Living With Our Rapido 963f Le Randonneur Motor Home.

Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Routine maintenance almost completed

We are now approaching the end of the second week of June, although from the current weather, you wouldn't think it. After this year's winter lay-up we have now completed the out of the water hull blacking, which we again had done at Swanley Bridge Marina. It was last done here in September 2009, and has lasted well.

Being unable / unwilling to continue to get myself in / out of the engine hole, I have now arranged this year's engine bay service with Mark, of M and L Canal Boat Services for next Tuesday. Mark's partner Linda, used to be the lock keeper at Hurleston, and I know them both personally. They now own and run Cheshire Cat Narrowboat Holidays together.

Finally, we decided to finish our newly smartened boat off with a pair of new recliners. The old ones were vinyl, and the bases had gone through, so, as a result of information from Tom of nb Waiouru, who had bought his own chairs from this company, we visited Recliners Direct, who happen to have a showroom in Leyland, not 30 minutes from where we live. We have ordered a pair of genuine leather recliners, complete with matching foot stools in burgundy, from their special offers range. Total cost, £398, and delivered free of charge to the boat. Although available in black, dark brown, cream as well as burgundy, we thought it would both be a pleasant change from black, as well as being a more durable colour than cream.

Hopefully, that will be the end of this year's expenses, but K-L is looking real smart! We hope the weather now bucks up for our trip away, which with current thinking, may take us down the Montgomery.

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