End of year Thoughts : This wandering life is brilliant and very irresponsible, though
we both feel the need of a permanent home in England. Most of the people who do live
aboard permanently whom we have met are a bit odd.
St.Vaast La Hougue, very pretty, good restaurants and shops and our first foreign
Paris, exciting to be in the centre of this city and on the Seine.
Vieux Les Asfeld (nearest village) on canal des Ardennes, tied to a bank, completely
isolated, wonderful night sky.
Fumay, on the Meuse, delightful and pretty village.
Always travel with tidy shoes and a good jacket, you never know whom you may meet
and to what you may be invited.
It would have taken only 3 days at most to drive from Le Havre to Liege!!
On the way we hit something in the middle of the canal- the propellers made a frightful
noise- where it should have been perfectly clear- and so had to investigate the potential
damage. Enquiries led us to a repair yard near Liege and our insurance agreed that
the work should proceed. So in September we thought of being back in the water in
Well- this was not to be. The original work required was only:
Draw shafts and change/realign shafts and propellors
Remove, check and refit rudders
Clean off antifouling and recoat
After they checked around we added extra work to the fixings for the stern bathing
platform and also some work to the fixings to the underwater planking in way of the
Arriving for a visit in mid November, changed coolant and did an anode check on Starboard
2006 drew to a rather unsatisfactory end as there was definitely not enough progress.
So we had to leave without doing the full winterising routine and agreed with the
yard that they would sort out enough heating to keep the boat from freezing.
However, over the year I had personally installed and set to work:
Black and grey waste water tankage and pumping arrangements
Hydraulic steering system and autopilot
Anchor windlass and battery system
Clinker built dinghy as tender