We launched on Thu 16 Apr 15 from the Yacht Haven Quay! At Last!
The Skipper drove the boat the half mile to the Yacht Haven to stay overnight in order to pressure wash the deck to get rid of 5 months of grime (there was lots). The new fuel tank was filled up with diesel (no leaks! but the tank had been pressure tested for at least 24 hours.) The re-sealed water tank was filled up and that didn’t leak either. So far so good.
Next stop, Cargreen Yacht Club … the skipper left at 12:30 on Friday, had fun departing single-handed in about 15knots of wind directly on the bow. As I walked the boat back on the pontoon the tiller flipped over and dragged the stern away and the wind caught the bow and we rotated the wrong way! In the end, I manoeuvered the boat around the long way and left. I want wheel steering which stays where I put it!
The engine alarm sounded on the way down to the marina, but when I ran it again later, it didn’t sound so the help I asked for from Gavin at Mount Batten Boathouse wasn’t needed. Ten minutes after the Skipper left, the %$£%& alarm sounded and stayed on all the way to Cargreen. It was only muted by jamming a sweater against it! All the warning lights were working correctly so I need a new Volvo alarm unit costing at least £120. Thanks Volvo, I’ll just disconnect it.
The new depth gauge works fine, however, I think I’ve set the zero incorrectly, ‘cos tidying up the fenders and warps, I ran aground when the gauge read 0.4m. It’s a small job to adjust with the manual in hand.
Seventy minutes later, the Skipper picked up our mooring at Cargreen. It’s great to be back afloat. We hope to go for a day sail in a few days when the tides are favourable.