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

2015-2016 Work

October 2015:
Boat hauled
Sail removed

November 2015:
Bottom cleaned and acid washed
Mast lowered on crutch, stays and lines removed
Outboard removed to storage
Mast and bowsprit painted with penetrating stain.

December 2015
Bottom sanded
Bottom painted with coal tar epoxy

February 2016
Bottom painted with coal tar epoxy and copper flour.
60 deg F, 45 deg F overnight, 60 deg F following day.

March 2016
Registration numbers removed, topside sanded ready for paint as over night temperatures increase.
Topside painted Rustoleum Topside paint.
Mast and sprit sanded and coated with spar varnish
Deck and cockpit cleaned with deck brush and hot water with dish detergent.
Front hatch cover reinstalled
Deck painted with Rustoleum Topside paint
Outboard engine oil change and service, new power cord from alternator.

Outboard installed

Mast erected, temporary stays while recycled shrouds cut to length.
April 2016
Wire rope shrouds installed.
Yard halyard installed.
Alado headsail furler installed.

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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)