Thursday, 29 March 2012

Out on the water at last

If we'd known it was going to take this long I'm not sure we would have started but Nb Harry has finally had its maiden voyage.
Okay it was just a couple of miles from Streethay to Huddlesford and back but we were cruising and everything worked. More or less. Alright, the gear linkage fell apart at one point leaving us stuck in reverse at just the wrong time but apart from that...
Now all we have to do is finish the boat off and while there doesn't seem that much to do, it's all taking so long. Even drilling a hole for the sink waste took nearly half a day - the chosen exit point was right on a heavy steel bearer so I had to drill through that before being able to drill through the hull side for the skin fitting.
Getting the sticky and heavy gear linkage to work took a day of re-aligning everything very carefully and even now it's all hanging on temporary supports. While the speedwheel is completely jury-rigged, pending the invention/arrival of a worm drive transfer box to link it to the engine.
The galley is progressing though. When I last posted - far too long ago - I was contemplating building my own kitchen units. Fortunately for mine and Vicky's sanity we found an excellent solid pine kitchen on Ebay, bought that and it's going in a treat with just a few modifications. We've even ended up with a heap of units left over which we'll sell on.
So what's left to do? Finish the galley, complete the engine wiring, including fit a new alternator and battery charging control system, sort the controls out, complete the central heating. Not a lot really.
Oh, and paint the exterior. We've made a start; the boat's been out on the slip for blacking and we also stripped the roof for repainting with the demonic scabbler tool - what a beast. But will we ever decide what darn colours to paint the boat! Trouble is that we're right beside the footpath through the moorings and everyone who passes has an opinion on our latest colour schemes. Since we've yet to find one we're one hundred per cent convinced of ourselves then all those comments and criticisms hit an easy target and we're away again trying another colour scheme.
So all ideas and suggestions for colour schemes welcome.

1 comment:

Ian said...

Kevin, not really a comment about your blog, which I have only just found, more a thankyou for yur article about blogging in The Tillergraph, I intend to mend my ways.

Ian nb Lily Pad