After the Christmas break life in the boat shed is getting back to normal. Shamrock's main mast is now drying out after being scraped of all old varnish and paint, with a wheelbarrow being used as a mobile scrapings collector. The new main boom saddle has been roughed out, temporarily fitted to the shape of the mast and only requires a bit more shaping before being ready for fitting when the mast is dressed ready for raising in the spring.
In the last couple of years a few props have been added to Shamrock's forward cabin to give visitors an impression of what it would have looked like when she was a working vessel. One of these is an imitation oil lamp, this has now been modified to take a battery operated flickering LED tea light to giving the impression that it is lit, not that it will provide much extra light.