I generally keep tabs on the other bloggersand I occasionally watch Barry Perkins – he does not move very fast but dilgently posts 16 nminutes a week. He lives on the cheap on the hook as much as he can. I must say that the life style does not look all that attractive – roly poly anchorages, a lot of bureaucracy to deal with.
In this one he east italian food, nicks some water at night, drops his anchor too close to a proeper mooring and takes a chisel to his decks.
I have just spent four days on the Crouch and Roach. It is a good long day sail down there arriving with the evening tide. On saturday it all got a bit mad with the Romford Navy (mobos owned by wide boys from East London) roaring up and down the small places where they are allowed to motor at high speed. I started to get a bit pished off at the wash – so at first light on Sunday moring I lifted the anchor and drifted back out into the North sea.
I stayed on the boat or in the dinghy for the whole four days – which turned out to be a bit of a mistake. I am sad to report that the crouching headroom made me ache like a bugger. I can live with it but I need to make sure that I get ashore for an hour or more each day and go for a hard walk to straighten out the kinks in my spine,hips and knees. The sailing – balancing, pulling ropes, rowing and raising anchors keeps my top half in good fettle but as I get older I need to keep the maintenance up on the lower half of my ever aging body.