And, come to think of it, why not the bulwarks and the stern, too?
So there were several days of almost ceaseless painting, which was all highly satisfying, because the patchy primer had been depressing to look at.
The toerails are from recycled teak that happily already had a slight curve, which made it easier to fit them.
Newey & Bloomer. I had a look at the website when I realised that not all the kettles come with a whistle (which I now coveted) and wrote to ask if they could be bought separately, if my hoped-for E-bay acquisition came about. An extremely nice lady said that yes, they could, and then warned me carefully about buying second hand. Because the kettles are copper, they have to be tinned and, she explained, many second-hand ones have lost the tinning. (Possibly they have been over-scoured to get rid of lime scale.) She kindly said that she would put my name on file in case they had a slight 'second', which she would sell me for about half price. I didn't have the heart to tell her that even at half-price it would be well beyond my pocket. Time after time, they came up on E-bay and were sold for a small fortune, but finally, between Christmas and New Year, I dropped lucky, probably because everyone was too busy with the holiday season to be looking for a kettle. Suffice it to say, that a nearly-new kettle (I could tell because most of it still had the original lacquer on) was offered for sale, I made my usual offer and won the auction. It is just perfect for my galley, I think. Anyway, I wrote to the kind lady, Louise, saying how lucky I had been and after congratulating me, she said that if any of my friends wanted one of these masterpieces of British Manufacture, they would be offered a unique discount code. Enter ANNIE25 and you will get a 25% discount on a new kettle! They are certainly expensive, but they last a lifetime and considering that I am on my fourth electric kettle since starting this project, maybe they are better value than you might first think! Anyway, that was my real Christmas present to myself and while the postage made my eyes water, the kettle itself cost just under $70. Even I push the boat out on occasion!
So, there we are. Stand by for my starting work on the bilgeboards.