As good as it gets.
Um… we’ve just received the best Christmas present we could possibly wish for. On returning from the annual tour de families on Thursday 27th, we found ourselves (unused as we are to having leisure time) at a loose end as to what we’d do next. Then I switched my phone back on. Contained in my inbox was a little gem of a message from Jon at SBS, he said that they’d had a reshuffle of their diary, and that therefore our little project could now be fitted in, starting on the 2nd January (Holy shit!). Therefore we cancelled, or at least seriously postponed our new year celebrations, dropped everything else and have spent the last five days driving ourselves down to Wendy Ann and pushing like mad to make her ready to accept her new paint. We’re absolutely knackered, quite apart from the large holes in our deck that Robin allowed himself to be persuaded into coming in to weld up, and the anode studs he and Becky welded on at 9pm the same day, it has taken an incredible amount of time and effort to get all that bare steel really clean and dust free. This really shouldn’t come as any surprise by now. So instead of seeing in the new year at some wild party, we made ourselves a cup of cocoa and went to bed early.
Even our Jan de man got involved with knocking the ginger rust in the engine room back, he did this by calling me up to convey festive merriment, got sidetracked and ended up inviting himself round to put his overalls on for a day. Couldn’t have done it without you mate.
So today the boys from SBS have begun, and since I was present I did my best to help out, mainly by joining in with solvent ragging the steel prior to painting, and holding worklights so Dan could see into each bilge compartment as he sprayed. So... without further ado here follows some pictures of how far the first three drums of intershield got us today. Please excuse the fact that there’s loads of them, I think I was a bit overexcited.
Happy New Year everyone.