Monday, September 29, 2014

Paradox ‘For Sale’ Advertisement at Ebay £2,900









The advertisement for the sale of ‘Minnow’ at Ebay.co.uk runs out tomorrow, Tuesday, 30th September, 2014 at 16.47. The description of the boat and what’s on offer is as follows:

Type:
Coastal and estuary sailing cruiser
Hull Material:
Composite - Epoxy sheathed plywood
Model:
Paradox Sailboat
Rigging:
Furling Lugsail with unstayed mast
Year:
2006
Keel:
Chine runners
Length (feet):
14
Trailer:
Included
Beam (feet):
4

 This is a rare opportunity to acquire a Matt Layden Paradox Sailboat in the UK.

Full details may be obtained by telephoning or emailing the seller.

At the above asking price she comes complete with a comprehensive inventory including two GPS units, compass, an Autohelm 800 and a Honda 4 stroke 2 HP outboard. She is ready to go. No work required.

Her virtually brand new De Graff road trailer has only been used twice.
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To see the advertisement enter the following number into the ‘Search Box’ at Ebay: 161411471099


I can be contacted by phone at 07588288060 or by email to barnacleid at yahoo dot co dot uk.

Note

If I re-list the advertisement I may change what is included in the sale.

Links

Here are links for more information:

Open to Offers for ‘Minnow’, My Paradox Sailboat


Open to Offers for ‘Minnow’, My Paradox Sailboat – Part 2


Open to Offers for ‘Minnow’, My Paradox Sailboat – Part 3


‘Minnow’ Advertised for Sale on Ebay


‘Minnow’ Advertised for Sale on Ebay - Inventory

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Paradoxical Paradise


An inanimate creature, but with latent life, she lies frigidly frozen under winter’s shroud. Then come spring’s sunbeams and sun’s warmth to stir her sleeping heart. Feebly it beats and stronger still, until breathing deeply, she savours sweet blossoms' scent.

Vibrant, alert and alive, she hears surf’s call, “Unfurl your wings. Stretch out your limbs, and come dance with me.”

At sea’s edge she slides into the cool, cool blue.

 Blissfully, almost imperceptibly, she drifts towards yon horizon while mesmerized by her rippling image, and entranced by the shimmering sea. Thus transfixed, unwittingly she inhales the ozone breath of Aeolus. Fully livened she senses adventure. She feels the pulse of the ocean.

She dances her best before great billows boom their foaming crests into the deep, deep, deep.

The sun shines, but clouds gather as the sea nymph play. She frolics with white fillies upon the sparkling surge. Surreptitiously, wave after wave of viridian, violet and azure hue, with glint of light and rainbow spray, grow into aqueous mountains. They rise and fall with awesome power.

In foul mood, Aeolus scowls and howls and shrieks! His brow is like a ploughman’s field, and his cheeks are like a smelter’s bellows. His eyes beam with murderous intent. Dark, thunderous masses unleash their wrath. Black Heaven is split by a blinding light. Fearsome thunderbolts vent their spleen upon this restless scene, and our tiny speck bravely cleaves her way through fangs of roaring waves. She lifts her head, throws back her mane and snorting, charges into the fray.

The Wind God is unrelenting. He stirs the murky deep, and blasts the upper chambers until he runs out of steam, totters and falls. Deflated and defeated, he gasps, and lies motionless, formless on an almost placid sea, but our ‘speck’ bobs triumphantly upon the ocean blue, more adventures to pursue. Dolphins gambol, guillemots dive; whales their fountains blow. Beyond yonder horizon our heroine goes - no more to die, but live eternally under heaven’s azure sky.

Please Note:

The above is Copyright material with all rights to me, Bill Serjeant. You may reproduce it, but not for financial gain.

The ode tells of a Paradox Sailboat caught in the ultimate storm. She awakes from winter hibernation, is launched and taken to sea. Distracted by the beauty of it, she is unaware of an approaching storm that engulfs her. She valiantly fights for her life and triumphs over the Wind God and gains an eternal life of adventures for evermore.

For Sale

My Matt Layden Paradox is for sale at Ebay.co.uk.

Enter the following number into the ‘Search Box’: 161411471099

I can be contacted by phone at 07588288060 or by email to barnacleid at yahoo dot co dot uk.

Here are links for more information:

Open to Offers for ‘Minnow’, My Paradox Sailboat


Open to Offers for ‘Minnow’, My Paradox Sailboat – Part 2


Open to Offers for ‘Minnow’, My Paradox Sailboat – Part 3


‘Minnow’ Advertised for Sale on Ebay


‘Minnow’ Advertised for Sale on Ebay - Inventory

 

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Cruising Paradox and Other Small Boats


 
A West Wight Potter similar to 'Sandpiper'

 
The same Potter on the South Woodham side of the River

 
'Sandpiper' on her trailer

 
'Sandpiper' at a pontoon

 
'Sandpiper' moored alongside another yacht

 
'Minnow' on my driveway

 
'Minnow' at Hullbridge Car Park

 
'Minnow' at Burnham Yacht Harbour

This afternoon I took a stroll beside the River Crouch at Hullbridge, and to my surprise I saw a West Wight Potter that resembled ‘Sandpiper’. She was on the opposite side of the River by the South Woodham Ferrers Yacht Club, and she was on one of their moorings. ‘Sandpiper’ was the ‘C’ Type West Wight Potter I sailed last year from Burnham-on-Crouch to Falmouth. Without binoculars I could not establish if this Potter was ‘Sandpiper’. If she was, she has been equipped with a far larger outboard than when I had her, and she has been given a sail cover for her mainsail.

Seeing her caused me to reflect on the adventurous ‘voyage’ of last year. I was fortunate not to run into serious difficulties. There were two occasions when things could have gone badly wrong, the most dangerous being off St Albans Head when she was caught in a fierce race with breaking seas, any one of which could have swamped her, had it broken into her cockpit. The other incident was off Bournemouth Pier when she was caught in a squall that nearly capsized her. Having an open cockpit and not being self-draining, she was vulnerable to being flooded.
 
'Faith' at St Just, Falmouth Harbour

By contrast, ‘Faith’, my old Paradox was virtually unsinkable. Her enclosed cabin and no cockpit made her watertight when the hatch was closed. Even with the hatch open it would have taken a big curler to have had any chance of getting into the boat. ‘Faith’ was a hundred times stronger, and she was designed for drying out on beaches.

For a flavour of what it is like to cruise small sailing boats you may like to read one or two of my logs. Links to them can be found below. If you fancy trying it yourself, and you are looking for a suitable micro-cruiser, you need look no further, for ‘Minnow’ - my Matt Layden Paradox is for sale at Ebay.co.uk.*

Links

Cruising Logs



Poole Harbour with ‘Sandpiper’ – Part 1


Pottering – Part 1 - A South Coast Cruise with 'Sandpiper', my West Wight Potter


The Cruise Part 1 ‘Faith’ to the Scilly Isles


*‘Minnow’ For Sale Advertisement at Ebay

Enter the following number into the ‘Search Box’ at Ebay.co.uk: 161411471099

I can be contacted by phone at 07588288060 or by email to barnacleid at yahoo dot co dot uk.

Here are a few related Links

Open to Offers for ‘Minnow’, My Paradox Sailboat


Open to Offers for ‘Minnow’, My Paradox Sailboat – Part 2


Open to Offers for ‘Minnow’, My Paradox Sailboat – Part 3


‘Minnow’ Advertised for Sale on Ebay


‘Minnow’ Advertised for Sale on Ebay - Inventory

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Selling Paradox ‘Minnow’



‘Minnow’ is a Matt Layden Paradox, shallow draught, sailing beach cruiser designed for one person. The original ‘Paradox’ was sailed for thousands of miles by her designer, many of them while exploring the Bahamas and the Everglades. Several Paradoxes have been built and sailed by enthusiasts in various parts of the world. Here in the UK there are 4, one of which is for sale, namely ‘Minnow’. She is a standard Paradox, except for the upper structure of her cabin above deck which has separate side windows, and at the rear there is a removable washboard to facilitate easy access for her solo crew.

I placed a ‘For Sale’ advert* at Ebay.co.uk which immediately brought a favourable response with several enquiries. Since then there have been 1,238 viewings of the advert, and Ebay watchers have grown in number to 40! There are 7 days left for the advertisement to run. In addition to the interest shown via Ebay, there’s been an exchange of emails between me and other parties amounting in total to 56. There are 7 people who have shown a persistent interest in ‘Minnow’, out of whom 3 are devising means of acquiring sufficient money to buy her. Two people have actually looked at her, and both liked what they saw; one is trying to find funds for acquiring her.

The above seems to sum up the situation. There are many dreamers who would become doers if they had the money. People are feeling the pinch because of the high cost of living. Until the economy improves, boats will be advertised for sale, but few will be sold, even at bargain prices. ‘Minnow’ is going for a song! All it needs is for one person who has the dosh to acquire her. Are you that person? Procrastinate, and your chance could be lost.

*Enter the following number into the ‘Search Box’ at Ebay.co.uk: 161411471099

I can be contacted by phone at 07588288060 or by email at barnacleid at yahoo dot co dot uk.

Links

Open to Offers for ‘Minnow’, My Paradox Sailboat


Open to Offers for ‘Minnow’, My Paradox Sailboat – Part 2


Open to Offers for ‘Minnow’, My Paradox Sailboat – Part 3


‘Minnow’ Advertised for Sale on Ebay


‘Minnow’ Advertised for Sale on Ebay - Inventory

Monday, September 22, 2014

UK Matt Layden Paradoxes


 
'Faith', 'Johanna' and 'Little Jim' at Poole Harbour
 
 
'Little Jim' and 'Faith' at the Scillies


To the best of my knowledge, there are four Matt Layden Paradoxes in the UK. They are in age order from the oldest to the newest: ‘Little Jim’, ‘Minnow’, ‘Faith’ and ‘Johanna’.

‘Little Jim’

 
'Little Jim' at the Beale Boat Show
 
 
'Little Jim' at Poole Harbour
 
Had it not been for Al’s Paradox, I doubt I would have built ‘Faith’. Twice, Al made me welcome at his home to see his boat. Each time I was impressed with her attributes, particularly her ergonomics; that’s to say, the way in which everything comes to hand for working and a living aboard. She was a user-friendly package, including her one-off trailer designed by Al. This was the sort of minimal sailing cruiser for which I was looking; a boat cheap to maintain, a trailer sailer for solo cruising. I could keep her in my garage when not in use. Al gave me a trial sail at Plymouth and I became fully convinced she was the boat for me.  ‘Faith’ was conceived, and the rest is history.

Al’s very useful website for new builders of Paradoxes:


‘Minnow’

 
'Minnow' at Home
 
 
'Minnow' at Burnham-on-Crouch
 
This Paradox, which I own, was the second to be built in the UK.  She was built by Derek Clark. Once again, Al played a part by assisting Derek when he first sailed ‘Minnow’ at Poole Harbour. For health reasons Derek had to give up sailing. The boat was taken to Norway where she remained for several years until I acquired her.  Incidentally, when she was sold by Derek, I bought her road trailer for ‘Faith’. ‘Minnow’ is currently for sale.*

‘Faith’
 
'Faith' at St Just, Falmouth Harbour
 
 
'Faith' at Worthing

The only way of obtaining a Paradox was to build her yourself; therefore I got hold of the plans and spent one-and-a-half years building her. I had enormous fun bringing her into the world, and she rewarded me by sharing the first few years of her life. We sailed whenever we could. We explored local rives, including the Blackwater where she had a drying mooring at the Marconi Sailing Club. We had many adventures, including an unforgettable and wonderful cruise along the South Coast of England from Burnham-on-Crouch to the Scillies and back to Plymouth. Al joined me at Plymouth with ‘Little Jim’, and we sailed to the Scillies and back.

‘Faith’ is now owned by Jim (not ‘Little Jim’) who makes good use of her. She’s recently had a repaint.

‘Johanna’
 
'Johanna' at Poole Harbour

This splendid Paradox, beautifully built by Pete and owned by him, is based on the South Coast. Pete helped me decide what trailer to obtain for ‘Minnow’. He said he was satisfied with the one he had from De Graaff Trailers, but if doing it again he would change the rollers to flat ones. Pete has an excellent website where there’s loads of information about ‘Johanna’ and other Paradoxes – this is highly recommended.  He also has a Flickr Page with excellent photos.



Other UK Paradoxes

There may be more Paradoxes in the UK. If so, perhaps their owners or anyone who knows could drop me a line in the Comments Section.

*Note:

‘Minnow’, my UK Paradox is for Sale at Ebay.co.uk

The Ebay item number is: 161411471099.

I can be contacted by phone at 07588288060 or by email at barnacleid at yahoo dot co dot uk.

Here are a few related Links:

 Open to Offers for ‘Minnow’, My Paradox Sailboat


Open to Offers for ‘Minnow’, My Paradox Sailboat – Part 2


Open to Offers for ‘Minnow’, My Paradox Sailboat – Part 3


‘Minnow’ Advertised for Sale on Ebay


‘Minnow’ Advertised for Sale on Ebay - Inventory

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Videos of ‘Faith’ - a Paradox Sailboat



In the summer of 2007 Al Law and I sailed our Paradoxes from Plymouth to Falmouth and back*. We had a great time. Al made a number of video clips showing ‘Faith’ under sail, and I published them at my Small Sailboats website and at YouTube. When I closed the website I also removed the videos from YouTube. On reflection, I think I should not have given up the website; neither should I have closed my YouTube account.

By way of rekindled interest in Paradox, although I am selling mine**, I thought it would be good to make the videos available again for public viewing; hence I have opened a new YouTube Channel to which I may post more videos.

Meanwhile, by clicking this link, you should be able to see Al’s video clips of ‘Faith’:

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL9dfEPaTV4f5ltRL33W3OV3u_opeIYYnd

*My memory has played tricks; we actually sailed from Falmouth to Exmouth in company.

Links

The Cruise (An account of my cruise a year later with ‘Faith’ in 2008)


**Note:

‘Minnow’, my UK Paradox is for Sale at Ebay.co.uk

The Ebay item number is: 161411471099.

I can be contacted by phone at 07588288060 or by email at barnacleid at yahoo dot co dot uk.

Here are a few related Links:

 Open to Offers for ‘Minnow’, My Paradox Sailboat


Open to Offers for ‘Minnow’, My Paradox Sailboat – Part 2


Open to Offers for ‘Minnow’, My Paradox Sailboat – Part 3


‘Minnow’ Advertised for Sale on Ebay


‘Minnow’ Advertised for Sale on Ebay - Inventory

Friday, September 19, 2014

Why Build a 'Paradox'?


 
 
Just imagine you are lounging in a comfortable bed while trillions of stars twinkle in the night sky above. You are, in fact, sailing Paradox as she glides over a glassy sea. She's being propelled by an almost imperceptible zephyr. You sip a coffee and replace your mug on its purpose-built gimballed tray. From within the cocoon of your immensely strong, compact ply and glass boat, you scan the horizon through 360 degrees - an easy task that can be done without moving from your bed, since you can conveniently see all around through the toughened Perspex cabin windows. There's no sign of life, apart from the triple loom of the lighthouse which you observed half-an-hour before, the one that matches the waypoint programmed into your GPS. This marvellous navigational aid is conveniently set at eye level, being attached to the window on the port side by its vacuum sucker, and, like the echo sounder, the light for the grid compass and the Ipaq PDA, it is powered from the mains battery, which, during daylight is charged by an efficient solar panel. A chart is spread on the transverse table above your lap, and routinely every hour you mark your position as determined by the GPS. The red LED lamp that's plugged into a cigar lighter, illuminates the chart. There's only another 12 miles to go, but at 2 knots you'll not arrive before daybreak. Comforted by this fact, you relax and enjoy the only audible sound, a satisfying musical gurgling from the stem as it cleaves the water, while astern there's a magical phosphorescent wake resembling millions of sparks showering from a Guy Fawkes rocket. Paradox holds her course for many minutes at a time; only now and then does your hand rest on the steering line to make the slightest tweak to realign the luminous North pointing arrow of the compass so that it is central to the grid.

As you look around your boat that you so carefully built according to the wonderfully detailed drawings of Matt Layden, you realize your deep contentment cannot be measured; no other yacht, no matter how expensive, luxurious or prestigious could bring such joy. When the going gets tough her overhead hatch can be pulled to, and being watertight, the interior is kept snug and warm, while fresh air enters the cabin through an ingenious ventilation system, i.e., a 'vent box', that also supports the mast. Should your miniature, but rugged coastal cruiser get caught in the ultimate storm, she most probably would survive because of her strength. Even if she were to turn turtle (a most unlikely event, because of her well above average ballast ratio), she would definitely right herself. Her arched deck and the buoyancy of her cabin top would make her unstable in the inverted position. What if somehow she became flooded? Her fixed buoyancy in the form of foam insulation should keep her from sinking. Perhaps the feature you love most about your treasured possession is the ease with which her sail can be hoisted, lowered or reefed from within the cabin. There's no need to venture on deck, even in the roughest conditions, which means you can avoid exposure and the dangers of being outside the boat. For these reasons you admire the ingenious, but simple system Matt devised that allows the single lug sail to be furled around the boom. This procedure is hardly more difficult than rolling a window blind around its roller, except you need to use two hands and have a little practice at synchronizing the movement of the halyard and the furling line. When there's no wind, out comes your yuloh that is stowed on the starboard side deck, and the sail, yard and boom are lowered, before being secured on the port side deck where they are retained by a metal loop.

While you remind yourself of the fine characteristics of Paradox, you note that a swell has started to make itself felt from the south west, and the masthead light is gyrating accordingly. The wind suddenly freshens and there's a pitter-pattering as waves slap the side of the hull. Your little ship begins to heel and her inclinometer shows 6 degrees. You adjust the sail and secure the sheet in the jam cleat while you make a mental calculation of your new ETA. You are thankful that Paradox is now sailing at her average cruising speed of 3 knots, which should mean you'll be able to find shelter by entering the creek at sunrise, where you'll beach her on the sand just after high water. Her flat bottom and chine runners will enable her to creep right up to the water's edge, where she'll find the best lee behind the cliff from the freshening wind as it backs to the south east. You'll drop your small Fisherman anchor astern as you approach the beach and when the stem nudges the sand shortly after high water you'll lay out your 7 kilo Danforth from the bow mooring cleats. That'll be the conclusion of another fine sail at night, and you'll wonder why so few yachtsmen take advantage of the generally more stable winds to be found during the hours of darkness.

When the water ebbs, leaving the boat high and dry on the gently sloping sand, there's a welcome lack of movement; the sound of wavelets against the hull can be heard no more, but there's just the faintest rustling of trees above the cliff, and through the open hatchway you hear the soothing, rhythmical sigh of breakers as they discharge their energy on the distant dunes. You bring out the eggs and bacon from their plastic boxes in the food storage locker below the cabin floor and you light the stove. Three thick rashers of bacon are first placed in the frying pan, and when they are partially cooked, two large eggs are broken into the pan to accompany them. As the smoke flavoured bacon sizzles, the fried eggs assume their familiar, irregular form - a mixture of white and yellow. You heartily gobble down your choice cereal, lubricated with fresh milk. Your kettle is partially filled in readiness for a cup of tea and for washing up after breakfast. To your mind there's nothing more pleasurable you could possibly be doing. After a morning nap, you will spend the rest of the day exploring the area, even if it means wearing waterproofs, which you never wear when at sea, because your are protected from the elements by your cleverly designed boat. Matt even thought about how to make it an easy task to get in or out of the boat when she's beached by providing a permanent step attached to the rudder stock. This step would be useful for boarding the boat after enjoying a swim at some idyllic anchorage. The kick-up rudder can be fully raised in the vertical position and it is unusually large, because to a degree it acts as a keel by preventing leeway in conjunction with the boat's unique, but efficient chine runners.

As you ponder these attributes you also wonder what adventures tomorrow will bring, and you further conjecture what you may be doing next weekend. Perhaps you'll take the boat on her trailer to one of the East Coast Rivers and you may invite your grandson to share the experience? After all, although your boat is small, there's enough room for both of you, even over night. You know you can afford the costs of taking the boat by road, because you are not lumbered with paying for a mooring or hard-standing during the winter, neither do you have to fork out for having the mast lifted by a crane when laying the boat up; indeed you can easily do any maintenance with little expenditure, since your micro boat is so undemanding.

You clap your hands with glee, because you know you are the most fortunate of sailors. Your characterful little ship has so many excellent features, and you don't pay any visitor's fees at most marinas, if you can bear to visit them! You simply tie up to the dinghy pontoon. You can't believe your good fortune and credit yourself with great wisdom. You're the happiest of mariners.

Bill. 24.10.06

Note:

‘Minnow’, my UK Paradox is for Sale at Ebay.co.uk

The Ebay item number is: 161411471099.

I can be contacted by phone at 07588288060 or by email at barnacleid at yahoo dot co dot uk.

Here are a few related Links:

 Open to Offers for ‘Minnow’, My Paradox Sailboat


Open to Offers for ‘Minnow’, My Paradox Sailboat – Part 2


Open to Offers for ‘Minnow’, My Paradox Sailboat – Part 3


‘Minnow’ Advertised for Sale on Ebay


‘Minnow’ Advertised for Sale on Ebay - Inventory