Saturday, 25 March 2017

A bit of Drama

A bit of Drama in Burton Waters.  A boat has caught fire on the fuel berth and well destroyed it!

Friday, 24 March 2017

Breaking Out

We have decided it is time to break out the Sierra again. The weather for the weekend looks good and dry all weekend so there is no time like the present.

The car has been sat in the garage since her Christmas Day run to The White Hart at West Stockwith so as suspected when we came to wake her up last night the battery was flat. A night on the battery charger has sorted that out though and this morning she fired up at the first turn of the key and sprang into life, easing up the driveway and out into the sunlight for the first time in three months.

She was a little dusty, so after a quick dash around the supermarket to pick up the weekends shopping and dropping Liam off at work, we went for a quick wash off at the local car wash. This has highlighted just how much damage the overhanging bushes in Cornwall did last year, there are light scratches all down both sides, but a quick polish one day after work will sort that out.

Hopefully she is in a good mood and will get us to Burton Waters tonight without several breakdown stops!

Thursday, 23 March 2017

A Meeting Somewhere

Quietly behind the scenes of day to day life and weekends on the boat, we are still busy planning our big summer trip to Scotland.

This is by far the biggest trip we have undertaken with Naughty-Cal and is taking by far the most planning, sitting down and trawling through cruising guides, tidal notes and charts. It is turning into a big undertaking. 

Along the way, somewhere in our two week trip we also plan to meet up with Liam's mum and her husband. Even this is proving tricky to pin point exactly where we can meet up with them. 

How do we know where we will be and when? So much is dependent on the weather and sea conditions that we won't know from day to day where we will actually be.

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

A Freshen Up

We have decided that it is time we gave Naughty-Cal's shower room a little freshen up. Not that it is bad, after all it is all GRP lined so there is not that much you can do to it, but a small freshen up is in order none the less.

We have decided that it is now time to get rid of the original Sealine shower curtain. It is 14 years old now and just doesn't clean up as well as it should anymore. So out with the old and in with the new. And this time we have opted for a beach hut theme. A nod to our love of coastal cruising and in particular our visits to Wells next the Sea on the North Norfolk coast with its rows of pretty beach huts welcoming you into harbour.

Second on the list was replacing the towel holder. The original plastic affair was really cheap looking and Liam managed to break it whilst we were out of the water so we have bought a replacement chrome hook which looks much more modern and in keeping with Cal's simple lines and modern look.

Hopefully this couple of simple replacement parts should see the shower room freshened up and ready for the main cruising season ahead.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Cleaning

With just one spare weekend left before our first group outing of the year to West Stockwith we have this coming weekend down for doing a rash of odd jobs that need sorting out before we go.

The first and biggest job of the weekend will be cleaning the canopies. Not a job we enjoy doing but it has to be done at some point. With the canopies clean we will let them dry before adding a coat of Fabsil to reproof them and keep them watertight for the rest of the year.

We also have some new Canal and River Trust index numbers to add. The old ones are 14 years old now and have been out in all weathers for that 14 years so they are starting to show their age. They are also not in the best location, the hoods hide the last couple of numbers so we will relocate them further into the windscreen as well at the same time. We have opted for a more modern font as well which should look nicer then the original numbers.

Last but not least we need to add a splash of diesel to the tank. We currently have about a quarter of a tank so we will add another 60 litres which will give us plenty for the short trip downstream on the Trent. We have to be careful early this year with the fuel that we add to the tank. We need it to be as empty as possible when we are picked up to be taken to Scotland. It is going to be a fine balancing act.

Monday, 20 March 2017

A Fine Way

On a wet and windy Sunday afternoon what finer way to end a fine weekend other then a warming and hearty slow cooked steak and ale casserole with dumplings?

We have found that since we relaunched the boat that the slow cooker is getting quite a bit of use. On Friday evening it was on to cook some jacket potatoes and then yesterday it was stew and dumplings.

We had a great weekend in great company and were both happy that Naughty-Cal was in fine fettle after her winter break and a good shake down cruise on Saturday afternoon blew away the winter cobwebs. Acceleration was smooth and easy and she jumped up onto the plane with no fuss settling down to achieve a very respectable 30 knots.

Back to the hard work next weekend though before out first group outing to West Stockwith in just a couple of weeks.

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Locked Out

We had a great day yesterday in the company of Sea Jay and her crew. First up we had a run to Torksey, followed by their first time in a lock and their first time on the tidal waters of the Trent. After half an hour we headed back through the lock and had a nice coffee in the tea rooms before heading to The White Swan for a nice bite to eat.

A great confidence building cruise. Today it is back to the marina. But we are in no rush.