Are you s(h)itting comfortably?

‘Seal’ would have had the luxury of a sea toilet when new,i believe,but this has long since been removed. The through hull fittings are still in place in the heads on the starboard side,as is a cast iron base that the original toilet sat on/was bolted to.
At some point,a floor panel has been installed over these original fittings,and a camping toilet fitted.
Not an all singing,all dancing flushing porta potti type,but a rather unpleasant ‘bucket and chuck it’ affair.
Without going into the gory details,I’ve had occasion to use it once or twice,and believe me,only because i was desperate. Not a nice experience at all.
But,once again Lady Luck has smiled on me,and I’ve been given a proper flushing porta potti. I decided to relocate the ‘throne room’ to the hanging space opposite the current heads, mainly because i want to maximize headroom,and because the capped off fittings/cast iron base in the current heads restrict how low down the floor can sit. Ideally i would have liked to remove them,but that’s a ‘out of the water’ job.
I won’t bore you with a full blow by blow account of how i went about it,but it wasn’t easy! Lots of head scratching,trial and error and ‘mistakes’ in the scrap bin!
I got there in the end though and i’m quite pleased with the result. I bet there’s not many 20′ yachts with two toilets either!
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It’s a small world

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Had this in at work recently,absolutely amazing what they’ve packed in such a small space. Toilet,fridge,cooker,double bed,sink etc. It actually makes ‘seal’ seem spacious and with the roof down “seal” has more headroom.
For the curious Google ‘sprint away lux’ to get more info. But be warned, it was over 14k when they ceased production 5 years ago. Ouch. Oh and it doesn’t float which is a big minus point.
Think of the boat 14k would buy,and a caravan is supposed to be a cheap way of holidaying.

Rubbish!

Where does it all come from?
I cleared 8 black bags from the boat yesterday and i just know that in 3 weeks  there will be 8 more.And they are not all full of tea bags and mars bar wrappers
either!
I must be making some progress to accumulate that many bags of rags,scrap wood and product packing materials,but it doesn’t look/ feel like it.
I reckon the other boat owners are unloading their crap on me when I’m not about!
Perhaps I’ll re-christen the boat “skip”……,

Nest building!

All will become clear shortly.
Got to the boat on Saturday, and after a chinwag and a cup of tea with one of the guys,made a start. First job was pumping out the transom locker, i reckon there was around 10 gallons in there. The way the outboard well/transom locker bulkhead had been modified (!) meant any rain water on the cockpit seats drained into the locker, not the outboard well as it should. And it has rained a bit(!) this week… 
All that pumping made me decide to tackle the problem,there and then. Winters on it’s way,and i was a bit concerned that i may get to the boat one day and find that arse  end submerged.
I’ve been putting the job off a bit because i knew that removing the top quality joinery work that constituted the modification was going to leave a bloody great hole,and i hadn’t quite decided how i was going to reconstruct it. In hindsight though,papier mache would have looked neater and would have had more structural integrity.
It was the usual tale of rusty screws,wood i would be ashamed to use as kindling and copious amounts of silicon. Not forgetting the masonry paint of course.

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What remained after stripping out!.

Around 3 sides of the outboard well is u shaped channel for drainage purposes,so i thought I’d start there and work upwards.i managed to get the channel shaped in GRP and the vertical section above it but ran out of mat and resin before i could finish that section. Forward planning,not! I also forgot to get pics of the progress so far,but hopefully I’ll further with it later in the week and post photos then.

Right,I’ve kept you in suspense long enough, now the nest building bit!
I don’t know whether it’s because i spent a fortnight “roughing it” on board,or whether it’s a subconscious thought that it may happen again at any time,but suddenly my thoughts have turned to making the interior more comfortable (or at least habitable).
Last week at work,15 sq m of foil backed closed cell foam was heading for the skip but found its way into my car boot instead. I can use it for insulating the underside of the coach roof before i line it. Should help make it warmer/cut condensation.
Sunday mornings i often have an amble around the local car boot sales to see what bargains i can find.
This week I found myself inexplicably drawn towards soft furnishings!
First up was 3 large red scatter cushions (£1), closely followed by a large pair of red curtains (£3),plenty enough to make the 6 lots of curtains,with some to spare for whatever. At the risk of sounding sexist,I’ll be asking the women in the office at work if they’re any good with a needle and thread! Of course,i could ask my wife………(maybe not!)
I then found a brand new,still packaged, teak roman blind(£1). I’ve already got this fitted between the cabin/heads area,to replace the teak sliding door.
It’s all very ‘changing rooms’ ,eat your heart out, Linda Barker et all. Now where did i put that frilly shirt………

Normal service has been resumed

Pleased to announce that Julie and i have resolved our differences and are both determined to save our marriage.
It took a lot of late night phone calls,compromises,pride swallowing and humble pie eating, but we’re making good progress,and living together again.
One issue has been the amount of time i spend working on “seal”,so I’ve agreed to spend more time at home. Okay,it means the project will take longer,but it’s better than the other options(selling “seal” or getting divorced).phew,that was close!
I should still manage 1 full day and 1or2 evenings each week.
A lot of our problems have been caused partly by a difficult set of financial circumstances(commonly known as being poor,hence the blog title!) So we are working hard together to sort this out.
This will mean a house move to somewhere smaller and cheaper which will ease the financial burden somewhat.
The downside is we’ll lose our spare bedroom and thus the grandchildren will miss out on sleepovers,but needs must I’m afraid.
And there was me thinking this so-called “bedroom tax” only affected those on benefits.
The next post will definitely be a bit more cheerful,and have a real boat theme,promise!