Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Spring Summer Cruise 2014 ❷

Doncaster to Long Sandal Visitor Moorings

The weather overnight was cold (6c) with a strong breeze.

Morning: Very overcast and the wind has noticeably freshened. I also noticed that the colour light on Doncaster Town Lock was displaying red. So that indicates that the river is in flood from the recent heavy rain.

Under-way by 10:45 arriving at Long Sandal by 11:30. I set to removing the old battery bank and preparing to install the replacement bank. I had previously changed over to using sealed batteries but after a year or so, I noticed a reduction in performance. So this time I have moved back to wet cell where I can test the specific gravity and top up with deionised water as needed.

Afternoon: The overcast conditions persisted with rain looking imminent all the time. I moved the old batteries into the front cratch for storage. This has lowered the front of the boat. We did a wash to test the battery bank/inverter/alternator which performed flawlessly.

Filled up the water tank and settled down for the evening. The wind has dropped away to a breeze once more.

Wildlife: Several Oyster catcher observed flying overhead arriving onto the river. 

Peacock Butterfly, unmistakable is one of The most beautiful and readily identifiable butterflies in The UK. The eye spots act as a highly effective deterrent to potential predators which even manage to frighten large birds away. The underside of the wings are almost black and render the butterfly almost invisible when its wings are folded upright. If that isn't enough a loud grating noise produced by the rasping of The fore wings also acts as a secondary deterrent.

Brimstone Butterfly in the picnic area. It is commonly believed that the word “butterfly” is a derived from “butter-coloured fly” which is attributed to the yellow of the male Brimstone butterfly, the female being a much paler whitish-green. The Brimstone has a most exquisite wing shape, perfectly matching a leaf when roosting overnight or hibernating within foliage. This is one of the few species that hibernates as an adult and, as such, spends the majority of its life as an adult butterfly.
Today's Total.
Miles: 3.1
Locks: 0
Swing / Lift Bridges: 0
Tunnels: 0
Pump Outs: 0
Engine Hours: 13.3
Solar Panels: 83 Ah

Accumulated Total.
Miles: 1688.0
Locks: 1121
Swing / Lift Bridges: 283
Tunnels: 26
Pump Outs: 18
Engine Hours: 2748.8
Solar Panels:
12338 Ah

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