As the saying goes "time flies when your having fun"! This week has flown by, but it's been an extremely productive one.
Lee has been making good progress on Birmingham. All the preparation has now been done, the areas that are being painted have had two coats of high build primer and the undercoats are being put on.
The front end has had quite a bit of work done too. The cants have been taken back to bare wood, the tee stud removed for fettling and the rest of the fore end ready to receive some paint as this picture shows.
Here's a couple of shots of the cabin from mid week when the boat was at primer stage.
The handrails on the engine room are wooden and had suffered from old age, so Mick has made a pair of very nice new ones that were fitted on Friday. We have made them out of Sapele which is an African red hard wood very similar to what we know as Mahogany.
We have completed a welding and fabrication job this week which comprised of putting a new floor in a gas locker - a tricky job when you are working through a small hatch, and filling in a window and porthole before fitting a new porthole which Mike has fitted today.
We have also made a new wooden door frame and rear door for another private boat.
Peter has been busy working on the hire fleet as well as docking, pressure washing and blacking, whilst Bernard has been working on the engines on the hire fleet.
That's it from me for today.
Until next time, David.