Thursday, June 17, 2010

Blacking at Braunston

Once a year we arrange to have the boat pulled out of the water at Braunston Boats Ltd.  “You know, the yard at the bottom lock.”  This is an opportunity to inspect the bits normally below the water line.  While being pulled up the slope on a trolley the stern dips down in the water.  As a precaution the exhaust pipe from the engine and diesel heater have a bung inserted to prevent water getting in.
We are about a month later this year and a lot of weed had grown on the sides.  It is good food for ducks and swans that had been waking us up in the morning with their pecking.
By the end of the day the sides had been pressure washed and the first coat of black pitch had been applied.  It had been quite cold in the mornings and we were in the habit of switching on the radiators.  But we forgot the bung and the boiler turned itself off automatically.  Thankfully we were able to restart it a few minutes later after taking the bung out.  All was well after clouds of white smoke had blown out!
New anodes were welded on this time after 5 years.  Then a second coat of blacking was applied.


Carol said...

Hi both, it was good to talk yesterday Ann, so glad you're on the road to recovery - no more polishing boats in the near future!
Talk again soon.

Brian and Diana on NB Harnser said...

Did you go up the N Oxford today, if so I gave you the thumbs up to go under the A 45 bridge