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Post by RichK on Thu Oct 02, 2014 8:24 pm

Being renamed for next season (wife doesn't like the name!), only owned boat since July. Bit of a work in progress but all running good now and enjoying her.
Main work is just cosmetic really, chromework, strake varnishing, deck refoaming,  new carpets etc. Was lucky to find her locally which had just had interior reupholstered, new front windows and rubbers all round, new cockpit seating, shore power fitted.



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Post by Prof Pat Pending on Thu Oct 02, 2014 8:44 pm

She looks great Rich Smile
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Post by Liberty on Thu Oct 02, 2014 11:45 pm

She looks very tidy.
I'm kind of with your wife on the name thing.... it doesn't sit quite right with me either..... It sounds a bit like a 70's kids TV programme name to me, but I just can't place it.
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Post by F23 flittermouse on Fri Oct 03, 2014 12:03 am

Liberty wrote:She looks very tidy.
I'm kind of with your wife on the name thing.... it doesn't sit quite right with me either..... It sounds a bit like a 70's kids TV programme name to me, but I just can't place it.

CAn see what you were doing in the '70's Deano  lol! Nice looking boat richK

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Play Away is a British television children's programme. A sister programme to the infants' series Play School, it was aimed at slightly older children.

It ran from 1971 until 1984, and was broadcast on Saturday afternoons on BBC 2.[1] While Play School had a more gentle, intimate feel, featuring just two presenters in a studio with the usual collection of toys, Play Away was much more lively, including songs, games and many jokes. The first eight series were shot in a studio, usually at BBC Television Centre, London, although certain episodes were recorded in Bristol or Manchester.

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Post by Liberty on Fri Oct 03, 2014 12:30 am

Bang on!! Well done Flitter!!!

It's all a little strange that I should remember that though as we didn't get a TV at home until well into the 80's, by which time I would have been too old for that kind of TV??????????
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Post by Simritdave on Fri Oct 03, 2014 7:14 am

I think you are all on the wrong track here.  My guess would be, the previous owner, saw the boat as his "other" love and therefore was "playing away" whilst on her.

Very nice, clean and tidy looking boat though. Where are the pictures taken?
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Post by RichK on Fri Oct 03, 2014 6:57 pm

Ironic that Playaway started in 1971 as that was the year my boat was built, maybe the first owner was linked to the programme somehow.

Dave,  photos were in Offenham lock and on the Fish & Anchor pub moorings just upstream of the lock near Evesham on the Avon.

One of our dislikes is the interior material, recently reupholstered and looks a quality job with nice thick foam but it is in a dark emerald green velvety material with a floral Wilton type carpet. Quality stuff even with thick underlay and gripper boards. Not our favourite colours but to change is pretty pricey I believe so changing the carpet and curtains first and go from there.


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Post by Prof Pat Pending on Fri Oct 03, 2014 7:03 pm

Maybe it was Brian Cant's boat Smile
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Post by magicmoments on Sat Mar 14, 2015 4:20 pm

She looks great Rich and I can't wait to see her back in, now please don't do too much or mine will look like a tired old lady when we pass on the beautiful River Avon (our secret, don't tell too many about it). I have to say seeing pictures of the river has suddenly given me all the enthusiasm to start the annual clean up .... in a few weeks when it's a bit warmer Very Happy Embarassed
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Post by Dermot on Sat Mar 14, 2015 7:30 pm

Very nice F23 Rich.  Is that white or cream non-slip deck paint?  I will use the same on mine.

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Post by RichK on Sat Mar 14, 2015 7:34 pm

Nothing, original gelcoat, it does want doing as a bit patchy in places. I've bought some non slip paint for it but a bit reluctant to paint it at the moment.
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Post by bob rogers on Thu Mar 19, 2015 7:48 pm

What a lovely example, One day I hope to progress from my Freeman 22 to something similar !

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Post by RichK on Tue Apr 14, 2015 7:39 pm

Well after a few months of blood, sweat but not many tears we got back on the water today,
Playaway is no more, arise Tipsy II cheers

Should have heeded the warning to toast Neptunes health and all that crap as a seacock leaked like hell, soon tightened and looks ok now and took 15+ cranks to fire into life but running sweet now. Heres to a good season and plain sailing Very Happy
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Post by F23 flittermouse on Tue Apr 14, 2015 7:57 pm

Always good when back in the water where she belongs
Enjoy, you deserve the good times, and the summer is supposed to be a good one I hear  Wink

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Post by Liberty on Tue Apr 14, 2015 8:45 pm

Phew.... always stressful when up in the air!!!
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Post by Lordblackadder71 on Tue Apr 14, 2015 9:11 pm

Looks great Very Happy
When is the first cruise of the season planned?
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Post by Prof Pat Pending on Tue Apr 14, 2015 11:05 pm

Looking good Rich Smile
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Post by RichK on Wed Apr 15, 2015 8:13 am

Lordblackadder71 wrote:Looks great Very Happy
When is the first cruise of the season

Working rest of week so hopefully Sunday, just pottering around to make sure everything is ok.
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Post by ken cattell on Fri Apr 17, 2015 12:05 am

Best wishes and calm ?rivers to Tipsy II. The boat looks stunning, most envious. Enjoy it you earnt it. Well done.
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Post by RichK on Sat Apr 18, 2015 1:35 pm

I think not doing the renaming ceremony is biting me back, since on the water engine took ages to start, old toilet seacock decided to leak now this morning I filled the water tank, mine is in the bow. I put the hose in the deck filler, wedged it in there with the hose attatchment, went about doing other things until about 10 minutes later I went in the cabin to find carpets happily swimming around and a full bilge in the cabin. I underestimated the tank size and to make it worse forgot to refit a vent pipe in top of tank after doing the chromework Embarassed  
Big learning curve with a new boat. At least the bilge is nice and clean now, just got to get the carpet and underlay to dry out.

Happy to back on the water though..i think Smile



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Post by driftwood on Sat Apr 18, 2015 2:38 pm

Now that's just unlucky!! hope that's the end of all the bad bits and you will soon be out on the water enjoying yourself Captain
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Post by Lordblackadder71 on Sun Apr 19, 2015 8:12 am

Hopefully the problems, ahem, I mean 'challenges', have been gotten out of the way now.
Those carpets are gonna take a while to dry aren't they?
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Post by RichK on Sun Apr 19, 2015 8:18 am

Suprising in the heat of a cabin how quick they dry, had the water pump leak when I bought it and they had a soaking then so will prob be quite dry this morning when I go down, hopefully !
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Post by Prof Pat Pending on Sun Apr 19, 2015 10:16 am

Blimey Rich, you are having fun...at lest the latest adventure was fresh water

If you can get hold of a good dehumidifier, it will pull all the water out of the interior
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Post by Liberty on Sun Apr 19, 2015 1:14 pm

My freshwater tank sprung a leak on our Easter cruise.  We filled it up every day for 3 days before I noticed......  I was blaming the wife for using all the water......  Strangely it was all in the bilge area between the engines..... it took a while to pump it all out.  Tank has now been welded back together and all is well again.
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