PHEW! With temperatures exceeding 32 degrees inside the boat and the minimum 25.5 in the bedroom … not much sleep was had last night. If it had been a gradual increase over days, we’d probably get used to it!! Don’t forget we were running the heating only a week or so ago!!
So, today, we stay put. A phone call to Stretford Marina confirmed they had a space for us on Thursday night, so that’s us sorted; a safe place to moor, nice shower, rubbish point, water on tap and maybe a fuel polish. We can walk into Media City and visit the Dockyard bar too. Thanks David for researching that one!
We said Cheerio to “Hector” and Sally on Hector’s House – fellow travellers to Liverpool – thanks for the cider and coming for coffee today – all the best!
Meanwhile, our friends from Yelvertoft marina join us at Pennington Flash on their way to Liverpool – Roger & Grace on board Kantara – you must read his book: Life with our feet under water:
View from their window …
It’s a nice place to stay before the ordeal that is Wigan!
Meanwhile, on with some chores … scrubbing the green mould off the cratch cover, a second coat of wood preserver (yes, those Osmo products again) and checking the solar input . .
During the winter the condensation from the inside of the boat would form a line – probably the waterline or where there was a gap in the insulation? One solution was to put carpet tiles up, which was OK but I always intended to find a better, more permanent fix – to stop the wood absorbing the water and mould forming. Ze Osmo produkts can do this, ja? Very impressed so far. No more varnish for me. Following on from our new modus opernadi of travelling in the rain – stopping in the sunshine. To maximise the solar input. The panels had put 100′s of ampere hours in these last two days – so Steven’s happy!
The batteries are on float (meaning no need for any more charge) and there’s still 196W or 14.2A for running the electrics on the boat …
I’m pleased that the system goes to float – meaning we’ve replaced all the energy taken out overnight. As you can also see we have generated 8291 Ah since installation and my very rough calculations mean that’s equivalent to £310 of running the engine on diesel. Neat.
If the weather cools down a bit we may wander off to Leigh and yes, to visit that wonderful establishment, the White Lion. A half hour trek but the beer’s worth it (another Thank You to David for this gem).