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Working with Covid: A report on first maintenance session of 2021.

Sunday 3 January ’21. Tony, Jim & Scott met at the barn at 11am for the first session of the year. Each masked up and working on different boats with both sets of double doors wide open and a breeze blowing through, good initial progress was made.
The small amount of remaining sand in the punt was removed and the lower planks and bottom boards given a coat of wood preserver. She is now ready for oiling next time.
Both jumbos had the sand brushed down and some removed from the bilges. The bilge paint was scraped down and the bare wood treated with wood preserver. Next time we can hopefully get the rest of the sand out and repaint the bilges.
Lockdowns permitting, the next session will be over the weekend of Sat 16 & Sun 17 January when we hope to hire a generator so we can hoover out the last of the sand. In the meantime, if anyone would like to help, all the jumbo sole boards need treating with wood preserver. A simple job that can be done anytime.
Please contact Scott if you would like to help (07941 058509).

Our long-awaited volunteer hut is up and waiting for us – but Covid won’t let us in!

18 November ’20. In view of the photo below, you’ll be relieved to hear all the boats are now safely ashore where our volunteers have a new shed waiting for them. Maintenance sessions begin again on Sunday 3 January, lockdown permitting. Please call Scott Bowring 07941 058509 before travelling.

27 October ’20. Time to start thinking about recovering the boats!

A stark contrast with the photo at the foot of this page!

10 October ’20. Success snatched from the jaws of disappointment. A dozen members showed up for sail but it was decided there was too much wind to sail despite the deceptively calm conditions inside the harbour. So the punts were called into action including the seldom used standing lug rig that one carries. So, whilst some practiced scullying others had an exhilerating sail around the harbour dodging moorings.

Not having a rudder, we use the scully oar instead.

19 September ’20.

Both jumbos were joined by Scott sailing MAIA in poor visibility (right).

July ’20 The Jumbos are back! Despite everything, we’ve finally managed to launch our boats. However, crews will have to be limited to 3 to comply with social distancing. Please contact Scott Bowring 07941 058509 for details.