I have always felt pretty secure about grounding the slug
the boat is fairly light and the keel box is really thick
I did manage to hole it but I gave it one hell of a clonk on some rocks off Cromer and then rotated it around to give it a reel grinding - even then the grp only cracked
I was really impressed with the thickness of the lay up
the bilge keels are steel
the boat is really stable when aground
so I am prepared to take all sorts of risks with it
you are dead right that in many ways it is the ideal boat given my creek crawling procilities
the only time I was worried was when I tied up in Boston and did not know what wasunderneath us - I assumed there was nothing until I saw all these ribs emerging around us as the tide went down
one of those could have punctured the hull
I know that the slug would be great for exploring some of these scottish sea lochs that extend so far in land
and pretty good for ireland
with the right engine and some cockpit drains and spray hood, dodgers and a decent drysuit then the boat is more than up to the job
but a more modern engine and installation is going to run me into a bill of four or five thousand - spending that sort of money on the slug would make no sense at all given the current state of the UK's and my own finances
I am still thinking in the direction of a Minstrel if I can get one at the right price - I can live with tatty - being able to drop a mast by myself is a wonderful advantage and has allowed me to get to some wonderful places, the Medway, the Nene, the Broads
as it will sail in shallow water and can be brought home to cut the costs without killing the project.
I will not be replacing the slug before next winter at the earliest once I have finished with North Norfolk and explord as far as the Tyne
and who knows what might happen this winter
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Thread: Lets Find Dylan A Yacht
31-03-12, 10:59 #41
The slug and grounding
31-03-12, 11:09 #42Chrusty 1 Guest
Minstrels are good wee boats, but Winter old chap, Winter is a long way off, so what Winter will do come Next Winter, is anybodies guess.
31-03-12, 11:11 #43
An attractive specimen. http://yachts.apolloduck.co.uk/advert.phtml?id=242610
Not sure what your budget is.
31-03-12, 11:18 #44
third one down
assuming it is the same boat
currently liquifying some of my own marine assets
31-03-12, 11:26 #45Chrusty 1 Guest
31-03-12, 11:34 #46
which really cuts the value
the boat is plenty strong enough - epoxy all over
the trailer is old. the seagull is old, the spars are aluminium and the sails are from other boats - the shape is fine but they are old
I did build some wooden spars with the idea of converting it into a gunter
never got around to making the sails
so I do not expect to get the asking price
I shall leave the price as it is until easter and see what happens
31-03-12, 11:48 #47Chrusty 1 Guest
"it is home built - that really cuts the value"
Who told you that? If it was built from Selway plans, and you did a good job of it, then it's no different to one that was built by a "professional" everything being equal of course.
In my opinion, the only thing that will hold it back, is that it's wood, there are an awful lot of people that get the colliwobbles about wooden boats Which is really daft, because modern, properly constructed epoxy ply is a doddle to look after. I had a smaller Selway coble back along, it was just the rowing version, and my only complaint was that it was a bit light for what I wanted it for, rowed beautifully though.
31-03-12, 11:57 #48
I was going to take a jigsaw to the built in bouyancy, replace it with bags and slatted seats - never happened - never will
but I think it is accepted wisdom that home built boats go for a discount
there was an interesting thread on a boat building website where people were talking about getting rid of their old boats
some blokes just take them down to the beach and dump them with the words please take or free boat written in indellible pen - usually some-one takes them
31-03-12, 12:06 #49Chrusty 1 Guest
I have a junk sail and a carbon fibre mast lying about the place, might suit her down to the ground, what length is she?
31-03-12, 12:08 #50
junk rigged coble