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

Thursday, October 2, 2014

October 2014

October 30, 2014 hull below water line coal tar epoxy.

Turkey Vulture Terrapin Hunting

Reeds Beach, Cape May NJ

1 comment:

  1. From Roger in Gothenburg;

    hi im roger im an sweden man 61 im hawe an havsfidra and im hawe see yours side here on internett.wold bee nice too chatt with you.where in us soon 10 yeres ago in new yersy working some months,and im still curius about how it iss sail the coast there.hope too hear from you roger nilsson lives in gothenburg sweden


    I sail the Delaware Bay; New Jersey and Delaware and the Delaware River; Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware.

    Sailing on the river requires careful attention to the tidal currents and attention to variable strong gusting winds.

    Sailing on he Delaware Bay also requires attention to the strong tidal current, choppy water and not infrequent short period square waves that develop when wind is in opposition to tidal current. The Bay also experiences rapid moving summer thunder storms that may also produce straight line wind fronts.

    Sailing the ocean off the New Jersey shore in a 20ft boat requires close attention to current and developing weather systems, tidal current flows and is something that I do rarely. An underpowered 20ft sailboat will have at the most a 1 hour time slot at slack tide to safely enter an inlet, assuming light winds.

    Another factor for sailing my home waters is that this area is used heavily by commercial shipping to large port facilities in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware, in addition to recreational fish and commercial fish boats.

    Roger post a photograph of your boat or a link to your site.



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)