I'm sure you all know what happens to your garden paving over the winter months, don't you? The moss grows and yes, everything turns a not so pretty shade of rather turgid green. It may surprise you (or perhaps it doesn't) to know that this happens to boats too - only the trouble with boats is that the greening only seems occur in awkward to get at places; as if it's determined to make the maximum trouble possible.
In the Vereeniging's case, these are the spots that I either have to fold myself into something only a professional contortionist would deem comfortable, or I have to hang myself perilously over the side of the barge to scrape and scrub the insidious mossy growth off the hardwood rubbing rail that runs right round the hull. This, I should say, is the worst. The problem is that I'm (or rather the Vereeniging is) currently sandwiched between two other barges. Using the little (mouldy green) boat is therefore not an option. Defying death by faith in my ability not to slide off the hatches and between the boats is the only thing. Such a scenario, dear landlubbers, is not one of the upsides of owning a barge.
I love my Vereeniging as everyone who knows me is aware, but this is one mouldy (sorry!) job that I would gladly do without. Each year, I look for ways to try and prevent it, but barring waging chemical warfare on the surrounding waters, I have yet to find a good solution.
Since the fish don't deserve to swim round in an evil soup of my making, I shall just have to bite my own bullet and send myself into suspended animation over the side again. Weather permitting, I'll be wielding the brushes tomorrow. Have a good weekend everyone!
|A neat and clean Vereeniging after its summer smoosh up|