There are a whole lot of different things going on at the same time, which is slowing my progress on the V-berth head (AKA the throne room). But it’s moving forward and should be painted and done during April (crossing fingers). In my last post, I described cutting and fitting the floor, then sealing and insulating the underside of the panel with Buffalo Batts. In this post, the reason I’ve started calling it the throne room should become clear.
After the epoxy has a few minutes to soak in, I slather on some epoxy thickened with wood flour and cabosil. Then the whole thing gets put together with wood screws.
I’ve used these same toilets in all of the big boats I’ve had. They look good, work great, and the price is excellent: $310 on ebay. The only difference between the medium and large units is the height and the price. I decided to use up some scrap plywood that’s been laying around for years to make a base that follows the outline of the toilet and raises the toilet up just to the right height. It also brings the toilet up so it clears the hull frame.
If you look closely at the back panel, it’s got discoloration running diagonally from the upper right corner to the lower left. That panel used to be in the salon, behind the steps. Here’s the blog article where I made a new panel. The discoloration is just oxidized mahogany, from where the original varnish deteriorated. It was rotted out in a corner from where the original teak side decking joint failed. But once I cut the rot away the rest of the panel was very solid, and it was just the right size.
The front and sides of the back cabinet top are square, but the back edge follows the curved panel that’s up against the hull. That panel comes down at an angle that matches the flare of the hull, so the cut will be angled, too. I’m sure it’d be a breeze for a pro, but it took me a while to work through this and get it cut.
The last panel for the side cabinet is dry-fitted here.
On the back panel and in the side cabinet, there will be removable panels that will give me access to the electrical, water, and waste lines that run through that space Before I permanently install the side cabinet and back panel, I need to make and install the inner cabinetry. But there’s only so much I can do when there’s wet epoxy waiting to cure.