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’
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 http://www.jstservices.co.uk/ 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.