Life at the end of the road

December 30, 2018

The ‘lucky lobster’ :-)

Filed under: Avon Searider, boats, daily doings, food — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 8:48 pm

19:00 now, black as pitch outside and that’ll be just in and demolished dinner, a nice home grown pork roast washed down with the last of Bill’s Villa Bucci rosso’s. Luckily for me Darling wife doesnae like it so I’ve her glass to finish too Smile How we have managed almost seventeen years of blissful marriage together is beyond me for we have little in common Smile 

Anyway, it turned into quite an interesting and exciting day really, something of a surprise cos it was actually quite a scabby day with a good hash of wind from the WSW. Great wind for generating power but not so nice for boating, at least not out of the relative shelter of Loch Arnish. I had however mooted such a proposition to my mate and son yesterday so when my mate turned up around 11:00 we managed to talk ourselves into going out. The dogs had been walked, breakfast had and the next best proposition would have been staying inside reading a book, watching TV or surfing the net. No contest, we formulated a plan to go looking for missing lobster pots, filled a flask with sweet, milky fresh coffee and ‘went for it’. Normally I take my coffee strong and black minus the sweet stuff but out in a cold wet boat there’s nowt like sweet sticky coffee for reviving a cold diver. Worst case scenario, if you cannae drink it you can tip it into your gloves to warm your hands Smile

Having the Searider on the mooring made it all so simple, I swam out brought her into the shore, the boys loaded up fresh diving cylinders and we made the short journey round to Tarbert in ‘jig time’ to search for the missing creels.

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After half an hour he surfaced with nothing found bar a few scallops and a Lada pickup!!!!!

And I’m not talking of a trendy one either but one of these minus the fibre glass hardtop, I still have that Smile And no, it was not me that dumped the thing in the sea or condoned it, at that time (over 20 years ago) the council would uplift scrap vehicles off Raasay for £22. You gotta laugh really cos I’d just been relating the story to my son, telling him that I thought a Lada pickup had been dumped here some 25 or so years ago and how the actual effort of getting it over the cliff would have far exceeded the £22 demanded by HRC for its legal removal. I also gave him some background info on Lada’s and a Russian deal with the Chinese to supply carp steel for building them. The Lada being a copy of the Fiat124 and they rusted faster than their 0-60 time, the Lada took rusting to an Olympic sport level.

When we eventually picked up my mate (on the other side of the bay) I asked him if he’d seen the creels, no he said but I did find a car Smile Smile 

Anyway’s Ross and I went in at the second site a little nearer the head of the bay


and found 1 creel complete with a nice lobster!!!! The creel was lying at the base of a steep rocky slope with a rather overgrown but short marker buoy attached to it. So we dragged it up the rocky slope until I could feel the marker buoy break surface. We then continued with our dive finding a stack of old prawn creels an aluminium oar and of course a few clams down a steep slope to 30m. Returning to the surface after half an hour or so having had a thoroughly enjoyable dip.

My mate picked us up and once back in the Searider we went to retrieve the lobster pot, only half way up the rope snapped Sad smile I quickly got kitted back up and grabbed a rope to recover it.

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Found him OK (more by good luck than judgement) but then decided to let him go. He was over 90mm carapace length but we figured he deserved a second chance after ‘solitary confinement’ for all these months. He had probably been in there since July!!!!

Still, we had the creel, an oar, some clams and a crab,


at least we did until my wife talked me into putting the crab back Sad smile Sure, he was well above the legal size and perfect in every way with not a blemish on him and a good heavy shell. Indeed he was so perfect that I conceded, hopefully he’ll go onto reproducing more of the same Smile

The heating is back on Sad smile

After our wee jaunt out into the loch I got on with refilling the cylinders


but to do that I have to run the generator. Not that that’s usually a problem but the compressor only draws a couple of kW once it’s running. That’s normally too much for my inverter/battery bank for the couple of hours it takes to fill three bottles so I use the genny. However the Lister is 12kW and running a 12kW genny at a 18% is not good for it so I usually load it up with something else.

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So today I charged up my spare battery bank just to load up the genny but even that only takes it to around 50% load. A diesel generator really needs run at 75% loading to prevent bore glazing, oil leaks and oil consumption issues. Again that’s not usually a problem cos I can turn on the immersion in the house or some other large load.

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This will draw current from the battery bank and increase the load on the generator. The meters on the left show the bottom of the thermal store is at 72/75 degrees whilst the top is at 68. So, to reduce the temperature and pressure in the store I turned the heating on. We are now at 23 degrees in the house  and the pressure it the store is a more sensible 2bar.


Top of the store is a respectable 74 degrees now with the bottom at 54 so that’s it, I’m off for a shower. Les Misérables is on shortly and I’d like to see it, I watched an old BW version years ago and couldn’t stop blubbering. Nothing like a good blubber, I’m no into all this testosterone and macho pish Smile


  1. Hi Paul, Back in the days when I was diving we got our bottles filled from the rear of a shop in Bristol. Peters the shirt shop no less, in Oldmarket street. They always (for safety reasons they said) filled them under water in a bath, is that not what people do anymore?

    Comment by Ray (green van man) — December 31, 2018 @ 9:12 am

    • Hi Ray, only with big old compressors that generate a lot of heat, it’s not really a safety measure just a way of making them full and not half full once they cool down. Truth is, if a pressure vessel like a diving cylinder bursts and you are near it you are dead, if you are near it whilst it’s in a bath you are dead, wet and full of cast iron shrapnel 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — December 31, 2018 @ 8:12 pm

  2. How’s the dog getting on with the heating these days?

    Comment by skyeent — January 4, 2019 @ 11:47 am

    • Fine until you mentioned it 🙂 I kid you not, I switched it on about an hour ago and she started whining to go out. Foolishly MiL let her out and we’d the devil’s own job getting her back in!! She’s been fine for a while before that though.

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — January 4, 2019 @ 7:50 pm

      • If only they could talk. Our lab. Dyson is always trying to tell me something (there’s someone at the door, the cat wants to go in/out, I think it’s dinner time, the kettles boiling, something really urgent but unknown). I need a set of toys so he can bring me a code item and give me a clue….

        Comment by skyeent — January 5, 2019 @ 12:48 pm

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