Kylemore 11 Renovation By Eoghan
‘Kylemore 2’ is a lake cruiser that had been in my wife’s family for a generation or two. Unfortunately, almost a decade ago it was decapitated by the Shannon bridge in County Offaly, Ireland.
Since then it has been liying in a dry dock on the edge of an Irish bog. Sadly, I was broke and the boat was too. After assessing the job in hand we towed the boat to a field near my home. My hope was that one day it might return to the water.With brawn and brain, patience and polish, scrubbing and scratching I was joined by the odd volunteer to take the first tiny steps.
With recycled parts, a reconditioned gearbox and renewed electrics and went about the painstaking task of replacing and renewing the windscreen. The project was on its way.
Observed for a year by commuters on the M6 and the company of horses, sheep and crows in a pastoral setting we sallied forth to Moycarn Marina.
Last September. ‘Kylemore 2’ is back on the River Suck and proudly admired once again by the woman who set her first afloat …. My 90-year-old grandmother-in-law!