Sorry for the absence - I've been unable to type since the weekend...
I'll explain. On Saturday (yes Saturday - I was surprised too) I had an appointment to see a consultant about the carpel tunnel problem. It turned out that my left hand (I'm "kack-handed" btw) is quite severe and the consultant would like to operate on it asap.
In a normal world, that would be being arranged right now - alas, due to work commitments I will not be able to take any time off to recover until April at the earliest... in fact, all holidays are banned until we get this and the next ride delivered and installed...(don't ask) SO - the surgeon offered me some temporary relief in the form of a combined aesthetic and steroid injection - RIGHT into my left hand/wrist. There seemed rather a lot of the stuff to go into a small area - I was a brave boy.
Unfortunately, once administrated, I lost the use of my fingers until this morning and after a few slightly painful hours my whole hand was numb too.
THIS morning though, I awoke and feel like a new man (well left hand at any rate) - it's been marveous today for the first time in months. Apparently, it might last a month or so and I can have it done a couple times more as a tide-me-over. I'm on a promise that IF it suddenly deteriorates, I have to let them know and they will operate asap so as to prevent irreversible nerve damage - so that's good.
ANYWAY - After that was done, as you might imagine, progress on the boat was slow... I DID managed to fit the smart-gauge and cut the foam up