Paint­ing’s a pic­ture

Canal Boat - - Letters - LES T MERRY,

WHAT A MAR­VEL­LOUS ar­ti­cle about Jon Lee­son (Sign­writ­ing CB, Nov).

We are the proud own­ers of wide­beam Big Mom­maMer­ry­weather seen in the sketches and men­tioned in the ar­ti­cle – “cus­tomers that wanted a com­i­cal frog”.

Jon did a fan­tas­tic job on our boat, he is so ta­lented and watch­ing him paint is an un­be­liev­able ex­pe­ri­ence.

And the name, well our sur­name is Merry and, while I was work­ing, the lady sit­ting op­po­site me in the of­fice was al­ways call­ing me Mr Mer­ry­weather. When my wife Su­san and I de­cided to have a nar­row­boat built to live on, we named her Mer­ry­weather. And we al­ways joked that if we ever had a wide­beam we would call it BigMom­maMer­ry­weather – and now we have!

I‘m so struck by Jon’s tal­ents that I have booked to go on his first two-day course at Deb­dale.

wide­beam Big Momma Mer­ry­weather Saw this ear­lier to­day - what a great name for a canal boat! Love the sunbed on the roof too

I’m buy­ing a boat from Alvechurch Ma­rina, I need to get it to Gay­ton Ma­rina. It will be my first time on a boat and I may be do­ing it solo. Very use­ful ad­vice here that will be help­ful.

Get cen­tre lines on both sides of your boat. Es­pe­cially on a larger boat like a 70-footer it’s al­most im­pos­si­ble oth­er­wise. Al­ter­na­tively steal some­one and make them your ‘boat­ing slave’. Some peo­ple are ac­tu­ally quite keen to be­come boat­ing slaves.

Be me­thod­i­cal, al­ways have one hand for the boat. Don’t try and be clever. Re­mem­ber canals can be lonely places and it’s easy to slip and fall so have a phone handy and make sure some­body knows where you will be from day to day.

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