Up and under

There have been two main areas of progress this week: out on the roof and in down in the back cabin. On the roof, we have solar panels and our satellite TV dish:

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As you can see, the solar panels can lie flat or be tilted to face the sun. We think three will be sufficient to provide most of our power. MGM reckon that we will be able to have 240v power for four days without having to run the engine or hook up to a shoreline to recharge the batteries.

The satellite dish is the self-seeking sort. On our previous boat, we had to adjust an aerial by hand, which meant far too many late nights in the rain swaying about trying to locate a signal!

The back cabin is Andy’s workroom and bedroom. The corridor leads directly into the bathroom. There is also enough space for the bed to pull out to make a full size double.


The bed base is sectioned into two and will lift up with a hinged mattress to make getting underneath easier. The Yamaha digital piano and stand will go under the bed, as well as a couple of spare toilet cassettes, and whatever other long term storage is required. There’s really plenty of room. Above the bed are numerous small cupboards. The ones over the bedhead will house down lights for reading.


There is another cupboard to the left above the computer desk area:


The desk itself is very sturdy and has a side pull-out drawer that opens over the bed to give room for papers, coffee mugs, etc.


The area to the left of the desk is carefully designed to accommodate the music keyboard, when in use. The rest of the time it is empty space.

These were not the only activities. Evidence of other work is scattered around, for example the cabin doors drying against the wall of the boathouse:


But probably the most evocative moment of today’s visit was standing on the back deck and looking at the view down the roof. She’s a long boat! Which is exaggerated by the solid roof over the well deck. On most narrowboats, you have to imagine the front 6-10 feet when standing on the stern. On Froth, the end of the roof is almost the bow of the boat. It seems very far away!


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