Saloon lighting and curtain rails
The first thing that struck us when sitting in the Saloon of the boat on our first night was the poor lighting, and how tatty the curtainrails looked. The florrie lights were showing signs of age, and weren't positioned to encourage reading. Removing the lights revealed a large hole for the wiring, so I covered these with a hardwood strip onto which new brass curtain poles were fitted. Despite shopping around I ended up buying the rails, brackets and rings from Midland Chandlers, and they were not cheap. By removing the trim that covered the join between the celling and walls It was possible to wire in new lamps - two down lighters over the dinnette, a swivel spot over the galley work top and a tri-light florecent fitting over the sink, another tri-light in the double cabin and a swivel spot on the shelf over the bed. This has transformed the ambeince of the boat at night, although I've upped the power consumption.
A job for the pros - A new shower room
After much thought we decided that improving the old shower/toilet area would be impossible without increasing it in size - involving a major refit. We could remove the loo as there was a second one at the back of the boat, but this would mean any night visits would entail walking through Elizabeth's cabin. Converting the rear toilet and half the back cabin into a shower room, losing the old shower and putting in a large sink seemed the best answer, and wanting this work done before Summer 2002 meant employing a boat fitter to tackle the job. The inverter would need to be moved, the 12v wiring tidied up and a number of other details attended to. We got a couple of quotes than asked the Grand Junction Boat Co. at Gayton Junction to tackle the job. While waiting, I stripped out the back cabin of everything bar the wardrobe, to reveal some very dodgy flooring under the bunks. We were very pleased with the work of Richard Gill and his team. In an industry that seems infamous for delays he kept us fully informed when there were hitches and worked round us having a holiday on the boat at Easter. Polly Anna now has decent sized, fully enclosed and tiled shower cubicle. The room also has cupboards and shelves fitted neatly to the side, a small panel radiator and ventilation fan. A useful addition was a 240v landline inlet, as the invertor/charger can now keep the batteries topped up while in the marina.
After the shower was fitted we've done the following jobs
Fitted folding step-ups and replaced the ventilator.