28 February 2018

Pat's Progress

Until the first snow blizzard descended at about 14:15, we concentrated on a couple of areas.  In the cabin, after a bag's worth of coal shovelled out, the coal bunker was removed, followed by the sink area.  The intention is to take a look under the floor where there lives one of the bilge pumps.  Also, all redundant equipment must be extracted before we can start the refit.

Up front, the JCB seat assembly was unbolted, which meant that it could be shifted to one side to improve the access to the large deposits of detritus in the bilges.  Whilst some of it shifted and two or three buckets worth were removed, ice firmly glued the rest to the hull. 

This area would benefit greatly from a steam clean.