Sunday, 7 December 2014

Last Visit for this Year

Living in Cornwall I have to rely on photos being taken either by my son or by Nick.  The boys took a trip over to Norfolk for the EACC AGM and of course they went to check on progress.  These are the latest pics that I received from them …


Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Slight Hiccup

I got a message to call in and see Nick as he’d found some bad wood and needed a decision made whether to replace or repair.  In the end it was a no brainer because replacing now would save me money in the long run.  With the hull stripped out it would be much easier to do the work.  In a year or two’s time it would be much more difficult to get at the problem area.

Quite a bit had been done since our last visit …


The template has been made for the windows …


Sunday, 28 September 2014

Looking in on Crocus

I have arrived in Norfolk for a three week holiday in my motor home and with Jamie and Phill here for the weekend we all popped in to see how Crocus was progressing.   She certainly looked different!  Completely stripped out work was progressing …


Friday, 19 September 2014

Latest News

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Poor Crocus is stripped bare!  It’s a good job we have complete faith in Nick or we’d be seriously worried to see her like this.  They always say things have to get worse before they get better and this seems to be the case with Crocus.

Saturday, 9 August 2014

Crocus in the Workshop

The old girl has settled in at Nick’s and is coming back into shape.  Work will begin soon on the ribs but in the meantime the new keel size is being worked out according to her sail area.  All Double Dutch to me but I know she is in safe hands and she will be beautiful when finished!  Please forgive me Nick and do please comment if I get anything wrong!!

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Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Crocus is Back in Norfolk!

Well she’s finally back in her home county.  Nick Wiggins sent this photo of her and now begins the long haul of getting her fit for the water next Spring.

Arrived in Norfolk

Friday, 30 May 2014

On the Road Again!

Everything has been agreed with Nick in Thurne and so Crocus is on the move again.  Jamie found a transport company in Truro who were able to take her and this morning Robin from RMS Transport arrived at the harbour to collect all the large bits that we were unable to get in a car.  Mast, spars, outboard and mattresses were loaded and then we made our way to North Country where Crocus was in a shed. 

Robin had a good look at Crocus and then began the delicate job of raising her so that he could slide his trailer underneath and lower her onto it.  It was very nerve-wracking watching and I must admit I covered my eyes on a couple of occasions!!  My neighbour had come up to help and I think Robin was glad of the assistance.  The mast and spars were loaded onto the trailer beside Crocus and she was ready for her trip to Norfolk.


Once hitched up to the van she set off heading for the A30 and a shed in Truro.  She would then be turned around with a crane so she’d be facing the right way for the long journey.  Robin had a trip to Spain to do before taking her on the last part of her return to her roots.


Monday, 3 March 2014

Work Has Come to a Halt

We received news that Roger who was working on Crocus had very sadly passed away while undergoing treatment for throat cancer.  We hoped that she could still be finished here in Cornwall but there was no-one qualified to do the work amongst his staff and so we made the decision that she would have to be done elsewhere.  Friends in Norfolk recommended someone and Jamie made contact with him.  These are just a few of the photos he was sent when asked if he would take over the restoration …


His response was very positive and so while we were on our Broads holiday we went to his work sheds to meet him.  If figures could be agreed then we were really happy for Crocus to be finished here.  Hopefully all systems go again fairly soon!