We got a call from Dave at Uplands around 11:30 to let us know that the slipway was clear so motored into the marina and were high and dry 15 minutes later.
I got stuck in straight away; Dave had slotted us in between two hull blacking jobs so it wouldn’t have been right to take too long.
By 1:30 I was ready to go back in the water.
We gave a sigh of relief when Seyella was floating again. Although Dave was very careful, it's still pretty scarey watching your home hauled out of it's natural environment.
Off the trailer and back out onto the canal, the difference with the bigger prop was apparent. More thrust in forward and reverse will improve manoeuvrability, and cruising at tick-over past the moored boats heading back towards the boat lift felt to be just the right speed.
Whether the different diameter and pitch will change the harmonics of the drive train and get rid of the annoying whine at around 850 rpm remains to be seen. We’ll know better tomorrow when we get back down on the river. In the worst case the larger prop allows for lower revs, so we should be able to stay below the magic 850 at our normal canal speed of around 2½ mph.
We moored on the 24 hour moorings just above the lift, and just in time. Soon after we arrived a group cruise of 6 or 7 boats arrived from the Bridgewater Canal, filling the available spaces.
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