Finally after hours of scraping, sanding and applying treatments the final coat of varnish went on this week. I have a huge debt of gratitude for all of the advice, tips and help over the past months from so many fellow anglers and others.

In particular a very special thanks to Uncle Billy, Stuart McCall and Tam for so freely sharing their experience and for their patience in answering all of my numerous questions and concerns. A big thank you also to Tam and Stephen at the Vale of Leven Angling Club for stepping in to complete the painting and varnishing when I was at work.

Looking forward to getting her into the water on Sunday when hopefully the water will remain firmly on the outside!