Monday, November 25, 2013

Living the dream


For the longest time, I've been talking about having a boat, floating about and having a laugh. Up until recently, much of this has been focused on the boating side of things, now it's time to move on.

In September, we gave notice at our 'home' marina - where I've kept a boat of some sorts for over five years I think it is. That initial letting go was tough, as we leave that comfortable familiarity and those friends behind.

So far we have made it as far as, well, Lymington - a few miles down the Western Solent.

Ok, so October the boat was out the water, which means that does not really count towards the dream.

As we did with our move round to Beaulieu last year in December, we are loving it down the New Forest way - especially at this time of year with all the trees changing through their autumn colours as they are.

This adventure has, so far, been less about boating, other than using the boat as a base, and more about enjoying the area the boat is currently at.

Yesterday's memorable walk along the Solent way, down towards Newhaven, being one such example of living the dream.

Oh yes, and the excellent food, part of a long, lazy lunch, at the King's Head in Lymington really deserves a mention.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Staysail now on a roller furler

Rigging upgrade

Hmm, the picture did not quite come out as planned.

Still, if you look closely you will see that the big sail that is normally furled up at the very front of Arctic Rose is off, and lying on the deck.

The wire where the inner, staysail, goes on behind that foresail has now been replaced with a new roller furler mechanism. I put the staysail on just after this picture was taken.

The beauty of having the staysail on a roller furler means it gets to be used more, and also frees up space where the sail used to be stored inside the wheelhouse.

I'm also hoping that having a bit more bulk in place of just the staysail wire will help prevent the foresail from hanging up on that same wire when tacking (we shall see).

One thing is for sure, although it's only a few additional ropes on deck all the time now, the whole sailing arrangement seems that much more 'messy'.

Once we get the ropes/sheets all running sweetly, things will no doubt settle down.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

New running rigging

Old vs new

The dirty ropes you can see in the picture is my old running rigging (sheets and halyards), which have been somewhat overdue for replacement, while the nice clean ropes at the top of the picture and in the foreground are the new ropes.

It's only when I see the ropes off their usual places, and coiled like this, that the sorry state of them is truly evident.

Trouble is, the new running rigging is almost too good to use - for fear of getting it all dirty already.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Kahu sinks after burning to the waterline at East Cowes

The aftermath

The picture shows some of the equipment brought in to recover Kahu after she caught fire and sunk at East Cowes.

The storey is best told here:

Apparently there is still an industrial strength crane to be brought in, which will lift the wreck of the Kahu onto the barge for an ignominious end to someone's pride and joy.

I'm not too fussed about the owner who, if you think about it, is not inconvenienced and is likely to get a big fat insurance payout. Easier than selling the boat I suppose. Rather, my sympathies lie with all the other people who have been hard impacted by this, including the marina, local residents and boat owners.

On a separate note, I'm not convinced the recovery needs to be such a massive operation. John agrees, and suggests to simply raise the wreck with airbags at low tide, gently float the whole lot to a convenient slipway at high tide and then deal with it all from there.

One other thing that occurs is, if it burned for over eight hours, did anybody think to fetch one of the big tugs with powerful monitors over from Fawley, less than an hours steaming away? I bet the fire would have lasted no time against that kind of onslaught.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Rigging next

Arctic Rose

All the washing, brushing and painting has now been done and Arctic Rose is now back in her natural element again.

This is the time I fear the most - bumping her up alongside and making a mess of the beautiful new finish before we get to enjoy the benefit of all the hard work done, by others, in the last month or so.

My days on hands and knees polishing/scrubbing/stripping/polishing/painting for hours on end are over. I don't mind doing the odd job, but nothing like I used to do.

Anyway, I digress.

Here you can see Arctic Rose nestled in alongside at W. Cowes, awaiting the attentions of the riggers who are doing a much needed replacement of her running rigging.

This picture was taken from the ferry, on our way back home after a fun weekend exploring the far side of the IOW for a change.

Monday, November 04, 2013

Nearly done

Nearly done

Here you see Arctic Rose, after some tender loving care while she has been ashore.

All that's left to do here is sorting out the rough edges on the white bits that mark top edge of the waterline. The boot top it's called.

She is looking pretty good, even if I say so myself.