Cap'n Spack Jarrow

The Power and the Glory...

(well, no power as yet and 'glory' is debatable...)

One of the biggest snags I have when I visit the Boatyard is not lack of enthusiasm, but lack of electrical power. There are plenty of 240V points but Zee is at least 75 yards from the nearest point meaning I have to get enough 240V extensions from around the yard, ensure they have the right plugs, lay them all, and then no doubt check where . . .

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December 09, 2018

Is there a god?

I mean talk about 'click bait' in the title right? Well, why am I suddenly questioning the existence of the divine? Well,it's not the way you think. I am actually starting to suspect that my trust in empirical lack of evidence for a grand creator. "Why?" I hear you cry. Well, it surely cannot be correct that one person . . .

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September 28, 2018

"Two masts, or not two masts? That is the question"

So this could be my most contentious post in all the time I have been blogging. Far more contentious than some of my other musings like, "Is Trump a genius?", "The Earth IS flat and here's the proof..." and "Islamic State - not evil murderous scumbags, just misunderstood and in need of a hug".

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September 17, 2018

Top Tips

AKA - 'sh$t I wish I had known/done/purchased when I started'

Pre Purchase

1)Find a mooring. Seriously. The number of people who have purchased boats or barges and then have nowhere to park it is ridiculous. Don't be that person. If you don't have a mooring which can accept the length, draft, air draft, width AND weight of your vessel then don't buy. Wait until you have one. If . . .

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August 29, 2018

Progress of sorts...

The barge has been 'dressed', moved, filmed, undressed and is now ready for dry dock. Friday coming the dry dock will be empty and the blocks will be set for her. Hopefully if it all goes according to plan Zee should be in dry dock in a week's time or so. There are a few days set aside for work to get Zee back to her white painted . . .

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August 27, 2018

She's a Staaaa-aaaa-aaar

(But unlike the band 'James' she will last a bit longer)

Firstly, I must apologise to my global fanbase (ok ok, 5 of you and a small Dachshund who just likes the photos) for the paucity of updates recently. I will bring you up to speed in double quick time and then get on to where we are now.

Shortly after leaving dry dock we were contacted by the dry dock manager about a production . . .

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June 24, 2018

Triumphant return or tactical retreat?

My sincerest apologies to all the avid (and less avid) readers of the blog for my 'radio silence' but things have been, ahem, somewhat busy recently. Just to get the really painful stuff out of the way first, the total bill has been calculated which breaks down as below:

Hull UHP strip and airless sprayer: 11,500
Paint : . . .

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April 04, 2018