TV & Washing Machine

We had decided to put a washing machine in the kitchen area. If we were going on an extended trip, as we are planning for the summer of 2021, then we would need to either be able to wash clothes or find a laundrette and laundrettes are becoming harder and harder to find.

We expect to use the washing machine while traveling along so the motor would be used to generate the power we needed.

Hotpoint NSWR 843C
Hotpoint NSWR 843C

After much searching we finally selected a Hotpoint NSWR 843C as this seem to cover the spec we wanted, high spin speed, reasonable capacity and a quick wash cycle. This was ordered from Currys for direct delivery to Black Prince at Stoke Prior.

Next we wanted a new TV for the lounge area, we wanted a flexible device with  as many possible input styles as possible, UK TV seems to be ending up as streaming service, but we have a large collections of DVD’s that would be good on the boat.

Cello C3220 32" TV
Cello C3220 32″ TV

To save converting from 12V to 240V to get a domestic style TV we found the Cello range of 12V on and the C3220 seemed to be a good fit. At 32″ it would not be massive, you don’t need a big screen on a narrow boat!

The spec was  as follows:-

    • LARGE SCREEN: 32″ HD Ready LED TV
    • BUILT-IN: Integrated DVD player
    • FREEVIEW HD Built in Freeview HD
    • SATELLITE TUNER: Built-in satellite tuner for all free to air channels 
    • USB 2.0 – record digital TV / play media files.
    • 2 HDMI inputs for your external devices
    • 12 VOLT TV: 12-volt power adapter included
    • PAUSE, REWIND, RECORD: With a USB storage device connected, you can pause, rewind and record live TV

So apart from being on 720p resolution it does come with the two HDMI ports so we could add a Amazon Fire TV Stick and use the USB port for power if required.

Chloe in and Floydtilla Out

At their Stoke Prior base Black Prince has what looks like a floating polly tunnel. They use this to float the boats into so they can control the conditions while they work on the paintwork, both stripping back to bare metal and respraying.

These picture cover a few weeks work in the tunnel.

Chloe in the paint tunnel
Chloe in the paint tunnel
Bit of a dent to repair
Bit of a dent to repair
Stripping the paint
Stripping the paint
On with the undercoat
On with the undercoat (note dent repaired)
Masked up being painted
Masked up being painted
Floydtilla Logo
Under the masting Chloe changes to Floydtilla

The New Colour Scheme

Black Prince will paint your boat almost any colour you like, we wanted the boat to be a little brighter and Sonia my wife likes blue, we had also been advised that a dark colour on the roof could lead to a very hot interior.

Black Prince Original Colours

So with the aid of Photoshop I took a picture I had of the boat we had hired in 2019 and started to recolour it.

Colour White
Side panels to white

First was to replace the red sides and remove any logos

Final Colour Selections
Final Colour Selections

Then after a bit of tidying up we could add the colours we had selected from the Black Prince recommended paint supplier Symphony Coatings (West Midlands Ltd), we could have chosen any paint from any supplier, but I have found it always best to stick to the recommended. Our picture was meant only as a guide to the painter to what we had in mind, I am sure he will improve upon our work.