Saturday, 22 November 2014
Wednesday, 19 November 2014
Sunday, 16 November 2014
Giving the mast a close inspection we find a crack at the partners and a pocked of rot under a cleat. Great its made of wood, now to cut it down its middle and see if its worth repairing with new scarfed on timber or weather we just make a new one.
Thursday, 13 November 2014
Monday, 22 September 2014
Friday, 5 September 2014
Wednesday, 3 September 2014
The above 39 min. movie (it has a blank bit at the end, oops!) has been made to inspire free spirited travellers everywhere to share their adventures with their children. It has been a big commitment to go away for 27 days but well worth it for the children especially. We have all most definitely come to know parts of each other we might never have known. Dads now shared dream is that we may be able to do this every year! Thanks must go to all the warm welcomes we recieved from the generous hearted sea folk we met along the way, with out them, would we have made it!
Thursday, 7 August 2014
Wednesday, 6 August 2014
Well its the last but one night of our trip and we are all looking forward to being home. It has been fun and challenging. The children will never forget it and the parents might wonder if it was the best idea. Only time will tell. Hopefully we have begun our family cruising career and next year we will all be ready to face another trip and possibly new waters. I think we will be back to our favourite spots here in the forth and Dunbar has been great.
Tuesday, 5 August 2014
Our wee tender giggle was much appreciated by f and f this morning as they killed a few hour playing about in their ship. Having their own boat to call their own has been very useful throughout the trip it has been there space or floating play room.
After a walk to the beach dad got some sleep badly needed. F and f are distracted in making loom bands the latest kids craze. Interest in dads sowing project has now developed, " how do you do that " and "why that way" and "whats that called". I am practicing my sail mending sowing skills while making a bag and now the kids are finding fun in loom band world they have finally resized that dad is finding the same kind of fun in needle and palm land.
Monday, 4 August 2014
Sunday, 3 August 2014
Looking at the charts and the weather we are going to fly to dunbar today 25Nm with thw wind force 4-5 and the tide behind us we leave at 9.
Thursday, 31 July 2014
But we are getting good at putting the legs on chuckle. Here in aberdour its lovely and quite sleepy harbour with a soft bottom which chuckle has just settled on to no bother, well some degree of preparation but now well practiced the crew almost do it alone (not at all)! We anchored at inchcolm island on the way rowed ashore visited the abby had a picknick swam and sailed giggle at speed back to chuckle for a cold solar shower. Loving it but now very tiered again. Quite day tomorrow planned. Sowing in the rain in morning followed by after noon on beach and quick sail to granton for dinner out (i must have been good).
Wednesday, 30 July 2014
We have been in port edgar to long jenny is fed up with it and would prefer to be anywhere including granton. So she and kids have gone for a day out in edinburgh and i am to deliver the boat to granton. Its blowing sw in direction of travel force 5 gusting 6, for me to get there in time to have tea cooked for our weary city folk i must leave to get in before the tide starts to flow full speed against the wind. Small jib on two reefs and i hope to cover the 6+Nm at hull speed in just over an hour. Should be interesting. Would have left sooner but have to wait for enough water to enter granton. All very convenient for city hoping fed up sailers but bad planning on seamanship front. Daddy will just have to put on his water proof shorts and grin and bear it!
Sunday, 27 July 2014
Well we found a few things out i love chuckle and giggle and crusing in them and the fact that here we are something quite different in the sea of plastic boats and racers. And jenny does not like tippy boat keel boats is jen, fergus is keen and freyja is still ready for anything.
Saturday, 26 July 2014
Wednesday, 23 July 2014
Tuesday, 22 July 2014
Well its like a dream come true. After the initial excitement of having made the decision then getting here to find the wind was not as expected (on shore) and the hand bilge broke amd plan b harbour master un contactable we had some thinking to do. The wind was getting pull of to land by the effect of hot air rising off the land and drawing the wind in after it soon to come right in to the evening as is happening. We decided no contact with harbour mast would not stop us coming in requesting shelter and we fixed the electric bilge pump and relized we had dour buckets so nonproblem. Oh and i dived down with mask and flippers to hand berry the anchor myself, this has given me a great deal of over night sense of security seeing the great length of chain laying along the bottom and the anchor dug in. So here is hoping we have a lovely al be it bobbing up amd down a bit nights sleep. Woow we have finally made it to largo bay after studying the charts for many winter nights it hardly seems real.
Monday, 21 July 2014
The swimmers requester a tour of the boat but so close to bed time not such a good idea. So here are some pictures of bed time and the cosy confines of family life living afloat 26 foot folkboat. It still feels a squeeze after a week but i feel we are getting used to and better at it every day. How many families can live this close? Can we do it for a month?
Sunday, 20 July 2014
Friday, 18 July 2014
Monday, 14 July 2014
Sunday, 13 July 2014
Saturday, 12 July 2014
Wednesday, 9 July 2014
Tuesday, 1 July 2014
Perhaps i have got a little carried away but i am enjoying myself. Just printed off 20 copies of the signal flag posters and below letters to post of to all clubs, pilots, harbour authorities, life boat stations and coast gaurd of the firth of the forth. Well at least i have warned them of the imminent norse invasion.
DR. THOMAS HAWSON DESIGNER/MAKER/ARTIST
HUNDALEE MILL FARM, JEDBURGH, TD8 6PA
TEL/FAX: 01835 869931 Mobile: 07801 653830
30 June 2014
Regarding: Chuckle’s Signal Flags, Film and Art Project
Dear Sir or Madam
Please find enclosed a small poster of Chuckle’s signal flags, for your future reference and amusement.
Info in Brief
From\To: 12 July to 12 August 2014
Chuckle: Is a Nordic Folkboat, Sailing Sloop, Blue, Built 1954 wood hull, Main Sail no. 328.
Art and Film: This family cruise is also an art project for Dad.
Signals: Chuckle’s signal flags are a bit of fun, please signal with us if you have the means, we will do are best to respond.
As well as using signal flags the children will be assisting the skipper to navigate using a lead
line and chip log. These navigation aids and the signal flags will, it is hoped, inspire the children to engage in the navigation of Chuckle and understand better the marine environment. Fergus will be keeping a log of all the wildlife he sees, Freyja is drawing and painting ‘things’ and Mum is keeping the log and diary. Dad is going to make a film of the trip, in an effort to inspire others in coastal exploration aided by the simple pleasure of navigation with direct sensory connections, touch, sight and sound. These things seem obvious to the sailor but to a child or the uninitiated they are not. Dad’s film and related craftsman made navigation aids and signal flags, aim to expose the contrast of these simple direct sensory connections to those electronically aided. The film and navigation aids will become part of his open studio event at Hundalee Mill Farm on the 26 – 28 September and they will be entered into open film festivals and open art shows.
Just to make it clear and before you pick up the phone to child protection. Chuckle is equipped with safety gear, electronic sounder, GPS and VHF.
This is a self-funded art project and no public money is or will be applied for.
Chuckle’s Blog: http://nordicfolkboatchuckle.blogspot.co.uk
Wednesday, 25 June 2014
Chuckle’s Signal Flags
Prep for our cruise of the forth has been ongoing for some time, it is now my full time interest for the next few weeks, before we leave I have a number of things I want to make for us and especially the wee ones to use in our navigation. Leadline for measuring depth and seabed nature, chip log for speed in knots and signal flags, all direct sensory connections to our physical environment. This is fundamental navigation, and natural to children, GPS is not, and my commitment to make these items beautifully and give them to the children to use, document the experience and provide them in presentation boxes for selection in open art exhibitions is to simply promote the need to keep hold of the simple things in life and mistrust complex technology.
The video below is our oar practice the week before we fitted the rowlocks, the oars wear tide to the winches, Fergus trapped his head between the handle and the bulk head at one point, ouch, rowlocks would be a worthy safety addition.
Sat 21 june
This Saturday was a great day. We put the spinnaker up for the first time with the help of our experienced spinnaker flying houseguest. Having just finished adapting the length of a donated aluminum pole with a wooden shaft and swallowing hard at the price of the gun metal mast foot pole fitting on its sliding rail and fitting it, we wear ready to give it a go. Fergus assisted with the spinnaker lift and retrieval, pretty good for a 9 yr old, I was very proud and he loved it, he also had control of the port control line which he loved. He had direct control of the shoot on a run and could see very quickly the reaction of the sail to his line control.
We also had the pleasure of fitting the gunmetal rowlocks, silky smooth to handle and they worked beautifully. We nearly made it out of the harbor if it was not for the lack of way in swapping about rowers so much and the wind. Practice controlling the boat with loss of the engine, this has to be a good move. Fergus and Freyja have adopted the names from swallows and amazons ‘Port’ and ‘Starboard’ and adopt engine positions eagerly.