Sorry it's been so long
since we've updated the site! Whew! we've been busy.......
Neil finished building the nav desk and subfloor; it
is fantastic. Of course it still needs trim and doors, but you get the
idea. We also spent a long day cutting, crimping, and installing the 1/0
to 3/0 cables we need. That's a LOT of very heavy cable! Thank goodness we
splurged on the super high-grade, super-flexible stuff, I cannot imagine
what working stiff cable that big would be like. What else have we been up
to? We removed the stem and stern fittings. We also built the shelf for,
and plumbed, the holding tank.
Holding Tank Installation-
We had a real dilemma figuring out where to put the holding tank. The
logical place for it is under the V-berth. but that is our only sail
storage space! Center cockpit boats under 40 feet have pitifully scarce
deck locker space, so all the extra sails need to live under the V-berth.
And there's really
no other locker space big enough for a
After much agonizing and measuring and rereading the Ronco Tanks catalog,
we found a solution. An 18 gallon, 25x25x7" tank fits against the
bulkhead in the engine room.
It was sad to give up the newfound roominess
we'd discovered there after removing all the old junk, but it was the only
solution. Neil built an incredibly sturdy shelf for it to sit on, then
made hold-down straps with metal straps and a bolt, so they can easily be
removed. The tank has a well-insulated cover to keep its contents from
getting too cooked (yuck) and we
made sure to use the very best sanitation hose:
which is supposed to be far and away the most odor impermeable available.
Our aft head, then, is plumbed with a Bosworth Sealect Y-valve (through
the bulkhead, mounted conveniently next to the toilet) to choose between
overboard discharge and holding tank. When we're over 3 miles out, the
holding tank can be emptied overboard thanks to another Y-valve before the
seacock. It'll use gravity, as it's higher than the seacock, and we can
flush it out well while it's emptying by spraying our seawater washdown
hose into the deck-pumpout fitting. And, of course, it can be emptied
dockside through that same fitting. When we were designing this we had
input from Peggie Hall, who is sometimes referred to as the Head
marine sanitation issues her business for many
years and has just written a new
book on the subject. She was a great help!!
We made the decision to remove all of the existing
plumbing, after all. The freshwater system was grey polybutylene (?)
tubing. We removed it and replaced with the new Whale freshwater system.
This consists of red or blue (hot/cold) cross-linked poluethylene (PEX)
semi-rigid tubing, and Whale's Quick-Connect fittings. They are very easy
to install, uninstall, reconfigure, etc. It cost more than using regular
old clear water hose, but we wanted to avoid as much algae and bacteria
growth as possible by using opaque hose to cut down on light penetration.
It was a good decision, as the Whale is easy to use and will be much
easier to troubleshoot or reconfigure at a later point. I also ordered all
of our new plumbing fixtures! We're going with Italian-made
Wilcox-Crittendon faucets and showers. Snazzy!
Also snazzy: our new Force 10 three-burner stove,
sitting in a box in our living room; our new self-tailing winches for the
mainsheet and reefing lines; the new, custom DC distribution panel we've
2, 2003 An interesting day today... I'm
about to order our refrigerator insulation from R-parts! This stuff is
very expensive, but very efficient. One inch of VIP vacuum panel has an R
value of 28, so you can super-insulate your refrigerator without losing
Neil's building the box
liner this weekend. The liner itself will be made of fiberglass sheet,
then one inch of VIP panel, then 3/4"-1" of regular extruded
polystyrene rigid foam insulation. This will give us a box with R=31
throughout: much much better than most production boats, and waaaaaay
better then most 20-year-old boats with water-logged old expanding foam
I also had a very interesting and
comforting email discussion with someone else who is involved in a project
much like our own. We met Ted through the Cruising World Bulletin Board
and he is involved in a similar major renovation so that he and his family
can go cruising. However, his wife is the one working and he's the
boatbuilder and "Mr. Mom". It was really great talking to him
and discussing the joys and frustrations of our similar projects.
13, 2003 We may have a big setback. Neil was
up all night tossing and turning, and wasn't here when I woke up this
morning. I called him on his cell phone and found him on his way to the
boat (Uh-oh. He should be on his way to work...something's wrong...)
Turns out he dropped the rudder last night. From what I can gather (bad
cell phone connection) he found a bit of corrosion on the rudder stock.
He's thinking that the worst-case scenario is that we will have to rebuild
the entire rudder, because he's concerned about crevice corrosion
affecting the rudder's strength. Now, we haven't had any experts look at
it yet, or done any research on what it entails, but he sounds very
demoralized about it. He is thinking that making a new rudderstock
(skilled labor on high-grade stainless steel) is going to be wildly
expensive. Not to mention that he will have to add: "build, fair, and
finish a new fiberglass rudder" to his already overwhelming
list of projects. AAARGH! Why can't anything be easy????.
a more positive note, our new Italian faucets and shower hardware arrived
yesterday: that was a fun box to open!!!
solving problems...and building more stuff...