Although it may seem from our cruising calendar that we only work seven months of the year, the winter months are very busy indeed! At the end of the 2019 season, both vessels transferred along the coast to their wintering mooring at Dunstaffnage Marina. Apart from a break for Christmas and New Year, the annual maintenance is ongoing throughout the winter months, where all boat systems are checked for upgrades and repairs, and the fittings and finishes are refreshed and refurbished for a new season. This winter, Emma Jane is getting a complete new central heating system for the comfort of guests. Last year saw the major conversion of Elizabeth G to ensuite cabins, which has met the full approval of her many admirers. This winter we took on another major upgrade for Elizabeth G by extending the top deck to provide a new aft deck space. This will provide a new comfortable deck seating area which will have a detachable cover which can be used whatever the weather, perfect for alfresco drinks and snacks while soaking in the scenery during the day. It will also be the popular place in the evening for that after-dinner dram and a bit of stargazing. Images of the completed new deck will be coming soon!
Once all upgrades and maintenance are complete, both vessels go on the slip for a complete exterior paint so they will look spic and span for the arrival at the pontoons in Oban to greet the crews for the new season. The last, but very important task is to carry out the week-long annual training and induction for the crew, followed by a great feeling of expectancy and pleasure as they welcome onboard the first guests of 2020.