Monday, 20 February 2017
After a very productive weekend it was a shame to have to come back as we could easily have finished hat we have left to do today.
But never mind another weekend awaits and we can have an easy weekend at that, assuming the weather of course decides to play ball. We need just one more dry day to allow us to apply the antifoul paint and a couple of coats of wax to protect the deep shine on the gel coat throughout the year. Fingers crossed that the weather gods are on our side!
Sunday, 19 February 2017
Saturday, 18 February 2017
Today we have been busy ploughing on with the multitude of jobs still to do on the boat.
Liam has finished the hull repairs ready for priming tomorrow. He has also fitted the refurbished trim rams to the sterndrive and dropped the drive oil and replaced with new. As part of the trim ram repair he has also replaced the hydraulic fluid and whilst in the engine bay topped up the power steering fluid.
While Liam was busy with that little list I polished the roof, gave the hull sides a good wipe down as they were filthy, polished the bow and under the bathing platform.
So a productive day. Hopefully the same again tomorrow should see us on target to finish next weekend.
Friday, 17 February 2017
Well a recipe flashed up on a website which I thought we could modify and make it so that we could have spring rolls again and it worked great, they tasted just like the real thing.
For these I used four sheets of wholewheat lasagne which I part boiled until soft. While the lasagne sheets were boiling I dried fried some mixed stir fry vegetables with some chinese five spice until soft. Take a lasagne sheet, add some vegetables and roll up. I then stuck them in the air fryer for ten minutes until they crisped up. And hey presto you have spring rolls but minus the deep frying.
They had the texture and taste of a genuine spring roll. We were very impressed and served them alongside our king prawn thai curry and wholewheat noodles.
Thursday, 16 February 2017
We have bought a small USB powered camera that plugs into either our phones or tablet that can be threaded down into small spaces and beams the pictures back to whichever device it is plugged in too. It has a series of LED lights in the camera end so that even in dark areas we can get a decent picture back. It also allows pictures to be taken or video recorded to look back at at a later date.
The camera is also waterproof to IP68, so when we get into some clearer water in Scotland this summer we plan to attach it to the boat hook and have a gander below the water.
This whole device cost us the grand sum of £10 including delivery and is small enough to stash away in an easy to reach location. If it does get lost or damaged it won't cost the earth to replace.
Wednesday, 15 February 2017
Which also means it will be the first time that Liam and I have had to pick up a mooring buoy!
Now the theory in itself isn't rocket science, it should in theory be easier then docking alongside a pontoon. But we all now that putting the theory into practice can be anything other than as simple as it sounds.
The picture above is of our usual cruising partners boat Nitty Gritty on a buoy on the south coast. They have both agreed that the best place to pick up the buoy is from the rear of the boat where the sides are lower. The bow is far to high to thread the rope onto the buoy unless there is a pick up buoy and pick up line attached.
No doubt the first time we have to pick up a buoy it will be a fraught experience but by the end of the week on the coast we should have the technique down to a fine art. After all we will be getting plenty of practice as pretty much everywhere we intend to visit has them.
Tuesday, 14 February 2017
We have a vague idea of where we want to visit and when but a lot will of course depend on the weather and sea conditions.
Our first leg is the very short, less then two mile in fact, hop from Inverness Marina at the mouth of the River Ness to Clachnaharry Sea Lock at the start of the Caledonian Canal.
The exit from the River Ness will take us towards the Kessock Bridge to avoid the sand bar which has formed at the mouth of the river. The bar is handily marked by a buoy so we shouldn't have any issue avoiding it. Once out into the fast flowing estuary beyond it won't take us long to reach the entry to the canal and then we can have a week of milling around as and when we choose, whilst always keeping an eye on the weather for our final week on the coast.
For the west coast section of our trip we have only charted the first couple of legs so far as plans could well change depending on the weather and sea state. The remaining legs can be plotted nearer the time when we are sure where we are heading!