Spring 2007
Additional Patrol Boat
Annual Dinner
Appreciation of Banquet
Bosun's Store
Cheats Xmas Lunch
Dinghy Show
Dinghy Word Search
Extension Patio
Farewell to Leon
Going the extra mile
Ladies Night
Medieval Banquet
News of Members
Open Weekend
RYA Racing Charter
Sailing Crossword
Salcombe Sojourn
Site Clearance Division
Spar Storage
Start of Season Party
Sunday Winter Lunches
Surprise Party
Tom Field
Working Party
Bodgitt & Son Site Clearance Division
    9:30am, Monday 20 November 2006 was when I seriously thought that Bodgitt & Son had finally bitten off more than they could chew.
    I had just walked into a light engineering factory around the back of Surbiton with Nigel and Rodger. The factory was scheduled for demolition and we were there to remove a mezzanine floor which is going to form the base of a new club patio extension.
    This was serious stuff; 16ft wide, 24ft long and 8ft up in the air. The steel work was several different sizes of "I" beam's, some as much as three men could lift. So, as the song goes "we had a cup of tea" and discussed removal tactics.
    Basically the whole thing was a giant Meccano kit held together with a lot of large bolts, some welding and topped off with very heavy 8 x 4 boards. The main problem was that one false move could have brought a ton of steel crashing down. Hard hats, overalls, boots and riggers gloves were a definite given to ensure we left with all the bits we arrived with.

Steel works dismmantlers
    First up was the factory strip lighting most of which was suspended from the structure we were about to dismantle and was still 'live'. We were confronted by a mass of redundant wiring which was connected to circuit breakers but nobody knew which one. The next thing was to remove some of the mezzanine flooring (a) to lighten the load and (b) to let some light in.
    After angle grinding away a hoist we discovered that another big beam that we were going to unbolt and remove appeared to be supporting part of the roof, the truss at this point having been cut away for some reason. Dismantling dramatically stopped and construction started on reinstating the truss to ensure the roof didn't collapse on top of us.
    Finally, about 2:00pm we started removing the mezzanine girders. Each one was numbered and lowered down to the factory floor. In order to miss lights and trunking each girder had to be carefully suspended by ropes, rotated, tilted and lowered. As I said before some of these were a three man lift. You didn't want to drop one of these babies on your toe. Monday finished about 5:00ish with perhaps a little more than half the job done.
    8:00a.m., Tuesday 21 November 2006. Back to work and more steelwork to be dismantled. The work progressed quickly. Monday had been a steep learning curve but on Tuesday we knew how to handle the girders and apart from some less than co-operative fixing bolts we were ready to start transferring the material back to Aquarius by early afternoon. 'Bodgitt Site Clearance Division' had borrowed Kwahu's road trailer from Charles Dennis for this job. It's the large trailer that lives on the grass in the AQSC car park. Even with this it took two trips and a lot of heavy lifting to get all the steel back to the club.
     Once there we still had to move best part of 3½ tons of girders from the car park down to the club, the trailer being too big to go down the ramp. I think it fair to say we were pretty knackered by this time and coffee in the clubhouse really hit the spot before any of us was in a fit state to drive home.
    We now have the material, all we've got to do is erect it in reverse order and convert it into a patio extension. This will be the job of the 'Bodgitt Construction Division' which actually is the same as the 'Site Clearance Division' and just means that the socket set wrenches have to be turned the other way round.
Mike (Over Easy) Baker