Progress on all fronts

The good folk at MGM have been working flat out and there is progress on all fronts.

In the galley, we see the work surface going into position. The clamps are holding it in place while the glue dries:

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The lacquer is being applied to the walls in the saloon:

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The brass windows and portholes are in place throughout:

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The bathroom is also well on its way to completion.

For those interested in such matters, we have opted for a cassette toilet, rather than a pump-out tank. We had a pump-out on our previous boat, then changed to cassette and much preferred it. Although emptying cassettes is not exactly pleasant, lying on top of a tank full of excreta is an even less agreeable thought, and if you get iced in it can be a real pain not being able to reach a pump-out station.

The toilet is ceramic:

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And the shower is better than anything we’ve had in any of our houses!

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Here are some views of the back bedroom. The blue calorifier on the left will end up in the engine compartment.

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The electrics cupboard has been fitted:

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And here is a view down into the bedroom from the back deck:

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And finally… a teaser! Here you see Froth’s bows poking out from the boathouse. If you look closely, you will notice the beginnings of the exterior paint job. This has in fact come on a lot, but we are going to save the photos for a ‘big reveal’ in a later post. It just would not be right to show an unfinished job. Suffice to say it is going to look amazing!

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Feel the power!

We’ve been promising a post about the engine, and here it comes! But, first things first, today’s visit showed a lot of carpentry under way and the arrival of a few bits and pieces. Delivery of some of our fittings has been delayed by the problems at Calais. Those events are having such a knock-on effect across the country. But the windows are here. They are the large type with the small opening window at the top. On our previous boat, the catches that held the small windows in place never fitted properly. These look very snug. Martin (holding the window here) tells us that the window maker continuously improves his design. We do like working with real craftspeople.

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The portholes have also been delivered, but they are still in their bubble wrap:

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We have opted for an ‘Algodon’ surface for the kitchen and bathroom. It’s very hard-wearing, nice and bright, and, we are assured, will not show smears and dirt. It is an acrylic surface made by Avonite. Here is the product page on their website. And here is a photo of a piece for Froth:
IMG_0941And so, we turn to the thing without which we would be going nowhere! This is the Vetus Marine M4.45 engine:

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It’s a keel-cooled, 4 cylinder diesel engine delivering 42 horsepower, along with twin 110A alternators. The installation comes as a package that includes a 55 kgf bow thruster kit, propellor, stern gear, dry exhaust, sine wave inverter (3000W, 12V-230V, 50Hz), battery charger for 3 battery banks, starter battery, control panel, and all relevant connectors, hoses, etc. The bore is 3 5/64″ x 3 3/32″ and the capacity is 1758 cm³. Full tech spec is here. The engine is so quiet that its  compartment does not need sound insulation.

We can’t wait to get this started and to feel the power!