Going up Sunday – weather is pants –

I have to say that the weather forecast for next week is little short of pants

However I am determined to go because I have already forked out £130 to not sail the boat

this is windguru for oban for the next seven days

however, it does not promise to rain all the time and sailing up and down the sound of mull with 16 knots up your chuff is not without its pleasures

and I can plug in the fan heater in Tobermory and in my beloved Dunstaffnage

which I may have told you before has a proper cast iron enamel bath

S2120045 bath


I am going to take a selection of tools with me

there are some jobs I can do under the cockpit tent

there is this

S2120025 floor board

and this

S2120005 duct tape

neither of which add to the look of the boat much

I drop the spray hood when I am in port because I am ashamed of it

However, I intend to repair it using needle and sail cotton - along with a bit of webbing

It will not look pretty

so this week I will be breaking the number one rule of KTL


sail now fettle later


these are some of the tools I set out to take




the oil is because the Polo has started using oil


95,000 hard miles



I also bought a pad on which I have put the charts from visit my harnour

£14.99 for a complete set of the UK


I am currently attempting to upload the Antares Charts as well - that is proving a bit of a challenge




However, lovely Sue and Lovely Chris who live down the road told me that had a pressie


this is what it is - their old Garmin




this will be an interesting experiment to saee which is more user friendly


so far the two days setting up the tablet has been a challenge - but that is my slow bandwidth and bad typing


man there is a lot of faffing around before you ever get to be in a nice place


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This is about Dylan Winter's Blog.

29 Responses to “Going up Sunday – weather is pants –”

  1. 24 June, 2016 at 7:14 pmWarren says:

    The Garmin will be nice to have
    hopefully you have the right removable memory chip in it.
    some Of the older units have chips no longer available so good unit are useless if you move to a new area and you can’t get an up to date memory chip…..what a Rip off!
    Big problem in USA as the distances are so much further and one chip only covers a small area.

  2. 24 June, 2016 at 10:23 pmRon G says:

    How did you decide on which tablet?

  3. 24 June, 2016 at 11:29 pmdylan winter says:

    this thread


    where I asked about Anatares on a tablet

    one of the more reliable members suggested a Lenovo from argos – second hand

    £89 – which seemed cheaperthan a keel repair

    so that was what I bought

    then Sue offered me the old Garmin

    I will make a little video about the two systems


  4. 25 June, 2016 at 8:38 amSimon W says:

    Do you have a DSC Radio? You should be able to link the Garmin to it so the radio knows where you are. This is the one great benefit of the DSC over normal vhf sets – should you hit the button, the radio automatically transmits your location. I’m sure you know all this, but i think it is well worth putting the message out there. If they know where you are, they know where to come and find you!
    Keep up the good work.

  5. 25 June, 2016 at 8:46 amdylan winter says:

    all I have is a handheld radio – the electrics on the boat are a real mess and I know that I am not really capable of unmessing them

    at one time some-one sprayed wd 40 on them – which must have been a real act of desperation

    – so I was just going to plug this into the 12 volt socket so that I can remove the navigator and put it away in a cupboard when I don’t need it

  6. 25 June, 2016 at 11:51 amDave says:

    You better take a passport now just in case !!

  7. 25 June, 2016 at 12:14 pmdylan winter says:

    the scots are in a bit of a pickle now

    there will be another independence referendum – of course. That is the sole reason for the existence of the one trick pony of their current govt

    so for the activists this is a dream come true

    however, they will have to come out of the EY with us, then go independent – without the £1

    then attempt to join the European Union which will involve

    swallowing some some pretty massive tax rises, paying for their own universities, care homes, roads, street lighting etc and join the Euro (which is a bit of busted flush) and also lose control of their own fisheries
    some tough decisions to be made

    they will also have to heal the divisions between the central belt (edinburgh and Glasgow) and the highlands and islands. In my experience the shetlanders were not that keen on getting into bed with the lowlanders so scotland may have their own internal independence struggle with shetland choosing to go back to Norway

    all very tough

    but a most interesting time to be sailing around scotland

    you meet everyone from the rational to the bonkers Braveheart indoctrinated brigade


  8. 25 June, 2016 at 5:39 pmRon G says:

    You’ll meet everyone from the rational to the bonkers in Scotland, Wales, Ireland AND England over the next few years, let alone over the next few months. It could be that you may be living in interesting times. Enjoy!
    Thanks for the link.

  9. 25 June, 2016 at 6:03 pmewan says:

    I recently loaded the VMH charts onto my Hudle2 and they are pretty amazing all I need now is a waterproof case. The process was a nightmare consisting of a “simplified” eleven page two stage installation which took a little over 3 hours ! worth it in the end though

  10. 25 June, 2016 at 6:29 pmTed B. (Charging Rhino) says:

    At the rate that most international bureaucracies operate at, you will have completed several more years of sailing the Western Isles and Western Coast, and be safely sailing south of the Scottish Border by the time they get Brexit sorted out.

    Fortunately your homeported in Falmouth, Cornwall so you won’t be associated with the London and the Solent-crowd by the locals.

  11. 25 June, 2016 at 10:29 pmdylan winter says:

    the VMH went fairly smoothly – as you say – about half a day

    the antares ones are much more challenging

    thanks to the VMH instructions from Steve I got them installed – but there is supposed to be a pilot and some written information with each chart

    I can’t for the life of me get it working


  12. 25 June, 2016 at 11:37 pmEade says:

    Ewan, we use cheap but good waterproof zip bags with double zips. That will not protect the screen if you drop the tablet, but will certainly keep the water out.

  13. 26 June, 2016 at 12:54 amAquaplane says:

    It’s been gorgeous up here all day Dylan. I can’t promise a repeat performance for tomorrow though, but that won’t worry you in your tin box.

    I have charts on paper, they work even when the battery is flat. GPS is good though, it tells you how far you have to go and how long it will take so you can decide to sack it and put the engine on..

    Are you looking for sheltered anchorages to hide from bad weather and to get stuck in to your jobs on the cheap? Drumuie and Puiladobhrain spring to mind near Dunstaffnage, there must be others.

  14. 26 June, 2016 at 9:41 amTony says:

    Cockpit grating. ? Cross pieces resting on engine hatch cover and supporting the tired strakes. Works for me (95kg)

  15. 26 June, 2016 at 10:17 amEuan Mckenzie says:

    Nicely summed up Dylan doesn’t help though Perhaps the rest of them will jump from Europe too and we can all then rejoin the new Common Market

    otherwise we will all be ruled by Queen Fiona

    (As in Shreks wife do you see the similarity?)

  16. 26 June, 2016 at 1:55 pmTed B. (Charging Rhino) says:

    You and Jill should keep an eye-out for Drake Roberts and Monique Davis aboard Paragon this Summer. They’re sailing off Lewis in the Hebrides now and are headed your way at some point. It would be a shame if you and they past like ships-in-the-night.

  17. 26 June, 2016 at 2:27 pmGiles says:

    Two things… I took part in the Mercator triangle race last week. Harwich to Ostend to Ramsgate and back to Harwich. We had a built in chartplotter with AIS (very useful in shipping lanes) which cost a fortune in downloads, we had regular paper charts and we had the wonderful Navionics on mobile and Tablet costing around £25. Apart from using the AIS on the chartplotter, the Navionics was the clearest and easiest to set a course on. I believe you can get a free app which will take care of the AIS too. Navigation sorted.

    Second thing… we were told in Belgium that the race may have to be discontinued in the event of Brexit – too much paperwork. We’ll see…

    Keep on having fun in the delightful Western Isles weather!7



  18. 26 June, 2016 at 8:41 pmJustin Harley says:

    Hi, Dylan

    If you have the Garmin in the cockpit it is very reassuring.
    I fitted mine there and I wouldn’t be without it now.

    Navionics on a tablet and mobile is really good too. However I killed my So called waterproof Sony c3 compact using it on the boat!

  19. 27 June, 2016 at 12:02 amAndrew W says:

    Looking forward to your comments about the tablet & chartplotter. I’ve just started using my wife’s iPad with Imray charts. I still use the paper charts and GPS combination. Ideally I should get a case, long power lead or socket in the cockpit. Something to mount it on would be good too. The only other drawback is bringing up the chart after my wife has been emailing, skype the kids, jigsaw’s and taking photo’s but then that’s my fault as skipper for not keeping my crew occupied! have a safe drive back north and hope the weather is kind to you.

  20. 27 June, 2016 at 9:35 amIan Owers says:

    I see that you’re using the forecast for Oban – I usually use the Tiree forecast (as suggested by the really fabulous Alba Yachts people) as it seems to be a lot more accurate for the whole area.

    The Antares charts are really great- but yes not the easiest thing to install ..

  21. 27 June, 2016 at 11:44 amMick says:

    I find Navionics App on my iphone 6 plus. I would say better than the chart plotter in lots of ways, but when your hands get wet, the touch screen can be temperamental, so for example, entering a port you don’t know in poor/wet conditions, just when you need it most, you can find yourself without it. But having said that, it is a fantastic App and is a great confidence booster to the solo/short handed sailor.

  22. 27 June, 2016 at 8:21 pmWarren says:

    Ted, I thought “Drake Paragon” the were in Boston and heading up to Greenland?
    Or am I way behind?

  23. 27 June, 2016 at 10:08 pmTed B. (Charging Rhino) says:

    The sailing and their YouTube vids have a nearly 3-year delay currently. They sailed from Oriental to Boston back in Spring 2013, Greenland Summer/Fall 2013 and wintered in Iceland in 2013-2014, and apparently have been in British and Irish waters for the last 2-years. I’m assuming that Drake and Monique have UK work-visas to be able to afford such an extended journey.

    Jill and Dylan sailed the Orkneys and the Shetlands aboard Harmony back in Summer 2014. And the Eastern Firths aboard the KatieL in 2015. It’s been nearly 10-years since Dylan set-off from Bembridge in the Slug, Bless’d-be-it’s-Memory.

    I detect a pattern…,

  24. 27 June, 2016 at 10:56 pmdylan winter says:

    I think they have had to head home by plane for a while – family illness – the boat is ashore last I heard

  25. 27 June, 2016 at 10:56 pmdylan winter says:

    good point Ian – I shall look again

  26. 27 June, 2016 at 10:57 pmSue Johnson says:

    Afraid the card reader on the Garmin doesn’t work, which is partly why we replaced it as can’t update. Got us to Holland & back, down to London & lots of E coast trips.
    But as the rocks in Scotland don’t change (unlike the shifting sands & mud of the East coast) hopefully it will be useful, especially in conjunction with charts & the tablet. Easy to use though. Hope it’s useful :-)

  27. 27 June, 2016 at 11:02 pmSue Johnson says:

    Ps, the charts, though out of date on the plotter re up to date positions of buoys, channels etc do work & if connected works with the AIS system which is useful crossing shipping lanes.

  28. 27 June, 2016 at 11:18 pmSue Johnson says:

    Pps- the Garmin covers whole of UK (as well as parts of Europe), being before brexit & Scotland still being part of the UK :-)

  29. 28 June, 2016 at 3:00 pmsimon leslie ellis says:

    Hi Dylan, Some time ago I bought a set of sailmakers needles, white acrylic canvas, canvas thread, a sailmakers palm and some craft scissors. Since then I’ve been amazed by the number of things I’ve fixed, made, repaired etc, with a satisfying outcome – to my eye at least. Repairing sails and dodgers and reinforcing is a nice little job whilst your awaiting the tide to float you off. You won’t be throwing old leather shoes away like before. Sewing in leather is great for areas that chaff. Also, I’ve mended my son’s football boots when the stitching prematurely came apart (oh no, reminded myself of that game!).

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