The whole experience was somewhat sobering so I do so hope everyone has stayed safe, AmyJo was being battered in the wind, and we have the relative shelter of the marina! We could not help thinking of those moored on-line and/or on pins, we hope all were OK. The wind was so bad we even had white caps on the waves in the marina and these smashed into AmyJo's stern making booming noises as they hit. We were not too concerned about that but we did get a nice rhythm going occasionally :-) I checked the engine bay before retiring to bed and the draught coming in through the air vents was quite strong. There was a little water in the bilge that I can only assume was caused by either the wind carrying water in through the vents or, the heavy downpours of rain over filling the stern deck drainage channels. At least we know a good air flow reaches the engine.
I did wimp out and took the precaution of lashing down our new top box and was so glad I did. One or two of the other boaters woke up on Wednesday morning to find their wooden roof boxes had been blown off. I'm sure ours, being plastic, would have gone the same way had it not been tied down. To be fair the box stays put in fairly strong winds but Tuesday night's wind was so strong you could easily be blown of the jetty yourself in the gusts.
On the differant note, last weekend Chris and I visited Fernwood Boats workshop once more to lend support at their now annual open day. They had excellent support from many of the boat owners like us but more importantly plenty of prospective customers visiting.
|Some of the many visitor, including Jim Sparks from Alexander Boats on the Left (light blue jumper)|
|An impressive buffet was laid on including this very detailed cake made by Peter's wife. Very tasty it was too!|
|More customers with Willow Wren stall left and Andy Munro himself on the far right.|
Yes the storms are really my fault. You see, for a combined birthday and Christmas present,
I'm hoping to use the drone to take ariel photos of places we cruise to giving a new perspective of the areas we visit. On the bright side I did get this cracking photo of the marina with it on its first flight.
|Drone photo of the marina.|