Thursday, October 10, 2013

Matching fenders

Matching fenders
Matching fenders

I talked about doing this over a year ago, but never actually got round to it.

Finally, Arctic Rose has a set of matching fenders, with matching fender ropes as well.

The fenders looked plenty big enough in the shop, but after hanging them over the sides, they suddenly looked a bit small.

They'll be fine, I'm sure. Better than the dirty, mismatched set of different sizes and colours we had before anyway.

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Out the water

Out the water
Here you see Arctic Rose out the water again.

Last week we took her out the water for her annual wash and brush up.

It's slightly overdue, but only by a few weeks so nothing to worry about.

You can see the underside before she has been jetwashed, so not too bad on the whole considering.

Although the list of jobs is quite long, most of them are really very trivial, such as touching up the paintwork, cleaning up and re-coating the woodwork, servicing the engine etc.

I'll also take the opportunity to replace some of the really old, and in some cases frayed, sheets and halyards.

The biggest single thing to be done will be to install a roller furler for the staysail, as it almost never gets used as it's such a hassle to deal with.

Monday, October 07, 2013

Another trawler

Another trawler
Another trawler

No, no, don't panic - I've not gone and bought another one, just wanted to show you this trawler we saw up towards the end of the River Medina, on the Isle of wight.

I know nothing about it, but it does have a remarkable resemblance to Lady Jane (see previous post by way of a comparison).

I'm sure things are very different inside though.

Thursday, October 03, 2013

Dear old Lady Jane

Dear old LJThe other week, when we were in Portsmouth Harbour with Arctic Rose, we took a small diversion to go check out poor old Lady Jane, my old ex trawler.

Sure enough, there she was, lying abandoned and looking pretty sorry for herself, listing somewhat to port.

I'm pretty pleased at how the paintwork has stood up, considering it looks like its been years since she was given any tlc. Looking closely, I can also see a few new dents and scrapes.

Still, at least she is still afloat and, presumably, the engine and other machinery is still in good condition.

Seeing the old girl like that, I have absolutely no regrets at all at dumping her and buying Arctic Rose.

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Black swan

Black swan

On our walk up from Island Harbour to Newport, on the Isle of Wight, we saw this little beauty right at the top of the River Medina.

That I can remember, this is the first black swan I've ever seen.

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Island Harbour, IOW

Ryde Queen
Ryde Queen, found just outside Island Harbour on the Medina
The plan for the weekend was to whizz? over to Bembridge again, because we like it there.

Mother nature had different plans for us, in that the wind over tide situation made for an uncomfortable journey out that way, so we swung about and headed towards Cowes.

On the way into Cowes, Patch suggested we try going to Island Harbour, which is situated up the far end of the Medina, almost at Newport itself.

This turned out to be an inspired suggestion, as the place was really great and proved to be a handy setting off point for a really picturesque walk up the Medina to Newport itself.

It's the first time we've been through a lock with Arctic Rose, adding a frisson of excitement to our adventure. In the end, with neap tides and plenty of cheerful help, locking in and out was actually quite a pleasure.

As an added bonus, we were made extremely welcome by Steve and Barbara, of Wight Mistress, who are also Fisher owners and based there when not out and about travelling.

Island Harbour is certainly destined to be another favourite destination of ours.