Monday, 3 February 2020


Steadfast has been ousted from the paint dock and another boat has taken her place. Sarah E sent me a couple of photos before Steady left the confines of the dock.

New cratch board/table fitted.
New 'perspex' screen and cratch cover refitted

Dock open ready for Steadfast's removal

Friday, 31 January 2020

The final flourishes

Steve Evans the signwriter has been busy adorning Steadfast with her name and registration number and a little something in a nod to her engine.   Meanwhile other busy hands have been bolting Steadfast back together adding fairleads and T Studs and slides and mushroom vents.

Thursday, 30 January 2020

Another post from my Pit

Well the latest photos have arrived down under and it is time to post another blog update from my Pit at the back of a van.
Steadfast is now being bolted back together and the signing started. It is all getting too exciting!

Blacking applied

Painted cratch frame and replacement cratch board cum table partially fitted

First stage of sign painting done

Man at work
Houdini's refitted

Even the inside of the gas locker has been painted

Wednesday, 29 January 2020

From a recumbent correspondent

Here I am again, in my pit in the MH and the latest progress photos have arrived from Sarah E at Norton Canes in Glascote Basin. The early morning is the best time to grab some free bandwidth from the site WiFi so here goes....

Rear slide

Gas locker lid and bow 

Rear deck

Well deck

Tuesday, 28 January 2020

Down on the decks

More photos received this morning in our campervan in New Zealand. I am putting this blog update together from our bed, first cup of morning tea to hand as the UK comes to the end of another working day. Norton Canes you are doing a great job, thank you all!

Rear slide gets a heart

The new cratch board cum table

Saturday, 25 January 2020

Latest photos

Through the magic of the www Sarah Edgson has sent me the latest photos of Steadfast's transformation.
The hand rail has been painted in LMS red and then masked for the next colour.

Swan neck painted red and subsequently masked.
Grey main colour now sprayed

Monday, 13 January 2020

All Primed

There has been a bit of a hiatus over the recent holiday period with a two week shut down at Norton Canes Boat Builders giving all the staff a decent break from their labours but as of last week they were back at it.  On Tuesday Joe and I drove up to Tamworth to see Steadfast and sort some stage payments with Sarah Edgson.
 Ginge and teammates, Tash and Juke, were busy getting the last of the dodgy paint off of Steady when we arrived. They were anticipating starting to get primer coats on her from Wednesday and this morning Sarah E sent through some photo’s of their progress.

L-R Sarah Edgson, Ginge, Tash and Juke

 Side doors, back slide,rear doors, cratch frame and top board...I think.