Thursday, 21 June 2012

Caption competition

This photo has come to light!

Captions for this photo please.  And please be nice!

Pipes done

Dave has informed me that the pipes are done!  The tanks have been isolated as per my design.  I will need to sort out a few more bits (minor) and then I can start to fit the water system. The first 20m of blue pipe will be here soon.

The portholes (the remaining 10) are off to be cleaned up.  Can't wait to see them when done.

Tuesday, 12 June 2012


Touched base with a heating engineer who happens to live on the marina.  He has just qualified (as I understand it) and has been trained to put LPG heating systems into boats.  Handy.  I had contacted Calor before but they were difficult and moaned a lot that they had not done boats before.

Will be setting up a meeting to go over the various ideas I have had.  Will keep you updated but handy to have someone who is both recommended and on site as it makes the whole process much simpler.

Monday, 11 June 2012


The first time I have had 2 straight days on the ship for some time now.  Saturday started well with the opportunity to see the porthole we had sent for a clean up.  Good news is that it looks great even though it is only half done.  Bad news is that costs will go up due to the fact the main brass surround is cast and needs sand blasting to get the (VERY) thick paint off it. But when done it will look brill.

The only sad bit is that the top cover is steel.  So we will get that spray painted after sand blasting.  The second problem is that I think the portholes will look so amazing when done that I will need to get all of them restored.  Ouch.  There are around 20 to do on the main deck.   But once the refit is done I would never be able to go back and do them so I either do it now or never.

Completed the strip out of the fog horn units.  Hard going.  Lots of heavy transformers.  But job done and a complete tidy up of the ship.

It is now time to clear the rear deck/scrap yard.  That will be a weekend of breaking down materials to get them efficiently into a skip.

Fun ahead!