Final preparations for the Wash

Drove up to Ely on Friday evening, stocked up on dry goods at Sainsburys and then a brief cruise to Diamond 44, one of  my favourite moorings (near the mouth of the Lark). On Saturday I:

  • checked the water trap on the agglomerator – no water and minimal  crud
  • polished the engine room floor
  • cleaned the engine
  • tightened the fan belt
  • adjusted one of the engine mounts
  • reinstalled the VHF radios, depth sounder, chart table
  • tested the sun compass – worked well
  • checked the lifejackets and flares
  • got the long anchor rope and chain ready for deployment
  • installed the ladder on the roof – for when we beach on Roger Sand
  • shampooed, polished and waxed the paintwork, using the new hose system, which worked very well
  • generally tidied up the space under the main bunk and in the wardrobe
  • spoke to Daryl Hill, our guide, about plans for next weekend.
  • pondered if I have left anything out here
  • went and explored the stretch of tidal river near Stow Bridge – this looks the trickiest section.  It was pretty close to high tide so the shoals were not visible, and bridge headroom was limited.

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Engine space (NB dry floor), wardrobe storage, under double bed, under front sofa

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Chart table, depth sounder, spare radio, compassDSCF5145

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Washing, polishing and waxing done..DSCF5149 DSCF5151

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Heading back to Ely

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The view downstream from Stow Bridge

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Stow Bridge, viewed from upstream (and close to High Tide)

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Looking upstream from the outfall – Stow hump. There’s a stile there somewhere that is referred to in the guides.

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