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

2014-2015 Work

2014-2015 Work;

Bow sprit installed spring 2015,  headsail on Alado furler to follow?

Battens in balanced lug sail completed July August 2014

Table cassette and stove box installed July/August 2014

New battery installed, battery box to follow August 2014?

Solar panel removed, new mounting installed July 2015

USB charger socket installed August 2015
Navionics runs tablet battery down in about 10 hours so need to be on charger.

Bilge pump installed August 2015
Salvaged submersible pump from 12v drip irrigation system.

Stern light replaced with LED August 2015


Outboard motor in well or reinforce transom beam??????????

August 21, 2014 went for a morning sail, departed my end-tee but the outboard offset on the stern bracket could not produce enough thrust to make way with the current to clear a triple piling on the adjacent marina. Most of the boat cleared the piling but the outboard on the canoe stern whacked the piling hard snapping of the outboard bracket and taking a chunk of hull (4"x6") with it.

I tied up to the neighboring marina end-tee and arranged a tow and haul-out at my marina, the motor still attached to its control lines and a security line was recovered and is now at the mechanics for draining and pickling.

The boat is out early this year. Motor repair done, Jim LaChance at Fox Grove Marina flushed, changed oil, ran motor, changed oil, ran motor, changed oil ran motor

Transom beam repaired and reinforced; http://sv-ulladh-log.blogspot.com/p/outboard-ell.html

New prop delivered for the outboard, "elephant ear" for more thrust at lower rpm.

Outboard hung and new "elephant ear" prop installed April 2015


Bimini hardtop and boom gallows??????????

All the usual winter haul out stuff;

Clean, prep and paint hull and topside, in progress fall 2014
October 2014;
Hull cleaned sanded and washed with ammonia and dawn
A few blisters, opened, sanded and coated with penetrating epoxy
Ready for coal tar epoxy when condition are right; 50's F and 2-3 dry days before and after.
Below water line cleaned patched and sanded, ready for coal tar epoxy, condition are good Thursday morning October 30.
October 30, 2014 hull below water line coal tar epoxy with copper flour
Hull below water line and topside painted April 2015

Clean prep and paint deck, spring 2015

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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)