Saturday, November 29, 2008

Bathroom and Houdinis etc.

All at Fernwood are working hard as Derwent6 is due to got this Wednesday which will make us next to launch......
Chromed Houdini's were being fitted during our vist, they look good and really fit in with the feel we are trying to achieve..

The shower control had been fitted.

Shower cubicle with laminate backing installed

Chrome towel rail at doorway to bedroom, we are just waiting for the sink, then the unit can be built which will fill the gap between the radiator and the washer drier cupboard.

and we love our curved laminate cupboard, this has been designed to fit a cassette loo in the base of the cupboard.This is in case of emergencys if we can't pump out, also should give us plenty of storage in this area.

All credit to Simon as it took him a while to get the door fitment just right...

This will be the cupboard for the washer drier

Still awaiting the back cushions for the sofa, gap at the end of the sofa is for the surround sound bass speaker, should mean an interesting feel to the sofa when in the middle of nowhere and listen to a bit of Rammstein or the like :)

Above and below is the TV unit in the saloon which incorporates a lift up table with storage for 2 fold up chairs behind.

Below is the media cupboard for surround sound, freesat box and media centre computer.

Some external views....

and our tap is now here and ready to be fitted

Our chopping board/sink infill

Long way to go in the engine room but most of the heating system is now in and hopefully will be tested soon.

Above you can see the additional diesel tank we have had built in, this will feed the generator and the heating, and the hydraulic hoses for the bow thruster.
Really pleased with the progress, we have talked launch dates through with the builder and we have come to the assumption that it will have to be January...but what a way to start the new year!

Monday, November 24, 2008

We Name This Boat

Today the boat was really brought to life when the livery was put on . We love the font and the style was just as we had imagined it.

The base cushions for the sofa have been done and a quick test proved them to be very comfy and plenty deep enough, we can't wait for the back cushions so we can really test it out for comfort. When we drew up our wish list, which seems like years ago (infact it was !!!) high up on our list of requirements was a comfy sofa, we have both been on boats where we could not imagine living fulltime with the sofa arrangements either due to them being too upright or too hard. I must Apologise for the poor photo but I snapped this one on my phone and I know its hard to believe but the covers are actually grey in colour.

Anyway we hope to go over for a vist to see the livery for ourselves later this week, I must remember to take the camera this time. The lads are now on with the bathroom as the laminate has finally arrived from Italy.
Been looking for a chimney for the stove, at the moment havn't find an off the shelf solution as we don't really want the traditional look and would prefer a stainless one, we think that "shiny" would go with the style of the boat better. My main doubts on this is that from reading quite a few forums, these often seem to be knocked overboard off and being stainless may not be retrievable with the sea searcher magnet. Looks like I might be designing our own and be calling in a few favours to get one made, or perhaps I should get two !!!!
As with all these things when reading up on them on the forums there is always choice, as opinions on design differ...
single skinned
double skinned
external fitment to collar
internal fitment to collar
So any comments on design to help prevent tar spots on the paintwork would be greatly appreciated.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Progress & Diesel

Fernwood are making good progress here are a couple of photo's of the office area which is situated between the galley and the saloon. Had a call from Julia that are washer/drier has now come in, which is good news, the unit for to house this can now be made. The builder is still making noises of a December launch but seeing that Derwent 6 (which is to be launched before us) dosn't look as though it is going out within the next 2 weeks makes us very doubtful of a pre christmas launch.... they still have loads to do
engine room.
cratch area
etc. etc.

On our last vist we met with Merrick the upholsterer and went through our requirements regarding the sofa cushions. Our goal from the start is to create a really comfy sofa, the sacrifice of this decision is that the sofa cannot be converted into a double bed but could be used as a single.
Reading on the blogs and forums about how the new diesel split system is working (or not). I decided in my idle moments to knock up a quick spreadsheet and put in on my phone so that we can work out our diesel costs, I did read of one yard making a £15.00 charge for calculating non 60/40 splits.....what!!!!!!

Just had a call from a customer up North and they need me to go up tomorrow to do some work, this means I have to basically go past the builders workshop so no doubt will not be able to resist the temptation to nip in and see how the build is progressing on the way back.

Friday, November 07, 2008


Whilst I was busy with the lads didn't realise that Mum had grabbed some pictures, above is view from bathroom door towards the stern and you can see the start of the sofa base.

Yet another picture of the "pod" now with polished surround just needs some final trim on it and the flue and this area will be complete.

and view from the stern, portholes to be fitted next week.


Yesterday my new 3g Router arrived from nucleus networks so spent a little while setting this up and tested it from home. It is a Billion 7300GX which has a PCMCIA slot at the rear to accept my sim free Option card data card. The router is supposed to use the 3g connection as a backup when the DSL connection fails (not that we will have one of them), but can be set to the 3g connection when out and about, which is the setting we will use, so hopefully now will be able to use our wired network via the 4 rj45 connections at the rear or work via the wireless connection (although not sure how well this will work in the boat) . The option card has an external aerial connection that will connect to the aerial on the roof of the boat.
Went to the builders yesterday and they have made good progress, but so engrossed talking on where the build was going next that I forgot to take any pictures. So will have to wait till we go over next week.
But the bedroom is nearly finished, galley is well on, office area is now installed just requiring some trimming out.
The hearth that we had laser cut had been returned from Procast who had made a fantastic job of polishing the stainless. We have now decided to go with a black flue rather than a stainless one as we think this area has enough shiny metal already.
The base for the sofa has now been constructed and we spent a bit of time just finalising the depth and position, hopefully this will go out to the upholsterer in the next couple of weeks.
Construction of the combined television & fold up table unit has been started and the concept of this looked good but will see better when it is fitted into position.
We have now finalised the bathroom layout and the "media" corner unit for the saloon.
The plumbing for the heating system will be commisioned soon but still a long way to go in the engine room.
The delivery of the washer-drier has been delayed for the particular one we wanted but this hopefully shouldn't hold up progress too much.
Anyway thats enough waffling on for now and still can't believe I forgot to take any pictures.