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 as at 27th October, 2014.*


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

*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


Paul Mullings said...

Not Sandpiper as cabin ports are a different shape

William Serjeant said...


I think you are right. The cabin top looks a bit different, and I can't see any sign of the solar panel.