Sunday 4 June 2017
HELEN II STARTS TO SHINE .
Over the past two weeks we have been working on preparing the topside for weather sealing with the first of many coats of varnish.
It proved inexplicably exciting to see Dave start the first coat.
( I don't get out very much )
We were soon both painting with pleasure .The effect is superb.
The weather proved excellent -dry and calm and the passers by commented on the transformation immediately.
Once completed ,Dave set about the keel band as discussed last blog.
The metal tabs I pre-drilled were temporarily bolted to the wooden keel and spot welded to the metal band.
The band was then lowered away from the keel and Dave then fully welded the tabs in position.
The band was then re sited to check for refitting.
As it fitted perfectly, it will now be sent away for galvanizing,( this will protect it from corrosion )
We are sorry we were unable to open Helen II for Pirates Weekend .
It was very enjoyable.... especially when Wednesday Phil discovered the pirate ship VILMA at secret anchor on the river.
The motley crew were busy below drinking lots of grog and practicing "OOOH ARRRGHING " prior to attacking Conwy quay.
(Unless it was something they ate !)
Another beautiful wooden vessel .