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Saturday, March 4, 2017

Aft Cabin Shower

Picking up where we left off with the shower install...

We decided to go with flat sliced river stones for the shower pan and top of the bench.
After looking at a lot of options, we decided on 1/4" thick
12 x 12 gauged black Vermont slate tile for the rest of the shower.

Gauged means that the tile is finished to a fairly uniform thickness and exterior dimension, which makes for an easier install, and a little less rustic look compared to the chunkier standard slate tile which has a lot more variation in the individual tile dimensions. We found these tiles to be fairly lightweight compared to other options, and we really like the natural look.

Lots of steps in the process:
Finish frame out and seal all seams in plywood paneling
Fabricate and install shower drain assembly and plumbing
Install shower supply plumbing
Fiberglass the entire interior of shower stall
Install the pre-sloped mortar bed for the shower pan
Layup additional fiberglass layer over the mortar bed shower pan
with overlap to weep holes in drain assembly(this will drain off any moisture that gets under the tiles)
Lay in the river rock shower pan and bench top, grout, and seal
Install slate tiles on shower walls, grout, and seal
Install mixer and shower pipe assembly

Still left to do is to decide on a shower glass enclosure and door, make templates, order the pieces, and do the glass install.

Here's some pics:

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Blog Catch up

It's been a while... Thanks to everyone that continues to discover and read through our build blog.
For anyone checking back for updates, they are coming soon!

While I haven't posted in a while, we have continued to compete little to-do jobs left over from the big push to finish the fit-out and start using the boat more. We are still living on board full time- albeit it in more comfort than we were after the initial launch and move in. I would say we have "substantial completion" of the boat at this point, though there is some overhead trim work left and I always find ways to tinker and improve things. There are a lot of things we have done over the past year or so that I have lost track of documenting. I plan on posting some comprehensive pics (and maybe video) of the boat in the near future. Until then, here are a few updates.

First off, we have a new boat cat who we have named Kona. She has grooved in to boat life well, and seems to enjoy exploring her floating habitat and cruising around the Bay:

My project this winter is to install the aft cabin shower. This is the last "unfinished" part of the boat.
Here is some of the foundation carpentry. I am going to fiberglass the entire thing, then plumb, tile, and finish like a traditional shower:

We are thinking of adding a bow thruster next time we haul out. The boat handles very well for a single screw boat, but requires quite a bit of back and fill to turn in a narrow fairway- likely due to the long full keel. The hydraulics are already in place, with lines running to the bow for the anchor winch so really just have to weld in the tube, install the mechanicals and controls, and hook it in to existing hydraulic circuit. The only other big projects left are the forward mast and overhead interior trim. Hope to get these done in 2017.

Here are some pics from a weekend trip last month that show the exterior. We'll post some more interior and on-deck  pictures soon:

Kona standing watch on top of the wheelhouse:

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Winter-time interior work

We've been doing a lot of interior details this winter since we returned to a more typical rainy pattern with our weather here. I don't have pictures from all of my recent projects but here's a few things we've been up to. The interior is getting very close to done (or as done as it needs to be). When I wrap up the wheelhouse trim, I'll probably try to post some interior walk through video using a wide angle lens.

Finishing passageway (trim, pantry doors, shelves, etc):

Aft cabin face frames and drawers under bed platform:

Corner cabinet in guest head:

Guest cabin under-bunk storage and mattress:

...and started on trimming out wheelhouse windows:

I'll have more on the wheelhouse interior in the next couple of weeks.