Fifty doors

There was not a great deal of change inside the boat today, and here is the reason why:

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Fifty doors! Martin has spent the entire week in the workshop making these doors, which have to fit all the cupboards and doorways on the boat. It is an enormous labour.

So, our attention was mainly focused on the outside. We have brass ‘mushrooms’ and rails for the plank and pole.

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Also, sitting on the stern deck in the autumn sunshine is a joy:

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Which is not to say that nothing at all has happened inside. Rachel has done a lot of varnishing, and we have radiator covers being fitted into place:

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We had some discussion about whether the bathroom sink is too small, and resolved to try it for a month or two and change it if necessary.

Now we are looking at handles for the fifty doors. The overhead cupboards can have knobs, but the lower cupboards need D-handles so that we don’t snag our clothes on them as we walk past. Of course, we don’t want just any old handles and knobs – they have to look good! Looks like we will be spending quite a lot of time this week researching and choosing.

About Face!

Froth has been turned around, so that the bow end is now inside the boathouse. This gives us a great opportunity to sit out on the back deck and enjoy the view of the canal and the back cabin area. It’s the first time we have really got an idea of what it will feel like when we are cruising.

The engine is very quiet and has a satisfyingly deep sound. We had been worried about this because our first encounter with it was indoors, where it sounded quite whiny and rather deafening! The central heating system is also working now. Mark explained to us the various settings on the instrument panel for drawing power from the various sources.

Inside, there are various developments. Some lighting in the saloon:

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Hob and oven in place:

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Louise cleverly had this surface/cupboard area designed around the waste bin. So many people forget that!

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And we have tunnel lights at the bow:

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The water tanks are now in place, under the seating in the well deck area:

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And finally, a view of the saloon from the bow (as always, click the photo to see a larger version):

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