Painting’s a picture
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.