Of ques­tion­able ben­e­fit

Canal Boat - - Letters -

MY THOUGHT PRO­CESSES on black­ing the base­plate fol­low much the same course as Steve Hay­wood’s ( CB, Sept).

I have re­cently had a new base­plate welded over the orig­i­nal as its con­di­tion was very poor. When I peeped un­der my boat in dry dock to look at the new base­plate with its bare steel con­trast­ing with the shiny, newly-blacked sides, I must ad­mit my re­solve did waver.

Say­ing that, the orig­i­nal black­ing on the hull sides didn’t seem to stop much elec­trol­y­sis any­way, as the first pres­sure-wash­ing re­vealed some shiny metal – a sure sign of elec­trol­y­sis.

The boat­yard did a great job renewing and re­fur­bish­ing the hull and the en­su­ing independent sur­vey ob­vi­ously gave the base­plate a clean bill of health.

On reach­ing the last page of the sur­vey, how­ever, in the ‘gen­eral ob­ser­va­tions’ at the end, were the words ‘may ben­e­fit from black­ing of the base­plate’.

As Steve sug­gested in his ar­ti­cle, is this a phrase that is go­ing to es­ca­late in sta­tus while any ben­e­fits are at best ques­tion­able? Will it be some­thing that in­sur­ers, sur­vey­ors and boat­yards just daren’t leave out?

Would it help if all new boats had gal­vanised hulls when new? Every­one gets the jit­ters once a boat is older than ten years; it must be a nar­row­boat owner’s big­gest con­cern. The ex­tra cost would surely help the boat main­tain its value.

PHIL BROWN, nb He­len

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.