This is all very civilized and a million miles away from the croft, but here I am feeling quite contented in a town centre !!! That has to be a first for me who usually hates the ‘hustle and bustle’ of city life. However sat here with an almost frozen beer watching the world go by after a leisurely day aboard the Hallaig and Lochinvar is quite relaxing.
The view is lovely across the Clyde ‘Tail o’ the Bank’ to Kilcreggan and the mouth of Loch Long
and I can feel my year’s ordeal coming to an end. Just four days aboard our new hybrid ferry has put a whole new perspective on things, and watching it all ‘come together’ during its final completion is an education to say the least
After ten years aboard the MV Loch Striven and four days on the Hallaig, plus all my hours pouring over the plans, it wasn’t until last night that I realized just how large she is. I was just browsing the http://www.shipsofcalmac.com/forum/showthread.php?t=9109 with it’s excellent pictures of the Hallaig on her sea trials when I came across this gem taken by Kenny.
Here she is alongside the MV Loch Riddon at Cumbrae slip on Wednesday doing ‘ramp trials’ and just look at the size of her. The wheelhouse on Hallaig is higher than the Striven’s sister ships mast!!!
Here’s another, that sure is a ‘big lump of a boat’ I can just see the Highland Council rubbing their hands now at the extra revenue. They’ve been charging an extortionate £300 a night for the Striven for years and want to put it up something like 50%. As the Striven is 30m long I guess they charge £10 a metre so the Hallaig is likely to come in at the new rate around £600 a night!!! That is not including the £50 they charge every time the ramp lands on the slipway or the pier dues they charge on every ticket, wonder if they’ll spend any more money on the roads now
Anyway, I headed into Ferguson’s this morning to join the rest of the crew and the many yard workers painting and fitting insulation to our new boat.
I also went over to Lochinvar with one of the yard workers who was giving me a lesson on the remotely operated bilge valves and their switches.
As you can see, she too is progressing nicely with all the major machinery in place.
Back on my own ship I had a lesson in how to operate the rescue boat davit, being as I was unable to read the instructions which were in Turkish http://www.gurdesan.com.tr/
Hope this davit is more reliable than my Turkish shotgun No seriously, it’s a fine looking davit and will go well with the Polish ramps, Finnish batteries, Swedish engines and German propellers. I just hope that the steel is not from China
I just love the batteries, all 216 of them, 108 in each battery compartment,
rated at 3.5kwh each that’s over 700kwh, not huge in ship terms but our house only uses 3.5kwh per day!!! So four of those wired up in series would keep us going for four days with no wind, sun or hydro
That’s the banks 100% charged and reading 723v!!! The 33 x 12v cells that power the emergency ‘transitional lighting’ however are a mere 400v
I know, I know, you’re getting very bored with batteries, but you’ll have to forgive me, I get quite excited by them, living as I do many miles from the nearest electricity supply.
One thing about living and working near here is that you see plenty of ‘ships go by’, this being the Virtsu http://www.marinetraffic.com/ais/shipdetails.aspx?mmsi=232414000&header=true a 3000t cargo ship that passed by on Thursday and is now in the English Channel.
The dredger Admiral Day on the other hand headed up the Clyde this afternoon and has now http://www.marinetraffic.com/ais/shipdetails.aspx?mmsi=232004516 turned off her AIS
That old favourite the Waverley, the last sea going and passenger carrying paddle steamer in the world cruised quietly by during the early afternoon.
You really do get a fine view from the ‘monkey island’ on the Hallaig
and it will be far easier to change the bulbs on the navigation lights thanks to that cage around the ladder. I used to tremble somewhat doing it on the Striven, despite the safety harness
Anyway, it’s 20:15 now and I’d better think about getting those anchovies and red peppers in the oven