Went down to the boat today. At Teletubbies suggestion we gave the engine a good service, impeller, first and second fuel filters, oil filter, oil change, air filter replaced, fuel tank drained and two gallons of fresh fuel added, anode replaced and the engine run up and tested. The engine started willingly and seems good to go.
The plan is to get her launched this coming week and move her upriver to Bridgemarsh marina (£100 odd per month, a lot less then BYH!). The very helpful chap I spoke to on the telephone said I could pay on a monthly basis. Greenwich Ken (I love the nicknames everyone seems to have at H(B)SC) suggested that keeping her at Bridgemarsh Marina for a week or two would give us a chance to sail her and get used to her ways before the delivery trip. The added bonus is that she will be ready for the off as soon as a weather window appears. Thanks Ken!
So, sails bent, engine serviced and everything in place. Must remember to take a camera to get some piccies for this blog. Text is a bit boring 🙂