Thursday, 12 February 2015

Ella Outside

On 2nd February we went to see Ella again.  We were very excited to see that she had been moved from the workshop to a space in the yard.  She now has the undercoat on and the first of the blacking for the hull.  It is possible now to get a better view of her length and depth.
The boarding is covering where the windows will be and the doors in the bow will be wooden with glazed panels in order to let in as much light as possible.

Ella's Stern
This is the semi-traditional stern on Ella.  It is a compromise between the traditional stern and the cruiser stern style narrow boat.  It has an extended deck which provides both shelter and storage.  It also has more room, thereby allowing two or more people to be with the person steering the boat.  The engine compartment is still outside the main accommodation of the boat and is easily accessible via the deck boards just in front of the tiller.

Ella's Interior
Inside the boat so far the tongue and groove oak roofing has been put in place.  Holes have been left through out the boat for wiring for LED lighting and the Houdini hatch and pigeon box. The houdini hatch will be above the galley and allows a good degree of ventilation and light whilst cooking. The pigeon box is again for condensation, but is also a decorative feature on the roofline and will be decorated in traditional canalboat style.

Site of the houdini hatch.

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