End of day 1 and Herbie is looking very scruffy.
We entered the dock with a full crew at 9am
and seemed to take ages to get ourselves sorted out before the useful work began. Then all of a sudden teams of volunteers (well six people), swarmed over the steelwork rubbing, scraping and sanding and the transformation was under way.
There was a poignant moment when Herbie's name dissappeared from her side.
Even before we entered the dock there was drama, because our main water pump chose the previous evening to fail. A quick strip down revealed that water had leaked through the diaphragm and seized the bearings and the motor, so a new pump was required.
Lots more rubbing down for day 2. Stay tuned