Swallow’s engine is actually inside the cabin in a large steel box which goes right down into the bilge. To make the most of the space, Dad and I built a cover for the engine box which could easily be removed for access, but while moored, half of this would be the platform you step onto when entering the boat, and the other part would form part of the kitchen.
Until today, the piece of wood making up the kitchen half had been in a bad state. It was one of the very first things to go into the boat when I first got her, and it’s been treated pretty mean. As part of my kitchen – mostly used as a seat or the place bags are dumped when I get home from shopping – I thought it was time this was sorted out.
One great thing about my new home in Manchester is that I’m a ten minute walk from the Northern Quarter – home to the trendy bars but also some brilliant shops. On my first wander around I found both the all-important hardware store (top of Tib Street) and Abakhan fabric shop (Oldham Street). It was in Abakhan’s today that I found some lovely vinyl for my kitchen seat.
I used industrial sticky-back tape to hold it down, then folded over the edges and hammered in drawing pins to fix it.
The result is pretty smart!