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Bar room crawl...

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Last sail of the season time...  next weekend the mast comes down, and the weekend after that she comes out on the Sunday....

Weather was bright, sunny, warm and most unlike nearly October - shorts and tshirts weather - if this is global warming, bring it on say I....

Anyway - 14:30 high tide, and a big one at 4.6mtrs, wind was light with occasional gusts - which kind of summed up the whole afternoon really - not quite enough wind, from the right direction, to counteract the large dollops of water being pushed around by the moon....

Started off south easterly, went round south east easterly as I passed Northney and stayed that way all the way down to the harbour entrance against a stiff tide - plans for a run up Prinstead were shelved and I decided to go for a run into the Solent one last time...

By the time high tide got to us (just as I got HISC) the wind started to drop until by the time I got to the Bar Beacon is was pretty much lifeless.

Pleasant afternoon ensued watching a 29…

Southampton Boat Show - 2014

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I do like the Boatshow - I think it's the buzz - and I like the fact that it changes very little year to year - and the people - and the pint of Guinness at the Guinness bar - the smell of new boats - and that vague whiff of money, affluence and Cinzano Bianco.... this year was no different, this year though, I attended solo - kids have as much antipathy to the show as they do to sailing, ditto current Mrs Steve the Wargamer, and bro-in-law/sis was on parent sitting duties.... which means I get to spend more time checking out the stalls.... 


Good show again this year I thought - the crowds were big even for the penultimate day, and although the weather was grey and murky/hazy (see above) it was at least warm, and it didn't rain....

I gave up going on big yachts a few years ago - they're all pretty much all the same really when you get below - the differences are primarily in square footage when you get to the prices of these boats - the quality of fit out is the same, yo…

Lift out approaches.... thinking thinking thinking

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.....where did that summer go then???

So I have my lift out booked for the afternoon of the 12th, and now the regular annual mind marathon starts..  do I drop the mast, or do I fancy sailing her round, and if either...  "when"??

Have spoken to "Coral" Paul and he's dropping his mast and going under the bridge for a lift out on the 11th, and has also said he fancies a sail round and will crew if I do it....

It's fairly moot as the mast will need to come down anyway this winter as I want to fit a VHF aerial/windex combo and replace the masthead tricolour, but it's an opportunity for a last adventure before the winter strikes....

If I go, and the weather is the decider, then I'd plan to go this coming weekend (27th/28th) as tides are 07:00/07:30 and 19:00/19:30... at 4.5m I would leave about 10'ish, and there'll be water the other side from 4'ish... the weekend of the 4th/5th which is the weekend before the lift out (and clear to any nump…

Both ends of the harbour..

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The last days of Summer are playing out here on the south coast, but somewhat serendipitously, it is also coinciding with a warm spell - a real Indian summer - so thoughts are turning to getting in as much sailing as I can before the season ends and the boat has to come out of the water - you may have noticed the countdown timer on the left....

Tides were not perfect on Sunday, but were good enough for me to get away from the mooring by 13:30- I would have gone earlier but it was time to give Sparrow a waterline scrub to get rid of her green moustache...  I've been fairly impressed with the  anti-foul this year, but after this number of warm months some growth has to be expected...  so using the same technique* which worked so well last year I spent 10 or 15 minutes clearing growth - worked a treat this time too, and pretty soon there were fronds and clouds of seaweed floating off with the tide... that'll do now until lift out.

* (take one long handled yard brush with a fai…

Post work pottering...

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Time is at a premium now (lift out is in 6 weeks..) Sunday had been absolutely gorgeous but I had put the time aside to get the outboard fixed (you may remember it was suffering on the Nip to the Nab trip [clicky])

Armed with carburetor cleaner, I had departed for the boat expecting a long and fruitless afternoon with me having to bring the outboard back for more serious investigation - in the end though, it was something completely different to what I expected.... 

Anyway - on to the boat, old engine taken off (as well as Fulton outboard lock which I am going to sell on eBay as it didn't seem fair to return it to the seller), Tohatsu put on (and it really does seem as easy to manhandle as the Suzuki), and started it...
first, I wanted to check I still had the same issue. After four or five minutes at fairly high revs (in neutral), the engine coughed and spluttered - check, still have the same issue....  start engine again, and this time deployed the spray carb cleaner to the air …