Painting and decorating

Kodran’s makeover is well underway, now we’re in the paint shed. And for once the weather is co-operating!

The same couldn’t be said earlier this Spring when the Beast from the East visited while we were grit-blasting and blacking the lower hull. And then it had the nerve to return while we were out on the cut!

Moored at Wolseley bridge, Staffordshire as the Beast from the East sets in. Trent and Mersey canal.

As you may know from the website, we live in Toronto so you’d think we’d be used to bad weather. Well, let me tell you there’s no crueller wind than that blowing across a late Winter cut. Add a bit of natures own grit-blasting and you’ve experienced one of the less attractive sides of canal cruising. We’re staying put in Gailey marina next winter!

It wasn’t ALL that bad. Our time aboard was mostly spent finalizing external colours and inside, soft furnishings for Kodran. Plenty of browsing and a trip to Stoke-on_trent for curtains and cushions to go with our new look. Have you seen our new logo? Take a look at the top of the page. Designed by a family friend in Toronto, we’re expecting to turn a few heads in the coming weeks.

Traditional with a modern twist
Narrowboat “Henry the Navigator” as palette for Kodran’s repaint.

We’ve selected a midnight blue as the main hull colour, in homage to the first narrowboat we hired back in 2008. He was called “Henry the Navigator” – tell us if you know the name – and we incorporated his lines and sign writing into Kodran’s repaint. The roof and handrails, ironwork and well deck, will be red to make the blue ‘pop’, while staying fairly traditional.

We continued this theme into the sign writing which is being carried out by Jim McCormack, a familiar name in Midlands sign writing circles. The BEST, we think! And traditional with a modern twist is the best way to describe the lettering in our very upbeat logo from John/White Design in Toronto –

Layout and Design Copyright: Jim McCormack. Narrowboat Kodran April 2018

David and the crew at JD Boat Services have bent over backwards to accommodate Kodran’s upgrades and they deserve a big shout out. If the poor weather and staff shortages weren’t challenge enough to the already tight schedule, we took Kodran out for 3 weeks early Spring! Thanks David, we really appreciate it.

Click here for more pictures of how Kodran’s repaint is progressing and here to follow his inside makeover.