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

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

April 2014

April 25, 2014
Test sail, with reefed and full sail.
Points better than I thought, the sail maintains an airfoil shape 20-30 deg of the wind.
Leading edge very sensitive to gusts, I may need to increase tack downhaul.

April 21, 2014

April 20, 2014

Canada goose egg, on the floating dock?

Juvenile Canada goose

On end tee slip eady to go.

April 18, 2014
No photographs today (phone battery needs charge)
Yard and boom installed, lug sail attached.
Main sheet installed
Topping lift/lazy jack installed.
Yard parrel installed
Main halyard installed.

Boom parrel
Tack downhaul

The lug/junk sail is just a frugal wing sail, old is new again.

April 16, 2014 on the travel lift waiting for high tide.

April 16, 2014 at my end tee slip

April 13 2014 marina filling up, I may be later this week

Topside painted.

Outboard hung


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)