I'm not quite sure what goes on with the old clap omitter above registering the votes? As stated I placed Paul's vote and submitted his thoughts so where has his vote gone? Could it be you are not counting their votes as they are not members of this forum? Bill did ask for as many people opinions on this matter including ask your Granny but personally mine has long since expired in some far away country and very unlikely to give an opinion or be and active member of the project as Paul is although not an active member of the Forum !!! Why therefore is there still only one vote to conserve to date?? And I see the Corps opinion was obtained and although placed does not seem to have altered the single vote placed by Fred?
Plus I will attempt to try an explain my decision to rebuild and re use which seems to have greatly surprised you. I feel the reason that Paul and I are in different camps over this is because ( and this is by no means disrespectful to Paul or Stuarts attendances in the North east ) I frequently come up and work on the boat as often as funds and time allows. Its only 120 Miles each way but a hell of a lot further from Taunton!!! I have come to terms with Bills I'm not going to be solemn, sad or miserable or whatever over this. And I felt as did many at the time the boat should have been left but reality dictated that it was time with the advancement of Diving technologies to raise the craft and no better an honourable man exists to get the job done than the loud mouthed Geordie Boy from the North East
Enough on that old chestnut ( that's the raising not Bill by the way ). It's History now.
Anyway working on K7 and seeing many components brought back to life after sitting on the lake bed for 34yrs Plus another 4/5yrs or so awaiting support that never came!! This hands on over many weekends I feel this to be the difference between mine and Paul's decisions at this point in time. Stuart was also for conserving the lever when Bill asked the question in the workshop if i recall correctly? I feel it is for this reason that Paul,Stuart hold a different opinion. This does not mean that I have lost any of my respect for the Donald and his craft. Oh an whilst we are on the subject of the Donald etc! The "sentimentalists" among us have a passion and respect all be it slightly more light hearted theses days as Bill has rubbed off on us both to some degree. You can have your little teasing s etc in the workshop with the Green thing etc but as for "Cringe-worthy" when we use the term "Donald" some of us have been around for a long time Mike following this subject matter and paying our respects each year. I have worked my ass off over many years on many fronts keeping the man and his achievements alive at my own time and expense and never profited or sought personal recognition for doing so' a longtime before this project even started and will be doing so long after it has come to its successful conclusion! Sorry Mike but there comes a time when little quips start to wear thin mate on a subject that means so much to both Paul and myself personally ! I know we all have a joke in the workshop to keep us all going mate but lets not go overboard old chap. An ever so slightly offended Novie. See you soon, I Promise not the face
No need to worry a personal joke between me and Mike folk's.
I'll Be back