Tuesday, March 27, 2012

‘Talitha’ is for Sale at Ebay.co.uk.

Ebay link:


or enter the following number into the Ebay search box: 160766035115

Astute followers of this blog may have noticed that I have reduced the asking price to £1,249.

I am open to all sensible offers for the boat – trailer and gear included.

If you are interested, please come along to Essex and see her. Additionally, if you would like a test sail on the River Crouch at Hullbridge when there is a spring tide, we may be able to arrange it.

Please only contact me if you are genuinely interested in the possibility of owning the boat, and only if you have cash to match your offer.

Contact me to by phoning 07588288060 between 0900 and 2100 UK BST Monday to Saturday inclusive, and between 1400 and 2100 on Sundays.


The original advert for ‘Talitha’


Saturday, March 24, 2012

North Sea Sails

Steve at work

I had the privilege of meeting a man today who is content with his lot; in fact, more than content. His name is Stephen Hall, known as Steve by his friends. He owns and runs a sail loft at Tollesbury, trading under the name of North Sea Sails. Surfing the Internet will reveal that he makes sails for traditional craft such as Thames Barges and East Coast Smacks. His loft is not large, but it is suitably equipped with tools of his trade, not high-tech laser cutting machines, but robust simple sewing machines that in his own words, he can mend if they go wrong.

From our conversation it was obvious Steve is a man who values traditions and skills from the past – a man who delights in the old-fashioned way of doing things, fishing under sail and transporting cargo on Thames barges. Even the mention of ‘thatch’ which is used on a few local buildings brought a sparkle to his eye. None of these things threaten the environment; unlike modern technology that ultimately damages our world by pollution and pillages nature’s resources.

Beautiful Time Warp

You won’t find a website for North Sea Sails, and if you have the pleasure of meeting him at his loft, you’ll not see a digital phone, just the older type that will work if there’s a power cut. Self-sufficient, he is at home there, listening to classical music on his tape player, busy with his hands that are his fortune – not in terms of making money, although I’m sure he has more than ample business, but a fortune through satisfaction and contentment because he can use his skills to good effect.

The Loft

North Sea Sails,
Ibex Sail Loft,
Woodrolfe Road,
CM9 8SE.
Telephone: 01621 869367.

Text for the Day

1 Timothy 6:6 and 7 ‘Now godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.’


North Sea Sails

Leigh Cockle Bawley ‘Endeavour’– Sails made by Stephen Hall

Colin Archer Gaff Yawl – Sails made by Stephen Hall

‘Constance’ – Albert Strange Wenda Design with sails by Steve Hall


For Sale – ‘Talitha’, my Sharpy Class Roof Rack Keelboat

Thursday, March 22, 2012

‘Talitha’ the Lazy Man’s Boat

Reproduced from Water Craft Magazine #37 (See link below to get your copy.)

The designer of ‘Talitha’, Derek Munnion, wrote an article for Water Craft Magazine* describing how he built his prototype Sharpy class sailboat. The title of the article was, ‘A Lazy Man’s Boat’. He wanted an easily handled craft suitable for his retirement, one that would not have him sitting on the side decks to keep her upright. He wanted to be completely at ease while sitting on a comfortable seat, facing forwards. To that end he designed a ballasted lightweight keelboat that he could put on the roof rack of his car.

I can vouch that my Sharpy allows me to sail her with very little effort. I have every confidence she will not capsize. Only once did Derek experience having the boat on her side as a result of a strong gust, from which position she righted herself. A small amount of water entered the cockpit which he very quickly sponged out.

I have a spray cover that encapsulates me, insulating me from the elements. After sailing ‘Talitha’ in winds of Force 5 I have the confidence to ‘wear’ the spray cover. It keeps me warm and dry and I can operate the boat from within, because the sheet is led through a block under the foredeck and steering is done with a foot bar. All this of course, makes sailing her a piece of cake with very little effort; hence she is described by Derek as, ‘A Lazy Man’s Boat’.

*Water Craft Magazine (Back Issue for # 37 available for £6.00, including postage)

‘Talitha’ is advertised for sale at Ebay.co.uk:


Text for the Day

Proverbs 19:15 ‘Laziness casts one into a deep sleep, and an idle person will suffer hunger.’

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

‘Talitha’ – First Sail of the Season 2012

Launching at Burnham

Today I had four hours afloat on the River Crouch. Most of the time there was very little wind. I launched at Burnham Yacht Harbour and took the last two hours of the flood drifting upstream beyond Black Point as far as the south side of Bridgemarsh Island. There I listened to skylarks as I had lunch.

Drifting upstream

The wind perked up briefly from the southeast which was sufficient with the ebb to bring me back to the Yacht Harbour. Apart from the incursion of a very inconsiderate ‘driver’ of a motor yacht who took delight in making the largest wash possible, the time afloat was most enjoyable.

Everything worked fine with the boat and I’m looking forward to more outings. Meanwhile ‘Talitha’ is advertised for sale at Ebay.co.uk:


Text for the Day

2 Timothy 4:22 ‘The Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Grace be with you. Amen.

Monday, March 05, 2012

‘Talitha’ is for Sale

Offers for ‘Talitha’ are now being accepted at Ebay.co.uk.

To learn more, key the following number into the Ebay search box: 160766035115. She is being advertised at £1,500, but I am open to sensible offers. Why not give it a go? You may be surprised with the result; however, please bear in mind that your offer must be genuine.

Offers over an undisclosed amount will automatically be accepted, and you will be required to complete the transaction by paying for the boat and collecting her.

To see the advert, you may prefer to click this link:

True to form, I want to start another project, and to help finance it I’ve decided to part with ‘Talitha’. She is a Sharpy Class, roof rack keelboat designed by Derek Munnion. Best quality materials, including marine plywood were used throughout her construction, and her lateen sail was professionally made by Wilkinson Sails of Burnham-on-Crouch. Her road trailer is included in the sale, along with her paddle, spray apron, seat, painters etc.

Length Overall 15 ft
Beam 2 ft 6 in
Draught Keel down 2 ft 9 in
Draught Keel up 5 ½ in
Hull Weight 85 lbs
Keel Weight 2 x parts 40 + 40 lbs
Sail Area 47 sq ft
Transport By road trailer or on a roof rack

A breakdown of the building costs (approximately £1,600) can be found here:


You can learn a lot about the boat by visiting these links:

Building ‘Sharpie’ Part 140


Sailing ‘Talitha’


‘Talitha’s’ Second Sail


‘Talitha’ Sails the Deben


‘Talitha’ Sails the Deben Part 2


If you would like to become ‘Talitha’s’ new owner, please get in touch. You can do this by emailing me: barnacleid at yahoo dot co dot uk.

I have placed an advert in Boats and Outboards with a sale price of £1,700, inclusive of her road trailer and all gear - but not the GPS. Here's the link:


Please note that I am unable to edit this Boats and Outboards advert without incurring an extra charge; therefore assume an asking price of £1,500 in line with the Ebay listing.