White Dove – Traditional Narrowboat Painting

Above is the 57ft cruiser narrowboat ‘White Dove’ before its renovation in March 2013.

It is 4 years old and was in desperate need of a repaint. To achieve a dust-free mirror-like finish I painted it in one of the units at Aquaduct Marina, Church Minshull, Middlewich.

The results can be seen below:

The boat’s striking appearance is created by the use of the contrasting colours of green and red, gently broken by the application of a imitation gold coach line. Overall, the impression is one of sophisticated elegance and luxury cruising.

  • Skills used – traditional narrowboat painting.
  • I have used 3 coats of twin pack primer , 2 undercoating, and 2/3 coats of mason p type gloss.
  • Coach lines are in imitation gold to highlight the cream of the “White Dove” text.
  • Old Roman lettering with a darker green blending into a lighter green.
  • The lettering is in one shot enamel.
  • An image of a ‘White Dove’ flying over 3D lettering completed the job.

This narrowboat is a classic example of traditional narrowboat painting and is often seen cruising along the Bridgewater Canal on the picturesque Cheshire Ring.
The Cheshire Ring takes in the whole of the Macclesfield Canal and parts of the Trent and Mersey, Bridgewater, Rochdale, Ashton and Peak Forest Canals.