It’s been a mixed week of weather, some hot days, some cool days and the odd shower thrown in for good measure.
Carol continued removing all the paint from the gunwhales on Corbiere. A long job, but getting it back to bare metal means that she will get a far better job in the end. I couldn’t do much to help, so decided to do my own bit of painting.
On Seyella, the panel between the gunwhale and the first rubbing strake is painted gloss black. Unfortunately it tends to get scraped in locks or on moorings, and was looking quite shabby after the winter. So I set to, sanding and priming, and got both sides done with 1 coat of gloss by Thursday. I’ll flat it and put a second coat on in a week or so.
Work in Progress....
One Coat of Gloss
We went back to Orchard Marina on Friday, to get into the dry dock for bottom blacking. Gary was ready for us, so we were straight in. I went into Northwich to pick up a hire car while Lee set about pressure washing the hull, then when I got back we dressed the prop to try to eradicate the annoying “singing” problem.
We left the boat with them and went up into Manchester to spend the night with Mag’s sister, did a bit of shopping and got back to Northwich this afternoon. The blacking was finished, so we set off back to the flashes after emptying the loos and filling with water.
This was the moment of truth for the prop. I gently opened the throttle into the noisy range and…… it was still there!!!
The chamfering of the edge of the blades has made no difference at all. I must confess to being a tad disappointed. I was convinced that it would be cured, or at least quietened a bit. Ah well, at least we’ve got a nice shiny black bottom.
Pity we had to moor in the undergrowth....
It was very busy, we had trouble finding somewhere to moor, but squeezed in. Everyone seems to be out on their boats this weekend.
The anglers are out in force too. One chap was dead chuffed to land this 27lb carp.
I’m after some assistance from you mobile internet users out there. I currently use a Vodaphone office card, plugged into the card slot on the laptop.
This has worked fine, but the contract is up in July and I’m looking for a cheaper option. Currently I get 250Mb for £30 a month and I know I can do much better, now there’s so much competition in this area. The new generation of USB dongle modems looks good, but I’m concerned about reception inside the boat. I’ve an aerial on the roof for the card (you can see the wire running from the card), which helps reception no end, but the dongles I’ve looked at don’t seem to have this facility. Are there any that do, or are there any other options? (other than sitting outside, of course!). All advice gratefully accepted.
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