Sindur’s year and what’s to come!

I think we should call this a shake-down year for Sindur. She was launched in January 2021, after almost a year on the hard, and covid restricting work progress. During her time out of the water, she had a big clean internally and externally, along with a few repairs to leaks in the roof and windows. The engines had the heat exchangers stripped and rebuilt and the fuel injection pumps rebuilt. After a thorough service, and the stern glands re-packed, she was ready for operation. As you can see from other posts in this blog, she has been to sea and been some fun.

However, on one fateful trip to the Walton Backwaters with my good friends Adrian and Carole, the oil pump within the port engine, failed. We limped back on one engine. I then had the agonising wait for the engineer to find time to diagnose the problem and see if any damage had been done to the bearings or other components. Fortune was with us for 2 reasons. Firstly, Travis from Diesel Marine was able to remove the sump and the oil pump, and install a new one, with the engine in situ, and secondly there was no apparent damage to the engine. As a precaution, the starboard engine oil pump has now been changed, as well. The oil pressure is now higher and more stable than before.

Using a boat is the best way to discover her shortcomings. Sindur has a few, but nothing insurmountable. This winter will see a redesign of her aft cabin, creating a double berth, rather than a pair of single bunks. The fore cabin berth is being altered too, which means repositioning the anchor windlass above, and the haws pipe to the anchor chain locker. Jon from Estuary Vessel Management has the ldeas and skills to match.

The East Coast has been a delightful place to cruise, but I have had 20 years of it, on and off. The more cruising I do, the more i want to do. I have always enjoyed a journey, a challenge and a new destination. Cruising our Trader, Kyra, to the Channel Islands, then Brittany and on to La Rochelle, created a greater wanderlust within. After two trips on the Orwell and Deben aboard Sindur this summer, made me realise I was feeling stifled. This, coupled with following the excellent youtube channel, Adventure Now, that chronicles the journey of Mark & Asha aboard Altor of Down, as they visit Shetland, Faroese and Iceland, makes me want to see something different every time I start Sindur’s engines.

With this in mind, and after some careful thought, I have decided to relocate Sindur to the west coast of Scotland. There seems to be so much to see up there, with dramatic coastlines and an abundance of bird and sea life. There are numerous islands to explore, lochs to anchor in and distilleries to visit. Yes, the weather can be iffy, but nothing that a good boat, good clothing, and good decision making won’t tackle.

Relocation has made me assess certain things aboard. With the weather, fewer marinas and the need to anchor more, it is clear some changes should be made. Currently Sindur has a busy team aboard. The berths are being sorted as previously mentioned. The heating is being serviced. The spirit stove (gas has been removed from Sindur) is having a permanent mounting made.

For convenience and functionality, a new Garmin plotter and radar is being fitted, along with AIS transponder and a new VHF radio. I gave never liked the nean-looking slimline LED nav lights, so these are being changed to more conventional, commercial grade ones.

Ground tackle is important on any vessel , but cruising Scotland requires stout and sturdy kit. So the old CQR anchor is being replaced with a Rocna, and an additional 25 metres of chain is going into the locker. A dinghy and 4hp outboard have been added to the inventory.

John Shepherd transport arrives on 17th March, so there’s a fair bit to complete before Sindur heads to Largs.

Published by cruisingonkyra

Skipper of motor yacht Kyra

10 thoughts on “Sindur’s year and what’s to come!

  1. Hi,
    Enjoyed receiving the blog 13/02, I was becoming concerned you may have sunk without trace!
    John Shepherd’s rig is familiar with the Ranger hull having transported Hydranger from Troon to SYH some time ago. A very satisfied customer.
    Hydranger subsequently underwent a complete refit, including new wheel house and Cummings engines.
    The last I heard she was moored at Donaghadee NI not too far from your new sailing grounds.
    Pleased to hear AIS will be activated, hopfully it will tie in nicely with your future blogs!
    I hope you will enjoy the extensive work being undertaken, but more importantly sailing on the west coast of Scotland.
    Not sure if it is necessary but I will renew my subscription below!


    1. Hi to all , My name is Ken and I’m the proud owner of Hydranger , Sindur looks fabulous, We usually do the Clyde after TT IOM so maybe our paths will cross .
      PS Having worked with John Sheppard, I can highly recommend him to move the Ranger


      1. Hi Ken, thanks for getting in touch. I had heard of Hydranger from another Ranger owner, but had no idea Suffolk Yacht Harbour had done the works. It would be great to see her when you reach the Clyde, sometime. Let’s hope we have a season that allows for good cruising. Best wishes, Chris


    2. Hi Ian, good to hear from you. Yes last year was short of blog posts, mainly due to missing much of the summer, waiting for the engine repair. However, I intend to improve the standard of the posts whilst detailing our west coast travels, and no doubt, trials. Stay tuned. Chris.


      1. Hi Chris,

        Thanks for response, however, my blog could have been better prepared with reference to the following quote.

        “Hydranger subsequently underwent a complete refit, including new wheel house and Cummings engines.”

        During my ownership Hydranger only had a limited refit by independant contractors, not SYH. It was the new owner that intended to carry out this work back in NI, and the last I heard was going extremely well.

        I think the subject of engine smoke cropped up a couple of years ago, and I see again diesel injection components have appeared again. I would be interested to know the reason for a repeat of such major work? These Ford engines will normally run for thousands of hours without interference.
        When these engines were introduced a good indication of the condition was a full load rated 2450 rpm sea trial when an exhaust plume should be barely perceptable. If this is so now, then what is visible at tick over is acceptable due to their design. I recall for the Dorset engine an oil consumption of 1pt. per 100 hrs which at tick over will appear as blue tint exhaust. Oil control has advanced considerable in recent years and when I observe current oil levels they never change between services.
        It may not sound like it but this blog has my best intentions.


      2. Hi Ian, the injector work we had done in lockdown was due to the smoke on start up. However, this may have been unnecessary, as once I found the block heater switch, which is turned on for an hour before start up, the smoke when starting is greatly reduced and really quite an acceptable level.

        The oil pump failure last year was quite alarming. The pressure fluctuated a fraction and then total failure. Seems fine now and done the starboard engine too, with improved oil pressure there too .


  2. Hello again Chris,

    Fantastic to see the news flowing again. I was on Cathexis for a month in October – sadly we spent half of it out of the water in the boatyard – and was overjoyed to see her again after what must have been 2 years.

    Exciting plan to take Sindur to the Scottish west coast and look forward to the pics!

    Let me know if you will be down in London so we can meet for a catch up.

    Ravi and Sofi say hi.

    Take care,



    1. Lovely to hear from you Eric. It must have been great to see Cathexis after all this time. Had she weathered the last couple of years well?
      Scotland is exciting but quite daunting when I look at the list of jobs still to do. You will be welcome anytime, of course. I’m likely to be in London in next few weeks so will give you a shout


  3. Hi Chris,

    Considering 2 years of neglect, Cathexis wasn’t looking too bad but still quite a bit to do to get her into sailing condition again. The unexpected 2 weeks in the boatyard meant that work on the rigging and a few other jobs didn’t get done.

    Do get in touch when you have dates and I’ll tell you the longer version of the story over a drink or dinner or whatever we have time for.

    Take care until then and please say hi to Jon and Sue from me.

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