Sunday, 22 November 2015

Boathouse update - another wet few weeks

Another wet few weeks but the builders have been getting on with things.
Most of the effort has been concentrated on getting the floor of the ALB boathall poured. This means bringing the block work up to above ground level.
Then creating shuttering around the pits in the floor for the washdown water tanks and pumps and the slipway piers.
Unfortunately its virtually impossible to get a photo of the floor as its covered over to protect it.

The Angling Club roof has come on a bit and the crew room floor has been fitted.

Friday, 6 November 2015

Boathouse update - A wet week but still good progress

The weather hasn't helped the builders this week. They were hoping to pour some concrete on Friday morning but that hasn't been possible. Despite the rain they have been busy though.
The roof of the Angling Club is starting to take shape.
The ILB boathall has its ceiling joists and the steel beam to lift the boat to drain any water out of it.
This is the doorway from the ILB shed to the changing room with the ALB boathall beyond that.
This is the changing room which now has ceiling joists and steel beams to take the weight of the wall above. The floor isn't finished yet there's still the insulation and the underfloor heating to go in.
This is the view from part way up the stairs looking towards the Angling Club. There's still another storey to go on here.
The stairs to the first floor are now in place
and the steps at the rear of the boathouse are structurally finished.

Hopefully the weather will be a bit kinder next week so they can start on the ALB boathall floor.

Tuesday, 3 November 2015

Landmark occasion as future Swanage Lifeboat goes afloat for the first time

The future Shannon class Swanage Lifeboat has just completed its structural build at Berthon in Lymington and has undergone its first basic commissioning trials.
Station Mechanic, Dave Turnbull, went to see the boat on the momentous day that the George Thomas Lacy entered the water for the first time. Dave said “It was amazing to be one of the first people aboard our future lifeboat, she looks fantastic and we cannot wait for her to arrive on station”.
The future Swanage Lifeboat was carefully weighed before being lowered in to the water for the first time. She then underwent some commissioning trials including stability checks and starting the engines for the first time.
Over the coming weeks a series of further commissioning trials will be completed before the future Swanage lifeboat is ready to be handed over to enter the RNLI fleet, around the end of 2015.
Once accepted by the RNLI the 'George Thomas Lacy' will commence a succession of sea trials to test every aspect of the boats capability. The Swanage crew will be undergoing training on the new lifeboat early next year, ready for the lifeboat coming on service in the Spring of 2016.