Stern Door (1)

I’ve removed the old ‘bi-fold’ door and hacked out the roof hatch. The port side panel is original GRP, the starboard would have been the same with a small central door and a higher threshold to keep the weather out. A previous owner had paneled inside and out with 10mm ply screwed through. The screws … Read more »

Day Zero

The grand tour of the North begins tomorrow. The plan is to stop overnight at Earith then tackle the New Bedford down to Salters Lode on Wednesday. The snag with being so far out on a limb on the Great Ouse is that every trip starts the same way so unless something exciting happens the … Read more »

Cockpit Roof (12)

Finishing details are taking an age, I’ve made a bit of progress with the draught proofing, fitting an aluminium strip to the side of the roof frame to cover the edge of the side window. Need to do a lot more, and fit latches to hold the roof down. Meanwhile, when the weather has put … Read more »

Cockpit Roof (11)

Finally fixed the aluminium to the frame this morning. Used up some old silicone sealant left over from various previous jobs and stainless steel screws from my favourite boat chandlers (Ebay). I haven’t weighed the roof but judging by the difficulty I had lifting the old one off and putting the new one on I’d … Read more »

Cockpit Roof(10)

The aluminium sheet is 1.5mm thick, too thick for long cuts cut with tinsnips. 1mm would have been easier to handle but I worried it would sag between the frames, especially if/when someone leans on it. Fortunately I have an old B&D jig saw so I fitted a metal cutting blade to that to cut … Read more »