Party Info and plumbing (and electrics)

We have set the date for our launch party for the 23rd August from around 12pm onwards.

We’re hoping to be in chichester harbour and can have a beach bbq at east head which is a lovely sand dune.

Bring disposable BBQ+food+drink or whatever kind of picnic you might prefer.

Parking is available at a car park close (less than a mile if you park at the far end) to East Head itself, but it shuts at 20.30. For those wanting to stay late, there are normally free spaces before you turn off the main road, near the “Old House at Home” pub.

If the weather is being uncooperative, then we will relocate to a pub in the area. Please check back here on friday evening when we will have a better idea of the forecast.

**If you can’t make Sunday we will be lurking around East Head on Saturday too**

I did a clean-up to take some pictures of the interior last week.

Inside looking tidy

Inside looking tidy

Chris gave Pete and I a crash-course in electrics so we have been practising our new-found soldering skills on the control panel and various bits of wire around the boat.

My soldering :-)

Pete and I, our joint wiring effort

Pete

Pete

"I can do wiring, me"

"I can do wiring, me"

The Lights are working and look really good when we tried them in the evening.

Chris spent some time working making sure the cooker is in good order this week

Chris taming the parafin burner

Chris taming the parafin burner

as well as sorting out the lighting and sea-me (that makes sure other boats can see us on their instruments) for the mast before it is put back up on the boat.

Chris wiring the mast

Chris wiring the mast

I hadn’t noticed until Friday that Pete had made an impressive shelf for his bunk at the back.

Pete's marvellous clothing shelf

Pete's marvellous clothing shelf

I spent rather a lot of time crawling around the boat finishing lining the water tanks and using vast amounts of gaffa tape in the process.  This took me far longer than I hoped…nothing is simple with boats and the job was made all the more challenging by the fact that absolutely nothing is square or rectangular!  That said, the water containers are now in place ready, to be plumbed in so we will have over 400 litres of water to carry onboard.

Flexible water containers

Flexible water containers

Also the hatch is almost ready…and just needs a bit of neoprene on it to make it completely water-tight and something to enable to lock it down properly.

Hatch and hatchboards

Hatch and hatchboards

Mum and Dad came to visit this weekend so have finally met the boat.  They were apparently glad to see that it’s “a lot bigger inside” than they expected especially after they’d first seen it in the garden.

Caroline, Alison, Paul and Chris and room for more!

Caroline, Alison, Paul and Chris and room for more!

Some people asked us if we could post up a route map of where we hope to go.  Obviously all plans are subject to change depending on how we get on and the weather etc but this gives you a vague idea of what we’re hoping to do. As we go around we will keep you updated with what we’re up to.

A possible route

A possible route

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