Sunday, 19 February 2017

Weekend on NB Lola

So,  children are both away, Sarah at a school exchange in Germany and Johanna at university.

What shall we do?  The boat of course.  Just a short visit with Lola dog, one night, but nonetheless great.

Arrived about mid day Saturday and we decided to get onto the cut.  Not far, just to Handsacre but it was lovely to be out on the water again.  The weather was fine and photos non existent.  I was so enjoying myself I forgot to take pictures!

We winded at Handsacre and then reversed, not helped by the boat moored almost on the winding hole.  Not to far, just a couple hundred yards.  We moored up then did a few extra checks given we had not been on her since last year.  Some rainwater under the engine but I will sort that next time.  The stern gland bilge was dry, excellent news since before the packing was replaced, only the second such time in 7 years, it was a bit puddly ( constant drips to you).  We walked the dog and noticed that the toepath hedging had been cut well back, a good job.

After dog walk I visited the Crown Inn for two pints of Bass, a nice treat and whilst under new management, the beer was in good order.  Some changes had been made and the right hand side of he bar is now a dining area.

Off to Michaels fish bar for some cod and chips.  The cod had been on a diet and was a bit thin but we still enjoyed it.

I am considering retiring early so I did wonder if I could boat single handed.  I decided yes but more thought was needed re safety etc.  We motored back Sunday and did a bit of cleaning before heading home. I used to use the blogger app but it's no longer supported by iOS, shame on them.

Saturday, 10 December 2016

Been a bit busy

Not posted for a while, work is hectic.

Anyways, all is good.  We have been on Lola boat and filled the fuel tank.  Toilet tank is still not even showing a quarter full so that's all good too.

We had Phoenix Boat Services do an engine service, gearbox check and replace the stern gland packing.

Sadly, no boating until the new year due to pressures of work and business, Aurelia Bioscience goes from strength to strength and my job just gets busier too.

Next post in the new year I reckon.

Thursday, 27 October 2016

Off the boat

Ok, so I popped to boat last Saturday to assess battery situation.  Armed with some de-ionised water and a friend with a multi meter and more knowledge re batteries than I, we got to the boat and first checked what victron said.  Strange battery outputs were all in the 14.36 range as measured at the batteries and confirmed by victron with soc 100%.  We then opened the batteries up and topped up where required.  We hung about for an hour and charger and batteries were fine.  Heading up to boat tomorrow where we will give her a fresh shakedown and take oodles of photos.

So, all seems well for the time being and I will be reading up more about our victron to discern more valuable information.

I feel that battery management is key to future, longer term trips.  As we have a Honda eu20i at home, we will have options when we do finally chuck work and enjoy early retirement.

For now it's off to the allotment to check on the cabbages!