Sunday, 25 September 2016

The next chapter of our life story has begun

Hello, welcome back. Sorry it's been a while since my last blog but we've been a bit busy moving.

We delivered Fizzical Attraction to her new owners Howard & Lynn in Yelvertoft Marina and rented a van.  Roger reckoned we'd get everything into a Transit but I insisted on a bigger van as I didn't think that would be big enough. Enterprise actually upgraded us to a high top long wheel base van which was only just big enough.  It took us almost 2 days to decant all our worldly possessions and clean out Fizzi and it's a good job we weren't stopped by the police as I'm certain it was overloaded.

Chico's never been a good traveller whenever we've rented a car but he loved the van and curled up in his basket in the sunshine and slept all the way to Bristol.

He soon made himself at home in the sun on the gunwales and stayed there while we unloaded the van.

So here she is.........."Out Of The Blue" aka "Bluey"  Photos taken before we unloaded any of our stuff.

The Master Bedroom with ensuite off to the right

The wheelhouse/lounge 

The galley - the cooker is minute compared to the one on Fizzi and the drawers to the left of it are unusable as the steps are in the way.

What looks like a large cupboard on the right is a dish washer

The second bedroom, in the bow 

There's also another main bathroom adjacent to the galley.

It's a lovely boat and felt like home as soon as we moved in BUT there's no storage at all apart from a couple of small kitchen cupboards and a small wardrobe in the main bedroom so we've got a lot of upgrading to do.

First task was to empty and check the integral water tank because water coming from the taps was dark brown and smelled dreadful. It took half a day to siphon the water out so that Roger could get inside to inspect it.

The problem was sludge in the bottom of the tank, probably due to the fact that the boat has been unused for the past 5 years.  The outlet pipe was also much too close to the bottom of the tank and was drawing up this sediment into the system. Once the tank was dry Roger gave it a good coat with Furtan rust converter and chopped a couple of inches off the pipe.  It took 3 hours to refill the tank and we calculated it at 1800 litres which is 3 times the volume of the tank we had on Fizzi.  After sterilising it with Milton, emptying and refilling with fresh water we now have good clear water throughout. All I need now is a drinking water filter on the kitchen sink but that'll have to wait as I want the small round bowl and drainer replacing with a standard bowl and a half sink unit. My kitchen has to be functional rather than decorative and the current arrangement may look nice but is totally impactical.

Next job was to reconfigure the galley to suit us better. That meant ripping out and selling the small cooker (which had never been used) along with the unusable drawer unit and replacing them with a washer/dryer and large double oven and 5 burner hob.

We've also fitted a couple of wall cupboards to increase the storage space

For the few days we were without a cooker I had to manage with this one ring electric hob and an electric kettle. It worked quite well but I'd hate to have to have an all electric boat as every time I wanted to brew up or cook anything I had to run the generator. I know lots of people have gas free boats these days, but it just doesn't seem right to me.

We've ripped out and sold the dishwasher (again unused and still with the packing inside it) and have now fitted a more functional drawer pack with pull-out baskets which will be the larder.

So there you have it. We've only been here for 10 days but have done lots of alterations, as well as cleaning.  We don't actually have any working toilets at the moment as the boat builder - who shall remain nameless- fitted yacht toilets (which are supposed to discharge overboard) to the waste tank. These don't have non-return valves inside the mechanism so every time you flush them they back-fill from the tank into the bowl......disgusting!!!  They're next on the list but haven't been a priority as the facilities here on our mooring are superb and we've been managing quite nicely.

We're having a day off today, hence I have time to write this blog.  We've just been out for Sunday lunch and Roger is sat in the sun playing his guitar. Life is good and we've definitely made the right move.

Bye for now, see you soon


NB Muleless said...

Congratulations Bluey looks fabulous! We are an all electric boat but do this have a generator - we have the hybrid system. We have an electric oven and induction hob which we have no problem using at anytime day or night - if you have the right set up electric is great.

KevinTOO said...

WOW, now that IS impressive, very nice indeed :)
Looking forward to reading of your upgrades too.

Bruce in Sanity said...

All the very best on your new boat, you two!

Sounds like you've got a lot to do but you'll have exactly what you want at the end of the day.

Y'all take care, y'hear?



Ade said...

She looks mighty fine congratulations.

Carol said...

Wow! Fantastic!

Stuart said...

Thank the lord your back, so Bluey looks great btw, where will you take her?

K Ville said...

How exciting. Oh the places you will go! (once the loos are working -obviously!!)