Well the day of reckoning as come and gone.
Woke up at 03:15 hrs this morning, Loaded the Console in the back, cupper, dressed and ready for the off by 3:45.
Dad had decided he wanted to come along for the trip, even though I'd advised him not to, he insisted that a 500 mile round trip was not a problem. So round his house by 04:00 with the tappety noise of the Disco and rattling trailer waking up his neighbours.
The Journey up was fantastically easy, I'd never driven a Disco and whilst it seemed quite happy at 60mph it did moan a bit from some of the slightly graded hills on the motorway, the roof tent and Jerry cans on the safari roof didn't help one bit.
The Journey took an impressive 4.5 hrs to arrive even allowing for getting lost a bit and nearly getting the trailer stuck in a narrow lane and praying that no cars would come from the opposite direction all trying to find Osprey headquarters.
After arrival we where greeted by Mike and his Father, the guy/s responsible for the building of these terrific craft.
After a cuppa I read through a list as long as my Son's and Daughters Santa's Christmas list from last year. Whilst most things had been talked about and agreed upon, the task of positioning the Console and seats on the deck begun.
The Console came out the Disco and was placed directly onto the deck around the fuel tank fittings. It must have been a lucky placing as this is where it stayed.
The Seat pods where arranged in several positions retaining the U configuration I want them in. Mike was unconvinced about the design as this was a seating pattern he hadn't seen before....Come to that fact, I haven't seen a seating layout like it either. Climbing on deck I demonstrated the benefits as I saw them, he understood what I was trying to do and was much happier once he was enlightened. I had a seat cushion that Mike had taken off his own RIB to demonstrate this fact and to enable an accurate simulation for seat positioning.
Next was the Console, I'm going to have all the batteries, Fuel filter water separator and Oil tank, together with a couple of empty compartments below a false floor in the console. This way I can use the console for storage of gear and not worry about wires and tubes from being disturbed by things being throw in and dragged out.
Anyway, after 3.5 Hrs it was time to say cheerio to Mike, whom I found a very likable, helpful and friendly Guy.
500 miles later and arriving back at 18:30hrs, having spent £114 on diesel
and non-stop traffic all the way, I feel that a great deal of work has been achieved today.
Now the Photo's