Thursday, 30 June 2016
Now we were a little concerned that the exhaust would look a little silly as it was quite a bit larger diameter then the old original spec one, but we are quite pleased with it in the end, whilst it is larger it doesn't look out of place.
One thing we hadn't expected though was quite how load it would be. We knew it would be louder as it has one less silencer in the system, but jesus it is load when ticking over. There will be no sneaking away for work early in the morning any more!
We did manage to get to the car meet at The Waverley last night which gave us a chance to try out the car at motorway speeds and thankfully it does quieten itself down once cruising at 70mph. However we expect it will get just a tad annoying whilst driving around town.
I'm sure we will probably get used to the noise and eventually drown it out and learn to ignore it, but just now it is loud!
Wednesday, 29 June 2016
In the next couple of weekends we will start to pull together a few bits and bobs that we will need to make the trip, mainly restocking the food cupboard and ensuring we have a ready supply of beer on board and most importantly making sure that we refill the diesel tank which will be looking a bit on the empty side after this weekends trip and a trip planned for the weekend after. We only have about quarter of a tank left at the moment as we want to ensure a fresh supply of fuel for the five hour jaunt from Boston to Lowestoft on the 16th July.
Tuesday, 28 June 2016
Monday, 27 June 2016
Sunday, 26 June 2016
We had a great evening in West Stockwith with another lovely meal at the White Hart. I had a rabbit Carbanara and Liam had a seafood salad.
Then we had a nice evening in the yacht club listening to Special Brew who were really very good.
Now we are sat patiently waiting for our tide back to Torksey at lunchtime.
Saturday, 25 June 2016
Friday, 24 June 2016
Naughty-Cal is scrubbed from top to bottom and has a full water tank and fridge full of beer. I might need to pick up a bit of food today mind, we can't survive on beer alone this weekend!
Liam finished servicing a friends boat so can now sit back and relax this weekend.
We are treating this weekend as a final test that Naughty-Cal is ready to head out onto the Norfolk coast in just three weeks time. Hopefully this run should highlight any potential problems that might need sorting out in the next few weeks, well two really, we set off on the 16th July.
After the flurry of activity last night we did eventually manage to site back and relax for an hour with a cold beer sat in the cockpit with the rain hammering on the canvas and occasional flashes of lightning illuminating the sky. After a quick dinner of steamed salmon and stir fried vegetables we decided to turn in early as we had an early start this morning to get back to work.
Thursday, 23 June 2016
First of all Liam needs to finish changing the belts on a friends boat, the wrong ones arrived last week which was slightly annoying but couldn't be helped. So whilst he is in the engine bay of another boat I am going to make myself busy washing Cal. She is looking a little grubby at the moment. For one reason or another we have not actually gotten around to washing her yet this year!
Hopefully Liam will finish his jobs this evening and then we will be free to set sail straight after work tomorrow evening. If not our tide isn't while lunchtime on Saturday so we have no rush to get going but we would like the weekend free to relax and unwind so aim to get everything finished and Naughty-Cal ready to go this evening.
Wednesday, 22 June 2016
Now as I'm sure regular readers will know we try wherever possible to make healthier choices when it comes to what food we are eating, not always mind, we enjoy a good meal out as much as the next person, but whilst at home or cooking on the boat we try to make an effort.
Last night at home we enjoyed a lovely veggie meal. We try TO mix and match with the meat eating and give ourselves a couple of days off the meat during the week. Last night it was grilled reduced fat halloumi drizzled with garlic oil, served with blanched butternut squash noodles and roasted vegetables (onion, mushroom, chilli, bell pepper, courgette and potatoe) in a jerk seasoning.
Nice and simple but very tasty and very filling.
Tuesday, 21 June 2016
Monday, 20 June 2016
Sunday, 19 June 2016
Friday, 17 June 2016
Well what can we say really other then they are proving to be very comfortable and we are finding that we wear them far more then we did with the old ones as a result, which can only be a good thing.
They fit far better then our old life jackets and are far less bulky and restrictive. They sit nice around the neck area and the crotch straps are unobtrusive. We barely even notice that we are wearing them.
So it is a big thumbs up from the both of us and we only wish that we had bought them sooner. All in all a well specced jacket for a very reasonable price that is actually comfortable and easy to wear.
Well done Seago.
Thursday, 16 June 2016
Wednesday, 15 June 2016
On the boat preparations are under way for our upcoming trip to the Norfolk Broads next month, we can only hope that the weather is going to be better than for our last break.
Before we go we need to make sure that Naughty-Cal is in fine fettle and ready for the five hour coastal trip from Boston to Lowestoft. It is a bit of a long haul but we prefer to get it over and done with in one hit rather than breaking the trip at Wells on the way down.
As home we are busy getting the Sierra ready for it's annual MOT. This week she has been in the mechanics workshop having a few little bits and pieces sorted out that we have been meaning to sort but have been putting off. It was quite an extensive list by the time the mechanic had found a few more items to tinker with including, replacing the crankcase oil seal, cleaning up the oil the old seal had thrown around the engine bay, removing the viscous fan (which was doing nothing!), oil and filter change, air filter change, replacing the rocker cover gaskets, setting the valve clearances, resetting the handbrake, fitting poly bushes to the front anti roll bar, finding and fixing a minor coolant leak, finding and fixing a minor air leak on the fuel injection system and flushing the coolant through and replacing with new. Quite a list and he isn't finished yet, although the car is now back at home tucked up in her garage until next week.
Tonight we are heading to Nottingham to pick up a stainless steel exhaust system that Liam has won on Ebay. Hopefully next week the mechanic will fit this, find the source of a blow from the manifolds and tune up the engine to get her running spot on. And then finally we have a few minor niggling jobs such a replacing a bulb and fixing a windscreen washer jet to finish off before MOT time early next week.
Oh and on top of this little lot the ever trusty Datsun decided to start playing up last week as well. However with a new crank sensor it does seem to be running well again. Fingers crossed that is now fixed.