January started with a very busy time for us, with only just coming back to work after the Christmas break, Simon was packing the show boat up and delivering it to Excel for the London Boat Show.
Friday 8th January was the start of the show, and Simon had our youngest daughter Hannah helping him for the weekend, I am not sure if it was to actually sell a boat or for the socialising that Hannah went for, but she was happy to have sold a cover and a suit of sails.
The weekend was busy with good enquiries, and on the Sunday I was pleased to receive the call from Simon to say that he had taken an order for a new Longboat, that will keep us busy into the spring time.
Hannah went back home on the Sunday evening, and on the Monday morning I was catching a train to London for the start of my week in London.
Once I arrived at the show, I managed to spend a couple of hours with Simon, before he drove back home, as he had the adventure of packing and going to Atlanta Boat Show on the Wednesday.
It was good to see old familiar faces, Chris and Fiona along with Mark from Jeckells, Alex from AYB, Martin from Character Boats, Peter and David from Cornish Crabbers, Laurence, Jack and Martin from Barnett Marine, Nick and Fleur from Fine Design Marine, Roger and Jean from Portaboat, Ian from Nestaway along with Steve and Krusty from Hobie, I hope I have not forgotten anyone.
Tuesday my two volunteers arrived, Ian and Glenys Cowie offered to help once they heard that Simon was going to America, this was a great help to me, as Ian had previously owned a Lugger, and now has a Coaster, so once the technical questions popped up, help was at hand.
Today, I also had an enquiry for a new Lugger, keeping fingers crossed, we let the day continue and waited to hear. Tonight we were joined by Fleur and Alex for an evening meal, I love the social side of the shows.
Wednesday, we were joined by Dick Pizey, Dick has helped me at London and Southampton last year, so is learning the ropes and only too happy to help on the stand, although every year he says "never again" ......