Goshawk's Blog

16/4/21: Pootling around on the mooring

Goshawk didn’t leave her mooring today but, as we’re heading home today, I spent some time pootling, tidying and sorting.  The first task was to take a multimeter to the batteries to establish whether the problem we had starting the engine was due to lack of power in the batteries. Thankfully both of the batteries …

14/4/21: First sail without assistance, River Stour

The day after Goshawk’s maiden voyage, when I had sailed her from Titchmarsh Marina to Wrabness with a great deal of assistance from my cousin James, I was desperate to take my whole family for a short sail around the Stour. We started a little later than planned (we had, of course, to drive to …

Maiden Voyage, 13/4/21: Titchmarsh Marina to Wrabness

And so the day dawned, after a cold night aboard; time to make our maiden voyage on Goshawk of Møn. The day began with a warm shower in Titchmarsh Marina’s newly refurbished shower block, followed by breakfast aboard. It was at this point that I realised that I had failed to buy bowls in my …

First night aboard Goshawk

Frantic phone calls were made last week: I had arranged for Goshawk to be anti-fouled, the engine to be reconditioned, sacrificial anode replaced, and for a gas safety check to be undertaken. All phone calls confirmed that, oh yes, of course all the work had been completed. Perhaps I need to be more trusting and …

Why a Westerly Centaur?

Why did I decide to buy a Westerly Centaur? Clearly months of research went into such a significant decision, didn’t it? I’d like to say yes, of course, but actually that couldn’t be much further from the truth! I’ve wanted a yacht for many years; probably most of my life! I grew up on the …

Parental seal of approval

My parents visited the marina on my behalf today to pick up Goshawk’s keys and paperwork. Whilst they were there they hunted Goshawk down in the yard. They initially thought that they were mistaken because she is much bigger than they had anticipated.  I’m pleased to say that Goshawk received the all-important parental seal of …