Life at the end of the road

February 8, 2020

A snowstorm in the engine room :-)

Filed under: boats, daily doings, New hybrid ferry, weather — Tags: , , — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 7:27 pm

Saturday here aboard the good ship Hallaig and for a while there it looked like storm Ciara had arrived early. Last night, via SMS whilst I was in me bed I got a couple of texts telling me the power was off in the village. Of course I wouldn’t know that cos I’ve not had any power cuts in over 30 years Smile Such is the satisfaction of a ‘life off grid’, that and the lack of utility bills Smile 

Grid outages cause havoc, not only for the ferry but also the distillery, with many things needing reset before operations can recommence. We’re so used to them here that they seldom interfere with the timetable, however, I had a ‘wee job on the backburner’ that required a ‘dead ship’. I was hoping to tackle this on Sunday but figured last night’s power outage would have made Hallaig ‘deadship’ for me Smile This would save me the chore of isolation and any risk of ‘backfeeding’ from the numerous UPS systems that would be well and truly drained by the morning, the first outage being around 20:00 according to Facecloth, so it must be true Smile

Sure enough ‘wee dug’ and I turned up at a very black and dead ferry just after 6:00am and I started on replacing a contactor in the main switchboard.

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A relatively simple job, especially on an entirely dead ship Smile After that it was the usual ‘carry on’ of rebooting systems, cancelling alarms and resetting breakers in time for the 7:55 sailing.

We were tied up again by 11:00am right enough with wind so strong it turned the rain drops into stones!! at least that’s what it felt like with storm force winds gusting to 60knots.

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As for the rest of the week, well yesterday was very much ‘the calm before the storm’ with some fine spells of sunshine thrown in.

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The MV Lyrawa Bay heading north by Dun Caan and Inverarish.

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The Storr, Ben Tianavaig and Braes from the Sconser Narrows.

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The Portree boat Marie Bhan lifting velvet crab creels in the Sconser Narrows and Raasay’s own Mary M heading to land her catch.

Bit of a mess Sad smile

My little project at work has been making up new nylon scupper gratings for Hallaig’s car deck from 15mm nylon sheet. ‘Back in the day’ these would have been made of brass or gunmetal, more recently galvanized steel or even cast iron. Nowadays they’re made from plastic of course, which in many ways is much better, it’s certainly cheaper and doesn’t rust. Sadly, like most plastics it goes brittle with age and some of ours had started to crack.

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Fortunately it’s very easy to work with, if not a little messy Smile

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Rainbows galore

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And that’s it really, the weather moderated enough to get a couple of runs in before the ‘big one’ passes through tomorrow and the next day.


  1. The Storm is a damp sqib so far, in sunny Birkenhead, we have some gusts but nothing big, hope you all come through it fine.

    Comment by Anne Ardern — February 9, 2020 @ 9:33 am

    • Hi Anne, nothing exceptional here either, just your average winter gale 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — February 9, 2020 @ 5:12 pm

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