It was time for us to move on from Nielsen’s yard at Gloucester Dock with hull work completed and engine overhauled. We left in November with Mary’s cousin Martin onboard – he is a freelance writer and the author of our website text. We stopped for a night on Gloucester canal and at Portishead Marina, before settling into our berth in Cardiff Marina for the winter…
A busy six months lay ahead of us juggling interior and exterior jobs depending on the weather …..which didn’t really co operate! It wasn’t until the spring that Scott was able to complete the refurbishment of the roof or that Mary was able to re-varnish and re paint the hull – the latter job with help from crew friends Judy and Julian which was much appreciated. During the wet days Scott worked hard to construct a crew cabin for us in the aft of Red Moon – a great redevelopment of an underused area. He installed a laundry, while Mary did some deep cleaning of all the boats lockers and repainting the interior where needed.
The important task of building a website to start our advertising ourselves began in October with the development of our logo. Mary organised getting the sails cleaned and repaired where needed and we ordered a brand new mizzen and new mast collars from Exe Sails. We commissioned a brand new oak bookcase ( or whisky display shelf!) for the galley made by Ant Mace of @Shipshapeworks, who also finalised the laundry woodwork for us. Time to start equipping the boat for charters, finding lovely bedding from @Devon Duvets and lots of other interior furnishings and equipment.
It wasn’t all hard work and there were some bright, crisp dry days. Christmas saw us dressing Red Moon overall with fairy lights and she was officially named, by Mary’s niece Katie and blessed by Mary’s brother David who was over from his living as Anglican Chaplain for Mallorca.
As spring started to arrive we enjoyed watching the antics of the local wildlife including the birth of several sets of ducklings and saw the protectiveness and territorial nature of the swan community. During our time in Cardiff we had a few ‘special friends’ in the shape of ‘baby swan’ and ‘Pam & Phil’ – a very interested pair of ducks, who were quite keen to be involved on deck…..
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