Bssmaa 9:56pm, 5 July 2012
Hi Folks
I live in Bath and have recently enjoyed some sailing in the Bristol channel from Swansea. I would like to get a boat of my own, or get into a boat share type situation as I wouldnt be using the boat more than 12 times a year . Ive read good reviews of Achilles boats. If any Achilles owners would be willing to give me a sail in their boat so that i could see if it was the type of boat I was looking for I would be very grateful. Im happy to travel along west coast or South Coast but dont fancy travelling over to the East coast.
Being a rubbish sailor I reckon I would miss tides/ hit sand bars etc so I was wondering if anyone has put beaching legs onto the fin keeled 24 footers.

Thank you

Michael
Skykomish E29 6 years ago
A triple keeler would n't need legs. Actually thinking about it there is so much soft mud in the Bristol Channel that I doubt if beaching legs would be an option. There is nothing like sitting on a mud bank for 12 hours to focus the mind on not doing it again..lol.
Indeed an Achilles is a good choice of boat the only issue that most owners find is the lack of standing headroom in the cabin and is usually the reason for selling and moving up. Having said that, for the amount of use you are anticipating this should not be a problem for you.
There are a lot of Achilles in your area if as you say you are willing to travel along the coast a little. Good Luck and welcome to a new addiction
Bssmaa 6 years ago
Hi thanks for your reply. I actually have some sailing history in the past being part owner of a bilge keeled Dragon fly, and then a bilge keeled 22Ft Westerly Nomad, the latter had plenty of space but did not shift along very well unless there was a lot of wind. I currently own a drascombe type open boat. I trailed this to lawrenny last summer, but after terrible weather I decided I wanted something with a cockpit, so that I could get out of the weather.
I'm intrigued by the Achilles as they seem to enjoy a reputation for nippiness. Your comments about restricted headroom are interesting. It's a trade off between having good height internally and freeboard.

Kind regards

Michael
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NormanKlipspringer 6 years ago
Michael,
I would gladly take you out, (from Burry Port) but times are unpredictable due to tides and weather. As an alternative I believe that there are 5 Achilles 24s at Mumbles Yacht Club.
If you make contact via email in the first instance to norman@achillesyachts.co.uk. We can then swap phone numbers and have a chat. Be wary of putting personal information on this group since it is open to the public.
Norman
Bssmaa 6 years ago
Thanks Norman
I have pm ed you.

Regards

Michael
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NormanKlipspringer 6 years ago
Michael, What is 'pm ed'?
Norman
Skykomish E29 6 years ago
personal message Norman
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NormanKlipspringer 6 years ago
Thanks Malcolm.
Skykomish E29 6 years ago
MMM to know this at my age shows that I am spending too long on Twitter...lol
G4NLA1 6 years ago
Hi

I live in Corsham in Wiltshire not far from Bath. I won't be around for a few weeks but I would be more than happy to take you for a sail in Little Plum. She is moored in Portishead.

The Achilles 24 are nippy and very tough little yachts. Not being able to stand up down below can be a bit of a nuisance sometimes.. but I was looking for a Folkboat before I found the A24, so I was not anticipating being able to stand up.

Get in touch if I can help.

Regards

Gee
Amrum 9171Y 6 years ago
Normally I would leap at the chance of taking you out in Snifter, which is a triple keel A24 kept at Thornbury Sailing Club at Oldbury Pill, so only half an hour or so from you. However, she is out of the water at present, but if you would like a look round, let me know.
Bssmaa 6 years ago
Hi G4NLA1 and Snifter
Thanks for letting me know, both Portishead and Thornbury are very close to me. I would be interested in also hearing about your experiences of Portishead marina, as this is the closest marina to me but when I did online quotes for a 24ft boat they looked to be a bit pricey. I looked at the moorings at Pill sailing club not far from Portishead but these looked a bit tricky. My other option is Cardiff sailing club just underneath the bridge, which looks to have reasonable rates. Not sure why Thornbury wasn't on my radar may have been due to sailing times either side of high water.

Regards

Michael
Little_Plum 6 years ago
It costs me about £1850 per year (more than I paid for the boat !) to keep Little Plum at Portishead marina. However, I think there are lots of advantages as far as I am concerned. Not least that the marina staff are brilliant and very helpful - and shore electricity. We are not too restricted either side of low tide either. The marina also stocks petrol - which is handy for my outboard.

Cheers

Gee
Super Snoopy 050 6 years ago
If you want a cheap and cheerful club, not too far away, there's always Newport. (not as bad as it first appears by the name, as long as your first visit is at high tide). Trot moorings available for triple keel A24. No moorings at present for fin keelers. www.nusc.co.uk/
Amrum 9171Y 6 years ago
Thornbury requires new cruiser owners to have been members for 5 years before getting on the mooring waiting list, so not an immediate option!
Newport is a great club - I still intend to get there soon!
Portishead is very convenient for Bath though.
Bssmaa 6 years ago
Hi Guys thanks for your thoughts on this. I looked at Penarth marina and it was ludicrous money. I've visited the clubhouse at Cardiff bay and it is quite a decent clubhouse. I've considered Newport but have never been to view. The idea of a being afloat at all states of the tide is very appealing. An ideal situation would be to find a partner or partners and share the pain of a marina berth. But then again sharing would bring with it, it's own set of issues. I shared a boat before and every time I wanted to use it so did the other party, and then when idid get to use it, there would be snags left behind unreported by the sharer.
Does anyone know or have heard of a way of getting in contact with sharers.
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