Spring 2009


Commodore's Report

AGM & Prizegiving

Annual Dinner

Boat Use Records

Christmas Cheats Lunch

Club Boat Berths

Commodore's Cruise

Commodore's Profile


Fee Increases For 2009

Fireworks Night

Goodbye to a Club History


Indian Lunch


Members Please Note!

News of Members

Newsletter Printing

Open Weekend

Places of Interest

Programme March - May

Race Start Times

Safety Boat

Sailing Programme


Skittles for your Diary

Slogans On T Shirts

Something to think about


Trivia Corner

Valentines Lunch


Working Parties


Aquarius SC (as in our Safety Boat)

The sailors amongst you will undoubtedly be aware that our safety boat went 'hors de combat' towards the end of last season. The prop shaft was badly distorted when a mooring rope became entangled around the shaft and finally jammed it, stalling the engine. The shaft just ahead of the propeller actually twisted under the strain and the shaft bearings suffered as a result.

Tim Barfield Marine was asked to estimate for the repair and the result was several hundred pounds at which point it was decided to take another look at what was required with a view to possibly doing it ourselves. The boat was slipped and the prop safety cage, propeller, shaft and rear bearings were removed.


Various solutions were proposed including the need for a new, larger and better pitched prop, a totally enclosed prop shaft and a two rather than three bearing prop shaft system. Alternative drives systems were considered and finally, after much discussion over a number of pints on Wednesday nights, it was decided to see if a new propeller could be obtained. A new shaft together with suitable bearings would also be required; plus a rope cutter and a sleeve to encase the shaft to stop any future repetition of fouling the prop shaft.

Mike (Bodgit & Son Marine Division) Baker