Ferry Maid back in service

Mike B writes: Just to let you all know that Ferry Maid has completed her mid-season wash and brush up and is now available to use once more.

Special thanks go to the dedicated painting team of Duncan and George for all their effort on both the Lass and the Maid over the last few weeks, to John H for his varnishing and especially to Mike McD for his work on remodelling our new oars and the rudders for both the Maid and the Lass and for improvements made to the footrests for both the Lass and the Maid. Thanks are also due to Douglas for his snazzy new pins

Finally, thanks to our master of works, Mark, for keeping us all on track during the maintenance works on both boats.

Tides for 18-24 March

Rachel writes: Last week’s weather brought us some challenges, but this coming week  we have some low tides coming through to give us a disruptive weekend ahead.

Monday 18th March
06.17 — 1.6 m L. 12.17 — 5.2 m H. 18.54 — 1.0 m L

Tuesday 19th
07.15 — 1.2 m L. 13.16 — 5.6 m H. 19.53 — 0.6 m L

Wednesday 20th
08.08 — 0.9 m L. 14.11 — 5.9 m H. 20.43 — 0.2 m L

Thursday 21st
08.54 — 0.6 m L. 15.01 — 6.1 m H. 21.26 — 0.0 m L

Friday 22nd
09.36– 0.4 m L. 15.50 — 6.2 m H. 22.03 — 0.0 m L

Saturday 23rd
10.14 — 0.4 m L. 16.37 — 6.2 m H The tide is too low between 07.15 and 12.00. Await further details.

Sunday 24th
10.49 — 0.6 m L. 17.22 — 6.0 m H   The tide is too low between 08.15 and 13.00. Await further details.

The weather is looking reasonable, so have a good week everyone .

Quick maintenance update

Mike McD writes: Thanks to all our dedicated maintenance team, Ferry Lass should be operational as of Sunday.  However, the replacement for the broken Clenshaw oar is not yet with us and the ‘New’ oars are currently being modified and won’t be ready until next weekend.  It seems sensible therefore the just swap Lass for Maid.  We can then reshape the rudder on Maid and tidy up the rubbed paintwork on footrests and the kelson at the same time.  New toe-straps for Lass have also still to arrive.

So the team will be working next week and all being well, we will have both boats available for next weekend.


Mike McD and Mark fit the new footrests (PS: Welcome back, Mel and Maria!)

Tides for 11-17 March

Rachel writes: There are some low tides throughout the day this week, so careful timing of any planned rows will be needed. By the weekend all is well.


Monday 11th March
10.26 —1.2 m L.   18.00 —- 5.3 m H
Tuesday 12th
10.55 — 1.3 L.      18.40 — 5.1 m H
Wednesday 13th 
07.07 — 5.0 m H     11.34 — 1.5 m L.    19.24 — 5.0m H
Thursday 14th
07.55 — 4.8 m H.    12.25 — 1.8 m L.   20.15 —- 4.8 m H
Friday 15th 
08.51 — 4.6 m H     13.38 — 2.1 m L    21.18 — 4.7 m H
Saturday 16th 
09.57 — 4.6 m H     16.48 — 1.9 m L
Sunday 17th 
11.10 — 4.8 m H.    17.51 — 1.5 m L

Ferry Lass back on duty soon

Mark reports: Her ladyship will be her painted loveliness and ready to row on Sunday… We think.

Mike B at work

John was putting a final coat of varnish on the gunnel and on her re-crafted, go-faster rudder on Thursday. (Try not to touch the gunnels before Sunday.) Meanwhile George and Mike B were painting the footrest saddles and Mike M fine tuned the stroke footrest. Duncan and Douglas also have done huge amounts of woodwork and painting. Others chipped in as well especially for the turnovers, so please forgive any oversights and thank you.

The two Mikes work on the new footrests

We will re-fit on Saturday. This includes:

  • Taping the floor along the footrest tracks
  • Installing the anchor rope reel
  • Fitting the footrests and marking the positions similar to Maid.
  • Bow and stern ropes on
  • Seats on and pegged
  • Bung tied in
  • Cox footrest fitted.
Gleaming hull before the turnover