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 http://www.thehotelcollection.co.uk/hotels/marine-hotel-troon/

 

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

 

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

 

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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

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and pretty soon were entering the dock. JST’s http://www.jstservices.co.uk/ floating pier and a mountain of timber reminding me of their spell on Raasay a few years ago.

 

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

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

 

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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.

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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.

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As soon as the dock was dry and shore power established

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we wrapped it up and called it a day.

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8 Comments »

  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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