Zulu is not one of the smartest looking boats on the cut, and like many older boats its a long time since a name of any sort was painted on the side.
However when I bought Zulu, the previous owner presented me with ready made sticky backed names for the cabin sides. I had more imporant things to fix at the time and so they have remained in a cupboard until today. Spurred on by overhearing a couple of walkers looking at the name on the licence plates and asking if this was the ex Royal Navy narrowboat I decided to investigate whether the old name decals would still be usable.
I originally planned to paint the cabin before using them, as they are green and the cabin is green too (nothing of course to do with the dozen shades of green) , but today I decided that painting the cabin sides has already taken over two years and is unlikely to happen this month.
And so out came the fairy liquid to clean off the grime and on went the decals – the first time I have applied these, and very successful it was too. Within 15 minutes I had one side done, so quickly turned the boat around and did the other side too. Why it has taken me two years to do this I don’t even understand myself.
So if you are in Little Venice this weekend, for the Cavalcade, then you will now have a much greater chance of identifying us! See you there!!