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Travel with Taransay Mhor
Following the wind to Northern France in 2014. In 2013 we took Taransay Mhor to her namesake in the Outer Hebrides and cruised in The Orkney Islands.
Hillside Cottage in the Quantock Hills
08/05/2013, Spaxton, Somerset

Hillside Cottage

A week away at New Year led us to this lovely area in Somerset with outstanding walking. Now we are the proud owners of a holiday cottage in The Quantock Hills.

The last couple of months have been hectic getting everything up and running and this explains why we have not caught up with everyone at home as we had wanted and hope you can understand why.

Our agent, www.sykescottages.co.uk Property Ref 21976or see under Links on the right


The office on Oronsay
07/05/2013, Loch Sunart

Not all anchorages are online

Phone signal reception is patchy, yesterday we took a motor in to the sound for phone reception and today climbed a mountain.

Last year it was not such an issue for us however this year we have a new project that requires our attention and address some of the issues associated with not having a home base.

If you are interested there are more photos on the facebook page, see under Links on the right.

Sailean Mor, Oronsay
06/05/2013, Loch Sunart

Taransay Mhor anchored in Sailean Mor

A short hop round to this sheltered anchorage enabled us to accept an invitation for coffee on Curlew. Several hours later equipped with lots of info on the Outer Hebrides and a detailed chart of the Sound of Harris we made it back to Taransay. The anchorage was so good we stayed two nights. Now there is a large depression moving over Ireland which is making us little depressed as it may throw more weather our way.

Loch Aline (say Allen)
04/05/2013

Early morning on the new pontoon in Loch Aline

Two nights anchored in Loch Aline, one of them rather wet & windy, made the lure of the new pontoons too much, shame the new shower block still has the builders in. The rain did not stop all day and there's a rumour you may have a drought down south! We met another couple enjoying the wildlife on a wet walk around the loch, from yacht Curlew anchored nearby.

Later a fast, blustery sail then took us to Loch Drumbuie near the top of Mull.

Where is everyone?
30/04/2013, Isle of Mull

Taransay alone on the pontoon in Tobermory

The cruising guide advises arriving early in Tobermory to ensure a space on the busy pontoons. I think we may be a month too early.

Tobermory and the Mull Music Festival
Sandi & Colin
28/04/2013, Tobermory, Isle of Mull

Tobermory. Sure some of these have changed colour this year!

The strong winds kept us in Oban for the next three days but a good day on Saturday gave us a pleasant trip to Tobermory in time for the Mull Music Festival. The music at the MishNish had been recommended to us by a friend, thanks for the tip Stuart.

We were also meeting our friends, Monica and Brian who had come over from Aberdeen for a short break and have spent a very enjoyable day driving around. The sheep still rule the road on Mull.

Launch Day
Sandi & Colin
23/04/2013, Oban

Sandi wonders how she will 'step' across the 6ft gap 10ft up in the air

The day we chose to launch was the last for nearly a week that the tide would be high enough for us to get afloat. The yard were great and worked late to get us in. Thank you Oban Marina for all your help this year.

Living aboard is so much easier when you are not tramping slate gravel over the decks and climbing up and down a ladder to get to the loo.

Penguin found safe & well after winter in Oban
Sandi
21/04/2013, Oban

A Happy Reunion, on the hard in Oban Marina

When we left Penguin vacuum packed in a plastic bag he was in charge of Taransay Mhor for the winter, and he seems to have done a good job. Perhaps it is time to promote him to Bosun.

Back to the Boat in Spring 2013
Sandi & Colin
20/04/2013, Oban

There's a hole in your boat

The sleeper train from London and a ferry over the water to Kerrera returned us to Taransay recently. In the brief spells of sunshine between the showers it was easy to get her ready to launch. One major project went off well, drilling out our defunct speed log and repositioning the depth sounder.

Putting holes in the bottom of our boat does feel wrong, however the new transducers are now fitted and we are still floating.

Did you Anchor in 2012?
Sandi
30/11/2012

Chart relates to number of nights, total cost for 6 months as info

During our six months cruising we used a variety of berthing options, Walkashore berths were the most secure and comfortable. Ranging from fully serviced marinas to rough harbour walls where we climbed over various floating and not so floatable (Sunk yacht refloated 1.6.12) rafted craft to scale the quaysides and reach terra firma.

Less convenient or social yet conversely offering greater privacy and tranquillity Mid-Water Pontoons or Buoys were where we needed to dinghy or swim ashore. Only joking about the swimming the water was just too cold. Colin went for a dip when we got the prop tangled in fishing line and almost went hypothermic despite his wetsuit. (A bracing swim for Colin 19.7.12)

The number of times we have anchored has increased considerably since 2010 and reflects our growing confidence directly related to greater experience.

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