Home Port; on the Delaware River at Fox Grove Marina Essington PA.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

April 2013

April 30, 2013
Bimini installed

April 27 & 28, 2013
Morning relaxing sails or controlled drift to Chester in the morning ebb and back in the flood, almost no wind.
Clear skies departed Saturday morning in low 50's F (frost overnight maybe the last frost of the season) and returned in mid 70's F.
Clear skies departed Sunday morning in low 60's F and return with increasing winds in low 70's F
Essington PA

April 14, 2013
Replacing pilings
April 13, 2013
1st sail of the season

April 9, 2013
On the travel lift waiting for high tide

Waiting for high tide

At the slip

April 7, 2013

April 5, 2013

Splash starts this weekend.
The boat ahead of me have shrinkwrap removed.

Morning sun over Philadelphia City Hall

April 3, 2013
Hoping my next event will be getting the boat splashed this weekend but;

Verizon Hall, Kimmel Center Philadelphia
Opening event of Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts (PIFA),
Earth Harp Collective


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Ulladh pronounced "ul-la" (null lad).

Uladh the gaelic spelling for the territory of the U-Nail chieftains in the ancient Irish province of Ulster (English/Norse), originally the counties of Down and Antrim, but now including Derry, Armagh, Tyrone, Fermanagh, Donegal, Cavan and Monaghan, also referred to as Ulidia (Greek/Roman),.

Uladh was the home of a pre-celtic, cruithne (crew-en-ya) pictish tribe, who may have been descendants of prehistoric tribes indigenous to the British Isles since the retreat of the last ice age.

Archeological finds date first inhabitants to about 6,000 BC and trade goods from Rathlin Island, County Antrim off the northeast coast of Ireland made from porcellanite stone appearing in Egypt and Crete by 2,500 BC.

The early tribes of Ireland where displaced by later waves of migrants from mainland Europe; about 1700 BC by bronze age tribes, celtic tribes about 500 BC, and in the past two millenia; Roman trading posts, Viking settlements, English plantations... and in the 21st century a welcome increasing diversity from the European Union and the world.

SV Ulladh (for vhf clarity I use "sailing vessel ul-la") is named for the territory of the first peoples to settle in Ireland after the retreat of the last ice age.


Since 1949 Fisksatra Varv in the coastal town of Fisksatra Sweden, built fiberglass boats from dinghies to a 300 ton minesweeper for the Swedish Navy.

The Havsfidra 20's were built between 1968 and the late 1970's to Swedish Navy and Lloyd's certification standards.

The Havsfidra 20 and a larger version the Storfidra 26 where sold in the United States by Continental Yachts and Trawler Agency of Atlantic City NJ.

Havsfidra; sea-feather?
(fidra; to touch or tickle with a feather -Icelandic-English Dictionary, Clarendon Press 1874)