messing about in boats

A new chapter

Posted in Everything Else by Joseph Moore on March 6, 2013

After a bit of a break, I’ve bought a new boat; a little Hurley 22. As such, I reckon it warrants a new blog. This one’s been fine, but as a web developer I prefer the control I get from hosting one myself and being able to tinker with it, rather than the get-what-you’re-given wordpress.com hosted ones.

So… I’ll be Sailing Around over here from now on.

That’s all folks…

Posted in Everything Else by Joseph Moore on September 26, 2011

…for now, anyway.

It’s been months since I’ve posted anything here, largely because there hasn’t been anything to tell. I came to the realisation that my life’s just too full of other stuff to devote any time to a project boat which was two hours drive away and cost money to keep. Everything became more of a chore than a pleasure, so she had to go. A chap called Tim bought her from me and I wish him all the best with restoring and racing her.

So that leaves me a boatless sailor; but still a hopeless optimist and pragmatist. As soon as life allows, I’d like to live near to the sea, and given my experiences over the past year or so I know in more detail what I want from a boat. What I’m comfortable with in terms of size, rig and simply how much money I can spend before that nagging feeling arises. Until then, I doubt I’ll post anything more here. I may not even post those adventures on this blog, but on my actual website. I’ve not decided yet…

Cheers all.

Snow (part two)

Posted in Everything Else by Joseph Moore on December 4, 2010

Oh, and so until I can go sailing tomorrow I’m entertaining myself doing some work on Keep Turning Left and watching a healthy chunk of Dylan’s videos while I’m at it. Next best thing to sailing. No Question.

Some Sunny Snaps

Posted in Everything Else by Joseph Moore on April 27, 2010

Utterly gorgeous week on the Isle of Wight. I’m still not really geared back up to working or really writing very much at all, but here’s a few scenic photos.

Mist over Bembridge Harbour entrance

View from the tent!

Bembridge Windmill

Bembridge Windmill

Leaving Portsmouth

Leaving Portsmouth

The Needles and Shingles Bank

The Needles and Shingles Bank

Sandown Bay from Bembridge Fort

Sandown Bay from Bembridge Fort


And some panoramic ones:

Alum Bay from West High Down

Alum Bay from West High Down

Alum Bay from The Needles New Battery

Alum Bay from The Needles New Battery

Bembridge Harbour from the Bund

Bembridge Harbour from the Bund

Chale Bay from Gore Down

Chale Bay from Gore Down

Shanklin Beach near the chine

Shanklin Beach near the chine

There’s a lot more that needs writing, I’ll try and get to it soon I promise…

Holiday Time!

Posted in Everything Else by Joseph Moore on April 16, 2010

Sarah and I are off to the Isle of Wight tomorrow. A week of camping next to the beach near Bembridge Harbour. We can thoroughly recommend Nodes Point holiday park after we stopped off there on our trek around the island last year. £5 a night, deserted field and a brand new shower block complete with private bathrooms. Excellent!

If I get round to organising myself expect lots of short updates from my phone as I complain incessantly about the lack of sea back home in St Albans and pine for my boat which will still be tucked up safe and sound in Langstone Harbour.

Nodes Point, near Bembridge Harbour

Nodes Point, near Bembridge Harbour

A Boaty Bank Holiday

Posted in Everything Else, Sailing by Joseph Moore on April 6, 2010

Sarah and I took my old Fireball down to some friends in Bursledon yesterday. It was good to have a catch up and a chinwag over some excellent grub at The Old Ship just a short walk from the boatyard where they live on board a 37′ gaff ketch named Deneb K. Incidentally, Charles pointed out Mutineer on the hard, waiting for someone to buy her.

Good job we’re heading back down there to go on holiday in a few weeks time anyway, as I managed to leave the boom, cover and rudder at home. Oops…

The plan was then to head down to Langstone Harbour and refit the bow roller to Nervous Tension. The sun was out by the time we arrived, but full of lunch and with white horses racing across the water I decided that rowing the mile out to the mooring could wait for another day and we opted for a wander around Eastney peninsula and a peer through the fence at Fort Cumberland.

Eastney Lake

Eastney Lake

Sarah messing with her camera

Sarah messing with her camera

Drunken boat - her leg's collapsed since last time I was there

Drunken boat - her leg's collapsed since last time I was there

Eastney Lake

Eastney Lake

Eastney Lake - Ironicly "Suffs Folly" doesn't look like she's been sailed in a while...

Eastney Lake - Ironicly "Suffs Folly" doesn't look like she's been sailed in a while...

A Shameless Plug

Posted in Everything Else, Sailing by Joseph Moore on April 4, 2010

Both for my fantastic web design skills and Stu at Alverbanks Sails! I just built him a new website, so take a look and give him a ring if you need any sails, chandlery or odds and ends.

Yes please, take me to the amazing new Alverbanks site!

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Thanks Adam!

Posted in Everything Else by Joseph Moore on March 23, 2010

Adam of messing about in boats on the other side of the pond sent me a parcel in the mail…

A parcel from America

A parcel from America



What’s in the parcel?

Messing About T-Shirt Front

Messing About T-Shirt Front

Messing About T-Shirt Back

Messing About T-Shirt Back


My very own Messing About t-shirt… Ace! Thanks Adam!

Langstone Harbour In Spring

Posted in Everything Else, General Boating Stuff by Joseph Moore on March 3, 2010

Just a few snaps of Langstone Harbour taken recently. Excuse the phone camera, my proper camera was AWOL at the time and turned up in the car of all places, so I had it with me after all…

East ferry pontoon - with the tide running fast

East ferry pontoon - with the tide running fast

Langstone Harbour main channel and the east ferry pontoon

Langstone Harbour main channel and the east ferry pontoon

Langstone fairway with the tide rushing out

Langstone fairway with the tide rushing out

The Kench

The Kench

Langstone harbour and kench

Langstone harbour and kench

Langstone harbour looking towards sinah sands

Langstone harbour looking towards sinah sands


It’s a beautiful spot, very quiet compared to the hustle and bustle of Portsmouth just nearby. I guess the acres of mud and sand at low water and the strong tidal streams through the narrow fairway are enough to send most sailors on to Chichester.

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Proper Snow

Posted in Everything Else by Joseph Moore on December 18, 2009

Brr. Had some proper snow here last night which is a bit of an event in sunny St Albans. Geographically we’re in a rubbish place for getting snow – sheltered by the chiltern hills and right next to the relatively hot sprawling mass that is London.

So enough work for the day, time to take the Land Rover down some crisp country lanes and play in the snow!

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