Another great visit to out main boating shopping event of the year. We went on the last Saturday, it seemed really busy, after speaking with a few people we do business with, they all were reporting that this was one of the best financially for a long while, so much for Brexit!
We were relatively good with our spending this year, with just a couple of items of clothing and only one spur of the moment purchase, a cyclone spa shower head
The highlight of the afternoon, however was picking up our monsterous Parasailor. Unfortunately we wont be able to sail it till march, hopefully on our way back round to Swanwick from London.
Well this week we moved the boat.
We were going to take two weeks out and sail around the channel islands, but what with the flat refurb in October, we thought it would be smart to move the boat up to London and live aboard while we tear the flat apart.
So we took a week lazing around Mallorca and then a week moving the boat from Swanwick to Limehouse in London, stopping on the way to catch up with old friends in Brighton for a couple of nights and then Eastbourne to look a a friends possible future purchase, then onto Ramsgate, catching four different pods of Porpoises on the way, before spending a whole day with friends traveling up the Thames, arriving Sunday evening.
So were are now here in London on a 6 month Winter Contract moving back down to Swanwick in March, by which time it will be a year until we leave on our big adventure!
This weekend Stuart from Seateach came aboard and we trialled a Parasailor sail.
Its another one of those things including a Hydrovane that we’ve been humming and hawing about for sometime. So this weekend we managed to find time in all our diary’s and arrange a meet.
The morning was quite sparse when it came to any sort of decent wind, but we managed to get it up and understand how and how not to…
The afternoon we were invited onto another of Stuarts customers boats to try one out with a little more wind, in fact a little more than we had hoped for, which made interesting sailing.
Overall a cracking piece of kit, although at nearly £8k expensive for a sail, the jurys out!
Well its been nearly a month since we last posted,so i thought i’d better just do a little catch up.
We managed to sort out the Raymarine issue, it appears that on the new version of software you have to upgrade the hardware in a specific order, although as our kit does it automatically via wifi, we were a bit miffed, but hey ho all sorted now.
We’ve decided to move the boat up too london for the winter, mainly so we can stay on her, whilst we decorate the apartment, (well when we say decorate, what we actually mean is “gut the apartment” new kitchen, bathroom and decorate throughout) but also so its only round the corner, so we can do all of those little jobs that never get done when we visit her at the weekend because were generally sailing. so we’ll be able to fit the Fuel polisher, the flow meters, fit the washing machine and find homes for sort storage etc.
Oh and I’ve bought another drone, this ones better than the first one, because its fully waterproof (splashdrone) drone, i saw it after reading fellow cruiser site(followtheboat), haven’t had a real chance to fly it yet, so watch this space!
Someone once said “that cruising is boat maintenance in exotic places”, well were not in an exotic place, were still in Swanwick, but that doesn’t mean to say that the jobs are any less.
This weekend alone we’ve
- Fitted 3 Mast blocks (pulleys)
- Re-threaded the Main and Genoa Halyards with Dynemma™
- Fixed and tested the new Cruising Shute Furler block (pulley)
- Fitted 5 new Line leads for the Cruising Shute Tack line
and i had a couple of pieces of reprogramming to do, the Generator software upgrade went well, however the navigation kit didn’t.
So something to sort during the week.
We can’t help coming to this place, the bar scares a lot of people off, but its defiantly getting more popular now, we bumped our way across the bar literally, but ended up having 5 boats rafted off us!
Gordon and his team rally make the effort her and the larger boats can get croissant, newspaper of there choice and fresh OJ or milk delivered to their boat each morning, talk about 5 star berthing, can’t imagine Premier getting to that level?
After our recent visit to Gran Canaria and in particular Las Palmas, it now looks like we are intending to cross the pond with the ARC (Atlantic Rally for Cruisers), we deliberated for ages trying to decide wether we would or we wouldn’t, but have now decided that it would be quite nice to enjoy the camaraderie and entertainment side of this event.
Every year we look to see how many Beneteau Oceanis 473 participate, more often or not its a couple, many blogs we still follow, Beyzano, Rafiki to name two.
We have also been contacted by Ian & Caroline from Poole who are intending to do the ARC at the same time as us with their 473, they have just started their own blog, take a look www.yachtsilhouette.com
Well nobody expected that! The weather that is, this weekend was forecast to be a typical UK bank holiday weekend, wet, damp and miserable, but as it turned out it was a scorcher on Saturday & Sunday, Monday reverted back to form, “but two out of three aint bad” (wasn’t that a meatloaf song or am i showing my age now?)
Anyhow, because we planned for a crappy weekend we had lined up the jobs i described in a previous blog, namely the new clutches, the traveller and the the new cruising chute furler, all got done because the weather was so great, so we now have 14 new clutches that allow all our sheets, vangs, outhaul, inhaul and numerous halyards to come back to the cockpit, which in short means we don’t have to go out on deck to pull any ropes! they were easy to fit as we stayed with the original Manufacturer (Spinlock) and the original Holes lined up, we had to drill a few more be for the additional clutches, but the whole operation was quite painless.
Even the traveller was reasonably straight forward, although both jobs involved several walks back and forth to the chandler to buy Silicon, blocks (pulleys), shackles, nuts, washers and bolts resulting in quite a hefty bill (10-12 mm 316 stainless steel bolts aint cheap)
The Furler also went well, although it was a bit windy and several times we had the Chute pushing hard against the mast so furled it fairly quickly, also forgot to get any pictures, but i think the video on the previous post shows what it looks like and does.
All these jobs means that next weekend we can sail, the weathers supposed to be really warm, but knowing the UK that can change in an instant!