Tuesday 7th to Friday 10th May:
We’ve had four Waiting for the Electrician and Getting Increasingly Distracted Sitting in the Marina Days. Anyone who read our blog last summer will know that we do not like those sorts of days! And it’s a bit too much like déjà vu.
So, we still have issues with our lovely lithium ion batteries being fed less than the ultimate charge from the solar panels and the new wind turbines. The solar panels and the wind turbines don’t turn on as they should and one of the wind turbines is disturbingly slightly out of kilter, so we have now turned it off. The heating system seems to overheat rather easily and we’re a bit unsure of the correctness of some of the wiring, and our second alternator blew when we turned the engine on…. It is all a bit difficult, particularly as we are not absolutely sure what we need to be concerned about or not, as we’ve had so much conflicting advice on some of these issues over the last year. Good news is that the guys here at Mylor are very nice and we hope they can get all the people from the various companies involved to solve our problems.
Despite all this, Idun is a lovely boat to live on, just the right size for us both. Our RIB and the outboard have survived the overwintering perfectly. In fact, we’re very happy with how the overwintering procedure has turned out. And the water maker works just fine, so lots of positives. We’ve spent the week organising the boat and doing little jobs, bought provisions galore and every storage space is now full of food, lovely food. This summer we will not be spending time hunting down rice milk and coffee! And I’ve got a lot, and I mean a lot of pound coins to feed the marina washers and dryers. We’ve learnt from last season!
One evening we popped over for a glass of fizz to marina neighbours. Two couples, all very seasoned sailors. One couple had gone over to the Caribbean and stayed six months. They had lots of practical advice to give, like how much stash of US$ to have handy to fend off very unwanted visitors (!!). We also found out about two very good and environmentally friendly cleaners for the gelcoat and the stainless steel on the boat.
Saturday 11th May:
Today was First Sail of the Season Day! Having been given the all-clear that the engine was ok, we took the opportunity to test the waters and remind ourselves of what you do when you sail and popped over to the Helford River this morning. A perfect day; sunny with light north-westerly winds and with mainsail and foresail out we easily did a comfortable 6 knots out at sea. We anchored in ‘our’ spot on the southern side of the river. This is such an incredibly beautiful place and despite all our boaty issues you can’t help but relax.
Sunday 12th May:
We had a lazy morning and enjoyed a cooked breakfast outside on deck sitting in what is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful places in England. We took our RIB to shore and tied it up around a rock in the shallows. We had a very peaceful woodland walk out towards the headland, the path embellished on both sides by bluebells, alexanders, bugle, primrose, and many other flowers. The views over the river were amazing! I learnt today that the Helford is actually not a river but a ria, a flooded river valley fed by small streams into its many creeks. On one of the many small beaches we found what we think is the skeleton of a seal. The flies and other bugs were still all over it, which stopped a closer inspection.
We had lunch on deck and just rested for a couple of hours. What a perfect day! Early afternoon the swell from the sea got worse and we decided to head back. It was another nice sail, 4-5 knots from an easterly wind. We were both apprehensive about arriving back in Mylor as it’s been a while since we moored up on a finger pontoon, but Dominic performed a textbook berthing and Birgitta got all the lines correct ha ha!