Week 4 of owning a Narrow Boat – What’s left to do?

We write this as we enter our fourth week as Narrow Home owners, seasoned old timers or what? I have been banging on and on about the never ending painting and Ikea trips we’ve endured on the quest to creating our Narrow Home. So much so that you’re probably completely lost with what has happened and what is left to do.

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US, AS 4 WEEK OLD NARROW BOATERS … NOT!

Let’s begin with what has been accomplished, now it may not seem like much but alongside full time jobs we also have part time jobs on the weekend, and a business, so time is something of a highly valued and rarely seen commodity in our house. Meaning that in the last three weeks of being narrow home owners we have only been able to dedicate three days to Fantine.

  • We started by sanding back and prepping all of the panels for painting, in a mossy green. (Including three hours of fighting with frog tape).
  • We painted all of the panels, in the end four coats of paint on each.
  • We removed all of the kitchen cupboard doors, sanded back and prepped them, and painted them all in almond white (Four painstaking and never ending coats of Almond white).
  • We (Kirsty … all Kirsty) sanded back, prepped and painted the kitchen skeleton, again four flaming coats of Almond white.
  • We cleared out all of the items left by the previous owner, cleaned up and then brought in our new sofa in a huge box.
  • We built the Ikea sofa, without one argument, and with no bolts or screws left over (Pat on the back to us, the Ikea gods that we are).

When we take the time to note it down like that it really doesn’t feel like we have accomplished all that much. But never the less we took a bit of time after all of this for a cup of tea and a slice of carrot cake, to congratulate ourselves on the hard work.

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THE LATEST UPDATE IMAGE – SOME FROG TAPE REMOVED AND IKEA SOFA ON BOARD

So what’s left? Our next day with the boat, we are hoping to finish off most of the bits and pieces and start to move all my nick-nacks aboard.

  • We need to re-attach all the doors and drawers for the kitchen units.
  • Remaining furniture needs to be wrestled on board.
  • The stove is part way through being replaced (As you can see in the above update shot), hopefully by this weekend that should be in place.
  • Fantine is also booked in to be pulled out of the water and blacked, which again should take place this week.
  • We are looking to replace the blinds with curtains, but this really isn’t a pressing issue for us, and is something that will happen when we have the time and find the right fabric.
  • The eagle eyed, or elephant brained among you will remember our maverick idea for the back of the boat, and the development of precious wardrobe space. Well this is something that is in the pipeline, however we are waiting for our chosen carpenter to have the capacity to fit this in, we don’t want to be left wardrobe-less in the meantime, so for the time being the current step up remains.
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LOOK AT HOW BEAUTIFUL SHE IS, SITTING PRETTY WAITING TO BE PULLED OUT OF THE WATER AND BLACKED

So the big plan is that come the 1st April, we will be sailing away from the lovely, comfort and safety of Whilton Marina, to our new home at Yelvertoft. This is not an April Fool, promise.

James & Kirsty

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