Life at the end of the road

October 27, 2014

All ‘dried out’

Filed under: New hybrid ferry — Tags: , — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 10:48 pm

Gosh, it’s well after 22:00 now, which is 23:00 really and I’m still awake, nothing short of a miracle really considering the day we’ve had. A last minute change of plan saw us leaving Cambeltown at the unsavoury hour of 6:00am and I’ve barely stopped since. The rain is hammering down onto the windows of my seafront ‘berth’ at the Marine Hotel


and I’ve not long since ‘polished off’ some fine ‘chuck’



that’ll be the ‘pan seared pheasant’ complete with buckshot



and the salmon fillet in haddock sauce. First class indeed, and well earned after the long long day.

Anyway, we arrived at Troon harbour around 13:00 I guess



and pretty soon were entering the dock. JST’s floating pier and a mountain of timber reminding me of their spell on Raasay a few years ago.



Being an hour before HW we slipped into the dock easily, though a few hours earlier would have had us ‘pumped out’ quicker.


The dock gates were closed behind us and the long task of securing Hallaig in the correct position began.



A line of heavy blocks on the keel, four wires at each quarter and four telegraph poles amidships held her in place as the dock was pumped dry.


That operation took a full five hours and more as we all made ready by shutting down various systems whilst a sub contractor gave us a shore power connection.


As soon as the dock was dry and shore power established


we wrapped it up and called it a day.



  1. is it routine maintenance? She looks very toy-like sitting on her dock!

    Comment by may cruickshank — October 27, 2014 @ 10:54 pm

  2. Its not that old…
    whats up with it

    Comment by roy boy — October 28, 2014 @ 12:07 am

    • Just the annual service, bum scrape and MOT Roy

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — October 28, 2014 @ 6:59 am

  3. good to see they feed you well

    Comment by cazinatutu — October 28, 2014 @ 3:33 am

  4. Interesting post.
    Good to see the veggies!

    Comment by Andrew — October 28, 2014 @ 6:50 am

    • Morning Andrew, pure miserable day here in Troon, methinks there will not be much painting done!!

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — October 28, 2014 @ 6:58 am

  5. Stopped in the marine hotel whilst working at Auchinleck. .. nice place… apart from it was a foul night and the water was being forced through the windows in the bar 😕😕

    Comment by The Peoples Republic of Northumbria — October 28, 2014 @ 3:27 pm

  6. Nice to see you back Paul, and good to hear that life is goingon well for you. Hop e the house stuff is going well for you and am delighted the blog is active again.

    Comment by Lloyd — October 28, 2014 @ 10:11 pm

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