Life at the end of the road

October 12, 2019

Thinking of home :-)

Filed under: boats, daily doings, New hybrid ferry — Tags: , , — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 7:18 pm

17:30 now at the Premier Inn somewhere near Troon and that’ll be me just showered and ready for the 18:00 muster in the dining room with my shipmate. Probably the best part of a week since I was last on here but truth is I’ve had little time for blogging or anything else for that matter, it’s been pretty ‘full on’ since we left Largs a week ago and whilst we’re only in the dock 8:00 until 17:00 it’s been pretty hectic. Sure I’m ‘home’ showered and fed for around 19:30 but I’ve been in my bed around 20:00 most nights!!!! I kid you not, under the covers with a good book until ‘lights out’ around 21:00 Smile Having said that I really ‘pushed the boat out’ last night, took a bottle to my room. It was Friday after all, the bottle was sparkling water and I did manage to stay up until midnight watching TV Smile The first time I’ve actually managed to watch it since I arrived, I did switch it on for the first time on Thursday in an attempt to watch two hours of Vera at 20:00 but gave up at 21:00 and fell asleep. I am not a fan of the TV Smile

It’ll be 10 days since I left home and ‘wee dug’ in the care of MiL and I guess I’ve thought of little else. Molly is probably a little heavier than when I last saw right enough. Ten days of stealing Charlie’s dinner will have seen to that but she’ll be going on a diet as soon as I get home Smile Which, with a little luck will be early next week, after almost two weeks of hotel rooms I’m ready for my own bed and the total silence of home.

A very big raft

Before we went into Dale’s dry dock at Troon we had an appointment in the busy little harbour with Survitec the life raft company and a representative of the MCA (Maritime and Coastguard Agency) who would be overseeing the deployment of two of our 100 man life rafts and evacuation slides.

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Well, that was good fun Smile

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The local residents kept a close eye on us,

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a pair of rather fat seals that seem to live in Troon harbour Smile

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Not a regular visitor

Also, due to problems with the Ardrossan Linkspan, MV Caledonian Isles had been diverted to Troon.

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So, along with what seemed like half of Troon, we had the pleasure of watching her berth on the Troon linkspan.

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Then, during the late afternoon under a cloudless sky we went into the dock, the gate was lifted up and with Hallaig precisely positioned above the ‘blocks’ the dock was slowly pumped out.

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I say slowly cos it had been a long day, with an early departure from Largs and then the raft deployment, in reality I guess it was only a coupe of hours before we were sat on the blocks. Power was passed over and switched on once the dock was low and Hallaig was ‘high and dry’. The pumps for the dock draw a couple of hundred amps so we couldn’t get powered up until at least one of them was switched off.

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On Tuesday work started in earnest and over the next few days contractors fitted some new hydraulic cylinders for the bow ramp and line bored the ‘fingers’.

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Our Voith Schneider propellers got their annual check and new anodes.

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Anchors and chains flaked out.

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The aft windless needed more heat than our little blow lamp could muster,

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but eventually I managed to give him a pair of new shoes Smile

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Gregor and Damien sorted out our 5h1t pipe and nav lights Smile

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