Friday, 25 May 2012

The Big One (8-6)

Friday 25th May 2012

Lincoln Moorings to Skellingthorpe Road Bridge (The Pywipe Inn)

Another bright sunny morning, a bit of last moment shopping in Maplins and Morrisons and then we were on our way. Even taken at our leisure the trip was very short - less than an hour. We wanted a quieter mooring and Lincoln was a no-go for a restful night.

When we arrived at the Pywipe inn I started to catch up on a few other little jobs. I changed the MPPS controller on the solar panels as the old controller was proving to be a bit unpredictable. The new controller has a digital readout and monitors the battery volts, the charging current and the current flowing out of the batteries.

The controller has lots of data that it stores in its memory, which is nirvana for a gadget freak like me. According to the solar controller, within a couple of hours the solar panels had given a charge of 12ah into the batteries. The discharge current  had been measured 3.1 Ah in the same period (the fridge was the only appliance attached to the 12v system) The gadget freak is in heaven.

For our afternoon entertainment we watched several pairs of the Red Arrows practising their manoeuvres. In readiness for my special day which is almost here now. (more on this later) With the occasional coloured smoke loop-the-loop's thrown in and some close formation barrel rolls, the pilots were busy honing their skills. 

Cruising the Fossdyke and the River Witham is good for any aircraft enthusiast. In addition to the Red Arrows are the AWACS. (Airborne Warning and Control System) The Boeing E-3 Sentry provides all-weather surveillance, command, control and communications, and is used by the United States Air Force (USAF), NATO, Royal Air Force (RAF), French Air Force and Royal Saudi Air Force. The E-3 is distinguished by the distinctive rotating radar dome above the main aircraft fuselage.


Daily Total
Miles: 1.7
Locks: 0
Swing / Lift Bridges: 0
Tunnels: 0
Pump Outs: 0
Engine Hours: 2.3

Accumulated Totals
Miles: 737 .8
Locks: 654
Swing / Lift Bridges: 116
Tunnels: 6
Pump Outs: 9
Engine Hours: 2144.4

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