ITS BEEN VERY QUIET OVER THE LAST THREE MONTHS !
In April of this year, HelenII was moved from Conwy quay to make room for the longer stay of Island Reach, the YWAM boat.
She was taken down the river to Conwy marina under her own engine and she steered beautifully ! At one point we had to turn a sharp 90 degree turn and in a strong easterly wind she handled it impeccably.
For safety sake the harbour launch came as escort and marina staff helped berthing in the strong wind.
Since mooring her, work has continued slowly.
Ron purchased a second hand manual capstan which Wally eagerly took home and completely cleaned and rebuilt using Wally's favourite addition - lots of white grease .
Wednesday Phil built and secured a seat for the capstan ( anchor yanker ) bolted through Helen's main beams and then fitted it with Wally.
The GPS position was agreed and Phil made a bracket to give better line of vision from the chart table.
This has yet to be tried as the 4 pin power connector is missing.
Then it all went quiet as Ron went on an extended holiday to France/Portugal.
Wednesday Phil then bought a turning lathe and continues to make spikes to hold the ropes and tension them.
She was beginning to look tired so Phil embarked on a bit of TLC and for a week or so sanded her woodwork and revarnished her to her old self.