Motor Cruiser Section

HullMany members have been working hard on their boats over the winter months (getting them ready for the coming season 2015) so the motor cruiser section is quiet on the water.

There are a number of Motor Cruiser owners who are happy to join in rallies or just cruise in company throughout season, so I will keep you posted both here and also the ECA forum Motor Cruiser Section when I have any further details.

If anyone would like to assist me arranging trips/arrangements it would be much appreciated.

Why not give me a call or email at

Also If you have any ideas of preferred rally venues please contact me on 02392755550 or 07836365007.

JAMIE EYERS – Shares his story at the ECA

Jamie EyersJamie Eyers, club member and owner of ‘INCA’ a Sea Ray Sundancer 240 Motor Boat has just completed its annual refit in th North Compound. Jamie was brought up in a family that would spend most summer weekends afloat either fishing or collecting cockles in Langstone harbour there is no surprises that he would want to follow the family tradition . Jamie writes: At young age of 13 I had a dingy locked up at Eastney point and would cycle down at weekends or school holidays to go fishing or generally messing about in the boat . I had to row every were as I was not allowed a engine but any way I could not fit another thing on my bike . I now sometimes wonder how I used to carry all that gear on my bike and ride it. I left school and was now working and earning my own money which I would save and spend on boats . I had plenty of my fair share of them and plenty of nautical night mares to go with it. My dream was to have a new boat fresh out from the mould with a new engine to go with it so in 2002 i managed that dream by buying a 17ft seahog samurai  (Rayjem) to which I used all the time for fishing and visiting Priory Bay and also Yarmouth on our annual boys fishing weekend.  I owned Rayjem for 7 years and decided to change to a boat that could be used for fishing and weekends away with the wife and kids. Along came (Louiejay) a 6.25meter Ocqeauteau with a 105hp Turbo Diesel and a cruising speed of 15 knots.  I spent a few pennies getting her up to scratch but she was a boat that could take the heavy Solent chop with ease.  I visited many a place in her but mainly Newport, Island Harbour and Chichester Marina. The Louiejay was OK for two small children and two adults but h the children growing fast it had to go for a bigger boat again. The Louiejay went up for sale in 2013 and was sold within 3 days of being advertised, so now boat less the hunt was on for a new craft.  After many hours searching for a boat to our liking one possible boat was found at Poole. The boat was a sea ray 240 sundancer with a 200hp Nanni diesel.  With a good look around her and a sea trail the price was greed and we now had a boat that we could use in complete comfort and no more making do. We brought (Inca) back from Poole by sea and it could not of been a better day to bring it back.  With Inca now back on the ECA pontoons, it was time to make it our own with our own ideas of how we wanted it and a long list of things to do was written down. Autumn had arrived and it was time to bring her out of the water for all of the long list of things to do on her. I used the new ‘Wise’ lift that the ECA has brought to lift her and I was in control of the machine.  I can safely say it does not make you feel any better when you have your own boat in the slings and you are in control of the boat lift. With the boat now on stands it was time to tackle all of the jobs mainly the antifoul had to be scrapped back to the gel coat as the antifoul was not looking its best.  I can safely say I will never be scrapping back antifoul ever again to gel coat, what a mind numbing  job that is . I have completed all of the jobs on the list, firstly new antifoul paint, service the outdrive and paint, buff and polish hull, new anodes and also a general good clean.  The boat is now ready for the new season and I cannot wait to get away for a few weekends with the wife and kids and meet up with friends for a few beers. Jamie Eyers – ECA Club Member


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 Motor Boat Owner & ECA Club Member

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