It’s been quite a while since anything material has happened. We’ve been busily enjoying Lucy through the summer, with many trips to Helford, St Mawes, Ruan, and even a trip to Tesco in Truro. We’ve been having a ball. During time aboard I keep finding new projects to do, and one that’s been on my mind is to replace the original companionway steps – for a few reasons.
Firstly, the bottom step has developed stress fractures. The steps are a GRP arrangement, and 25 years of people jumping on them has had some effect. I’m going to stick my neck out and say that most of the damage has occurred in the last two years though, as I do tend to jump about more than most. There’s now a weakness which needs rectifying before there’s a complete failure. Secondly, the huge rise height between the treads and threshold are too much for Tony, and that’s not going to get any better. We need to reduce the rise height by adding more treads, and the current arrangement wouldn’t allow me to.
I’m left with complete replacement, so that means a new engine cover and a ladder. I’ve roughed out a mock-up and it looks pretty good. There’s a lot more to do yet, but I thought I’d post a few pictures to show the progress and solicit ideas.