Thursday, 25 February 2016

A bad case of dandruff

Wed 24 Feb - An early start today awake at 4.00 away by 6.30, we had a really smooth run through the rush hour traffic, so by 9.30 we were at the boat yard ready (ok, maybe not my preferred conversation after a long drive) to talk electrics and layout.

A rough layout was marked on the floor of Sonia Louise.  The Galley needing the most thought due to the physical size of the fridge/freezer we have gone for, and which now stood in the galley space. We always knew that our layout may need to be 'tweaked' to accommodate it. Good news for us was that David already had an alternative plan and talked us through this, it took me a little while to understand what this could look like, but with input from Paul the carpenter and his handy sketch it became our option.  Shelves, cupboards, drawers, storage and display ideas were all discussed as well as housing ideas for the fridge/freezer and microwave.

Moving on through the boat the layout flowed well, the dinette, saloon, bathroom and bedroom didn't need any changes, so we could pay some attention to the practicalities of how the entertainment unit could look and what it needed to house (hmm not my forte either). 

Electrical sockets next and Simon was quick to capture locations of these by drawing diagrams on the spray foam insulation, all sorts of cable runs were talked through, mains 230v, 24v, and so on.

A welcome break came and we took advantage of a quick pub lunch 5 minutes away, here we found the bad case of dandruff, we had both caught it, ooops, this is a really smart pub too! We had been leaning against the spray foam insulation and some of this covered our coats, still there is plenty left on the boat, a really thick application has been made, which should all be good for us come summer or winter.
Thick spray foam insulation now applied.

Back to the boat yard for switches and lighting positions, choices on ceiling light positions, wall lights, and LED strip lighting were all made as well as two and three way switching combinations, oh and lighting for the glass unit in the galley we are having.

Crikey I think we have our boat layout sorted!

Friday, 5 February 2016

It's a long way to the front

Weds 27 Jan - We had a busy day today, a call into Bluewater then the scenic route home through the vale of Evesham.

To the boat first then, and how nice to see it with cabin sides and a roof, with the all important (for us) extending roof line over the front cratch area.

We were also wanting to check window positions and side hatch openings, with those now marked out in chalk, at our next visit we should see the holes - hope they're right!

Martin took the opportunity to look down the roof line, a view we'll be seeing quite a lot of in the future, it looks very long indeed!
How far?
A five minute drive to the nearby pub the Bell Inn saw us having an early lunch.  Then back towards home to look at kitchen worktop options and flooring ideas. I'm really pleased our tastes don't differ too much.

And finally, we hope we won't need them but one each side should help if we do
Ready to give a foot up...