After the gloomy years of WW2 the innovation of a new oil-based paint which was lead free, and safe to use, gave the householder the chance to brighten their lives and DIY was born. Also colourful floral designs for curtains, carpets, furniture covers and wallpapers was abundant, as were new styles in furniture. Utility furniture, which had been well made, was still in use as furniture was expensive until lower cost flat packs arrived many years later.
It is likely that during the 50s and 60s the boat would have had gas to power lighting and cooking facilities. Water supplies would have been available at various points along the canals and stored onboard via a ‘header-tank.’ Although these boats were long - up to 68ft in length, the cabins were restricted in width. Every available space was utilised for storage. The bench seats in the main cabin / living area for instance, would convert into extra beds and the bedding such as blankets and pillows would be stored in them during the day and a drop-leaf table gave extra space while not in use.
The furniture and fittings for the model are easy to make using basic tools and materials and cost very little to produce. The instructions, with photos, for the 24th scale furniture and fittings have been especially designed for the ‘Merry-Anne.’ These items are unavailable to purchase at any retail outlet.
Show in the photos: The furniture and fittings, as constructed inside in the 1/24th scale Merry-Anne (Boat plans sold separately on this site)