Firstly please accept my apologies for the lack of recent blogs.
We are now past the end of "the season" and getting ready for winter mode! The hire boats have gone quiet although saying that Summer Wine and Ember are out at the moment and Quince and Phoebe are out later in the week. We've still got a steady flow of customers who are taking the dayboats out no matter what the weather is like. The yard certainly is not quiet. We have just finished painting Armadillo which also included replacing all the portholes with new double glazed units, modifying porthole liners, engine service, docking and blacking and; to finish the job off, a new cratch cover. She's looking very smart and the artwork sets the whole job off. I think you'd agree...
We have now got one of our shared owned boats in for a full repaint. Here's a picture of Still Dreaming when we first put her in the paint dock last week.
We've run in to a few problems, all of which can be over come. The handrails have been "built up" when the boat was new as the owners at the time weren't happy with it, but when this was done the steel used to build the handrail up was just stitch welded on, rather than being continuously welded and then filler was used to fill the remainder of the gap shown here.
We've got a busy week ahead, but more of that next time!
Best regards, David