If you go down to the cut today…

It’s another beautiful morning on the cut at Thurmaston. The ducks are quacking, the sun is shining, the boats are lying lazily in the water. The view up the canal from the lock bridge is delightful…

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Let’s take a closer look at those boats.

IMG_1177Hmm. One of them has a very bright green stern, with vibrant tunnel flashing…

IMG_1178Could it be?

IMG_1179It is! It’s Froth on the Daydream, resplendent now in her full livery!

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There’s lots of progress all over the boat today. We have bow thrusters:

Bow thrusterWe have gas:

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There are lights now throughout the cabin:

IMG_1162In the bathroom, the toilet flush works, the sink area is done, and the shower works beautifully with excellent pressure and plenty of room inside:

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Talking  of running water, the kitchen sink is also working:

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And the oven is ready for that Christmas turkey:IMG_1172

We are just waiting on the central heating, which has an air lock somewhere in the system. This will be eliminated soon.

Meanwhile, the doors are all in place, with the exception of the large ones between each room. There were 59 doors, in the end!

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It just goes on getting more and more exciting!IMG_1167

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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