The end of Lady Jane
With Lady Jane now out of the water, and her hull properly cleaned off, it's obvious the hull is severely corroded. The jetwash alone blew a few holes in the hull!
It's a fact that the hull is too far gone for me to be able to afford a proper repair.
She is to be patched up, the good stuff stripped out, dumped back in the water and sold for scrap.
Obviously there is a lot to deal with here, which will take time.
It's a very sad moment, both for me and for all who have worked so hard on her, but the fact is one private person, with limited funds, cannot really stay on top of such a huge undertaking.
I have no real regrets, and consider I've had a huge amount of fun and learning over the last seven years. Plus, of course, I've made some valuable friends.
This is not the end of the dream, just the realisation that Lady Jane is not the vessel to deliver on the dream.
I'm already thinking of my next boat....