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by DaveS
Thu Jun 01, 2006 2:41 pm
Forum: Shooting the breeze
Topic: Freedom!
Replies: 3
Views: 3225

Freedom!

As of today I'm no longer part of the corporate machine. While it's a big change (a 30 year habit is hard to kick) I think I'll be able to get used to it! I won't be setting off on any ocean crossings just yet - too many other commitments and SWMBO is still employed - but I do mean to spent more tim...
by DaveS
Thu Jun 01, 2006 1:50 pm
Forum: Shooting the breeze
Topic: Claymore is in Residence
Replies: 6
Views: 3725

Claymore, Claymore, Claymore

Avilion on 77.

I should be out Friday to Monday. Any suggestions for Saturday night?

Over
by DaveS
Wed May 17, 2006 11:03 pm
Forum: Passages and Places
Topic: Loch Tarbert, Jura
Replies: 19
Views: 13335

Yes, the bay to the north after you reach the end of the 111 transit and before going through the narrows "on sight". Lawrence describes it as "the most popular" anchorage, but I think most people carry on through the narrows. So it's not just me then? I think I will mount an exp...
by DaveS
Thu May 11, 2006 9:06 pm
Forum: Passages and Places
Topic: Loch Tarbert, Jura
Replies: 19
Views: 13335

Loch Tarbert, Jura

Last weekend I had the place to myself and anchored in Cuan Bay. I came to the conclusion that the 111 (approx) transit is not correctly laid down on the chart (or the Pilot). The charted line leads quite close to the rocks at one side of the channel, but following the actual transit keeps you in th...
by DaveS
Thu May 11, 2006 10:18 am
Forum: Basically Boaty
Topic: Avilion's Blog
Replies: 12
Views: 8331

Odd post

Dear blogGreen88, I'm struggling to see any connection between your post and anything previous on this thread. Your blank profile gives no clue either. From the remarkable similarity to your post on another thread it occurs to me that your offerings may be generated mechanically. Is this anything ot...
by DaveS
Tue Apr 25, 2006 8:33 pm
Forum: Basically Boaty
Topic: Next Friday's Tides
Replies: 25
Views: 17714

CC plans

Finally reached a keyboard to chip in my tuppenceworth! The weather forecast looks pretty good - maybe a bit light for good sailing, but preferrable to blowing a hoolie? If a circumnavigation of Mull was planned, it could be a good weekend for it. I've been in the pub in Bunessan: in 1985, celebrati...
by DaveS
Tue Apr 18, 2006 11:14 pm
Forum: Basically Boaty
Topic: Next Friday's Tides
Replies: 25
Views: 17714

Are the Corran Ledge buoys still there? I'm sure I heard or read something ... can't remember the source though.
by DaveS
Fri Apr 07, 2006 10:26 pm
Forum: Gear and Gadgets
Topic: ST 60 Plastic Paddlewheel
Replies: 12
Views: 9764

I just use ordinary a/f, but put it on the impeller with a "dry brush" technique, then give it lots of wiggling an hour or two later to free any binding before the stuff sets hard. Once dry, a finger flick should make it spin freely with a "dry rattle" sound, and if it does that ...
by DaveS
Fri Apr 07, 2006 9:57 pm
Forum: Basically Boaty
Topic: Avilion's Blog
Replies: 12
Views: 8331

I had assumed that the "see 1/5/05" referred to an entry of that date covering the loss of the original on the CC. Or have you actually posted this and I've missed it? Having just gone to check, yes and probably yes respectively. The CC reference appears in "2005 summary". One o...
by DaveS
Fri Apr 07, 2006 9:41 pm
Forum: Basically Boaty
Topic: Avilion's Blog
Replies: 12
Views: 8331

claymore wrote:I couldn't help but notice that you seem to have a ready supply of female cruising companions....is there anything you'd like to add to this observation?


By gad sir, I hope you are not insinuating anything improper!
by DaveS
Fri Apr 07, 2006 9:36 pm
Forum: Basically Boaty
Topic: Avilion's Blog
Replies: 12
Views: 8331

Re: Not wishing to be picky but..

I did note a reference "The (replacement - see 1/5/05) anchor strop was gone" which seemed to indicate that there might still be a small entry required to bring the blog completely up to date. :) Well... I've not made up the new, new replacement yet so I didn't think I could really talk a...
by DaveS
Thu Apr 06, 2006 12:20 am
Forum: Basically Boaty
Topic: Avilion's Blog
Replies: 12
Views: 8331

Avilion's Blog

Having taken all winter, I've finally got this brought up to date - 2 days before the log book goes back aboard. A classic case of Parkinson's law, methinks!
by DaveS
Sun Apr 02, 2006 8:27 pm
Forum: Shooting the breeze
Topic: Back afloat!
Replies: 3
Views: 3139

Back afloat!

Avilion is back in :D but I've not left the pontoon yet :( The new main looks very pretty, but is horribly stiff and a right sod to handle compared with its soft and friendly - albeit 16 y.o. - predecessor. To add to the fun the new slugs don't run in the track very freely - I believe the recommende...
by DaveS
Thu Mar 30, 2006 12:08 am
Forum: Gear and Gadgets
Topic: A Scottish view on Chart Plotters
Replies: 28
Views: 20104

The hard a/f's only for the saildrive leg (and the secret weapon). The rest of the hull gets eroding "cruising quality" Seago or XM or whatever Duncans currently have a deal on (or had 2 or 3 years ago - I've built up something of a stockpile...) All ready for launching. I hoped I'd get in...
by DaveS
Sat Mar 25, 2006 3:42 pm
Forum: Gear and Gadgets
Topic: A Scottish view on Chart Plotters
Replies: 28
Views: 20104

Secret weapon installed and two coats of hard a/f applied. All (well greased) moving bits moving like they're meant to. Eager anticipation of sea trials.

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