Well, so much for positive thinking!
I spent the morning motoring round and round in circles trying to unwind the anchor chain from a mooring buoy (see previous post). I have a horrible suspicion that I just made it worse.
So there seemed nothing to do but wait for my friendly diver to go down. At least he was going to be cheaper than his commercial colleagues. But I suppose I should find out how much it would cost simply to replace everything… no good, getting on for £1,000.
This was when the time came to ring the boatyard and tell them what I’d done to their mooring. I was not looking forward to it. But the man who rang me back was full of sympathy. No mention of “You idiot, what did you think you were playing at…”
Instead, he just said: “Well, if the diver can’t do it, don’t worry, I could always lift the mooring chain with my barge and we can sort it out that way.”
I hadn’t thought of that. After all, what if I paid for the diver and he couldn’t do anything?
“How much would it cost to use the barge?”
“Oh, I suppose about £100.”
Yes please! He can do it next week, too!
Maybe things aren’t looking so black after all…
The Old Man