After the last few weekends of rushing around we have decided that this weekend will be a much more relaxed affair mostly dedicated to cleaning Naughty-Cal and preparing her for the winter ahead.
Tonight we are planning to cruise down to Lincoln and spend the evening at Lincoln Boat Club. Now that we have been accepted as full members of the club we need to pay our subscription fees which is as good an excuse as we need to have a good drink!!
On Saturday we will have a chilled morning in Lincoln before heading back to the marina and setting about the cleaning. As usual I will attack the cabin area whilst Liam will attack the cockpit. The cupboards and lockers are all getting ready for a thorough declutter again after a long summer of holiday cruising. A couple of hours spent getting rid of anything we don’t use or need, will hopefully shed some excess weight from Naughty-Cal. We did notice she was getting a little bit sluggish onto the plane again last weekend which usually indicates she is carrying some excess weight around.
With the cabin and cockpit cleaned it will be time to give the exterior a good scrub. It has been 18 months since Naughty-Cal was last out of the water and the exterior is beginning to look a little grubby even though we try to keep her looking clean. We will do our best to keep her clean this winter but she is now in need of a good machine polish early next year to get her back up to tip top condition.
We may venture out when the boat is cleaned or equally we might spend the rest of the weekend in the marina. We are as yet undecided; a lot will depend on the weather over the weekend I suspect. We will need to head back to the marina on Sunday as I need the slow cooker to cook dinner, slow cooked lamb with sweet potatoes, purple sprouting brocolli and asparagus. With the little inverter broken this now means we have to be plugged in. Installing a bigger inverter is yet another job for the winter months.
This weekend should be a relaxing one once the cleaning is finished. It isn’t very often that we don’t plan to cruise far and it isn’t very often that we spend most of the weekend in the marina. It should make a pleasant change and will give us the chance to catch up with happenings in the marina.