Sunday, 18 August 2013
The gunwales had come adrift in various places and have been epoxied back. All the varnish has been sanded back and re-coated and she is looking very smart.
I even took the oars back to the wood, painted the blades a rather fetching cherry red and put no fewer than four coats of varnish on the shafts, ready for the critical eye of the sailors at the Dinghy Cruising Association and Home Built Boat Rally week of boating at Cobnor, a lovely estate on Chichester Harbour.
It was not until I got the boat on the water and put the oars in the swivels that I realised that something was horribly, horribly wrong. Can you guess what it was?