Wednesday, 1 April 2015

More boat renovation

We are all set to have a new cratch cover, stern tonneau, and complete re-paint within the next few months.

Yesterday, we had an appointment to meet Tim-the-covers, at the marina. We set off early so that we could install the new cratch-board (courtesy of my nephew-in-law's skilled work) before Tim arrived.

We pulled into the Apple petrol station on the A1M at about 10.30am. There was then an altercation with a concrete pillar, resulting in the loss of the rear windscreen on MWNN's Berlingo.

The service-station manager took photos and confirmed that no damage had been done to said pillar. After clearing  much of the windscreen from  the station forecourt and interior of the car, calming Ron, and filling with diesel, we drove back home to switch cars.

Poor Ron was very shaken but settled in his crate in the back of my Berlingo for the return journey.
Tim-the-covers was waiting for us at the Marina, but said that the wind was too strong to make the templates. He measured up, quoted for both covers, discussed design and materials, and agreed to meet us next week (weather permitting) to make templates. Then we wait a few weeks for them to be made, installed, adjusted, and checked for leaks.

This morning, our neighbour (who is also our car mechanic) announced the birth of his first grandchild and also that he had ordered a new rear windscreen that he would fit as soon as we cleared the remaining glass from the mounting.

We are in for a busy few months. I hope that we will be able to have a 'shake-down' cruise to test the new covers by mid-May, ahead of the painting of the boat.