Whats Happening ?

Copers back to full production

Adrian removes the shuttering from the coping stone block he cast yesterday and then ‘distressed’ the top and face surfaces.  He then re-assembled the mould in preparation for casting  another block.  Before he could begin mixing concrete he had to pay a visit to the local builders’ merchant to collect more bags of cement.  On returning to Sea  Lock he soon filled the mould with mortar and then covered over the wet block  to protect it from possible frost damage over night.  He estimates that another 12 blocks are required to complete the front section of the wharf wall.

Leveling and casting.

Now that the back of the wharf wall has been rebuilt to the level of the coping stones there is a substantial; trench running along behind it.  Adrian asks Norman to move rubble with the Kubota tractor to back-fill this trench.  This is quickly achieved so whilst Norman continues moving rubble around the site and leveling uneven surfaces, Adrian drives down to Appledore with his trailer,  to buy a couple of tons of concrete ballast.  Once back on site he sets up the shuttering for the coping stone blocks and begins mixing concrete.  Intermittent rain showers prove to be a nuisance and makes the surface of the site slippery but by the end of the day another block is cast and the site is looking a lot more tidy and level.

Lifting boats and laying bricks

Adrian has agreed to lift Mike’s boat out of the wharf basin and store it on the wharf side for the winter where Mike can service it and anti-foul its hull.  Trevor installs the 2 12 volt batteries into the RB crane, connects them  and starts up the engine.  All the batteries are stored in the shed now so that they can be kept regularly charged even when not in use.  While Trevor is doing his ‘electrical bit’ Adrian is preparing tools and materials in order to continue wall building.  Just as he and Trevor begin actually building Mike arrives and this is temporarily stopped.  Mike and Trevor organize heavy strops to lift the boat and get them suitably positioned around the hull whilst Adrian manoeuvers the crane to a place where he can safely reach and lift the boat.  With Trevor acting as Lift Master Adrian hoists the boat up and out of the basin, swings the load over the tub boat under construction and lowers it into a space cleared earlier for it.  Mike and Trevor strategically place some baulks of wood under the skegs of the boat and Adrian lowers it onto them where it sits very comfortably.  The whole exercise is accomplished quickly, easily and safely.  Following a cup of tea Trevor and Adrian resume wall building and Mike continues working on his boat.   When the point has been reached to call time for the day Trevor and Adrian  have brought the back of the wharf wall up to its finished height.  Satisfaction is felt by all.

Boat looks good!

Trevor has other commitments for today but the work crew is made up by a new recruit,  Ian Mitchell.  Ian helps Adrian by labouring for the day, mixing and delivering mortar whilst Adrian continues rebuilding the back of the wharf wall.  David lends a hand and keep Adrian supplied with bricks and blocks.Carol arrives and sets about the task of clearing a space on the wharf side onto which Adrian can crane Mikes’ boat. Barry arrives and continues fixing the transom boards to the lead tub boat as well as the breast hooks and other bits and pieces in place.  He then smooths down the various joints and edges with the electric planer and by the end of the day the boat is looking really good.

Transoms, wall and puddles

Barry has decided to give his attention to sorting the transom of the leading tub boat.  Boards have already been roughly to size and shape but need planing to create a tight fit.  While Barry is involved with this Trevor and Adrian continue rebuilding the gap in  the wharf wall.  The weather has settled a little and the break in the rain allows the new mortar to set without washing out.  Considerable progress is made,  Bob arrives on site and spends most of the day trying to level the surface of the site in order  to drain the accumulation of excessive  rain water  and limit the amount of puddling which reduces the surface to a quagmire when trying to move across it. .