Sunday, 28 April 2013

Rear steps...

 Rear steps done, and I can't wait to get the rubber matting stuck down to see how the finished thing looks. All the treads are removable for access if needed.

Things definately seem to be coming together at last and a lot of the larger items have been done, just the finishing off bits left.

Saturday, 27 April 2013

Engine room floor...

The main area of the engine room floor is all but complete, all that is left to do is varnish the oak edges, stick down the rubber anti-slip matting and fit the lifting rings. 

Friday, 26 April 2013

Engine room cupboard and controls...

Back in the engine room and first job is to cover the steel plate that holds the controls followed by the cupboard framing. The framing was made on the saloon floor and was a tight squeeze to get in position.
6mm plywood board glued in position.

Framework for cupboard fitted.

Controls fitted temporarily.

Side framework in place.

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Battery box...

Nothing too flashy just somewhere to put the batteries that will hold them secure and well ventilated.

Lid will be cut in two for easier access and just lift off.

Ventilation slots cut.

Monday, 22 April 2013


The dinette is next. This will mean our work space will disappear for good but it will be good to see what room we have when its up. The dinette will double as a guest bed too.
Setting out and panels getting fixed.

Seating coming along.

Almost done.


Sunday, 21 April 2013

Starboard side hatch doors...

While the weather has been fine we decided to get the side hatch liners finished, that's both sets of doors complete now.
Framework cramped and left for glue to set.

Paneling and mouldings complete.

Fixed in place and ready to be painted.

Saturday, 20 April 2013

Cabin cupboards...

Now for the cabin bridging cupboards, very much like the galley ones.
Framework made and timbers ready for fitting to form arch.

Arch jointed and ready to put together.

Sanded and ready for arch to be cut.

Framing clamped and propped in place to check fit.

Arch cut and shelving started.

Thursday, 18 April 2013

Galley Dresser...

Things seem to be coming together now we have started fitting the bits that make it feel more like home. The last few days have been spent working on the dresser.

Propped in place so dimesions can be checked before its too late.
Centre arch jointed and glued.
Ready for the arch to be cut.
Fixed in position and shelving fitted. Props in place until glue goes off.

Tuesday, 16 April 2013


We got further along with the wardrobe and managed to get the shelving and front framing in place with just the drawers and doors left to do.

Monday, 15 April 2013


Well Mark is back at work as from today after a u-turn by his employers. Office duties only. Not sure if his operation will go ahead on the 22nd after some mix up at the hospital.

Lighting the stove for the first time...

Now that the stove is fitted, the next job would be to light it and bake the outer paintwork as well as check for any leaks, The new paintwork didn't half pong for a bit but it did the job and is all sorted now. No leaks either. So we should be nice and warm if the weather decides to go a bit chilly again. 

Monday, 8 April 2013

Stove Chimney...

With the weather set to be dry for most of the day we made the decision to start fitting the stove flue and chimney. The cold breeze outside didnt help and after an hour or so we soon lost the feeling in our fingers.

Midland Chandler's ordered in a flue kit we liked off their website so we could see how it went together before we bought it. This was the one we finally went for as it looks very simple to install. It is Morsos own make of insulated flue kit with no cutting to size required. The two flue pipes just slide telescopically together to increase and decrease the length required.

Holding down anchors to secure the stove to the hearth are also included in the kit. 
Morso squirrel flue kit.

The collar does have some adjustment for the roof slope, but not enough for our boat.
Collar with cap fitted.
We were very pleased with the finished job and how easy it went together.

Sunday, 7 April 2013

Oak Worktops...

The oak worktop for the galley arrived and was very heavy as was expected, we cut it to length straight away to make the 3.6 metres more managable at 2 metres. We intended to use the off cut for the bathroom utility work surface.

 Galley worktop fitted in position and ready for its first of many coats of oil.

Another excellent job, time for a brew.
 As planned the off-cut did the utilty worktop.
Utility top fitted and oiled.

Saturday, 6 April 2013

Back working on the boat...

Nice easy jobs to start us back into work.

We spent today fitting vents into the cooker housing to let heat that may build up around the oven to escape, there are another two vents on the other side and the bottom of the unit has been left open to encourage air circulation.

The gas supply to the cooker has also been connected, still not completed at the gas locker end so no roast dinners just yet.

Vents in cooker housing.

Gas supply with shut off valve.

Friday, 5 April 2013

Hospital Date...

Mark has received his Heart Op date today, 22nd April. Work won’t allow him to go back until he’s been to see their occupational health assessor, even though his Dr and heart specialist have told him he can. That being the case we’re going to try and get some work done on the boat this weekend.

Called in to Midlands Chandlers, Freaky Friday 20% off this afternoon and picked up some stuff we needed.

Wednesday, 3 April 2013

Internal vent covers...

Still waiting to go back to work. So in the meantime I've been keeping busy in the garage and turned a trial oak frame to sit our brass grills in, these will cover the holes in the ceiling for the mushroom vents. Only another four to do.
Three pieces of oak stuck together and left to dry.

Frame turned and waxed ready for grill

Grill finished and ready to be fixed