We set off for Fowey on Tuesday not without a minor drama as we needed to leave the mooring before the tide turned, and when we tried to bolt the trusty seagull outboard onto the bracket on the back of the boat it wouldn't fit! This meant leaving the mooring and pottering up to the pontoons where we had to get in and out of a tricky tight spot to drop the outboard off. We managed it with only a gentle lean against the (fortunately) plastic coated pontoon edges! We got out of Plymouth harbour and got the sails up without too much problem, and I even did some helming feeling more relaxed than I usually do. However Vince noticed that the engine was leaking a bit of diesel. Being a safety conscious person he didn't want the engine to pack up on us out at sea so we pottered back to our mooring. It then turned out that we didn't have the right sized spanners to do things to the engine, and as it was raining we thought we'd come home!
We set of home on Wednesday, by which time it was glorious sunshine and a lovely breeze ho hum!
Here's the dinghy loaded up with stuff to take home again (note lack of engine)
and in case you think I haven't been getting my crafty fix here's my anti seagull 'bunting'. There are a few boats near ours with buntingey stuff on them, so I felt ok about prettying the boat up like this. It also serves a purpose as it deters the seagulls from roosting (and pooing!) on the boat
it's made from scraps of ripstop nylon that I salvaged from the bin from the Moreton banners project that I helped with earlier this year, so they fulfilled my frugal tendencies as well.
Sadly we've missed the Shanty festival in Falmouth but, undaunted, we plan to set off again for Fowey on Monday, spanners at the ready!......