Posts

Showing posts from May, 2018

Fixed VHF.. err, fixed..

Image
UK has just had another long bank holiday weekend, but despite good weather, the sailing was not optimal..  F6's and F7's on the Saturday, and then nothing on the Sunday/Monday... fairly typical of my luck...

So it was that Monday found me on the boat to do some more fettling - I mentioned on the winter job round up I had a couple of jobs to finish and with the weather roasting, and the harbour flat as a flat thing, today was the day...

Two jobs I wanted to do today, but the one I was looking forward to was the completion of the connectivity for the fixed VHF I physically fitted over the winter but never had time to wire in...  pleased to say that was completed, and I also took the time to start tidying up some of the wiring to the switch panel...  as I thought I'd have to [clicky]
as I put more elements into the switch panel I was running out of free switches, so first I daisy chained the USB charger and voltmeter to a single positive/switch to free up one of the two au…

..bird poo kind of a day...

Image
...which sums it up nicely really..

Massive tide today - well into springs - and although sunny the wind was cold, but more disappointingly was well south of south west which meant it was directly on the nose.. not exactly conducive for a trip to the bottom of the harbour unless I ran the engine all the way, and I couldn't be bothered...

Brisk breeze though which allowed me to see how the stays were set (port side lower rear needed tightening) some decent speeds over ground when I turned with the tide...  but a busy old harbour today, I spent a lot of time dodging and tacking and dodging...  on the runs and reaches it was sublime, on the beats it was just cold...

Turned and headed for home and did a damn good clean of the boat which was disgusting when I got on board, damn shite hawks have clearly been living on a diet of seafood curry of the hottest type... 

So in between wheeling a mop manfully, I also spent time tightening down the shrouds and then securing them with some mou…

An "ish" day...

Image
Not the most exciting of days but boy did it de-stress....  a sunny (ish), warm (ish), gentle breeze, type of a day and with the winds from an interesting direction..  mid day high tide, all the omens were good, and it was a cracking day to be out on the water...  didn't quite manage to hit the "outstanding", but definitely hit the "good"...


The seals were also enjoying it... 


...and this was just beautiful...


...a remarkably low key kind of day for such a cracker..?

...talking of beautiful - I've had this as a desktop for ages


...and yesterday I saw Freyja (the one in the middle) in the flesh - an Emsworth boat, and I can confirm she is definitely beautiful...

...quick motor back to the mooring for a beer, cigar, and watching the world go by as I waited for the tide to drop a bit, which it did, but still no joy on the windex..  water too cloudy and too deep still... 

Log:



Distance: 10.24 (cumulative total in the mileage tab at the top)
Wind: Both ends of …

Completed job list - winter layover 2017/18

Image
So one of the worst winters for maintenance in my history of boat ownership (and this is the 9th year so where did that time go?)... rain, after cold, after rain, after snow, after wind, and repeat....  all in all I found it particularly stressing, as I had stuff to do, a rapidly advancing launch date, and the weather wasn't playing ball...  but hey ho, them's the breaks, and as a mate of mine said, "that's life on the water for you".. 
So what did I get done..?  Not too much, but more than was expected in the time allowed (couple of sessions)
Fit electrics: fit fixed VHF (which I have) - fitted - just need to wire it in - which I'll do on a quiet day while on the water

Tiller pilot and electrics -dri plug fitted for power (just need to wire it in - which I'll also do on a quiet day while on the water) - no time to fit the actual pilot.. it'll have to wait for next winter, I may be able to jimmy rig a temporary fitting, we'll see



Fit recently obtai…

First sail.. Marker and back...

Image
Hottest early May Bank Holiday on record according to the weather gonks in the national press, and it certainly felt like it, but as is usual on this weekend the tide gods were not with us...  There was the option of an all day/double-tide'r (go out on one, come back with the next), but the same hot weather high, had also brought in the typically windless days so I opted for a late afternoon sail, hoping for some sea breeze... if I'd been out all day I'd have roasted slowly while going nowhere...!

Arrived four hours before high tide as my new magnet had arrived in the post, spent a fruitless half hour rowing around trying to find the windex..  no joy...  time to try the mini-grapnel and then give up... 

For a first sail of the year I'm late this year - last year I'd been sailing almost three weeks by now, but seemingly the weather was better earlier last year - this year two weeks to get the mast up, and then another two weeks to get some decent sailing weather st…