Extending the pushpit

Everyone has some things they like and dislike about their boat.  There are probably two things that I can think of on Mariadz. The first is the wheel size compared to the gap in the cockpit.  The only way around the wheel is to go up on the cushions as there is no leg-width gap […]
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Swim platform fixing and improvements

In early 2016, we discovered a hydraulic leak from the rams that deploy and stow the swim platform.  After a time, this stopped the swim platform working and we knew we would need to do some work to get it fixed, as a long term fix rather than a short term bodge.  Immediately after it […]
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We’re getting old – Mariadz zimmer frames

Having been caught in a storm in the English Channel previously (The return from Dunkirk (part 2 of 3) – pan pan), we are very conscious of safety and making sure that the crew are never put in unnecessary danger.  I know some people think this is overkill but our view is that if one […]
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Bringing Formula 1 technology to Mariadz – or why every boat should have a spoiler/car port/helipad/tea tray/solar power

Lots of people brag about how fast their boats are and most of the time it is light hearted banter.  We have such a conversation with our friend Stig, since we chased his boat Wild Dream 2, up the Wallet when returning from Burnham on Crouch one time.  We gave them a one hour head […]
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What’s an Essex girl’s favourite wine?

Before I start, I should say that Maria is a London girl rather than an Essex girl! That said our three daughters and our feline daughter were all born in Essex but this also doesn’t refer to them 🙂 The last summer bank holiday of the year saw a very still and warm forecast and […]
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A clean boat is a happy boat

One of the final jobs of our lift out was to clean up the hull, superstructure and deck.  As part of this we identified a few things that needed to be addressed.  Although cosmetic, this work adds some finishing touches and makes Mariadz look even prettier 🙂 The hull polish went very well and is […]
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Magic pontoon steps

So inspired by a video on facebook for a very posh dock box and with Maria’s upcoming birthday on the 16th August, necessity became the mother of invention and I decided to MAKE Maria’s present this year. Firstly, like any parent, Maria will have had presents made for her by the girls when they were […]
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A trip to Osea Island

With the boat back in the water and Maria’s upcoming workload as her projects go live, we had worked out that the only opportunity we had to get out for a few weeks was going to be the first weekend of August.  It had also been a long time since Lisa Jones had been with […]
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Mariadz annual lift out and through hulls

Coinciding with our annual holiday to Italy, we decided to take Mariadz out of the water to have some essential work done.  There were a number of things on our list.  Firstly, earlier in the year we had a valve for a throughhull fail and we were concerned about certain others.  With our long term […]
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Gratuitous cat pictures

Maria and I often discuss how the cats are more popular than we are… and there aren’t nearly enough cute pictures of cats on the web 😉 we are also feeling very lucky since our recent experience of almost losing Clyde just before his seventh birthday and are very grateful for the help and support […]
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