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  1. Hi Everyone, Trying to get a gauge on whether buying a sailaway and fitting it out myself is in the long run going to be a better option than buying a second hand boat. i'd like to know roughly what it would cost and the kind of time frame that it would take, so anyone with any experience of having done a sailaway project please if you want to share your thoughts and expenses. My Hypothetical build would consist of a very basic layout. Bedroom at the stern of the boat followed by an enclosed bathroom, Galley and living room at the bow. All rooms with just the basic amenities. I would initially have a month of full time availability to work on the boat then followed by 3 full days per week. I Am fortunate that I have family members sufficient in plumbing and gas heating systems so I would get help with that. I would also get a electrician to install a basic solar set up. I'm fully aware that its only relevant to individual skill, design and availability. But just to help me out please state your skill and experience going into your project.
  2. Hi everyone We are just going through the build process of our first boat, we are getting a semi fitted Sailaway and we know exactly what we are doing ourselves and what we are getting ready built. Everything that is except for the wood burning stove. We would like to do this ourselves and are well versed and very good at this type of building however neither of us have had experience fitting a wood burning stove before. We where hoping for some advice as to if we should take this on ourselves, which is something we would be keen to do, or if there we should pay for someone to install it, or ask the boat builders themselves to do it (at an additional cost obviously). Our may concern are obviously safety, but we are also interested to get an idea of cost as well as we can't seem to find a lot of information on this. Any advice appreciated Megan
  3. I am currently at the stage where I am seriously contemplating a live aboard narrow boat in the next couple of years. I have done a lot of research so far, and because of my particular requirement (have motorcycle and want a long fore deck than can be modified for ramps and mechanism to secure the motorcycle while afloat) it looks like a made to order or a self fit-out of a sail away is going to be the right path. While I am fairly good at DIY I think fully fitting out a galley area is going to be beyond my capabilities for the standard of finish that I would want. Fitting a galley and dining areas out with flat pack products doesn't seem like a great idea due to many of them using MDF or Chipboard which is not going to live well in a high humidity environment. So the questions I really want answered are : what is the best way to approach this if I went the route of fitting out a sail away myself? Are their suppliers of pre-made or flat pack units (using marine ply I assume) suitable for use on narrowboats? Are there any recommended companies or tradesmen that will do a fit out of a galley and lounge area at reasonable rates? I know that this question is a bit like asking how long is a piece of string and depends on how much you wish to spend. At the moment my budget is likely to be 40,000 to 45,000 in total. (purchase of boat and fit out)
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