The heat wave continues, although it is now raining as I write this. I managed to spend four more glorious summer days down on Daisy G. Although I just seemed to be bobbing about going nowhere in particular, I managed to cover over 50 nm in the time. I had had a horrible feeling that I had forgotten to raise the outboard out of the water when I left her in June, and I was right. A month of immersion in tropically warm water meant an extraordinary amount of weed growth on the leg and prop. Not just weed, a lot of it was wriggling… I had to remove the engine altogether and scrape it clean. The prop could barely turn, the speed was non-existent and I was worried that cooling water couldn’t enter. Having cleared that, I motored to my favourite careening spot, the area alongside Furzey island. It is shallow and the bottom is firm enough to stand on.
There were not many others around, so I stripped off and went overboard for a long session of skinny-hull-scraping with a garden hoe. The nine year old copper coat antifouling is getting less and less effective, but the hoe works well if you can get into the water.
Swimming and generally sailing naked became the theme of the cruise. It was so hot and sunny (over 30C every day) that wearing anything just seemed a crime. On the Friday, I started the day with a long skinny dip before breakfast, and as there were surprisingly few other boats around, I never bothered to put anything on for the rest of the day.
I anchored most nights off Shipstal Point, which is one of my favourite places, but it does get crowded at the weekend. It is quiet, full of birds, but still gives a good view of Poole Quay and all the comings and goings of the shipping. You get a grandstand view of the Thursday night firework display in the summer.
I have become more and more fascinated by the pattern of light on moving water and try to capture images of it for future prints, but it is hard to retain the feel.
The warmth of the water did allow me to wade out and take some photos of my whole fleet, which I can rarely do. Both Daisy G and Nellie G are looking a bit scratched and worn by this time of year.
I’m working on a solution to keeping milk fresh in hot weather with no refrigeration. Afour bottle sized box built from 50mm insulation foam. I shall try it our next time I’m down.