It ticked a lost of my boxes, just dose not have tubes! Nick
Nick hi, we have joined the dark side too
and like you the need for something that was more family orientated was the reason for buying a Sealine 240 Senator. 4 berths, loo, fridge and stove was quite appealing when we viewed her a fortnight ago in Brixham. Vivienne was impressed and gave the thumbs up, in fact she suprised me and bought it
After the 3rd trip to Brixham in a fortnight enough was enough and a she needed to come home to Pompey. Didn't fancy the 180 mile tow so I enlisted Stu for a short delivery trip last Wednesday. Weather forecast gave a 24 hour weather window so off we went, well nearly except we missed the first train from Southampton, which was fortunate as it was de-railed by a landside
a later slower train finally got us down to the wilds of Devon.
Wed morning dawned with a few fluffy clouds as Brixham Harbour staff posted a F5-6 forecast. Nah couldn't be, we borrowed there internet connection and found a more agreeable F4 forecast, but a mid channel bouy was also giving a 2.5m swell from the SW, hmm
We agreed to go and have a look so set off to Torquay to top up the petrol. Smooth trip across to Torquay in the shelter of the headland, but trouble started in Torquay when we met a bloke called Turpin. Dick Turpin to be precise who charged us £1.30 per litre for petrol
No wonder tubes are so expensive to make with living costs like that down there.
10 miles out from Torquay heading for Portland Bill the swell started to roll in. Thankfully the helm was light and with a Volvo V8 producing 275 hp she was quick to change course as the sea turned to F5-6 and produced some challenging driving conditions. 12 knots was calm but a bit slow, 18 - 20 knots pleasant but she really did want to go over 25 knots surfing down the long swells which in a strange boat in a very empty Lyme Bay was more than enough. Stu took over half way and we crept round Portland Bill within cricket ball range of the light house. The race further out to sea was very impressive and we definately didn't want to go anywhere near that
Up the side of Portland Bill Stu opened up the throttles and managed 27 knots for 3500 revs, turns out the engine should top out at 4600 but that can wait for another day when we have had chance to scrub the bottom and remove the barnacles from the stern drive.
After lunch in Portland harbour the leg to the needles was calmer at F4 including the ledges off St albans. 5pm saw us racing into Yarmouth for petrol at a more reaonable price of £1.01 per litre. A big thank you to the staff in Yarmouth as they stayed open for us to get fuel after the 5pm closing time
6pm saw us finally entering Pompey harbour after a slow trip in the darkness of the Solent and a suprising amount of traffic for a wet Wednesday evening.
A big thank you to Stu for the assistance on the trip, without another steady pair of hands to take the wheel its doubtful the trip would have taken place, oh and to Viv for buying her
Pete & Viv