Somes Sound - a strenuous leisurely time
Date Tuesday 31 July 2012
A combination of a wonderful anchorage, some boat issues and a WiFi connection from I know not where conspired to keep us at anchor in Valley Cove for six days.
When we furled the main on arrival there was an ominous graunching noise from the furler mechanism. This appeared to be a seized bearing in the manual override box which in turn appeared to be a workshop job to split. Having diagnosed the problem we had to wait until Monday when AMEL came up trumps with a replacement that was paid for and shipped on Tuesday. In the meantime I managed to wash out the interior with solvent, spray corrosion releasing agent into the interior and eventually introduce some new grease through a very small gap into what I think is a roller bearing. Anyway, the result is that we have a working unit, for the time being and a replacement on the way. A redesign incorporating some grease nipples is on the to do list.
In the meantime we applied ourselves to the trails ashore which are well marked and have varying degrees of challenge. ‘Mountains were climbed, shores negotiated and a visit made of Man of War Cove where warships used to anchor to take on water from the stream that flows into the Sound.
The Mate in action
We broke out of the wilderness to find the main road from Southwest to
Bar Harbor and made use of the excellent and free
And on another day an
The weather is definitely more mixed than during our visit last year
with glorious sunny warm days interspersed with the sort of pervasive rain
familiar to those who have holidayed in
Good character forming stuff! We will stick to our home comforts.
To complete our days here
we were joined in the anchorage by an Ocean Cruising Club couple, Peter and
Carol on their yacht Five Bells who gave us hospitality having waited for us to
return from our outing to
For family members and to prove that genetics work here is the Mates submission for the ‘Bob Wilson Memorial Headless Photograph Competition’ for 2012.
Most of the Skipper in action