Lessons from the Haulout Yard

Isn’t it amazing that after 14 years, I am still learning things about my boat?! One day Andrew casually asked when the last time was that I replaced the water hoses on the motor. “Ummmmmm… hoses, what hoses?? Oh those black ones…? – nope never replaced them” I replied. “Well you do know that if…

Wildwood’s Boat Wrap – 3 Years On

Three years ago Wildwood was in bad need of a new topside paint job. But instead of getting her painted I decided to have her wrapped instead. At the time I had lots of questions about boat wrapping and many people asked me to keep them posted with how the wrap performed compared to regular…

Guns, Fast Boats and Black Eyes

“And don’t look like a muppet…!” These were the encouraging words that Craig had given us that kept ringing in our ears as we were floating about in a big rib attempting to wrestle with a massive “Mr Blobby” buoy for the Young 88 South Island Champs. Not sure that I had ever seen Miss Piggy in…

Winning isn’t everything, unless…

Winning isn’t everything unless you are sailing with Team Machine… The only thing that comes close to being as important as winning is looking good! – Rule #1! Andrew has just spent the last few weekends racing another Young 88 called Flying Machine. Here is his report of how this last weekend went…

Ferries, Fog and a taste of the Sea’s Force

We have just had a wonderful holiday on board Wildwood in the Marlborough Sounds. We had fantastic weather and lots of fun times with our great friends. However all good things come to an end, the holidays were almost over and we now have a year of work (interspersed with lots of adventures) ahead of…

Wildwood – Young 88

My current yacht – Wildwood is a Young 88. She was built in 1985 and is one of about 140 boats made in this design. Wildwood is one of about five wooden boats that were built and the rest are made in fibreglass. Here is a bit of history about the Young 88 I have…