With less than a year to go until Oar Blimey set off across the Atlantic, their sleeves are rolled up and the boat refurbishment work is moving forward with some good pace.
Deck painting and locker hatches
The external deck was painted with 3 coats of specialist marine anti-slip paint. George was laughing saying “this paint will rip the soles off our feet and no doubt it’ll cause a few grazed knees if we’re not careful.” A definite reminder for the boys to get their first aid kit sorted and stocked-up with plenty of plasters
When the paint dried, the deck hatches were re-fitted and sealed to prevent sea water getting into the storage lockers.
When the Atlantic weather takes a turn for the worst, the boys will be confined to the cabin. To get fresh air into them with the main hatch door closed and keeping sea water out, a mushroom ventilator has been fitted. This can be opened and closed from inside the cabin and will and will be their oxygen supply lifeline.
The storage hatches have been fitted inside the forward and aft cabins with some basic storage shelfs and netting.
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Recognition and Thanks
Massive thanks to Richard and Louise Davies for letting Oar Blimey take over their workshop. Keeping the heating on to make ensure the paint dried within the manufacturers guidance was above and beyond…especially when it was -6 degrees outside!