Saturday, June 28, 2008

Syncopation is nearly complete. We are waiting for the arrival of the granite worktops.

The floor has been laid throughout:

Oak in the saloon and bedrooms:


Slate tiles and marble pebbles in the bathroom:


The internal doors have also been fitted:

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Syncopation has left the paint dock and is tied up alongside at the wharf.


Sunday, June 15, 2008

Build Progress

Work continues event though we are waiting for the flooring to be delivered.

The mushroom vents have been fitted to the roof:


Lots of lovely brass to polish!

The engine room floor has been fitted:


It's going to be a tight squeeze for the shoe cupboard we have bought from Ikea.

The propellor has been fitted and the front deck hatch has its last coat of paint.

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Saturday, June 07, 2008

Bow Thruster

The bow thruster has been fitted. Opinion among boaters differs as to whether narrowboats should have bow thrusters. Some call the bow thruster control "the girly switch". I think it could be useful for handling the boat single handed.


Inside, all the lights work and the 12v electrical sockets are live (Yes, S and I ran around turning all the lights on and off). There are a few more detailed pieces of woodwork completed:

(Houdini hatch surround and swim cover).

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Sign Written

It looks even better in reality. Syncopation has her final coat of paint on and the rear panels have been sign-written. There's still some blacking to do.



Here are the original concept pictures for the panel lettering:

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I met my first canal blogger today. Strictly speaking it wasn't the blogger herself but her husband, Eric. Elsie lives aboard Narrowboat Bendigedig and writes this blog. We were in Blisworth for a little mooch about with the dog and of course to check on progress on Syncopation. The weather is perfect for walking along the towpath. Probably even better for cruising, but that's several weeks away still.