Don’t get me wrong, I like our boat. It’s cosy and warm, easy to keep clean, and we have everything we need.
We knew the colder months were going to be a trial and test for us, and so far we have been addressing the problems as and when they have arisen (hence pram and cratch covers, secondary glazing, oil filled heaters, hot water bottles etc).
It was cold last night. We knew it was going to be so the bottles were put in the bed, we had our hot chocolate and mallows beforehand, and snuggled up close when we got under the duvet.
Maggie snuggled in close to me and also had an extra layer for warmth. We slept well.
I have mentioned the condensation problems and our efforts to reduce it.
This morning we both had mini showers……….. from condensation on the metal door frame at the helm and the window frames in the kitchen.
What we weren’t prepared for was ICE…….. inside.
I found myself thinking about my childhood, the days before central heating and double glazing, when most people had coal fires, heavy curtains at their windows and doors, hot water bottles and masses of blankets on the beds.
I can’t remember mopping up windows every morning, but I do remember cold bathroom floors, fluffy slippers, flannelette PJs and woolly dressing gowns.
Outside, the pontoon, river bank, buildings, cars and boats were white.
Today has therefore been spent purchasing a broom handle and clingfilm secondary glazing kit from the pound shop, large cup hooks and a fleecy throwover from a discount store, and 2 short lengths of batten from a DIY outlet.
Hubby is making a ‘mid frame’ for our kitchen windows so that we can secondary glaze the bottom half, leaving the opening parts accessible for when I cook.
The broom handle and cup hooks will support the throwover across the doorway at night, which hopefully will stop warm air hitting the cold metal which has been resulting in the condensation.
The radiators and dehumidifier are going all night, so the electricity meter is in a permanent spin, but we anticipated that and have allowed for it in the winter budget.
That multi fuel burner will definitely be going in next year though!