Yes defo getting there, 3 weeks to go Cant remember this time last year lol. But i do when i brought it home.
I called the foam company only to et no reply all morning untill i used a landline they dont know and they answered......Mmmmmmm Now theer internet is donw so cant se ethe picturs isent them and the two main people who arrranged the cushion are not available. Coincidence i don thin so for some reason.
Had a good day, very close with the painting though. I JUST managed to get twp primers done, i wanted three but heavens opened. I done the second coat and about 15 mins after it chucked it down so not sure how it will be as some of the run off the gunnels runs under the boat to the near the keel. We will see tomorrow. I will do three coats of paint as and when i can now over the next week.
Also got a new helm fitted as i gave mine to a customer as he wanted an exchange unit which they dont do anymore so i made a new mounting plate for it.
Another job done was the vents to keep the BSS inspector happy so i can get my certificate now. Three 90mm Clam shell, one Solar vent and a UFO vent.
then the ufo and solar
all this was done quick for the bssso still needs bug screens and inner louvers fitting.
i do like the look more though with a little decor on the outside
i had a go at the cushions and glad to say happy with outcome, these are the locker seats done,
had a go on scrap canvas first.
and the finished products
one other job to do was make a new outboard bracket.
i got a new steering helm to fit aswell, long story but had the cable adapyor missing for it but lucky i found a chap that had one. todays job to do when tracey gets up.
so there we have it, i had an operation two days ago so one arm down now for a few week or so, tracey has said she will do the other jobs for me, i can do the painting but the steering needs finishing off a good clean up inside and other bits n bobs for the launch on the 28th.
Overuse of the word ‘unbelievable’ - “When a man eats his own head, I will hold me hands up and say: ‘THAT is unbelievable’.” Guy Martin, Full time truck mechanic, part time motorcycle racer, occasional TV star. 2011.
I'd fit a clevis pin, rather than a split pin on the outboard bracket, easier to disconnect. Easy enough to bend out of brass or steel rod. I've also wired a caravan plug and socket on a couple of outboards, including this one. Mounted oil pressure light on the helm panel and wired the stop wire through a switch, although this boat just has the standard kill button with dead man's key. Start button goes through that too, again taken out of the motor and moved to helm panel.
NB Bittern's Boom, 32ft Narrowboat reg'd 1968, moored on the highest mooring on the network.
OOoooooooo YES been very busy cruising and luvin life for a change
We have had to come home due to post op on my elbow tomorrow and T has one Wednesday. Lots to do when we get back.
What a cracking few days it has been. Launched on th Lancaster canal Friday afternoon which went ok, It did get a few battle scares just from the straps on the lower chines and gunnel and cabin top, but hey ho, he should of protected them but i will get over it with a quick touch up.
All ended up a bit later than planned, a mate came to give me a hand with it all which was a great help. Slight panic as when we got to the launch site at Ashton Basin Preston there was nowhere to get the boat in. So we moved aNB over a tads and squeezed it between it and scaff poles sticking up out the water lol. bottom twitching moment but the crane driver did a top job.
We spent the night at the basin with take out and copious amounts of Asti love the tarty drink Had a right laugh with Iain and the rest of the loons from the yard till 1am.
Then up at 6am for prep work like add 125kg of ballast to the bow locker to sit it better. and shopping for supplies around Preston, forgot a hose pipe for water. Not that i needed more onboard as it has a leak at the back end , I fitted a sealed cabin bulkhead so i know it is leaking under the rear deck some where, not a bloody clue where but the bilge pump kicks in every 4-5 hrs and pumps out maybe 3-4 gallon.
But for that its great. We set off Saturday about 2pm to get to Billsboro for tea time which we did around 5:30pm, i was well waiting for a Strawberry cider but they didnt have it know, hey ho Thatchers will do and a fish mix platter. The next day we met up with my Bro and took hi and his girl friend for a cruise, they are coming back done next weekend and stopping on the caravan park near the home mooring, BBQ time i hope.
Well rest was plane sailing to the mooring, oh Barton is amazing, driven past many a time but never knew there was so much to do there and see, the garden centre is the best yet.
When we arrived at the mooring it was a wee bit over grown, a friend cut it back but that was back in February i think and now its this. T stated but then got a bush cutter on it in time for next week, i have ordered some new decking for it and a storage shed for this week when we get back up to it. Oh need a petrol mower aswell.
So there you go a boring few days on the cut NOT. i was lying there a few time pinching myself to think its been so long i have been afloat and the boat is done but for cosmetics, which you will see in the video when i manage to download them all.
I did attempt a walk around video but failed due to dropping the phone and pausing it etc etc, will try again Thursday when we go back for a few days
Sorry about the videos being wrong angle, camerawomen hey.
We had a stop over after half an hour as there was a problem with the remotes which i fixed, well bodged as i couldnt get the circlips on so used duct tape, still struggling with my elbow to do things.
It was a 3hr or so cruise to the first stop at Billsboro so a few Asti`s was called for
Got to the first stop in good time, just gutted there was no Strawberry cider on tap this time.
Well that was the first night and it went spiffingly
I was having such a good time i wasnt even bothered about the launch and the state of the paint work afterwards, will give the boat another coat and touch up soon.
but for the leak which i was still not concerned about for some odd reason. why stress hey
We got to the mooring and well, i think it need cutting back a touch again, my mate did it ages ago but since then
Our Skittles loved the trip aswell, she likes to warn the ducks off lol
So i have ordered a 250w solar kit which should be here in a week or so, that will keep my mind at ease for the bilge pump to have power plus more when we use the boat. That will be mounted on the storage shed i have coming aswell next week, in the mean time we will sort the mooring out, needs a mow and more decking fitting which is all ordered for this week.
Interior needs a few cosmetics and wot not but will do a walk around video this week.
Cant believe how good it is to be back on the water. @kawasaki, i dont think it will take to well to the high seas, or low seas even.
I do have to say though the rudder works better than all the others i have used in the past. I was able to cut the engine thrust and still steer well. Got heavier the faster you went but i was cruising at 6-8knots max and was great and kept direction better. around 4 knots perfic.
I've followed this from the start and frankly I thought you were off your trolley but you've done it! Boat looks great in the water and the inside looks ace too. I'm very happy for you, you've certainly earned that break and many more.
Thanks guys, your not the first to say i barmy,mental,bonkers and all the rest but hell i love a challenge and just faffing, infact i dont do or like to be normal, reason its taken so long in a way. Its still not finished but we need to get the house done so it had to go.
One thing i am glad off is the blog is near finished, takes me ages to type lol, and tech computer stuff does my head in.
Thing is i will be back soon enough with another project, been offered a Buckingham 26 lol, maybe a money earner but next boat will i hope be 35+ wide beam type. just best stay of ebay while on the cider and a wooden boat come along lol.
dogless: Yes thanks John ... no milk or sugar, but a nice biccy
Mar 31, 2020 12:27:19 GMT
loddon: Thanks for the confirmation, I am thinking of changing tablets because of the cough but maybe I wont
Mar 31, 2020 13:07:45 GMT
JohnV: There are other drugs but I haven't found the side effects with Ramipril to be bad, it seems to just make my throat a bit more sensitive so things that might have just tickled my throat and make me want to clear it now make me cough.
Mar 31, 2020 13:58:31 GMT
loddon: The cough is the only one I get from ramipril, although the combinatins of drugs I am on has interesting effects.
Apr 1, 2020 15:56:47 GMT