Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Cookers and Navigation

When we bought the boat it came with a GRP cooker box, which slides in/out from under the doorway, this is not an ideal place to cook. It creates condensation in the cabin and also traps the user if something goes wrong. However, the cooker holder looked useful, so finally I got round to making it fit to the outside, by use of a wooden fixture, so it hangs off the winch. 

We have always kept things simple on the boat and have not fitted any electrics such as a ChartPlotter.  A handheld one is quite expensive, so a simpler solution was sort. An old iPhone 5, waterproof case and a homemade plastic clip, which will go over either a weather board or onto a halyard bag provided a good start. With both MemoryMap and Navitronics loaded it seems to work very well.

To help keep the phone charged a solar charging battery was obtained. Only time will tell if this combination will work. In the past we have only used the phone when approaching a destination and use old style "paper" charts during a trip. This should keep the battery use in the phone down to a minimum.
Aedon A8 Portable Power Bank 20000mAh 2-Port USB Solar Charger

Fine Weather Continues

If weather stays like this for the rest of the year, we're in for a treat. Five days a Coniston soon went by, only light rain on one day and a variety of winds, meant we had a good time.

Sunday, 26 March 2017

Warm and Sunny

It may still only be March but is was warm in the day and frosty at night, with a clear sky all weekend.

Sunday, 18 December 2016

Anchor Storage

When not on the bow of the boat, the anchor has been stored in an old plastic laundry basket in the aft locker. This took up quite a lot of space and has now started to fall apart. Therefore a solution was needed. The frame shown here hopefully will stop the anchor moving around in the locker and prevent it causing any damage to the boat.


Friday, 25 November 2016

Some winter mods


This was my first experience of using West Epoxy. There are some good instructions, which can be downloaded. How strong and durable it is, only time will tell once the new season begins. The flare storage tube is made from plastic drain pipe, something we have always done while sea kayaking.
The crew had repeatedly complained about the "knife edge" on the cabin's entrance, so a piece of hard wood was added to try and make this more comfortable. The hair dryer worked well to keep the area warm while the resin cured. The picture has a "blue tint" because the winter "tarp" was kept on during the process and helped keep the warmth in.


The finished edge.


Sunday, 2 October 2016

DCA @ Derwent

Derwent Marina is situated in Portinscale, which is on the western side of Keswick. Although Derwent is not the largest of lakes, it provides a pleasant venue, with islands to explore and opportunities for several CafĂ© stops. There is a good slipway and plenty of space for parking. Although the actual mooring space is a little tight. There are toilets and showers, as well as a quite well stocked chandlery.

There many good lunch spots and along with the islands there is plenty to explore. There is a footpath that goes all round the lake, so it is easy to meet up with non-sailing friends and family. There are some shallows to be avoided and these are marked. It is possible to sail round all the islands, but it does get shallow on the east side of Lord's Island and I did need to life the centre board, to clear some soft mud.

Saturday Evening

A short sequence during Sunday morning


Sunday, 4 September 2016

DCA @ Ullswater

One of the great things about DCA rallies is the opportunity to see such a wide variety of boats, ranging from established classes of dinghy to home designed and built craft. Many having unique features that have been incorporated to facilitate living on board.
Ullswater YC were excellent hosts and opportunity to have bacon rolls for breakfast were especially appreciated. The weather didn't totally cooperate, with generally light winds and rain on the Saturday but everyone still enjoyed themselves.