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.