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The Flying Seagull and A Colin Firth Nightmare In Teignmouth.

As I thought, a quick call to John Williams resulted in a small parcel of British Seagull goodies arriving in the post ready to revive my clutched 40+ ebay box of bits. This will probably have to be a winter project, so for now I’ve simply stripped, checked and rebuilt the (very, very simple) gearbox and drive leg and swapped it onto my original non clutched 40+. This involved undoing two nuts, removing the leg, fitting the clutched leg, doing the two nuts up again. Took 15 minutes at the most.

Shiny new Seagull bits.

Shiny new Seagull bits.

Old, non clutched leg comes off easily after removing two nuts.

Old, non clutched leg comes off easily after removing two nuts.

Bingo! A slightly less wild Seagull.

Bingo! A slightly less wild Seagull.

Our trip down the coast this past weekend was originally going to take us to Torbay, Brixham or maybe even Dartmouth if we had the time. Sadly though, I hadn’t made allowance for the past weeks worth of strong winds and the resulting confused mess of sea they’d left for us to bash through. We still had a force 4/5 on the nose when we left Exmouth on Saturday and, combined with the choppy, lumpy waves, this made progress west very slow and uncomfortable. We called it a day outside of Teignmouth, a mere 5 miles down the coast and felt our way  nervously across the bar into a perfectly calm, beautiful bay.

Beautiful place. Shaldon village at the rear right of the photo with the Ness bluff dominating the harbour entrance beside it.

Beautiful place. Shaldon village at the rear right of the photo with the Ness bluff dominating the harbour entrance beside it.

Not knowing the area at all, I decided to gently run Macavity aground on the island at the center of the bay (it was a rising tide), dig in the anchor and leave Becks in charge whilst I located the visitors moorings and pontoons described in the guide using the dinghy. Nothing. So I went to find the harbour master instead. He was most unhelpful. It seemed that Hollywood had rented Teignmouth for the week and demanded the removal of all non period features for the filming of their latest epic based on the Golden Globe race. This, it seemed, included all visitors moorings, pontoons, and visiting boats that didn’t “fit”. Furthermore, he informed me that we couldn’t anchor anywhere either and that the locals would probably cut our lines if we picked up a vacant mooring. A warm welcome indeed.

Colin Firth and his mates hang about on this quayside with the sole purpose of making my life bloody difficult. The tit.

Colin Firth and his mates hang about on this quayside with the sole purpose of making my life bloody difficult. The tit.

Anyhow, he was quite wrong. I went to speak to a couple of local boat owners who had just come back in, and they couldn’t have been more helpful. After advising me of the various options, I eventually dug up an old abandoned mooring chain of massive, ferry retaining size and tied us up to that as the tide rose. Not in Colin Firth’s way and not tampering with anyone elses gear. Finally we could relax and then simply slip our ropes quietly the following morning. So we took the dinghy ashore and went for some well earned pints and some chips.

"But it clearly states there are two visitors pontoons and mooring bouys available..."

“But it clearly states there are two visitors pontoons and mooring bouys available…”

 

 

A beautiful sanctuary the next morning. Couldn't resist a dawn stroll about on our little island before the rest of the world got up and ruined it.

A beautiful sanctuary the next morning. Couldn’t resist a dawn stroll about on our little island before the rest of the world got up and ruined it.

 

4 Comments

  1. Hi Steve,
    Thank you for providing such an interesting and informative site.
    I have enjoyed it very much.

    Are you a member of :
    https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/WesterlyNomadand22
    They cater for all the Denys Rayner designs and there is usefull information to be found there.

    I got a W25 in 2008 as my first boat and it has served (and is continuing to serve ) me very well.
    Long may you enjoy Macavity!
    Keep up the good work, it is appreciated.
    Brian

    • Steve

      June 22, 2015 at 9:10 am

      Thanks very much Brian, good to know the site is proving useful for people. What’s you’re boat called and where are you based? I’m quite interested in getting some idea of how many of these old Westerlys are still in use and how people are upgrading them for their own requirements. If you get the time to email me again I’d love to get a couple of photos of her to put up on the site. I will take a look at the group you’ve mentioned, sounds interesting.
      Best regards and happy sailing, Steve.

  2. The boats name is Rubadub, located in Chichester Harbour.
    I am not sure how to send photos via this page and could not find your email address, but if you email me I can send you couple. There is an album (W25 Rubadub) of photos on the yahoo site from when I first bought and restored her.
    The best recent mod was to fit a Webasto to provide heating to radiators in the quarter berths. Nice dry heat and I managed to do it for around £150 all in. It was really handy earlier in the season.

    Brian

    • Steve

      June 26, 2015 at 6:21 pm

      She looks great Brian. My email for the site is shoestringsailor@gmail.com, would be great to get a few photos and a few words from you on your history together. Where you’ve been with her, how you find her to sail etc.
      Regards, Steve.

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