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by BlowingOldBoots
Fri Aug 23, 2019 10:34 pm
Forum: Around the Scottish Coast
Topic: Inveraray Pier News
Replies: 0
Views: 242

Inveraray Pier News

Looks like the pier will be open in spring 2020 for cruise liners. The opening time is based on a note stuck to the gate, the plans for the cruise liners is based on a blether. It would be nice to think that the pier will be opening again. I see the 'VItal Spark', ex Eilean Easdale, ex Vic 72 is for...
by BlowingOldBoots
Mon Aug 19, 2019 10:31 pm
Forum: Shooting the breeze
Topic: Now You See Them, Now You Don't - Sailing In A Plastic Tent Is A Bad Idea
Replies: 5
Views: 303

Now You See Them, Now You Don't - Sailing In A Plastic Tent Is A Bad Idea

I have seen a small number of yachts motoring along with the fully enclosed cockpit habitat erected. I can guess it is warm and dry, I get that. However, sailing along recently towards the Treshnish Isles, with my spray hood up, in the rain and smirr, I noticed how the plastic screen filters the lig...
by BlowingOldBoots
Sun Aug 18, 2019 3:28 pm
Forum: Shooting the breeze
Topic: Cracking Weekend Sail: Kip, Kyles, Lochranza, Kip - Also Great App For Showery Weather
Replies: 2
Views: 201

Cracking Weekend Sail: Kip, Kyles, Lochranza, Kip - Also Great App For Showery Weather

Supposed to be on a bike run this weekend with camping but weather forecast was crap. Instead we headed down to the boat which is currently at Kip. Great sail on Thursday night up to the Kyles of Bute where a considerable amount of whisky was consumed at anchor. Departed next afternoon for Tarbert i...
by BlowingOldBoots
Thu Aug 01, 2019 11:14 am
Forum: Around the Scottish Coast
Topic: inverary moorings
Replies: 2
Views: 642

Re: inverary moorings

Yes, contacting them would be good. Also tell them to get the pier fixed and place a pontoon down the inside and dredge it a bit. A fixed pier with pontoon would attract Cruise Liners; they need a place for the shuttle boats to discharge / pick up. However, before we know it, if it gets renovated, t...
by BlowingOldBoots
Tue Jul 30, 2019 9:55 am
Forum: Shooting the breeze
Topic: Is My Knox Broken?
Replies: 3
Views: 613

Re: Is My Knox Broken?

Clearly you are not doing it right! Anchored with my 18kg Knox in Loch Spelve, just north of the fish farms in the NW corner. The bottom is mud. Not that windy but did I bring up a bucket full of mud on the chain and another on the anchor. What a mess! Last anchorage at Tinkers Hole saw the boat swi...
by BlowingOldBoots
Tue Jul 30, 2019 9:42 am
Forum: Shooting the breeze
Topic: Avy-J
Replies: 19
Views: 1567

Re: Avy-J

I have a file with every job done and (almost) every penny spent on Claymore. I dare not open it... And you must not! Do folks remember that time when Britain was measured and found to be unhappy? There then started a phase of trying to determine what happiness is and how it can be measured. Indeed...
by BlowingOldBoots
Mon Jul 29, 2019 11:09 pm
Forum: Shooting the breeze
Topic: Oh good grief if I put one more thing in a safe place. . .
Replies: 8
Views: 733

Re: Oh good grief if I put one more thing in a safe place. . .

There can be no safer place than between ones knees. This is what I thought when I placed the allen key between my knees as I kneeled on the garage floor working on my BMW's boxer engine tappets. A few seconds later, when I went to retrieve the alien key, it was not there. No amount of careful looki...
by BlowingOldBoots
Mon Jul 29, 2019 10:59 pm
Forum: Shooting the breeze
Topic: Avy-J
Replies: 19
Views: 1567

Re: Avy-J

Don't add up the cost. If ever there was an act that justified "Ignorance is bliss" it is knowing the cost of yacht refurbishment. I just added up what I spent on my tub as part of the evidence of works done for a 10 year insurance survey - I wish I had not, how I deluded myself. :x
by BlowingOldBoots
Mon Jul 15, 2019 10:32 pm
Forum: Book Club
Topic: Erebus - The Story of a Ship, Michael Palin
Replies: 7
Views: 996

Re: Erebus - The Story of a Ship, Michael Palin

Sorry Wully, just a few small black and white pictures. It has a few words I don't understand which are quite big, but I am driller and I managed to read it.
by BlowingOldBoots
Sun Jul 14, 2019 8:06 pm
Forum: Book Club
Topic: Erebus - The Story of a Ship, Michael Palin
Replies: 7
Views: 996

Erebus - The Story of a Ship, Michael Palin

A very good book about the 'bomb' ship and her adventures. Also touches on many aspects of the famous people's lives that sailed on her life, what they were doing and how they got involved in the various exploits that eventually led them to participating in Franklyn's doomed expedition. I recommend ...
by BlowingOldBoots
Sun Jul 14, 2019 8:00 pm
Forum: Around the Scottish Coast
Topic: Lochalsh pontoons
Replies: 3
Views: 555

Re: Lochalsh pontoons

Just sail up, if they are not there, they are not there, anchor or go alongside the harbour. There is a lot of consternation around these pontoons suggesting that their absence is akin to an ELE from a meteor impact.
by BlowingOldBoots
Thu May 02, 2019 8:40 pm
Forum: Shooting the breeze
Topic: Stern chainplate rebuild - thoughts?
Replies: 16
Views: 1557

Re: Stern chainplate rebuild - thoughts?

I assume you have access to the inside. As it is only GRP I would cut out the old chain plate, make a new, stronger one and glass back in. I think the friable steel would yield under load and the bolts loosen. You are trusting to luck the condition of the unknown bit, Alternatively, get rid of the c...

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