Let's go back a day or so - we travelled up by train from Peterborough to Inverness. Just outside Newark we sat for three hours looking at this brick wall
The next day we spent a lovely day pottering around Inverness and fettling the boat
We had a good night's sleep and after waiting for the marine electrician to not come and fix a problem the next morning we decided to head off for Cromarty and leave as the other boats were doing. Like this rather nice french boat.
Alice took the helm, I checked for any other damage but all seemed ok.
Now I had to start the auxillary outboard for the first time in earnest. Under the sail Harmony was holding her own against the four knot tide so we gently tacked and headed back toward the south shore. The outboard fired up (!) and we gingerly headed for safety.
I called ahead to Inverness Marina to warn them that I might have some difficulty manouvering and Craig, said grab whatever space on the pontoons I could and we'd sort it out later.
I called Caley Marine and asked for John, the workshop manager, to call me when he could and we limped into the marina at 3 knots which meant we occasionaly went backwards when the tide caught us.
An uneventful arrival in the marina with Alice's expert help and we could breathe again.
John arranged for Robert, the marine tech to come and have a look and he said he could fix it there and then.
Rather spookily the boat that moored next to us had just arrived from down south, actually from Suffolk, even weirder from the Royal Harwich Yacht Club! Which is where I would quite like to keep Harmony. Life is full of strange coincidences.
Tomorrow we shall try for Findhorn,
Many thanks to Caley Marine - John, Robert, the lady there who calmly took my slightly panicky phone call and reassured me, and to Craig at Inverness Marina for allowing me an easy entry to the pontoons.
Oh I nearly forgot, we saw the dolphins in the estuary. Just as we started the auxilliary two huge dolphins came to check us out - a real bonus!
Hope to see them again tomorrow when I would like a nice unexciting day!