Rachel likes to think of Percy as short for Persephone, it makes referencing Percy as 'she' easier. The reality is Percy was always intended to be the masculine as the boat was named after Tony Redshaw's father - Percival Redshaw or Percy for short.
Anyhow that is all a bit of nonsense to allow me to use a more interesting title. But Percy is indeed back to metal, all paint stripped off.
John the painter - web site link here has kindly sent me some pictures as I wanted to chronicle the process in words and pictures. For now just the pictures I'll give a 'technical' update later.
All I know is there must have need a great deal of manual effort in getting all of the paint off to get Percy back to steel.
Latest update is the first primer coat is on..... exciting stuff !!