Pontoon helpers wanted

posted Feb 12, 2017, 3:50 AM by Posts Editor   [ updated Feb 12, 2017, 4:21 AM ]
David Pittaway writes: 

'Pontoon 1 got her skirt completed last Wednesday, with the fender now extending around both ends. Prior to deployment for the skiff regatta, tie rails need to be bolted to each end, and as many screws replaced with bolts as able. If time and hands permit, a step rail/mid fender could be included. 

Last week I discussed P1's possible location during the skiff regatta, off to the upstream end of the rowing ways, with Tim Brown. With suitable lines, we are satisfied P1 can be tied up safely, with one of the smaller square pontoons between, to the rowing ways. A length or two of angle iron might be needed in the bank to tie off to - all do-able. 

Mike and I are both up for another Wednesday session this week - that should take care of the end tie rails and more bolts. More hands means the step rail can happen, and the more bolts replacing screws the better. 

Then, I propose a gathering of able bodies on Friday morning, say 1000. We'll need to move the two pontoons over to the rowing ways, then secure them; two people in the boat, one on each pontoon, one on the rowing ways. 'The boat' can be an outboard motor powered dinghy, or a people powered skiff with attitude. It will be close to low tide at 1000, if not rising. 

Can we please spread the word and get a few extra people down on Wednesday morning, at 0900, to finish off P1? '