Get Your Feet Wet!
In the SBA and looking towards buying or building a steamboat?
If you are currently boat-free but would like not to be, a new event is to be (quite literally) launched in Guildford on Thursday 8th July. It will be inexpensive, will be for a maximum of 20 people and will be highly informative and hands-on, with time on the water and the opportunity enjoy operating small marine steam plants of different kinds.
We have been granted permission by the National Trust to mount a special day immediately before ‘Puffing a-Wey’ for people who want to explore steamboating in practical detail: called ‘Get Your Feet Wet’ there will be three or four boats with different kinds of steam plant in attendance and some informed owners.
Cost of the day and what I’ll receive: the charge for the day will be £20 (£15.00 only if an attendee is a National Trust member). The day will run from basic description (‘how it works’) to ‘how to operate it’ from launch through flash-up to steaming on the river and recovery.
Location: The River Wey Stoke Lock in North Guildford.
Timing: We will gather for 10am in the lock boatyard where cars can be parked. We will aim to finish between 4 & 5pm.
With several boats to look at and tinker with we will go into as much (reasonable) detail as attendees wish. Things might go interestingly wrong too – in which case there will be opportunity to solve challenges that arise, as sometimes they can. The organisers will welcome young or old and all we ask is that attendees be able and happy to clamber around on small boats and close to water. They will get their hands dirty and for that reason we suggest that they don’t wear their Sunday best! We can supply coffee and tea for lubrication purposes from our Windermere kettles, but packed lunches should be brought.
Please register – and further details will be provided when we know who is coming. Remember, this event has to be for a limited number only and is strictly ‘first come, first served’. If you want to talk to someone about ‘Get Your Feet Wet’ give Mark Rudall or Ian Bucknall a call.