Friday, 10 December 2010


I suspect we have some weird ideas about the design of Waiouru and its components.  We’re not a weird couple.... well at least Jan is normal!  I can only assume one of the advantages of the “tyranny of distance” is we don’t subconsciously conform to the ‘norm’ when thinking about what we want from Waiouru.  There is a trap in this as it’s equally possible our unconventional ideas may result in something impractical.
As we look at the current weather conditions in the UK it reminds us we need to make maximum use of Waiouru’s 58’6”.  Lack of temporary storage in the depth of winter may be an issue.  For example; whilst we plan to have a small environmental ‘footprint’ we will produce rubbish from food wrappings, etc.  This will need to be stored until we can find a suitable disposal receptacle.  Something that may prove to be rather difficult when locked in a frozen canal somewhere in the countryside.
In my army day's the rule was “burn, bash and bury”.  All the food containers were burned, even the cans.  After burning both ends of the cans were cut out before being squashed flat.  Finally the rubbish was buried.  This principle was later amended to “burn, bash and carry”.  No rubbish was to be left behind.  Not to protect the environment, but rather to prevent the enemy from calculating the size of your own force by digging up your rubbish and counting the number of cans. 
We’re not going to have a multi-fuel stove on Waiouru to burn rubbish so our principle will need to be “crush and carry”  As we accumulate rubbish it will need to be bagged and moved outside the cabin.  Who wants smelly rubbish bags in their boat!  The most logical place for the rubbish bags appears to be the foredeck.  I’m not all that keen on attempting to dispose of plastic bags of rubbish that have been frozen to the foredeck or covered in snow.  This just reinforces the need for the foredeck to have a cratch cover.

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