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Thursday, 12th November 2009 - Kim's First Single Handed Passage

Having spoken to Peter, in the Technical Centre, on Thursday and been told that Emjaytoo was back in the water and in her berth, Kim went over on Saturday morning leaving Wendy at home again! As Wendy had a lot of work to do, the idea was that Kim would make sure the boat was secured back in her berth and take the opportunity to get a few jobs done. If Kim and Wendy both go over to the boat, they go sailing and jobs don’t get done!

Anyway, on arriving at the marina Kim is confronted by an empty berth! After driving round to the main marina he quickly established that Emjaytoo was back in the water, it was just that the marina staff had not moved her back to her berth. As he was on his own he had to weigh up the risks involved in moving her. One option was to leave her where she was and spend the weekend in the main marina, do the jobs planned and leave the marina to move her the next week. But there was no mains power readily available and in any case part of the idea was to ensure she was secure in her own berth with the mains connected up and that wouldn’t happen unless he moved her. We will also, of course, save on the cost of the marina moving her – about €35.

The potentially difficult bit was putting her back in her berth. Since there was not much wind and what there was, was from a favourable direction, Kim decided to have ago. After making sure all fenders and mooring lines were prepared, he slowly motored out from between the piles where the marina had left her and round into the Landbouwhaven and up to our berth. The turn onto our finger was achieved very slowly and Kim brought Emjaytoo to a stop such that he was able to step off on to the finger with the mooring lines and secure the boat. The presence of our neighbour’s boat means that there is very little leeway for it to go wrong. Once we have got in between the finger and the other boat, it is just a case of stopping and getting off with the lines. Nevertheless, Kim felt pretty pleased with himself.

Saturday afternoon was spent fixing the GPS receiver to the pushpit rail. This is a USB GPS for use with PC chart plotting software and the unit had been lying loose in the saloon for months despite it coming with a mounting bracket and enough cable to allow it to be mounted externally. The job was made a lot simpler since the last time Kim and Stewart were over they had brought the dinghy home, thereby enabling access to the cockpit locker through which the cable had to be passed. All in all the job still took several hours and the clearing away was completed in the dark.

Dinner, that night was a can of stewing steak and half a cauliflower! It was very nice! Entertainment was a DVD on motor sport, the TV not working due to Kim having taken the subscription card out of the digibox the previous time and leaving it at home.

Sunday morning’s job was to try and repair the leak at the base of the stanchion that was damaged in Ipswich in 2007. This involved removing the stanchion, straightening the toe rail and re-fixing the stanchion with plenty of silicon sealant around the bolts that go through the deck. Where it had been leaking in heavy rain, we had been getting water in one of the lockers by the galley. The job, like all jobs on a boat proved to be fiddly and at one point Kim had to beg the assistance of a fellow sailor to hold a spanner on “the outside” whilst Kim worked on “the inside”. But in the end it got done and the stanchion is now nice and solid and we wait for some torrential rain to see if it has been successful.

The jobs completed, Kim headed home. The next trip will be the last this year, but not sure when.

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