My Boat

Nauticat 38 launched November 2000


Me boarding Nell in Fowey, my wife June on the after deck

Old Head Of Kinsale Southern Ireland. It was here the Lusitania was sunk.

Pilot house view

Galley View

Stern cabin a view looking aft

Everything needed to navigate

Moored alongside in Falmouth

Boarding Ladder Down

Boarding Ladder Up

The Admiral Driving

Flying a Mizzen Staysail

100 miles from nowhere

June getting some sun


Bow sprit & double rollers

Under power

Some of the crew

Wednesday July 11th 2007 Nauticat Rally

John flew in to Heathrow from San Francisco and joined us down in Cornwall. Thursday July 12th saw us on board Nell and a quick trip up to Salcombe where we stayed in the bag for the night. Next day was a long haul to Weymouth and had to be timed to get round Portland Bill exactly right on the tide, but getting out of Salcombe at six in the morning was slower than normal owing to F6 westerly wind blowing down the fairway against the tide causing short steep waves in the fairway, as soon as we got out of the estuary we had quite a large following sea all the way to Portland Bill.

Portland Bill

Arriving in Weymouth exactly at five minutes to six we were perfect for the town bridge opening at six o’clock.

Weymouth Town Bridge

Escorted in to the inner marina we were shown our birth with all the other Nauticats who had arrived earlier and some the day before.

Some of the Fifteen Nauticats at the Association Rally

Early Tuesday it was all go for Guernsey and soon we were well out in the English channel and crossing the shipping lanes east of the Casquettes, often we would see other sailboats but today would be quite different when we spotted this…..

It’s a Submarine

Enlarged pic of the Submarine

not a very good pic I know but it’s quite unusual to see them on the surface way out at sea.

The rest of the trip down to Guernsey was uneventful except for the speed we went past Alderney

Almost power boat speed

The speed did top 12 knots before our arrival at St Peter Port Guernsey, here is a pic of June chatting to our neighbour and the crew enjoying a drink. 🙂

Several days later it was off to Jersey for a day or two then on to St Malo, here’s a pic of Nell in Jersey

With worsening weather and England under water it was back to St Peter Port Guernsey here are a few pics on route.

Back in Guernsey but this time Beucette

Our trip back to Plymouth from Beucette we were joined by Wally & Allene Scrimshaw on their Nauticat Pelagos.

Pelagos NC33

Another encounter with the Casquette shipping lanes.

I think he’s a bit bigger than us, so he’s got right of way, sod the regs motor gives way to sail 🙂

Passing Salcombe it got a little bumpy but all in all a good trip, here’s a pic of Nell in her birth having a rest.

April 2010

It all started when we scrubbed all the teak decks down that took my wife and I three whole days of scrubbing, and whole days mean a 7am start and finish about 6pm with no breaks 😦

This week we needed to fit new anodes, clean the prop off give the hull a clean and get some fresh antifoul painted on.

7am high water and waiting for the tide to turn.

Three hours later and we’re high and dry, thats my legs up near the bow, I’m cleaning off the bowthruster prop.

Prop done, next job is power wash the crud from the hull.

Power washing the sh*t off 🙂

Many thanks to Allene & Wally Scrimshaw for taking the pics and emailing them to me.

May 2010

June and I spent Friday through to Tuesday sailing to Fowey and back to Plymouth, here are a few pics taken along the way. Oh the rough seas we had to endure 🙂

Yes we got a crab on board 🙂

June 2010

Falmouth bound

Early morning en route for Falmouth on dolphin watch and the odd basking shark.

A pic of the mizzen staysail set

June taking in a few rays

Early evening in Falmouth looking towards the maritime museum.

Helm Seats

Nauticat made helm seat, plus a few mods I’ve done to the steps to make the steps into a seat and add an alternative helm seat in the pilot house door way.

First is the Nauticat made helm chair.

Helm chair in it’s highest position and anchored down by the strap on the lowest rail.

The helm chair in the highest position showing how the seat is hooked under one of the rails and the weight taken on the rail below.

The Steps Seat

Step seat folded away.

Step seat in use. Note the space to the left top step left clear so it can be used without removing the cushion.

Step seat in the up position. Without the cushion fitted.

The cushion is fixed in position with press studs.

The step seat viewed to show the leg storage with the folding part stowed away.

The Door Seat

The door seat in position and hooked under the inner lip of the door frame to keep it in position.

The lower lip can clearly be seen under the door frame.

How the door seat is constructed. Made from solid teak with the underside covered in felt to stop it moving when in position on the door frame.

All these pictures can be viewed full size on Flickr here HERE


On the left and looking tired a Plastimo dorade box with cowl. Along side my home made dorade boxes.

Similar in size was a must, the new ones have to fit within the deck guard that protects the dorade from fouling any loose sheets (rope) flying around on deck.

One turned the opposite to the other, this is how they will be normally used.

Just a good rub down with some fine wire wool and that’s it they are finished. 🙂

How I made the dorade boxes can be viewed HERE

All these pictures can be viewed full size on Flickr here HERE

2011 Season about to start

Hull scrubbed and anti-fouled new anodes fitted, generator craned out for overhaul, main engine oil and filters changed, three of the five sails have been cleaned and repaired but still to be rehung, just needs the topsides scrubbing down, dinghy inflated and hung on the davits and she’s ready for the coming summer. 🙂

Prop cleaned and polished by the Admiral (my wife June) 🙂


7 Responses to My Boat

  1. Mel Delaney says:

    Absolutely gorgeous boat.I am sure you and the Admiral enjoy many hours aboard her.Having not sailed in the past 10 years,I am enviousSold my last boat after we bought a house.May you both enjoy her for many years to come.

    Mel Delaney
    Nova Scotia,Canada

  2. Hello, you are man of many talents. I am a custom home builder in the Boston area. I have looking for retirement boat for about a year now. I have been considering a nauticat 38 for a while now after coming to believe that the 44 is more boat than is necessary for two people over sixty five.

    The quality and look of the nauticat appeals to me a great deal, but I haven’t be able to sail on one yet though I looked at three so far. I have been sailing performance boats for most of my life but have had a an emotional attachment to the pilot house concept since I was kid in the great lakes. Will I be happy with the feel of the nauticat under sail?

    I have spent four summers sailing in the arctic from Labrador to Spitsbergen where we motor 60 percent of the time. I will spend more time there but when I’m sailing I want the boat to be driving through the seas when the wind is over 14 – 16 knots. I want to feel that the boat is pointing even though I realize that I’ll be further off the wind.

    Will I be happy. Thank you

    Gary Gallagher. Boston

  3. Lord Nibbo says:

    Hi Gary, I posted a reply to someone asking about the NC38 a while ago, here is what I replied

    considering the 38′s weight of 11 tons + they perform very well indeed given enough wind, I would add you do need at least 10+ knots of wind to keep up with any light cruiser above 15knots when most other boats are thinking of reefing you will find no need to reef. If it’s any help I don’t even try to sail closer to the wind than 40 deg, If I have to as if you are on a passage I tend use the engine rather than sail doing a lot of tacking.

    I think you must be a similar age to me, so having a pilot house is a must 🙂 at least we can sail in the dry and warm 🙂 Your summary in your last paragraph is what a nauticat can do, I can’t imagine you won’t love it if you get one. I looked at all the motor sailors and in my honest opinion the 38 Nauticat wins hand down in all aspects of performance and build quality over any other make including the NC44.

    Dave Beckett Aka Lord Nibbo.

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  5. Neil Armand says:


    We are the new (and proud) owners of the 1983 Nauticat 52 – s/v Raven. I would greatly appreciate any information that you may have on your accommodation ladder as we, too, have a very large dog as well as an elderly mother who joins us on the boat. You can email me, if you like, at

    Thanks, so much!

  6. Lord Nibbo says:

    It was manufactured and fitted by Nauticat when she was built, it was quite expensive though. I would suggest downloading my pics and use them for someone to copy it for a rough design, you never know they might come up with something better and cheaper. Mine cost more than £2000 😦

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