Were back and on the Boat. Cant say Im sad, in fact we are happy. The weather is mild and cool..cool being the operative word. 20 degrees and cloudy today. After all these years travelling abroad, and spending summers in searing heat, its good to be back on good old English soil.
We decided no more searing summers. 35 is just about tolerable but Hot!! but 40 and above is not..ideal temp is around 25 degrees. Which is from Sept to May normally for us.
Combined with this covid crap disruption, and Brexit nowhere near sorted, we will forgo massive long trips in the future.
Above: Trusty before the Bump, in France
Below: Trusty’s Bash and Temp repair
Trusty still hasnt turned 100.000 miles yet. Lots more life in her (Barring Government legislation)..They always try to get dinosaurs off the road. more and more road tax, and more and more mot rules.
The daft thing is? in our case, due to my diesel mechanical and general knowledge of engines, Trusty shows less emissions on the mot test than Diesel cars, with 30 quid a year road tax !!! .Our road tax is creeping ever so steadily towards 300 quid. Still that’s only around 8 quid a week and worth every penny.
Although Trusty does not need an emission test, (no visible smoke is all that is required). I like to include it, it gives me an idea of how the mods on the engine are performing.
With the engine mods. I have pushed up the mileage on a run to 40+ to the gallon, so we will keep her for the foreseeable Future. Now 46 thousand miles covered in her to date by us,with a total of 98 thousand miles overall, and no breakdowns. Apart from a small bump in Dieppe this trip.
The Marina and Voyager
Were in there somewhere
The Marina, from the shots, may seem a bit cramped, but it no worse than Aires, infact its much better, were in the cheap seats at the far end. Thats where they seem to put the older boats and long stays..They say its because thats where th 10 meter moorings are. We love it here. good neighbours, Excellent Staff. The shower toilet block literally 50 feet away. Good clean hot showers, Toilets, laundry etc.
So far its been a great experience. We acquired the mooring before we bought the Boat, although we knew we were buying it.
We originally came to the Marina to look at a boat, moored two berths away from where we are. Asking price 5 grand with no inboard engine, its got an outboard at the rear, which has a bush growing out of it..It runs !! he says..My Arse **~~ Says me.
So while we were humming and haring about it, the Boat sales guy sold it out from under our feet !! Foul !! you cry ?? Well Yes.. But we are so glad he did. Its a shed, the new owner has spent over 5 grand on it..and its still a shed !!.
So with Voyager on the cards, I rang the marina guy back up, Any moorings for a 35 foot boat, please ?? Ill get back to you, he says..Comes back, definitely no moorings available. OK Thanks . Then I got to thinking, He was not a character I could trust. so I called the marina office direct, Lovely Lady Cherril, now left and gone to live in Portugal. Who New?? !! same Question. Yes was the answer if you get here quickly its yours. So that was it done.
Incidentally he has gone, good job !! I cant be doing with these types at all. and it tarnishes the marina companies reputation. Who have turned out to be excellent.
A really lucky decision on our behalf, calling them, as there is now a two year waiting list for the same type of Mooring.
The Mooring, 1800 quid for a whole in the water, but a great life.
Scummy plants now gone Water clear, but as its only 4 feet deep it clouds up if you run your props. Boat on the right is Ron’s, and while we were away, looked after Voyager. Another great character, and now a friend,
Boat on the left is another Guy, quiet, but not so chatty.
Our Plans.Or ever changing ones more like !!
I will add new posts on our progress this summer. in and around the marina and short trips in the UK. We have no plans for massive road trips this year. or the Narrow boat cruise around the canals of Britain in Voyager. Next summer well do that if all is well.. Staycation I believe they call it.
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