Day 40 Tikka becomes a canal boat 13/07/16

Today was a refreshing day from sailing, no tides, sails or complex navigation. Using the Crinan canal saved us 80 miles avoiding the Mull of Kintyre. It also made it more interesting for Harry.

 He enjoyed working the Locks and steering Tikka along the canal. It was also a learning experience for all onboard. Tikka is a light boat with a fin keel so filling the locks too fast sent her dancing around dangerously. So it was to be slow releases of water as we negotiated the 15 locks.

Being in freshwater, which is less dense than seawater, Tikka sat about 4 inches lower in the water, only just noticeable though as the antifoul and top line were now almost completely immersed. 

The only thing I didn’t like about Loch Crinan was the fact that it is home to a large number of the infamous Scottish midge. 


Author: stevepointon

I'm sailing around the UK with family and friends onboard our yacht, Tikka, to raise awareness and money for " Action for Children "

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