Another Flying visit to the Saloon

Another quick trip down South to ‘Free’ to get another coat of paint on the foam insulation.

The tides were at unsociable hours this weekend, High tides about 5am. Plus with the clocks going back on Sunday night, the tides didn’t get any more hospitable a day later.

We had a gentle drive down and decided to break from our routine and visit Dartmoor for a while. We had enough time for a walk up to the nearest Tor. It was small enough to manage in a little over an hour and tough enough to let us realise that we’re out of practice and should be doing this sort of thing much more frequently!

Sunday we set our alarms for a 0545 start. We made it onto ‘Free’ easily with perhaps an hour of water to spare. That could have been an extra hour in bed..!

She managed to get another coat of paint on the ceiling and walls whilst I fiddled with the LED lights and wired them in.

We now have a triple gang switch that turns on “The Hall”, “The Kitchen” and “The Lounge” lights… 6 LED lights in pairs , 2 near the companionway steps, 2 over the sink/cooker and 2 over the port seating area. Hall, Kitchen and Lounge makes the boat feel much bigger!


Final coat on the bulkhead with the off-white colour.



Testing the original trim for size and colour-relief

The insulation certainly makes a difference we feel. I’m not one for feeling the cold too much,  but I’m still in T-shirt and shorts and it’s nearly November.

Still had to remove a fair amount of water from the bilges. I revisited the video from the seller and was reminded that the keels had been re-bedded in his ownership so I’m hoping that its just a matter of tightening the nuts, or possibly resealing from the inside. I don’t relish having to drop both keels again if that’s where the water is coming from.

Hope to be down next week for the final coat of paint.


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