Wildlife

The attractive pumpout station

In the early hours of the evening, after the spectacular thunderstorm yesterday we set off for a pumpout. There’s two stations here at Mercia, and the one that’s most convenient was occupied by another widebeam.

So we did a 180 turn and stopped off at the other one. Bow thruster required, there was quite a breeze going on, but she still turned on a sixpence.

When mooring up in the wind, it’s a blessing to have a boat with double the control. [As compared to a boat without a bow thruster and out of control. Seen that countless times] Especially important for us when we’ve got a newly blacked bottom to protect – for someone else’s benefit…

There was a guy watching us from a narrowboat parked up further down, he looked very impressed. Might even have got a round of applause and a “certificate of excellence” if he’d been able to monitor the whole journey there… Which involved: 

  • Driving half blind with the left hand side of the screen still boarded up.
  • Manoeuvring two 180 turns on the way.
  • Avoiding other boats whilst unable to see them.
  • Encountering a brisk breeze (all the way) and remaining steady.
  • Passing another boat amidst moored boats.

And all that on tick-over as courtesy to others, without the bow thruster involved…

Similar scenario to successfully playing golf with a handicap: One hand strapped to “one’s” bum, whilst wearing the cap over one eye “ i “

Think that covers it nicely…

Note to oneself: Enough of the wordplay, shut up and get on with the nice photos before people start putting their coats on.

So, the nice photos from a not so nice Pumpout Palace:

a) The cute stuff:

Stood in the lux con with the back rolled up I heard the patter of tiny feet. Mum, dad, and seven chicks popped round for a visit. Well Hello…!

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b) The interesting stuff:

The entrance to the dry dock behind us, where TT was sat about three weeks ago…

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Couldn’t really capture the sheer size of the place or the depth of the water. See the waterline inside? I worked out that if I was stood on the floor, it would be roughly a metre above my head…

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Nosy…

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Nosier…

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c) The work in progress, except everyone had gone home for tea:

Mercia’s Boardwalk Boulevard is coming along nicely…

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See how challenging and pleasantly varied a pumpout can pee be…?

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