The waiting game
01 July 2012 | Hemel Hempstead
What happened since the last update? Nothing much – the usual. Since we seem to be experiencing the warmest and wettest summer on record... All we managed were a couple of blustery day-sails (20kts+ winds throughout). Whilst it boosted the testosterone level, I don’t think the rest of the crew enjoyed any of them much. You could see the sense of relief in their eyes every time I decided that enough was enough and we headed back.
‘Clean Team’ despatched to the boat today. We’ll be living aboard for more than a couple of days for the first time in ... Don’t remember, but it’s been too long.
Hauled out the boat last week for a quick pressure wash and a change of anodes. Also greased the prop at the same time. Engine serviced as well.
No anti-fouling for the second year in a row now. Coppercoat is still doing its thing. Some weed along the waterline (usually gone after we’d been out for a spin) and some slime elsewhere. And that was it. Well worth the money, I wish I’d had her done sooner. Next boat, this will be one of the first things I have done. So, we’re all set for a trouble-free summer cruise – if the weather improves.
It looks like it’s going to be the South Coast and France – again. Long term weather forecast indicates that we’ll have to postpone our trip to the high latitudes for another year. Norway, Shetland and the Far-Oer will have to wait for at least one more year.
Not too disappointed, but it would have been nice to go somewhere else – off the beaten track.
Who’s going to be part of the crew, when, where and for how long is still undecided, but I’ve not given up hope that this summer we might have a family summer cruise. It would be nice if we could use her for what we got her for, even if it’s for the last time.
Two weeks to go, and then things should be getting more interesting on here. Hang in there, because we are.