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May 23, 2013

How to install a mooring!

Filed under: Boat, Fishing — tattiehouse @ 20:05

Been busy lately with various things but one thing I have managed to do is put the boat in the water.

The first and most difficult part was to install a mooring of suitable size and strength for the boat. I googled about for the various designs and options and the general idea is that the length of rope/chain from the anchor/concrete slab sinker is about 1.5x the depth of water i.e. 10m water, 15 metres of chain/rope.

The other key factor is that the chain from the sinker, for the first few metres is pretty heavy and then the next section of chain not so heavy. The idea being that the weight and combined length of the chains make any pull from the boat to the anchor a horizontal action and effectly dampen the stresses to avoid any snatch on the mooring chain/rope/boat (in a good setup, the anchor is more of a last resort as the weight of the chain should besuffcient to stop the anchor ever being called into action).

So, our boat is about 1200kg give or take and without doing all the maths about how much water the boat displaces and how much the wind may affect it, we went with an anchor that’s a bit like a Bruce anchor .
The anchor weighing between 150 and 200kg, about 4 metres of 40mm chain (another 150-200kg), then about 5 meters of 20mm chain (maybe75-100kg) and then about 8 or 9 metre nylon riser (big rope). Finished off with a nice mooring bouy that has a swivel integral to it’s body (to stop the chain/rope twisting).

How to get all of this to the right place in the bay and drop it off, again googled a few things and this seems to be the way to do it…..

Mooring Boat

Mooring Boat

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

However, not got those on Rum and I wasnt going to pay for one to come over so the initial plan was to take the gear down to the low tide mark and lift it on some barrels (as the tide comes in) and take it out to the right place and drop it off.

Instead, I went for a DIY job that was a little Heath Robinson –

The plan being to put everything on the barge and secure with a single rope. Lay the chain in a way that would let it go out in the correct order and put a bouy on the pickup of the anchor so that a) i can see it on the seabed, b)try to make sure it landed the correct way up.

So once in position, cut the rope and it all drops in the sea nicely!

Pictures tell the story so here goes (not in order as WordPress and Internet Explorer seem to be struggling tonight so they’ll just have to go up in the order they feel like going on!)…..

This is me cutting the rope!

This is me cutting the rope!

Towing the mooring into position!

Towing the mooring into position!

Rum Boat Slip - waiting for the tide.

Rum Boat Slip – waiting for the tide.

Chain etc laid out so it goes off in order - notice the single rope holding it all on.

Chain etc laid out so it goes off in order – notice the single rope holding it all on.

Big Mooring Buoy

Big Mooring Buoy

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Mooring Raft

Mooring Raft

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Mooring Raft with wheels!

Mooring Raft with wheels!

Ifor Williams Trailer wit hthe boat looking on!

Ifor Williams Trailer wit hthe boat looking on!

Mooring Dropped into position.

Mooring Dropped into position.

May 21, 2013

Getting our house in order

Filed under: Boat, Fishing, General, Roof — tattiehouse @ 12:36

This year for us is all about getting the job done. Neither of us wants the renovation to drag on endlessly so it’s really important that we stay focussed on the many things we want to achieve before winter and do everything we can to make them happen. We’re taking great care with how we spend our time because the bottom line is we’re not on holiday, we’re here to get a job done and the sooner it’s finished the sooner we can think about what comes next.
It’s not all work and no play though, we’ve finally got the boat in the water (Ian’s post ‘how to intall a mooring’ coming soon) and we’re out on it as often as time and the weather allow. So far we’ve seen porpoises, loads of sea birds including razorbills, puffins and sheerwaters and on our last trip caught a good haul of mackerel. As the weather warms up the boat will be a great way to relax in the evenings after working on the house and escape the midges. When having a place in Scotland was just a dream and we didn’t even know Tattie House existed, Ian’s vision was based heavily around owning a boat and pottering about the coast (bit like big brother Carl I think) so for him it’s a big part of the dream come true and that makes me happy.

Captain Bolas telling brother Carl about the successful launch

Captain Bolas telling brother Carl about the successful launch

Little boat dog

Little boat dog

Abby and Annie having fun on the boat

Abby and Annie having fun on the boat


Speaking of warming up, a couple of days ago the forecast presented us with a weather window that allowed us to start the roof off. So the west facing end has been stripped off and within a few days we hope to have the insulation completely sealed, sarking in order and membrane down so that it’s weather proof and ready to hold the new slates. The roof is the most daunting job on our very long list as it’s the biggest job and roofing is something we have absolutely no experience in. We won’t let difficulty or lack of experience provide an excuse though, at the end of the day anything’s possible if you really give it your best and believe you can do it. Like with many things it helps to try and keep everything in perspective – we’re not restoring some grand mansion here, it’s just a normal roof on a normal sized house. It’s not impossible and we know we’ll get there, that’s not to say it won’t be a challenge though…watch this space!

Starting the roof off

Starting the roof off

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