It is bright and beautiful. So I have spent a few hours in SONFLOWER's company.
There was quite a frost this morning so I thought it was time to do something to protect the vulnerable bits. So I have drained the water heater, opened all the taps, drained the shower and switched off the water pump.
When I am feeling like kneeling and reaching below decks I will put a cosy on the pump but at the moment, as she is under the waterline and water temperatures are still above 10deg C I am happy that it is safe to leave for the time being.
I have a fully charged de-humidifier on the table in the centre of the saloon to keep the condensation to a minimum.
I have checked the bilge and it is bone dry. Great after a few years of working hard to get it that way.
SO I then paid attention to the outside and have touched in the cruising scratches and bruises that the paintwork suffered during the summer. My touch up is not quite a perfect match for the Royal Green that the painter used but it will keep the rust at bay fro the winter months, I hope. It will only get knocked off again next spring!
So I am pleased with my few hours work and the time I spent with fellow moorers over a cup of tea.
That;s what boating is about!
Boat launching ramps on the Dudley No. 2 Canal
8 hours ago