“Have you finished her?”
“When will she be ready?”
“How’s it going?”
“How long do you think she’ll take to fit out?”
“Are you going to sell your other boat?”
“Yes, Chris has, but I didn't like her look and asked him to start again!”
“A couple of weeks!”
Indicate 4” / 6 cm by space between index fingers.
The 'wood-look' floor was 2/3rds completed prior to our summer canal cruise and Chris had made 2 top boxes that transform into 4 roof boxes. The idea is the A frame roof of the roof box will have a solar panel on either slope and be in an ideal position on DB’s roof to receive max daylight. The obvious comment from the helpful people who see 2 roof boxes is “You won’t see over the top of them!” We are so thick-not... DER! Of course we will travel with an obstructed view and bounce off the steel boats that leap out at us. Who wouldn't do that?
Meanwhile, indoors, Chris is focused on fitting out the open plan kitchen/dining/living room, and is set to get the wiring and plumbing underway. DB has been covered with sterling board over the spray foamed cabin sides, and the upper wall and ceiling in the living room are now lined with wooden panels.The wooden panels need sanding, undercoating, filling, sanding, undercoating..... (my job). I have made a start.
A few trips to IKEA and we bought the flat packed cupboards for the kitchen. The day of purchase we risked driving down the muddy field to the boat to drop off the flat packs. Yes, we carried the packages to DB, in our best gumboots (Wellingtons) after the car wheels started spinning in the mud. The earlier IKEA breakfast gave us strength to inch the car over sterling boards and back on firm ground. Thanks to our friend from the rental boat company who had made a timely boat drop off and didn't walk past us! Next day Chris had the flat packs emptied and the kitchen took shape. Now a Kitchen consisting of cupboards is not a kitchen until there is something in it that gives it a functional clue. Our kitchen cabinets have started their use as a place for the work tools. Sensible really.
The fit out sounds a big job and it is BUT we have done bigger on terra firma in previous adventures. Yes our ages have not passed us by un-noticed but we are fit and healthy!
Yesterday, Chris lit the fire (Morso Squirrel) for its first time ever! We have had the fire board and hearth tiled with appropriate granite tiles and it looks fantastic. The fire regulation for a multi fuel fire on boats is clearly defined and there is no room for error. We have obeyed to detail! The fumes from the first fire were strong and we opened the Houdini hatches. I’m going to the boat, now, to check out the second lit fire! Will the kettle be boiling?
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