As another month draws rapidly to an end the time seems to have vanished into thin air, although this is partly to blame on the local hostelry having two barrels of Marshmallow Unicorn on Draught. How very dare they. According to our not set in stone but would be nice to have achieved plan, Easter … More We’ve gone up in the world.
There are days when you just can’t get going. So much to do, and so little inclination to get on with it. We decided instead of doing anything constructive, we would make a life-size model of the galley and saloon areas, just to sanity-check that what we’re planning to build is going to work. Using … More Tubes Like Jagger.
A good friend of ours got married in St Andrews last weekend. The reception at the Old Course Hotel was an experience not to be missed, and a great time was had by all. The day ended with a traditional Scottish Ceilidh fronted by the Rock band Bahookie which was a joy to behold. They … More The Home of Boats.
The days are getting noticeably longer. We’ve got a good hour or more of daylight than we had, and a few recent days of sunshine has given us a much needed boost in both progress and morale. The boatyard sprung to life this week. There has been a flurry of activity on numerous roofs, notably … More Making Hay.
I haven’t written an entry this year until now as I didn’t think we had much to report since New Year. We’ve been at the boat pretty much every day. Not doing particularly long days, but definitely a bit more often than little. Progress is certainly sustainable at this rate, and looking back over a … More Illumination on the situation.
It’s New Years Eve and I’m feeling guilty that we haven’t worked properly on the boat for three weeks or more. When our Christmas orders finally tapered off we did take a few days to just relax, spend time with the family and drink some wine. Boxing day we went for a walk up to Wheelton to … More Here’s to 2016, and all who sail in her.
Sooo, progress is slow. Work has been crazy busy and will be for another fortnight, until Christmas week, so we’re not getting to the boat as much as we’d like. The weather has been dismal. It’s dark. It’s wet. It’s miserable. The grim up north is certainly living up to its reputation. There has been … More The filler, the sun and the holey boat.
A couple of our new fittings have arrived this week. First up was the new bathroom sink meeting all of our design criteria: Single tap hole. Good lip around the edge. Seals up against the walls, so no mouldy damp areas behind the sink. Semi recessed basin to sit on a cupboard so we get … More We’ve been sinking.
This week has just been a continuation of cleaning, scraping and oiling the bilges. Most of the time is being spent on waiting for the bilges to thoroughly dry before we oil them, then waiting for the oil to dry before re-laying the ballast. We’ve now just got the front section of the boat left … More Plans are coming together, as the boat comes apart.
Yesterday we got another section of the base plate cleaned scraped and oiled. It’s been taking around 24 hours for the oil to penetrate and dry out which left us today to get on with some ‘proper’ work, by which time it should be dry. Bilge scraped and cleaned. Part way through applying a coat … More Oil be damned.