MARLIN trip to Conwy, Puffin Island, Tranmere.

I mainly use tides favourably (this helps a lot) and motor at my displacement speed (5 to 7 knots). It is a lot of effort to get my dinghy out from under the deck, inflate it and launch it - so I prefer to dry out to go ashore where feasible.

Fri 7 Sept: Leave Liverpool Marina near HW at 16.15. Leave via Rock Channel, quite a big sea running (1 metre waves from ahead: some waves broke over foredeck and cabin). Arrive at entry to Conwy channel 21.20, close to local LW (22.24) but neap tide. Follow buoyed channel in (use radar to help) -- at least 2 buoys were not lit. Minimum depth under keel 4ft at scabs. Explore for a mooring - very shallow in places, tie up to pontoon with power boats.

MARLIN in the morning on the pontoon in Conwy river.

Sat 8 Sept: pick up divers at Beacons pontoon 7am. Leave Conwy and head to Boiler wreck. Dolphins. Then to Puffin Island for second dive:lots of seals. Weather now impressively good: calm and sunny.

See also here .

After dropping off divers at Beacons, head back out at 2pm. Waves of boats leaving marinas. Stop off Great Orme to catch enough mackerel. Calm on trip: adverse tide of 0.5 knot after HW (16.34). Head for Tranmere moorings (adverse current 2 knots in places) at 8.40pm.

Views of Llandudno (and Snowdonia behind) and a turbine.

Artistic (incompetent?) views of Liverpool waterfront (approaching mooring) and Tranmere Oil Stage from my mooring at night.

Sun 9 Sept. Leave 6am to lock into to Liverpool Marina about 6.20 after 5 boats left (last lock 6.30). Wind now SE 3-4.

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