At 58 feet length, TQ (as we call her) is a steel hull narrow boat built by Colecraft and fitted out by Elton Moss Boatbuilders. Currently based at Aqueduct Marina in Cheshire we're able to cruise some of the most popular waterways in Britain. The Shropshire Union, The Trent and Mersey, The Llangollen Canal, The Four Counties Ring and Cheshire Ring and more.

Our friendly Syndicate decided to go down the Self Management route on 1st March 2012 and so far it has been very successful. Please visit the other pages in this blog to see the new Web Site and if shares are available for sale. (There'll not be many).

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Sunday, 7 September 2014

Two blogs back to back, a barbeque and more painting.

Yesterday, (Saturday) was the first Saturday of the month and here at Wigrams it's Barbeque Night. Late in the day I asked Lin to nip over to the office and get some tickets. Lucky, we had the last two. So after a days rust removing and painting, we took a couple of bottles over to the seating area. Sausage rolls and burgers in a bun - just the job. But would you believe it? It rained, heavy and thundery, although it didn't last long, it went as quick as it came.

Today (Sunday) we were getting low on certain supplies so a trip to Tesco in Southam filled the gap. When we came back we had brunch in the form of bacon sarnies and a glass of orange juice - delicious.

Then I got down to the business of more rust removal and painting. Yesterday I cleaned out the loose rust from the bow thruster hole, but I had to wait for it to dry out before I could paint it. This meant leaving it overnight with the hatch on to protect it from rain, and this morning it wa largely dry enough. So I got on with the gas locker first and after emptying it of everything I hacked at the rust with a screw driver until it was all loose and then scooped it all up and put it in a bucket. Then I gave it a good wire brushing and vacuumed out the remaining dust.

Next the paint; Hammerite Direct to Rust in Dark Green. The gas locker was easy enough, but the bow thruster hole took some inginuity. I couldn't get in there with the paint brush due to the fumes so I tied the brush to my aluminium dip stick with insulation tape, so now I can reach in without being overcome by fumes.

That should give it some protection for a while.

The gas locker
No, that's not boobies,  it's gas bottles.
More tomorrow.........

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