Friday Social

The BBC weather site was 100% wrong about the wind. We had twice the amount published! But the wind was still warm; so we put the first reef in and had a fast sail on the tide, followed by refreshments once back on our mooring.

We went to have a quick look at the ‘Lower Shoots’ buoy.

David and Sheila onboard. Many thanks to Tim for taking these pictures.

Cardiff for Lunch

An early start and a very hot motor/sail to Cardiff and back.

0700 lock out of Portishead and breakfast onboard.

In Cardiff barrage lock by 1000

Will checking the dingy works – with oars.

Skipper’s turn at the oars.

And the ePropulsion electric motor still works this year as well.

Penarth Weekend

A cracking sail down towards Cardiff on a very fast tide. We had time to tack round Steep Holm and then do a complete circuit of Flat Holm before lining up with the Cardiff Barrage channel.

Due to the spring tide, and hence the lack of water outside Cardiff, we waited until after low tide (1515) to make our approach. We entered the lock 1.5 hours after low water at 1645.

Jo arrived by train in Cardiff and met us at the marina.

We had a great meal at The Deck in the evening.


Local guest for coffee – Zheng.

No water outside, so we motored up and down the bay until after low tide.

Very smooth trip back. The fast tide gave us great speed over the ground even though there was not much wind for sailing.

Weekend Onboard

We had not planned to go anywhere at the bank holiday weekend. So we were very pleased to welcome David and Sheila onboard, at our berth in Portishead Marina, for drinks on Sunday evening.

The fish and chip shop had a long queue – so we ate some of the ship’s supplies with veg from the co-op. On Monday morning our neighbouring boat went sailing, so I was able to take the photo of Molia from the side.

You can just see our cleaned wind instrument behind the coffee – I need to go up the mast again soon to put it back!

Checking the Reefs

The weekend 22-23 May featured some reasonably strong winds. In the end we chose Saturday for an afternoon shakedown sail to check that the reefing points work.

I can report that they both worked fine – and we needed them!

That is what Tim calls spicy! But Molia is so good natured – we made good speed in comfort with the reefs in.

First Sail 2021 Season

So only 2 things not working at all today. The skipper’s pre-departure checklist, and the anemometer at the masthead.

The first problem became evident a few metres from our berth when the engine stopped. Tim earned a second Molia mug by leaping for one of the new pontoons to hold us, only to be almost immediately informed by the skipper that the engine works just fine if you remember to turn the fuel on!

There was never enough wind to turn the anemometer cups – we hope they are just stuck and will come loose in the next gale.

Our new chartplotter works really well. The autopilot is working to steer the boat, but when it is put on standby it really doesn’t want to let go of the wheel! I think I need to adjust the belt tension. For some reason the crew did not want to try out the revamped deck shower.

The rest of the trip was very enjoyable, included coffee and Garibaldi biscuits – and it did not even rain on us!

Many thanks to today’s crew.

Chartplotter Fitted

The power supply is threaded through the starboard side of the wheel guard rail and then inside the wheel pedestal. There is a pipe inside the pedestal high enough to prevent water accidentally getting inside the cabin. The pipe acts as a cable duct into the space below the wheel pedestal. Luckily this accessible from a panel on the ceiling of the aft cabin.

From here the power supply is routed with many other cables around the aft hatch in the aft locker, forward in another pipe duct to Molia’s main electrical distribution board.

The chartplotter is wired into the ‘centrale navigation’ switch on the panel (third from the bottom of the right-hand bank).

The completed chartplotter in its pod.

This post is a continuation of:

Fitting the New Chartplotter

New Chart Plotter

New Deck Shower Covers

Supplier: Brit Boat Parts (at Bourne End on the river Thames).

The shower head cover was easy to replace. I removed the old cover, cleaned off the sealant and resealed the new unit in place. The tap had to be detached so that it could be threaded into the new unit.

The completed covers, looking much better.

Remember the old ones?

We also replaced the shower head.