Monday, November 25, 2019

Herbie goes luxury

I'm thinking of inviting Rob Bryden for a cruise on Herbie, then he can go on telly to advertise  the pleasures of our our new luxury on board swimming pool like he does for P&O.  Here I am emptying it out for the end of season clear up.

If you look closely, you can see the high watermark from before I started baling (or baleing?).  I calculated that the tonneau cover (which suffered a split seam and some broken bungees) was holding over a hundredweight of rain water when we visited last week.  Herbie's private flood in sympathy with the poor folk in Yorkshire I suppose.  The ageing tonneau was already in a somewhat delapidated state but I fear it'll now need replacing, being stretched out of shape and saggy - just waiting to catch more rain.  Next time I'll build in a ridge pole.

We were out at Herbie draining her plumbing down for winter in case we get deep frosts before our next cruise.  I can't see us getting any done now until the new year. 

Talking about next year, we're seriously contemplating a move to a different marina, having done the dear old South Oxford to death really.  Top of our list at the moment is Kings Bromley (near Rugeley, Staffs) which although further from home would give us access to waters we haven't cruised much if at all. We'd have Trent & Mersey  (in both directions), Staffs and Worcs, Birmingham, and more all within reasonable reach.  Watch this space.

Looking at the old calendar on the wall I notice it won't be long until the Herbie Awards season.  Time to brush off the old tuxedos and posh frocks folks.  Kath is in her sewing room  applying sequins to her kagoul as I write. Earlier in the year I had some great ideas for new categories of award.  Of course I never wrote them down so now I can't remember what they were but rest assured I'll be working on it.  Any suggestions welcome.


Marilyn, nb Waka Huia said...

Hi Neil,
We had a new cratch cover and new tonneau cover made by John's Boat Canopies at the beginning of the 2019 season - all up for the two it was £960 (£360 was for the tonneau).
Excellent service, excellent workmanship and he comes to you to measure up and make a draft from polythene, then back to his workshop to construct in the material of your choice. Then back he comes to fit it and place the domes/toggles in the appropriate places. And he fits a strut and its fittings in the optimum position to enable the run off.
His contact details are:
Ph 0121 686 1888 or 07837 489 632

Cheers, Marilyn

Herbie Neil said...

Ooh thanks for that Marilyn.Sounds interesting