We’ve got sick and fed up of people coming looking round, falling in love with the boat and the tech spec, then we hear:
“Oh,,, the blacking on the hull needs doing…”
True. In hindsight weren’t we daft to think we could sell a boat like this when she needs her bum slapping? I mean it stands out a mile below shiny paintwork. So we’ve discovered the hard way it’s a real deal breaker. We feel that there’s no point in having it done in winter, get iced in soon afterwards and new blacking could be damaged along the waterline. Even more likely when we’re not here and the boat’s cold inside and out.
On top of that, we couldn’t be bothered with her still being up for sale while we’re in Spain, especially when there’s work to do after we get back here. Decision made.
So what’s the long term plan?
Well we’ve also decided to go
overboard one or two stages further than just blacking. Dave’s going to book her in the boatshed (dry dock) for a week in April next year.
We’ll have the hull ground back of the old blacking and several coats of new blacking applied. For anyone who doesn’t know, in this procedure “grinding” does NOT include the steelwork…!
Then there’s other jobs that don’t really need doing, but we’re going to anyway:
The paintwork just above the blacking along the gunnels. We want that stripped off and repainted.
The bow (well deck area) will also be stripped and repainted.
Six new anodes rather than four on the hull.
Afterwards, when she’s back in the water. At the stern we’re going to have the front screen in the lux con replaced, including the wood (about 3 feet high) that goes all round the very back of the boat.
So after all that work’s been finished we could well be into July / August next year before she goes back up for sale. And, um, the price will go up a bit too, relative to what’s been done…
Aside from the blacking which is necessary for all canal boats every 3 years, the rest is simply cosmetic. Except it won’t be simple to do…! So we’ll pay to have it all done for us. Lazy? No. A professional finish on it all? Yes…