Canal Boat - - The Boat Test -

More of the Rugby pub floor­ing is used for the floor of the sa­loon and gal­ley. It’s set in a keel­son fash­ion, with the keel­son plank it­self from a dif­fer­ent source, the for­mer Hy­att ho­tel in Birm­ing­ham. The boards are fixed to ply, to make sure they don’t move.

There’s more re­claimed tim­ber on the hull sides, beau­ti­ful pan­els from church pews and the skirt­ing board is the hymn­book shelf. Jim Birch had had this wood for some time, and been wait­ing for the right project to make use of it. “This boat just called out for it,” he says.

Above the pew pan­els and be­low the win­dows there is a run of cubby holes and draw­ers in the style of a tool­maker’s chest along both sides of the boat. It’s a great way of fill­ing the gap left be­cause the pan­els weren’t quite tall enough; so one of the sa­loon’s most en­dear­ing

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