Saturday, 31 December 2011

Oiling the oak boards...

Oak boarding with a first coat of Danish oil before fixing in place. Still waiting for the porthole liners.

Sunday, 11 December 2011

More panelling...

This weekend we continued with the plywood panelling, most of the boards below the gunwales are complete and also the ceiling. Porthole liners should be arriving from Procast towards the end of this week and we can start the v-t&g boarding.

We finally have a 230v power supply, so we no longer have to rely on battery power.

Sunday, 4 December 2011

Plywood panelling...

Today we started the plywood panels below the gunwales and couldn't resist doing a ceiling one to see what it looks like. Starting to look like we're getting somewhere. Definately need to order the porthole liners this week.

Photo isn't the best, both the camera batteries and the spares died so had to take this with a phone camera..

Sample oils...

Samples of Teak oil (lower) and Danish oil (Upper) to see what we liked best, little or nothing beween the two. Think we will be going for Danish though as it seems a smoother finish plus I remember hearing somewhere that you shouldn't use Teak oil on oak, but I could be totally wrong.

Thursday, 24 November 2011

Wall Lights

The wall lights for the saloon arrived today. This isn't it on the wall.

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Wiring the 12 volt lighting...

Completed wiring the 12 volt lighting today but finished a bit earlier today as it hasn't been the warmest of days.

Sunday, 20 November 2011

Insulating the Water Tank...

We removed the water tank today and insulated it with a layer of 75mm Celotex insulation boards to all side filling any voids around and up to the hull with tightly packed Rockwool.

Two more boards needed to finish the front.

Friday, 18 November 2011

Ceiling batten fixings…

Today we put additional screws in the ceiling battens at 400mm centres, aching necks and arms again, can’t wait for all the high level work to be complete. Today Charlie came with us to the boat for the first time as no one was available to look after him today, I think he was probably bored.

Thursday, 17 November 2011

12 volt containment...

It's been a lot warmer today, started with the containment for the 12 volt electrics.

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Supports for wiring…

What seemed like a boring day today, we started drilling and fixing the supports that will eventually carry the 12v wiring. Finding it difficult working above head height for hour at a time, aching pretty bad tonight.

Monday, 14 November 2011

Satellite Receiver…

We’ve gone for a flat sat antenna to get a TV signal, when closed it’s apparently only 150mm high so should miss those low bridges, doesn’t auto track the satellite but you're talking silly money for one that does. They look easy enough to set up. Just hope it’s good because we have bad memories of trying to watch TV with crappy hire boat aerials.
I know it may seem like we’ve got this a bit early but I needed to have the cabling so it can be built into the lining.


Popped down to the boat this afternoon for a couple of hours and completed the second layer of insulation to the roof, horrible stuff to cut even with a mask and safety spec’s on.

Sunday, 13 November 2011


Today we took advantage of the lovely weather and touched up the outside that was starting to rust in places where the primer had been damaged.

Saturday, 12 November 2011

Still more battening…

We haven’t been down to the boat for a couple of days due to one thing and another, mainly waiting for things to arrive. Today we did and yet more battening, it never seems to end, almost finished the ceiling though.

Friday, 11 November 2011

Need to keep warm…

After waiting in most of the day for the toilet delivery to arrive, we went for a trip down to Midland chandlers to get a Morso squirrel and a few other things, picked up a bonus card while there so get 15% off everything for the next six months, can’t be bad.
Fitting the stove will be a priority now it’s almost winter.

Decision time...

I think one of the hardest decisions to make when fitting out a new boat is what toilet waste system to go for, cassette or pump out. Now we’ve read lots on the forums about this subject over the years and have come to the usual conclusion, it’s all down to personal choice, someone will always disagree and argue the pros and cons, to be honest we‘ve changed our minds several times.

Finally going for a cassette toilet. After caravanning for many years the thought of emptying a cassette every couple of days doesn’t bother us at all, and with a couple of spare cassettes we should get a week between empties, plus it’s free to empty, takes up less room and when your boat is stuck in icy water you can still empty it.

Had to shop around but finally found someone that did the one we wanted, a Thetford C250S with no cistern and a ceramic bowl, first one came smashed but today’s replacement was ok.

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Roof Insulation...

We arrived at the boat this morning to find our delivery of insulation boards waiting for us, I ordered them yesterday and was told it would be an afternoon drop, but the driver said they had another delivery in the area so did them together. I wasn’t complaining it meant we were able to start work right away. It took most of the day fitting the boards between the ribs to the roofs soffit, but it’s another good job done.
We left for home around 3pm, the weather today has been dull and was starting to get a bit dark by then.

Gas locker primed by Corinne.

Saturday, 5 November 2011

Felt the cold today...

Today we haven't stopped but can't see much progress for all our efforts, resulting in no photo's! It's been a lot colder too which didn't help morale. Done all those horrible little jobs that get left  to the last. Hopefully tomorrow will be a bit warmer.

Sunday, 30 October 2011

Battening continues...

Today we continued with the battening and what seems like a never ending task of drilling each batten to the steel ribs below the gunwales, seeing as we don't have mains electricity sorted yet everything is done with battery tools and we only have six batteries worth of drilling each day, above the gunwales battens are stuck straight onto the steel and braced across the boat for supports until the adhesive dries.

It's been a nice sunny day today and lovely and warm inside the boat.

Saturday, 29 October 2011

Insulation and Battening...

It's been a good day today with a fair amount of progress, this has been the first time we've actually done any real work on the boat.
It had to be an early start for us as we had a delivery of batten and insulation due between 8:30 and 9:00, Charlie had to go for his walk before we set off as he wouldn't be able to come with us.

Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Day One of the Fit-out...

I suppose today must be classed as day one of the project to fully fit out our new narrowboat. The hardstanding has been acquired for the next six months and work can start. The rest of the day was spent measuring for materials and planning the first stages of the build, we also set out the bulkheads on the floor.

Friday, 21 October 2011


The boat is ready. We went down to see Chris today and the boat was officially handed over to us so we've arranged for it to be lifted out of the water again onto its hard-standing and home for the next few months ready for us to start work on it next weekend.

Friday, 7 October 2011

20% Off Sale at Midland Chandlers

Today we've been contemplating whether to go down to the Midland Candler's 20% off everything offer in person or just buy on-line and pay the £12.50 postage. After all, once we've paid for the fuel and the hassle of getting there and back plus the possibility that they wouldn't have everything we wanted, we decided to buy on-line. Just general stuff but things that will be needed like some mushroom vents a water gauge some mooring pins and hooks plus a few other bits and bobs to get us started. Did some price comparisons and a 20% saving Midland claim could probably have been achieved by shopping around.

Thursday, 22 September 2011

Lastest update

We both called in to see the boat after work today for the first time. Looks good, its been lifted onto the water and the portholes and water tank have been fitted, ballast is due to go in tomorrow with the engine getting fitted next week, still got the front doors to do but coming along, just can't wait to get working on it now.

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

A bit longer to wait

We contacted Chris today for an update on how things are doing, after our chat it seems unlikely we'll be getting the shell this month. The engine is due to be fitted next week followed by the ballast so we reckon its going to be at least October before we can start work.

Saturday, 17 September 2011

Shell has arrived at the yard

YEA! we've noticed while walking Charlie this morning our shell has arrived, when we got back to the car we had a messege on the phone telling us as much. Looks good, hopfully we can get down to see it next week.

Friday, 2 September 2011

Shell Progress

Phoned the boat yard today to find out if things are going to plan and that no problems have arisen, they say the shell is in the process of being built right now, and that he is hoping to call down to see its  next week, with delivery planned for two weeks time, we can’t wait to see her.
He's ordered the double glazed portholes we wanted! we did asked for a price first but he claims the cost isn't a much difference from single glazing. We shall see!

Not long now!

Saturday, 2 July 2011


Our shell was ordered today and we expect delivery to be around mid to late September, later than usual due to a two week shutdown for summer.

  • 57’ Modern Trad style shell.
  • Stainless steel water tank.
  • Solid brass portholes.