Discussion in 'General' started by Micky, Nov 24, 2017.
This is amazing, what a transformation!! So nice to see human skill creating something incredible.
Very nice! I like the filler cap in the bollard a lot...I'll remember that one
I’d be more than happy living aboard her. Just need somewhere for the bike.
A question Mick, being a wide beamed lady are there restrictions to where she can venture? She’s quite a home isn’t she, all she needs is a boiler and a steam reciprocating engine
Andy has a 1200 GSA ... hopefully there will be a small platform at the rear and a winch to go with it ... watch this space
For some locks he might have to remove the 'bike and 'fold' the platform up ... watch this space
Edit ... In answer to your post above Peter ... there will be some canals/locks the boat will be too wide for, Andy knows this and has calculated his foreseeable use. It's all compromises ...
As per a previous post ... we're hoping to get through the Please login or register to view links under the Pennines before he sells his narrowboat
One of my favorite books, along with those on or by Bernard Moitessier (sp). I lived aboard a 42' offshore ketch for 3 years and sailed all around Vancouver Island - I love this thread and have always found these river boats very charming.
@Micky , this photo series on the construction of the boat is truly amazing, as are the images of the finished and furnished boat. I'd love to learn more about the lifestyle of the folks that live in these boats, and how they deal with the day to day services along the way. Guess I'll roll up my sleeves and do some "Google-ing".......
Many thanks Stephen, so glad you find it of interest. Just to re-iterate, and for Kirstybell's post above., the photo's of the finished and furnished boat isn't my mates but one alongside his. Steve Ellis, doing the fitting out is a real craftsman and in demand, with boats waiting for him to get to work on
Here's a few photo's of Steve at work in his adjoining workshop, and a close up of his work ...
X-T2 with 16-55 WR
Cupboard doors being made ...
Andy's boat hopefully in the water later this year ... so please look out for future updates
To continue ... doesn't look much different but a lot of work behind the scenes ...
Got the 'lugs' fitted on to the stern, where a fold up/removable platform will fit, plus the electric crane. Andy's 1200cc BMW GS-Adventure will be carried on this when away from base for some time.
X-T2 with 16-55 WR
More finishing off, sanding smooth, ready for the paint ...
Inside some more finishing off ready for the fitting out. Electrics and central heating pipes to be fitted first though
Taking shape nicely ... and starting to look like a boat ...
Meanwhile Mike the Builder looks on ...
Meanwhile meanwhile Miss Milly waits patiently for the boats maiden voyage
Watch this space .... more to come
Thanks for the update Mick. She’s going to be quite something. One up from the usual shed at the bottom of the garden
This .... ?
The bow thruster motor will go in there ... you can just see the tube inside at the bottom, this exits port and starboard.
Or in the photograph of Miss Milly patiently waiting?
Or were you in your shed at the bottom of your garden
The she as in the vessel. Ships and boats are always female although in my time as a submariner the black tubes never earned that affection Although Milly deserves more than a mention so can give her a tickle under her chin from me.
While I was in Wunderbar Deutschland the boat was painted and lifted in to the water ...
Engine fitted, rudder and prop shaft and bow thruster ...
Bow thruster ... the 'tube' goes across port to starboard, the thruster sits in/on it, one large impeller inside the tube (rotation can be reversed)
The motor ... sits on top.
Plenty of space around the engine ... but this will evaporate as work progresses to get everything shipshape
Meanwhile ... looking good
Inside there's still lots to be done ...
Time moves on ....
The guy Steve that was going to fit out Andy's boat gave backword. It was a 'gentlemans agreement' between them both, but Steve wanted the space and had taken on the fitting out of eleven new boat builds. A contract he couldn't turn down ... so Andy's boat had to be moved. The boat is at Thorne, and Andy has his narrowboat sited in a lovely marine at Methley, near Leeds, some thirty miles away. There was a spare berth next to his, he could fit the boat out himself and/or call on a merry band of willing and capable helpers
The boat was got ready, a makeshift instrument console made up, the hydraulic steering connected ... it was going to be a long day
From Thorne to Methley (between Castleford and Leeds) is about thirty miles!
The boat, as yet unnamed, sat about three inches further out of the water than that desired, but she was up a few more inches at the front, so about a ton of ballast was moved from the rear up to the front to level her off. There's 11.5 tons of ballast below the floor of the boat, made up of old building bricks, the very old type. My house was made in 1905 of these same bricks, they're so dense and heavy ... you can't drill the blighters
The bricks were merely moved up to the front of the boat and sit on the floor for now. This is where the main bedroom is going to be and there will be a stainless steel water tank going in there, under the bed, that will weigh about the same as the bricks. Smart eh!
Ready for sailing. We meet up at the boat 7am Sunday morning, this last Bank Holiday Weekend. Mike the builder comes with us part of the way to see how the boat handled. He has his mountain 'bike on board and will 'drop off' about fifteen miles from base.
Mike takes the helm out of Thorne ... with Andy supervising
Miss Millie is glad to be on board and sailing again ... she's a great river dog
Here you can see the hydraulic steering gear, with the ability to pop an old fashioned tiller in the square in case it goes wrong!
The square box with handles lies directly over the propellor and comes above the water level. If the propeller gets fouled with rope or anything you can access the prop and sort it
The engine is a Dutch Vetus 80hp four cylinder diesel ... (earlier photograph)
The pipe leading to the front of the prop shaft is for the water cooling of said propshaft ... when Andy put the boat in the water it wasn't connected and water came gushing in, good job it was sussed immediately. Merely holding the pipe up above the water level was sufficient to stop it
The boat leaves very little wash, virtually none ... Mike got his sums right, he's building another like Andy's for himself. His mountain 'bike on board ...
We go over one of several aqueducts ... how clever is that?
Andy checks his boat out ... the engine purrrrrs along
More coming ....
We stop off at Pollington for a coffee with Annie. A good friend, she lives in a little old lock keepers cottage right by the waters edge. She has a BMW F800GS like mine and she rides it mean, like she's stolen it
Some interesting views along our thirty mile, twelve hour journey ...
Old bridge ... new bridge
Dunno what they feed the swans on around here
"Is my dinner ready yet dad?"
And so in to Lemonroyd Marina at Methley where Andy's good lady Jackie is pleased to see her new home home
As we sailed in to the marina there was much hooting of horns and waving
It had been a long day ... Miss Millie was always ready to jump ship and help me with the locks and swing bridges along the way ...
I must work on my Dynamic Range ... or learn to use Lightroom
That's all for now folks ... plenty of work to do on the boat, but now it's 'home' where Andy can work on it with more convenience.
In fact in the last few days ...
Love this 'series', keep them coming please
I think they did good pal Andy a favour when they wanted the space. Now that his wide beam is up at his own marina, and berthed up close to his narrow beam live aboard ... it has become so much easier to work on.
I called up yesterday for coffee and to take a few photographs. (X-T2 with 16-55 WR)
I've always said you always only ever swop one set of problems for another ... but Andy's berth at Lemonroyd Marina, having sold a large house and gardens in Sheffield, is so peaceful and tranquil ...
Totally fenced off and secure, a lot of the moorings have their own little garden area ...
This is Andy's
Soooo back to business, work in progress so to speak ....
The interior wood frames have been made to temporarily move about to be able to plan the interior space to maximum efficiency ...
Main bedroom, definitely work in progress here
Guest bedroom (Bunk beds) and toilet shower are somewhere about here ....
F'ward toilet (Behind the wheel and captains chair)
This will have a separate 'cassette' type of toilet whereby the main toilet and shower will be 'pump out' for the main system! So a choice of two alternatives are always available ... dependent on mooring.
Looking towards the stern, the wheelhouse. The above toilet room can be seen on the right ...
All interior doors, except the main bedroom door, will slide open between the interior/outside wall of the the room/toilet/shower to save space and open up interior storage space availability
All lighting will be LED. To avoid voltage drop the bow thruster motor will have its own battery (plus relevant 'intelligent' charger) all tucked away in the forward space in front of the main double berth cabin!
Work in progress ... thanks for looking
Meanwhile, archive photo of Miss Millie on a previous trip helping with the lock gates.
She already knows every inch of Andy's wide beam live aboard build
She's already told me (we have an understanding) that she's looking forward to some time away on this boat
Still one of the best photographs I've taken, showing the wonder of the UK's brilliant waterways and canal system.
Shown before, no apologies I'm afraid
X100S ... Leeds City Centre, berthed behind The Royal Armouries
Is Andy keeping the older vessel too Mick? The wide beamed boat seems a little large for many of our waterways.
It will eventually be for sale. He's aware of the limitations as to his length and width, but he'll be able to go down to the midlands and up to north Yorkshire. Some canals will be out of bounds unfortunately ... but I guess it's all a compromise I guess. This is his home, his house.
I take on board what you said in an earlier post about the 'wheel house' taking away certain parts of what 'it's' all about ...
Had a walk down to the riverbank t'other day, a mile from my home. Saw these guys and thought "Mmmmmm that would do nicely"
Crap photo though
I don't want to appear critical Mick. Each to their own and as you say it is his home. I agree about this one, proper messing about on the canal. Wind in your hair, bugs in your teeth.