Last week, Dug popped by to see how we were getting on. He was the skipper of beta III when she was used as a tourist boat on the Thames around Kingston and Hampton. It was a bit of a treat to take someone round the boat who had had hands on experience of how she works and could tell us how she was laid out back when she was a tour boat – we now know where the bar should go, not to try and sit on any railings and the importance of keeping that engine polished. Also good to have a visitor who can see the joy of the project through the long list of half finished jobs and doesn’t think I am stark raving mad! (Or at least was polite enough to hide it!!!)
Dug has promised us he will return and he is been warned that, when he does, we will be handing him a paint brush or persuading him to give the rudder shaft an overhaul! You gotta tap up anyone who has plenty of hands on experience, right?
Some photos below that Dug took. It was a real blue sky day.