Category Archives: SY Mariadz

Looking after our teak

You may be aware that we bought some beautiful teak chairs a couple of years ago and used these most of last summer which means that the oiled dark teak had been sun lightened. Now although these chairs are originally dipped in oil to get their beautiful colour we will need to do some work […]
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Easter weekend starts the season

  It has been a tradition over the last ten years (wow ten years already!) that Mariadz starts her summer season at Easter.  There was memorably one Easter when we were sailing in company with Easily Led on a still, scorching Easter. Since then the weather hasn’t been quite so good, especially when Easter has been […]
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Return to Hamford water

I was obviously part way through writing this one when I stopped which will be why I recall writing it but couldn’t find it.  So having discussed this with my mother in law the other weekend, it was time to finish this off. This summer has been glorious with fantastic weather and wonderful weekends. However, […]
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Engine hours and fuel consumption

It is always interesting to know what the range of your fuel tank is likely to be.  Although, that would normally presume that you run the fuel tank dry and after 17 years of use, and filling up in some less than savoury places, I imagine there is some junk in the bottom of the […]
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We tried to go to rehab, but the weather said “No, no, no!”

What a stupendous summer it has been.  The weather has been fantastic and we have been out most weekends.  This weekend was no exception and our friends from Maldon had arranged several weeks ago for us all to gather at Osea Island for a barbecue and Amy Winehouse singalong with the Mariadz really-loud karaoke setup. […]
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The one problem with East Coast Stainless

We love Ian and Rob at East Coast Stainless but….. the problem with stainless steel is that it tarnishes over time and you need to look after it. With a weekend away planned, Maria decided that we would also be doing boat chores. This week she wants to clean the stainless steel, all of it, […]
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Engine problems – minor alternator issue

On our return from Hamford Water to Ipswich, we suddenly detected a change in engine noise. Actually, if I’m honest, Maria had mentioned that when the engine started, and I was on the bow, she thought she may have heard a whine from the engine that she didn’t recognise.  One thing we have learnt on […]
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Twitching net curtains

Those who know us well will know that, like most pet “owners”, we are controlled by the cats and they generally get whatever they want. We have a cat flap fitted to a shower door so that they can have privacy when they need to go the toilet! We also let them roam when we […]
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The East Coast tour of anchorages continues

It’s Friday and time to leave work at the end of probably my penultimate week at Moorfields Eye Hospital as their Interim CIO. One of the things I have always loved about the train home to Essex and Suffolk is that moment when you leave “the smoke” behind and suddenly you are travelling past fields […]
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Cleaning up parts of the main sail

We have very much got used to our in-mast furling system on Mariadz, having learnt with this system ten years ago.  We generally have our techniques for avoiding sail jams despite having one for the first time in years a few weeks ago. However, one of the issues with older sails is that the flap […]
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