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Back in the water

When you are on the hard, there is a huge list of jobs that you want to do in the shortest time possible Prop The work that needed to be completed on the sail drive was adding the new anode before putting it back together. I tell you, the prop really needed a good clean, there was sand everywhere. Once it was cleaned, Beverley used the Selden grease on the shaft. The other little job that we did while we had the chance was change the oil in the sail drive. Mast There was still lots (Read more from Back in the water)

Ship wrecked? On the hard and in the yard

Keel We were in the yard and there was a whole host of extra jobs to do. One of the jobs that had not been planned for was the state of the keel. As soon as the keel had dried out, the copper coat, just started cracking and on further inspection it just flacked off. Once we identified the problem, we were able to remove all the paint in an hour. I was on the port side, while Beverley took the starboard side. We both loved the long strips of paint that came off. These are both worrying in (Read more from Ship wrecked? On the hard and in the yard)

More scary stuff - standing rigging

Of all the things that Beverley and I have discussed over the last few weeks, it is the state of our standing rigging. Despite the rigging being 15 years old, it is in quite good shape, so in my opinion did not need to be done now. However Beverley won the argument when she quite rightly argued that we were planning to own Salty Lass for at least the next 15 years, so knowing that that part of her was in good shape would be a good idea. Also, we both wanted a spinikar at some point in the future (Read more from More scary stuff - standing rigging)

Cooking with Gas

One of the things that Beverley really wanted was a new cooker. The only problem was finding one that would fit. We scoured the internet looking for one that would fit and found a cooker of the right size and dimension at a local retailer on the other side of the river. As it happens our car needed servicing and we had a friend who could service the car just in the village next to where we could find the cooker. Being able to look at items really helps apart from the fact that the one in the showroom (Read more from Cooking with Gas)

Our first mullion

From our last video which was Beverley and I adding Dyneema as our guard rails, we had been asked by one of our followers about the rubbing of the ropes. As we follow the advice of a man we met at Ardglass, which was to wrap the fenders around the stanchions, then the fender does not pull on the dyneema. Although this really cuts down on the wear on the guard rails, I would advice to move the fenders prior to departure and hang them off the guard rails, so that the bite you are having to remove is not (Read more from Our first mullion)

Saving money - Dyneema and the Dan girl

Fixing a Traditional Coastal Dan Buoy Equipment – Empty 1350g Vanish OxiAction container. Most are pink but the crystal white container is white. Drill with bit, sharp knife, vernier, sealant, retro reflective tape If you have a traditional coastal dan buoy then the end caps tend to get damaged by ultra violet, if yours is that sort then there is a simple fix using an empty 1350g Vanish OxiAction container. Measure the size of the pole that goes through the dan buoy with the verniers, then drill a hole of that size through the centre of (Read more from Saving money - Dyneema and the Dan girl)

Splicing Dyneema

There are several ways to splice dynemma and it is one of the simplest ropes to splice. Equipment - Hollow Fid, Splicing needles, chopping board, sharp knife Splice 1 - Long tail splice The long tail splice is really easy as you take the short end of the rope and feed it through the long tail of the rope, you then take the long end of the rope and feed it through the short end. This locks the splice in place. Now take the short end and feed it into the core of the (Read more from Splicing Dyneema)

RNLI - Heros who save lives at sea

I met RNLI volunteer crewman Mark Greensmith while I was working as a temporary receptionist. While he was waiting for his appointment I chatted to him about his work and more importantly his volunteer role. While we were chatting he invited Beverley and I down to the station so that we could see behind the scenes. I thought that this was a good idea, so I asked if the invitation could be extended to the other members of Liverpool Yacht club. He said he could put me in touch with the public liasison officer so this is what he did (Read more from RNLI - Heros who save lives at sea)

Giants, fridges and kedgeree

Here be giants The giants were in Liverpool so we went to see them along with our friend Karen. It has been a long time since I saw the crowds that were in Liverpool. The last time that I saw that many people was at a royal wedding. There were hundreds of people lining the streets, wanting to see the giant figures. The people moving the giants were incredibly fit, swinging on ropes to move the giant legs, then getting back onto the trucks ready for there next movement. The next day when we were on Salty Lass, we (Read more from Giants, fridges and kedgeree)

Gas Leaks and Thermal cookers

Gas leaks The hunt for Gas continues, Beverley had just put in a new cylinder of gas and one week later, it was completely empty. We must have a gas leak. Beverley used soapy water over the hose, to see if she could find bubble. What she found was that if the hose was twisted one way, there was no bubbles but if she twisted the hose in another way then bubbles started to appear. This is why the gas locker has a slot at the bottom of the door so that if you have a leak like we (Read more from Gas Leaks and Thermal cookers)

Hot and Cold

It was January and our heating system stopped working. Beverley took the heating system apart to look at the atomiser and the glow plug. The glow plug was the correct shape, being nice and square, but the atomiser was all covered in soot, as well as the inside of the combustion chamber. Unfortunately this meant that we would have to take the heating system back to the service centre. While the heating system was being serviced Beverley put down a dry mat under our mattress. This allows air to circulate under the mattress, but the other important thing is (Read more from Hot and Cold)

Staying warm and dry

We were going to be staying in the marina throughout the winter, which only meant one thing we needed to insulate the boat. We bought a big role of closed cell foam from kiravans.co.uk it had the advantage that it had a silver outside layer, so that it would reflect the heat, back into the boat, while on the other side, it was nice and sticky so that we could stick it to the side of the hull with minimum of fuss. As with all jobs, we played the boat game, in that we had to move things (Read more from Staying warm and dry)

Sail cover repair

One of the projects that was needing to be done was fix the binnacle caver. It had one or two rips in the canvas which I repaired by adding a piece of fabric to the back of it, then going over the rip with a zigzag stitch. The bottom of the binnacle cover was all mangy because, the fabric trailed on the floor of the cockpit. So all I did was remove a few inches off the bottom and removed the various straps as these were not needed. The resulting cover was a lot better. I saved the straps as (Read more from Sail cover repair)

Bookcase - Boat Projects

We were back in our slip, that means that it was time for boat projects. There was so many to do, but we decided to start on the bookcase as it would free up some space in a locker that was too full for comfort. Clearly, the first thing we needed for this project was wood, so we bought some good quality hardboard. I was set to do a beautiful drive off with the wood, but I messed up, which meant that I mounted the pavement. When Beverley turned the boat around she did a fantastic job, I just (Read more from Bookcase - Boat Projects)

Southport 2018 - 24 hour race

It was the Southport 24hour race and we had agreed to do the cooking. For the team leaders that means a lot of preparation. I had gone down to Manchester and borrowed all the camping equipment. That meant I had some huge pots, a two burner camping stove and the gas to go with it. The day before Beverley and I were doing nothing else but cooking, or shopping. We had decided to go with a tomato and red pepper soup for lunch. That meant we bought lots of bread, then cooked onions, tinned tomatoes, red peppers and of (Read more from Southport 2018 - 24 hour race)

We're back

We are back in Liverpool, so it was time to decide what we want to do to convert Salty Lass from a short time sailor or a weekender to a full time cruising boat. So projects that we have coming up are:- Our solar panels are just not good enough. They really are not good enough, I think that they are about 14" across, the only thing they are good enough for is a trickle charge to the starter battery We need a canvas enclosure across the back to protect us from the weather We (Read more from We're back)

Lessons learned whilst sailing

We were in at Port St Mary and I was so thankful to be tied up to the harbour wall. As we sorted out the lines, we invited the helmsman and his son from the diving charter boat onto Salty Lass. His son thought that Salty Lass, was great and kept on explaining from below. "Its got a bedroom", "There is a cooker". Clearly the diving charter boat, did not have such luxuries. Once they had left, Beverley went off to explore the shops while I starting putting equipment away. One of the items that needed to go (Read more from Lessons learned whilst sailing)

In trouble again

We had stayed overnight on a mooring buoy outside Peel harbour, so that we could leave on the morning tide which would be heading south. Beverley manoeuvred Salty Lass off the mooring while I slipped the ropes out of the mooring. It was so much easier than the previous night when we had had to move, because of the rolly seas. Once Beverley had steered Salty Lass around Contrary Head just south of Peel, I took over steering. It was a reasonable sail, with the biggest issue being the many lobster pots that we had to avoid. I had (Read more from In trouble again)

Queenies In Peel and Midnight Manoeuvrers

It was a very cold and wet day in Peel, so I decided to talk to the man cooking Queenies and other Manx favourites on the Pier. It was a little strange asking the man if I could film him cooking, but he was really nice and he was happy to talk to me about Queenies. The local fishermen trawl for Queenies most days and they get them out of the shells off shore and then dump, the shells, which is why the local beach is absolutely covered in scallop shells. Even though this is shells in this case, it (Read more from Queenies In Peel and Midnight Manoeuvrers)

Sailing with the disabled

We had met Arne the chairman of Isle of Man sailing for the disabled in Peel when we were bringing Salty Lass down from Troon to Liverpool and we arranged a day where we could help out on Pride of Mann III as crew. The children from the special needs unit of Castle Rushen High School were set to arrive at 10:15, so we arrived at the yacht one hour before hand to discuss the outline of the day and have the safety briefing. Soon the four children arrived with their teacher Kerry. All the children were excited (Read more from Sailing with the disabled)

Stripping, Rolling and Booming

Our time cruising was coming to a close, we had things to do in Liverpool, so it was time to start heading for home in Liverpool. The passage though the Donaghadee Sound had been a lot easier than we had imagined, so we thought that we would go this way again. Then once through the gap, we would be able to head straight for Peel on the Isle of Man. Although we had timed the passage correctly, we had wind over tide for some of the passage, which meant that we were rolling quite a bit. The winds were (Read more from Stripping, Rolling and Booming)

B.O.A.T

B.O.A.T. stands for Bring Out Another Thousand, we didn't spend that much but we certainly did spend some money in Bangor Marina, which had quite a nice chandler on site. Beverley and I love going around the chandlers and we bought some bits and bobs for Salty Lass. Bow Fender Beverley got a Bow Fender at £20, which was a bargin as far as she was concerned. When we had looked on line, we had seen prices much more than that, so we replaced our wishbone fender, which is great for yachts that only use one slip, but (Read more from B.O.A.T)

Titanic

We were moored in Ardglass, a little longer than we would of liked as there is very little to do close to the Marina. One of our fellow travellers had brought his golf clubs and there was a excellent golf course near by, which was holding a championship for the youth of Northern Ireland, so he was very happy, but for us, we just used our extended stay to catch up with the washing and cleaning of Salty Lass. Luckily the weather was not too bad and we could leave the marina and venture out and explore again. The (Read more from Titanic)

Windy Bumpy Seas

We were safely moored in Carlingford Marina, and Beverley took a walk into Carlingford, to pick up a few bits and bobs. On the way there she heard shouting going on in the local river culvert. She had no idea what was going on, but what happens in the culvert, stays in the culvert. The weather was quite poor the next day too, so this time I joined Beverley and we walked into Carlingford together. In Carlingford, we found St. Johns Castle, another castle built with all the taxes taken from the people of Nottingham, in Robin Hoods day. (Read more from Windy Bumpy Seas)

Splicing rope - 3 braid nylon

How to make a three strand splice Step 1: Tape the ends Split and unravel a short length of rope. Tape the end of each braid where the braids are still neat and cut half way through the tape, so that the braids will still not unravel. Step 2: Unlay the strands Pick one strand, it doesn't matter which, and unwind it, making eight revolutions around the other two. Tape the rope tightly just below where this "loose" strand joins the others. Now untwist the other two strands, to where the tape is. Step 3: (Read more from Splicing rope - 3 braid nylon)

Curry in Carlingford

We were safely anchored in the Skerries when the weather took a turn for the worse and just closed in. We had planned to get off the yacht and explore the small islands in and around the Skerries, but the chop was particularly bad and we didn't feel like it was safe enough for us to get off the yacht. However, just because we were confined to Salty Lass for the day, did not mean that we were board, far from it, it just meant that we needed to complete one of the many projects that we had on-board and (Read more from Curry in Carlingford)

Rule of Twelfths

After spending the night in Howth, we were ready once again to set sail, and this time the wind was in the right direction so that we could anchor in the Skerries. Looking at the passage we decided that we would like to go between two islands that had a spit running between them that had a charted depth of 0.3m. This meant that we needed to use the rule of twelfths to determine, when it would be safe to go between the two islands. The Rule of Twelfths This is a way of roughly calculating the depth (Read more from Rule of Twelfths)

We are going to Dublin

Howth Lifeboat had got us safely secured back in Howth Marina. So now at least we had options, we could use the service of the local yard and have a lift and hold, but we could also employ the services of the local diver, who has been working at Howth for several years. The diver was available, so we opted for him. He came with a massive dive suit that had weights in as part of the suit. On top of the weights he had a dual tank plus his equipment. The diver was in his seventies and I (Read more from We are going to Dublin)

Rescued at Sea

We arrived in Howth quite late, so once we had secured Salty Lass and knew that she was safe, we went down below and crashed out. The next day, once we had filled in the paperwork at the marina, we went on an explore around Howth. It has a thriving trawling harbour, so there was fish mongers and fish restaurants everywhere, especially on the quay side. I loved the fish mongers, the variety and the quality of the fish on sale, was fantastic. It was a beautiful day, so as we walked around we took in the sights, like (Read more from Rescued at Sea)

Sailing to Ireland

As we were moored up in Port Dinorwic, my mother and my brother took the opportunity to come visit us. So we explored around the local area, which allowed us to watch the regatta. There was so many small craft out on the water, from classic wooden boats to more modern boats. Haveing a little knowledge about the way races are run, we could spot the race committe boats and spot the marks that the yachts were sailing around. I love watching all the sails, and it is a beautiful sport to watch, with the excitement coming from the boats (Read more from Sailing to Ireland)

Navigating The Swellies - Menai Strait - North Wales

Beverley was wondering about the passage and worrying about the length of time it would take. So we got the maps out and I saw immediately where she was going wrong. It was the same mistake that I had made the previous day, in that she was reading the wrong scale. She was reading the scale of the main map, rather than the scale of the insert. I showed her what she was doing wrong and it was like a light bulb going off in her head. She saw what she had done wrong and a huge weight was taken (Read more from Navigating The Swellies - Menai Strait - North Wales)

Stormy Weather

We went around Conwy one last time and found a defibrillator in a phone box, which I thought was a great use for the old style telephone box. The weather predictions were fine and everything seemed good for the short passage to the top of the Swellies. However, once we were outside of Conwy Bay past the fairway buoy, the weather took a dramatic turn for the worse, with winds gusting to Force 8 and high waves. We had planned to anchor at Puffin Island, but with the weather we had, it would of been just too dangerous. So (Read more from Stormy Weather)

Navigating Liverpool's Rock Channel to Conwy

Sometimes it can take ages to get stuff sorted. We are still busy working and dealing with customers and other jobs that it just seems like everything is getting in the way. We had invited friends over for a meal at our flat before they went on holiday and we were still there when they came back. Although it seemed like ages, we were soon getting the yacht ready for another adventure. One of the things that is needed on a yacht is a marker pen so that paper can be taken off tins and then the tins can (Read more from Navigating Liverpool's Rock Channel to Conwy)

Getting the grot off the yacht

Every time we come back to Liverpool, we update a little bit more of the yacht. On our way down from Whitehaven, the cover on the wheel had got a little bit tatty, so one sunny afternoon, I got my sewing stuff out and repaired the wheel cover. One job down just 400 more jobs to go. The lettering for the dingy had arrived while we were gone, so while I sewed Beverley added our dinghies name "Salty Sausage". At last our dinghy is insured, as you need the wording t/t Salty Lass to be insured. Next up (Read more from Getting the grot off the yacht)

Cheats Banoffee Pie

I am sure that this recipe has been around for ages, but I had recently bought a portion of Jeffersons rum butter in Whitehaven and the idea of making a biscuit base, with the rum butter, was very apealling. You will need Gluton Free Digestive Biscuits Butter Bananas Butterscotch angel delight or other similar product Milk Line the baseof your serving tin with biscuits. You need to just line the base with not too many gaps and no more. Put the biscuits into a clean plactic bad and crush with a (Read more from Cheats Banoffee Pie)

Party on the Pudge

We had travelled down to Maldon in Essex, to see our friends boat, "The Nobby Empress". On the Friday night there was a launch party for the boat, which was attended by the shipwrights who had worked on the boat, members from the Nobby Owners Association, friends and family. Steve the owner of the Nobby Empress, did a presentation which was a celebration of the workmanship and craftsmanship that is available in Maldon. The workmanship that Steve, particularly pointed out was the hanging knees which had been individually carved and fitted into place, the teak deck, which is a (Read more from Party on the Pudge)

Prudences Dream

Prudence had a dream. Her little boat was getting tattered and she wanted a bigger boat. She wanted all her friends to join her in the boat and she wanted it to be secured in Salty Lass. She saw a tanker and of course she said Big Boat Big Boat, I want Big Boat We got some cartboard for her and we made the mock up It fitted all her friends and she was really happy Big Problem, it wouldn't fit on the Lass So we made her a smaller version that would (Read more from Prudences Dream)

A rum story

We left Ramsey Pier at low tide and sailed across the Irish sea to Whitehaven. The sea was quite lumpy as it had not settled down from storm Hector, which had been just the night before. The wind was behind us, so we choose to do training runs, as this takes out the issues with gybes. Even so with the sea being so lumpy, there were times as we rode the wave the main sail gybed first one way and then the next, as we rode the wave. It is clear, we need to look at gybe preventors, as the (Read more from A rum story)

Passage Planning - Douglas to Whitehaven

Storm Hector had battered Salty Lass during the night, so much so that at one time she was healed over. Beverley commented that she didn't think that it was possible, but it was. It meant for an uncomfortable night, but I was so tired from a full on day, that I still managed eight hours sleep. It was just ten o'clock when I finally managed to get out of my pit. During the day, the storm abated, but afterwards our fenders had rubbed the pontoon so much, that the fender had actually left a mark in the wood. During (Read more from Passage Planning - Douglas to Whitehaven)

Train ride to Ramsey

Getting about in the Isle of Man can be quite an experience as they have steam trains, horse frawn carriges and an old electric train system. Just reading the timetable can be a challenge in itself, with four timetables for the steam train and six timetables for the electric. If I was back as a teacher, I would use the information as an exercise, because different days have different tables. On the day we decided to travel to Ramsey from Douglas, timetables C and E were in operation, while if we had decided to travel the day before, it would (Read more from Train ride to Ramsey)

Night with Creo

Beverley and I were listening in on channel 12, as we had agreed to help with the lines of Pride of Mann III when they came in, when we heard Matt from Creo wishing to come in. Beverley and I laughed as we had wanted to travel up to Fleetwood where they were based, but with one thing and another it had not happened, so now they were turning up at our door. Beverley and I split the chores, with Beverley going to help the lines for Creo, while I went for the lines of Pride of Mann III. (Read more from Night with Creo)

Douglas - Isle of Man

We had arrived in the Isle of Man just before the gates had dropped and we were moored up. That was the end of our personal race but what of the others how had they faired. I was curious to find out how every one else did, so I took the camera equipment that we had carried across for Jackknife and went down to the visitor pontoon outside the harbour entrance to watch others arrive. At the visitors pontoon I watched several yachts arrive, including Mojito, who were drinking a beer to celebrate their arrival, they told me they (Read more from Douglas - Isle of Man)

Leftover chilli

Making the most of leftovers, is the best way to make the most out of life. We had made a rather nice cottage pie for our crew, on the day of their departure which was the Sunday. When we make a meat sauce, we usually have some left over and this time was no exception. So we had some leftover meat sauce, so it was time to make leftover chilli. Serves 4 Between 1/2lb to 2lb of meat sauce. Onions Peppers Chilli flakes Chilli powder Tomatoes Small tin of kidney beans (Read more from Leftover chilli)

Isle of Man Midnight race

On Friday 8th June Liverpool Yacht Club, Tranmere Sailing Club and the Irish Sea Offshore Racing Association joined together for the 99th Isle of Man Midnight race. Altogether there was 25 racers, one cruiser by the name of Salty Lass and additional support vessels, who were needed to talk to Mersey VTS, as the whole fleet was classed as one vessel for the purposes of traffic control along the Mersey. We were joined by Charlotte and Niel who fancied joining us on this adventure. Beverley and I love having people aboard, its one of the reasons we chose to (Read more from Isle of Man Midnight race)

Tall Ships on the Mersey

On Monday 28th May, the tall ships left Liverpool, to sail to Dublin, on the start of the "Three festivals tall ships regatta". Beverley and I welcomed aboard Chris, who wanted a day sail, that allowed him to photograph these majestic ships, in their natural environment out on the water. We crammed into the first lock with twelve other vessels, who all had the same idea in mind. This was the first time that Beverley and I have ventured the lock when it is full, as so far we had navigated the lock when it was quite. It (Read more from Tall Ships on the Mersey)

Changes

We have decided to change our blogs name to Sailing Yacht Salty Lass. When we started our channel we didn't know what we wanted. We had made the decision to change our lives drastically and we decided that we would video our progress. We had seen lots of people make the bold statement that they had sold everything and gloss over the amount of work that involves. Just how long does it take to sell everything. We started our move in July and it was four months later that we actually sold our number one asset, our house. Once (Read more from Changes)

Adventure Wales

I met the skipper, Sam Jones of Adventure Wales and his crew Sharon Salisbury, first mate, Paul Ash, watch leader and Kerry, youth development officer as part of my role as a ships liaison officer, during that time, I shared in some of their triumphs, found out about the work they do with vulnerable adults and the projects they are doing to raise awareness about the plastics that are in the sea. (Read more from Adventure Wales)

Tall ships in Liverpool

On Thursday 24th May 2018, I became a Ships liaison officer. I had volunteered for the role in April, by attending a meeting and filling in the application form. The main things that they wanted to know on the application was what dates you were available and did you speak any languages, as some of the ships attending were from foreign ports. Following the initial meeting we were assigned either to a ship, or as a floater who carried out a variety of administration tasks. There was then just one extra meeting on the day before the event started (Read more from Tall ships in Liverpool)

Running aground in our sail boat

Now that we had sorted out the anchor and the chain, we decided that we would go to a local anchorage called Hilbre Island to test it out. Although we have 50m of chain, for our area we soon realised that we would need to buy rode as there is a 9m tide at Hilbre, so say you anchor at the 3.0m contour line then you need to add the 9m tide to that which makes 12.0m. If you use a ratio of 4 to 1 then we barely have enough chain. Also it is really difficult to be on (Read more from Running aground in our sail boat)

Anchor chains, shackles and swivels

Our brand new shackle had arrived at the chandlers, so we picked it up and also collected a small section of 10mm chain. Our survey had recommended a swivel that allows the anchor to turn more freely. The only issue with this swivel is that you can not attach it to the anchor directly because of the sidewards force that can be exerted by the anchor on the swivel. So in the end, we used an ordinary shackle to attach the 10mm chain to the anchor. This chain was then directly attached to the new shackle. In an ideal world, (Read more from Anchor chains, shackles and swivels)

Night on the Mersey

After sorting out the engine service on the Saturday, we still had two days of the weekend to enjoy ourselves. So on the Sunday we decided to leave the marina to go out and moor on one of the new mooring buoys that had been laid in the Mersey. We deliberately told nobody of our intentions as we knew that at least one friend would like to join us and since we had bought the lass, we had not had the opportunity to be on our own. We used the second lock out as the first was absolutely crammed (Read more from Night on the Mersey)

Oil and Diesel Service

The last of the parts needed to complete the engine service had arrived during the week, so now there was no excuse, but to get messy and complete the engine service. Oil Service For the oil service you need, an extractor, oil and the new oil filter. When I was reviewing what we needed, I soon realised that I had not got the oil. So I hunted in the port locker to see what oils we had on board. It turned out that we had three different types of oil on board, all with slightly different working temperatures. (Read more from Oil and Diesel Service)

Brunswick Stew

I have enjoyed Brunswick Stew on many occasions, but seeing as we were tied up in Brunswick Dock, then I really wanted to eat the stew in the correct place. Serves 2 2 Chicken breasts 750g new potatoes, pre-cooked 200g baby mushrooms, washed and halved 1 large onion, chopped 2 cloves garlic 1 thumb sized ginger, finely diced 1 yellow pepper, chopped 1 can tomatoes (250g) 1 can peas/sweetcorn (125g) 1 gluten free chicken stock cube 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, crushed 1/2 teaspoon crushed (Read more from Brunswick Stew)

Servicing our Volvo Penta sea water cooling system

Whatever type of boat you have, there is a service schedule with regard to the engine. For a full service ours is every year or 200 engine hours. When we purchased the yacht, the last time that the engine had been serviced was in April 2017, so our engine was due a full service. On hearing our intention to travel from Troon to Liverpool our sellers recommended that we serviced the engine, when we got back, that way we could take our own time and make sure that everything was working correctly. So now that the yacht was in (Read more from Servicing our Volvo Penta sea water cooling system)

Life raft servicing

The length of time that your life raft need servicing depends on the age of your life raft. When you buy your life raft new it will come with a three or five year warranty. During that time you do not need to have it serviced. Once it has passed its warranty, it needs to be serviced. During the service, the life raft will be blown up and checked for leaks. In addition to the integrity of the life raft being checked, the emergency equipment stowed on board, is also checked. Any equipment that is faulty or out of (Read more from Life raft servicing)

No fire in the hold

After finding a total of five fire extinguishers on board Salty Lass, I decided to get them all checked out and to find out exactly what the recommendations are for boats. We got our fire extinguishers checked out by a local company called Jackson Fire and Security who came out to Salty Lass, to do their checks. We were charged £30 for the call out and another £6.50 for each extinguisher, however four of the extinguishers were condemned as they turned out to be the originals that came with the yacht in 2002, so they agreed not to charge (Read more from No fire in the hold)

Salty Lass at last

For Beverley, one of the jobs that really needed to be done, was putting the name Salty Lass on the bow. Beverley had removed the yachts old name well over a month ago and if you looked carefully you could still see the old name, as the gel coat below where the old name was, was not as weathered as the rest of the gel coat. One of the fellow boat owners gave us a tube of Autosol and this worked well, as Beverley soon realised that there was residual glue from the old name and the Autosol, soon removed (Read more from Salty Lass at last)

Spare Ribs

I feel very fortunate, as I always seam to get what I want, we had only been in Liverpool for an hour and already someone was giving me a rib. True, the rib was not in great shape, but it was what I wanted. I couldn't wait to get started, so as soon as I could I was down to the boat, looking at what needed to get done. First off was cleaning the rib I started with just using water and the jet wash, this got rid of some flaky varnish off the back of the (Read more from Spare Ribs)

Mushroom Fajitas

Sometimes there is nothing wrong with using a packet to provide you with good nutritious food. I particularly like the Old El Paso Fajita Kit, as the Fajitas are good, even my daughter likes them, and as far as I'm concerned that is praise indeed as she can be a fussy eater. As one of our guests was vegetarian I decided to swap out the chicken and use mushrooms instead You will need One Old El Paso Gluten Free Fajita kit 400grams of mushrooms - use chestnut mushrooms if you can as these have (Read more from Mushroom Fajitas)

Ferry to the Mersey

Our friends Karen and Steve, arrived on the Friday and we all consulted the weather and the local tides. The weather for the Friday was not great for sailing so it gave us chance to explore Peel again, so this time I checked out the local museum where they had a replica long boat and part of the museum was made to be a Viking courtyard and long house. The Manx people are very proud of their heritage and as well as the Vikings being depicted in the museum there are long boats in the harbour and other Viking remnants (Read more from Ferry to the Mersey)

Meat feasts and castles

We had been away from Salty Lass for a few days as it was Easter and we had gone to my mothers 93rd Birthday. But as soon as my daughter had gone back to Sheffield, we were back down to Peel and Salty Lass. It was nice coming back to Salty Lass, she has only been in my life for a few weeks now, but she has already become part of my family and something that I love. I know that it will be a while before she is finally our home but I am really looking forward to it. (Read more from Meat feasts and castles)

Portpatrick to Peel

After our damsels in distress incident I took a walk around Portpatrick and I met the locals from The Crown who enquired if I had got the gas I wanted. On finding out that my search had not been fruitful, he offered his 6kg of gas. To me that was such a generous offer, he didn't know me and yet he let me walk off with his gas bottle and its contents. Now it was just a case of getting it to the Lass to see if it would fit. As I lugged the gas bottle and its contents over (Read more from Portpatrick to Peel)

Damsels in distress

We had left Portpatrick in Scotland to sail to Peel in the Isle of Man. Even though the weather around the harbour had been clear, we had not got far along the coast before we hit winds gusting between Force 6 to 7 (moderate gale to gale force). After three hours we had travelled just seven nautical miles and the weather was not improving, so we decided to return to Portpatrick. We lined up the harbour entrance and as we were entering the harbour, a huge swell hit us and suddenly we were steering 45 degrees off our initial (Read more from Damsels in distress)

Tieing up to a harbour wall

Do not rely on this information, as we have tied up to a harbour wall a total of two times and watched a local come in, so we are no experts, but it will give you a first stab as to the equipment that you will need and the general idea. This method also relies on risers being present and not all locations have these. You will need Two long lines, these need to be at least the length of 1m to be used to tie the rope to your cleat 1-2m to be (Read more from Tieing up to a harbour wall)

No water under the keel

We stayed in Stranraer for the day, following our disaster. We were just tired out and we needed to recharge our batteries. I managed to go for a walk in the afternoon discovering a museum and an old keep along the way. In the museum there was one part on education where I felt very old as the equipment that they had on display, looked exactly like equipment that I had used as a child. They even had some blocks and children today are still using them, so rather than reflect upon my age, I decided to revel in the (Read more from No water under the keel)

Disaster on day one

We travelled up to Troon on the Sunday, so that we were bright and early to catch the morning tide out of Troon. When we got up the sea was as flat as glass and the reflections on the water were beautiful. We got "Salty Lass" ready to slip and Beverley manoeuvred us out of the slip and into the sea. (Read more from Disaster on day one)

Renaming your yacht

You will need At least three bottles of good quality bubbly. Do not offend the gods with cheap stuff, I'm afraid they like quality Removing the old name requires one bottle, 1/2 for the God of the sea, 1/2 for yourself and guests Renaming your yacht requires two bottles of bubbly. From the first bottle two glasses are reserved for you, the master and your first mate, while the rest gets given to the God of the sea. From the second bottle you will need a good sized glass of bubbly (Read more from Renaming your yacht)

Aladdin's Cave

We took ownership of our yacht on 14th March 2018, it had been a long journey to get our yacht but we felt that this was a great big step in the right direction to a different life offering new challenges and adventures. On the Friday after we took ownership, we went up to the yacht with our marigolds and cleaning supplies ready to give the yacht a good cleaning out and to do an inventory of the stuff that was left on board. We had bought the yacht from a lovely couple who were looking to get (Read more from Aladdin's Cave)

How we bought our boat

In our experience, there are three ways to buy a boat. Buy brand new with all the mod cons, but its expensive Buy it cheap and then do it up Look for the middle ground If you have the money to buy it new, then do expect to buy stuff on top. When you purchase a boat it will come with all the equipment that is needed to sail the boat, but it might come with simple one speed winches, when what you really need is self tailing two speed winches. Buying new comes (Read more from How we bought our boat)

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