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Spanner In The Works

Inverie

Inverie

We made the short hop up to Mallaig and tied up alongside a fishing boat. The toolkit lacked a 24mm spanner to remove the gearbox sump plug for the 50 hour oil change, so it was straight off the chandlers and back for this simple task. But no! The spanner’s jaws were too thick for the restricted access – so off to the boatyard to borrow a 24mm socket and bar. But no again! The socket was too long for the clearance available – so back to the chandlers to exchange spanner for normal length socket. But no yet again! No metric sockets, only A/F, and size selected was just too large. Swapped again for correct size but still could not shift nut, which was by now somewhat chewed up. Back to boatyard, and kind fellow came to help. After 5 minutes of muttering he managed to free it off at last. All this took a few hours, but we finally got away and spent the night at Inverie, on Loch Nevis. It was really clear and beautiful, thanks to the cold northerly breeze. Today we went up the Sound of Sleat, throught the Kylerhea narrows, under the Skye Bridge and round to Plockton for a recce before our return visit next week. It is a beautiful spot.

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