Well here we are in the middle of November and just had our coldest night of this time of year, -3.5c. Kevayling is already prepared for the winter months and unlikely to be cruising again until the Spring 2020, but you never know. 😉
As far as 2019 has gone we haven't completed as many trips on Kevayling as we usually do but that doesn't mean we haven't been on the water as much. In fact we have spent a lot of time crewing other vessels or just cruising on other vessels (19 trips 288 nms), which we have got to say has been great fun, thanks to all our friends who have welcomed us aboard.
Maintenance wise we have a busy year, as couple of minor technical issues, quickly resolved, a lot of wood work undertaken in the saloon, decks recoated with a plastic coating, bilges repainted and regular servicing. Also two very nice new helm & navigator seat installed in the wheelhouse.
Looking forward to 2020 and all that it may bring. 😃
Thursday, 13 June 2019
Thursday, 18 April 2019
The start of the 2019 boating season welcomes Cymantha & Stewart, our daughter and son-in-law, to the world of inshore boating.
Having spent the winter months completely overhauling their newly acquired Sealine 19 Weekender they have now secured moorings at Queenborough Harbour, down river from our home marina in Chatham. They have done an excellent job on the boat and she handles beautifully with a completely refurbished interior.
Fun days ahead as they 'learn the ropes' of inshore cruising.
Friday, 15 March 2019
Came across a lovely little app a week on so ago called 'Blue Boat Log'. I had tried it over a year ago but it didn't fit our need or provide any additional features to the main Kevayling log book.
Now the author has been busy and produced an upgraded version of the app which is really good.
In essence it provides a track of your trip with date, distance and time data as well as an ability to add a story of your trip with photos. Embedding this into the Kevayling log it now means we can record all trips on the water in our boat or crewing someone else's.
Blue Boat Log - worth a look.
Saturday, 16 February 2019
With the spring like weather that we have suddenly had in February we decided to get to and prepare Kevayling for the 2019 season. So here we are on 16th February and already we have serviced both engines, washed her down and fitted our two new berth mattresses in the aft cabin, things that we normally undertake in March.
Just a few tidying things to do inside and we are ready to cruise!
So looking forward to cruising with with friends and family this year, with Cymantha & Stewart, our daughter and son-in-law, having their first boat moored in Queenborough Harbour, an hours run down river, plus Rochester Cruising Club.
Friday, 31 August 2018
I am forever looking at ways to improve our on-line log book and make it a more interesting read and as such I have taken a step forward in the way it's presented.
Using the same format as this blog page I have developed a similar page to display all the entries in Kevayling's log. Using this format we can now index the log book, reproduce the log in an easier way to read and add photos & videos to the log entries.
Currently I am working my way through the entries and adding them to the new cruise log book, there are a lot so it will take a few days to complete. Comments on each trip are open (keep them clean please :-) and the 'View Trip' links are active.
With the plan closure of my Facebook page by the end of the year this will be the new way to stay in touch.
Monday, 20 August 2018
Planned social BBQ at Rochester Cruising Club this weekend and decided to take the boat around so that we could stay the night. Quite windy on Saturday when we left Chatham but moored up with no problem. Being that the wind was against the tide it made for a gently rocking boat all afternoon.
BBQ was a great success with the family joining us in the evening, plenty to eat, and drink, with good company.
During the night the wind dropped but increased about 06:00 am. By the time we had got up it was blowing quite strong once again, actually stronger than the previous day. With this in mind we decided to depart Rochester early and left at 08:34 am. With a receding tide and a stern wind we actually made the trip back to Chatham in only 23 minutes, fastest recorded yet.
Turning against the tide to enter the lock at Chatham made for a wet approach, especially for Annette out on the bow ready to moor! Entered briskly on a tight approach and settled on the port side pontoon with ease.
Moored on our home berth in Chatham bow-on as not possible to reverse in the wind.