1st September 2015
We went to visit Ella yesterday and were mightily pleased to see the progress that has been made. Although the paintwork is not yet finished we are very happy with the choice of colour and the effect so far.
|Door with blind|
These doors are very clever as the windows are all double glazed and the blinds are between the panels of glass. This means the blinds don't swing about and even more importantly don't get dirty!!! See how shiny the paint is, my reflection is very clear!
|Stern of Ella|
Here is Dave standing at the stern of the boat. You can clearly see the propeller under the boat and the rudder in front of it.
|Flag pole attached!!|
Dave is very pleased to see the bracket for the flag pole and how it will look when it is attached.
There is also a bracket that we can attach a bicycle carrier onto when we are ready.
These are the various control panels which will help us to look after the boat and the engine. We don't really know what they all do but Daniel will explain everything during the handover and there will be documents in folders for everything on the boat. Exciting bedtime reading!
The three ring hob has still to be placed in the work surface, but it has only just arrived. This and the oven are the only appliances to use gas.
Wall lamps in the lounge along with spotlights in the ceiling. All the lighting is LED so power consumption should be very low.
|Kitchen work surface and sink|
The work surface is made from the granite slab we went and chose from Derby. We are very pleased with the colour and the way it lightens the kitchen area.
Wayne is holding the tap in place to give an impression of what it will look like when finished. Simple but effective.
The bathroom is most impressive with the shower, sink and enormous mirror in place. It does look lovely.
The bedroom has it's own small TV with a dressing table area underneath it. Wayne is going to put some additional lighting under the frame of the television.
|Dave in the kitchen|
Here you can see the red and black clearly. There will be a cream coach line between the two colours.
Beside our boat is another boat that is being worked on as well.
You can see the brackets clearly here, the flat one is for the flag pole and the upright one is for the bicycle carrier.
What next? The signwriter appears to be on holiday, so that will have to wait until he reappears. We are away on holiday ourselves during September, so are unable to take delivery of Ella until the end of the month.
Once everything has been finished, the boat will be covered in polythene sheeting to protect it and left where it is.
The date for launching the boat is 28th September 2015, an independent surveyor will then survey it and hopefully pass it, and a safety certificate will be provided.
We are visiting again on Friday and if Andy Russell is available we might get to meet him. If not we have given Daniel drawings of what we want painted on the boat.
After so long it feels amazing to know that the boat will be ready for us to cruise away in before the end of the month!! So exciting!!