So, on the way back from Fradley, we called in at Uplands to make a start. The coating came off easily enough where rust was present. The good news (but also the bad news) is that this was only about 10% of the surface area and where there was no rust, the coating was a pig to remove. What rust there was is distributed randomly and in small areas so the whole lot needed to come off - a job that took two of a couple of hours that afternoon and most of the following day - and that was just for one side. I then applied a coat of Fertan rust converter before we had to leave.
|The crew hard at work|
The job was interrupted by a pleasant surprise. A visit by someone we hadn't seen for thirty years. In fact I didn't recognise him at first, although that might have been because - in his own words he has "less hair, more gut" than he used to. David was a crew member on various boats that we hired back in the 1970s. I hadn't seem him since, although we had "met" through our participation in Canal World Forum. He was in the area and had come to the marina on the off-chance, not really expecting to find us there, and we enjoyed a very pleasant couple of hours catching-up and reminiscing. Dave lives on a boat on the Kennet & Avon, but has plans to go continuously-cruising once he retires, so I hope we'll meet up again.