With just a couple of weeks left of the build, we thought it might be nice to give you an idea of how Old Nick is coming along.
As we are so far away it’s great to get the daily photos that Ortomarine post, more or less daily. We like to sit down after dinner and exclaim over the day’s progress. Starting externally, the most striking shots are of our 12 Solar Panels. Don’t they look the business?
The paintwork is also looking pretty amazing. We are so pleased with the colours – and it’s very shiny! I just bet it’ll be me that puts the first flipping scratch on it. The lettering etc. will be added next, and that will be another level of excitement again. And we think the bow doors look very smart indeed.
In the engine room, things are also looking pretty good, with the batteries all wired up (and what a neat job!), the generator in place and the engine installed and ready to go. Doesn’t it look tiny! The generator, by the way, is in a soundproofed box, so should not be too intrusive, noise-wise. And of course, it won’t be running all the time, especially not in the summer.
Also – on the technical side, the pipework for the plumbing is in, all the cabling is installed and the Vetus bow-thruster is also in.
Turning to the inside, the kitchen and saloon are coming along well , with the kitchen unit carcasses in and awaiting installation of the appliances (oven and hob on the right, washer dryer and larder fridge on the left). The sink is more or less in, too.
The walls and ceiling are lined, the flooring is down, the lighting is in and the dinette is well on the way, just waiting for the freezer to be fitted under that right hand seat.
In the saloon, we have radiators and an almost complete corner media unit (second pic below)
The vanity unit, shower and toilet are all more or less in place in the bathroom and I absolutely love the colour of the shower stall panels.
Finally – the bedroom. We have a bed base, with lift-up frame to access storage. The over bed shelves and the wardrobe and vanity unit are under construction and starting to look great.
We are constantly amazed at how hard and what long hours the team work, and with such great results. Every day we are a step closer to our new lives as continuous cruisers. As I reflect on our – to use that overused, but apt word – journey – it seems strange. It started in a world that was pre-Covid, pre Bill & Ted – our Border Terrier pups, pre house sale, and pre welcoming a new Mrs Sumpner into our family, albeit not quite as planned, thanks to Covid. And now, within a couple of weeks, this “waiting” part of our lives will be over and a whole new chapter will be starting! Not long now.