Thursday, 12 February 2015

Stepping inside Ella!!


On 19th January we were allowed to step inside Ella for the first time.  It was very exciting to be able to stand inside the space that will eventually become our second home.

Insulation on the gunwhales.







This is the interior of the boat showing the insulation being attached to the gunwhales.  The batons across the boat are there to allow the adhesive to dry.









Mark
Daniel






Here are part of the team working on Ella, they have been working on her since the start and will see the work through until she is finished and in the water.


Another Daniel
 An important consideration for me is that I have a clear and uninterrupted view along the top of the boat when we are cruising.  Being of less than average height it can be a problem if the deck is too low or the roof too high.  I have spent many hours standing on a step, with the added problem of falling off!!!!

View along the roof.






As you can see here, I have a clear view along the roof with plenty of height to spare!






Two seats at the rear of the boat.






Sometimes, if the weather is good and the cruising is quiet and straight forward, there is nothing better than sitting at the rear of the boat and watching the world go by....slowly!










Insulation







The whole of the interior of the boat is insulated with this foam insulation.  It is placed against the steel and then the wooden interior is attached to it.  The depth of the insulation means that the boat will stay nice and warm during the colder months and help to keep the interior cool during the warmer months.






Storage for gas bottles.



At the front of the boat there is space to store 2 gas bottles.  It is always a good idea to carry a spare bottle of gas so that you can change it over when the bottle runs out.  We find that the gas bottle always runs out in the middle of the night or during a deluge of rain.  Ella will only use gas for the cooker, as we have chosen for the central heating to run off the diesel.











On our next visit, Ella will be outside the workshop with its undercoat of paint on and its first coat of blacking on the hull.





 




















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