Its been a very busy winter carrying out the maintenance and upkeep of our boats. All boats are traditional Irish Open-Boats. They were originally built by the renowned boat builder Jackie Mons of Glann Oughterard in Galway. Each year, we take them out of the water to be stored indoors for the winter. Over the dark months, we strip them back and carryout any repair that are needed. Then they are repainted and refitted out to comply with the various legislation that is required of companies carrying passengers. During this period, we usually organize a visit from the Department of Marine to come down and survey the boats while they are out of the water. This includes testing the boats timbers and condition overall.
We now have the first of our boats back on the river Barrow in Athy Co. Kildare while it waits for its “On Water” survey. We hope to have a second boat on the river in the next few weeks. This week we also bought a new two stroke 9.9 horse power Tohatsu Outboard motor. Oscar and his humans joined us for a spin up the river to test and break in the engine on Wednesday. After a few long months of working in a cold shed, it was a fantastic feeling to get back on the water. Now looking forward to the warm summer ahead and many day spent cruising up and down our beautiful Irish waterways.
Before we get out on the water after a long winter, its important to test run our engines. Here we are running the Tohatsu 9.9 two stroke outboard motor. The blue recycling bin always comes in handy for this. :-)
About Oscar & Cliff
This is the blog of Oscar the boat dog and his human, Cliff Reid. Oscar and Cliff own and operate BoatTrips.ie and this is a diary of setting the company up and the adventures they are having messing about on boats, river and anything else.