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More ticks than a (slightly) mangy dog..

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...while not being up to my usual work rate at this time of the year (the weather has been a decider), 
with the Easter weekend launch looming a significant number of the tasks were completed this weekend just gone.....

As is usual I started prioritising into "must do", "would likes", and "can waits" ...

Top of the "must do's" (there's one other - more anon) was the anti fouling so on a cold'ish, grey day, I had four enjoyable hours scrubbing around on the rubble beneath Sparrow giving her bottom a seeing too...  if I ever get rich this is the job I'll pay someone else to do - but she looked pretty damn spiffy when I'd finished...



..boats just look the dogs nadgers with a dark blue antifoul..!


...then - having done a club duty of three hours power washing the slipway, it was time to pick some more jobs...

Can't do the other "must do" yet - the outboard pad - as I need to prepare the word for scarfing in - I…

Jobs done ... at last.. outboard pad and boarding ladder

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....with a little over week to go there are at last signs of movement.. 

An afternoon off work and trying out new power tools - does it get any better..

First off the outboard  pad...  oscilating multi tool with a half moon saw head saw this one off very quickly..  you may remeber I wanted to check behind the pad for any signs of damage - rather than take the whole pad off though I took the top 3" just to reveal what's going on...


..not a lot to be honest - bit of a relief - this is a 50 year old boat so you're going to expect some movement - transom is stiff, bit of a gap between lip and hull..


Cleaned it up - filled the gap with epoxy putty...  painted the exposed edge just to keep water and damp out (glad I did as it rained last night)..  next job is to scarf in new plywood pad - epoxy or varnish it - then glue and bolt..


Moved on to the next job - boarding ladder...  the ladder is short, just 3 steps and two feet long so I've put it at the bottom of the transom (…