Maintenance, Sailing

Exhausted & Having Fun

I’ve spent several visits to ‘Blue, slowly working at getting the remaining bits of the exhaust out of the boat after the union disintegrated in the shipping lanes a while back. Forty years of use has the exhaust elbow really carboned-up and the remaining piece of the union still refuses to budge but slow and steady progress is being made. …


Breakdown, Maintenance

Limping back home

Just as we clear the harbour mouth the engine note changes, the normal noisy clatter replaced by something a little more disturbing. I nip down below, ripping away the engine covers to investigate. Seems the exhaust elbow has disintegrated and the little Yanmar is spewing fumes into the saloon. We eventually do a repair with fire blanket, hose clamps and …


Nothing worthwhile without some pain?

There is this theory that life is challenge, that living and experiencing a good life involves risk of both discomfort and failure, that nothing really worthwhile comes easy. I think I can buy into that theory…..   On what happily seems to be evolving into a regular “Friday Challenge” we set sail on Jigsaw at around 1500. It’s cold with …

You do know it’s blowing quite strongly out there?

The reply from Port Control is incredulous when I ask for permission to leave moorings and proceed into the bay. “You do know it’s blowing quite strongly out there?““Yes sir. We have two reefs in the main and are expecting 35kt gusts” we radio back.“Very well then. You may proceed” comes the reply, and off we go. The wind isn’t as …