An excerpt from Wind in the Willows

Nice? It's the ONLY thing, said the Water Rat solemnly, as he leant forward for his stroke. Believe me, my young friend, there is NOTHING - absolute nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats. Simply messing, he went on dreamily: messing - about - in - boats; messing----'
From 'Wind in the Willows' by Kenneth Grahame.

Sunday, 16 September 2012

Pre-winter maintenance

Leo No2 at Kings Sutton (south Oxford)
on the way back from Stratford-on-Avon
A great day (weather-wise) yesterday so I took the opportunity to do a little pre-winter maintenance.  The rear hatch (slide) has tongue and groove lining inside; the leading edge of it had lost its paint (magnolia) so I needed to take the slide off (easy), rub it down (easy), paint it (easy) and replace it (a challenge)!  Thanks Peter from Selina Rose for your help. I was horrified at the price of paint (even run-of-the-mill paint) so decided to purchase two 'test kits' - £1:49 each rather than the £15 (ish) for a litre of paint which probably wouldn't keep - it seemed to be a great idea as just one of the 'test kits' allowed for two coats of paint.

I also re-varnished the top of the rear doors and touched up some of the red paint (on the doors) which inevitably gets chipped or fades over time.

Sorted out the TV reception (caused by a dodgy cable in the cupboard where the wiring is) and managed to convert the aerial for the fixed VHF (VHF is a requirement on the tidal Thames) to have a magnetic base rather than a fixed one which screws to the superstructure which means I can put the aerial away when not required.

I think the boat is ready for the worst excesses the winter can throw at it.

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