In 2018 so far we have had two working parties. The first was on Saturday 3 Feb when 11 people attended. A whole list of jobs were tackled and there were two major ones:
launch of the new tender “Silver Star” and bringing her round to Womack
putting up two storage chests next to Maud so that we can clear spare items out of the hold, give us more space and make it look much tidier.
The second working party took place on Monday 19 Feb and 8 people came for all or part of the day. Again lots of jobs were tackled and Mike and Peter concentrated on preparation so that we are ready to paint when the temperature has risen a bit. Of special note was the installation by Martin of an LED lighting panel above the galley. The lights are run from a battery and should last for 8 hours. Lighting will be much appreciated when preparing drinks and washing up in low light conditions.
Another job that hadn’t been done for some years was a complete re-paint of the name boards. Nicki and Roger did a splendid job on those, taking them home to finish the lettering. No, they haven’t been stolen and will be put back on the occasion of the next working party on 10 March.
There have been lots of opportunities for “partying” from February until April 2016 and members have given their time generously.
Maintenance on The Gem
Work started on the 7th February on our tender, The Gem, and continued until she was pronounced ready for re-launching in the third week of March. During that time she was given a thorough clean out, her bottom was scraped and painted and other areas of paintwork touched in. This was the result.
It doesn’t sound much but it was hard work. As a finishing touch the brass letters of the tender’s name were polished and varnished, proving that there is always a job someone can help with.
Maintenance on Maud
On Saturday 13th February work began on Maud and there were 5 work parties in the period to 3rd April.
It’s no exaggeration to say that we all enjoyed ourselves hugely and the weather was quite kind to us. Morale was kept high with some nice touches – Martin’s profiteroles went down a treat, as did most of his jokes. We even found time to do some work and at today’s date, 4th April, Maud is looking smarter than she has for a long time. She has had a good clean inside the hold and the cabin and lots of new paint has been applied to the exterior. As always there are jobs that haven’t been done but we will fit those in between trips.