After Clive did the pressure washing in cold but dry conditions yesterday (anything but dry for him), Dean gave Jubilee two coats of blacking in warm and sunny conditions today. The weather's getting a bit like it was two years ago when Dean did our blacking - not quite as warm, though.
The water pump hasn't leaked any more, so that's good. I rigged up a 12V fan in the water pump box to try to dry the woodwork out; that was very effective. The dark, damp stain has almost vanished and the wood is dry to the touch.
This is what our stem post has looked like where it meets the base plate ever since we've owned the boat.
I asked about getting this nasty jutting out bit of metal ground off, but Dean advised against it as it would mean cutting off the weld. Not a good idea.
This evening, though, while we are still in the air and after the blacking has been completed, I had an idea.
I scraped up from the concrete hard standing dollops of congealing spilt blacking and smeared them in the recess.
What a Lark with Dave and Lisa. It was good to meet them; we had a good chat. Hope to see you again on the cut some time.
I did some preparation for touching up. This is the red tunnel band with splodges of primer.
Tomorrow should see the cabin bilge pumped dry again, some inspection of the water pump and a look at the charging system.
Alvecote approaches - Tomorrow begins the final holiday of this (academic) year. It's not a cruising holiday as I had planned, and postponed, only to postpone again. But going t...
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