Just before we left Benavie, the Steam Train came over the bridge ………

Woo! Woooooo!

Woo! Woooooo!

…….it startled a deer that broke cover and then decided we were more scary than the steam billowing train!

Our second sighting of a deer startled by the steam  train

Our second sighting of a deer startled by the steam train

The Sea Lock Tuesday morning

The Sea Lock Tuesday morning

The Sea Lock from I.K. Wednesday Morning

The Sea Lock from I.K. Wednesday Morning

The Canal lock Tuesday morning

The Canal lock Tuesday morning

The canal lock from I.K. Wednesday morning

The canal lock from I.K. Wednesday morning

This is the view we woke up to with Ben Nevis behind the trees and the cloud out of the back of the cockpit!
What a difference 24 hours makes!!? There is no more beautiful place than Scotland in the sunshine.

Today was ‘jobs list’ day. The first job was to make a list! ……..you may be surprised, but we actually managed to tick a lot of them off!

The major ‘blue’ job was sorting out what has caused the bowthruster to stop working. The boys spent a happy couple of hours fossicking in the forepeak!

The Happy Fossickers!

The Happy Fossickers!

It turns out that, contrary to all the information about bow-thrusters to be found on the Internet, this particular model is driven by a motorbike chain!

Having carefully opened up the patient, Drs. Hayward and Fellingham ascertained they were not going to sink the boat by continuing and proceeded to extract the innards from the ‘bowels’ of the chain chamber.

Forceps, in the guise of the kitchen tongs, produced the broken chain and a little fishing with a telescopic magnet brought the ruptured pieces to the surface. Swabs of paper towel soon staunched the oil and the patient is now resting comfortably awaiting replacement surgery by a Consultant on Thursday.

Other jobs completed were, re-victualing (pink!), mending the stay sail block that broke after Lossiemouth, packing away the bikes, passage planning, looking at the deck wash pump ……… needs a complete overhaul–not urgent, finding somewhere recommended on ‘Trip Advisor’ to eat tonight.
Jobs done for the day, we went up to catch a non existent bus……..luckily Ian spotted a taxi about to take his fare a wee way up the road . The driver said that if we were still waiting, he’d pick us up…….. so we got in the taxi and we made for the recommended ‘Grog and Gruel’ in Fort William High Street.

A very pleasant evening……….. and we have spotted the Ben Nevis Distillery that requires a visit on Wednesday!

1 Comment

  1. Great to see you are making some progress, if only from one pub to another ! You have left behind a traditional bank holiday weekend of near winter conditions. I am just back from a trip with a group of students to Finland and it was 10 degrees warmer. All well otherwise, best wishes to Kea 2

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