Last weekend was a bit hectic. I took Friday off work and dad drove up from Greystones to help with a few bits and pieces. After a fruitless drive to Belfast to collect some stainless steel (which wasn’t ready), we stopped off at 17, Windsor Avenue, just off the Lisburn Road, to look at the house where my great grandfather used to live. It is now the HQ of the Royal College of Nursing in NI. After a quick photostop,
We continued down Lisburn Road and stopped at the Friends Burial Ground on Balmoral Avenue.
Many of my ancestors were Quakers and 8 relatives are buried here. Both dad and I are interested in our family history, so it was great to take dad here. It is a wonderful place, very peaceful, yet so close to the hustle and bustle of the Lisburn Road.
After a bite to eat in the Old Post Office, Lisbane, we drove on down to EDYC to get some work done. I taped the boot-top while dad got going with the anti-foul. It didn’t take long to get the boat done and a single coat used up about 4 litres of anti-foul, which was pretty good. There are still a few scrapes that need to be filled and antifouled, but in general, Koala is looking pretty good.
Next on the list will be to finish off the work on the binnacle. The old timber supports were completely rotten – there were ferns and moss growing out from underneath the old cross-beams! I removed the old supports, plus all of the old teak slats that covered the lazarette – these were in a pretty sorry state too. I then disconnected the steering cables from the quadrant and removed the binnacle, making it easier to measure for new supports. I am planning to replace the old rotten mahogany and plywood with oak cross beams. These will be shaped and then epoxied in onto small supports either side of the cockpit. Whilst I was working on the quadrant, I was pleasantly surprised to be able to examine the steering mechanism and confirm that it is all in really good condition. I may well have been replaced recently. I will try and take some photos and get them onto this website.
Launch day is planned for this coming weekend (weather permitting). At the moment the forecast is not great for Saturday, with some strong SW winds forecast. Sunday looks to be a bit better, with lighter winds. We will see!