Sunday, October 28, 2007

Prime time in November

We called Julia and Ken at Fernwood last week and they feel that Derwent6 will be going over to them in the middle of November. (but we still feel it will be a bit longer than that)
We also called Jim at Alexander boats and he has the shell now ready, all bar fitting the doors, tiller, and blacking and priming. So we had to go up to check the tiller height and take more pictures.

Check out this video of the full length of Derwent6 showing the houdini hatches fitted, the centre ring and the fender ties all fitted. we are really pleased with the shape and workmanship.

The houdini frame work has been fitted as low as possible and looks very neat.

The Fender eyes are all now welded into place and the centre rope eye fitted (which is a little bit forward of centre), so it will be a bit easier to pull the front in.

As for the Stern, the rear sides are now fitted and the stern deck completed.

We then had to check out the tiller height and the seating position on the roof.

Jim won't prime Derwent6 until he gets the nod from Fernwood and he gets a moving date because of the muck floating around the workshop could still cause rust.

Meanwhile, no news on the house sale front (but no rush as you can see) and we are now in Christmas shopping mode. Ho Ho Ho!

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Down to the finishing touches

We have been busy over these last few weeks due to the fact we have been marketing the house and keeping it spic and span. We have had some interest with one offer, but not sold yet.

As far as the plans for the boat we have been looking at electrical items such as where the lights will be positioned, and also the 240v sockets and wiring etc.

We have now sourced the slate tiles for behind the Morso squirrel wood burner, and been up to the midlands to collect them, they just look fab, we are so pleased.....

We have been back up to Fernwood and seen the boats in progress. They are all working very hard to get the two boats in front of us out, but not fast enough for us, as we are so excited because Jim at Alexander boats is putting all the finishing touches to the Derwent6 Hull.(Come on Fernwood)

I must say though, the boats Fernwood are working on, just look fantastic, with loads of features on all of them. We just feel that when we come away, Derwent6 will be another one or two weeks behind (thank goodness our slot came forward).

We then went on to see our new home. Jim has had his own problems with his team mate Craig, having a trauma in the family, and having to fly out to Spain to sort it all out.

Our Condolence's Craig.

Jim has not been feeling too good himself, but they have still battled on. As for progress, the gas locker hatch has been done. All the plates have been cut for the Houdini hatches, and the roof rails finished including the smooth finishing of the side grab rails, so as not to take your finger nails off when moving down the side of the boat.

While we was there, Jim was making the eyelets for the side fenders so we could check them for size, they were perfect....
Just before we left Craig and Jim, they showed us a picture that one of thier Kingsground customers had brought in, showing Jim and their build, and ain't it just great.