Shakedown Week 1 – Hurley 22 Natasha

July 28, 2014 at 5:43 pm

Seems like ages ago now, but I just kinda pottered for the first week.  It took me 4 days to stow everything (no lie) and to be honest, I’m still stowing stuff now really.

I went home for a dentist’s appointment and took a load of clothes home with me.  I still have too much stuff really, or the boat is too small.  But I spoke to the owners of a 38 foot Pacific Seacraft who were having the same problems.  Go figure.

I had a couple of nice sails in Portland Harbour, but between you and me I find it terminally dull whooshing backwards and forwards.  I never did dinghies…

Portland Harbour

Portland Harbour

I was then contacted by the owner of Natasha, another Hurley 22 moored in Weymouth (through the medium of Instagram if I remember correctly?!) and we arranged a rendez-vous at the East entrance to Portland Harbour one Saturday afternoon.  The weather was a blustery NW f4 with a little steep sea, so we just went under genoas down to White Nothe, tacked back South and then back into Portland Harbour. It was Duet’s first time out of the harbour and I was happy how she went.  Bombed along down wind past Natasha, but when we turned up wind it was Natasha’s turn to move ahead.  I think it was sloppy sail trim, though overall I was happy how she’s going.  I even logged 6 knots across Portland Harbour towing the dinghy.  There has to be some tide in that though…

Natasha picked up a nearby mooring in Portland Harbour for a quick cup of tea and more comparisons.

Great opportunity for some photos.  Thank you James!

Hurley 22 Natasha

Hurley 22 Natasha

 

Hurley 22 Duet

Hurley 22 Duet