Sunday, November 30, 2008
We're busy now sorting out the van hire which we had a stroke of luck with because this week Enterprise had 20% reductions on all vans..
We also sent off the British Waterways licence fee and have now got all the paperwork back for that.
We have now sorted out the insurance for Derwent6 including contents, cranage and the transportation. We feel we must recommend Towergate mardon for the way they dealt with us and the professionalism they showed us.
We are now trying to gather all our boxes together so they go on the van in the right order for unpacking.
Thanks to everyone for all your good luck wishes!
We are so excited!!!!!
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Happy Birthday Del !!!!!!!! Have a lovely day and have fun. A birthday present in the shape of derwent6 should be coming soon :-)
Love Al xxxxxxxxxxx
Drawn by Thomas
Thursday, November 20, 2008
We had some problems obtaining the correct legs for the Morso multifuel stove, but now they are fitted, it fits in perfectly. The chimney hole was being cut as we entered Derwent6
Chris had done the back bed board in the dayroom so the squab cover moves back when making the spare bed...The table needs to be fitted which has been made and in the workshop ready for the legs to be done.
The galley doors are now fitted and look fab--u--lous, these just need the handles on. There is still work to do in here with floor lighting and under cupboard storage...
In the bathroom the heated mirror has now been fitted and the LED's added in the shower. The electric pump and switch for the toilet had been fitted.In the bedroom the memory foam mattress had been made and fitted, and the bed headboard was just being put up. There is a bedside table, full door mirror and the mechanical manual operation of the bed to be done here.
The new batteries had arrived as had the buttons (bow and stern) and side fenders.
In the cratch the table had been finished by Pete and the covers and cushions had arrived.
So it's not long now and launch is very nearly upon us..... We are waiting for a date on the Crane and low loader hire so...........Watch this space!
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
We were looking at ways of keeping dry on the stern of Derwent6 without having one of those pram covers which have to be taken down every time you go under a bridge. We know they are good for storage and keep the complete back of the boat dry but are a pain to put up and down and store if removed.
Yes you do look a bit of a knob wearing it, but that is what you do. It is strapped to you using shoulder straps, leaving your hands free, and is also wind and gale proof. You just need to duck to get under the bridges and can even walk around with it attached to do the lock gates.
Friday, November 14, 2008
The first thing we were greeted with was that the bow red flashing had been done and the stern deck and tiller swan neck had been painted.If you look closely you can see the blue LED's fitted to the stern deck, these will light up the stern deck on those cold dark towpaths
When we stepped on board, all the lads (four of them) were working hard to get Derwent6 finished. The first thing we noticed was the LED lighting under the gunnels and the television and speakers fitted.
Andy still has the doors and panels for painting roses and castles in this room and we will be collecting them as soon as they are ready, this should be early next week. The roof had been painted cream.
Sunday, November 09, 2008
Andy just drew two lines and brought Derwent6 to life...When the name goes on your boat it brings tears to your eyes...The stern was then painted. We wanted this a bit different which is why we decided to have a heart
On the bow we went for the traditional Shropshire eye.
In the cratch (the area in the front of the boat) the table had been set up and the cushions had arrived. You can see Andy painting the bow.
While we were there the floor was being laid in the bathroom and it was definitely the right choice.
The radiators are now in, but there are still some problems here that need to be sorted out.
In the engine room the washing machine and tumble drier are now fitted and the desk area is being formed. This will be a multi-purpose room and a bit of a den.
This week we are still waiting for the wood burning stove and freezer to turn up but it is winging it's way to us from Denmark. We took Andy back home and he also took the engine room doors with him for painting.. He is painting the roses, diamonds and Castle. There is a story to tell on them, but I will fill you in when we collect them from Andy.
There still seems to be a hell of a lot of work to do, but we are being told launch could be in a couple for weeks....(We can't hold our breath much longer) With a birthday coming up on the 22nd it seems a good day to launch.