The sterndrive is finally back on the boat.
Friday, 27 February 2015
The food we would all highly recommend. It is all home cooked pub grub. The menu isn't extensive but the food they do is all good. We all had something different and not one of us had a single complaint.
This pub is certainly high on the list of pubs to visit again soon.
Thursday, 26 February 2015
Our first "proper" cruise of the year will be our Easter trip to Kings Lynn but before we head out onto the coast we want to ensure that all of the mechanical work carried out over the winter is fit for purpose. So we have lined up a couple of weekends gentle cruising on the Fossdyke which should hopefully highlight any minor teething problems, before heading out for our first high speed test of the year later in March with a trip to West Stockwith and a chance to blow away any cobewebs and let Cal stretch her legs.
We should know by the end of this trip whether we have any further problems to sort out before our trip across the Wash at the beginning of April and will have a couple of weekends to tinker and put things straight.
At last we can start to look forward to many happy times afloat in 2015.
As nice as it has been to give Naughty-Cal the love and attention she needs this winter it has been a long and laborious period of inactivity for both us and the boat. This will be the longest period ashore Cal has endured since being built in 2003.
Wednesday, 25 February 2015
Tuesday, 24 February 2015
Monday, 23 February 2015
Sunday, 22 February 2015
There has been no work done on Naughty-Cal this weekend as we have been playing chauffeur for a friend's wedding.
We picked them and their close friends and family up on their boat Blue Pearl in Lincoln yesterday afternoon before heading to the Pyewipe Inn for their wedding reception.
Sore heads this morning and we still need to get the boat back yet!
Friday, 20 February 2015
Take Liam for example, looks like butter wouldn't melt in his mouth doesn't he?
But behind that friendly exterior there is a criminal mastermind hard at work.
This morning as we unloaded some tools out of the car and into the garage and loaded a weekends worth of gear into the car and clothing he somehow forgot to put his sandwiches in the car. They are made up ready and waiting on the kitchen worktop please bear in mind.
After dropping him off at work and a quick tweak of the headlight alignment on the Datsun's new headlights, off I scurry to work. And what do I find when I get there?
The thieving swine has stolen my sandwiches!
Nothing is sacred anymore, not even one's sandwiches.
Thursday, 19 February 2015
Wednesday, 18 February 2015
It would have been rude not to indulge in one or two pancakes so last night for dinner I rustled up some pancakes and then just to be a bit different I filled them with haggis, rolled them up and baked them in the oven for thirty minutes to turn them into Yorkshire Rolls. Well Yorkshire Rolls with a Scottish twist in this case.
They really were very tasty. The pancakes crisp up to give a lovely crunchy coating to the spicy and peppery haggis. Delicious.
Tuesday, 17 February 2015
Monday, 16 February 2015
Sunday, 15 February 2015
Saturday, 14 February 2015
Friday, 13 February 2015
Thursday, 12 February 2015
Wednesday, 11 February 2015
Tuesday, 10 February 2015
With this in mind we have a similar plan in action this week and are working on one for the weekend.
This weeks job is to get the stern drive primed and painted. The mechanical work is now complete, barring physically getting the drive back on the boat, so it is now just a case of getting it looking good once more.
Tonight after work Liam is going to get the drive in it's first coat of primer and then tomorrow lunchtime he will sand it back to give it a smooth finish. It will then be ready for a second coat of primer tomorrow lunchtime. Then tomorrow after work it will be ready to receive a couple of coats of paint. It will then receive a final sanding before getting its final application of paint on Thursday evening.
By Friday after work, it should hopefully be wrapped up in bubble wrap ready to transport to the boat and be reinstalled first thing on Saturday morning with fresh bellows, anodes and oil.
The plan of attack for the weekend is still under consideration. If the weather stays as currently predicted however, and it is a big if, we could have Naughty-Cal pretty much ready to relaunch by the end of Sunday with just a few minor fettling jobs to finish off in the coming weekends.
Monday, 9 February 2015
Dare we say it? But we finally appear to be getting there.
Work really did step up a gear the weekend just gone, with more seemingly achieved then in the previous few put together. Naughty-Cal is beginning to look loved again, she has appeared somewhat forlorn and unappreciated these last few months ashore but with a good polish, she is starting to shine through once more and look like the boat we both know and love again.
With a bit of luck and some fair weather next weekend we should really be on the home stretch.
Sunday, 8 February 2015
Saturday, 7 February 2015
We have had a productive day today despite it being a tad on the chilly side outside.
The trim tabs bellows and anodes are installed, the transom shield is in primer, although this is being reluctant to dry, and the port side of the hull is polished and ready for wax.
Not a bad days work.
Friday, 6 February 2015
Thursday, 5 February 2015
All of the seals have been replaced including the O rings which seal the gear box, top cover and bottom cover, as well as the gear linkage seal which is often overlooked and the shaft seals.
Yesterday the new prop shaft was picked up from M & T Transmissions in Sheffield where it has had a new bearing fitted to the end. We were going to reuse the old one but upon inspection it was worn so a new one has been fitted. No point penny pinching at this stage in the day. We are doing this work to ensure we have more trouble free years of cruising.
So all that Liam has left to do to the drive, after it is reassembled today is prime and paint it one evening next week.Then it will be ready to fit back on the boat next weekend, in plenty of time for our relaunch next month.
We have written down a plan of action for this weekend. The weather looks set to be a bit fairer and a damn sight milder then last week. Fingers crossed they are right.
This weekend we plan to prime and paint the transom shield, wash the hull, topsides and water line and begin polishing the hull whilst the weather is fair and we have the chance. If this goes to plan we may even fit the bootline.
You know what happens when we make plans though.
They never go according to plan!
Wednesday, 4 February 2015
On Saturday a farmer, and boating friend of ours brought us some pheasants as they were quite literally becoming over run with them. The joys of living in the countryside.
So last night we enjoyed some lovely quick roasted pheasant in lemon oil served simply with citrus stuffing and a fragrant rocket salad. The phesants really don't take long to cook, 30 minutes in a preheated oven at 220 degrees keeps the meat moist but the skin crispy.
I served one bird each as they are a funny size pheasants. Not quite enough for two, unless you are serving it with all the trimmings, but too much for one if served with all the trimmings. So I opted to serve them simply and one each, which worked out really very well.
Tuesday, 3 February 2015
Yesterday the Scarborough lifeboat crew were out on training exercises in seas that had most tucked up safe and warm in the shelter of port.
(These photographs have been taken from the RNLI Facebook page with permission from the sites owner.)
Monday, 2 February 2015
The sealant in the shower room was getting ready for replacing, so on Saturday Liam set about digging it all out and putting in fresh.
Whilst the sink was out he took the chance to replace the shower hose and also found a slight leak from one of the plumbing connections. This has been duly fixed and is now leak free. All of these tiny leaks will have been dripping water into the bilges, no wonder they were pretty much always damp. Hopefully this year we should be able to keep dry bilges!
Next weekend will be a final tidy up of the sealant around the sink bowl and then we have some new tap heads and a new shower head to install to finish of the fresher look.
The weather was a little better yesterday which allowed Liam to venture outside to sand the transom shield. It was however just too cold to consider priming or painting it so he moved onto sanding down the antifoul paint ready for some fresh applying in a couple of weeks time.
We now need the weather gods to shine down on us as we are running out of weekends to get the remainder of the jobs finished in time for our March 6th relaunch date.