Boat update 12th Aug

The Boat is just 2 weeks from her current expected completion date. The team at Pipers are working hard on every area. While walking on her I have to tread carefully with pipes, wires and tools everywhere but I can see things coming together now. The outside is starting to look like the finished article, radar attached and yet to go on top is the mast with aerials, TV satellite dish and solar panels.

I registered her with the Maritime Coastguard agency who issue a number and place her on the Small Ship Register. The 6 digit number has to be painted on the wheelhouse. Insurance is organised and the waterways licence has been applied for with the Environment Agency.

Piper shuts down for the last week of August so my snagging trial in the car park will take place the following week with launch possibly the second week of September if no problems are found. The boat is moved by flatbed truck. Being 14’6″ wide it’ll need an escort and they move the boats overnight to reduce chaos on the roads.


Not long now

Deans Boat Update 19th July

Hello All

The completion date has slipped again, the latest plan is to put the boat in the water on the 6th September at Reading. Hopefully a bit of summer will still be around. The windows and portholes are stuck in Holland for some reason slowing a few things down.  Alot of the wood for furniture, bulkheads and paneling is complete waiting for fitting. The inside needs spray foaming for insulation then the plumbing and wiring fitted. She’s certainly taking shape but a great deal to do yet. I’ll be back up in 2 weeks and should see a significant difference. Once the steelwork is completed things seem to move fast. Can’t wait to get on the water, although I’d be happy to be in it on such a scorching day as today. Cheers


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Here’s my first attempt at a blog / web page, simple they say! Haha, luckily only the dog hears my swearing. Anyway welcome to Deans Boat. If you’re interested in the history and background to my future nautical life please click on the links at the top left of this page. I’ll routinely publish updates to the boats build progress and once she’s in the water let you know how life afloat is working out and where I am. Please feel free to comment ask questions. Regards Dean