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.
Engine space (NB dry floor), wardrobe storage, under double bed, under front sofa
Heading back to Ely
The view downstream from Stow Bridge
Stow Bridge, viewed from upstream (and close to High Tide)
Looking upstream from the outfall – Stow hump. There’s a stile there somewhere that is referred to in the guides.