Southampton Boat Show 2018

Another year, another show.  Two days visiting stands and looking over boats to gain ideas and spend some money.

It’s a small world – We dropped into the first rope stall (Rotamarine) and asked about extra-long mooring ropes.  After some discussion we were asked what boat they were for so we replied an Endurance 35 based in Rye.  “I wanted to buy that boat about ten years ago”.

Then we dropped into the Wilks stall to discuss a new rubber rubbing strake.  After describing what we were looking for we showed Jeff, one of the guys on the stand, a photo of Anne Marie.  “Hang on” he said “I know this boat, it’s Anne Marie”.  It seems that a customer in South Africa had referred them to this blog to explain what deck he wanted as Wilks (through MCP Marine) supplied the Dek-King for us last year.

This year we have bought:

A Raymarine Axiom7 chart plotter from Paul at PSI Marine  with seatalk interface cable for linking to our rather ancient Raymarine 4000ST autopilot.

New bedding, wine and beer glasses (well acrylic glasses if there are such things) from Ship Shape World

Three extra fenders and a boat hook from Compass Marine (where we bought our other fenders last year.

Two lifejackets and a four-man life raft from Karl at Marine Super Store

Extra mooring rope and halyard from Tarik at Rotamarine – thank you Tarik and very sorry we bought Anne Marie instead of you!

A seat for the fore-cabin and some shackles from Marine Store

A very smart hand basin from Timeage

Four extremely smart Dorade Ventilators from Vetus

Expensive but very enjoyable.  We even had a good night at the Mercure hotel where they kindly gave us some fudge as it is our wedding anniversary this month.

 

Named front and back

A few weeks ago we put Anne Marie’s name plate on her stern after refurbishment with gold paint and Coelan. Now thanks to Kieran from RGVA in Maidstone, England we have a name on her bow.

Launch video

For those who didn’t see it and for the blog

Video

 

In the water but we are still working

Planing, painting, sanding, engine, steering, electrics, plumbing, security, cushions – so much to do still.

BUT LOOK HOW FAR WE HAVE COME..

Bent rudder shaft
Peeling decks
cracked hatch surround
Engine bay
original dark wood layout – galley to starboard
engine bay

 

Launched at last!

Well hooray. Anne Marie is back on the water after almost 8 years on the banks of the River Brede in Rye, East Sussex, England. She is looking good.
For those who missed the live Facebook feed I hope that this link will show you what happened.  We decked her out in flags to celebrate.
Facebook launch feed

The kiss

Tomorrow is Launch Day

Have we switched off the sea cocks?

Have we painted everything?

Will the rudder shaft seal keep the water out?

Ditto the propeller shaft?

Too late to worry. Just make sure the automatic bilge pump is working.

One day to launch

Hatch cover back in place – we are almost secure.

Another coat of Coelan primer on today ready for topcoat tomorrow.