I hate complaining that I am too busy as it is all on exciting and interesting projects but time to record and research and reflect is non existent. Work on the boat has continued. The kitchen has been fitted and painted, there is seating, and a fire and a fully functioning bathroom (more on the shit and sawdust loo later).
The deck continues to be a pain…. the hot summer was not it’s friend with gaps opening up in the teak and a lot of leakage which damaged the floor below. We’ve tarped it over for the winter which doesn’t look great but will allow us to look afresh in spring and reassess what needs to be done and where the water is coming in. The launch has also been pushed to spring as, on balance, there was no advantage to being in the water earlier as the won’t use it as much over winter and it only increases the potential maintenance. She’s happy in Ipswich for the time being until he can make the big move to Fambridge in the spring.
New photos of the taps and bathroom.
Blog is woefully neglected at the moment but stuff is happening and so much more to update. More soon. In the meantime we have heating and fire
One of the best parts of this project has been hanging out in and getting to know Rye. It might be a hell of a drive and feel like you are practically in France, but it is a really pretty town with plenty going on and plenty of people more than willing to help out on Betty. We have literally searched high and low for a mooring so that once she is back afloat, we can keep her there. Alas it is not to be. There are relatively few large moorings in Rye, due mostly to the fact it is relatively small and the rivers are tidal with steep banks. They are too narrow and the bed slopes away too steeply to moor her stern on, like most of the smaller boats round here, and there aren’t spaces to put her side on. We have been hunting since the start of the year and pleading with anyone with any access to a bit of river bank. Alas, it isn’t to be. There simply isn’t anywhere. End of.
So, on to plan B and a new era for Betty in SUFFOLK. More on this later