Measham Outfitting – 19th. December 2007 – Finishing Painting, Window Fixing and Foam Insulation
The run up to Christmas has been a very busy period for fitting out the narrowboat Measham, with a number of operations being carried out as a matter of urgency to allow other operations to be performed.
The painting needed to be substantially completed so that the windows, portholes, skylights and ventilation “mushrooms” could be installed.
And all of the above items needed to be completed so that the spray foam insulation could be applied.
Yes items could have been performed out of sequence but this means more inconvenience and unnecessary work, which nobody likes to do, as well as the increased cost it incurs.
At this time I am going to add little text, but just concentrate on getting this page and the pictures it contains on to the website before Christmas, so that you can see the progress that is being achieved, everything is still on programme, which is nice.
Happy Christmas from everybody at the Ashby Boat Company, we hope you will return to see the continuing fitting out of the narrowboat Measham in the New Year.
The masking is now complete, including the floor which is covered with polythene.
The spray foam contractor has arrived, and is setting up the equipment.
The process consists of combining two “chemicals” which are then sprayed under pressure on to the inside of the steel hull.
The chemicals react causing the foaming which then hardens into a very tough foam.
Already to go, just fitting the spaying “head”.
The combined pipe that you can see is in fact a combination of a number of pipes that are all connected to the spray gun.
The is also an “air pipe” that goes to the operators helmet/mask so that he can breathe clean air.
On a cold day, like the day of the work, a space heater is used to heat the interior of the shell to dry and warm the steel and promote the chemical reaction that is the hardening of the foam.
The application of the spray foam insulation practically complete.
Here you can see the air pipe going to the operators helmet.
Now it is necessary to remove all the masking from the battening and trim off the sprayed excess insulation foam prior to fixing the interior panelling.
The narrowboat is receiving its final top coats, of paint, the end of the painting process is near.
Soon we will expose, not in the literal sense, the identity of the painter, you will be surprised.
The painting is finished. It is a shame it was not a better day to take the photographs, better ones will follow.
But I think, even on a dull day, you can see the high standard that has been achieved.
Any hirer will be proud to “captain” any of the Ashby Boat Company boats, as they are all repainted every winter for the following season.
The roof painting finished, with floor paint, to leave a rougher and more durable surface for walking on from time to time.
The skylight is fitted as is the ventilation “mushroom”.
Pictures of the fitting, and associated, processes follow.
Further Information on the type of windows used in this fit-out can be found at the website of, Wesley Marine Windows.