Arwen's meanderings

Hi everyone and welcome to my new blog. My name is Steve and i am the lucky owner of a John Welsford designed 'navigator' named Arwen. I built her over three years with the help of my father, father-in-law and two children. She was launched in August 2007 at Queen Anne's battery marina in the barbican area of Plymouth. This blog is a record of our voyages together around SW England.
Arwen has a YouTube channel of her own. Search "plymouthwelshboy".

Friday, 20 July 2012

Things can only get better...........

The words of that song go round and round in my head. After yesterday's disaster I was up and out the door at 6.15am to catch the tide.................and the flat tyre on Arwen's trailer. Nothing would shift those rusted on nuts and so by 7am I knew I was going to have call out the AA. Another sailing day went up in a puff of smoke!

I have to say the AA man was brilliant. He wrestled those rusted nuts off despite the fact that they were so badly corroded they kept breaking off in pieces.  Off he went....and I moved the trailer forward. A phoosh sound and yes.......the other tyre deflated. Yes that's right - two deflates in 2 hours...due to corroded wheel rims. Well, it was inevitable. Arwen had sat on the drive all winter. Despite washing down the trailer and wheels after each trip....the rust won the battle. 

So two new wheels and tyres. We may be able to resurrect the old ones. Someone down the road is going to shot blast them and then install inner tubes. So I may well end up with a spare or two!

It's day two of my holiday and so damage is pushing £700!
I need to re find my karma!



Rational Root said...

Consider this a good day, on a bad day, the would have gone pop half way down the Motorway.....

steve said...

true. I once saw a tyre blow out at 70mph on the M4; not pretty