Cap'n Spack Jarrow

Of Dogs and Melancholy

The last few weeks have been, how do we put this, emotional. The blasters arrived, and promptly couldn’t start due to a compressor not being delivered. Then the pump broke. Then there was a cold snap which ended up freezing their lines so progress was a little, erm, slow. Add to that the fact that I doubt Zee had been stripped of her paint in . . .

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December 14, 2017

Things more useful than a Selles and Van Dijk pre purchase survey...

I have been racking my brains thinking of the definitive list of things which are of more use than a Selles and Van Dijk pre purchase survey and here they are:

1) A condom machine in the Vatican

2) A solar powered foghorn

3) An ejector seat in a helicopter

4) Breasts on a fish

5) A moral compass in . . .

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December 01, 2017

Thoroughness is a virtue...

and also pretty desirable.

If the title confuses you all will become clear. Let's put it this way, if I hadn't decided to make a change to the hull, it may have sunk. Simples. But let's not dwell on the potential down sides, let's talk about dry dock....

We finally got into the dry dock with our berthing partner (not to be confused with . . .

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November 24, 2017


If you have had a bad day at the office or got a snotty email from someone and think things couldn't get worse, just imagine doing this for 2 weeks and things will pale into insignificance. I am still finding ground glass in places my places didn't know I had places...

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November 14, 2017

Tool Time

Tis the time of year (almost) for mince pies, holly and all things festive. It is also the time when I am asked by my beloved "What would you like for Christmas?". She seems unimpressed with my annual answer of 'world peace'. So for those of you out there who are or whose significant other is pretty useless at thinking of . . .

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November 11, 2017

Frustration and Exhaustion

Frustration and exhaustion in equal measure. The shot blaster is an unpleasant invention of Satan himself. Only one who resides in the depths of hell could have designed a hose, with 2 other smaller control hoses running down its length supported at intervals. These are destined to catch every corner, piece of angle iron, sticky outy thing . . .

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November 09, 2017

Delayed again.

Just a quick one shipmates as we have a day out planned which doesn't involve me and the devil's own machine (aka the shot blaster)... Woo hoo!!

We have been delayed again going into dry dock. We are now due in on the 14th Nov with the big commercial vessel and another barge (hopefully reducing costs still further). I have . . .

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November 05, 2017