The sweet sound of an engine starting … and a trip to the beach

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Music rang out across Stornoway harbour yesterday afternoon as Elinca’s engine fired up first on four cylinders … then on six. James bought a new fishing rod and a 6lb line … he recons that will be big enough to catch a tuna big enough to feed all 14 of us! Cliggy has replaced the lights on the liferings and now, armed with a pot of paint, is about to decorate them with the vessels name and home port (Stornoway is a long word for a small lifering). Clare has been working on ingenious storage solutions involving coloured netting and a power drill.  Angus and Innes have been ever present working down a jobs list that seems to remain at a constant length (approx. 1 A4 page).

However, the biggest news from Stornoway was the arrival of the sun so we clocked off work early (6.00 pm) and drove to the nearest beach.  Of course as we got there the cloud rolled in but for a good 40 minutes Stornoway looked green and lush and the beaches were golden… we almost swam.

Thankfully the weather looks set to be sunny and calm for the weekend which is great news for our long motor to the Clyde. Our lift out of the water is booked for late afternoon on Monday from Fairlie and we will be joined by friends Nick Crawford and Di Roberts (who just happen to be professional steel boat surveyors :-)).

Clare, Colette, James, Innes and Angus

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