Sunday, 29 March 2020

The Nightmare Continues

So, the clock have gone forward and we are now in British Summer Time, not that that has made any difference to the state of affairs the national, no the world, finds itself. 

With the virus gaining strength and the death toll rising looks like we will be in lockdown for some time yet. The marina is effectively closed and we are not allowed out except for food shopping or medications. A skeleton staff are still on duty and keeping an eye on the boats in marina but no one is mentioning the people that actually live on their boats within the marina. The official line is that the marina is not licenced as residential but there are a handful who use their boat as their home, we hope they are safe.

One of these people is our berthing neighbour who has told us he will keep an eye on Kevayling during our enforced isolation away. Hope anyone who is still in situ there is safe.

In the meantime the boat is ready to take to the open water, the garden at home has never loved lovelier, the house is spotless (as always) and we are finding things to do to pass the time.

Anyone reading this during the national lockdown, stay safe and mores the point STAY IN DOORS!   

Monday, 16 March 2020

Best Laid Plans and all that.

Well what a start to the season, everything is ready, the boat prepared, a new on-line log book, the weather seems at last to be turning into something acceptable and along come a nasty little virus to put a damper on everything. And in this case I really mean EVERYTHING!

ConVid19, born in China and about to screw the world, more to the point our boating plans! As you all know by now this virus is in the process of changing everything we take for granted, what we do, how we associate, how we travel and more to the point how we live our daily lives with family and friends.

It would appear that the government, with our best interest at heart I'm sure, are going quarantine the over 70's for quite a long period. Not sure how that is going to turn out but at the moment it gives me 3 months to continue to enjoy life to the full, it's my 70th birthday on 22 June, one I had planned to enjoy full on but now looks like its me and the wife huddled around a cup cake (if they haven't all disappeared due to panic buying) with a glass of Prosecco watching endless news on the items on the BBC about the state of the world. 😞 

In the meantime the plan is get down to the boat, get her out and enjoy the sea air, sunshine (hopefully) and the pure joy of being on the water. The best way to be quarantined in my book.

To all our family, friends and boating buddies, stay safe, keep calm and no more chinese takeaways, that'll teach them!! 😄😷

Thursday, 12 March 2020

New Log Book Address

The Kevayling online log book has a new redirect address, this is
http://mvkevayling.uk

So, the log book can now be accessed via
www.kevayling.uk (redirected)
www.kevayling.co.uk (redirected)
www.electricfilofax.co.uk (redirected)


The choice is yours. 😀

Monday, 2 March 2020

March 2020

Without doubt one of the windiest, wettest winters on record!

Kevayling currently sits with eight mooring ropes holding her fast to the pontoon thanks to my mooring neighbours, who live aboard their boats, and have been keeping a close eye on things in Chatham. Hopefully we will get out on the first shakedown cruise in the next few weeks, so looking forward to getting back on the water.

A few things planned service wise this spring, I have a tin of off white yacht paint which I need to slightly colour match with the saloon roof and then airbrush out a few small marks & chips. The airbrush was a Christmas present. Also going to look at the wheelhouse woodwork and give that a revamp as we did with the saloon woodwork last summer.

One thing about this winter is a low electricity bill as it's really not been the cold enough to use the engine bay heaters. Every (rain)cloud has a silver lining! 😄