The back ones are SO heavy (even when empty) that it had to be a bit of a team effort to lug them outside. Once safely on the picnic bench, I rigged up the genny to charge the batteries and then used the other plug for sanding...
Once it was (roughly) sanded, I got it into a coat of grey primer.... WHEN the weather improves again, I'll slap a few undercoats on it before applying MORE non-slip granules and then painting the final coat of dark grey on to seal it.
It's got a little bit of a warp in it but it'll do We've managed without for long enough - that said, if we HAD a plank on our last trip to Huddersfield, we would have been able to stay "town side" of the lift brigdge rather than in the badlands.
Another job that was LONG overdue was the drilling of the tiller arm /swan neck thingy for the tiller pin. Andy's mum had sent us a lovely Duck tiller pin ages ago.
I didn't bother measuring and have to admit it's pretty spot on considering
We'll still need to get a little padlock on it for those times when we forget to take it in overnight when
Not long after I'd cleaned up the swarf I got a text message from Sally and her pals who were on their way back from Flamingo Land and calling into Ferry for a quick drink. Well, it would have been rude not to join them so we took the boat down (we needed to get water the next morning anyway) and met up with the Xmas day crew again.
What can I say? - I gave in and had some wine... ANDY stayed on the wagon. and when I say "some" I mean, quite a few wines... after which, we invited them back to the boat for a nightcap - Josh and Emily hadn't been on the boat before and we hoped they'd fall in love with the cats and re-home them. Alas it was not to be... Sox did her best to charm them but George let the side down.