Scholar Gypsy has been in the Dry Dock at Braunston for a couple of weeks. I went up for an inspection today.
Tasks undertaken include:
- Stripping back the superstructure to bare steel
- Removing all windows, portholes, mushroom vents, cleaning and refitting
- Repainting cabin sides, decks and roof, by Dave Bishop
- New signwriting by Tony – but keeping the Kingfisher of course (Hoo Mill lock)
- Replacing all fender eyes
- New rear fender
- New linings for front and side hatch
- New scumbling on the rear doors
- Blacking the hull
- 35 year insurance survey on the hull by Craig Allen (passed!)
- A bit of plumbing by me – for the new radiators inside the boat, and delivering (installation next time) a new tubestack for the heat exchanger.
Please see photo album (NB new location, plus some from Dave) . As you can see I popped in to Billing Lock on the way home – levels appeared back to normal and the flow was “normal”. Strong Stream Alert is still in force elsewhere on the river, though (now cancelled: 22nd February).