Sunday, 11 December 2016

Winter arrives at the marina




Ice pushed away from the marina entrance by the incoming tide

We are continuing to get ourselves comfortable in the marina. We had been warned that our biggest problem would be the cold. However this has not been a problem as the boat is equipped with an Eberspacher warm air heater. This is a diesel powered heater controlled by a thermostat which blows warm air into each cabin and has proved to be very effective.
The other winter boat problem, which had to be tackled, was condensation. Warm air inside, cold air outside, together with people breathing and cooking are a recipe for condensation. We attacked this problem head on with two Meaco dehumidifiers and plenty of ventilation when conditions allow. The dehumidifiers are run for a short while each morning and evening and we now have a perfectly dry, warm boat.  Also a good electric blanket means we have a warm bed to retire to.

The Marina Sees the first ice of the winter

Temperatures plunged last week, down to  – 6 C, causing a thin layer of ice to form over the marina. Although this is a salt water marina, there is a river flowing past the entrance to the marina and as the tide comes in it brings with it a small amount of fresh water from the river. We are then left with a shallow layer of fresh water lying above the sea water and this freezes at a higher temperature than the lower lying salt water.


A good frost causes ice to cover the wooden pontoons

Wooden pontoons can be very slippery with only a minor frost, however the marina staff apply salt along the pontoons as far as our boat and this deals with it very effectively

The marina staff are very helpful, laying salt down to the steps of our boat

The rise and fall of the tide takes some getting used to, With a very high tide we are almost level with the marina promenade above the marina basin. This changes dramatically when the tide recedes as we are left almost 9 meters below the promenade.

Above.  Low tide, pontoons drop well below the promenade
Below     High tide leaves us level with the promenade


Monday, 21 November 2016

We take over our live aboard Neptunus 133 cruiser

We eventually took over our boat a Neptunus 133 cruiser. It is powered by two Volvo pentas with a total of 600 hp. More than enough to power this 43 foot boat.
Ravesdale a Neptunus 133  43ft power boat

Ravensdale our Neptunus 133 43ft power Cruiser

Galley with good sized fridge and gas hob and oven

This boat could have been built with live aboard in mind.  Master cabin with walk around double bed, plenty of storage and en suite toilet and a separate shower also en suite.

Master cabin with walk around double bed

The main cabin houses the controls and also plenty of seating.

Main Cabin

Main cabin 2

From the main cabin you step down into the galley which contains fridge, microwave, gas oven and hob and semi-circular seating area with a round table which drops down level with the seats to provide a large semi-circular bed. Not sure how bedding will fit this set up but time will tell. This area also provides a mass of under seat storage.

Round table drops down to form an extra bed

Forward of the galley is the forward cabin with contains two single bunk beds. Heating is provided by a diesel heater which blows hot air into all cabins except the forward cabin, we’ll have to find a way to heat this.Above the main cabin is a open fly bridge with all the main controls duplicated also several seats which apparently open out into sun beds, not really had much chance to test those in UK November.There is also a substantial open aft deck.
A large aft deck provides plenty of outdoor space

A large aft deck provides plenty of outdoor space

So much for the boat, we are moored at Maryport marina in Cumbria, a good clean well organised marina with excellent staff that seem only too willing to help.

The pontoon where we are moored at Maryport marina at low tide

The same spot at high tide

Our one problem at the moment is the wifi or lack of it. We can go to the berth holders lounge where we can get wifi, but at the boat we get nothing. We are told that this is a problem that staff are trying to resolve but we understood the previous owner of the boat used to stream TV via wifi so that is a big disappointment. Condensation, a problem that most boat owners have to deal with. We had very minor condensation in the master cabin during the night. Easily dealt with but realised  the problem could get worse when temperatures drop. We invested in a Meaco dehumidifier. The first day we put this into the master cabin we collected about 2 litres of water, not so minor as we thought. This has proved to be very effective.
Blowing a gale or maybe just very windy at the moment so off to check mooring lines, hopefully I have set the scene and this will continue with up to date events.