For anyone interested I thought I'd tell you a bit about the boat we are having built. Unfortunately I have no pictures yet but there are some pictures on the builders web site which is www.thenorthwichboat.com. It's basically a 57 foot mid-galley traditional narrowboat, as I wanted it to be as open plan as possible, I can be claustrobic! My husband Eric is a bit worried about our new venture because of this. I am sure it'll be fine.
It has got a 43hp Beta Marine engine with an engine mounted generator which provides travel power! Various extras added include aquadrive for less noise and vibration. We decided on a larger shower with glass door as basically we need the room, neither of us are twiggy and a bed extension to increase the width of the bed to 5 foot for the same reason. On various holidays with Black Prince and a 4 foot bed I always felt that if I moved I'd fall out of bed and spent more time walking in the saloon than sleeping in the bed. Good job my husband can sleep through anything! I have been known to hoover around him.
We are having a breakfast bar to keep the saloon larger and a bed settee with a sprung mattress from Ikea for comfort and as an occasional bed for visitors- if they find us! I have three grown up daughters so I am sure we will get visitors. I expect we'll find it quiet at first, so if you see us on the cut please say hello.
We have downsized to a furnished flat from a 4 bedroom house and it took months to get rid off the accumulated goods of 35 years of marriage. Two of our daughters bought a house together and were pleased to get the furniture we no longer needed, as it was only two years old. When we replaced our furniture we didn't even have an inkling that we would be retiring early to live on a boat.
We still have to be a bit ruthless as there will no room to move on the boat if the number of boxes in the spare room is anything to go by. You keep things just in case, and never use them so they will have to go. We will have to visit the charity shop again, they'll know us by name we visit so often leaving them bags of stuff. After all my husband says who need stuff.