Vela Vee

Sharing our Journey

Whoops

The windows in the saloon are double glazed, one of them had ‘blown’ with lots of condensation inside and a cm of water in the bottom. We had the bright idea of drilling a couple of holes to let the water out, but as you can see the glass immediately...

Grey Jay

No chance of any algae growing on Jay this summer judging by the amount he painted on his face. Luckily quite a bit went on the boat as well.

Crazy rules

This seems one of the more bizarre covid rules; we can sit inside to eat a meal, but we can’t drink alcohol inside, but we can walk outside have a drink and then go back inside. View over Loch Melfort with Jura beyond.

Drone view

30-4-21 Celebrating being back in the water. Chris testing out his new toy, a drone ....glad we cleaned the deck before they came on board!

Antifoul and anodes

Having cleaned and sanded the bottom of the boat, we then applied a coat of anti-foul paint. The purpose of this is stop algae and other wildlife creating a new habitat on the bottom of Vela. The paint is designed to fall off - as the boat moves through the...

Return to the boat

We arrived in Ardfern yesterday with Vela on the hard, ready and waiting to have her bottom scrubbed, sanded and painted. There’s a lovely atmosphere in the marina with owners excited to be allowed back to their boats - a bit like the first day of term after...

The last post

22 Oct. Whilst not the summer we had planned, we feel very lucky to have had 6 weeks exploring the islands and some pleasant time either side of this at Ardfern working on the boat and exploring. We’ve got wonderful memories of new and old places we visited,...

Jobs all done!

22 Oct. All jobs done - everything from fitting a new double socket in the saloon, changing engine oil and filters and removing (and washing) halyards and sheets to cleaning out the bilges, draining water tanks, taking sails off and treating the deck with anti...

Oyster hotels

22 October. Noticed these in the marina, hanging down from the pontoons into the water. They are cages with about 10 floors in each where ‘brood oysters’ have been put. The idea being that they breed in the safety of the cage and then release thousands of...

Another great view

Up here putting the boat ‘to bed’ for the winter, doing some jobs and using the boat as a ‘cottage’ for exploring this amazing area. Its great for walking, with fantastic views and wonderfully quiet. This view was taken on a walk around the Ardfern...