It’s been nearly two weeks since I last wrote. Lots has happened but I have been totally distracted by work (blurgh). Actually some of the work has been very nice so I shouldn’t complain at all. SO, I have taken pics which I will upload but for now it’s just these humble words… Mainly, the concern of the past few weeks has been with the bedroom space which we are converting and the boiler.
HOLES: We discovered some grotty holes in the front of the boat (the bow). Well, actually, Stuart the welder discovered them so he is doing some work to repair them. This is structurally quite important because the front of the boat gets bashed about quite a lot when it’s on the move, so it needs to be done properly. Also, you can see where previous repairs have been made and there’s layers of weird work that has happened before.
ROOF HOLES: We have cut off the external ‘hatch’ on the roof of the front cabin (“the bow quarters”) and are going to weld some steel over that. Next to it there is what once was a skylight, but it was a bit crappy and plastic so we are making a new one. There will then be a skylight above our bed so we can look at the sky. If it ever appears from behind the clouds.
PORTHOLES: We ordered 4 and they have arrived and are going to be welded into the bedroom. There have been tense conversations about what size these portholes should be and how far apart they should be positioned. This has been resolved.
BATH: We won one on ebay and it is Victorian and made of cast iron and it has feet. It is in somewhere called Leyland which is not a place I had heard of before. Now we need to work out if it is in this country and how we should go about collecting it.
BOILER: We won this on ebay too and it is an old Worcester Bosch. I never wrote about the kabola properly. But the general gist is that it was a good one to go for as it is designed to run on deisel and be sea-faring, but very expensive. The Worcester Bosch boilers have recently changed and the one we bought was brand new but second hand, an older model which would run on deisel. This is annoying because I have forgotten actually all the details of what it was about…
GENERAL OTHER STUFF: I am getting a bit restless about the whole thing and now that the sun is starting to shine, I want to get in there and get painting and going. But it’s still slow and every day there is some new thing which we need to do differently and the process feels delayed. Also I am generally a bit grouchy for other reasons that are unclear to me.
THE REST OF THE BOAT: Tom has knocked through all the other walls and it is now completely open-plan which is great but obviously we can’t keep it completely ope-plan as we need a toilet and shower and stuff like that. Also, the floor is back on the top of the boat so we just need to get those pesky floorboards sorted.
LOUIS: Is the name of the little stove we bought from windy smithy, a blacksmith in Devon. It is also the name of Phil’s baby. The stove is arriving this week, it is very cute and will go next to the bath in the bedroom. Did I mention we were going to put the bath in the bedroom?? I will live in that bath soon.