Sunday, 30 November 2008

Gunwale ballet

Friday morning saw me precariously balanced on the gunwale one hand grasping the handrail whilst I swished a soap laden sponge along Caxton's non-pontoon side. Himself was buried in the bowels of the engine compartment changing engine and gearbox oil. We were blessed with a windless day, an unusual occurrence here at Brinklow, so we backed out of our mooring for a leisurely pirouette in the marinas' open water before taking Caxton back in bow first this time. It was a quick application of canuba wax to the port flank - well as quick as you can cover sixty foot of steel - while being followed along the pontoon by Joe wielding an electric buffer. So that is Caxton all shiny again but more importantly the paintwork is protected a bit.
I then escaped with the dogs for a walk leaving Joe to black the scratches on the hull.


nb.bobcat said...

Shock horror ...

You haven't scratched your new baby already!!!

I'm impressed though that you have cleaned and waxed it already. I can't see Bobcat getting many baths but then cats don't like water that much. That is my excuse and I am sticking to it.

Lesley K Nb Caxton said...

Hi Bobcat
Contact sport this you know! The advice to us was to wash the paintwork fairly regularly (the waxng is less important) because it would prolong the life and looks of the livery. The added incentive was Canal Boat Magazine visiting to do a boat review!