Tuesday, 2 March 2010

The bow thruster job, and the rest

In she goes for:
A smacked blacked bottom.
Gunnels, bow and well deck repaint.
AND two holes drilled either side of the hull with a tube attached.
 
There’s something really undignified when a boat gets dragged out of the water, yet at the same time it’s fascinating to watch. I could hear TT shouting “STOP” but any protest was ignored. I’ve missed a couple of days on the blog (gasp) simply because we just haven’t had any spare time, and when we have, we’ve been flaked out.
 
So it was yesterday when all this happened – what with Dave trying to finish off the bathroom the day before and not quite managing it. Me clearing out half the bedroom, then taking the wardrobe and a corner unit to bits (ultimately to the tip) between us.
 
Everything was last minute and very disorganised to say the least. We even ended up packing our suitcases AFTER the boat was up on the trailer and inside the boathouse. Then we said goodbye, went to check in our hotel and sat in the bar all night, hey oh, away we go.
 
Here’s a few of the many photos we took of her being reluctantly pulled onto dry land…
 
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Power wash...
 
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And we even got a royal fly-past…
 
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Believe it or not I’m sat here on the back of the boat today doing this post, (hanging in mid air). We just came back to check out the situation, it’s certainly a learning curve. I’ll post some more photos of what’s going on tomorrow – again fascinating stuff. I’m freezing to death here, and one of the guys is cutting a hole through the bow at the moment! Ear plugs please…
 
Oh, and Tom “the man who can” with his workmate “bow thruster man” also seem to have found the source of this condensation problem in the bedroom. Turns out condensation has got nothing to do with it…
 
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Apparently there’s a slow leak in one of the connections to the water tank, which will be repaired. Still some remedial ripping out to do with the wood inside though!
 
So there you go, if you want to find out if there’s a leak up front near the bow – just have holes cut in the side of your boat to find and rectify the problem – nothing major of course…

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