Not a great photo, but taken on a phone through a waterproof cover from a dinghy, so not too bad under the circumstances. I squirted epoxy under a large loose flake and stuck map pins into it to hold it shut whilst the glue cured. I cut off loose plywood edges with the razor sharp Leatherman knife I got for my birthday and then coveted all the edges and scratches with more epoxy. It all felt rock hard when I pulled the pins out an hour later. Always pays to have some Rapid araldite on board!
24 May 2011
21 May 2011
The little video below was recorded on my mobile phone thorugh a waterproof cover. On my way back to Poole and just about to get my lunch ready whilst Daisy G deals with the helming.
20 May 2011
Couldn't tesist seeing how well photos come out. Inside I an very domestic with my rice and stew. Outside the view is wonderful and the birds are settlimg down to roost. Quite noisily in truth.I may tell them to shut up shortly and appreciate the peace of natute.
Not seriously but it hurts nevertheless. Motored out from my mooring in a strong wind. While I was getting the mizzen out I was blown onto a moored boat and bagged my topsides. Nasty long crack which will need grinding, filling and fairing. I will have a go at patching it tomorrow. I will dry out near low tide and try to get some filler into it to keep the water out. But right now I am anchored in the evening sun off Shipstal Point. (Blogging afloat, there's a first!)
15 May 2011
(The photos are directly uploaded from my phone to see how well it works. OK I think is the answer. Not as good quality as my normal camera, but better than nothing. The first is of Shipstal Point deep in Poole Harbour and the second is the cliffs at Stuland.)
Sailed out around the Hook Sands outside Poole Harbour entrance just to try her in open water in strong winds. Life jacket and safety harness all the way. I have been trying out Navionics charts on my smart phone. It is impressive that they can get them on it, but to be honest I can't see the point. It isn't a chart plotter and doesn't tell you where to point. I found the ordinary Garmin GPS much more useful. The free GPS tracker on the phone also made a better job of tracking my course than the charts did.But it is fun to play with. I had to tie up to a floating pontoon for an hour before I could get back on my mooring as the tide was so low. There was enough water to float in, but not enough to get my engine down. The wind was so strong I really needed full control to pick up the mooring.
Lovely and sunny, but I wish it would warm up.
2 May 2011
Not a restful experience. The wind got up and it was very noisy, howling in the rigging and everything creaking and groaning. It sounds terrible in the cabin, but when you stick your head out, it is just a bit breezy. I thought I would get a bit of peace in the middle of the night when the tide went out and I sat on the mud. On the mud was quiet. Bouncing and rocking onto the mud as the tide left wasn't. Neither was rocking and bouncing off the mud when it came back. You need to dry out for the whole night or none of it. Just an hour or so is not good.
In the morning I set out under double reefed sail. Discovered there was a gale warning. Far too windy for my pleasure. The mizzen gybed at one point with a great bang and I caught sight of a screw arcing through the air. "Where did that come from?!" After a while I saw that is was one screw of two holding the cheek block onto the mizzen mast for the sprit snotter. The block base was bent. I tore back into the wind shadow of Arne, doused all sail and motored back to Parkstone through a rising gale. No problem but no fun either. I replaced the cheek block with a rope loop wrapped round the mast, as Swallowboats originally fitted. Maybe they really do know what they are doing.
I have got a new fancy phone which recorded the whole journey as a track in Google maps, which I then uploaded to my 2011 cruise map. It shows every tack up and down each channel. Quite an impressive bit of kit. It even makes phone calls. My battery has not recharged fully from the previous week, which was a bit of a disappointment. I may need to rethink the solar panel arrangement. I could only use the depth sounder and even that ran out of power after three hours. But I ove the sounder for tacking in narrow channels.
Someone rang me over the weekend to ask about my boarding ladder arrangement, so these photos show it in all three positions.