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Post by robdalej on Thu Jan 11, 2018 1:56 pm

Just been up to have a look at the boat, looking quite sad for itself, no electricity hook up , so batteries probablyflat , can't run engine as antifreezed,  inside cabin freezing cold but , surprisingly,  dry , checked inside bilge , all dry in there , so that's good, only another 2 ? Months I hope

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Post by molemot on Thu Jan 11, 2018 3:57 pm

If you have the master switch OFF, then the batteries are probably fine. Trilly's batteries sit there happily doing nothing for months at a time.... I nearly went on board her today, but the rain was too discouraging!!

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Post by RichK on Sun Jan 14, 2018 11:45 am

My batteries after the winter layoff have always been fine. Only thing I do is turn master switches off and pull fuse for the auto bilge pump as ashore. About mid march I take batteries home and give them a trickle charge to top up.
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Post by bigscale on Sun Jan 14, 2018 9:19 pm

Checked  my boat today after all the floods and she was ok no water, canopy still intact and batteries reading ok,  got off and went home feeling happy
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Post by Liberty on Tue Jan 23, 2018 9:32 pm

I find a good way to banish winter boar blues is to take a few small jobs home..... however small it lets me think I'm working towards the summer.
PS, it was still daylight at 5pm tonight.... we are getting there
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Post by GAVSY on Wed Feb 07, 2018 8:01 am

Don't think I can last.................  come on March !!!! , I need to be back on my Freeman now ,I'm sick of doing jobs around the house Captain

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Post by robdalej on Wed Feb 07, 2018 8:51 am

Same here , nearly deantifreezed it last weekend, glad I didn't now!

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Post by Minerva on Wed Feb 07, 2018 5:30 pm

I find unscrewing bits and varnishing them at home therapeutic. Plus u can do it properly and build up the coats without rushing it. Shame I can’t apply this to the big static bits of wood though! Eg I got a lovely fuse door on a tatty bulkhead! Anyway my daffs are out and the birds are tweeting away so it must be spring!

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Post by RichK on Mon Oct 14, 2019 5:00 pm

Certainly will be winter blues this year, cleared boat out ready for craning off and mooring/hardstanding all paid up till April so will sit back and evaluate what to do with her (the boat that is Smile ) in Spring. Lost a bit of enthusiasm since being stolen and having to move from a lovely pub mooring by our house. Even though she is running better than ever something is missing, wifes health hasn't helped and last month or more all I've really done is pop down every week or so and turn engine over and clean her. In no rush to sell as wrong time of the year for a fair price so will renew the BSS before next season, no real winter maintenance needed this winter and see if the spark returns.
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Post by Minerva on Mon Oct 14, 2019 5:07 pm

It’s SAD time of year Rich. Wet, dark evenings and clocks about to go back. I just read what I wrote above about taking bits off and varnishing them at home. That’s the key...keep busy and spring will soon be here. More importantly though, look after your wife.

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Post by Minerva on Mon Oct 14, 2019 5:10 pm

I saw on Facebook that chap in Corsica on his F24. He pays the same mooring fees as me. Bet they don’t get SAD syndrome over there!?

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Post by RichK on Mon Oct 14, 2019 6:09 pm

I know what you are saying so will see,  looked at possibly bringing boat back to our pub but fence had been broke with looks like someone trying to get onto the moorings so can't really risk going back and new landlord on on a 3 month lease so could be empty by next Spring which is the problem as end of a quiet lane. I've literally got no winter work to do on the boat apart from Spring prep, antifoul etc. You know there's something wrong when you dont get overly excited like we used to be going to the boat.
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Post by Jed on Mon Oct 14, 2019 7:44 pm

Sorry to hear about your wife. Maybe a new project is needed. I know after selling my 23 that I couldn't improve anymore that the replacement boat filled the restless gap for me. Maybe a nice 26 that needs tlc. I am sure a new mooring will pop up .
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Post by RichK on Mon Oct 14, 2019 10:21 pm

Cheers Jed, maybe a winter project, did see a lovely Chevy 3100 pickup for sale at an American car show last week but wife put her foot down this time after i came home with an Mx5 a while back  Neutral
Not going to rush a sale as know i will regret it.
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