Afloat …… Just
It’s been a scorching day today, by far the warmest since arriving at Weir Quay. I was up early to make the most of it and got the masts moved down near to the boat so I could crack on with them.
First up was to run the cable for the masthead lights up the insides. In an attempt to stop the cables slapping around inside the masts I decided to use some redundant packing foam spaced out along the cable that should keep them away from the sides. It took quite a while to cut the foam, thread it onto the cable, space and tape them into place and then carefully pull them through. It all went smoothly though and fingers crossed it will work.
After that I got the paint out and put another coat on both masts, they’d suffered a bit during transport so it needed doing.
To finish off the day I got the LED tricolour and anchor lights fitted. It’s going to be next week before these mast go up though. Too much to do and I’m not rushing the job.
By the time I’d finished the tide had come up and as I stepped onto ‘Gleda’ she moved! At the highest point she floated level and pretty much on the waterline I’d painted but she wasn’t completely free. I tried moving her down the quay but the skegs and rudders were still stuck in their holes. Tomorrow evening though we should be free.