Progress on the tiling is that it is finished with just some minor work to complete so you will have to wait for pictures.
As the stove had to be removed we took the opportunity to paint it with heat resistant up to 600C matt black. The stove had to be lit to cure the paint but it seems we did not heat it enough as in the late evening Jaq fancied a small fire to take the chill off. After 20 minutes the smoke alarm went off because the paint was giving off fumes. Turning the main lights on we could see a haze around the ceiling. So windows and doors open including the side hatch and the fire built up to a high temperature to speed the paint curing. Always a good idea a smoke alarm which together with the carbon monoxide alarm makes us feel safer in what is a very small area that can quite quickly fill with fumes or smoke.
Bryce in Canada has posted the following comment on the last blog post. I will try to answer all his points but any reader can feel free to comment if I get something a bit wrong.
The prime mover is a 4 cylinder diesel engine located below decks. It is accessed by lifting a metal hatch beyond the doors at `A`. The engine I believe might have been used in a small car but it was for sure an industrial engine that perhaps might have powered a fork truck.
Glow plugs pre heat the engine around the cylinders to help when starting from cold, they need 6-8 seconds to do this.
Coming towards the stern is another hatch at `D` that gives access to the weed hatch.
`C` goes down to the rudder that sits to the rear of the 3 bladed propeller.It is about 13inches and has no protective cover. RPM is about 1100 when cruising.
Speed is 3-4mph and is just a one lever forward/reverse of the automatic gearbox. Transmission is mechanical.
`B` is the fuel tank filler. The tank holds about 140 litres and is immediately below the filler.