Month: May 2017

Back on the Water

Today was handover day! Smok is ours and we’re back on a boat at last! Everything on our snagging list has been dealt with, all the paperwork has been signed, and all the bills have been paid. In the morning we spent over an hour with John Drinkwater at Hilperton Marina, going over how Smok works

Roses and Castles – a library

I am looking forward to learning to paint roses and castles in our little study on Smok. I am building up a fantasic library of books about the history and techniques of traditional canal art: Roses and Castles, Robert J. Wilson, 1976. Colours for Cruisers, John M. Hill, 1992. From Stem to Stern, John M. Hill,

Smok’s Survey

Today was Smok’s survey! We were very lucky to be encouraged by our surveyor, Ben Sutcliffe, to attend the survey. Not only was it a great opportunity to see what lies beneath the waterline, but we also had the chance to ask endless questions while Ben worked. He was immensely kind, answering all our queries