Life at the end of the road

September 4, 2010

Well and truly peed off :-(

Filed under: boats, daily doings, weather, wind turbine — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 9:39 pm

A flash of inspiration got me out of bed this morning which was far pleasanter than the ‘wee dug’s’ barking of yesterday. The sudden revelation that had me up much earlier than necessary was a generator, a generator lying in my mates shed a mile along the track from my house. Today I’d planned to try and disassemble a 14m long lighting tower that I’d acquired some months ago from a good friend and reader of the blog. Having tried unsuccessfully on previous trips to break it down into two more manageable 7m sections I’d planned to resort to a ‘Stihl saw’  as a last resort. Now my trusty 30 year old Stihl died some time ago, so yesterday I approached a friend for a loan of his as I dropped my boy off at school. Of course I had to pass pleasantries over the garden fence before broaching the subject on that fine Friday morning  and it was during this discourse that his dog used my leg as a lamppost, I was not amused 😦 He was however kind enough to lend me some trousers (when he’d stopped laughing 🙂 ) and my good friend Jessie Nicolson stuck mine straight in her washing machine after I’d blagged a cup of tea off her and told her of my predicament 🙂 However I never actually got the cutter and decided to reluctantly abandon the project.

Then this morning I suddenly remembered my mates 6Kw petrol genny, it was a bit of a beast so throwing it in the back of the Land Rover was out but I could take the trailer and a whole load of my electric grinders and cutters. Of course this was not as straight forward as borrowing your average neighbours tools, for this was residing half a mile down a quad track and would need putting into a small trailer then transferring into my own larger one which had a boat sitting on the roof. Anyway between me, my boy, Molly and two quads we managed it, fed the pigs ate breakfast and caught the 10:55 ferry. Arriving at Kyle of Lochalsh exactly an hour later for his lifesaving lesson at the pool there.

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And that was even after being held up by an enormous wind turbine blade as it left the harbour in Kyle bound for the Ashaig airstrip near Broadford where they store them until they’re ready to go on site.

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They were just finishing discharging three turbines from this strange looking ship that is obviously designed to pass under low bridges as the mast is hinged.

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Here’s the three hubs on the back of a low loader and here’s her vital statistics,

 

M/V Natali

IMO NO.
8203543

DWAT
2930

DWCC
2.650

CALL SIGN
V 2 V T

YEAR BUILT
1983

YARD OF BUILT
Germany

TYPE OF VESSEL
Multipurpose, gearless

FLAG
Antigua / Barbuda

GT / NT
2.837 / 1.004

HOLD CAPACITY
175.000 cbft g /ble

TIMBER CAPACITY
5401,1 cbm

LOA
91,08m

BEAM
13,50m

DRAUGHT
4,50m

AIRDRAFT
13,50m

HOLD
49,40 x 10,20 x 8m

HATCH
63,70 x 10,60m

TANKTOP HOLD
12,0 mts per sqm

TANKTOP DECK
1,34 mts per sqm

BULKHEAD
no

TEU
254 – 104 in hold / 150 on deck

GEAR
gearless

SPEED
10,5 knots

BOWTHRUSTER
302 kw

CLASS
Russian Maritime Register of Shipping – KM IA2

LASHING MATERIAL
fully equipped (20`/40`)

ITF
fitted

BRIDGE / ENGINE
Bridge front / Engine aft

REEFER PLUGS
8 reefer plugs

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So, after doing the proud father bit at the pool and being treated to an excellent Indian lunch at the ‘Spice Tandoori’ in Kyle by my parents we headed back to collect my trailer and have a go at the mast.

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It got off to a bad start when I went to don my overalls and discovered that Molly had peed on them 😦 to be peed on once by a dog is unpleasant, to be peed on twice in two days is bloody infuriating, I was not a happy chappy. I was even less chuffed when after much hammering soaking with WD 40

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and just a little grinding I tried to pull the top off with my ‘Warn XP 9500’ winch.

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The worlds best electric winch died on me 😦 it gave a brief tug then nothing apart from a lame clicking of the solenoids 😦 Time to resort to plan B and cut off the counter balance to fold it in half. I’d been reluctant to do this as it would mean having to weld it back on but ‘needs must’. Of course when 90% of the way through it the generator died so I gave up and headed for the 16:15 ferry.

Acquiring two extra boys on my we home we arrived back at Arnish around pig feeding time where my willing helpers aided me in pig duties and winch fixing. That’s about it really, I fed them pasta and now they’re doing my nut in fighting in the living room 🙂 Time to go and play the strict adult so I’ll just leave you with the weather :-) 

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