Monday 11 September 2023

Moving The Boat | Getting Ready

In the last post I said that I had completed all the fitting out activities that could be done before the boat was moved outside, and it suddenly dawned on me that I needed to prepare for and organise the event itself.

Now that's a big deal!

But first the boat had to be made pretty again, so one evening I removed the protective covering from the floorboards and gave the inside a good clean.

This also entailed lifting floorboards to track down and remove two washers that had fallen into the bilges during fitting out. One was stainless so it didn't really matter, but one was plain steel and would rust and leave stains as soon as it got wet. So it had to come out.

Then, assisted by Mrs Boatbuilder, we removed the protective sheeting that had covered the hull since last July. Doesn't time fly when you're having fun!

Suddenly PocketShip looked stunning again, in all her finery.

This was the view from the stern on the starboard side.

Shame about all the clutter that has accumulated under her!

And here we are looking at the bow.

Lastly I buffed the whole boat (except the bottom panels) with P5000/9000/11000 polishing compound.

Here we are starting work. I did it by hand, since it seems to turn out better that way.

It looked really nice.

Time to set a date for the move!

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