|With the bewildering array of materials to choose
from, these days, how do you determine which is the paint for you? What
are the advantages of one kind of varnish over another and what about
these sophisticated modern coatings on offer now? Which anti-fouling
will work for the way you use your boat and which will not suit your
hull or your lifestyle?
Would you believe that H.R.H. The King of Redonda, (no kidding!) a.k.a.
artist Bob Williamson, used industrial floor paint on the hull of his
extraordinary vessel, to very good effect. He is astonished by how
durable the coating has turned out to be.
The range of colours is, he
tells us, "something of a limiting factor". Well, not so as you'd
notice! 'Limited' is not a word which springs to the lips when looking
for a way to describe the 'St. Peter's colour scheme! We spotted
her across English Harbour, in Antigua, one of the islands we stopped
off at in the Caribbean on the way to the Atlantic Ocean, last year, and were absolutely charmed by her and by her royal
owner. For more
photographs of this working wooden replica, try Carrying
On in the All Afloat Section.
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