These are the people and products that I have found to be particularly good.

One Stop Steel, Kirby Cross, Essex.  01255852185 These guys made me a steel grid to drop into the bottom of the Hampshire charcoal heater where the holes were getting too big to stop the burning coals dropping through. Really helpful and amazing value.

TLC Boat Repair. Conwy. Barry Lovell 01492 580820  Barry and his team spruced up Samsara when I bought her. They were good enough for Tom Cunliffe too (which says a lot).

Richie Williams BBH Metalwork. Bangor 01248209459

KJS Engineering, Conwy. Paul Worthington 01492 584023

Advance Tech Marine. Electronics. Dave Jones 0780 33 77 932

Gas fitter, Conwy: Dave Evans 07940836361

Stainless Steel work. Barmouth. Mike Keelly 07753884010

Electrical engineering: Art Butler of Deben Marine, Woodbridge. 07887512110. Art wrestled with the anchor windlass – explaining as he went.

Riggers UK 01326312209: Jake fixed the furling gear in ten minutes – just a matter of knowing where things go! (see

Marine engineers, Dover. M&P Marine. 08854904380. Mick – another expert (see, Riggers, above)

The Old Man

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