Hi we’re Paul and Dawn Hudson, the owners of Wildgoose, a Quicksilver Weekender motor boat. We became members of NHYC in 2018 and haven’t looked back since.
We are very family orientated people and as such have tried to make use of all that the club offers. Kids club has been brilliant for the younger members helping them learn about the water and giving them skills they would not normally achieve while still having fun at the same time. The kayaks and paddle boards are enjoyed tremendously and they are also liking learning to sail. They are really looking forward to its return, hopefully in the summer. They also love the parties organised specifically for them.
We have attended some of the many social functions that the club has put on and we have enjoyed meeting other likeminded members. We have found that everyone at the club is welcoming and friendly, and being new to boating, have been a great asset for sharing their knowledge and giving help and assistance when/where needed.
As we are still new to this life we haven’t ventured far but as we become more knowledgeable and adventurous we hope to discover Lulworth Cove and maybe even the Isle of Wight but this we will do with someone more experienced than ourselves. For the moment we love nothing more than to simply go out onto the water and just have a jaunt over to Swanage or simply go around the wonderful harbour with all its great mooring opportunities. It is idyllic to set sail and choose a mooring spot off the coast of an island where we can simply do a little fishing or read a book. Our dog Rusty is always with us and loves his trips onto the different islands to swim and have a walk.
We have made many friends since joining the club and there are normally three boats which meet up at some point in the day to have lunch. There’s nothing like chilling with a glass of wine and some nibbles with good company. It is a brilliant day out sitting on your boat having a friendly chat and enjoying the views that come with this part of the world. What more could you ask for.
Our friends and family often join us on our trips and love the simple things we do like have a cuppa and bit of cake/bacon sarnie, or having a swim in the shallows.
We love the ability to use the clubhouse facilities. The kitchen is very handy when we come back from a day on the boat and we can cook something to eat and sit on the decking taking in the wonderful views and the sunset. Even when we haven’t been able to get out on the boat we have often enjoyed meeting up with friends in the evening, sometimes bringing along a fish and chips supper to eat on the decking. Why pay Rick Stein prices when we have the view for free!!!
I would recommend this life to anyone. It is simply a very laid back relaxing pastime. Even if you just want to go and sitting out on your boat, the water taxi will take you out to your mooring and collect you when you want to come back in, tides permitting