Life at the end of the road

October 26, 2014

Troon tomorrow

Filed under: boats, daily doings, food, New hybrid ferry — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 9:00 pm

Well, it’s been a pretty miserable day here in Cambeltown that’s for sure, not that I’ve been outside much, having spent a good deal of it cleaning the bilges. Not that they were that dirty but a ‘wee snag’ with the sewage plant had left a rather unsavoury whiff and a brown tide mark in the aft engine room Smile

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That would have been one of my tasks on the journey south once three miles offshore, the annual cleaning out of the sewage tank Sad smile Actually it’s not so bad once you’ve removed all the things that shouldn’t be in there Smile

It’s going to be a very early start in the morning as we’re due at Dales dry dock in Troon tomorrow. It will be my first visit to a ‘dry dock’ as such, all the other ‘dockings’ that I’ve attended have been on ‘patent slips’ so it will be a novel experience to be level for once. My spells at Ardmaleish and the now defunct ‘Timbercraft’ have always been on a slope Smile

Sure it’s going to make a pleasant change not having to walk up and down an angled deck but we’ll be at the mercy of the weather. One thing about Ardmaleish was the nice big sheds, not to mention the luxury of the Victoria hotel in Rothesay. 

I wish they’d stop messing with the clocks

According to my watch it’s just after 20:00 but my mind says 21:00 and my body feels like it’s 23:00 so it’ll not be long before I turn in to my luxurious bed aboard Hallaig. It’s just me and the skipper aboard, the rest of the ‘team’ chose the relative comfort of the ‘Royal Hotel’, me I prefer to keep an eye on the Hallaig. With no shore connection available here to run her complex systems overnight we need to be aboard to keep an eye on things.


That will be ‘Emby’s’ pasta bake


and that will be one of the things that needs ‘keeping an eye on’, Emby’s pasta was spectacular and far better than tonight’s offering.



Somehow two Tesco ready meals don’t ‘cut the mustard’, especially when compared with my mum’s moussaka. Still, they were only £1.26 each and we’ve got a lovely roast to look forward to tomorrow,



I know cos I’ve just carved a chunk off it Smile

Clutching at straws

It’s been that long since I was scribbling that I seem to have lost the knack so I’m just trawling through the images on my phone. Another reason for the lack of input has been yet another defunct camera, I’ve spent thousands on cameras over the seven years I’ve been blogging and I’m sick of it. So I’m afraid you’re just going to have to make do with carp pictures from now on Smile


This will be me testing out the recently overhauled Warn XP9500 winch on a sunken rock at my parents house.



The annual visit from Sarah and her expert clam divers, these two boys lift more clams in a day than I could in a week. Mind you I burnt about 5 gallons of red diesel a day in the MV Conqueror, they big Evinrude’s could do that in a few minutes Smile



At some point over the last six weeks I must have gone to the cinema on Raasay to see something in the ‘Screen Machine’ . The venue was first class but the film was pish


Well, that’s us in ‘Cameltoon’ yesterday and now at 21:00 I’m going to have to ‘turn in’.


  1. Hope dry dock goes well. Looks like you’ll not make it to Rothesay, so I’ll just need to sail up your way one day;)

    Comment by Panomphaean — October 26, 2014 @ 9:15 pm

  2. Welcome back Paul, hope you are enjoying the uncivilised mainland. I’m only up the road, going over to Arran this morning, now the wind has calmed down.

    Comment by Simon — October 27, 2014 @ 8:17 am

    • Just left Lochranza after ‘berthing trials’.

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — October 27, 2014 @ 8:35 am

      • Nice day for it. As the blog here doesn’t accept images, I’ve done you the service of seeing what a nice day you are going to have 😉 A day for huddling around the engine room!

        Comment by Panomphaean — October 27, 2014 @ 8:45 am

  3. Cally Mac’s taking us to Troon tomorrow,
    Troon tomorrow, Troon tomorrow;
    Cally Mac’s taking us to Troon tomorrow,
    We can stay all day.

    We’re going to Troon, Troon, Troon;
    How about you, you, you?
    You can come too, too, too.
    We’re going to Troon, Troon, Troon.

    Comment by San — October 27, 2014 @ 9:05 am

  4. The screen machine is great for everyone,

    generator hours must be getting up now

    Comment by duncan boyle — October 27, 2014 @ 4:51 pm

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