At 10:55 the computer cut lettering for the fresh boat
name was being applied and by 11:10 the yacht was in the water.
Time had been an enemy as the crews needed the yacht for the Grand
Sailing Past at RCIYC that very same day. The weather had been
uncooperative and rained for half days for several weeks and a change of
colour scheme was abandoned as the colour of choice appeared to be black
rather "Britannia Blue". So the hull of the yacht has been painted and
anti-fouled, the engine has been serviced and passed fit for use, there
are new sail covers, cockpit canopy, horseshoe lifebelt and "danbouy". The
Avon dinghy has been fitted with a new middle seat and the outboard engine
has been serviced and tested. The anchor locker has been cleared out and a
rusting spare chain that was donated several years ago has been given a
burial at sea.
There are several items that are yet to be sourced and installed but
these depend on the availability of funds. Does anyone want a corporate
day with the use of yacht for up to eight persons for £300?
Raddedas is out of the water for a face lift
On Bank Holiday
Monday various crew members moved the ketch to La Colette Boat Park where
she is currently undergoing the early stages of "coding" to comply with
maritime regulations for the purpose of charter work.
The accumulated weed has been power-washed off and the old anti-fouling
is being removed. She will then be given a new coat of paint and fresh
anti-fouling after all the mooring wounds have been repaired and white
marks have been removed. While this is being done there are new
lifejackets to buy, new horseshoe lifebelts to brand, new Genoa sheets,
standardised blue fenders and sail covers and spray hood to match the
brand new colour scheme.
We need painters, sanders, carpenters, plumbers, sail makers and even a
"galley maid" to keep the galley in good shape.
Any help in spreading the workload will be appreciated and for every
hour that a member contributes their skills they will be rewarded with an
hour at sea.
The "coding" process is likely to take ten days and then the ketch will
be returned to her mooring. She will then become a working boat during the
week and members can continue to sail on her at the weekends.