We’ve decided to go the whole hog and get the paint job on Eileen completed… well, complete as far as the Autumn weather will allow.
I’ve had to recognise that currently, despite my enthusiasm and desire to get as involved as possible in the renovation of the boat, both my work and home-life commitments pretty much prevent me getting more deeply involved in any major work. My involvement this Autumn/Winter will tend to be confined to projects I can haul home with me and do there.
So cabin painter Jez Barrington has agreed to return, hopefully within the week (if repainting heritage railway carriages allows!). He’s planning to repaint the elum/rudder; complete the painting of the back well-deck, and put a protective coating of plain matt black on the sides of the ‘Long Cabin’.
Hopefully that way we should see the two repainted ends of the boat link together to create a coherent overall design and a more complete boat.
I’m very excited (again!).
In the meantime, over the next couple of posts I’ll share the process of re-painting the boat so far.
There are a couple of photos missing from this series at the moment, namely the first critical steps where Jez stripped back the ‘Woolworths’ Pure White, Midnight Blue and Berry Red gloss paint that had covered the back cabin built by Warwickshire Fly Boat Co. in the early 1990’s. Jez says he took some photos of Eileen stripped bare, so hopefully I’ll add them later to complete the set.