Ive been a member here for a while now and found it on the whole a nice friendly forum for getting and giving good sound advice and it feels pretty much like boating home. I do use facebook but the groups are not to my liking, nothing stays still long enough to be referred to in the future, search here and you have dependable references to return to time & time again.
I used to own hard boats for Sea fishing, as I got older & fatter the boats seemed to get heavier, my desperate attempts to stay afloat got me a 10ft Bonwitco on the beach, but even that upturned on a shingle beach got too hard to use solo.
Then in 2019 I found I had Advanced Prostate cancer so that had to come out leaving me recovering (but clear of cancer) for some time but still needing to go boating.
So I arrived here looking for a sib, after lots of advice I bought an Elling KB350 last summer & started fitting out to enable fishing to resume once Covid & its lockdowns had been dealt with. Summer drifted into winter with lots of fettling but no opportunity to get the boat wet.
Spring saw me still fettling & yes I really do enjoy the workshop, as a long retired electro/mechanical engineer, I feel very comfortable there, but billy no mates still has to launch his boat, so once the "make it as easy as possible" fettling was complete I considered it time to pick a weather & tide window to christen the boat. After all I do only live 5 mins from the sea.
So this is where life steps in to trip you up!
No details, but I now have bladder cancer & i'm in for removal tomorrow, I fully expect to be logging in here in a week or so or less but just in case the unexpected happens I dont want to be disappearing without trace. I'm not looking for sympathy, another thread comment prompted my reveling, normally I would just