Well we are safely back, Bryn and I had a fantastic trip. one to be remembered. Thanks in Particular to PhoenixPete and High&Dry (My Wife) for all their land based support. In most ports (Padstow) in particular, our welcome was wonderfull, especially when they learnt where we had come from!
We had hoped to get to northern Cumbria thus completeing around England and Wales. Time ran out at Pwllhelli. One more day of good weather would have completed the last leg of 140Nm. Whos to say we cant do this bit as a local trip before the year end...
The mileage we did was 955.5Nm (we achieved 87% of journey)
I have now gone through all the notes/dailey notes and log entries. and here is summary of milage, hours fuel used etc.
Mileage 955.5, Engine hours run 52.6, fuel used was 1081 litres.
This gives an average speed of 18knots (including slow speed work)
Best value fuel was Hull Marina (British Water Ways) @94p/L
Worst value Suffolk Yacht Haven (Levington) @1.40L
Fuel consumption worked out at 1.13L per Nm
Each day when we started we carried 253litres, ie heavy boat. The calibration of the fuel flow meter was spot on. When adding fuel at the end of each day we were within 2% of indicated fuel usage.
I have many images and will see if I can reduce them down and put some for each leg in the 'gallary' section, with a title/location on each.
Chartplotter update - The chartplotter fault destroyed the Cmap cartridge 'Western English Channel'. This chip, upon my return also fails to work on my PC. All other charts now work satisfactoriry in the plotter. In some ways yes it was inconvienent to have lost use of it, but it does take you back to basics in respect of Navigation. We could,on occasions, have taken coures closer inland had we had better charting data, but the safer further out course was preferred.
Jobs required to the boat
minor control cable adjustment to ensure the neutral inhibitor switch operates correctly. Oil changes for engine and service.
Thats it -
Thanks again for all your interest and encouragement.
I will ask Bryn to add a post. He wrote a diary each day (into a progressively wet book!) and will say something about the trip, which for an 11 year old, was quite some adventure.
Those of you who have posted but we have not met - we look forward to meeting at some future time.
Paul Beaurain & Bryn