Mike and Helen Norris Cruising Blog

We are now in Fuerteventura in the Canary Islands, having first made landfall in Lanzarote in November (Blog 1). 
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Mike and Helen


For Sale “Aeolus” Countess 28

‘Aeolus’ Colvic Countess 28 bilge keel – £16,250

Aeolus was professionally fitted out by boatbuilder for his own use (Jay Crafts, Tighnabruich) and so benefits from a very high build quality including teak decking. She is lying ashore on the Clyde with winter storage and Spring launch paid. £2,500 has been spent on new equipment and fittings in 2015. £18,750 ono.
Bilge keel with 29hp Lister Petter diesel engine (1996 c.1000hrs) and 3 bladed propeller.
Ss fuel tank (20 gal?), nylon water tanks and manual pump, 25lb CQR anchor and also a kedge anchor, 12v 2-battery electrical system, Firdell Blipper radar reflector.
Refurbished rubbing strake in teak (Nov. 2015) Toilet in heads new 2013
New sprayhood, dodgers and stack pack sail cover (2015) all unused
Dinghy tender and outboard
Tiller pilot
VHF radio ICOM 411 (2012)
Standard Horizon chartplotter 2008
Furuno GPS GP31
Autohelm log and depth
Plastimo Neptune 2 gas hobs and grill
Also: 240v shore cable, 3 lifejackets, harnesses, fire extinguishers, cruising chute (2000 rarely used), MOB recovery system, horseshoe lifebelt, and more.

Lying at Kip Marina
Contact: Email Paul at pcleghorn7@aol.com
Tel. 01259-215834



Omega P off Withernsea

Omega P off Withernsea

Moonstream approaching Dover

Moonstream approaching Dover

Request for Help

The following e-mail is a request for information. Can anyone help?

I’m looking to trace the Countess 33 the my late father built in the 1980’s. It was originally christened ‘Kauai’ but I think was last named ‘Cascade’. I have lots of photos of her building/launch /old invoices etc that might be interesting to her owners plus I would love to know how she’s getting on. Lots of happy memories sailing in her when I was a kid!

If it’s the right boat there will be a brass plate with ‘John Noakes boats’ somewhere in the cabin

Replies to : chrstbenne@aol.com

For sale “Reactive” – Colvic Countess 33

£32,000 can be seen ashore at Suffolk Yacht Harbour.

For more information please contact Rod Smith tel: 01223 812025

or email: rodandmarysmith@hotmail.com


General Description

Reactive is a professionally built (by the Mylor Boatbuilding Company) ketch rigged Colvic Countess 33 with centre cockpit and fin keel. Although only 33feet/10.08m long the deep beamy hull (11ft 9in/3.6m) provides the accommodation space of many 36 to 38 ft yachts as can be seen from the approximate floor plan below.


Reactive differs slightly from this drawing in that the aft cabin settee and vanity table have been replaced by a single berth and a door now separates the aft heads from the aft cabin. The forward heads is a standard marine toilet and does not have a holding tank.

“Reactive” – Colvic Countess 33

Starting from the aft cabin, on the starboard side is a double berth with a single berth on the port side. There are storage lockers above and below the berths plus a full length hanging locker at the head of the double berth.

30 gallon diesel tank and domestic battery bank sit beneath the single berth.

Moving forward along the passageway are heads to port with a built in holding tank and a wash basin. Opposite is one of four access doors to the diesel engine.

In the main saloon to port is the navigation station with a large chart table taking a full size admiralty chart with plenty of chart storage space beneath. Brookes and Gatehouse Hercules navigation instruments, Navtex, VHF marine and domestic radios and the electric distribution panel are conveniently situated in this area.

To starboard opposite the navigation station is the top loading fridge and galley with cooker, large deep cool storage box and sink surrounded by work surfaces. Crockery and cutlery for 6 together with a comprehensive set of cooking utensils are stored safely in this area. Extensive use is made of

Two settee berths either side of the large drop leaf table comprise the saloon accommodation. 165 litre water tanks are located below the saloon sole amidships. Stowage is provided beneath, behind and above the berths. Drinks stowage is in the centre of the table.

Forward of the saloon is the main heads to port and hanging/wet locker to starboard. The door to the heads when fully opened closes off the fore-cabin. The door to the saloon can then also be closed if required.

The forward cabin contains standard v-berths. Sail stowage etc. is beneath the berths.

On Deck

At the bow is a double roller stem head fitting. A deck hatch to port contains the CQR and Bruce kedge anchors plus mooring warps and some chain, the main chain locker is below. A powerful electric Wolf windlass is fitted.

On the forward mast are 2 winches and all foresail halyards. Turning blocks at the mast foot lead all mainsail lines, halyard and reefing aft to the cockpit. Stainless steel rigging was replaced in 2008.

On the aft mast are mounted two winches There are two midship mooring cleats and 2 more on the aft quarters.

In the centre cockpit is the Whitlock pedestal mounted compass, steering wheel and engine controls. The control head for the Raymarine autohelm is fitted on the port side of the cockpit. The autohelm can be coupled to the Garmin GPS. .

Reactive is a very dry boat and the cockpit spray hood adds another level of comfort. The hood can be lowered or zipped to the removable cockpit canopy to form a large enclosed, full head height area. A table is available that clips onto the steering pedestal.

A vast locker on the starboard side provides storage space for a range of fenders, Avon inflatable dinghy, ropes and engine battery.

Aft of the cockpit is a substantial stainless steel gantry onto which is mounted a Hydrovane self- steering unit and a stainless steel swing-up swimming ladder.

Rig and Sails

· Sail Plan: Ketch

· Foresails: Genoa with roller reefing/furling – Gowen Sails

· Storm jib

· Spinnaker

· Mainsail: Fully battened with lazy jacks– Gowen Sails

· Mizzen: Fully battened – Gowen Sails

· Cruising chute

· Staysail

· Standing Rigging: stainless steel – renewed 2008


· Engine Battery: 70AH

· Domestic Batteries: 2x105AH

· Charging: from the engine alternator or from shore power

Deck Fittings

· Anchor: 35lb CQR with 60m 8mm chain, Bruce 15kg kedge

· Windlass: Wolf electrical

· Cleats: 2 cleats plus 2x chain bits on foredeck. 2 midships cleats. 2 quarter cleats

· Winches: 4 self tailings.

· Winter boat cover


· Water: 40 gallons

· Fuel: 30 gallons

· Fuel Cans – 2 x 15L


· Eastham Maxol Cooker: 2 burners, grill and oven

· Kettle: for gas ring plus electric for shore power

· Cutlery for 6

· Crockery for 6

· Caffetiere

· Various cooking utensils


· Engine: Diesel 40 hp VW Hawker Siddley Piranha

· Propeller: Maxprop 3 blade folding

· Stern gland: sealed and water lubricated eliminating the need for greasing and cleaning up surplus grease.

Navigation Equipment

· Navigation Lights

· Compass Whitestar pedestal mounted

· Autohelm: Raymarine ST6000

· GPS: 3:- Garmin cockpit mounted, Garmin Navigation station mounted and Garmin handheld

· Hydrovane self steering

· Navtex:

· VHF marine radio: Silva

· Brookes and Gatehouse Hercules instrument system providing-

Depth, boat speed, wind speed and wind direction indications both in the cockpit and at the navigation station

· VHF domestic radio with CD player

· Charts: large number mainly covering the south east coast and Holland

Safety Equipment

· Life raft: Avon 6 man – requires service

· Danbuoy

· Horseshoe lifebuoy

· Spare leather bound steering wheel

· Assorted harnesses and jackets

· Radar Reflector: demountable

· Manual bilge pump

· 2 Electric bilge pumps

· 2 Fire extinguishers

· Fire blanket

· First Aid Kit

· 2 Foghorns

· Search light


· Avon with oars, electric & foot pumps

· Outboard engine: Yamaha 2hp


Countess Yachts Build Plans

Have you ever wondered how your rudder is constructed or the rudder bearing is made? These, and all similar questions can now be answered as a complete set of Countess build plans are now available on a CD which provide the details of sails, rigging and details of all aspects of your Countess.

Ian Anderson’s relatives have kindly allowed us the borrow his master plans, get them scanned and digitised and make them available to COA Members. We have grouped the plans into three CDs:

Countess 28

Countess 33

Countess 37

If you wish to purchase a CD then please specify which CD you require and send your request with £10 to:

Tony Kerry

17 Canonsfield Rd




Dry meet of the Countess Owners Association

Article from Practical Boat Owner :-


Guest of honour brought 21 years of cruising experience to the meeting

The Countess Owners Association – an international yachting group – returned again to Essex this month for its annual dinner in Chelmsford.

The dinner was followed by the group’s annual ‘Dry Meet’, a day of seminars and talks, held in Margaretting Village Hall.

The star attraction this year was Member Arthur Robbins, who was visiting the UK especially for the event, to talk about cruising his Countess 33 yacht ‘Aquarius’.

Arthur had cruised for more than 60,000 miles, visiting 64 countries over a period of 21 years.

He was also awarded the trophy donated by COA Designer President Ian Anderson, reputed naval architect and designer of the Countess range of yachts. The trophy is an annual award for outstanding participation in or services to the Association.

Other talks and seminars covered advanced polymers in yacht construction by Dr Marcus Walls-Bruck; latest sail developments by John Sturmer of Essex-based Gowen Sails; Coastguard Services by Colin Stroud – Woodham Ferrers Unit and the usual annual legal up-date by Rudi Fortsun, QC, particularly concerning accident liability and the problems presented by other EU countries’ approaches to tax-free diesel for yachts.

Before the annual dinner, at Chelmsford’s South Lodge Hotel, members were entertained at a drinks reception at the Old Moulsham home of the association’s President Robert Jones and his wife Prue, previous proud owners of two Countess yachts, originally produced by Colvic Craft, Ltd. in Essex.

Mr Jones reminded delegates that January 2014 will be the Association’s 30th anniversary and that it had been constantly providing valuable mutual help and friendship to all members.

The very first hull for the Countess range of yachts, a 28 ft. version, was produced in the Witham factory in 1979.

The entire range, up to the Countess 37, was then produced there from the early 1980s and later at Earls Colne, until production was moved to the West Country in 1991.

Essex is thus seen as the true birth-place of the association, which now has members with Countess yachts all over the world.

Membership is open to present and past owners of the Countess range of yachts: Contact Hon Sec Noreen Jones coasecretary16@gmail.com