Summer Plans

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  1. Adrian says:

    Hi Neil,

    I have just by chance purchased/read your book which I really enjoyed and I have submitted a review under the heading ‘ Inspiring ‘.

    Whilst reading your book I vaguely wondered whether your Wharram was the one I admired in Alvor as I was there on my Sadler 29 for 3 days in September and I was delighted to read that it was. An amazing boat and you must have such a connection with it particularly having built it.

    My boat is on the end of E pontoon ‘winterised’ with a blue cover.I will be back mid April and will once again spend May/June and Sept/Oct out there anchored up between Lagos and Rota.I will keep an eye out for you but in the meantime hopefully your book will sell well,certainly deserves to.

  2. NeilH says:

    Hi Adrian
    Thanks so much for your kind words about my book and my boat. Would your boat be ‘Teal’ by any chance? I think I can see her from here. Look forward to meeting you somewhere out there this Summer 🙂

  3. Adrian says:

    Yes as to Teal . Look forward to meeting you and seeing Gleda,close up.

  4. Philip Ritson says:

    Sounds like an interesting year ahead.

  5. dairy sailor says:

    HI Neil,

    I just finished A Foolish Voyage. Thank you so much for writing about your fears with honesty. So many sailors only write about the glossy bits.

    I am not a “natural born” sailor. It is a challenge for me to work through my fears and worries. But I persist. My partner and I will be starting our cruising life this August or September (2016). Perhaps, one day, we will meet.

    In the mean time, it is heartening for me to read about someone else who persists in following their dreams no matter how personally difficult it can be. Your book was a great reminder for me that I can appear to “fall apart” but appearances can be deceiving. I might blubber a lot but in the end, I will still get the job done.


  6. NeilH says:

    Thanks so much Suzette, I’m glad you enjoyed it. Good luck with your plans, it’d be great to meet up one day. I’m not sure there are really any ‘natural born’ sailors, it’s just that some of us seem more attracted to the ocean than others. My partner Gail had never sailed before we left Falmouth last May, she’d never have believed she could take to life as a sea gypsy. Her brother gave her 3 months max. Now she can’t imagine going back to a ‘normal’ life. You can follow her ‘non sailor’ perspective at

  7. Ken says:

    It looks as if you are going to enjoy the fruits of your labour this year. The western Med is probably the best end to be in as Greece and Turkey are having their problems.
    I look forward to your posts. Enjoy yourselves.

  8. jon sutton says:

    I’m currently studying the possibility of getting to The Med via the french canals.

    Maybe sneak up and grab you by the Balearics!

  9. Andrew M says:

    Your other site, foolishneil, has apparently been down for some time. Just though you should know. Is it difficult to maintain a site while sailing and staying in harbour? I ask because I operate several. They give me the freedom to travel but I can never be too far from WiFi to get my work done.

  10. Bill Siedlecki says:

    Just finished A Foolish Voyage and must admit that I loved it. Your writing is honest, easy to read and gives great insight to your fears, joys and character. Sitting here at my laptop in Wisconsin on an unusually warm February day might seem like a long way from Falmouth or Spain. But your writing style brings the reader on board with you. Thanks!

  11. NeilH says:

    Hi Andrew

    Thanks for this, I did know. It’s a deliberate attempt to simplify my online presence. Just using this site and my author site Cheers

  12. NeilH says:

    Hi Bill
    Thanks so much for your kind words, I’m very pleased you enjoyed it and that I was able to to give you a flavour of life afloat this side of the pond. All the best.

  13. Hello Neal,
    I’m sorry to post a question and clog up your blog, but I was hoping to pick your brain. We’re building our pod and I was wondering how you dealt with the fact that a square pod, and a curved beams, leave gaps at the outer edges. We have a half inch gap between the beam and the pod on the outer edges.

    if you have the time to fritter away. If not, that’s understandable. Thanks again Neal. Keep on keepin’ on.

  14. Andy says:

    Happy Easter to you and Gail.

    Cheers for now


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