Author Archives: mariadz2010

Blog updates

A note to any readers out there. I am trying to catch up on all of the refit and some of the sailing we have done. There will be quite a few blogs going up over the next few weeks including: Stainless anchor and chainSafety gearTeak cockpit seatingRig and sails, refurb of twin headsailSSBToe railFridgeFridge […]
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The journey south begins in earnest

It has been two weeks at Burnham-on-Crouch rather than the four we had planned originally but it is time to depart and to start to head South so that we can be ready for Biscay in a month’s time. One month, wow, it is getting real now. Maria has been hard at work on crew […]
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No turning back now.

This year we will delivering Mariadz to southern Italy and the journey has now well and truly started. Having been in Suffolk Yacht Harbour for most of the last eighteen months, the majority of the boat jobs are now done. There are a few things left to do, most notably the toe rail which we […]
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You have to love a list….

One thing my father and I have in common is making sure there are lists for the things we need to do. It is easy to make the job of managing these lists a full time job but it is also important to make sure you don’t forget those jobs that need to be done. […]
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New sails

Although, in the years of our ownership, Mariadz is reasonably well travelled and often used, we have not been excessive (ab)users of the sails even if they are used whenever possible.  A number of people had told us that the sails had life in them yet but we had decided that before we go we […]
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Fixing the engine – the nuclear option

Regular readers will have known that we have had a number of attempts at fixing our 3,000 hour yanmar including a new heat exchanger, all new cooling pipes, etc etc. We were still unhappy with it and had disconnected the heavy duty domestic alternator which may have been part of the problem. Also, with our […]
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Electrical work

Mariadz was built in 2001, and this was when her electrical system was last overhauled. In the interim, a number of items had been added or removed from the electrical mix and this meant that the switch for a particular piece of equipment was quite random. Apparently, it is logical to switch on the navigation […]
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Something a bit different

Since the age of 29, I have always had car that was a convertible.  When we bought the Moody I sold my beloved Lotus Elise 111S that I had owned for ten years which contributed to the deposit.  Then when we decided to buy the motorhome, Maria traded in the BMW 650i which was also […]
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A weekend of maintenance

We’ve been lucky to get out quite a bit recently but eventually there comes a time when you need to just make sure everything is ok. So no more fun and do some maintenance. This weekend was our opportunity to do this.  We had noticed a little oil which had mixed with water in the […]
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A cheeky play down the Orwell

The second May Bank Holiday was also the second time that Ipswich has hosted the Moody Owners Association.  As much as Maria enjoys the social element of this, she does miss the opportunity to go out for the whole weekend and to go a little further afield. However, she had plans to make sure she […]
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