We went for an early morning walk in Padstow this morning and its a stunning estuary. I've always wanted to come here by boat but have had to wait until Oddity with her shallow draft and ability to dry out for it to be attainable. Suddenly any number of lovely cruising opportunities have opened up to us. Ones that will be pretty much all ours thanks to the limitations that most keel boats face.
Here she is looking from aft as she shows off a very safe and protected cockpit which can be closed off once the boarding platfrom has been fitted. Carrying her beam all the way aft has given us loads of deck place and volume below.
Her she is. We have always wondered what she would look like once out of the shed and we like her. Oddity suits her as a name and we look forward to seeing her on the water which won't be until end of April. As you can see the pulpit was designed to act as an 'A' Frame to raise and lower the mast and I'm p[leased to report that it works a treat.
SHE'S COMING OUT
Oddity is out of the shed and I sadly missed the event due to having to work in London. Apparently it went well and she is now chocked up ready for the next phase of work which is fitting the cockpit arch before we add the SuperWind 350, solar panels and stern light. We also have to set the rig up before we design and measure the sails. We still have some work inside, primarily electrics but we have plenty of time thanks to her staying where she is until we launch her end of April.
SHE'S ON ROLLERS AND READY TO MOVE
Last night Oddity was dropped onto six 5 inch fence posts in readiness to be rolled out of the shed. Its like being expectant parents as we wait for nature to give us a window of opportunity. Looking at the forecast I'm confident she will be out soon and that there is a sunny day on Friday so I shall wait until then before I take some pictures for the blog. If you follow the keel shoe down and aft you can see the big lug that will be used to pull her. This is designed so that if it comes to it we can hitch her up to a tractor and drag her up a river bank or some such thing.
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