Garry and Frances Owens sail LM30 'Rockabill' out of Skerries, Co. Dublin, Ireland. . She was built in 1986 and we bought her in 2007. Llast year we sailed her around Ireland, previously she took us to the to the Scilly Isle, Cornwall, Wales, I of M and West Coast of Scotland.
I am a Dutch LM30 owner. My boat is laying in the SWpart in The Netherlands. We bought ours in 2011. Before we had severall other boats , LM23, Fellowship 27, Drascombe Longboat Cruiser and Super daimio. Boatname is Jutter and i use that name here also. My background is engineer.
We are Barbara and Michael Wills, resident in Salisbury. We bought our LM 30 Freya, (sail number 287), six years ago, a small fortune later and she was ready for long distance sailing. In 2010 we sailed up as far as Holland and this this year we repeated the journey but continued, eventually reaching Gothenburg in August. We carried on for a bit but ran out of time, so we have put her into storage on an island on the Swedish west coast for the winter. Next year we hope to visit Norway and then return to Gothenburg to take the the canal route up to Stockholm.
I work on a part time basis as an Ombudsman for a professional association and otherwise, when not sailing or working I write novels.
Hi! We are Andrew and Julia Gordon-Lennox and we share LM27 "Aries" with two other couples. She is based in Chichester Harbour, and looks much like any other LM27, White Hull with Blue Hull bands and covers. We would be pleased to make contact with any other LM owners who have boats based in the Chichester and Solent areas. We also feel we might be interested in short (week or 10 days?)boat swap arrangements with other LMs based in attractive cruising locations for a week or so (eg Clyde or East Coast, maybe N Europe later).
Just found your association website. We are Geoff & Sylvia. We sail in the Solent, based in Langstone Harbour and are currently looking at LM27's. We would welcome any member's comments on their boats, especially the sailing ability, as this is important to us. We accept that upwind sailing is not going to be as good as cruising yachts but have been unable to find any reviews in the sailing press to help us with a decision. We have been impressed with other features of the yachts we have viewed.
LM 27s sail surprisingly well on all points of sail, except close hauled when they make a lot of lee way because of their long, shallow keels. Actually, they are sailing perfectly well but sliding sideways through the water rather a lot. You can beat with the tide quite effectively, but trying to beat against the tide is a waste of time; that's when most of us start the motor. The other down-side of that keel configuration is that it takes some time to learn how to steer in reverse, and it is never completely predictable. However, LM 27s are lovely all-round cruising boats: beautifully designed and built, well appointed and very comfortable to live aboard in all weathers, easy to manage at close quarters even single-handed, strong and seaworthy. Every time I take ours out I am reassured that we made the right choice and I delight in sailing and being aboard her.
Hope you do decide to go for an LM 27, but if the keel puts you off take a look at one of the other LMs - 26, 28, 30 or 32 - which come with different keel configurations.
Hi Charles Thanks for your comments and welcome. We have just had an offer agreed on a 27 MK11, subject to survey and, hopefully, will be getting to grips with her soon. She is called Sandpiper and is in Chichester Harbour but will be moved to our mooring in Langstone Harbour. We will keep you informed of progress.
Very exciting times for you. Hope that all goes well. Suggest that you might like to make contact (by private message) with the Gordon-Lennoxes whose entry on the Introduce Yourself board is a little above yours. They have an LM27 in Chichester Harbour and will probably be able to answer most of your early questions. Good luck!
We have now become the proud owners of Sandpiper, following a very good survey. We sailed her around to Langstone on Friday, probably the best sailing day so far this year. force 4 northeasterly, perfect for our first time and she performed just as expected. It was a tad unusual to be supping tea whilst sailing, a whole new experience for us! Derek, the previous owner did us proud by handing her over in pristine condition and our first night aboard was very comfortable. Now we look forward to getting to know her in the Solent before venturing further afield.
Hello! We have now had our LM30 for coming up to 2 years now. We bought it in the Manai Strait and last year and sailed it down to the Solent. We now berth it in Southampton. We had a folkboat before this boat, but after 10 years of sailing that, I decided that I prefered a bit more comfort aboard and oomph in the engine to get us to our destination when the wind dies. I also like staying dry in the wheelhouse when it rains a lot (as it has done in the last two summers!). Fortunately my husband went along with that, though parting with the folkboat was a wrench.
This is Yonda in the Isles of Scilly to which we diverted last year after we got down round Land's End and there happened to be a fine weather window. We have seen a few LM's in the Solent and it would be good to swap experiences of fellow LM owners in that region.
I have this summer bought an LM30, in Belgium and sailed it back to Emsworth. This was after conducting a search for a suitable boat for my needs and looking at 2/3 in the UK, 5 in Holland, 2 in Scotland and the one in Nieuwpoort.
The boat is called Skirmisher and will be kept on a swinging mooring in Chichester Harbour (Emsworth Channel) next year. At present the boat is out of the water in the marina, awaiting the list of winter/spring jobs.
I will post my experience of buying abroad and also of the trip back from Belgium, once Christmas is out of the way!
I have also discovered that the boat's first owner, sailed singlehanded from Canada to Ireland, aged 79 in 1994. In so doing became the oldest female to complete the Atlantic crossing!
Ps Charles can you tell me how to delete the member called Katrinchen, it is me but I have lost all the details of log in and only noticed that it was there after creating this profile.
Welcome to the LM Owners' Association Stuart and Grace. You are the first Vitesse owners to join, as far as I am aware. Where on the Clyde do you keep her?
I sailed with Garry and Frances Owens in their LM 30 Rockabill from Skerries near Dublin to Glasgow last June. The Owens and I both have children and grandchildren in Glasgow - only about a mile apart as it happens - and it seemed a fine way of visiting them.
And I and my wife Jessie are heading up to Glasgow (by road) for another visit between 3 and 6 January next. Any chance of a quick visit to your boat in that period, whether on or off the water?
Hi Tim (Skirmisher) We have our LM27 in Langstone, based at the Eastney Cruising Association. If you want to let us know when you are working on your boat we could call in and introduce ourselves. We travel from E Sussex so Chichester Marina is en route. We bought Sandpiper earlier this year and she was moored in the same spot as you.