BRIS­TOL CHAN­NEL BOATERS

Practical Boat Owner - - Cruising -

Mike and Cathy Yuill Boat West­erly Tem­pest 31 Ze­phyrus Berth Watchet Ma­rina Mike and Cathy live three miles from Watchet, so are per­fectly placed for day or week­end trips and longer cruises. They bought Ze­phyrus in May 2016 as a wed­ding present to them­selves, so she’s rather a spe­cial boat. Ze­phyrus can eas­ily dry out on her bilge-keels and Mike says that bilge-keel­ers are by far the best kind of Bris­tol Chan­nel boats. Ze­phyrus rou­tinely takes the ground down at Water­mouth Cove and Il­fra­combe.

Cardiff Bay is a reg­u­lar week­end hop, 20 miles across from Watchet, and Ze­phyrus has cruised up­stream to Sharp­ness and Glouces­ter. Fur­ther down on the Welsh side, Mike and Cathy love the an­chor­ages around the Gower Penin­sula and are also fond of Castle­beach Bay, just in­side Mil­ford Haven. When I spoke to them in June, Ze­phyrus was head­ing down-Chan­nel to Oxwich Bay, on the south side of the Gower, and then on to­wards Mil­ford Haven be­fore cruis­ing up the west coast of Wales.

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