Interesting (free) article from Yachting Monthly on 10 UK cities to visit by boat. Wonder how many we will get to before heading to warmer climes.
After we forgot one time we now stick this on the front door on the days we go to the boat.
We put another Bow Roller progress video up yesterday.
Before leaving this evening I used some cheap sealant to try to block the ends of the aluminium tubes that support the wheelhouse roof. The flies seem to use them a lot.
I’ve also resealed where the electric cable currently goes into the cabin (when we switched to the new consumer unit the foam tile was left with a bit of a gap).
We have caught a hundred or so flies with the fly paper (mostly outside). Inside the “electric zapper” fly swat has been effective, must have killed 40 flies with it). Overall when there are large numbers of flies the little Makita vacuum has been the most effective, catching hundreds.
Hoping for fewer “friends” when we are at the boat for half-term!
We are selling our Van. It has been brilliant transport for us with awesome flexibility for carrying people and stuff as well as towing boats, caravans, trailers.
See the advert here!
So we were able to travel earlier today which meant a relaxed journey, no rush carrying stuff onto the boat and plenty of time to prepare a salmon stir fry for a normal dinner time which we were able to eat in cockpit sharing in a beautiful quiet evening.
Only downside is that there has been a bad fire in a telephone exchange that seems to be affecting all Anglesey. So the live Internet stream I did for work at 8pm was through my tablet hot-spot and hence rather slow.
But now back to chilling in our comfy saloon. Jane is doing cross stitch and I’m playing Dominations while we listen to random downloaded music on YouTube Music 😁
And two come to mind this morning.
The first is that working in tight spaces is uncomfortable. I’ve tweaked something behind my right knees while working in the aft cabin. It has been painful overnight. So more caution today.
The second is that there is a problem with making comfortable beds in a snug boat. We enjoy staying in bed in the morning, especially when there was a rain shower, bed seemed even more attractive. So another late start 😂🛏️🛌😴
I had a notification this afternoon that we have now passed 10,000 views on Sustainable Sailing 😊
Lots more to come as we prepare for launching in March next year.
Wishing everyone a Hopeful Christmas and a Safe New Year.
We are getting very close with the cockpit after today.
The epoxy work for the aft cockpit drains is nearly finished. After drying overnight we should have just a few little bits to fill with thickened epoxy to make sure that the lower lip if fully sealed (where it tucks under the old grp lip and flange).
With the lip bits are now fixed in place (to both the cockpit floor and to the drain area) and the area around the white skin fitting filled with epoxy so there should be nowhere for water to collect.
As you may be able to see our resin has gone a bit jelly like and so isn’t mixing as smooth as it was (don’t know if this is shelf-life or temperature or what). We are nearly at the end of a big bottle, so as it seems to still set hard we will use it up on areas where the finish isn’t too important (and hopefully ones not critical to safety).
I have managed to get both of the old drains out ready for new TruDesign skin fittings.
If we can’t finish them this holiday we will simply seal them up for the moment.
We also had a big delivery of shiny bits today (sadly FedEx left only parcel 1 of 2 so not everything).
Here is the PSS Pro dripless seal and the refurbished bronze flange it will fit to.
Here is the Aquadrive (thrust bearing and CVT that allows for the motor to be on a different alignment to the propeller shaft).
Then we have our motor mounts.
This evening we had a really nice socially distanced BBQ on the beach with the members of the NWVYC we cheated slightly as we don’t have a BBQ. So we ran a power extension cable from the boat and setup our Induction Hob on our workmate 🙂 It was very effective 🙂 Anyway it was lovely to see people and chat about boat refits (and other topics were permitted).
Hoping dry weather continues so we can get the cockpit watertight.
Update: now sold
Unfortunately our last attempt to sell our diesel engine on eBay was attacked by a scam and the buyer never paid. So it is for sale again on eBay This time with a starting price of £1,900
See Details of Yanmar Diesel 3JH5E for sale for all the details. You can see back to when we lifted the engine out of Vida here, how we kept it boxed in safe under the wheelhouse cover during COVID-19 lockdown, and how the boatyard lifted it off the boat for us.
Please free up our trailer by buying our engine.
We would prefer you to collect it from us (Wythenshawe, Manchester. Only a mile or so from Manchester Airport).
We are willing deliver it to you providing the distance is under 100 miles, you pay fuel and all we have to do is lift it off the trailer and place it on the ground.
Due to the previous attempt to scam us we are only accepting payment by PayPal through eBay and we will not agree to any attempts to work around eBay as these are apparently often used as parts of scams.