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