We have now finished cruising for the season and are busy catching up on paperwork and maintenance of Kailani, as well as taking a rest!
Last month we had the bottom blacked which is necessary every 2 years. We had this done at the Dry Dock at Bulbourne. This is one of the few places where the dry dock is big enough to take the boat. Whilst there we fitted a new propeller, following damage to the original one. This was caused by us hitting various objects, mainly shopping trolleys under the water. We also had the rudder straightened.
Our plans next spring include the Lee & Stort Navigation, where some of the bridges have reduced headroom. So we have had the roof storage box reduced to accommodate this.
Gordon has also been studying for his VHF Radio Course which he passed with flying colours. Most of our conversations now include “Over” when he lets me get a word in edgeways!! We need the radio and licence to travel along the tidal part of the Thames through London. He already knew the phonetic alphabet, which helped.
We have also had Richard from New and Used Boat Co. to sand and re-polish the oak floor in the saloon which had been affected by the bad weather last winter. The “new” floor now looks much better. Well done, Richard.
I have now found a better way of adding the testimonials to the website. This I have just finished doing (nothing is quick and easy). We have had some fantastic comments this year which is absolutely wonderful.
We have met up with our new marketing person, Caroline. She has some great ideas to help us move the business forward. Watch this space!
So at the end of our first full season, we reflect on our guests’ comments and photos. We’ve not yet lost anyone or had anyone fall in the water! We set ourselves a target for 2014 bookings, which we achieved bang on! We will look forward to 2015, knowing already that we have taken bookings for 40% of our 2015 schedule. We are not wishing to be complacent, but it certainly helps us to sleep at night!
Well done to the organisers of Napton on the Hill Bonfire night. The firework display lasted about 30 minutes, which we watched from the comfort of the boat. Also thanks to Wigrams Turn Marina for organising the Fish and Chip van to call. What a luxury!