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Off for my first cruise

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Vidwatts says:

I've owned Aeolus since August 2009 but since then have only used her for day sailing. Tomorrow I'm off with my other half for a week's east coast cruise - starting from Greenwich and probably taking in no more than the Colne and Blackwater rivers, though with the possibility of returning her to her original stomping ground of the Crouch (pre-Malcom's ownership).

I'm very much looking forward to the trip - although I've sailed plenty of other boats, this will be the first time skippering in unfamiliar waters with only the two of us in a small boat.

I'll let you know how we get on...
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Andrew Curry says:

Have a great time.
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Amelie (Bazzo-nl) says:

Funny, I own my A24 since August 2009 :-)

Have fun!
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Vidwatts says:

Back in home port now after a great week: Greenwich - Queenborough - Brightlingsea - West Mersea - Bradwell - Burnham on Crouch - Q'boro - Greenwich. 200-odd miles. Not enough wind so some long motoring days. The Achilles makes a fine boat for two for this sort of trip - cosy but not too tight down below, perfectly acceptable passage times, very easy handling. The lack of amenities on board is a little limiting - ate out most nights or had a picnic in the cockpit, but had to stay in marinas some nights for the benefit of the showers and loos rather than stay on board up a little creek somewhere where we'd rather have been.

A highlight of the week was coming out of Bradwell and finding ourselves sailing alongside Amare - sail no 561 to my 562. Had a lovely chat with Mike before heading off to Burnham. Photos to follow.

To anyone contemplating such a cruise then definitely go ahead, the Achilles is a fine boat for these purposes.
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Skykomish E29 says:

Glad you had a great time, we enjoyed that trip too last year. If you go a bit further up the coast to the Walton Back waters and Titchmarsh marina next time you will be able to enjoy creek life with the facilities of a marina, or better still get a solar shower bag in the rigging and rough it in a creek. The chemical loo on Aeolus would last a couple of nights, but i admit we never fancied sleeping on top of it failing that a good builders bucket is just as good.
Glad you got back in one piece and had a good time. We took Skykomish for a trip down the Swale the other day and spent a night at Harty Ferry, have to say our confidence is a little shaken after the leaky stern gland, which I think is a result of hull flexion from the twice daily settle on the mud. Didn't leak once whilst we were on the mooring in the river but started a steady drip once we got back into the marina. Have lowered the front of the engine slightly which has reduced water ingress.
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