With the weather hot and sunny but windy, we decided to turn right outside the marina and head upstream on the River Hamble. You need a good tide to do this as it drys to mud, but its a great windy day escape.....
The May Bank holiday weekend forecast was not so good this year. Saturday was forecast as windy and Monday was overcast with a stiff breeze. However we saw a window of opportunity on Sunday with a bright morning forecast as well as the lowest wind of the weekend.
Rather than have a long trip we thought we would pop over to Cowes for a walk around the town and then head straight back.
With 2019 as the hottest Easter on record we had to get out boating. James went out to the Needles on Saturday and we went to Shanklin on Sunday.
The map below shows the trip James did on Saturday, 47 miles trip out to the Needles with a lunch stop in Yarmouth. As it was a Bank Holiday weekend, Yarmouth was absolutely jammed. Fortunately they quite often have "room for a small one" for a short stay lunch.
Our 2250 has a walk-through window to access the front of the boat. The window is retained in the open position by a magnetic catch. Unfortunately, the metal core of the catch is prone to corrosion which causes the metal to expand, ripping the end of the catch out of the frame. This is apparently a very common problem.