On the day of the Harmony Chorus visit Rodger, Dave, Bryan and myself dragged our
safety boat out onto the lower slip to repair a serious leak in the hull. A number
of rivets that attached part of the alloy hull to one of the frames had pulled through,
allowing water to accumulate in the scuppers. This water was often up to the floor
boards, that’s several gallons.
On the Wednesday we chocked the boat, bailed it out, cleaned the area to be repaired
and punched out the offending rivets. Actually they almost fell out. Dave then jet
washed the boat and we left it to dry overnight.
On Thursday we injected marine mastic into the joint between the frame and the hull
and then bolted the whole thing up. Once the mastic had cured the boat was put back
into the water ready for sailing on Sunday.
On 17 August Nigel emailed to say that our Hampton Fuel Allotment Association grant
had been approved. Together with our earlier grant from Grass Roots this now paves
the way for our kitchen (galley) refurbishment.
On 22 August Nigel undertook what must be THE worst job ever done at AQSC. Because
of the increasingly bad odours coming from underneath the clubhouse he delved into
the septic tank to ensure that the float switch and pump were working. The problem
seemed to be the float switch, which had stopped working enabling the tank to overflow.
Nigel managed to get it working again and at the moment sanitary disposal is working
as normal. A BIG thanks to Nigel for doing this VERY unsavoury job. Well done mate!
Also on 22 August, using our chain hoist Nigel, Bryan and Ken managed to remove from
the river the assorted metal work in front of the reservoir outflow, located at the
bottom of the ramp down from the car park. This was a hazard to boats moving along
the Middlesex bank and was best disposed of. Well done guys!
On Tuesday 14 September Bodgit & Son started the kitchen (galley) refit. Much of
the first day was spent clearing the area and stripping the room back to floor, walls
and ceiling. That included electrics and plumbing. Next the existing floor was taken
up ready for the installation of a new floor on the same level as the main clubroom.
This entailed pouring a concrete bed under the floor to support the joining of the
old and new joists.
On Wednesday the new joists were laid and levelled and a fully boarded 18mm WPB floor
put down across the joists. Three of the old walls were then ripped out and the exposed
structure battened out to take new thicker wall boards. This took a while because
the walls had to be perfectly straight, at what will be work surface level so that
the new work surfaces would fit exactly. The galley electrics and plumbing were run
at this time. On Thursday and Friday the new 12mm walls were installed together with
the electric outlet boxes for power and switching.
On Saturday 18 September a Social Committee meeting was held at the club. This had
to be ‘Al Fresco’ because of the work there was limited room inside, but the layout
of the new galley and the budget were discussed and approved. Nigel worked on in
the afternoon and installed a working sink, the dishwasher and fridge. On Sunday
a limited amount of work was done being mainly concerned with clearing up the galley
and clubroom and removing the vast array of building materials and tools.
During the next week the new equipment was ordered. On the Thursday the dishwasher,
water heater and water softener were delivered to Nigel’s. We then loaded it all
up and took it to the club. On Monday 26 Nigel worked on the electrics, plumbing
and started laying the hardboard floor covering on which the vinyl floor will be
laid. On Wednesday 28 September B&S, ably assisted by Pete Carpenter, work started
again. Pete plumbed in the water heater while B&S continued with the electrics, finished
laying the floor, lined out the wall between the galley and the sail loft and started
installing the structure for the new ceiling with its down lighters. During that
same morning the Bain Marie was delivered, unfortunately this turned out to have
quite bad panel damage and will have to go back.
With Rodger’s ‘Roaring 20’s Night’ looming and the need to have a working kitchen
up and running by then it looks like B&S will have to work overtime on Sunday to
have any chance of providing this. Once that event is over we then have a little
more time before the kitchen’s needed again for the Annual Dinner and the AGM.
Bodgit & Son (Building & Maintenance Contractors to AQSC)