We popped over to the marina this morning to check out the progress on the roof repainting. All the old paint had been removed and the welds covered with a filler to be smoothed down. The painter works weekends and has Tuesdays and Wednesdays off so not a huge amount of progress as he’s only been working on it for 2 days. The old paint came off really easily, “in sheets”, he said. It looked really odd to see the roof down to the metal, dark as opposed to cream! Also visible were the marks where the Houdini hatches had been cut in the wrong places by XR & D, the shell builders, and then re-plated when they realised their mistake! They had measured from the wrong end! They only found out when they came to place the cuts for the mushrooms, this time measured from the right end, and one of them would have been smack bang in the middle of the hole they had already cut. Doh!!! However, they made such a good job of the re-plating that nothing was visible from the outside, although they left the frame strengthening on the inside. We’ve looked at the photos of the build, pre-spray foaming inside, but can’t really make out where they were. Ali at Beacon thought we knew, and we may well have been told at the time, but we were in such a state of euphoria at the beginning of the build, that we probably just shrugged our shoulders and forgot all about it! Anyway, ‘during’ photos, and we will pop back next week sometime to check on progress again.
The second and third photos show where the hatches were wrongly cut originally.