Crick Boat Show photo shoot – high quality images of our narrowboat interior

A blog article with very few words… and lots of photographs of our now-nearly-complete narrowboat interior.

We were at the Crick Boat Show all weekend and had a great time meeting people and showing them images of our boat. We had a small marquee with samples from the boat (a porthole insert and part of one of the cupboards), plus a rolling screen of some high quality images of the interior and a photo album with large prints of them. Interestingly, people were most drawn to looking at the album, preferring that to the screen – just goes to show that things you can touch can often be better!

We were very pleased by the high level of interest and we’re very much looking forward to welcoming some of the many people we spoke to this weekend to see our boat in the flesh (well, wood mostly) at our workshop in Kendal.

To anyone reading this to whom we spoke at the show: thanks very much for your interest, and please do comment on this blog article if you’d like to – we’d love to hear from you. Of course, we’d welcome anyone who hasn’t arranged to come up and see the boat to get in touch, either via email or ‘phone (see our ‘Contact’ page).

That’s enough words! The following is a gallery of images we used at the show, plus a shot of Ian entertaining our fellow campers in the evening, and one of our modest marquee. It did its job well though :-)

Please do click on one of the images to see them all in a much larger size as a slideshow!

18mm solid oak floor going down!

We’re nearing the end, as they  say. Floors tend to be the last thing to add in any construction, whether it’s a boat or a house. We think this qualifies as a milestone in our build :-)

Floor plus mood lights

View looking towards the front of the boat, showing the steps leading up to the bows, the mood lights in the floor and step fascias, and, most importantly, our lovely new floor!

Our floor is solid oak and 18mm thick – we think it looks great! Fitting this has been really pleasing to us: it both signifies that we’re ‘nearly there’ and makes the interior of our narrowboat look startlingly better, with every major surface now complete.

You’ll see from the image above that we’ve added mood lights to illuminate things low down and to clearly show up the steps for times when the owners want to have low lighting; perhaps for a meal or when just sitting around relaxing some more after a day’s gentle canal boating. Rob’s a big fan of blue and they’re tricky to photograph, so they look a little bright in this image. In reality they are definitely ‘moody’, and could obviously be any colour the new owners prefer!

In case anyone’s wondering, the oak flooring in the shower room was of course fully waterproofed before being laid ;-)

Shower room floor

Oak flooring in the shower room, fully waterproofed prior to fitting!

Fairly soon, we hope, we’ll have interior images showing the upholstery which is currently being made for us by a professional upholsterer. With all our curved areas and rather detailed visualisation of what we want to achieve, it took us a while to define to him exactly what was needed. Eventually, Rob resorted to explaining by carving miniature versions of the upholstered areas from polystyrene; that worked!

Those are the big areas and enough for this post. In a couple of days, we’ll publish some more details on steps and storage areas.

It’s all about the details


We believe it’s important to get the ‘little things’ right.

Whoever eventually owns and enjoys our narrowboat probably won’t examine every detail; they may not even notice those details consciously, but the sum of the details is the whole, and when everything is just right, the overall effect has much more impact.

Today’s post is about curves again. In this case, not the sweeping, obvious curves of the kitchen units, which will make moving through the narrowboat easier, but some smaller curves which complement them.

We decided to put a splash-back behind the cooker hob and, in keeping with the rest of the curved theme, it had to have curved edges. It’s a lot of work to produce these, but the result, whilst not something which leaps out as you, is well worth it.

Curved oak detail

Curved oak detail for splash-back surround



The images show one of the four corners of the splash-back. Each is cut on a band saw from a lump of oak, formed on a spindle-moulder to achieve the exact radius of the inner and outer edges, and then double-rebated on the internal radius. Lots of work, and most of it can’t be seen, but it means that the finished item is high quality, solid, and looks great!

The splash-back itself is hard-wearing ceramic. We did consider slate but concluded – and were told! – that polished slate would mark too easily. As you can see, it does look very much like slate, which is excellent since that was the look we were aiming for, but has the huge benefits – particularly for something whose primary function is to be readily maintainable and easy to clean – of providing an easy surface to wipe down after cooking and not staining.

As you can also see, only two of the curves are visible…. The point is that we know they’re all there though, and we want to feel that the whole boat reflects attention to detail and quality craftsmanship.


Hatch doors fitted

Hatch doors fitted

We’re rather pleased with how our hatch doors look too, now that they’re fitted. You can see the white panelling beneath which forms the lower half of the interior of the boat. It’s at a slanting angle and produces something of an optical illusion of radically curving sides in this image!

And another important detail…

Ian doesn’t like to leave anything of significant value in his car overnight. There may be a few pieces of oak in there but, critically, no pies whatsoever. This policy enables Ian to maintain his svelte physique, as you’ll have seen from a few of the images in earlier posts.

No pies inside

No pies inside

Our next post will focus on the general themes of ‘storing small things’ and minimising effort. As always, if you’d like to ask us anything about the boat, please get in touch, and comments on each post are very welcome.

We’ve been cutting holes in our narrowboat!

We’ve added more light to our boat…

A short post today just to show some rather substantial changes to our narrowboat, both inside and out.

Bows, interior view

New openings and window frames

Bow windows exterior

New apertures at the bows

Firstly, in a bid to let even more light in, we’ve taken the plunge and cut windows in the side panels at the bow end of the boat. We’ve also now fitted the doors and lined the new apertures with window frames. We’re already pleased with the resultant, airy feel, and we don’t yet know just how light it’s going to be since the workshop tends to dull things down a little.

With our central hatchway and these additional openings, as well as the large, circular portholes, we expect our boat to be pleasantly bright inside.

And, almost as dramatic, we’ve checked out the look of some of the cabinets at the bows, together with the oak and walnut steps. We expected it to look good, but even we are delighted with just how fine it is.

The final image shows the cabinets simply standing in place; once they’re fitted properly, with the curved kickers at their base, complete with mood-lighting, we’re confident it’s going to look fabulous. Of course, the under-cabinet mood lighting will also serve very well functionally, illuminating the solid oak floor and ensuring that the owners will be able to see where they’re stepping, even when the lights are subdued.

Cabinets at the bows

Cabinets in place, unfixed as yet, at the bows

We’re continually very encouraged by our rate of progress and look forward to adding some more images as things move towards completion.

We’ve recently added galleries to each post in this journal, or at least most of them. Clicking on the images below provides access to larger versions in a scrollable, controlled slide-show format.

As always, comments or questions are very much appreciated.