Saturday, 29 December 2012

Rotten Xmas

Mark finally arrived home from hospital today after having a stroke two days before Xmas. He's been told to rest now for at least a month. Lets hope 2013 turns out to be better.
Happy New Year to all boat bloggers. x

Monday, 24 December 2012

Christmas Wishes....

Wishing all our friends and boat bloggers a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Saturday, 22 December 2012

Sprung a leak...

The heavy rain and flooding caused us to do a detour on the way to the boat this morning, we have never seen the roads so bad before. On the way home the fire brigade were pumping out the worst affected sections of road.

When we finally arrived we noticed one of the portholes has started to leak, a small wet patch of water on the floor, we can't make out if the rain has been driven around the glass by the wind or if the porthole frame needs re-sealing, a piece of plastic has been temporarily taped over the offending porthole until the rain eases off.

On Friday we ordered the oak worktop for the dresser and vanity unit. Today we've been making the template for the granite kitchen worktops.

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Dinette ideas...

Time has come to start thinking about the seating for the dining area, bulkheads have already been cut to a rough size, all that's needed is to decide on a final height. We’ve gone for the pullman style dinette, this will include drawers at one end of the benching and a lift up hatch under the cusions at the other. The table will sit on desmo legs that can be removed allowing it to drop down into a rebate on the top front edge of the benches to form an additional sleeping area. An oak frame will cover the ends of the benching adjacent to the aisle.  All prety standard stuff.

Sunday, 16 December 2012

Nearly finished...

It's been quite warm at the boat today. Finally finished off the edging to the shelf and fitted it along with the front panel, this means we've gone as far as possible with the vanity unit until we get the worktop.
The waste water pump has also been secured to the bulkhead, I've connected the suction hoses ready for when the skin fitting and basin go in, as usual I've spent more time trying to find things than doing the actual job, the jubilee clips have gone missing, i'm sure I had some left.

Another early finish, we really need to start doing a full days work.

Saturday, 15 December 2012


Today has been spent mostly decorating, we've coated the two bulkheads that will be used to form the dinette. We also coated the kitchen unit and the vanity cupboard.
Battening that will carry the worktop for the vanity unit was started but as usual we've run out of materials yet again!
Shelf for the bathroom vanity cupboard has been edged and wedged up ready for finishing tomorrow.

Sunday, 9 December 2012


Its been a lot warmer today on the boat. We've concentrated on getting further along with the vanity unit and fitted the bottom shelf and side panels. The front framing is just stood in position here for the photo but will be finally fixed in place next weekend once a shelf is fitted.

Saturday, 8 December 2012

Stove and Vanity unit...

Today was the dreaded stove moving day. How on earth were we to get what seemed like an immovable object, up into the air and onto the boat.

We've had the stove for a good few months now and had forgotten how heavy it was. Anyway we managed it with some careful lifting and the help of a four wheeled bogie. It ended up not being as bad as we thought and I cant believe we escaped injury.

The boards with writing on under and behind the stove are the templates for the granite we'll be getting early next year.

We also made a start on the vanity unit for the bathroom, here is the framework that forms the front of the unit.
Inner frame

Frames jointed together by vertical angled section

Frame almost finished and in its final position.

Saturday, 1 December 2012

The little bits take all the time...

Isn't it surprising how long it takes to do all them little bits that have been left incomplete.

The weather has been a lot warmer today compared with the last few days thank goodness.

I don't know if you can see any difference in the dresser base from last week, but today we finished off adding the supports for the drawers.

Another job that has been forgotten for too long was to finish off the boarding under the gunwales in the saloon, it makes such a difference now its done. The two white cables are for the satellite TV with a 12v socket alongside. 

Friday, 30 November 2012

Worktop out of stock...

The oak worktop we ordered last weekend is apparently out of stock. Strangely enough the company can offer us a better alternative that will only cost an extra £48 but will apparently be saving us £15 Mmm! Their website still shows the one we originally wanted for next day delivery. I was very uneasy about them, but they did give a refund stright away.

We have managed to find another supplier that can offer the so called better worktop at lot cheaper price. Thinking about it we may wait to see if there are any sales on in a few weeks.

Sunday, 25 November 2012

Cooker and Drawer supports...

We've been climbing over the cooker while its been sat in the middle of the floor for weeks so its good to have it in place at last, we still need to connect the gas and 12 volt power supply but at least it's out of the way for now.
 On the dresser base, we've also started to fix the plywood supports that will eventually carry the drawers, so its all coming along nicely.

Saturday, 24 November 2012

Galley cupboard...

Its not felt as cold today compared to last weekend, we've been continuing with the galley base cupboard framing.

The first two photos show what we did last weekend, just didnt have time to post them before now.
Setting out the cupboard front on the floor as with everything.

Frame glued and screwed together and left for the glue to cure.

This is what we did today. Sanded down the frame, planed off all of the pellets hiding the fixings, except for the ones we missed, these have now been done. Trimmed back the excess shelf lipping flush with the shelf. Its been much better working at a decent height for a change.
Planing down hardwood shelf edging.
 Shelf supports added and shelf fixed in place with front framework.

 Almost finished, just need to do some final sanding down tomorrow and apply the oil decoration. Going to order the oak worktop tonight.

Friday, 23 November 2012

Winter's on it's way...

We noticed the weather getting a lot colder this weekend and it’s only the start of things to come. I do wish we’d been able to fit the stove, I can see motivation being a big problem as winter kicks in. Last year was bad enough, it was colder inside the boat than out.

Anyway between the moans of being cold we did get the other side of the galley cupboards started and by Sunday afternoon we had the front fascia panel glued and screwed together. The shelf was also cut to size and edged ready for next weekend.

Monday, 12 November 2012

Taking it very slow and easy...

This was our first weekend down at the boat in two weeks and my knee is still very sore so everything has taken twice as long to do. Corinne is chief taxi driver and dog walker at the moment.

Anyway we did get a little bit of work done this weekend. We finished piping up the waste to the galley sink and drainer, tested for leaks, everything was fine.

Corinne sanded down the roof gutter/handrails and painted them again.

Then we fitted the timber door liners to the metal side hatch doors in the galley and painted them.
Side hatch doors primed

Side hatch doors undercoated
Finally we oiled the base units to the galley. Almost ready for the worktop and shouldn't be long before the cooker can be installed.

Friday, 2 November 2012

Mini handheld vacuum cleaner...

We have been looking for a small hand held cleaner that will do for the boat but didn't want to go for a battery operated one as we've never found them to be much use, either the battery doesn't last long enough or it's always flat when you come to use it. Granted most of the time a dust pan and brush will suffice, but for the trickier corners and gaps, we found this. It's a Ewbank Chilli £39.

Very compact and comes with a 7m lead, flexible nozzle and an attachment for converting to upright use.

Reviews we've read are good, and no dust bags are required. We havent had time to give it a proper test yet, but it looks good.

You can see how small it is from Charlies nose.

Upright cleaning head attachment fitted.

Friday, 26 October 2012

One Year On...

This week mark's a year since we’ve had the boat, who would have thought it would have taken us this long to fit her out, as we are restricted to weekends and holidays, I guess it’s understandable. Hopefully we can get over the worst of the winter weather and might be ready for a spring launch.

We had another setback this week, Mark had to have keyhole surgery on a torn knee ligament, so he’s been told by the Dr, to rest and not to do anything for at least a couple of weeks. Not something we wanted to hear.
After the op but before the pain kicks in.

Sunday, 21 October 2012

Bit's and Bob's...

The weather today has been lovely blue sky. Perfect for painting, so we sanded down and coated the stern end with red oxide again as the finish wasn't that good here.

We've also tried to get a bit more done on the galley, the adaptors for reducing the 1 1/2" sink waste down to an 1" pipe seemed extortionate from M/C but we needed them. We warmed the suction pipe ends with boiling water to soften and expand them, this made pushing onto the adaptors easier and once cool it was a tight fit and the s/s jubilee clips shall make sure they don't come off.

This is our second skin fitting and we were a lot more confident drilling the hull this time, leaving the final connection until I bring my tap spanner next week, forgot it today.

One pair of side hatch doors were also finished today, these will be painted grey with a black panel and some sort of fancy decoration, probably of roses.

Saturday, 20 October 2012

Sink & Drainer...

Neither of us felt very much like work today, so we set ourselves the task of at least getting the sink and drainer fastened in position, when it was finished we were pleased we'd done something. This is now ready for the granite worktop. Next job is to install the skin fittings and pipework from the waste.

Sunday, 14 October 2012

Breach near Dutton...

We decided to take a day off from working on the boat. Instead we would take Charlie for a long walk down the canal at Dutton as we haven't been there for a while, maybe we could see for ourselves the extent of the breach there.

We parked up near the main road at The Tunnel Top Pub and walked down to the canal just after Preston Brook tunnel, The first lock we came to was fenced off and wedged shut with a piece of timber as you would expect.
Walking past Dutton locks 36.
This was the last stretch of water before we got to bridge 213, you could see the water level was lower than usual but there were still some boats. It was a warm and sunny walk with the mist still lifting off the water.

Coming up to bridge 213. Charlie goes on to investigate. The towpath was closed and we couldn't see anything, we had hoped it wouldn't have been closed off so soon.
Water dammed off at bridge 213.
What's left of the water after bridge 213.

Saturday, 13 October 2012

Galley and Side Hatch door liners...

Over the last couple of days we've been making up the front panel for the kitchen carcasses and the framing for the side hatch door liners. It isn't the easiest thing to do in such a confined space, with no bench to work at, everything is made on the floor. It plays havoc with the knee's and back.
Kitchen fascia fixed together and left overnight for the glue to set.
The side hatch liners are made from softwood as we intend to paint these to match the exterior decoration of the boat.

Two liners here, squared up and jointed together

 We fitted the kitchen fascia today, a quick sand over and the frame was ready to glue and screw in position. The doors won't be fitted till much later.

One set of side hatches nearly done.
A once over with the belt sander then finished with the orbital
The surplus glue that seeped out of the joint didn't half make it hard to release the frames from the floor, if I remember next time I'll be placing some paper down on the floor to stop them sticking. All that's left to do now is to router a rebate around the inner opening for the plywood panel and some sort of decorative moulding around the front.

Thursday, 11 October 2012

The galley continues...

We're a little further today. Most of the work to construct the carcasses on one side of the galley are complete, just need to make the oak fascia that will finish it off so it looks good, the cooker is in place but not fixed yet.

The plywood on top is just acting as a temporary worktop and will be used as the template for the granite when we're ready, the half bulkhead for the dinette has been positioned but not cut to the correct height just yet, that will be done when we fit the seating.
Most of the afternoon was spent tidying up and making room to work. Tomorrow we will be starting the other side where the dresser will be going. (lol)

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

The Galley...

Started today by cutting up some of the timber sheets we've had stored in the hallway at home for the last few weeks months and loaded up the car. We have finally started work on the galley cupboards. It doesn't look like we've done very much does it, but it's all in the preparation and tomorrow should see an improvement, I hope.