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Classic Sunday...

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Not because of the sailing, just the views, of which more anon.. 

So not a classic sailing day, good enough, but not outstanding - we're going through a bit of a grey and damp spot in the UK at the moment, and the weather was not really 'optimal'..  in fact I was in two minds whether to even go, but in the end good sense prevailed, I'd not sailed in three weeks so it was time to get out!

First job then, check the bilges for rain (wettest June on record for the UK) so I was not surprised to find a couple of pints down there...  next job, fire up the metal donkey, again two weeks of idleness so I just wanted to ensure all was well...  it was. Next job, roll out that massive reef I put in last time, all good..  small adjustment at the out haul end of the boom as I had found the shackle for the main sheet was catching at times when I rolled in a reef..  an extra shackle has put some space between the end of the boom and the main sheet upper block - much better...

Time to g…

We have the power...

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..beautiful, sunny, warm, day last Sunday, and a midday tide, but no wind meant a sit and laze day...

 ...still the trickle charger has worked a treat - 13.8v (from 12.8 last week) - tick


..not so sure about the VHF antenna but it was a quiet traffic day so we'll try again another day...

This was the Wednesday before - biggest tide I've seen in some time.... it had overlapped the edge, onto the path on the right...

Solar panel fitted..

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If anything it was even windier on Bank Holiday Monday than it was on the previous day when I had the trip to Snowhill [clicky] and with the tides still not optimal, and a busy day of non sailing bits and pieces to do I settled for an early trip to the boat to fit something I've been waiting to do for ages...  the solar panel...
The panel is only a little 5w one as my electrical needs are very light and all I basically want to do is trickle charge the battery... On Pap (my old boat) I had a couple of 2w panels doing the same thing and they were more than man enough for the job, 5w is a step up.... 
I bought the panel from Friendly Green Giant [clicky] who trades on eBay and has a good reputation with the guys on the PBO forum so I think my £10 is safe, and if all goes tits up then i've not really lost anything! 
First job was too replace the tiny cable that came with the panel with a slightly longer one..  I ordered some 1.5mm2 two core cable (5 mtrs), and I also bought mysel…