Totally pi--ed off. Perfect greek islands weather. 30c flat calm with cool breezes and I'm stuck in the boatyard, actually one of the few boats left. Came out end of April to prepare the Bertram for its " big trip " and now broke after replacing three large bilge pumps, the guts of a Vetus toilet, and the cost of the new and working DIY hydraulic passerelle. On top of that was the service for the two big lumps (only € 1000 ) and some carpentry help to finish the aft cabin refurbishment. Net result a choice of options. Fill both tanks (€1500) and sod it all as we plough water through the Cyclades, pack up and fly back to Oxford ( cold and wet) or pretend the Bertram is a comfortable apartment with nice sea views and yachts in the back garden.
I suppose it's a no brainer but the sea is a beautiful shade of blue, the sea is glassy smooth and I really need to hear the DD's sing to me.
What do I do?
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08-06-13, 11:44 #1
What do you do if you can't afford to fill your fuel tanks?
08-06-13, 11:54 #2
comeon, the weather will be like that for the next 3+ months
when's the next wage/pension coming in?
wait and plan your trip at D speeds
08-06-13, 12:20 #3
either - stick in a few £100s and go for a potter
or - phone the credit card company
you never know what will happen next
08-06-13, 12:27 #4
08-06-13, 15:49 #5
You'r Bertie is a nice appartment with sea view... push back and relax... have a glass of wine on that great aft deck and chill....
Consider some fuel and potter about at low speeds... as long as those turbo's don't kick in, she'll be economical (approx 1200 RPM)..
If you feel the need to hear the song of those screaming Jimmy's, do that towards the end of the pottering session and you'll still hear the song in your mind when you have that anchor dram... Life is a compromise, but to be enjoyed!!!Regards, Alf
I've stopped drinking water .... I have seen what it does to the bottom of our boat!
"The only time you have too much fuel is when you're on fire."
09-06-13, 07:32 #6
Thanks guys. Feel a bit better today so off to Egina Town to buy a sunday newspaper, have a frappe cafe and watch the chaos in the harbour. There's always one who goes around collecting anchors.
Have a coffee and think good thoughts
09-06-13, 09:15 #7Registered User
Location : A long way from my boat! :(
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Pull up the sails for heavens sake!
Oops, wrong forum!
09-06-13, 13:07 #8Living the dream!
09-06-13, 13:58 #9
09-06-13, 15:35 #10
5 or 6 knots is fine if you get away from the need for speed. Yachties are going fast at that speed and.... As for narrowboats
You could of course sell up and downsize/downspeed, and slash running and maintenance costs.Narrowboating From Stretford!!