We’re getting used to being back in the water now, and at high water can walk across the pontoon back to the bank where the tent was for the past ten years.
During a short trip home to catch up with some finishing touches on the ‘house’ project Steve completes the winter maintenance for ‘Cachalette’. He also prepares the remaining larch planking for use in making the interior.
The bunks are now in place so it’s time to make decisions about the galley, chart table and final positions for the batteries, fuel cylinder for the Taylors stove, pump for the water, switch panel, VHF radio and storage options. There are limited choices, but we spend quite a bit of time thinking through various ideas, and trying the stove in different positions.
Finally, with the stove now in place, it’s great to cook with everything we need on board, rather than rustle up a meal in the van that can then be transported down to the boat at any time of the tide!
Our first guest to eat aboard is Claudia, but there’s still plenty more to do on the ‘fitting out’ front . . . so the list is still very long. We ponder, and sometimes joke about Rik’s wry comment when he came aboard before the launch last summer. “Now we will find whether Steve is a boatbuilder, or a sailor!”.