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I didn't make it to St Kilda and looking at the weather in May and early June I made the right decision to give up when I did, although doing so a couple of weeks earlier would have in retrospect been a better decision.
During the trip I passed 10,000 solo miles in Sancerre in less than 5 seasons, I'm not sure what the total will be for the year, probably less than last year despite more days, but on this cruise I:
- Travelled 1,774 miles
- Sailed on 44 days out of 86, a disappointing ratio.
- Stopped at 37 different anchorages, moorings or marinas, some more than once.
- Spend 398 hours at sea, averaging just over 9 hours and 40 miles per day.
Generally, for the distance sailed and the time taken, I had few problems but a couple were fairly consequential although cheap to fix and a third was precautionary costing a bit more.
|Wind generator fixed 21st June. 15 minutes |
to replace the brushes and the best part of an
hour to remount with the help of a ladder
which attracted some quizzical looks when
being transported on the dinghy.
Engine Water Leak: In the end I fixed this at no cost but it did cost me a day in Bangor trying to find replacement hose before shortening the damaged ones and moving the anti-syphon valve.
When cleaning up the engine I found some minor rubs on an inlet hose so replacing the water hoses is now on the "to do" list, again not expensive with hose at £6.48 / metre, new stainless clips were rather more in total cost at £2.67 each. More time consuming was getting rid of all the salt on and around the engine and repainting where the salt had removed the existing paint.
Update: This turned out to be very expensive, when I started to change the inlet hose the inlet seacock failed threatening to sink the boat, I suppose it was good that it failed on the mooring and I was able to recover the situation, rather than at sea but at the time it was rather stressful, this and some knock-on problems are described from here.
The two original issues are covered in more detail in a single post here.
Engine Starter Motor: A slightly dodgy starter solenoid would probably have been OK but I did not want to risk it at the start of a long trip so whilst weather bound at Newlyn I changed the starter motor and solenoid which made more sense than changing just the solenoid.
Wind Instrument Plug and Socket: Leaking and causing a poor connection, it was fine from Newlyn outbound but will need replacement and will cost twice as much as fixing the wind generator!