The Naiad Voyages

Mark Austen

2016.11.29 - Freezing

With the temperatures around here below zero for the next few days, I will not be able to use any epoxy unless the thing being glued can be taken into the house where it is not freezing. So, there are a number of jobs that need to be done that do not require the use of glue, such as fitting the port and dead lights (port lights are the opening ones, deadlights are the ones that do not open), cutting the fore hatch, fitting the gammon iron, drilling the chain plates and so on and over the next few days until I can use the epoxy again, these tasks will fill my time. In fact all the fittings outside need to be put in place and then taken off before the varnishing/painting is done so that I know where the fixing holes are and don't damage the finish trying to put them aftgerwards.

For today my task was to drive over to Caister-on-Sea and pick up some rond anchors of the old style. You can buy modern ronds but these are straight and although the fluke is angled back the general opinion is that they do not work as well as the old style curved ones.

This is what a modern straight rond anchor looks like. This one is sold by Norfolk Marine and I dare say that it probably works fine. But the consensus of opinion is that although this is better than a simple mooring spike, they are not as good as the curved ones.

This is a mooring spike and not something that I'd want to trust my boat to, that's for sure.

Here are the ones I now have and as you can see, the fluke is curved.

It appears that you can only get these second-hand these days, it doesn't look like anyone is making them any more. So when eight of them appeared on Preloved, I jumped at the chance.

So 3 hours of travel.

I'll keep four of them and sell the other four on to someone else. I don't need eight.