We've now been on a mooring in the Keyhaven River for nearly a week. It's a great place and the moorings may be the cheapest in the Solent. Entry for keelboats is limited depending on draft and the river is mostly quite shallow. We're using a stern anchor to keep us in deep water. We expect to remain here for several more weeks.
It's a ten minute dinghy trip from our mooring to the small village of Keyhaven. It is so small there's only one pub - The Gun - but it is a very nice pub indeed. There are two very active yacht clubs - Keyhaven Yacht Club and Hurst Castle Sailing Club. The former has an immaculate new clubhouse and visiting yachties are welcome. Hot showers (free) and warm beer (not). Honesty box tea, coffee and biscuits. Most civilised!
|One of many lovely boats on Keyhaven River|
|Sun descending over the Keyhaven River|
We've spent a lot of our time job hunting. Plenty of jobs advertised and Brexit doesn't seem to have slowed them down. We've had several phone interviews and will attend a couple of on-site interviews next week.
When not job hunting we've been removing several items of surplus equipment to prepare them for sale. The Aries vane gear, Iridium GO! and Icom HF/SSB are listed on eBay. We're sad to be selling the Aries but it needs refurbishing which isn't practical aboard. Less attached to the electronics kit which is best sold while still current equipment. We'll replace them with the latest kit before going blue water cruising again.
We've been exploring the local area too. On Wednesday we walked to Lymington along the coast, past the ancient salterns where salt was harvested until the 1800s. Lots of birds including swans, geese, oyster catchers, coots and of course ducks. In Lymington we visited the local rigger to see how much it will cost to replace our standing rigging. We also talked to a marine gas fitter about fitting a heater. We walked back along the more direct inland paths which was also very nice.
|XOD class keelboats racing on the Solent|
|Original castle entrance surrounded by Victorian brickwork|
|Victorian big gun|
|Zen Again (right) from Hurst Castle|
|Hurst Shingle Bank|
|Model of HMS Bluebell at Hurst Castle|
|Impromptu air show by P51 Mustang|