Mar 22nd 2012

Beautifully crafted

I love visiting Jonathan Wilson's boat yard for two reasons. Firstly, there is nothing better than entering a world where craft and skill are paramount. Premium steel, welding sparks, beautifully crafted hulls and good old fashioned hard graft, make the workshop feel and smell great.

Welding sparks and Jonathan Wilsons

Secondly I get to see the latest addition to our hire fleet in progress.

This is our second visit this week ahead of its, now official, delivery on Monday. We popped in to be nosey really and to take a few more snaps to keep the blog up to date. It is surprising how much more has been done since our visit two days ago, lots of details plus the first coat of black has been applied.

The beautiful bow

The bow design is reminiscent of the old wooden boats. The clean lines will help the boat cut through the water effortlessly and look splendid at the same time, of course.

Bow detail

There has been a lot more work and detail to the bow and stern. The bow lockers are in place and the barn doors were being finished while we were there.

The back deck is looking good. I'm not going to try and explain the design, it will be much easier to post a photo of it once it's complete, to give you the full effect.

Narrowboat steelwork

Posted 15:46 pm