We have been floating around Stoke-on-Trent for the last three days now, waiting for today. We've found things to do, as you can see from our previous post and today was no exception, we started the day off with a trip back over to Market Drayton for breakfast. After breakfast, and with the rain ever present, we took a walk through the street market and then headed down to the tow path for a walk along the canal. A little later on we arrived back in Stoke, where we went over to the Royal Dalton and Wedgewood shop to pick up a few bits and pieces.
That was the morning gone, we headed off to Longport for our appointment with the Marine Surveyor at 1 o'clock. Serafina had been pulled out of the water earlier in the morning, not quite ready for the survey, since they had forgotten. We caught the surveyor with his legs hanging out from under the bottom of the boat, he was checking the thickness of the bottom plate.
Overall the survey went pretty well, his first comment was, 'she's not a bad boat!' There were a lot of little things that need to be done before we would be prepared to accept her, the stand-out being that the engine has smaller than was advertised. However, the engine still falls within our initial specifications of what we were after in a boat, so it does give us plenty of room for further negotiation on the price.
We now await receipt of the surveyor's formal report before we go further. In the meantime, we are heading back up to Scotland for a few more days.