The pace of fitting out is now at full speed, with everything happening everywhere on the boat.
On this page are a selection of photographs indicating progress over the last week.
These images show the major work that has taken places, but there has also been a great deal of detailed work happening that also contributes to the progress of fitting out a narrow boat but which is hard to document on these pages.
Again I will mostly leave the images to provide the information, but adding text when I actually know something about what is happening.
To the right is the beginning of the fitting out of the saloon area (which I am standing in), looking from the front of the boat to the back.
Also showing the kitchen in the background.
The gas cooker being fitted.
The refrigerator being fitted.
The seating / storage in the saloon looking to the front of the boat from the galley area.
Storage on a narrowboat is extremely important, and here is shown an area of storage where “loose” chairs can be stored convenient to the open area at the front of the boat.
The television will actually sit on the unit to the left of the doors, but it is not yet finished.
The TV has been brought on board to check proportions, there is no time for viewing while you work.
Here is shown the water pump and a “pressure” vessel which I am told maintains constant and instant supply of water to the taps and shower.
This unit will be contained beneath the forward steps when the boat is complete.
The flue / chimney to the Alde gas boiler being fitted.
The flue / chimney viewed from inside the boat.
The stainless steel water tank / calorifier.
Well it is stainless steel inside, surrounded by insulating foam with the out casing of impact resisting plastic.
In conjunction with the Alde central heating boiler, the heat exchanger, and the heat from the engine cooling system wonderful things can be done to ensure the efficient production and storage of hot water and the way it is used.
How it it does all this is beyond me, ask a man who knows.
The engine compartment showing the propeller shaft entry.
Above it is the weed hatch inspection compartment, directly over the external length of the propeller shaft.
The propeller shaft needs to be inspected each morning to ensure that there is nothing wrapped around it.
The engine in the process of being lowered in to the engine compartment for the first time.
Steve, the engineer, likes to do it twice.
The first time to place everything in the correct position, i.e. exactly in line with the propeller shaft.
Al mounting holes will then be accurately marked.
The engine is then removed and the holes for the mounting bolts drilled in the marked positions.
Even so the mounting units allow some slight movement in positioning if required, as shown in the mounting unit in the image to the left.
To the right is an image of the rear bedroom, with the toilet hoding unit now “boxed” in.
View of the rear bedroom looking to the rear of the boat, showing the rear doors and storage compartments to the left.
One of the storage compartments at the rear of the boat showing the fitting out.
The storage compartment on opposite side of the boat, the heat exchanger is in the boxed in section if you have been reading earlier pages.
A view showing the relative position of the storage areas.
Internal view of the housing for the engine control panel.
Fitting of the feature alcove in the forward bedroom.
The Mira shower has been fitted.
The pipework to the Mira shower, in the storage area beneath the feature alcove for the forward bedroom.