Saturday 28-November-2017 is Sculptor's 82nd birthday

Sculptor - a boat built by boat builders rather than a boat built by ship builders - and so much more elegant for that.

Sculptor is a 'Star' class boat named for the Sculptor Constellation
Sculptor on ITV Anglia - 22-September-2014
Sculptor on BBC Look East 16-October-2014
Sculptor on Narrowboatworld

Friday, 26 September 2014

Dry Docking Day 1

And all you can see when Sculptor is
in the water is the little piece at the top
of the rudder
It’s some years since Sculptor was dry docked and re-blacked so we decided to book her in to Braunston, who look after us so well.

26/27/28-September were the dates available so she was booked in.

On 25-September Rob, Mike and Steve left Stoke Bruerne at 08:30 to take her to Braunston – a trip of about 8 to 9 hours.  They timed their arrival perfectly to find the dry dock ready for them so Sculptor was left in the dry dock over night but floating so as not to let all the muck on her sides dry out overnight and become much more difficult to remove.

Volunteer hours 27 (total 432 to date).

On Friday morning ‘the boys from the black stuff’ (Steve Dean, Mike Gardner, Richard (Tunnel Band Man) Cox and Rob Westlake) were there and drained the dry dock and set to to:
  • Inspect the hull and the wooden bottom - pass
  • Pressure wash the hull
  • Rub down the cants at the front of the boat
  • Remove all the paint (tunnel bands) from the rear of the counter and prime

It’s all been done and tomorrow we plan to give Sculptor a coat of blacking and attend to the undercoat on the tunnel bands and the front cants.

Sculptor is due back in Stoke Bruerne on Monday afternoon - 29-September

Volunteer hours 40 (total 472 to date).

A link to my photos of today is here

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