…and a rigging inspection The standing rigging on Calypso (the wires that hold the mast up) was 10 and 11 years old and it had been 3 years since we had it professionally inspected (we would have done it last year but for Covid). In addition we had become aware of an inherent defect affecting … Read more
OK, here is a confession: when Paul gets tired he should just put his dummy in and go to sleep – but no; he drives himself to keep working…………….and then he makes mistakes. He knows this happens and yet he keeps on coming back for more!
So as we were launched the first toy to be tested was inevitably the bowthruster. Which clearly wasn’t working.
ENGINE WORK Before setting off we wanted to undertake some preventative maintenance in the engine compartment, and Wayne of Marine Drive engineering came aboard to replace the saildrive seal, look at the exhaust elbow and change the diesel injectors. The first job was to look at the exhaust elbow, which we agreed needed replacement as … Read more
During our first long term cruise, this year we knew that we had a few creaking systems and lacked some systems that we would want to install to make life on board more comfortable. We mostly managed, but the old fridge (scheduled for replacement at the end of the cruise) lasted only 2 days before being pronounced dead!