Layers…

There is nothing sexy about removing layers of dirt, muck, dead mussels and dead weed by hand. Power washing may be an option for a glass fibre reinforced  plastic (GRP) boat, but a timber boat like Dora? Not a good idea. The force of the water would literally pop through those seams and do all sort of mischief. So a scrubbing brush, a wallpaper scraper and a broom it was. Days and days of lying in the gravel, covered in filthy water as the layers of grub were slowly washed away from Dora’s hull… and once it was finally all gone, I could see her hull properly.

There were a few dings, a few patches and a few areas where the paint was worn through more than others so you could trace her previous colours, but generally – her hull looked pretty good. The relief was incredible, but I also sort of knew that she had good bones. It was just nice to see them too…

This, I could work with.