24 June 2019 – Inverkip to Tarbert

Start position
Kip Marina
Finish position
Tarbert
After early morning discussion with local electrician, verify that there is no current leakage from domestic batteries. It appears that at least one cell has failed. The simplest thing is to replace both batteries. Chandlery delivers them by 10am. ‘Yuasa’ this time, so we’ll see how those last. We still have the terminal clamps from the previous batteries, which are redeployed to deal with terminal bolts being different sizes. Also remove spare DC power connections/transformers (old LAN, FM radio power)
Refuelled – 115 litre
We leave the marina just before 12:00 and are soon heading straight downwind towards Bute. As we round Toward Point we’re reaching at 7.5kts in 20kts of wind. Approaching the entrance to Loch Striven the wind abruptly stops. We’re drifting as it swirls around us, eventually settling back into the North and letting us on our way.
The wind dies again as we approach Colintraive and we motor through the islands and into the West Kyle. We’re briefly sailing straight downwind, but with the wind light and thunder showers, it’s time to put the engine on and push on to Tarbert.
It’s completely calm on arrival, with plenty of visitor berths available. The modern shower block is well equipped, but extraordinarily hot.
We eat onboard.
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