19th March 2012
“Mary Young” Lift ashore
Primarily for a scrub and bottom paint but, like most boats, it didn’t stop there!
As the interior paint had broken down in a number of places it was decided to take her back to the wood and in doing so, revealed the inevitable stream of anomalies; a familiar tale indeed I’m sure!
All rotten timbers by way of engine box, thwarts, breast hook, timber moved frame-ends, inwivers removed along with forward top planks and gunwale sections. Oh well! While we’re at this stage- the engine out ( Lister PH2), new exhaust manifold, new air cowling, and new floors throughout.
By the end of summer months- in fact well into the Winter, following so much rain, sporting a new yellow tent, She was now looking very fine with exception of one significant change……The Name!
Whilst still showing great respect to Harry Chamberlin’s Mother “ Mary Young”, I wanted to honour my late Wife and rename the boat “Irene Patricia”. To avoid all the superstition associated with renaming, I followed a trusted and correct procedure; namely, casting into the sea the old name, paid homage to Neptune and some special prayers for Mary and Irene!
Back on Her moorings now and have thoroughly enjoyed a good summer of 2013.