Saturday, September 23, 2006

Stern to Galley - so far

Slowly but surely our dream is developing into a wonderful reality! The latest photos show more internal details. Bath Narrowboats are definitely building us a truly bespoke boat, using all their skills, including some good suggestions. BJ spent the day at Sells Green yesterday and had a really enjoyable day, watching the fitting out process and continuing the discussions. Ideas come as the boat progresses too. The latest being ideas about a wine rack, saloon shelves design and access to the spare cassette, more details as these ideas take shape.

As you can see the stern cabin is really taking shape, the steps are in, with a finrad on the last step to provide heating to the cabin. The bathroom is also developing. For me an airing cupboard is essential on a boat, as linens, spare towels and clothes can be stored and aired in it. The vanity unit will have a mirror cupboard over it and a tiled surround.

The bedroom looks interesting! A fold up cross bed, end of bed storage, and bedside drawers are the practical solutions for us. Our son is a wheelchair user so as we would like him to visit us when we are on Epiphany we had to consider his access to as much of the boat as possible. The fold up bed will give access to the bathroom during the day and at night when it is down there is enough space aft for the wheelchair to enable nighttime excursions! Yet to go in, are over-bed cupboards and wardrobe doors. A small dressing table is on the starboard aft side over the access to the cassette when it needs emptying. The lit mirror above this is yet to be fitted!

The full-length galley starboard cupboard houses the microwave and opposite there will be a pull out larder. The microwave had to be a certain size due to the central corridor and took some research to find! The cupboards, hob, oven, fridge and freezer may well be the next major developments and I am looking forward to seeing my ideas for the galley take shape.

We have had to put Epiphany’s launch date back a couple of weeks. You may remember that the shell was three weeks late due to unforeseen circumstances. Bath Narrowboats have been able to make up some of this time, which is great. We, nor they, want the boat to be rushed so we have agreed to a new date that suits us all. The best things come to those that wait – a mantra from my childhood I think!


  1. I stumbled across your blog whilst doing a search, and I have to say she looks fabulous. My husband Keith and I are having a working boat built at the moment by Roger Fuller, so we know all the feelings you are going trough watching your boat coming together, we are now in the fit out stage, and looking forward to the day when we can cruise away on Hadar. We are living aboard a temporary boat at the moment.
    I will add you to my favs list and will keep an eye on your build. Good luck.

  2. I have just come accross your website and LOVE it! Great pictures too - they show the workings really well! Well done!


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