Drascombe Association

Useful Links

This is a list of miscellaneous links to other websites likely to be of interest to the average Drascomber. All these links open a new window so that you don't lose your place here.
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Adventures with Kathleen
Adventures with Kathleen a 22 foot long Drascombe Coaster. She was built in 1991 by Honnor Marine
Blog by Andy Biggs
Abersoch, North Wales
About 10 webcams showing views around Abersoch, a well known sailing centre
Provides "live" data on shipping in the Solent area. Interesting to look at even if you don't sail there.
Alaska Boating Safety Program
Powerboat predeparture check list. Also useful for sailboats.
Anglia Yacht Brokerage
Spares & Accessories for Drascombe and Devon boats.
Australian Yacht & Boat Safety Tips
Boating safety rules and tips.
Baltimore Yacht Charters
Drascombe Lugger Sailboat Hire in Baltimore, West Cork, Ireland. The boat can also be hired with a four star holiday home.
Beale Park Thams Boat Show
There's a wide variety of boats for you to try and buy at this June held Boat Show. Fun for all the family from boat trips to crafts and displays plus so much more.......so why not get afloat and have a go!
Big Salty
Aimed primarily at windsurfers, Big Salty is a hybrid weather service that aims to identify which locations will provide the best conditions for a given forecast. It has some really useful charts for the wind at specific locations when using the "Beach forecasts" section.

Blue Box Sailing Gifts
Blue Box Sailing's online gift shop offers sailing and powerboat experiences, direct from the supplier, all gift boxed and delivered to your door - ideal Christmas or birthday presents!
Boating Team
A specialist directory of boating-related websites.
Detailed information about boating facilities and activities including marinas, slipways, chandleries and tidal information for the next seven days. The listings are continuously updated by boating enthusiasts which keeps it up to date.
Book Harbour
Kelvin Hughes charts & books.
Bosun's Locker
Chandlery, boat maintenance products, hardware, clothing and lots more.
Bramber Trailers
Website for the manufacturers of the object that more than likely resides under your boat.
Bramblemet is a comprehensive weather information system, recording weather conditions in the Central Solent , both in real-time and historically. It also has links to similar sites for Southampton and Chichester Bar and Harbour.
Brest, France
If you are heading to the Brest festival, then this is the webcam to look at. (Though not currently reliable)
Canadian Marine Safety
Before you go check list.
Canadian Marine Safety Equipment
Safety equipment list.
CFS fibreglass Supplies
Based in Cornwall, this is also a mail order fibre glass supplier.
Charles Hussey
Marine carpenter, wooden boat builder and restorer. Holds a licence for building wooden Drascombes.
Churchouse Boats Ltd
The Drascombe Specialists - new boats, refurbished boats, brokerage, repairs, spares, accessories, trailers, advice, anecdotes... Essential.
Classic Marine
Fittings for classic boats, including Tufnol blocks.
Club de Voile dans le Var
Gigs at a Sailing School in the South of France - gorgeous pictures!
Tony Smith's blog of sailing on the River Blackwater Estuary, Essex.
Cruising Dinghies and Trailer Sailers page
A new site run by Bill Serjeant dedicated to cruising and camping in small boats.
Dabbles With A Drascombe
Isobel Brown's (Dabber Girl) blog. Based in Monmouthshire, Wales
Daisy II
Julian Merson's blog for his Coaster Daisy II.
David McWhirter's blog
David McWhirter's blog "The Voyages of Tra Bhui"
Dinghy Cruising Association
The Dinghy Cruising Association was formed in 1955 to encourage all forms of small boat sailing other than racing. The membership comprises people from all walks of life, sharing the same love of messing about in boats.
Don't Play Misty for Me
Peter Duggan's account of a single-handed cruise to the Outer Hebrides
Dorset iCoast
If you want to be out and about on Dorset's spectacular coast doing your favourite sport or trying out something new then you can find everything you need to plan your day here.
Covers everything coastal.
Douglas Hopwood's Projects
the late Douglas Hopwood's Projects Website now hosted on our site (with thanks to his son Peter)
Dragon Marine Services
The Drascombe Woodwork Specialists & Marine services (see our ad in Dan)
Drascombe Association in Ireland
Our members in Ireland have their own website with news and reports of activities in the Emerald Isle.
Drascombe Boats Insurance Scheme
The Drascombe Boats Insurance scheme has been specially negotiated for Drascombe Owners. It is operated by the Padstow office of Aston Scott Ltd.
Drascombe Coaster Moksha blog
Ian Cowie's blog which is more of a log of modifications and journeys.
His most recent blogs have been about his trip to Scandinavia on the "Viking Cruise"
Drascombe Manual
A copy of the 1979 Drascombe manual with rigging instructions and an intoduction by John Watkinson.
Drascombe manual better copy
A better copy of the 1979 Drascombe manual with rigging instructions and an intoduction by John Watkinson.(added 2015)
Drascombe Owners Association of North America.
An excellent site produced by a band of like-minded souls in the US and Canada. Well worth a visit.
Note: this site is now inactive but still available via a web archive site.
Drascombe Storm Tactics
Excellent photos of Michel Maartens sailing out of Oudeschild to Den Oever in the Drifter Joanna. Photos by Rob Lutke Schipholt, owner of Joanna, from Texel.
Dutch Drascombe
The NDKE video page
European Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasting charts for up to to 6 days ahead.
Ed Winfield's Website
Photos, sketch charts, and descriptions of Holy Island, the Farne Islands, Amble, and the Firth of Forth, aimed at the small boat sailor.
Click on Meteosat Images for the latest Eumetsat IR & visual imagery and slideshows
excellent Drascombe Facebook Group (not DA)
Falmouth Harbour webcam
Sited on top of a harbourfront building, this rotates and updates every 5 seconds. Gives a good idea of conditions inside the harbour.
The weather page on this site provides free access to traditional weather charts as well as useful links to other weather websites.
Flickr photo group
Not a blog or a video but belongs in a 'new technology' group
GB Wind Map - XC Weather
Current and forecast wind data for the British Isles and Western Europe.
Grog's Boating Knots
Animated photos showing how to tie common boating knots (and some less common ones too).
adaptable alternative cockpit enclosures
Holidays Argyll
Offers self-catering accommodation in Tighnabruaich, on the Kyles of Bute, all within 1/2 a mile of a free slipway.
Honnor Marine
Manufacturers of Devon boats and providers of spares for Drascombes and Devons.
In the Present Sea
Lugger circumnavigator Webb Chiles' personal website, with articles, poems, and photographs about his life and voyages. You can now download his books THE OPEN BOAT and THE OCEAN WAITS about his voyage in the Drascombe Lugger, CHIDIOCK TICHBORNE.
Spanish site with links to Met Office, Deutsche Wetterdienst, and USAF surface charts for up to 6 days ahead, plus satellite pictures.
Inshore Waters Forecast
From the Met Office. A good, up-to-the-minute summary available online.
Je Navigue Sympa
Website for French Drascombe sailors.
Jeckells the Sailmakers
Manufacturers of sails for over 177 years. They have a selection of sails on the shelf at most times of the year.
All sails are manufactured in their purpose built sailloft in the UK and are supplied with a unique 5 Year Guarantee. They also offer a instant sail repair service and can collect/return sails from/to anywhere in the country.
Lantis World
Drascombe dayboat rental in Greece.
A free UK-based service which offers to put people wishing to exchange children's lifejackets in touch with each other.
Lleyn peninsular, North Wales
This webcam is sited on a pub which is on the beach at Porth Dinllaen, a beautiful little natural harbour
Lugger repair & maintenance
Tim Pettigrew's site based on personal (hard-won!) experience.
Magic Seaweed
This site is aimed at surfers, but it gives a good wind forecast for 7 days ahead. It has good clear graphics and is free to use.
Marina Info
Listing of marinas throughout the UK (and some other countries) showing location, contact details, facilities, and local services.
Marine Conservation Society
The UK Charity dedicated to the protection of the marine environment and its wildlife. The website also gives details of the Basking Shark and Turtle watch sightings scheme.
Marine lighting: revolution in progress
An interesting article in the archives of the RINA on developments in LED lighting for marine navigation lights.
Mariners of Bewl
An organisation concentrating on sailing for the disabled.
Maritime and Coastguard Agency
Information on the various services provided by HMCG.
Maritime Safety Queensland
Trip preparation checklist.
MPI Sailing travel insurance
MPI Sailing travel insurance
Specialist Sailing Travel Insurance...

Public liability cover for small craft e.g. dinghy's (incl. racing), windsurfing and the like
Western Europe cover
Rest of World, up to 12 miles off shore (please apply for further trips)

NKDE Nederlandse Kring van Drascombe Eigenaren
Website of the Association of Dutch Drascombe Owners.
United Kingdom Hydrographic Office Admiralty Charts - Searchable Notices to Mariners. This will enable you to search the Notices to Mariners service for updates to Admiralty Charts by Chart or NM Number.
old Dutch Drascombe site
old Dutch Drascombe site (previous Website of the Association of Dutch Drascombe Owners
Pretty pictures and video of open boat sailing in New Zealand.
Colin Watt's fascinating record of the renovation of the Wooden Drascombe Longboat "Otter".
Peak Dinghy Spares & Repairs
a small dinghy, Sail repair and Chandlery business based in Chesterfield, Derbyshire.
Peak Trailers
Peak Trailers can supply all of the bits, notably suspension systems - even obscure and obsolete ones - for Bramber trailers as supplied with the majority of Drascombes. Several members can vouch for their technical knowledge (outstripping even Bramber themselves!) and quality of service.
Peter Rhodes in Sally Gee
on youtube.com John Boileau
Port Edgar Yacht Club
Observations and comments on visiting harbours in the Firth of Forth.
Ports and Harbours of the UK
This web site has a photograph, details and contacts for over 900 ports, harbours, jetties and piers around the coastline of the UK
QHM Portsmouth
Notices to Mariners, navigation warnings, traffic movements, and news for Portsmouth Harbour.
R&J Sails
New sails for the entire Drascombe range.
SEA Check is a free service offered by the RNLI to owners of boats under 13.7 metres. At the owner's invitation, a highly trained volunteer will check relevant levels of safety equipment.
Drascombe Association member and Lugger owner Peter Ainsworth is a SEA Check advisor. If anyone in the North Wales or Shropshire area would like a check he would be happy to oblige.
Royal Yachting Association
The UK's governing body for pleasure boating. The RYA represents an ever growing constituency including 80,000 members.
Sailing Koh Samui
If you ever find yourself in Koh Samui, Thailand, you can rent a Drascombe Lugger for 400 baht/hour or 1500 baht/day (about 6 and 22 respectively).
Sailing Now
An interesting miscellany of sailing-related information.
A website design for young sailers, with fun ways to learn about safety at sea. Made in conjection with NMM, RYA and RNLI.
Sea Watch
Sea Watch is a national marine conservation research charity dedicated to the protection of whales, dolphins and porpoises (cetaceans) around the UK.
Seals + Direct
Specialist suppliers of rubber and associated products for the marine industry.
Sharon Geary-Harwood's blog
Sharon's blog -- A new year's resolution is to enjoy being on the water, learn to sail, attend a rally and live aboard for a night - not too much for a novice, and someone who is a very busy person.
Small Boat Restoration
Small Boat Restoration; Kent Blair Lewis's Blog, with tips on their restorations, plus sailing adventures. Their Lugger and Dabber also have their own pages.
Solent Tightwad Sailor
A sailors guide to the Solent, where to go and what to see without spending a fortune
South Coast Shrimper
Dick Pizey's blog. Although Dick no longer owns a Drascombe, he still sails with them and attends (and organises) Association rallies.
Southampton VTS
Everythingyou could want to know about the port of Southampton and its approaches: weather, tide, traffic movements, live radar, and much more.
Stonehaven Harbour
Eight different webcam views around the old harbour at Stonehaven just south of Aberdeen
The 20-knot Drascombe - A Design Study
Naval Architect Stuart Roy asks "Can it be done......... and would anyone want one anyway?"
The Canvas Windmill
Made-to-measure boat tents and equipment.
The Drascombe Ionian Experience
The Drascombe Ionian Experience offers the opportunity to explore the delights of the islands and harbours of the Southern Ionian.
The Drascombe List
A mailing list for anyone interested in Drascombes, with participants from all round the world.
The Green Blue
The Green Blue is the joint environment programme created by the British Marine Federation and Royal Yachting Association for anyone who enjoys getting out on the water or whose livelihood depends on it.
The Openboat List
Openboat is dedicated to the cruising of open boats in coastal or inland waters. It provides a forum for discussion and the interchange of information and expertise on open boats and dinghies, cruising grounds, technical and safety matters related to dinghy cruising, supply of equipment suitable for such cruising, and a place to post information about rallies and passages organised by associations and individuals.
The Shipping Forecast
The one and only, from the Met Office.
Theyr is a professional weather forecasting site aimed at sailors among others. It provides pictorial forecasts of wind cloud, temperature, precipitation, etc. This site now charges a fee to use it, but you can register for a 14-day free trial.
Thin Water Annie
Curt Bowman's blog about his Coaster Annie.
Tidal Predictions
Admiralty EasyTide tidal curves and data for up to a week ahead.
Trailer Tek
Trailer manufacturer. Reasonably priced and extensive spares department.
Put in a postcode and get an hour by hour forecast.
Free 2013 tide tables and tidal flow atlases
Voyage of Valdesca: a Drascombe longboat
Claudia Lewis's Blog
Weather Underground
An American site giving actual and forecast weather worldwide. This link takes you straight to the UK weather page. Like a lot of free sites, it has rather a lot of advertising banners and pop-ups.
A useful site giving marine weather information, including wind charts. This link takes you straight to the marine weather page.
Wooden Drascombes
Colin Watt's original register of wooden Drascombes and their builders now maintained and updated by the Association
sailing in The Netherlands and in Greece in the Ionic, the Gulf of Corinth and the Channel of Corinth. 2 english articles. Dutch site
Port Townsend Pocket Yachters - US based club for small boat enthusiasts.