i have lived on a 45' steel trawler
for about 5-7 years. for the first two years i was trying to live with a woman who turned out to be crazy. every time she had a wobble i ended up on the boat for a few days or weeks. eventually she was always wobbling so the boat became my permanent home, and has been for over 5 years now.
amenities include(d) a couple of tvs and dvds, a galley
with microwave, oven
, pressurized hot and cold water, fridge, freezer
(2), two bathrooms including shower and small bath tub (never used), a washer/dryer, central heating
, and two cabins.
i am in a marina and have power, but can run my generator
when i'm cruising.
about a year ago i decided to make some changes. decided i did not need two small bathrooms and two small cabins. i ripped out the galley
in the saloon
and intend to move it up into the pilothouse. now the saloon
is for lounging and watching tv. i've installed real furniture and laid reclaimed teak
floors (inch thick). it can double up as a cabin too as the sofa is very comfortable to sleep on.
a very kind and skilled and generous friend is showing me how to do all this, and he is the boss with very good ideas so i follow his lead. we've just finished building wrap around seating (and storage) on the foredeck which looks great and is extremely functional.
am now in the process of blasting the interior
of the hull
prior to painting and then re-fitting with all new wiring
, floors, plumbing
am hoping that by christmas
she will be done inside. next year intend to build some wood decks and erect a mast
with a loose fitted gaff rig.
when all done she will have a dual purpose pilothouse - steering
console plus galley/diner, step down into a saloon with sofa and tv, and a large open plan cabin down below with a good sized bathroom incl shower.
i have cruised from london to france
and belgium and around the south coast of england
. my dream is to get her into good shape so that i can go anywhere at 1500rpm with the trades pushing me along too. the ultimate cruise
would have to be around the world. i'd love to do what kon tiki did and sail across the pacific, utilizing the currents and the prevailing winds, might not even need my diesel
if i'm lucky!