Another week, monohulls and funerals.

What a week. Cold cold cold, north and easterly winds. Relentless. Much more of this and the Allatsea vest locker will have to opened and the contents issued sharpish.

The nearby watering hole, the Aqua Club is experiencing an unusually high mortality rate lately. The members (ooh madam) are dropping like flies and we’re all wondering whose turn it’ll be next. It was poor old Pete’s turn this week. Now Pete and I weren’t best muckers it has to be said but it’s still sad. He wasn’t very old when all said and done and despite being an avid (or so he thought) socialist (and therefore, as goes with the territory, bone idle), he was a nice man and well liked. First club funeral of the year coming up. There were eight or nine last year. Perhaps there’s something in the water?

Back to the grindstone tomorrow morning. Good, got to get those pennies rolling in again and, thinking about it, it’ll be nice to be a bit more motivated to actually get and get going. Been a bit remiss lately.

The big bad tomcat (BBT) has left the chicken house and moved into the lobby. The lobby is the main feline gateway in to and out of the Towers here at Westbrook and it’s causing great dismay and consternation for the resident mogs. There’s all sorts of cat battles and territory grabbing going on. We dread to think what the eventual outcome will be. At this rate Mr and Mrs Allatsea could end up sheltering at the Manston Holiday Inn Express. I say Manston, it’s actually Minster by all accounts but it’s a moot point being only a stone’s throw from the Western end of Manston’s runway. Quite noisy I’d imagine, especially with all those knackered old DC8s flying in. Manston, or London Manston or Kent International, choose whatever monica suits, is mainly a freight airfield and some the of the aircraft they use should have been retired decades ago by the look of them. It’s a plane spotters paradise they say. Not sure the residents under the flight path would agree.

Question to all crew boat operators in the UK. Why do you build catamarans instead of monohulls? There are many of us in the industry who are bemused by the choice. There are ‘Class’ naval architects who are positively baffled by it.
As a jobbing mariner I’m confused as to why they’d chose a design whereby the official carrying capacity (in tonnes) is less than the likely weight of their passenger carrying capacity.
At this point I’ll scratch my head, furrow a brow and shuffle off to cook breakfast.

See you later.

About allatsea

Sixty year old master-mariner. Absolutely gorgeous. Well wedged.....when compared to a Nairobi street urchin. Sorted, in that I haven't been in court recently. Hopelessly optimistic, terminally disappointed. Good with cats and other fluffy things. No musical talent. Generous to a fault provided it's someone else's round. Political centreist with far right and left viewpoints. A green activist from the hydrocarbon position with nuclear leanings. Averse to avarice but always happy to receive lottery wins, gifts, windfalls, legacies, prizes and wet sloppy kisses.
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