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Venture, Morecambe Bay Prawner (Nobby) Lying  Isle of Wight

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I acquired the stewardship of Venture a Morecambe Bay Prawner in 1984 and set about learning to sail her in he Solent. Venture was in good condition for her age, but very basic with no electrics (or instruments) a Petter 10hp air cooled diesel taking up a third of the cabin and leaks above and below that I was unable to resolve.

Over the next few years every winter was spent replacing planking, installing an electrical system and chasing down leaks. The summers were spent sailing the Solent and attending the Old Gaffer events both in England and France. 

Attempting to enter the Grand Channel leading to Lavarock on a spring’s weekend, we had all sail up and the motor going flat out. Gradually instead on pointing down the channel we ended up pointing across the channel, soon were going backward towards the rocks under the Lighthouse on Isle Brehar. I overrode the governor on the engine and we started to make our way back into the Chanel when the bloody engine seized!! That engine had to go.

That winter the engine was removed and a reconditioned BMC 1500 diesel was fitted, the engine was placed under the cockpit on the centre line but back to front! The drive to the quarter prop was taken across the boat on three V belts and then through a Universal Joint and a Constant Velocity joint to the prop shaft, with Timken Taper Roller bearings taking the thrust. (All made up from a front driveshaft from an Mk 1 Mini)

During one visit to Guernsey, on the return trip, the bow was buried deep in the mad waters of the little Russell and came back up without the bowsprit. It was still attached to the bobstay and was beating hell out of the bottom of the Boat. A quick trip back to Peter Port and a day drying grid sorted things out. Venture is now on her third bowsprit, the second one was destroyed when a runaway 40’ steel boat impaled itself on the bowsprit whilst we were moored in Cowes. Each bowsprit has increased in length and now Venture only has a small amount of weather helm instead of the using reliving tackles as I did with the original sort bowsprit.

We have taken Venture around to the west coast of France many times both for holidays and to attend festivals. Her best trip was 36 hours from the Solent to Brest. She has proved her self a good sea boat even when laden down with cases of “VIN” for the return trip.

Venture is very fast off the wind as is proved by the number of cups she has won in Solent gaffer racing


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