Its been a while since I’ve updated the “Ships log” as I’ve been concentrating mostly on articles and how tos. Since the deck painting epic and getting the boat generally fitted out for the season we had not had a chance to get out on the water. Finally, on a moderately (and with two children and the ships hound in tow, mercifully) windless day, we got out on the water for a sail down to Kings North power station and back. So out we set, Thomas was keen to take the ropes in the lock and Patch howled relentlessly when Liz dared to go out of the cockpit.
Liz manning the ropes
Sophie checking the transom
All a bit much for Patch
Thomas putting his back into manning the lines in the lock
Thomas on the helm
It was Sophies first trip out properly on the river and she managed very well. After a few hours out, it was time to turn around and come back.
Thomas on the helm
Me pulling the main up
Liz trying to stop Sophie going over the side
Sailing down the Medway
Keeping the boat upright
Patch in epic dog pose
Thomas keeping watch
First mate and the hound
Getting ready to come back into the lock
Boat moored up again
The mast stayed pointing in the right direction, I managed to avoid hitting anything (expensive or otherwise) and all the crew stayed on board, so for a first trip out of the season, that’s not bad going.
Due to the constant struggle to get out to Triola on her mooring in the middle of the river and the added danger to Thomas (our two year old) being swept away by the tide should he finally succeed at throwing himself over the side (which he often tries to do), we decided it was time to opt for a marina berth.
Thomas happy to be back on board
Getting ready to leave the mooring
Leaving the MYC pontoon for the last time
New helmsman doing a better job at steering a straight course than daddy
Granddad checking the safety gear
Mummy putting the fenders out
Look daddy, a bird!
Hard t’ port!
Chugging past Upnor castle
We slipped our lines late in March in the first good weather window after all the winter storms.
Going up in the lock
Thomas enjoying the lock
Into the Chatham Marina basin
By the crane ready for lift out
And then, of course, rain
Waiting below for the rain to stop
Best part of being in a marina? Tractors! Cranes! Exciting…
Out of the water for her annual work (that poliglow needs some work :-s)
Using the lock is going to be a bit of a learning curve, especially with the strong tide that flows past the entrance of the lock, however, we are looking forward to being able to step straight onto our beautiful boat with no messing around with trot boats and dinghies!