Ships Blog 10/1/2014

MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAGreat morning here in the harbour today. Bright sunshine and clear skies, well a few vapour trails courtesy of departures from Stansted Airport. Winds very light  and will probably stay that way for most of the weekend. A day for the fishermen rather than the sailors. In the yard the guys have been lifting some boats including ‘Eureka’ onto road transport. Hopefully a few of you have made it down to the boat show in London. Reports say that whilst footfall has been low, as in previous years, those attending have been buyers or keenly interested in boats and products. One local sea school has reported strong interest in all their courses both on the water and ashore. Don’t forget we will be holding our own ‘East Coast New Boat Show’ on the weekend of of the 26th and 27th April. Other reminders include that the Ablution Block in the marina is closed for refurbishment at the moment, mainly to re-lay the floor in the showers. Finally that the Shipwreck will also be closed during Lock Closure (3rd to 14th February) for refurbishment after the recent flooding. Have a good weekend folks!

Ships Blog 9/1/2014

MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAMorning and welcome to Thursday’s Ships Blog. Its a cold, overcast but very clear day here in the harbour. Blowing about 15 to 20 knots, south westerly. Forecast looks still  cooler for the weekend and into next week, so keep wrapped up warm. The Maersk ship with the damaged containers has now been cleared of broken boxes. Rumour has it that the ship was hit by an eleven metre wave in the Bay of Biscay with several boxes going over the side as well. All quiet in the yard today with the lock master out and about pressure washing the pontoons and clearing up rubbish from the recent storms.

Ships Blog 8/1/2014

Afternoon all and welcome to the Ships Blog. What a contrast to yesterday’s weather. A pleasant break from the constant howling wind that’s been blowing around the Control Tower! Guess what we have more strong winds on the way in the next twenty four hours. We actually had a resident berth holder lock out today for about the first time in two weeks. All the boats were again checked yesterday to make sure their lines were ok. In the north basin  we have begun pressure washing the pontoons to clean them up for the coming season. Over at Felixstowe docks on Trinity 6 a Maersk Container ship has been spotted with a shifted load of containers, no doubt a rough time at sea!

Ships Blog 7/1/2014

MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAMorning all and welcome to today’s Ships Blog. Well guess what, its still blowing old boots, strongest gust today 37 knots at nine o’clock this morning. Direction is still south west although the temperature is a relatively mild 10 degrees. Looks like the wind will drop off tonight and definitely by lunchtime tomorrow. Temperatures appear to be falling a little by the weekend and there are still hints of some colder weather arriving by the mid or end of the month. In the yard the lads have been launching ‘Caroline’ a Vancouver 28 sold by the owner and leaving us soon and also moving ‘Raine Storm’ over to the crane ready to bring her ashore.