Sunday, November 15, 2015

Head Vanity

I finally got around to posting some pictures of my recently completed vanity in the head.  These pictures probably span about a 4 month period.  A project that I basically fit in when I could.

I started off with fiber-glassing in a backing block for the foot pump.

This jug catches grey water to be used to flush the toilet periodically.  The overflow goes out of the thru-hull that is locate behind the jug.  The hose coming from below is from the sump pump.  I drew arrows on the hoses to help understand.

A different angle.

Full view of vanity prior to adding front.

This is a template I used prior to transferring to teak veneer plywood.

After the plywood was cut into doors and varnished.

Finished product.  Now to add the 110V outlet.

Friday, April 17, 2015

I have Curtains!

I decided to tint my windows and add curtains.  I was going to do the tint myself, but decided to hire a professional.  The curtains I decided to make!

For reference, this is before tinting the windows.

This is after.  Looks updated!

This is during installation.  You can see the difference as he is working on the last pane.

Here are the curtains installed.

It was tricky trying to figure out how to mount these.  I wanted to mount the "tracks" to the frame since the fiberglass is not that thick.

For the top, I used a standard curtain track screwed into the window frame.

For the bottom, I fabricated a piece of flat aluminum bar and attached on either end of the frame.  The bottom of the curtain has to float, because the curtains are not parallel.

This is the backside of the curtain and shows the top slides and how the bottom of the curtain is attached to the lower aluminum bar.

Experimenting with my fish eye lens for my iphone.

Today I added to faucets.  The one on the left is for fresh water and is operated by a foot pump that is barely visible below.  That one is operational. The faucet on the right is for seawater and will be operated by a Shurflo pump since there is no need to ration.  Still need to hook up the pump and connect to the thru hull valve that is just forward in the locker.  I am planning on tee-ing the feed off to provide for a washdown hose for the deck.

I finally cleared out the starboard aft berth and added bedding.

My next major project is to put the vanity in the head and connect the water there as well.

Thats it for now!

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Computer / TV Mounted

This week I purchased a used Sony Vaio AIO computer to mount in the cabin.  It has a integrated TV tuner, so I will see if I can pick ups some over the air HDTV channels.

I installed a heavy duty tv mount that articulates in every direction and a dedicated outlet next to it. The mount is screwed into the wood stock aft of the bulkhead between the galley and the berth.

This shows the AIO mounted with the chart plotter sung out.

Same thing with the chart plotter swung behind.

This position, lets me view from the cockpit!

Not sure I will be able to do anything about the glare during the day, but might be cool for evening movie?

This is just a short video I posted recently.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Outboards OK (Knock on wood) and Misc.

Today was the 3rd weekend in a row that my outboards have started and stayed that way!  I think that is behind me and looking forward to getting out more often.  In the last few weeks I have been tending to some minor stuff.

Last week I went up the mast to retrieve the masthead wind transducer and the anchor light.  I was not getting any readings on the wind display.  After testing the voltage drops, I was about to send the transducer and display in for repair, but I decided to try and rewire and calibrate.  It worked! Saved a bunch of money and now it is working.  Next step is to network the displays with the newer i70 autohelm and E80 chartplotter, which I believe are NMEA 0183, NG, and Seatalk respectively.

I bought the teak binoculars holder used and mounted it below the magazine rack as shown.

Now that the wind tranducer is working, I can close up this box. I decided to add a new cabin light under neath.

And added molding  Cleans it up nicely!

Till next time!

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Outboard Problem Solved??????

After having the outboards gone through by the marine mechanic, and re-installing them, I was still having issues.  I finally decided to scrap fuel tank and hoses.  Today I replaced the 24 gallon tank with a 6 gallon tank and new hoses.

This is what I found when I started draining the 10 micron fuel filter.  It didn't look like this when the filter was full.  I don't know if this is fuel water separation of phase separation.  You can also see some "crud" in the lower right corner. I would have thought that the 10 micron filter coupled with the outboard filter would "catch" all of the solids.  When I would open my carb, I usually found a congealed substance.  I think the fuel has been my issue all along.  Time will tell!

Friday, November 28, 2014

Line Bags and Radar

I finally got around to installing my radar and finished my last canvas project.  Outboards are still an issue :(  I think it has to do with the fuel.  I pulled both carbs today and found some emulsified gas at the bottom of both.  I did get out for a sail last weekend, but had to sail back into the slip since both outboards quit on me.

Here is the pattern for my line bags. I used every last bit of sunbrella I had left from the stak pak project!

I used this material for the back of the bags.  It is more of a vinyl material that should repel water.

I bought this "ribbon" from Joanne Fabrics to use for the bottom to let water drain from the bag.

Here is the finished bag showing the bottom.

I used snaps to hold it in place.  The port side only has 2 lines to hold, so I am using the smaller pocket to hold the winch handle.

Here is the starboard side.  I have a lot more line here, but it all fits, but I need to reduce the amount of main sheet line.

I located my radar/chartplotter so I can swing it out to the opened window when under way.

Here is a shot of the radar scanner on the arch.  BTW, the stak pak works pretty good.  I need to work on the slug gate.  Some of the slugs are getting hung up when I raise and lower the main sail.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Canvas Projects Continued

I finally got around to finishing several canvas projects and installing them.  I also got my outboards back and installed, so hope to get some time on the water now!

This is the bimini.  Shown is the "bolt rope" and the awning trim it will go through.

On the other end, I created a pocket to accept a piece of shock cord pole I had laying around.  This side will get strapped to the radar arch.

The shock cord pole comes apart at two locations so I can fold and stow away the bimini when not in use.

Like so!

Here is the awning trim attached to the cabin roof, afixed with SS screws.

The aft end is secured with 4 adjustable straps.

Here is the helm station cover.  My next canvas project is to make bags for all of those lines hanging on the winches!

On to the stak pak.  The stak pak is 11 feet long.  I used PVC pipe for the battens, but it comes in 10' lengths.  I used a pop up irrigation extender as a coupling to add an additional 1 foot to the pipe.

Here is the finished stak pak with the lazy jacks.  I need to do a test run before I make the final adjustments.  the back of the stak pak is being held up by tying a piece of line around the topping lift.

I secured the bottom of the stak pak to the boom with these twisty thingys!  I opted to rivet them in place.

One non related item was the purchase of these stanchion cleats for my side board and furler line.