Well the boatshow finally arrived and lived up to its reputation with regards to the weather. We arrived at 10am on the Saturday and the rain as forecast was quickly turning the carpark field into a mud bath. So raincoats and wellies were donned and we quickly made our way to the Hudson area. We wanted to be one of the first to view her clear of tools and protective coverings. We were not disappointed. Achernar was centre stage of the Hudson trio and attention was drawn immediately to the gleaming Francis searchlight. Martin who was taking care of Achernar kindly closed the doors to allow a period of private viewing before the public were granted access.
Well we are nearly there. The whole process for the build has taken 15 months so far. On Friday we took a trip to Tamworth to take a peek at Achernar before she sets sail ( if that the correct terminology ) for the boat show at Crick. Achernar was in the dry dock being re blacked and the sign writer/artist was busy painting the roses and castles to the internal doors. Achernar is due to depart Glascote Basin on Wednesday morning along with two other boats from Hudson Boatbuilders. As the final preparations were being made the inside was still partially covered and full of tools and other bits and bobs. It will be great to see it at the show all clean and polished. Here are some photos.