Thursday, February 06, 2014

Currently Under Construction.

As usual, it's taking me a little longer than I thought to get everything ready to go. In my last post I promised you a new blog to look at. Now, I have actually built the new website, but it's not live on the internemaweb yet. This is because I'm running around daft trying to get all the other stuff sorted out too. So just to prove my promise is not an empty promise, here's a little teaser while I carry on running around in preparation.
I have taken on a new workshop space, down by the sea on the West Sussex coast, and am going to use everything that rebuilding Wendy taught me about wood and metal work to make amazing bespoke furniture and interior ware, much of it from the top quality reclaimed woods that I'm able to source. I also have a plan for some cool soft furnishings, and a range of craftsman made welded wood burning stoves is on the way too.
Expect a darker, more opulent vision of coastal living, less pastel blue and arbitrary life buoys in the bathroom, and far more rich hardwoods, elegant design and exotica from the captains cabin.
Of course, as soon as that website and blog hits the web, you guys'll be the first to know.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Stanley Unwin.

Big big things are afoot my pretties. Within the next couple of weeks there should be a link from here to my new blog, as part of a proper grown up website too. This blog will continue to run. The new one will be about something less intensely personal which means it will probably be less rambling, occasionally less despondent and definitely less sweary. But still, I hope that you might find it rather exciting. Until then it's all very hushly lushly in the quieting bode, oh yes indeed.
Watch this space folks…..

Friday, January 03, 2014

I am the Walrus.

Koo-Koo-koo choob.

Still a way to go on the fabrication side, and still to be welded up fully but I'm beginning to see the shape of her now. And she seems to have picked up a name along the way...

Friday, December 27, 2013

Merry Christmingles People.

A heavy duty Christmas Fairy let me have a full sheet of 1/2" plate to play with, which had only been languishing under a hedge for nearly a year. So I'm building a better stove. There's a way to go yet, but it's already way too heavy to lift without a chain-hoist; hence the monster lifting eyes on the back which will become part of the design. I'm really looking forward to getting the doors on this thing and I hope that it'll look right smart as well as function correctly...
Here's one of my latest lighting efforts, made of bits that I found in boot sales. This one lives in the galley now, the light itself comes from our new very favourite thing: warm white  12v LED lighting from a well known internet auction site. I've become reasonably good at getting lamp holders to fit into these strange old bulkhead lights. Unfortunately for you, how I do it will remain a secret.
And we finally got that mahogany parquet floor down in the engine room. One thousand blocks of the dammit stuff, I tell you, it's amazing what I can pull off a bonfire pile. Here follows a few pics of the floor laying action as it happened. Despite the fact that the floor is now finit, you'll have to imagine it as I've not taken any pictures yet. Trust me, the finished article looks and feels amazing. It's insulated beneath, and it's all in sections to allow access to the bilge. I've still got to fit all the recessed brass 'D' rings though, ach, mañana.
More to come… including real plumbing! yep, it's done. With massive thanks to Tony and Mo for the worlds strangest wedding present we can now enjoy a real civilised toilet. And I mean enjoy. It only took me a year, and we're still getting over the novelty. So Wendy has a fully up and running pressurised cold water system, working waste water management and a real kitchen sink. Go Girl. Pictures and words coming sooooon. Merry Christmas y'swabs.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Still Aboard.

It's apparent that some time has elapsed since I last wrote anything here. For a long while I simply fell out of the habit, considering that our big story is told already and who wants to read about another bloody liveaboard anyway. However, lately I'm considering whether to keep writing, and if so what form it may take. while I ruminate, this little post is just to reassure anyone out there who is tuned in that we're ok, actually we're more than ok, we're having a great time. Now that we've got over some basics things are working out well and neither of us would rather be anywhere else. What a life.

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Oh Not Again!

 Just a leetle sneak preview of the latest thing what I have designed to drive meself round the twist a bit further. It’s a wardrobe lockermabob. Made of hundreds of bits of reclaimed oak I got off a job a while back. The lower portion of which contains the starboard water tank and all the pipey bits. More pictures when I’ve got the bloody doors on, so that'll be in like three months (humour) (I hope).

Sunday, March 10, 2013


We appear to have survived the winter! At one point I honestly didn’t think it possible, and it hasn’t been easy, but y’know I think we done did it. I grew a large and unruly beard for a while, as shaving in the dark was too challenging, but instead of looking like a distinguished sea pup I ended up looking like some kind of shovel chinned barbarian, so in the end it had to go.
    Hold on a mo, as I type this it’s trying to snow again. What the buggeration!? Bloody weather. Maybe the last three days were spring, we’ve bypassed summer and gone straight back in for another round. If this turns out to be the case at least Becky and I know what we’re dealing with I suppose. We’re still strip washing ourselves with bucket and flannel, still sewn into our thermals the rest of the time, still cooking on the woodburner to save gas, still living with candlelight in most areas. So it’s still testing us. But, at least until it started to snow again just now, we have learnt to smile, or at least contort our faces into a convincing rictus, and we are tentatively beginning to congratulate ourselves for surviving the worst of the cold and dark. We haven’t done much on board except live and sleep, not getting enough of either since mostly we’ve been getting used to the long commute back and forth. But with the hopeful change of season we’re starting to plan the next round of work on board.
We’ve been stockpiling materials and parts over the winter, including a humbly accepted donation of plumbing and electrical parts, rope and paint from an old boat buddy. We’ve also secured some right nice reclaimed hardwoods including large enough amounts of oak, teak and mahogany which is all earmarked for specific homebuilding projects that are coming soon.
I’m still on medication, yes it took its time getting going but it’s helping a lot now. More importantly I think I am beginning to learn some big lessons with regard to my awful and terrifying nosedive last autumn. The pace and balance of what we get up to next has to be moderated by this so, things are going to be a bit different. No guarantees, but hopefully we’ll have some new words and pictures to show you soon.