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Hardy Owners Club Magazine

The Hardy Owners Club magazine is published three times annually and is sent to all current Members of the Club.

For any queries or suggestions regarding our the HOC magazine please contact our Editor,  who would also welcome your  contributions!

Many of these issues of the magazine are also available for you to download and read in our Members Only section.


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Magazine No. 134 - Autumn 2018

Membership Matters - 'Time for the Wash'  off the Norfolk Coast on Pilot 20 'Sequoia' - Lady Freda Goes to London - Hardy Fishing 20 undertakes voyage from Weymouth to Hammerton - 'Foreign Going' Cruising Brittany and the Channel Islands aboard Hardy 32 'Sarinah' - Yard News and North Walsham visit - Guide to Log Keepin Part 2 - Hardy 32 'Korina' goes to Oxford - 'Mussel Bound' aboard Hardy 25 'Puffin of Rame'  Regalia - Marine Market .... and more

Magazine No. 133 - Spring 2018

Membership Matters - Dusty - My Regatta 19 - Boat Re-Naming Ceremonies - Jessica - Seawings 277& 355 - Azook - Mariner 26 - A Cautionary Tale! - Reasons to Carry a Spill Kit - Hardy 32 Last Lady goes home to North Wales - Yard News - Completion of 36DS & Hardy 65 Maresia faces testing seas for MBY Report - Log Keeping - a Guide to Good Practice - PLA Tidal Thames Navigators Briefing - Heading East aboard Hardy 32 Kabisa - Charlotte Jane - my Family Pilot 20 - Pilot 20SE Pipe Dreams - Refitting Mariner Nomad II - Regalia - Marine Market ... and more

Magazine No. 132 - New Year 2018

Editor’s Foreword – Announcement of 2017 HOC Photographic & Article Competition winners - Membership Matters - Treasurer’s Report - Southwold, Suffolk – here be dragons (or not) by Peter Cox, aboard Hardy 32 Hertford - Hardy Meet at Bembridge Harbour by John & Sally Watson - Travels with Daisy - Patrick Cleary cruises the River Shannon aboard Hardy Family Pilot 20 Daisy - Shipwrites Round Up - Commander 32 African Queen, HFP20 Jura Pilot, & Hardy 32 Benbow - Yard News from Oliver James of Windboats Hardy, including 36DS in build, 50AC, 50DS, & Hardy 65 Maresia - Southampton Boat Show Report by Gerald Lewis - Log Keeping - a Taster & Link to Graham Rabbitts’ Log for Hardy 36 Commodore Teal’s 2017 Trip - Introducing Hardy Seawings 277 Ginny Dee by Mark Brockett - Success! Hardy 21 Motor Sailer Found, by Simon Young - Man Overboard! A Review of the OLAS MOB detector, by Anthony Purnell aboard Hardy 36 Dark Ivy - RYA Diesel Engine Course by Sea Start, Review by Neal Gordon - Gillywartha - a Hardy Beginning by Rev Marcus Purnell aboard Navigator 18 Gillywartha - Regalia - Marine Market

Magazine No. 131 - Autumn 2017

Editor’s Foreword, Membership Matters - HOC Dog Watch & Member’s Roundup, Silent but Deadly – The dangers of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning, by Anthony Purnell, Hardy 25 Gas Locker fix, by Simon Kidd, New Throttle System aboard Hardy Commodore 36 “Teal” by Graham Rabbitts, Installation of a Deckwash Pump, by Graham Rabbitts, Winning Fishing – New Fisherman’s App from Navionics, by Gavin Ashworth, Fire Afloat – An Insurer’s perspective, by Rod Daniel of CraftInsure, Yard News from Windboats Hardy Motorboats, by Oliver James on the Flagship Hardy 65 “Maresia” at the Southampton Boat Show,
A new wooden mast for Family Pilot 20 “Adele” by Clive ffitch, Renaming Ceremony in Rhu for Hardy Seawings 305 “Luro”, by Roddy & Jo McIntosh, Passage from London to Chichester aboard Hardy 32 “Sarinah”, by Tony Atkins, Be Bright, Be Seen! – the Importance of Radar reflectors, by Anthony Purnell, Newly Hatched! – Family Pilot Seaglaze Sunroof Hatch Trials, by Gerald Lewis, “Benbow” Officiates! Clive Watkins reports from the Solent aboard his Hardy 32, Regalia, and Marine Market.

Magazine No. 130 - Spring 2017

Editor’s Foreword, Membership Matters, HOC News Round Up, Seaglaze Hatch Update, Advice on Moving Smaller Craft by Road, Introducing ‘Olivia’ a Hardy 21 MS by her owner Andy Matthews, Theyr Weather Forecast Interface explained by Gavin Ashworth, Adventures Aboard Hardy Mariner ‘Aventurera’ by Steven Izatt, Droning On - the use of Drones for Photography, Yard News from Oliver James of Windboats Hardy Motorboats, including the Launch of the new Hardy 65 - ‘Maresia’, Hardy 32 Cabin conversion, by Neal Gordon, Preventing Galvanic Corrosion, by Anthony Purnell, New HOC Member Clive Watkins introduces himself and Hardy 32 ‘Benbow’, Hardy Sea Adventures - Be Prepared at All Times by Anthony Purnell, National Coast Watch, Fox’s Marina & Boatyard - Celebrating 90 Years of Boatbuilding on the River Orwell, Hot Insurance Topics for 2017 from Craftinsure by Rod Daniel, From Lotus Leaf to Black Opal - Charles Hudd takes on a Hardy Navigator project, Focus on the River Medway by Tony Lavelle, Catch & Cook - A day Course on the Art of Preparing Freshly Caught Fish by Sue Sydney, Regalia - including New Range of Musto Products, Marine Market.

Magazine No. 129 - New Year 2017

Editor’s Foreword, Membership Matters, Treasurer’s Report, HOC Competition Winners Announced, Hanging by a Thread - Further Adventures aboard Jura Pilot with the Gribbin Family, & Jura Pilot’s Timeline, The Joy of Movement - Boat Transport as a Way of Life by Mike Szraga of MJS Transport, Hardy Meet - Simon Kidd describes his work as a boat surveyor in a Questions and Answers session at the Bull Inn, East Farleigh, Kent (a joint collaboration between the East Farleigh Cruising Club and the Hardy Owners Club), Yard News - the New Hardy 65 nears completion, by Oliver James and also Stuart Henty’s Hardy 36 undergoes a teak decking refurb, Seastart to the Rescue! - Anthony Purnell calls upon the ‘Marine AA’ aboard Hardy Commodore 36 Dark Ivy, Teal - Commodore 36 chosen and adapted for disabled access by Graham Rabbitts, Compass Rose a Hardy Mariner 25 has a Yanmar 4LHA-STE cooling system flush procedure by John Roberts, Never Count Your Hatches - Update on the Seaglaze Family Pilot Hatch Developement by Gerald Lewis, Regalia - New Burgee & Musto Inshore Jacket, Marine Market.

Magazine No. 128 - Autumn 2016

Editor’s Foreword, Membership Matters, A New Life for Isetta - Tony Lavelle on the transformation of his Family Pilot 20, Fitting a Raymarine Autopilot to a Hardy Family Pilot by Peter Wales, Hardy to the Rescue - answering a Mayday call in the Solent by Sue Sydney on a Hardy Commander 32, Wheelhouse Hatch Developement News, The Tidal Thanmes Navigators Club introduced by Peter Cox, Yard News - Brexit & update on the Hardy 65 by Oliver James, Engineering Courses at Warsash Maritime Academy by Anthony Purnell (Commodore 36), Lady Helen Goes West - fitting Twin Outboards to a Hardy 25 at her new home in Dartmouth by Simon Kidd, Warspite Sea Scouts, Hardy Seadogs, Gone Fishin’ with Mike Insall including a look at Golden Arrow Electric outboards, Hardy Meets on the upper & lower Medway, The Rochester Rattle - Peter Cox on his Hardy 32, Top Tips - Keeping an eye on Hydraulic Fluid Levels, & DIY Fender Socks, Regalia - New HOC Burgee and New Musto Inshore Jacket, Marine Market.

Magazine No. 127 - Spring 2016

Editor’s Foreword - Membership Matters: checking your lifejackets - Tribute to Patrick Harris - “Riding the Learning Curve”: Edward Cartner and “Buccaneer” a Bosun 20 - “Nevermind the Seacocks!”: Fitting out “Adele” a Family Pilot 20 - DIY Maintenance: Pre Season Engine Checks with Anthony Purnell -“Yard News” from Oliver James of Windboats Hardy Motor Boats: Update on the new Hardy 62 in build - Marina Visitors Guide: MDL Marina Torquay - “There and back again”, the story of Family Pilot 20 “Pennyghael” and her reunion with her previous owners in Scotland - Pre-Season Insurance Advice from Rod Daniel of CraftInsure - “When only the best will do”: the Hebridean Princess with her brace of Hardys - “Glad I was in a Hardy!”: experiences on the Solent with Mike Insall - “Gone Fishin‘!”: Lobster & Crab, anyone - Self Heating Meals reviewed - Family Pilot sun-roof Hatch Development Update by Gerald Lewis - Regalia: New Musto Products - Marine Market.

Magazine No. 126 - New Year 2016

Editor’s Foreword – Membership Matters - Refit of ‘Dragonfly’, Peter Notley’s 1986 Navigator - Negotiating Sea Locks with Martin Cadman - Fire Safety Advice from the points of view of a Fire Officer, Insurance Adviser, and Marine Surveyor - Fishing the Solent with Mike Insall - Musto Regalia Products and New HOC logo in the Pipeline – Welcome to one of our New HOC Members, Roger French and his Hardy Fishing 20 “Allegro”- Seaglaze Family Pilot Sunroof Hatch Update – 2015 Photographic/Article Winners Announced – Hypro Marine New Zipwake Interceptor Distributors - Raymarine Products, Dragonfly Pro & Wi-Fish systems and RADAR Courses - Coppercoat on Seawings 254 ‘Axarquia’ – Tribute to Ingrid Friedrich - Yard News: new Hardy 32DS & 62 in build - Treasurer’s report – Keeping our Rivers clean with Tom Davies onboard his Pilot SE ‘Bryher’ – Regalia and Marine Market.

Magazine No. 125 - Autumn 2015

Editor’s Foreword – Membership Matters – Tribute to Geoffrey Chubb – Wedding Congratulations to Simon and Helen Kidd – Guns’n’ Compass Roses, US resident Brit Norman Evans on his search for an occasional UK liveaboard Hardy 25 – Cruising in Germany: Navigating the Rivers Fulda and Weser on board Hardy Seawings 254 “Axarquia”, with Hans and Ingrid Friedrich – Me & Lieutenant Dan: On duty with the RNLI by Phil Sanderson – Cautionary Tales: From Rod Daniel of Craftinsure – Yard News from Oliver James of Windboats Hardy : introducing the new Hardy 62 & announcing the apperance of the new Hardy 32DS at the Southampton Boat Show – A Rare Species found in York : Pam and David Walker and their unusual ‘outboard’ Hardy 25 – Operation Dynamo Revisited Peter Cox (Hardy 32) and Anthony Purnell’s (Hardy 36) accounts of the 75th Anniversary of the Dunkirk Evacuation, and their voyage with the ‘Little Ships’ – Outboard Blues : Mike Insall’s rueful account of troubles with an outboard bought in haste – Improved Weather Planning with PCPlotter software : Gavin Ashworth of yachtingsoftware.com – Completion of New Sunroof Hatch for the Hardy Pilot by Seaglaze - New Sikaflex products – News from Sillette Marine – Regalia – Marine Market.

Magazine No. 124 - Spring 2015

Editor’s Foreword - Membership Matters - Treasurer’s Report - Trim Tabs 1 Peter Wales fits out his Family Pilot to include Bennett Trim Tabs and DownVision Finder technology - Trim Tabs 2 ‘Good Service’ - Eltrim Trim Tabs on a 32 Commander, by Sue and Roy Sydney - Outboard Engines - an Overview by Simon Kidd - Pre-Season Checklist - handy reference chart by Simon Kidd - Tribute to Iain Wallace - Yard News from Oliver James of Windboats Hardy Motor Boats - Korina - Rebirth of a Boat - the New Hardy 32DS, by her new owner Jan van der Schans - Operation Dynamo - the 75th Anniversary of the Evacuation of Dunkirk by the ‘Little Ships’ - Sunroof Hatch on a Family Pilot - exciting proposals for a sunroof hatch - Introduction to NavigationPLANNER Software by Gavin Ashworth of Yachting Software Ltd, plus special offer from Navionics - New Items of Interest - Doggy Bag, CAERvest and free digital Magazine Motorboat Owner - Hook Up with Hardys - Get Togethers for HOC members, plus New Range of Inflatables from HyproMarine - Steering Wheels Special Promotion from Sillette Marine – Regalia - Marine Market.

Magazine No. 123 - New Year 2015

Editor’s Foreword - Membership Matters - HOC Renewal applications online - Seeing the Light! HOC Editor Marie O’Connell looks into energy-saving LED lighting for your Hardy - Where Hardy’s Dare - Dominic Gribbin and his family explore Dorset’s Jurassic coast aboard Hardy Family Pilot 20 Jura Pilot - Top Tips to Guard against Winter Storms and Floods - from Rod Daniel of CraftInsure - Water Colour - Werner Schroeder on the beautiful Lake Werbelinsee near Berlin, aboard FP Tramp - Yard News from Oliver James of Windboats Hardy Motorboats (Hardy 40 DS, Commodore 42, and 32DS) - tribute to Trevor James - Sonar Logs - new apps from Navionics - Tribute to Roger Frankland-Haile -Tribulations with Triple A - Andrew Barwick getting to grips with his Hardy 25, Triple A - Useful ideas from HOC members - 1st Cuddington Sea Scouts and the Great River Race - A Pocket Motor Yacht - Affordable boating in a Navigator 18, by Simon Kidd - The Swiss Connection - Bertrand and Lisanne Lauraux explore Lake Geneva aboard their FP Askja - Competition Winners Announced! – Regalia - Marine Market.

Magazine No. 122 - Autumn 2014

Editor’s Foreword – Membership Matters – Changes to the Hon. Secretary’s post: Simon Kidd Remains as Social & Technical Sec; Introducing Sue Sydney, our new Hon Membership Secretary - Tribute to Andrew Andrews, founder of the Hardy Owner’s Club - Test and Review of LEHR Propane Outboard Engines, by HOC member John Roberts - Confessions of a Boy Stoker! John Roberts’s account of his life in the Royal Navy and beyond - Happy 20th Birthday Lotty! John Simon celebrates the life of his 1994 Hardy Family Pilot - A Clear View and a Clear Hull - Dave Hall of Ultrasonic Works describes the Fitting of the Clearhull System to Stuart Douglas’s Commander 32 Thomas Hardy - Yard News from Oliver James, Managing Director of Windboats Hardy Motorboats – Hardy Fishing in Shetland with Morgan Goodlad aboard his Fishing 24 Pathfinder - The Swiss Connection - Bertrand & Lisanne Lauraux picture Askja, their Family Pilot SE on Lake Geneva, plus Letters to the Editor - Simon Says - Advice on restoring older Hardys, from ex-Hardy Marine boatbuilder Simon Papendick - Hardy Commodore 42 INDY - Charles Howeson presents an overview of the larger 36-42 footer Hardys - East Coast New Boat Weekend, reported by HOC member Peter Cox - Get Lost in a Good Book! - New Publications for your nautical bookshelf - A Hardy Tryst... by Sue Sydney – Regalia - Marine Market.

Magazine No. 121 - Spring 2014

Editor’s Foreword - Membership Matters – In Defence of Floods on the Medway and the Thames – Insurance Advice for the New Season – New on the Market: Propane Engines – Exciting Yard News from Windboats Hardy Motor Boats – Trevor James of the Windboats Group outlines his life in boat building – Kassel’s New Maritime Museum – Fitting a Winch to a Family Pilot – Launch of a New Feature: Repair and Refit Advice for the earlier models of Hardys 1983–1990 – Ultrasonic Works Competition Winner Announced – Simon Kidd’s Life with Hardys – Fish & Tips - Letters & Suggestions from HOC Members – New Regalia – Marine Market.

Magazine No. 120 - New Year 2014

Editor’s Foreword - Membership Matters - Treasurer’s Report - Navionics Special offer to HOC members - Reflections on a Northern Cruise, aboard Hardy 36 Sedan Prospero - Buoyancy Safety Solutions from Don-Mor and Special discount offers to HOC members - HOC Article and Photographic Competition winners announced, plus book reviews - Fish ‘n’ Tips Angling news & dates for your diary - Yard News, from Oliver James of Windboats Hardy Motor Boats Ltd - the Hardy 62 at Southampton Boat Show - The new Hardy 40DS at the London Boat Show - La Joie, Hardy Seawings 194 - Chasing the Blues Away - Vinyl Wrapping a Commodore 42 - WIN an Ultrasonic Works Antifouling System, exclusively to HOC members - Hardy Family Pilot Kariba - Regalia - Marine Market.

Magazine No. 119 - Autumn 2013

Editor’s Foreword - Membership Matters - Announcement of new HOC Secretary & Treasurer - It's a Cover Up! Canopies, part 2 - To Paint or not to Paint? Advice on refurbishing your scratched or dull gelcoat - "Prospero": the Netherlands Adventure, a brief taster - HOC Article Competition - Fish 'n' Tips, Angling News - Yard News from Windboats Hardy Motor Boats and the launch of their new Hardy 62 at the Southampton Boat Show - Moods of the Severn Estuary from a Family Pilot - Falling in Love with a Hardy 25 - Shipwrites - Warspite Sea Scouts Fund Raiser - Special Offers for Members - Book Review - Regalia - Marine Market. 


Other back issues of our Magazine are sometimes available. Please e-mail our Editor for details.