Tuesday, 23 May 2017

A Busy Evening

Last night I set too cleaning the boat curtains and shower curtain. The latter needing a treatment with a mild bleach solution to get rid of the first signs of some mildew on the bottom edge and retaining tie back strap. Whilst the shower room does have quite a large opening window for its size, which we do leave open all of the time, it does still take the shower curtain some time to dry off which leads to mildew growth along the edges.

Tonight I will be ironing the curtains and putting their hooks back on ready to refit to the boat on Thursday evening. We have decided that as we want to get straight off on Friday evening we will pop down on Thursday evening to sort a few little jobs out to make Friday evening much smoother.

With this in mind I am going to cook a curry tonight and pop it in the freezer ready to just warm through on Thursday evening. A nice easy but tasty meal served up with some rice and a vegetable bahji after we have finished hanging curtains, hanging the shower curtain, taking the canopies off, swapping the VHF aerial for the new shorter one and finally filling up the water tank again.

With this little lot done and the food and beer put away in theory all we have to do on Friday evening is finish work, drive to the marina, park the car and turn the boat key and go.

Monday, 22 May 2017

All Is Good

Yesterday we had a quiet day. We needed to get the boat cleaned up ready for next weekend's long weekend trip down the Witham and we needed to test out the Honda outboard to check that was working as it should again.

The dinghy took some bailing out with all the rain we had last week, but before too long the little Honda was sat on the back again purring away, seemingly none the different for its fuel spillage and contaminated oil. We will keep using it over the next few weeks to make sure it is going to be reliable when we go away.

With the dinghy and outboard sorted out our attentions turned to Naughty-Cal. The interior was given a full going over with fresh bedding and all of the curtains and shower curtain have come home for a good wash. The shower room had a good thorough clean and the assortment of cleaning chemicals and potions and lotions was sorted out with anything not necessary coming home or going in the bin.

Whilst I was busy inside, Liam was busy scrubbing the cockpit. Hopefully the interior should be finished this week so we should, in theory be fully ready for our trip to Boston.

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Mixing It Up

Lincoln was a hive of activity yesterday with several events happening around the city.

The street food festival in Uphill Lincoln was particularly good and we bought some lovely camel burgers, crocodile fillets and kangaroo steaks for an exotic mixed grill last night.

Today we have a quiet day planned . We will head back to the marina shortly to bail out the dinghy and try out the freshly serviced outboard motor before heading to Harbour Lights for Sunday lunch later on.

Saturday, 20 May 2017

A Bit More Progress

A bit more progress has been made on the cockpit retrim.  Still not finished yet!

Friday, 19 May 2017

Staying Local

We were going to head out into Lincoln this evening but what with having to head out to Farndon Marina in the car to pick up the outboard in the morning we have decided it is probably best to have a night in with a film, a few drinks and a nice home cooked chilli instead.

We are starting to get a bit boring of a Friday evening!

Instead we will head into Lincoln tomorrow afternoon instead and spend the evening in a few of our favourite pubs and bars before finding a bite to eat.

We have a table booked in Harbour Lights on the marina for Sunday afternoon so we won't be late back to the marina on Sunday. Their Sunday lunch is to die for and we have not had one for a long time so we decided it is time to treat ourselves.

Thursday, 18 May 2017

A Steady Start

Ordinarily at this time of year we would be getting ready for our first proper holiday of the year. The second of the bank holidays in May usually heralds our first week away on the boat more often that not meaning a week on the coast heading to Wells next the Sea. 

This coming weekend we would usually be scurrying around trying to tidy up all of the loose odds and sods of jobs that need sorting out prior to the off next Friday evening.

This year however it is to be a more sedate weekend. We have no bank holiday week away. As a bit of a bonus we have the Tuesday off to make it a four day break but we are not planning to head far. A sedate jaunt down the Witham is in order for a curry in Massama Zone in Boston on Sunday evening.

A steady start to the year by our standards but it will make a nice change to not be charging around with tight deadlines to meet. A chance to relax and unwind.

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

It Lives

The little Honda lives to fight another day. We dropped it off at Farndon Marina on Saturday due to an unexplained fuel leak.

They had a good look at it on Monday and were at a loss as to what had happened. There was fuel in the oil as well as pouring out of the back of the engine cover.

So the mechanic at Farndon has cleaned it all out, flushed the engine oil through with clean oil and run it up to see if it did it again. And guess what. No it didn't. So he left it overnight. Fired it up again and no sign of any fuel leaks again. So he has dropped the oil again and put fresh in and carried out the rest of the ten hour service. It is now ready to pick up on Saturday when we will put it back on the dinghy and give it a few more hours running to check all is well.

The most likely scenario for the fuel leak is when the boat next to ours knocked the outboard into the tilted position a couple of weeks ago it has also spun the engine over onto the "wrong"side. Four stroke engines can only be laid down one way of course. This coupled with the motion of the dinghy in the water we believe has caused fuel to enter the oil system and oil to leak out of the system, creating the resulting mess that poured all over the boot of my car!

Still it is all cleaned up now, freshly serviced and ready to go again. Now we just need to run another litre or two of petrol through it to ensure it is going to stay reliable and then it is good to go to Scotland.

Fingers crossed we have no more set backs like this. We can do without them now!