Last week, after many false starts, I finally achieved a couple of days alone on the boat in order to tackle the worst of the exterior paintwork.
At first glance our Eileen looks in pretty good fettle decoratively, however on closer inspection the true extent of the corrosion and deterioration of paintwork becomes apparent.
It was clear to me that any grand ideas I had for giving the whole boat a freshen-up was totally unrealistic, so instead I focused on the ‘flat areas’, the cabin top, the gunnels, the fore and stern decks ie. those part that get the worst of the rain.
The following few images give some idea of what I was up against.
As can be seen, when the photos were taken, ie. on the first morning of my two days, the forecast of high cloud and fine weather had proved wildly optimistic. I woke to find pouring rain, precious hours would be lost to the elements… sigh.