Stole a few hours to get some jobs done ......
- Finished headlined board for solar panel
- Looked at ways of doing heads and galley sinks - should be reasonably straightforward.
- Sealed hand rail starboard where suspect leak starts
- Checked out mainsail gate and realised standard rigrite part number - will check agaon when mast down.
- Assessed items to be cleared out for summer (nothing much really !)
- Decided to leave forhatch seal for now.
- Decided that new main GPS is way forward - etrex connections are just way too flimsy .... it feeds AIS and radar so needs to be reliable .... ordered Garmin GPS72H.
- Sorted laptop housing - ordered foam for next visit.
- Checked LED strips under boom - will wait until mast down to check electrics.
- Main job next visit is engine service ......
..... and hell does she need a darned good scrub !!!
Morning on the boat today to catch up on a few jobs :
Laptop - found a beaut place for it now :)
Measured LED strip under boom
Secured 913 with bike inner tube
Tested android charging
Removed switch panel surround to start rebuild
Cleaned up headlining with Dettol
Engine bay lining is now one of last jobs and from cabins only really needed
Finished roof panel design - more struts needed for next visit
Ran the engine - the Kiwi needs a full strip when she comes out in June
Shuld do more of these quick visits :)
Well, long overdue doesn't even come close .... Cutting a very long story very short, in the last 2 years, I have re-married (an old friend - a very long story !), bought the house of one's dreams, moved the boat to Portsmouth, BUT ...... lost touch with sailing. PD2 was bought with the main intention of entering the RWYC RB&I 2010 with Lindsey. That didn't happen, and with the changes just mentioned, sailing has taken very very much a back seat. Since the south coast holiday, I had a few sails on the east coast then moved the boat to Pmouth (with Ian !). After that the biggest thing that happened was a trip to Plymouth to see off JAC 2012. I also dried her out by myself which was a big step forward but the trips to Cowes haven't happened which is fine, as, actually, work is taking on a new meaning and significance. A complete rebuild of the Kiwi prop is needed which is knocking confidence and has been for a while. One of 2 things needs to happen now. Either PD2 starts to get used, or she needs to be sold and I need to return to sailing later in life. I am actually fine with this, but lo leave her languishing isn't the way forward. Watch this space ........
Laying down supper - Titchmarsh
Out : 7.5
Back : 7.5
Total : 15
YTD : 1182.7
More of a sorting what needs doing longer term and measuring everythign after visiting SBS weekend before.
fish and chips
car to keith
stayed 1 full day
dinghy to beach
very very very rolly
climbed to top - excellent views and cliffs and tombstoning idiotd
spent 1 night
glad to leave anchorage
shower bag knew what was coming
T navigating in
T caught more crabs than the kids
arrived at night
stayed 3 nights jammed in cos of winds
Boat very slow !!!
went in sea by beach
alan fell off kerb
olivers camo trousers
MASSIVE cream teas
fish and chips
Stopped here cos raining and miserable
stayed 2 nights
lovely HM chap and excellent spot on public river ponttonn
exceleent public showers
A went in and indeed crap round prop
T fatface again !!!!
lots of rain - lots and lots in fact
Dinghy to fill with diesel - not the best of ideas in v choppy river
Stayed 1 night
Walked the plank
found amazing cave area
footie oon beach
did both beaches
pub watching ben in sand and evening racers and rowers
Olivers G&Y evening - what a boy !!!!
Ben and toilet raaining
attempt on Looe bay
Turneb right back to sutton harbour marina
Sutton harbour bext facilities in the world
long walk round plymouth
restautant with loud bikers
Old quay pubs
stayed 2 nights
Via Polperro - scared off by huge crane - v claustrophobic
amazing team work tying up fore and aft 1st try
The dead fish incident !!
Ben tombstoning in fromt of gathered audience
Another cream tea in lady tea shop
Aquarium in a shed
stayed 1 night £14
Close ip look for anchotrage next to other boat
hit rock lodged on Informed CG
Inshore raft sent and towed to pendennis marina
next day diver STEEL boat tow to falmouth marina
Nat mritime museum and suhaili not bloody there
Oh dear !!!!
left pfream 5 days in car park
A and T
The fisr PERFECT topless day to Fowey
Pdream incredibly fast and differetnt
Fowey HM funny
Bi mixed grill
Cider by the pint
Fireworks on bow
Diesel next day and rons chair
Fowey 1 snight after giving up on polperro - nervous
1 night at anchor
Tide going out and pub decision
Stayed all day and drank silly amounts of cider
lovely meal#got back to boat eventually
THE dUBARRIES GOT MUDDY 1111
Stayed 1 night
2 nights on pontoons
taxi to town for gas
quba and shopping
dinner on Morganas
stayed 1 night T ill
Very very foggy
feryry to tower and shopping
Old navy dockyard place
waalked to brighton - waves on breakwaetr
vvvv windy night
neils tri friends
approach to foulgers gat
20 to 40kts in an instant
sails down T on helm
a in shorts
day started really well and sailed pretty much all of it apart from f gat onwards
Out : 385.6
Back : 373.0
Total : 758.6
YTD : 1167.7
In anticipation of the summer holiday to come, we had already got together wetsuits, and given the weather, it was a great chance to try them out - so we did. Arrived Friday evening and the new anchor went in first time and we settled into the evening with a glass of wine. The wetsuits clearly worked a treat as the children were swimming everywhere - I was surprised how much additional buoyancy they gave.
The children all seemed to be playing really well and keeping themselves occupied so the pre-arranged football didnt happen which was no issue at all, and the rest of the day turned into a slow and very long chill day with sunshine, wine, great company and BBQs going off everywhere. I then fell asleep for an hour which was just fabulous.
The food went on late, the fire went on and the evening weas soon there. T wasnt feeling great and retired early - the children (Ols and Ben) wanted to sleep on the beach with Charlotte and her friend, so on making sure they were well, I left them to it and retired midnightish. A great day.
Out : 6
Back : 6
Total : 12
YTD : 409.1
A (not this time) Jester skippers meet in Hamford water which was a good chance to try out the new anchor. It was windy, very windy, and at times quite wet too. Paul M ties up alongside but the combined weight and windage proved too much so he had to go it alone. Paul M, Paul F and Yvette joined us on board (me, T and George J) for food and beers although we were all a little too worries about our individual boats to relax too much. Still, really good to meet up again, and at last I have been to Hamford water - I can imagine it is gorgeous in the right weather !
Out : 6
Back : 6
Total : 12
YTD : 397.1
Arriving at Shotley on Friday eve, we (me, Tanya, Gary, Michelle, Nick and Chris) fairly quickly decided that a night crossing would be a good option - winds were good, heads were fresh(ish), so off we went. The crossing was superb, a bit of motorsailing, but mosltly with the donkey off and wind varyinf from the beam to a close hauled approach to West Hinder and beyond. It was great fun.
The stroll around Ostend on Sunday after the Frdiay eve when Jim organised a Greek evening, with beers, browsing shops and then stopping for another beer was great. Monday 0430 was the intended departure time however winds of 25kts+ on the nose at the end of the pier suggested a further visit to bed was in order, and so it was. I was hoping for the wind to veer later in the afternoon however it weasnt to be so we settled in for an afternoon's chill on the boat. Jim and Neil very kindly demonstrated winch cleaning and greasing techniques, and I actually performed a quick strip down of the port sheet winch toute-seule, so was very happy with eventually being able to do that.
Monday eve was quiet, and we set off Tuesday morning onto an altogrether calmer North sea although the remaining swell spoke of what had gone before. We engined all the way back save for a 30min stint with the sails up which gave us an extra 05kt.
It was a fabulous weekend and great to have Gary, Michelle, Nick and Chris aboard - all really great company, and really lovely to have Paul and Rosemary over and especiaslly on board for dinner on Saturday eve.
Pdream II was fabulous - no problems or breakages. What a great trip !!!!
Out : 76.8
Back : 78.9
Total : 155.7
YTD : 385.1
Met with my pension man to discuss long term plans. It seems the plans may work and income will be a combination of rental and income. The possibility of having a draw-down pension whilst off sailing and then buying into an annuity seems attractive when the sailing eventually stops, or maybe that should be if. Lots of ifs, buts and many many scenarios however the scenario of having a big income at 65 but being too knackered to do anything with it is distinctly unattractive. Ho hum.
The first time to Stone Point from Shotley was unfortunately a bit of a non-event for us as the winds and shelf ganged up on us and we couldn't get the hook down. the kids were getting bored so we headed back and planned and executed the naming ceremony with The Morgana's aboard. Suffice to say I had a bit of a headache on Sunday morning.
Out : 6.5
Back : 6.5
Total : 13.0
YTD : 229.4
Well, the jobs are slowly being ticked off. Tanya is doing an absolutely sterling job with the varnishing. The name change didn't happen this weekend however WILL take place next weekend.