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The Good, the Bad and the down right Ugly

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The hull, finished apart from anti-fouling

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The ‘fancy’ line





Well, this last weekend, saw me down in ‘Sunny’ Cornwall, again. Now, we live in a world of high technology. We can see stars and planets, millions of light years away. We can see inside our own bodies, using all sorts of weird ‘Star Wars’ gizmos. We can, even, bomb each other from hundreds of miles away. Can you get a phone signal, or internet connection from the boatyard in Saltash.? Not even Yoda, can do that.!!! I have heard a nasty rumour that they will very soon be getting that funny stuff, ‘Electrickery’ down there, soon. They are a bit dubious, because, if you can’t see it, or touch it, then ‘it don’t exist, my luvver’.

Anyhow, I got the hull finished, all apart from the anti-fouling. I wont be doing that for a while, yet. At some point, I’ll get ’round to doing the rubbing strake, but I’ll wait for a really horrible winter’s day for that, just to achieve maximum enjoyment out the job.!!

I’ve decided to start a new charitable organisation. It’ll be called ‘Support Tengeru’s Engine Fund’ – STEF for short. It seems that my old Perkins 4-107 engine has come to the end of it’s life. Well, that’s what the boatyard are telling me. Now, the engine is only 44 years old and as I understand it, it hasn’t even been run in yet. However, I was told ‘them there bits, is all worn out. Be lots of groats to fix it’. Now ‘Patricia Perkins’ has a low oil pressure problem. I’ve known women with the same problem, but they’re still going strong………………………………… So, all donations gratefully received, to breath life into Patricia, or find a younger model.

Oh, for those with an eye on the ridiculous………………England are playing San Marino, tonight, in the European thingy, (soccer, football, male fashion display, whatever you want to call it). We are a nation of 60 miilion people, we are going to be playing a Principality with, at last count, about 153 people in it. I’m off down the bookies to place a bet that San Marino win.!!!



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How do you get at the money.?

I was sat this morning and a thought occured to me. Now that doesn’t happen very often, so it’s got to be worth a post.

When you leave these fair shores, in your floating caravan, distant horizons to be sought, crew to be thrown over the side, if they forget the sugar in your coffee, how do you access all that dosh sat in your bank account.?

I’m not daft enough ( well almost), to think that the dolphins putting on their show, need paying, nor do the fish that leap into your boat, frantic to throw themselves onto your grill, as you follow that funny little line on your chart, but at some point in time you are going to bump into something solid, possibly land, and at that point some little foreign fella is going to pop his head up and demand some wonga.


The good old British pound is not what it once was, let’s face it. So, I’m guessing that something else needs to be handed over, a Euro, or a groat. Something like that.? How’s it done.? How is this transaction……… well transacted.? Do you cruising folks carry a wodge of notes, in several different currencies, and small denominations (that helps you look poor, I imagine).? Do you carry American Express – that’ll do nicely, senor -, or what happens.?


And, now this is the big AND, when you have run out of your small denomination notes, and your loose change has been lost in the bilges, how do get your hands on more, from your bank.?  I nearly suggested doing some work, but I wouldn’t want to upset anyone. I’m also aware that on Cygnus 3, there is a beer currency, which seems to have some effect.

I shall return to my musings and leave this for you good folk to furnish suitable replies……