Boat-owners seem to treat this area differently: some continue the cabin-side paint scheme down to the top strake, others have it "blacked". Given that it was blacked before and blacking is easier to touch-up that paintwork I think I'll go for blacking - and just hope it doesn't look too different from the 2-pack below it.
More seriously, the gunwales need attention. The non-slip coating has cracked in places and is peeling off and there is some corrosion where the cabin sides meet the gunwales. This is going to need doing soon, with the coating being scraped-off and re-applied and some rust-converter applied in places to the cabin. Again, something that Uplands Marina is apparently not interested in doing.
I next spent a happy hour or two mopping rainwater from the bilges. There's usually a little down there and it had rained a lot the last time I was out back in June, but it looks to me as if someone at Uplands hasn't been too careful about keeping doors and hatches closed whilst she's been up on the slipway.
After discovering all this I decided to take Starcross out for a trip down to Rudheath and back to "charge the batteries" (both the boat's and mine). Approaching Broken Cross I was hailed by a cyclist on the towpath, who introduced himself as "Barry from Northern Pride". Actually, Northern Pride was his previous boat. He and Sandra are now aboard "AreandAre" and if you're not sure how to pronounce that just follow this link to their blog.
. We had a long chat on the towpath and agreed that next time we met it should be over a pint or two. Barry set off back to his boat, which I'd passed at Wincham Wharf without noticing, whilst I went down to Rudheath to wind, saying that I'd probably see them on the way back, which I did, being able to get this photo and also saying hello to Sandra.
|Barry and Sandra,|