Sunday, April 29, 2007

Here I sit boored stiff!

Well todays the day that the beaulieu boat jumble kicks off an!d Im not there, it must be the first time I have been absent for many years, The boat is rocking gently and I am sitting at my compbox (obviously) attached to the marinas Free trial Wifi. It seem OK but the day before yesterday I was happily attached on my home Aol site and using all my "favourites" etc as I do at home and after a break for tea I tried to get back onto it and it wasn`t working. Sooooo I attempted to reconfigure my AOL and Bol*ocks I still couldn`t get in. Upon walking along the pontoon I noticed a couple of guys working on some telecoms cable and low and behold it was the wifi people, who had the circuit inoperable for a while and so I had reconfig`d my aol (basically ballsd up my settings) for nothing as they had it (The wifi) totally disconnected. They turned out to be really nice guys and came back to the boat and tried to help me to reconfig the AOL but they had even less idea than me (It would seem that it is now possible) so I am having to use Explorer for everything now, What a PITA?

For the last couple of day the weather has been great if a little windy ! OK for the sailors of this world! :o)) I have a sailboat mored alongside at the moment on the otherside of the pontoon but they don`t speak or answer when I say good morning and treat us as though we are not there so today after (I would guess) an exillerating sail thay came back in with a trainee at the helm yes they operate a training school, I guess) and made a real dogs breakfast of getting back on to their mooring! I was on the pontoon titvating a couple of rusty bits to my stauncheons so could have helped them easily but didnt! the Bstd that doesn`t speak threw a line at me and I treated it as if he wasnt there, the boat eventually went up the pontoon before he could get ashore or get a line to her and I made tea! I am now feeling guilty about my actions ? (I wouldn`t have posted my feelings, or would I have anyway?) I got a great deal of satisfaction at the time, almost the same satisfaction as when I cut six foot off a noisy Dynema halliard whos owner had been asked to stop it clattering continually for about 10 days (and I had also been aboard and tighed it up correctly at least three times! what a bas*ard I can be eh?) They knew I cut it as I told them that I had sorted out their problem as they couldnt! it didn`t happen again I am glad to say.Oh they wern`t the people who don`t talk by the way!

Having not moved my boat for a considerable amount of time, and using her like a caravan
:o((( I have amassed a fair amount of weed on its bottom particularily around the exhaust outlets and the trim tabs. last year I climbed into the water and cleaned it off but this year I was particulary dilligen with the antifoul and it has still encouraged a complete forest to develop I wonder why? I do have some rubber antisurge flaps on the exhaust and the growth does seem to like the rubber but I covered it with antifoul and it still happens, perhaps I will add some antibiotic (tetracycline to the antifoul this/next year?

Well grumpy Bast*rd signing off for a while! :o(( bored boired bured bired boooooooooooored)

Well at least I have the luxury of being able to be bored, unlike many others ???????? so I spose I should be grateful really?
Ok then! Grateful B*stard signing off now! :o)))))

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

My mistake its not a nuclear submarine as you can now see

Those froggies (I can`t say that can I? its racialist) come up with all the answers, and now a coal fired submarine! that crane was going all day loading coal aboard. :o))

Views of Cherbourg (could be anywhere really)

Cherbourg on a calm day

Is that a nuclear submarine I see behind the van? it wasnt there a moment ago, was it?

Monday, April 16, 2007

Cherbourg trip

The forcast was 3-4 rising to fives and we left at 08.35 on friday the thirteenth (tee hee) the wind was threes directly on our stern with the sea state calm ( wierd) by the time we had reached half way, about two hours plus , we were in fives but still with a fairly calm sea ( 18 inch waves) at 20 kts plus we still had about five knots of wind overtaking us. (a strange sensation) the wind reducd during the second part of the journey and when we were approximately a mile off Cherbourg we entered a fog bank and slowed towards the unseen Cherbourg eastern entrance. with still no sight of land, we came across some sailing boats and eventually the eastern entrance came into view. we entered and called the Marina who pointed us onto pontoon H where we tied up for the rest of the day! the boat behaved brilliantly with a max speed over the ground of 20.8 KPH the engines stayed at the working temperature and we used less than a half a tank, each engine, of diesel. The journey was 89 nautical miles and on a course of 210 ish degrees from Brighton! We spent a day at the marina and got the owners sorted out for their domicile in La belle France and then on Sunday we took the ferry to Poole arriving back at Brighton around 17.30! the owner and his wife stayed with me on my boat for the night and sorted out their situation here in the UK and will be staying again tonight and going back to Cherbourg and thier life in La Belle France on thursday! for which I wish them well. For me it was a good trip and a new experience to have such a clam crossing in such high winds, which reinforce that I was right to take the descision in spite of several attempts by a couple of sailors and their wives ( armed with the latest weather forcast, which I had) to dissuade the owners not to go because the winds were too high! Ho Hum! nobody likes a smart ass :o)) (or wa I just lucky)

Monday, April 09, 2007

Wow great weather (for powerboaters!) -

Crap for sailors! sorry about that Fuff. all the guys in the marina with sailboats are wingeing this weekend as they can`t sail off for the weekend, I can but have to visit Brighton and more specifically M& S with the wife (well lifes a compromise isn`t it) I`m now off to Cherbourg around Thursday or Friday (when the weather will , I jave no doubt about it, be crap) I hope the owner will have everything sorted by then, he still has a lot to do.

Monday, April 02, 2007

simple dry cell construction

Hard to believe that the "dry cell" in the photo with the right harmonics and correct flow of warm salt water will power a "60 hp petrol engine" but only If I have done my job correctly, the cell doesn`t short out, my electronics stand the test and my engine is converted correctly will it of course work, am I optomistic? of course I am :o))

Dry cell construction