Sunday, 26 March 2017

Serenity III and the MCA

Serenity III has been down at Amble boat yard for a little while but now she is back in Seahouses and raring to go for the season.

While she was at Amble the MCA did her out of water inspection. This is when the MCA come to the boat and inspect the hull for any damages, check the sea cocks, propellers and rudders. This is standard practice and its done every year. After that the boat goes into the water and then they come and inspect the rest of the boat.

They do all the safety checks. For example, they check the life-rafts have been tested, the flares are in date, the life jackets are in good working order etc. After that they check the engines, bilge pumps, hand pumps, fire hose etc and see if they are working fine. If not then you have to get them fixed before they will give you your license to operate for the season.

Its really standard stuff and it all makes common sense and to be honest if my boat was not in good working order I would not get on the boat myself, let alone putting guests on her.

After everything is looking good and our paper work is all up to date then they will grant you your license for the year, but half way through the season they will appear unexpected for a mid term inspection. This is to make sure you are doing everything correct and not pulling the wool over their eyes.

This happens every year to every boat that is coded with a P6 license.

Serenity II has had her out of water inspection but not her in water one just yet. This will happen in a few weeks time and then it will be all good to go for the season.

 Leaving Amble Harbour

 Amble Pier light

 Looking back up the river

 Passing Dunstanburgh Castle on the way home.

 Serenity III being inspected

 Putting the ropes up after inspecting the engines

 All Done

 Chilling with a cuppa

Once again guys thank you for reading and I do hope you enjoy the updates. If you ever have any questions the please let me know.


Thursday, 16 March 2017

Iceland 2017

I went to Iceland last year and the weather was so dreadful I hardly took a picture but this did not put me off as I could see what it had to offer and I was determined to go back.
Fast forward to this year and what a difference.
I went with a friend who really likes his photography too (much better than me) and we decided to leave it until the last minute in the hope that we would see the Northern Lights.

We waited until the signs looked good and then booked everything. All packed (well sort off) and ready to go, until we received an email saying that we could not pick out camper-van up until the next day as they were closed, plus the had just had the biggest down pour of snow since Iceland's history.

In 6 hours through the night they had 52cm of snow fall and Reykjavik came to a stand still. Our hearts dropped but the flights were still going and we decided to go and get a hotel until the next day and see if you could get the camper.

You have to give them their due as they pulled out all the stops and cleared the roads as best as they could and everything started to move once again.

When we arrived at the camper van place and everything was good to go, so off we headed into the snowy but beautiful landscape of Iceland.

I could go on and on about adventure but I would only bore you so I'm going to keep it a little bit short and let the pictures do the talking.

We hardly slept as the weather decided to change and become one of the best 4 days Iceland had produced for a long long time. Hardly a breath of wind, glorious sunshine everyday and crystal clear skies at night. We were in heaven....

We travelled along the south coast stopping at every waterfall, beach and lagoon but by far the best place was the Glacier Lagoon in Jokulsarlon. This place is totally amazing and the only thing that kinda spoilt it was how many people were there, but that's just me being greedy and wanting the place to myself.
I only wished we had stayed there longer and maybe gone a little bit further around but I can defiantly say I will be back and I will be heading straight to Jokulsarlon.

The only thing that really went wrong during the trip was that I had the wrong settings on my lense and nearly all of my pictures were rubbish. I did manage to save a few and lessons have been learned so it will never happen again. Yes I have given myself a few slaps. Never mind, I do hope you like the pictures and if you have ever thought about visiting Iceland then do it, you'll love it.

Saturday, 11 March 2017

Some TLC for Serenity II

Serenity II is having a long overdue upgrade. She has worked really hard for us and we can't complain about her one little bit, so its time she got a well deserved rest and some major tlc.

I should have blogged about this a while ago but we worked hard on her and then people have been grabbing holiday's in between so I forgot to let you know sorry. Anyway better late than never.

She has been washed down and polished until she's looking like new and that's all down the Andy and Tony.
My brother, Ron and myself I have taken out both of the engines and new ones are just about to go in. She has had lots of little things done to her which will never be seen again but we know they are done and that's all that matters.

She survived the tidal surge we had a while ago which was great news and it will not be long until we put her back together once again and then she will have the pleasure of showing everyone those beautiful farne islands.

We are hoping be up and running in a few weeks time so watch this space for all things happening around the Farnes and keep up with all the breaking news. 

Thank you for reading 


Saturday, 28 January 2017

A bit of shine

Yes it's a bit of a plug but I would never do this unless I thought it deserved it.
It's usually a really hard job cleaning the hull of Serenity II but what makes it worse is that she's white and you can see every single mark but after a bit of research on the net I can across Chine Shine.
I not really into all this fancy stuff as I believe in a bit of elbow grease and a bit of hard work does the trick, but this stuff has blown me away. It's a bit like runny glue and you roller it on, leave it for 15 minutes and then just wash it off.

I could not believe the results and when my brother arrived he was lost for words and if you know my brother at all then that say's something.

Yes I know this is not keeping you all up to date but for anyone who has anything in white fibre glass then this stuff is worth looking into.

Here are the results and new Serenity II looks like new again.

Close up of the brown coming through and the hull looking tarnished. 

 Her bow before Chine Shine

 Her bow after Chine Shine


Wednesday, 18 January 2017

The Sand Dunes

Someone asked me on Facebook the other day about the sand dunes on the north beach so I thought I would do a quick post and show you all the damage from the tidal surge.

The dunes have been mostly affected by the seas and they will recover eventually even though it's not nice to see at the moment. At least this is the only thing that has happened as it could have been a lot worse. I suppose its nature but its not half cruel at times. 

I have taken a few pictures of my kids to give you an idea on how much the dunes have been cut away. They thought it was great as they could jump of plus they found some treasure. Junk in other words. We also found dead seal which was very smelly and a little bit to decomposed to have died because of the storm, but never nice to see. We did see one alive and healthy as it quickly rushed back into the water as we got closer.

Ok everyone, here are a few pictures which will show you a lot better than I can tell you.