ROFL - That is so politically correct that is it actually painful to someone of my age! Are you still in Paris, Mark?
I had forgotten how easy GPS positioning and electronic aids have made life. I was a gliding flight instructor for a while and wouldn't allow my students to use GPS while planning and executing cross-country flying. This made them (and me) rely on charts and dead-reckoning for navigation; and unfolding a big aviation chart in a small cockpit isn't easy! It was very stressful for students but I believe in Aleksander Suvorov's adage "Train hard, fight easy". It looks dark to the west - it is probably a CuNim but since I'm already under the shield cloud I can't see how big it is. I've got 4 feet under my keel and now have 100 feet of chain out so I'm certainly not going anywhere whatever the weather is going to be!
It took me an hour to drain the washing machine, one glass at a time due to bad access. In the end the pump had sucked up a lot of fluff, a little plastic bag, and a drying towelette (how the h***k did that get in there?) so now I'm running attempt #2 off the inverter and really, really hoping that I don't have to repeat the nasty draining process...
Thanks again to everyone on this thread for the advice, recommendations and other comments. And no thread drift, either
So, my last night aboard. Stevie Ray Vaughan on the stereo and ice-cold Whaler's Rise IPA in hand while anchored safely in a beautiful anchorage with good holding... About the only thing that would put icing on this cake is some female companionship (am I allowed to day that these days - or do I have to delete the female and just say companionship?).
Are you still in Paris, Mark?