Life at the end of the road

September 1, 2019

Still bleeding :-)


19:45 and the 1st of September looks like it’ll end with a bonny sunset, a fitting end to a fine and productive day. It’ll be even better if the pork belly casserole turns out as good as it smells but that’s gonna be another half hour before I find out what my son’s marinade has done for it. I left the chunks bathing in Ross’ chili dip with a little dusting of herbs and harissa added by myself. I almost went for honey but that was pretty solid and I didn’t fancy the syrup.

Out with the boat

With me being unable to get the boat out of the water between 11:30 and 19:00ish I decided that I’d do it in the morning. Ross was back at work and I would be too on Tuesday. The forecast for tomorrow wasn’t great so it would be unlikely I’d be using it again for another fortnight.


With the dumper bucket full of rain water after two days of downpours it seemed like a good place to deposit Mr Mink. The other options being to gas him with the car exhaust or shoot him in the trap, which is what I usually do. Sage advice from ‘one who knows’ said drowning was the way to go as it does not discourage other mink from entering the trap, personally I’m not convinced.


I said it would be a good one hey Smile

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So, Molly and I went down to collect the trailer and recover the Searider around 10:00

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May came down a later later to help me winch it out of the water Smile Pigs just do love being about people, especially if they think there might be something to eat.

We got the boat back up to Sonas, I gave it a quick wash then hitched up a trailer to go and move a fireplace from Inverarish acquiring two hitch hikers on the way Smile I kid you not, different folk miles apart both with their thumbs out!!!


The fireplace was in ‘kit form’ by the time it got into the trailer but I’d be using the bricks for infill so that was fine.

Calling at the ferry slip to drop some stuff off I happened to be drawn to an amazing aroma emanating from the Seaflower that was berthed alongside the slip.

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Running charters out of Portree Ewen and Janice provide cruises with a difference, the difference being amazing fresh seafood lunches. So, even if you are unfortunate enough to miss the abundant dolphins, porpoises, seals, whales, sea eagles or basking sharks, you WILL have a meal to remember. Me, I had to get out of there and rush home for ‘second breakfast’ Smile

Still bleeding bleeding

With the lunch of bacon tomatoes and mushrooms devoured I set about putting the Searider to bed.

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I was really chuffed as this is the first time I’ve done it completely on my own and after extending the electric winch remote yesterday it was a piece of cake.

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I then transferred the fireplace to the dumper, tipped it somewhere soft and then cleaned out the trailer with a little help Smile

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Next it was back to the HR2 Lister to try and bleed the fuel system which was turning into a bit of an epic. The only other manufacturers that could have made something so simple such a chore are Peugeot or Citroen Smile I had to resort to removing the fuel stop solenoid to remove the injector pump cover to get at the bleed screws on the injector pumps.

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Had this generator had all it’s original air cooling ducting fitted I would have had to remove that too!!!

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Oh well, at least I found the source of an annoying oil leak so I left the broken gasket off and once the pumps were bled fitted the cover back with just Hylomar Then I bled the actual injectors and whilst I didn’t actually start Harry the HR2 on account of me needing fed I’m 100% he’s sorted.

Too much vinegar


To be fair too the Lad the chili dip was amazing last night with the scallops but as a marinade for me pork belly there was too much vinegar. I reckon I should have gone with my gut feeling and added some syrup. Still, it was pretty damn good and there’s a wee bit left for tomorrow lunch Smile

October 5, 2018

Southbound again :-)

Filed under: boats, daily doings, New hybrid ferry — Tags: , , , , — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 3:10 pm

It started like any other working day today, apart from calling in at the Raasay Distillery to say farewell to darling wife, that done it was work as usual with the 7:00am ‘start up’. The only difference being that today we’d not be sailing in hybrid mode as we’d be berthing at ports without ‘shore power’. Hanging onto our 600kWh of storage would enable us to ‘lie over’ without the need to ‘plug in’ or run a generator. It also allows us to shut down the generators when the dock is being pumped out and still keep the ship alive until an electrician can connect us to the National Grid.

It was a pure peach of a day and we were itching to get away but the timetable had to be maintained so off we went on our daily shuttle to Skye and back.

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Ben Tianavaig and the Storr.

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The Green Isle busy hauling and setting creels for velvet crab in the bay.

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The MV Seaflower with Ewen and Janice bringing folk to visit Raasay.


A happy seaman saying goodbye to Raasay Smile

Finally, we’re off, as Dire Straits would say, from their debut album, Southbound again Smile The annual pilgrimage to the dry dock is on and the best of it is, the forecast for the rest of today and tomorrow is ‘damn fine splendid’.

After doing the morning’s sailings lashing everything down, then loading up the crew cars,

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we awaited the arrival of the trusty MV Loch Linnhe.


Linnhe cleared the Jackal rock around 14:15 just as we’d moved out of the berth to let her in so she could pick up the service at 14:30.

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Three generators ‘on the board’

It wasn’t going to be a leisurely meander down the West Coast at 9knts today, we had a lot of ground to cover and already it was mid afternoon. As soon as we got into the channel ‘RPM3’ was selected the ‘power management system’ called for the third generator and off we went making a good 11knts.


That wouldn’t last long right enough, pretty soon we’d be fighting the tide at Kylerhea but by 17:00 we’ll be flying again.

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16:00 and ‘hard at it’ through the Kyle narrows Smile


Helicopter off to Rona perhaps.


Harvest Caroline II just off Loch Hourn.


Just at the mouth of Loch Nevis and almost abreast of Mallaig doing 10knts now with the tide turned. Ardnamurchan here we come Smile

Golly gosh, it’s busy here Smile

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We have the MV Loch Fyne and the MV Loch Nevis heading into Mallaig and the MV Lord of the Isles heading out!

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