Blue Opal is sitting at her mooring, and I’m looking for a pleasant day to go sailing in winter. So far it’s either been silly windy (and cold), or too damn cold and no wind. Yesterday was looking good initially,
While out sailing the other weekend, I noticed a new rattle in the engine. Took the step off of the top of the engine, and it looked like the bronze pipe that hooks in to the exhaust of the engine
Today was the last day of the long weekend, gloriously sunny, and I was still tethered to the land by my job. However, this didn’t stop me from bringing Blue Opal alongside for some more maintenance work. First up was
The existing danbuoy on Blue Opal is well past its prime. The plastic cap is brittle, the rope looks like it’s suffered from sun exposure, and the buoyancy disk is dead, for lack of a better word. While in Viking
Spent today alongside, as I’m tethered to my phone and laptop (the joys of being on-call for a technology company). First job was to reduce the starting amount of furling line on the drum for the yankee. This was the
After a month of waiting, the civil service has produced a certificate for me, with Blue Opal’s call sign and MMSI. I now have a licence to establish a wireless telegraph ship station!