Further preparations for painting Herbie's roof. The big first job will be to strip off all the old paint and rust and get back to bare metal. The great guru of boat painting Phil Speight, recommends using a scabbler, so I have tracked down one at Brandon Tool Hire half a mile from home. I think the attachment top right is the one we'll be using. It looks a fearsome beast. Luckily as we are starting on a Saturday morning I can get one at weekend rates, about £24 plus vat. Pick it up Friday and take it back Monday. Suits me fine. "Shall we book it now?" I asked the bloke on the phone. "Best not" he said, "we'll only probably lose it. Just give us a ring the week before". Don't they have a system for recording future bookings?