We’ve made the decision: we’re going to live on the boat as it is for the rest of the summer and leave the issue of changing alternators to the kind we had intended, and / or getting a generator for next year. With this in mind we had our quick goodbye meet-up with Andy, and by 10am we set off. We felt quite free! After a fill-up of diesel, we had a gentle sail across the Solent and by 12.30 we had moored in East Cowes. We’re going to be tourists on the Isle of Wight for a couple of days. We treated ourselves to a drink and lunch in the very nearby Lifeboats pub, sitting in the steaming hot sunshine. We had our coffee in the coolness of our boat before doing the touristy stuff.
After a short walk, we crossed the river Medina by way of the Floating Bridge, ie the chain ferry. Surprisingly even foot passengers are charged. Must be annoying for the locals as it is the only way of getting across.
Both the East Cowes Heritage Centre and the Sir Max Aitken museum were closed, so we headed for Cowes Maritime Museum. This turned out to be a smallish part of the local library (which smelled just like libraries always do!) and although I had expected something more substantial, it did have quite a few interesting exhibits. I learnt quite a bit about Uffa Fox, the father of the planing dinghy. And funnily enough, when walking along the high street a bit later, we came across a shop with their whole window dedicated to the man.
We walked along the sea front with its hotels and pebble beach, dipping my toes in the water, and admiring the many lovely houses. We felt we deserved our drink in the Yachtsman.