I am sure that most of you are aware of much of the work which we have been doing throughout lock-down, in terms of maintenance and making sure that our boats are looking tip-top and raring to go. There is so much more to what we do than what is most visible day-to-day; we know that many of you love to see the ‘behind the scenes’ stuff and we love sharing this aspect of our business with you.
This week has seen further government announcements and in particular, the PM has addressed ‘The Visitor Economy’, offering more specific guidance for visitor attractions such as ourselves. This has been hugely reassuring for us and has allowed us to finalise our plans and adjustments for safe operation and with a more concrete time line, we have been able to complete lots of finishing touches aboard our vessels.
This week we set Pride of Exmouth and Tudor Rose high and dry on Shelly Beach. Aside from being an impressive spectacle as they sat side-by-side, drawing lots of attention and keen interest from passers-by, this gave us the opportunity to pressure wash the hulls of both boats, check the propellers and anodes and some other general checks. Having not been in operation for so many weeks this was an important thing for us to be able to do, to reassure us that they are both in mint condition – which they are, by the way!
In addition to this, we have had new sign writing done on both boats, making them look lovely and smart. The signs are now more in-keeping with our current branding and stand out from afar – we hope you agree!
Office-based operations have also been very busy (aka yours truly – can’t be giving Jake all the praise!!), with a particular focus on making sure that our marketing materials are looking beautiful – all-new posters are out and we have made some new a-boards, as seen above! We have also had brand new boards made for the windows in our Marina Office which we are delighted with!
Back to Jake, he has been working hard to get our trusty tender back on the water. We have had to buy a brand new outboard engine due to the previous one giving up the ghost and there have been some structural alterations to ensure that we don’t get the same problem occurring again! Jake is actually out painting the decks as we speak and we are hoping that this will be completed this week.