By tov617, Oct 21 2017 06:51PM

#Inktober Filthy: The Nene past the Dog in a Doublet at Whittlesey is tidal, a muddy soup that swills in and out everyday. At times fast flowing, the water of the lower reaches is an opaque and impenetrable brown that if leaking into the bilges and left undrained, can make the cabins stink. On most moorings and sometimes worst still if laid up ashore, it doesn't take long for a boat to start looking disheveled and uncared for. Leaves blow in and collect in any suitable shaped area, water-trap or drain-hole, turning to sludge, algae greens everything; at times baking on hard in the sun then turning to a super-slippery hazard in the rain. Mold grows in the tiny pits and scratches of paint or gelcoat, particularly in the nonslip deck moulding treads. Recently sparkling new ropes blend into the old the rigging with a green-grey tinge embedded deep in the twist, that only hard use or a thorough wash can partially remove. The flaky paint layers, sunbleached and powdery in their pastel hues or the greying surface of exposed untreated timber left to 'silver up', is eye-candy for romantic onlookers and the subject of countless postcards and photography books. To the boat builder it is the sure sign that the maintenance has been let go and the wood left to go brash and rotten. #Inktober2017