It was late August when we made our first trip to Droitwich to meet up with Ian of Lambon Fabrications and Stuart of Barn Owl Boats/Chocolate Campers to talk about a wide beam build. I did think that this sample of the fabricators work was a tad OTT though!
Since then we’ve been window shopping ...
This is the flooring I’ve chosen - it’s Rhino Champion ‘Antique Oak’ and is guaranteed for 20 years!
And the fire, it's an Aga Little Wenlock Classic SE which was a bargain at Midland Chandlers Freaky Friday event!
For some time now husband George and I have been discussing old age - not that we’re anywhere near that yet!
But … what if … no-one knows what’s around the corner and we’ve decided that we don’t want to leave it too late before considering what we need our future to be should operating lock gates become too challenging!
But … as I say we’re not at that stage yet although we have been preparing ourselves by making the decision to sell our lovely narrowboat which has been our home for nearly 6 years and to have built a wide beam boat which will be our ‘forever’ home and enable us to eventually pull into a marina and live in comfort close to all the amenities that may be necessary.
We have no intention (hopefully not for a long, long time yet) of ceasing to be continuous cruisers although our ditches will become wider. We shall sorely miss the network of narrow canals and hope that we shall continue to meet our fellow bloggers and friends along the wide canals and rivers of the UK.
We’ve chosen Lambon Boats to design and build the hull and Barn Owl Boats to fit it out. This partnership has built a number of boats wide and narrow and others besides. I’m sure you’ll know of Lesley and Joe’s Caxton / Caxton and subsequent tug Yarwood both a Lambon/Barn Owl partnership. [Edit: Caxton is a Reeves/Barn Owl partnership - thanks Adam].
We have been sooo lucky to sell Rock n Roll within 5 days of advertising her and couldn’t have wished for better purchasers - we wish Ann and Kevin a good road when they take over in the spring.
As you will have noticed from the title of this blog that our new boat is called Still Rockin’
Watch this space!