Wednesday, 30 January 2019

Boat plans eh?

Earlier in the year we set out a plan to have our first Christmas aboard LJ. 

We knew that she'd be on the sales market early spring and we have had quite a few "Last time we'll ... on LJ" moments over Summer we thought we'd add Christmas to the list...

Plan C

We get back from a long hard day working on Ernest, including an hour each way on the motorways. It's border-line too late for charging the batteries but we can replace a few amp/hours before the 8pm curfew. The boat is cold, the fire had just kept in over the last 12 hours. Deb goes to the airing cupboard to restock the empty loo roll holder. Its all damp... "I think we have a leak!"

For Palns A and B head to ... The Pen Maker's Journey Blog

Sunset over Poole Harbour

Sunday, 20 January 2019

Whoop whoop, launch day is here...

Well it was a while ago ​but I'm still a long way behind with the blog. 

There's a few vid clips here that should take you to YouTube. Suffice it to say, the launch went swimmingly and our maiden voyage in reverse via boat pole was uneventful largely due to the very calm conditions for the journey to the paint shed.

See the rest at... here

Friday, 11 January 2019

We Have Snow On The Trent!

...Well ok not outside but definitely inside.

That spray foam is flippin messy stuff. 

The two man team from cosy home wasn't an even split. One stayed outside monitoring the tanks and making sure lines were not snagged. The other was taped into a slightly crusty suit, ushered into the boat, sealed in and only allowed out a couple of times to replace his removable visor once he couldn't see anything, not my Idea of fun.

Tuesday, 1 January 2019

Nearly ready for launch

We really enjoyed our time working on Ernest in the shed. It's nice to be part of it at this stage and help free some time for Paul and the guys to get on with the skilled work out in the yard. 

It's been an amazingly busy time here for boat repairs. The historic boats seem to be less problematic. Paul can spot exactly what needs doing from the wear marks and pulling rivets. Rot behind the knees, cut it out rebuild it, and weld or rivet as required. Re-black, three days curing and then relaunch and move on to the next one.

Catch the rest at... (link)

Deb in the gas locker!