Anyway, he bought it (her?) last autumn and I took no interest whatsoever and then we were busy all winter and spring and she just sat there at her moorings on The Lot, unloved and uncared for.
But now we've time and we've been lavishing some attention on her. Well it gives us something to do now that the good weather has gone again!
She's a wooden Norfolk Broads Cruiser, built in the sixties, and amazingly there is a photo of her in her prime on a boat-fanatic's website.
She was christened Gossamer Girl. (The boatyard still exists and they are still calling the boats in their fleet "G-something Girl".) And then her name was changed by previous owners to Lucy Mary, which has now been frenchified to Lucie Marie. She's certainly no fairy-like thing - being pretty broad of beam - so that rules out GG. And she's not really an elegant French lady, so she'll probably revert to plain Lucy Mary.
She's looking her age and we're investigating what we need in the way of marine paints and wood restorers to give her a face-lift - all much cheaper in the UK, of course.
Friends down over the summer may just find they get presented with a paintbrush as they arrive. But after a hard day's work on the boat an early evening cruise down The Lot to a local night market sounds like a pleasant experience. I will just have to wear my sea-bands, breathe deeply and remember Nancy and Peggy in the Lake District.
In the meantime, we badly need advice on how to make her more weather tight. With all the rain of the last few days, the mattresses in the cabins are soaked through. This seems like a "cottage moment" - better to know now that we've got rain problems than in the middle of a cruise.
Gossamer Girl in her heyday