In another month our new sailing season gets under way. Even then work will continue apace to complete Blue Mermaid.

Looking back on a week of fitting out, here is new Mate Oliver disassembling the skylight by Shaun White prior to varnishing. The gameplan has always been to avoid varnish but we have been overtaken by the quality of the proferred items. Oli, incidentally will work on any vessel with Blue in the name having joined us from Blue Clipper.

Lee Healey pauses in fitting out the aft cabin to show how he has matched the grain to the curve in the shelf behind the seating area.

Meanwhile, Dave Cooper and Dan Baker are welding the false coaming for stowage space as the rain clouds threaten.