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It’s been a long time since I made a post about Tammy Norie. I’ve been disabled by Chronic Fatigue Syndrome for over a year. I’ve improved a lot over the last few weeks, but if you know anything about CFS you’ll know I have to increase activity very slowly. So here I am with Tammy at FSMBC ready for a bit of very gentle pottering around The Solent.

It’s very good to see her.
Unfortunately I’ve missed yet another year of the Jester Challenge. CFS, sleep deprivation, and COLREGS do not mix, even if I’d had the necessary spoons to prepare! I’ll definitely skip the trans-Atlantic next year, but perhaps I’ll be ready for Baltimore in 2019.

I can’t promise lots of blog posts, but if I do any significant work on Tammy you’ll definitely hear about it!

I’d love to hear news of your Coromandels. What’s been happening?


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Solent Boat Jumble

I will be at the Solent Boat Jumble in Netley tomorrow with a boot load of boat bits to sell. (In fact, the same things I took to the Beaulieu Boat Jumble in spring!) Do let me know if you’re nearby.


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The course is set. The wind vane steers. The weather’s good. The wind is up. I remember this! Too late this year for big adventures. But not for big dreams and big plans. While the wind vane steers.


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Visiting Taiwan

I will be visiting Taiwan next week. I plan to track down traditional boats and visit any maritime museums I can while I’m there.

Does anyone have any tips?

I will report back with whatever I find!

I’m sorry the blog has been so quiet. I have been very occupied with work since September and have had almost no time for sailing or boats at all. However, there is some news, and I will write some detailed entries soon about it.  The short version:

  1. Tammy Norie was craned out two weeks ago at Woodbridge and I towed her to Waterbeach, near Cambridge, where she’s in a friend’s driveway, so that I can work on her.
  2. I have a fairly detailed to-do list for the Jester Azores Challenge and will share the plans with you on the blog.
  3. I will be making pictures and videos of my work on Tammy leading up to the Jester Azores Challenge.

Right now, the Challenge feels impossible. But then again, what I did last summer seems quite unlikely, so that’s no guide.


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Southampton Boat Show tomorrow

I will be at the Southampton Boat Show tomorrow. If you happen to be there and would like to meet please leave a comment and I’ll send you my phone number.

Tammy Norie will sadly not be in attendance.

In the evening I’ll be at the Jester Challenge south coast meet up.


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A tour of Siskin

Here are a few notes and photos about the Newbridge Coromandel Siskin, owned by Antoine Maartens. They might be of interest to other Coromandel owners, and worth comparing with my previous notes about Gaspar and Sinobee.

Siskin seems to be pretty much in original condition, except for the mast.  Here are port and starboard views of her in dock at Huizen.



She has this mysterious addition that Antoine described as “useless” but I was never quite sure what it was for. Antoine?


Antoine said the mast had some strange modifications. It has a label from Proctor masts (like Tammy Norie’s) but was apparently made of two parts grafted and rivetted together.  I don’t have any pictures of this, but Antoine might be able to contribute some. He divided the mast and installed a hinge similar to Tammy Norie’s with a sleeve over the top. I don’t have photos of that either, I’m afraid. We were quite busy doing the rigging when we met.

I do have these pictures of Siskin’s mast step.



This has been considerably reinforced from the simple bracket and bolt that appears on Tammy Norie and Gaspar.


Siskin also has some carefully crafted blocks at the mast partners, that can barely be called wedges at all.


Sinobee has something similar.


Siskin’s mast cone also shows signs of repair and reinforcement. That’s the third Coromandel I’ve seen with this a reinforced cone. I recommend that all Corormandel owners reinforce their cones!

Those are the main interesting points I saw when looking at Siskin. I’m hoping Antoine will write up an account of the work he had done to her. He said that when he first got her home she was in a terrible state. I’d like to read the story in more detail.

I’ve put all the photos I have of Siskin in the Flickr album “Newbridge Coromandel Siskin” so that you can study them.

Do post questions in the comments section.  Antoine reads this blog and will likely answer them.


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A tour of Gaspar

Newbridge Coromandel Gaspar (sail number 100) is for sale at Andy Seedhouse in Woodbridge. I took the opportunity to have a look around her, since I know at least one person who’s expressed interest, and highlighted differences from Tammy Norie and other Coromandels I’ve seen.


All the photos are in my Flickr album “Newbridge Coromandel Gaspar” and the description of each has my comments.

You might also like to compare her with Sinobee in my album “Visiting Sinobee in Brighton”.

I’ll shortly gather together pictures I took of Antoin Maarten’s Siskin as well and link them from here.

I’m in contact with two other Coromandel owners, and one ex-owner, but haven’t seen their boats. There does seem to be quite a variety in the layout of fittings.

Incidentally, Dylan Winter has an interview with Andy Seedhouse in his video about the Deben. The whole thing is worth a watch.


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