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