Other staff where much more friendly and later in the day I did see RF smile.... but I don't recall having any conversation with him.
Anyhow, the survey.....first job is to get the boat out of the water..... all 18 tons of it.
He is also happy to have me follow him around and ask all sorts of questions and explains his findings as he goes along. Having now done three surveys I almost feel like his apprentice !
Plenty to look at, they always seem so different out of the water.... like a beached whale in fact.
Pleasing bow construction.
Might have to spend a few bob on a new fender tip cap I think it is called?
This 18" prop is he driving force. No real ratio on the hydraulic drive so it gets about 600rpm max....still shifts a fair bit of water.
Balliol spent some time inspecting the locking of the prop. Really the thread should extend past the nut. Something to worry about when the prop shaft is ever replaced.
Good gaps apparently....all I know is the boat was very responsive when we brought it down from Norton Junction on Sunday.
This is a retrofit, anti cavitation device. Added as the boat might have been pulling air off the surface into the swim.
Tony Redshaw build this himself....a good shell with little wear or pitting, just what you want to hear from the survey.
So, a few things in side to get sorted....nothing serious and I have asked Tony if he will look at them for me.
Oh - some inside photos.....these have been taken off the original advert for Percy.
Well... what do you think?