If I’m going to splash the boat in the fall of 2015, certain things have to happen: All bulkheads and main walls have to be installed; all exterior openings have to be weatherproofed; insulation needs to be sprayed; and the engines have to be installed. Within those four broad topics, there are all sorts of big and small jobs that need to get done, some of which I’ve already knocked out while others are teed up and ready to go. The main aft stateroom walls are in, as is the galley bulkhead. The bow hatch is installed. The Cummins engines are sitting patiently in the engine room, though I do visit them on occasion to bump the crankshaft around a bit. But I’m holding off on moving the engines around until later in the summer, when it’s too hot in the tent to work top-side. Around July will be a good time to head into the cool ER and get the mechanicals in order.
But now it’s time to get the bow seat hatches installed.
In the original configuration, the space under the bow seat was an empty void. So I cut out the original bow seat and remade it using a completely different approach, raising the seat, adding crown to it, and bracing it from below, coincidentally creating partitions for storage space. But rather than having hatches on top of the seat that inevitably allow rain water to enter, necessitating drains that inevitably leak, I opted to put the hatches on the underside of the seat. They’re less convenient, but since they’re for line storage I think they’ll be fine.
When we were fairing the cabin top, we also faired a lip around these hatch openings because the hatches are flat but the mating surface on the boat is a compound curve. These hatches have been sitting around taking up space since…2010, if I remember correctly. It’s nice to finally get them out of the way, right where they belong.
If, at some point, I decide I just can’t stand having hatches that are a couple of shades off from Matterhorn white, I can always remove these and have them painted. I suspect that in 20 years, they’ll still be the same color. 😉
And that’s a wrap.