks completed, drifted back with a coffee and homemade afghans (many thanks Clare).

E19 Soft Cabin

The ‘soft cabin’ uses a couple of curtains to provide some privacy for people sleeping on Molia’s port saloon (double) berth.

We started this idea in our first season, and had a first version finished for use for last season. We have recently finished an upgrade to the arrangement for the 2024 season.

The curtain rail is a Silent Gliss ‘topfix’ made of aluminium, and screwed to the cabin ceiling at about 20cm centres.

In this first version, the span over the hatch is made from net curtain wire, with a short section of rail aft of the wire. This meant that the long curtain had to be partly unhooked to draw it back.

The lateral curtain is fixed to the wall with self-adhesive Velcro pads, and is held back with fabric ties.

This is the first version with the curtains drawn back. The curtains can also be easily completely unhooked and stowed when not required.

The new version has a continuous long track that is bent to avoid the hatch blind. This allows the lengthways curtain to be drawn back without having to unhitch any of the hooks.

We have also added a curtain to the hull window on the port side.

V44-7 Penarth to Portishead

18NM 1035-1500 4h25m (includes locks)

A mid-morning start for the final leg back to Portishead.

In the lock.

Tim met us on the pontoon to take the lines. We celebrated the completion of the voyage.

Many thanks to everyone who joined us, met us, and supported us.

V44-6 Padstow Bay to Penarth

99NM 0400-2230 18h30m (includes lock)

We decide to stay on the English side for a bit after Hartland Point – its a slightly longer track, but with the wind in the south, the fetch creating any waves is very small.

Rain sets in mid afternoon. It becomes heavy as we manoeuvre through the Cardiff Bay Barrage lock and the marina in Penarth. This is a difficult mooring in the dark and wet!

Drying Out in Penarth – July 27

After two consecutive early starts, and long days; and after the heavy rain yesterday, we stayed all of Thursday in Penarth.

A really excellent dinner at the Pilot Inn.