During the last 2014 season we taught more than 20 different guests, who had never driven a canal boat before, to drive, manoeuvre, moor and turn Topsy. We stay with our guests until they are comfortable with the boat. And we are happy to wave them off.
It’s the most satisfying feeling, as they go off on their holiday, knowing that they know how to be safe on the water and know what to do if things get a little difficult.
We’re really looking forward to the cruising season and the opportunity to introduce new people to the joys of canal boating.
So, we’re about to start 2015. We’re already filled most of April and all of July and have been working on the boat so it’s fresh and ready to go. I always find it so satisfying, rubbing down and painting. We’ve still got one side to paint and the first cruising booking is on Friday, so lots to do to get her ready.
This season, she’s got some new gadgets, well essentials really, a new propellor, new instrument panel, new curtains, bedding and we’ve topped up the kit in the kitchen. Topsy’s got a new paint job and an engine overhaul. She’s looking good and running well.
We’re fighting with the weather to get the painting finished as we need to to three continuous days so the paint gets to dry properly. If it’s not dry the top of the paint forms a skin and the bottom absorbs any rainfall which can leave the paintwork blotchy.
So we’re on weather alert so we can run down at every opportunity to get on with things and danish oiling when the weather is not so good.
Lazy Daze are Go. We’re open for bookings any dates from 1st May. The web site is live. have a look and see if it takes your fancy.
So, in a last ditch attempt to get the boat finished, I’ve been on the roof, creating safe sanded steps, replacing the brass vents and installing the all-important tv aerial. Final bits of paintwork and onto inside. So we now have a finished bathroom, complete with jacuzzi, smart lighting and flushing toilet. Both bedrooms are now finished with luxury silk bedding, I can’t wait to stay on it myself.
The furniture is is place as is the new fridge/freezer, new cooker and super new kitchen.
We’ve have central heating, hot water and 12v. We’re waiting on 230v and an engine check and then we’re ready to roll.
We’ll be taking booking from the end of next week.
Watch this space.
Topsy is still in dock. The refit is going well and she’s looking beautiful. A few more days of hard graft and she’ll be ready for her unveiling.
This week has been hectic and progress has been encouraging. The bathroom work has begun and we now have a fabulous jacuzzi bath and shower. Tony, from Ministry of Pine has built a cabinet for the sink to go on and the other Tony has put in the new posh towel rail. Tomorrow there will have been more done. The ceilings have come down and the kitchen has been stripped out Jason is updating all of the electrics and there are wires everywhere at the moment.
The new cupboards for the kitchen are on board as is the cabinet for the salon. We’re looking forward to seeing them in place.
Mark and I have been stripping and rust treating the roof and today, we stripped back the old name in preparation for the boat to be renamed. So we’ve started repainting the panels and masked off the bow for painting tomorrow.
Tired and achey but all the hard work will be worthwhile