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

Saturday, December 2, 2017

December 2017

Lake Jean PA

Mast lowered, ready for tarp

Mast lowered on dutch tabernacle

 Head sail on Alado furler wrapped with scrap shrink wrap from dumpster

Outboard wrapped

Mainsail including sheets, boom and yard removed.
Outboard lifted from well.
Portable fuel tanks removed.
Cockpit bench seats removed.
Anchor rode removed.
Fenders removed.

Next lower mast and install tarp to tent cockpit.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Sunday, October 15, 2017

October 2017

Morris Arboretum, Philadelphia PA

Internal float switch on bilge pump failed, replacing with salvaged float switch from another pump.
Installed Monday October 16. Need to add mild steel blank to prevent the pump floating off the sump sole and tipping with float disengaging before last few inches are pumped. 

October 2017
Nautech Autohelm MK II tiller pilot
Compass drum mounting screw housing broken, drum mount twisted. Probably jammed in place due to drum tilt, resulting in spring stretched.
Rebuild including fabricating new drum mount.

Upon further examination of the interior of the autohelm casing there is evidence of the spring rubbing against the casing near the compass drum, depositing scrapings from the casing on the spring.
The question is now did the drum mount failure cause the spring to scrape against the casing or did the spring jamb against the casing and cause the drum mount to fail?

Longer wire cable and shorter spring?

New spring for cable tension
Epoxy for drum mount rebuils

Epoxy at drum mount, to be shaped after 24 hr set.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

September 2017

FDR Park
South Philadelphia

Stone Harbor Bascule Bridge To Cape May Court House
 Stone Harbor Jetty
 Stone Harbor US Life Saving Station
 Stone Harbor Jetty
Stone Harbor Bascule Bridge to Wildwood

Jefferson University

Kennet Square Mushroom Festival

Thursday, August 10, 2017

August 2017

Sunrise Lake Erie

Moonset Lake Erie
Sunset Lake Erie

Saturday, July 8, 2017

July 2017

At the slip.
To do: adjust stays, bend on sail, install cockpit floor and bench inserts, adjust reverse gear on remote, more cleaning.

Waiting for start of ebb.

On travel lift ready to go.

Sailing day camp Ijburg Netherlands

Bridge opening on the Amstel River Amsterdam Netherlands
Freight Barge on the Amstel river Amsterdam Netherlands

Windmills Netherlands

Volendam Harbour Netherlands

Amstel River at the Hermitage

June 2017

Ullapool Loch Broom flood tide

Ullapool Loch Broom ebb tide
Charles Bridge Prague
Vitava River

Saturday, May 6, 2017

May 2017

Topping lift installed

Boom and Yard installed

Bottom paint
Mast, shrouds, boom, yard and headsail installed.
Photo to follow

Saturday, April 8, 2017

April 2017

Laurel Hill Cemetery North Philadelphia

First one on B dock




Thursday, March 2, 2017

March 2017

Essington PA
Essington PA

Winslow Homer Fishing Boat Diamond Shoals North Carolina
Watercolor on paper

Winslow Homer, Fishing Boats Key West 1903.
Watercolor and graphite on paper.

PhilaU Campus in the snow

Fox Grove empty slips

Philadelphia City Hall tower from 1 South Broad


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)