The sad news is that I have sold Jelly Bean. Jelly and I have had some great adventures and she has helped me become the (in)competent sailor that I'm am today :-) As the weather this weekend was forecast unseasonally good I managed to persuade Julie to join me for a farewell trip to Brownsea Island. Julies over-riding condition was that we motored and didn't use the sails... Not a problem as there was hardly any wind to speak of.
Once out on the boat the first job was to refuel the tank. Ahhh the engine hadn't been as thirsty as I had thought, the bayonet fit connector on the fuel line had disconnected itself during the rough crossing last week, making it feel like there was no fuel when I squeezed the priming bulb. Reconnected and hey presto.. it still wouldn't fire. Out came the plug, a quick clean and off it went.
We motored across the harbour, around the top of the island, past pottery pier and anchored near the site of the old pottery kiln. Just as I was ready to let the anchor go the engine died again, I tried to restart it but it wouldn't go. I guess the plug would need cleaning again. There was no hurry as it was time for lunch and a bit of a chill out.
After lunch I inflated the dinghy and we paddled ashore for a stroll around the island, stopping for a pot of tea at the cafe before heading back to the boat. On the way back we saw this cheeky chap munching on fallen chestnuts.
|alright my deer|
|Julie enjoying the sailing experience|
As the water came back I gave the plug one last clean and we were off, it took us about 4 mins to get to the mooring, that's how close we where.