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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Handrails, Vise for the Engine Room, Bookshelf for the Aft Cabin, and Final Plumbing

Been working on adding handrails in some strategic locations. With a relatively open interior like ours, you need handholds so you don't get thrown across the cabin when things start rolling. This is a good start, but we have a lot more sea-proofing to do before we take the boat outside the Gate. Added a vise to the Engine Room, which I should have done a long time ago - makes so many jobs easier. The aft cabin got one more cabinet for books and videos, which will need some bungees to keep stuff in place when away from the dock. We also finished the final plumbing (I think), which included running the last of the up the salt water wash down plumbing (pex) and finishing the wiring to make it operational. This is a big pump - 30 amps - with a big output. I plumbed it to the bow for washing mud off the anchor, to the swim step for cleaning fish, and midships outside the wheelhouse for whatever else comes up... putting out fires? I ran out of room for switches on the existing helm panels so I made one more matching faceplate that has switches for the hydraulic pump clutch (which runs the anchor winch), the salt water wash down pump, and a dimmer for the instrument lights. 

Forepeak Ladder

Some Pics of the forepeak ladder that I finally got around to building. This leads from the forepeak storage area up to the bow deck where the anchor gear is located - a handy shortcut to the deck from down below. I used 2x6 clear Douglas Fir and notched for the steps to provide strength without relying on fasteners to hold it all together. This was my first attempt at building a ladder like this. I think it came out pretty good...