Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Unfurling.


Since arrival at Littlehampton, and unless it’s a special occasion (like arriving) our vessels woodwork has mostly remained shrouded in a motley collection of roped down tarps. Not exactly the look I have worked and longed for. The reason for this rather pikey method of weatherproofing was simple; we never quite got the roof finished before our big launch did we?

Obviously I’ve been away lately as well, not in the sense of having gone on holiday to the bahamas, more like repeatedly bashing myself over the head in small private hell, at least I didn’t need to bother to pack my passport I suppose. Anyway- this minor nervous breakdown has thankfully passed, I hope you all enjoyed your choc-ices. Becky has been a really patient woman in gently steering me through the shoals of my latest little episode, as if various other aspects of our life changing forever weren’t enough she had to deal with me throwing a big wobbly too. Enough said, now we’re back on track for a bit of bloody progress, and not a moment too soon,. So. Here’s a bang up to date picture of the wheelhouse and cabin- Spot the difference folks.

No? oh well, it’s a bit of a cheat without a proper ‘before’ pic anyway. The portholes are now fully fitted with their little eyebrows made out of sheet bronze. The roof has been trimmed to shape, rounded over and fitted with edging strips, and the whole lot has been waterproofed by fibreglassing with epoxy resin and glassfibre cloth. The skylight is reassembled and in position. And the double glazed windows are now finally installed at the back of the cabin. The only significant hole where the rain can still get in is under that black plastic wrapper, where another set of five windows lie that still require some fairly proper woodwork to the frames before they too can be glazed and the whole assembly can be declared weathertight. Notwithstanding that sodding strip of black plastic, this is a grand moment. We can now sleep at night, or leave Wendy Ann without always having to completely wrap her up against the elements for the first time, it’s more or less a proper ship’s deckhouse at last.

23 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's very pretty!
Intermission over?
Filming resumed?
Any more ice creams?
I like the metaphor about shoals...
and at least there's no sinking of the Titanic!

xxMadreinFrancexx
02.20am

1:20 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yay!!
Heading your way into 'eathrow in about a week, would love a catch up if at all possible(we have hired a car)
Catt and 'boys' XX

11:32 am  
Anonymous snowbiker said...

Beautiful!

5:09 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How much does Wendy Ann move (fore&aft, up&down) in her berth with the tides, etc? Does she sit on the bottom at low water, or is that little patch deeper than it looks?
Chris, Sydney

8:35 am  
Blogger IsmilebecauseIhavenoideawhatsgoingon said...

Hi Chris,
It's a rubbish berth, and no, it's not deeper than it looks so when the tide is low, we're on soft mud and the skeg buries itself two feet in!
When the tide rises Wendy is restrained from moving fore and aft too much by a hefty collection of springs and back springs (huge ropes I got from work), but what does happen is that the bow rises in relation to the stern as she adopts a more 'seagoing' attitude. If the wind blows she will rock a little if she's afloat but a couple hours later the water goes and it's back to mudworld! Because of all this you can probably appreciate that the rising of the tide is something of a daily celebration for me/us...

9:01 am  
Blogger samseven said...

I was down by Wendy Anne today.
She looks great. The wheelhouse is splendid.
She is a real working boat, the only other was a freighter discharging, up passed the foot bridge, the rest seemed to be white plastic.

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Blogger Jonathan said...

Wendy looks like she's wearing a shower cap!

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Blogger IsmilebecauseIhavenoideawhatsgoingon said...

bonnet de duche, Rodney...

9:17 pm  
Anonymous wendy@wendytaplin.orangehome.co.uk said...

You've bought my boat! I was named after the first Wendy Ann tug boat, and used to visit Poole to see both the original and the Wendy Ann 2 regulary as a child. Please let me know when and where I can see her when she is completed.
Regards
Wendy Anne Taplin(nee Taylor)

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Blogger Martyn said...

Hello

Is this the Wendy Anne that was a Poole Harbour tug once operated by Bentley doyen the late Harry Rose and subsequently his daughter Anne?

Martyn

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think we have something in common as I too was named after the Wendy Ann tug boats in Poole harbour & used to go to see them as a child. I have often wondered what happened to them! Wendy Ann L

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Anonymous David Milward Barbados said...

we have an Oil painting of the Wendy Ann chugging past the Jolly Sailor Pub on its way to Berth by the now defunct Gas Works

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