By the last week of September summer had almost returned, the narrowboat was still in ABC Leisure colours, red and yellow, that was about to change. I arranged with Stephen Beacham, the Operational Director of Sharpness Shipyard and Dry Dock
to have the use of 15 metres of their yard fronting the dock, this would enable the port and starboard cabin sides to be sanded down and resprayed without lifting the boat out of the water, simply by turning the boat in the dock and taking advantage of the warm weather drying the paint. 3 days later the colour had changed to dark blue on the cabin sides and mid grey on the roof. The stern and bows could wait until she was lifted out in a months time.
3 weeks later on the 26th October 2014 we came off the Canal through the swing bridge and into the dock, just outside the dry dock. We moored up to wait for the yard to crane us out. Due to constant high winds, this took a few weeks for the weather to settle down and by mid November all the boats were out on the hard standing.