It's been ages since our last blog. Zen Again has been safely moored in Hull Marina while we have moved from Yorkshire south to Surrey and settled into new jobs. Summer has arrived in the UK and we are enjoying exploring Surrey as much as we did exploring Yorkshire. With the arrival of summer we needed to prepare Zen Again for her 2017 adventure - to Scotland!
|Back in a pen|
- Haul-out, pressure-wash, rekey the antifoul, replace the shaft anode and re-launch
- Inspect the rig and deck fittings
- Scrub the deck clean
- Polish any tarnished stainless steel
- Fit the boombag and lazy jacks, bend-on the mainsail, and fit the reefing lines
- Bend on jib, storm jib and their sheets
- Refit the boom brake
- Replace the anchor swivel and shackle
- Check the anchor windlass
- Air all the cockpit lockers
- Test all electrical and electronic systems
- Check our new Garmin UK charts cartridge
- Replace Raymarine tiller ram proprietary electrical plugs
We arrived in Hull at 2130 on Thursday evening after the 2.5 hour trip from London. All was well aboard. On Friday morning we pumped out and refilled the water tanks which we had left well-dosed with bleach. We then checked then test-ran the engine for 30 minutes while inspecting on deck and below.
One item we found was slop in the tiller to rudder shaft joint. We encountered this once before while in South Africa. On that occasion the lock-nut on the rudder-shaft top fitting had worked loose and the bolt had started to loosen. This time the lock-nut seemed tight but backing it off allowed me to get 1/8 of a turn on the bolt which took the slop out. We'll look into this more fully after our summer cruise.
Later on Friday morning we motored around to the haul-out dock in light winds and sunny skies for lifting by the cheerful and professional marina staff. The last time we were hauled out was in Fremantle over two years ago. We were booked to hang in the slings for two hours after pressure washing. The pressure wash uses hot water which apparently kills (or at least shocks) any barnacles so they come off readily.
|In the slings prior to pressure wash|
|Post-wash and scrub|
Inspecting various safety gear revealed a corroding gas cylinder in our inflating danbuoy so we triggered that and left it inflated overnight the check it held pressure. In the morning we fitted a new cylinder. That evening we had a well-earned pub meal.
|Cockpit teak holding up very well after 4 years|
Also on Sunday we spent a pleasant two hours catching up with the owners of sv Phira. They plan to head south this summer after several years in Hull. Back aboard we checked more gear and systems and did the little s/s polishing required. We checked the Garmin UK charts which add to the CM93, Navionics and paper charts we already have for the UK.
Later in the day I test-ran the Honda outboard motor and topped-up its fuel tank. I replaced the connectors on the Raymarine tiller rams with Bulgin 3-way plugs as used by the Pelagic Autopilot tiller rams. These are far-superior connectors. We also checked the nav lights - all shining bright.
In the evening we had a very nice dinner at the nearby Minerva pub. Their ploughman's lunch was outstanding and perfect while we listened to their weekly Sunday night folk singing session. Lots of sea-shanties amongst other songs. Very pleasant.
Today we had breakfast in town before heading to the railway station. It was nice walking through the city centre in which there was not a cone to be seen. Previously there was work happening everywhere for Hull's 2017 City of Culture preparations. It now has a great city pedestrian centre and lots to see - well worth a visit.
|Our carriage awaits in Hull station|
Trust all's well where you are.