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Engine troubleshooting

Yesterday my parents-in-law came to visit. My father-in-law, Chris, has been desperate to see Goshawk of Møn, and he’s also very practical, so he came at just the right time. A couple of weeks ago when we last took Goshawk out, I started her engine on the mooring, and all went very well. Later on, …

16/4/21: Pootling around on the mooring

Goshawk didn’t leave her mooring today but, as we’re heading home today, I spent some time pootling, tidying and sorting.  The first task was to take a multimeter to the batteries to establish whether the problem we had starting the engine was due to lack of power in the batteries. Thankfully both of the batteries …

14/4/21: First sail without assistance, River Stour

The day after Goshawk’s maiden voyage, when I had sailed her from Titchmarsh Marina to Wrabness with a great deal of assistance from my cousin James, I was desperate to take my whole family for a short sail around the Stour. We started a little later than planned (we had, of course, to drive to …

Maiden Voyage, 13/4/21: Titchmarsh Marina to Wrabness

And so the day dawned, after a cold night aboard; time to make our maiden voyage on Goshawk of Møn. The day began with a warm shower in Titchmarsh Marina’s newly refurbished shower block, followed by breakfast aboard. It was at this point that I realised that I had failed to buy bowls in my …

First night aboard Goshawk

Frantic phone calls were made last week: I had arranged for Goshawk to be anti-fouled, the engine to be reconditioned, sacrificial anode replaced, and for a gas safety check to be undertaken. All phone calls confirmed that, oh yes, of course all the work had been completed. Perhaps I need to be more trusting and …