Project Boat: Part One

Looking back on several of my Life Afloat posts over the past year, some of our original plans and intentions have not come to fruition.
For example, our idea of breaking ourselves in gently with the occasional night away, then two, and going through a lock once in a while never happened. In fact, it went for a BIG bucket of chalk when we did our first trip to Stratford Upon Avon in July and did it all at once.  Not that it was a bad thing as we did it again in August!

stratford augIt is hard to believe we have been aboard 14 months but in that time we have made notes on our likes and dislikes about the boat layout, made more subtle changes to our lifestyle and with winter coming, we are planning ahead.

Our condensation problem will never go fully away, but that is already in hand and so we aren’t too worried. Heating the boat isn’t a problem either as we have our oil filled radiators, and we know the on board heating is efficient for the occasional boost.
But we do intend to improve on it.
stoveInitially, we were going to put a stove in for the winter, but decided against it in favour of an additional radiator. Cost naturally played a large factor as to get a professional in to do the job would have set us back around £1200.
The seating area is OK I suppose for 2 people or four midgets, but four adults when we have visitors?
Digital Camera

It’s cramped, uncomfortable and everyone’s knees are playing touchy-feely every time you move.
When it’s just us, we have a bench each (mine usually shared with Maggie) and sit with our feet up but after a while you get a numb backside, sore back and stiff shoulders.
There is also a fan heater underneath one bench which is absolutely useless and a total waste of space.
The plan is therefore to modify the angled cupboard, take out the bench seat behind it which houses the heater (we may be able to sell it) and put the radiator and some shelves there instead.
The lost seating will be replaced by a chair and ottoman type footstool for storage.
Obviously I shall be having a mini sort out and paying a visit or two to the local charity shop with some books, CDs and DVDs again.

We priced the materials and apart from the furniture, should get change out of £100, which is well within our budget. Hubby had his eye on a jigsaw to help with the job, and I certainly had no issue with him having it.

One thing about us, when we have a definite plan, we get on and do it.
We have often found it takes longer to talk about than do the job. I remember many years ago when we were in the bungalow and my Mum came to stay. By the time she’d watched her film, the hall had been stripped and repapered!

When we just have ideas for a plan though, we think on it, improve it, and think a bit more.
That’s the next bit of the project. Do we remove the other bench and get a second chair, or extend our seating in an ‘L’ formation with a removal cushion across the bow door step?

We are halfway through Part One so we’ll see how it looks!


About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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10 Responses to Project Boat: Part One

  1. I’ll be looking forward to the progress pictures – I can hardly wait to see what you’ll do with the space that you have.

    • Being less than seven feet wide we don’t have that much space to start with but at least what we do have will be better and more easily accessed.

      • Let’s see. My bedroom is 8 x 10 or so, and I can barely walk around if Cody is in there with me. You and your husband must be saints.

      • No, just a little mad perhaps! We knew we were going to downsize, but just got our sums wrong as buying a boat wasn’t on the cards at all when we sold the cottage last year! I suppose it was a bit like moving out of Buck Palace and buying a semi. I guess we had a head start with our first house, which was a one bedroom cluster home (one of four, so everyone had a corner) which measured 13′ 4″ by 16′ 9″ on two floors. The lounge had a kitchen in one corner and spiral staircase opposite, and the bedroom upstairs was 13’4″ by 8′ 9″. The boat is 41 feet long, but that includes the cratch (bow) and helm, both of which we got covers made for when we first arrived. We call the covered areas our conservatory (bow) and mud room (helm), but at last we can take our wet coats off and hang them up to dry without dripping in over the bed!

      • I don’t think my husband and I could do it. We love each other, but sometimes we just need to get away from each other, so one of us will go upstairs or something.

      • I understand perfectly. We all need Me Time and our own space. Even if we are at opposite ends of the boat sometimes it’s not enough, so Maggie usually gets the benefit of another walk or two (or three!). For us though, it’s a good life and we are content with each others company, which is why I suppose we refer to ourselves as a pair of comfy old slippers!

  2. I am in awe that you can do it and with a dog too. I enjoy your experiences. Personally I get claustrophobic if I’m on a boat for more than 3 days.

  3. We stayed in a very small condo this weekend as we had to have the house fumigated. We are definitely not ready to live in something so small yet!

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