So, the first lucky recipient was the little Tohatsu outboard that we use on the roll-up dinghy. All 3.5 storming horsepower of it. (slightly more than the average egg whisk but not much). The engine had its 10 hour service. We love small uncomplicated two-stroke outboard engines even if the EU doesn't and has banned them. For the BMW folks who know Bob Griffiths, you can see from his blog http://blog.mailasail.com/ile-jeudi/277 that he shares this view! All to do with weight and ease of carting around which becomes more and more important with age.
So, our little egg whisk baby:
had her first service - very hard stuff, change the gearbox oil, grease various bolts that will seize if left as manufactured (stainless bolts into aluminium alloy castings!) and not much more. Well within the rather limited technical competence of the Captain.
After the Silverstone GP fun, we were visited by the Nordhavn 47 owner whose boat Annie M appeared in yesterday's update:
Owen keeps his boat here in Kip and we shared Nordhavn cruising stories and general boating stuff. A most amiable afternoon / early evening which included the news that we would be invited to the SNOC. Sounds like a disease? Well, it might be. SNOC = Scottish Nordhavn Owners Club (all most unofficial of course). Owen said that the Nordhavn owners who are based up here get together each summer and that we would be welcome. Could be an interesting update - prepare for pictures of a new 63 foot boat based up here that will make you all realise just how much we are slumming it:.
As we are now feeling like the underprivileged folks, we will be heading off to Edinburgh tomorrow to stay in a normal bricks and mortar hotel ready to catch up with the Aussie arrivals, Peter and Amanda. Blog updates might be a little limited in the next few days as we hit the high spots of Edinburgh, Harlow and Caister-on-sea. Prepare for pictures of Edinburgh.....