Easter was late April 2011, followed by more Bank Holidays for the Royal Wedding and May Day, so Steve went down to Woodbridge for three whole weeks to make up for lost time over the winter. This paid off with excellent progress on the starboard side, but the decision to remove the garboards meant another extension to the schedule for finishing planking!
Another extended trip to Suffolk in June, and the purchase of some wide iroko boards from Buildbase in Ipswich, meant Steve was able to fit both new garboards. After carefully spiling, fitting, planing and securing the garboard on the starboard side, Steve decided to put in one last screw and was horrified to hear a loud bang. A three foot split had appeared in the for’ard end of the garboard. Following discussions with Paul, it was agreed that this could be repaired in situ.
Several conversations over recent months have resulted in sourcing two more loads of larch. The first has been brought from Mel Skeets, purchased from JK. It transpires that some more good lengths, originally purchased to restore ‘Clytie’, and stored at Robertsons yard in the care of Clarkie for the past ten years, was also available. With assistance from Paul Batey, and two trips courtesy of Paul Masters and his trailer, Steve has re-stocked the pile beside the tent. He’s returned to Derbyshire, leaving Paul to catch up with the delayed planking on port and starboard sides.
After leaving Woodbridge in early June, confident that Paul would be able to complete most of the planking as he’d just finished his previous commission, there was a series of phonecalls . . . The strong winds at the end of June meant Paul left work early one evening, returning to find that all his power tools had been stolen overnight. He was then told to dismantle his own tent, since it was empty, and, to ‘add insult to injury’ in the process of struggling to do this alone, he fell from his ladder . . . fortunately, he’s not injured, and we hope he’ll be able to start work again soon.