April updates

This month I built a front to the large hole where the drawers in the aft part of the galley use to be. The PO removed them and added a fuel tank there. It is a  Moeller Marine (Model FT 1998) 19 gallon tank. I’ve no longer got the original, it is just empty space, so i can add back that tank, and increase the tank/range capacity for cruising.  To cover the open space, I built up a door with two shelves to hold galley items. It does take up where I use to keep the trash bag though.  It still needs to be painted and stained, but it is functional now.

Next up was some work work in the V-berth. A while back I built shelves to increase the size of the area to the outboards and at the foot to increase the storage in the V-berth. I built rails to hold the stuff on the shelves. I’ve still need to run over the top edge with a round over bit on the router to give a more finished look, (though I do like the square look). Since the wood it rest on is 1/2″ MDO, I’ll use some 1.5 angle brackets to hold the rails to the shelves.

 

In an effort to keep increasing the comfort of the V-berth, I cut up a California king nova foam topper to fit the V-berth.  I’d suggest if you do the same to use a normal king, as the cali king is a bit short. Also if doing this, you need to measure the distance up from the foam that is there, as I’ve a gap on one side, as i did not account for the outward slope of the v-berth. It is much more comfortable in the V-berth now, but every addition for comfort seems to reduce the over head space. Everything on a boat is a compromise they say.

In and effort to keep the cabinet in the saloon I built shut, I’ve made the rough idea for some toggle latches. These should keep the doors shut while underway and I was able to use pieces of wood I already had.

To up the entertainment, I’ve installed a 24″ Samsung TV forward of the nav station on a full mount. It is hooked up to a Odroid Xu4, which I’ve been working on getting openCPN working on it as the nav software. The screen can be rotated to watch from across the saloon, or moved to be at a good angle to be viewed from the nav table.

West marine also had there 40% off sale on new england rope. I decided that I’d buy some 3 strand nylon to make up some new dock lines. I’ve spliced up 4/6 that I planned on making. I’m saving the last two for the girlfriend as she wanted to do some as well.  When done, I’ll have 4 19′ lines for the corners, and 2 30′ spring lines.

I filled the water tank about once a week (4 times this month) and changed out the composting head as well.

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One week plus 4 days

I moved out of my apartment in Pacific beach on the 17th of December. I did some cat sitting, and travel for Christmas. When I returned back to San Diego, I moved onto the boat. I’m waiting back to hear from Chula Vista Marina if I can become a live aboard, if not, well I’ll have some problems. I’ll have to move the boat to a 35′ foot slip, due to that being there minimum boat length to live aboard (I think it a money thing), then tack on the 300 live aboard fee. Moving to a new slip, will put me closer to the RV park and the hot tub and pool and showers. I’ll also be further from the parking lot, but oh well.

Before I left, I had some Stainless steel sheet metal cut for the counter tops. Glued them day before I left.

I’ve found that living  on the boat, I’m able to get a lot done, as I do not have to go home at night, since i am home. I’ve been a busy person for a 10 days.

My girlfriend and I got some ceiling put up in the V-berth. Thank babe for the help.

I’ve just about finished the fiddle rails for the galley counter. I messed up some angles, and used up what pieces i had from the boat already. So I’ll have to buy some more to finish the one spot I’ve not finished yet. I cut the back splash fiddle rail, out of a piece of mahogany from home depot. I’ll stain them to make the color of the teak and the mahogany match most of the other darker red the wood is.  I also installed the faucet in the counter tops. It is a Glacier Bay model Keelia.

The water pump has been being a problem for me. It acted like it didn’t want to work, so I bought another one. That one displayed the same problem as the first one. It is some weird electrical thing, as both pumps work, and I’ve a temporary setup now, so I can have water in the sink.

I mounted two of the three fire extinguisher I’ve on board. I also put up a coat hook to hold my jacket and hat.

I’ve started to cover the cushions with new fabric with help from my girlfriends mom. I also started to cut down the back rest cushions today and hope to cover them tomorrow or Monday.

Took me three tries to get a table leg the right height, but finally got that one. First was 27″, 2nd was 35″ and the third and good version was 30″. The table is a little wobbly, due to the flex of the sole. I’ll work on this at some point, but it is low on the list. Also will have to come up with a better looking, hopefully lighter table top. Right now I’m just using the old table top that I cut down.

The composting head has been working well. It needs a step in front to place your feet, as it is kind of awkward right now to us with the height. I put back in the storage locker and you can see the counter top is just a tad long and wont fit.

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I printed off some life size panels from blue sea to see what the future Nav table/electronic station is going to look like.  I’ll be putting a piano hinge on the blue line, so that access can be had by folding it down. I do not think I’ll be using the Dual circuit plus switch that is there, so mayble a different panel for the middle one. Also I think I may opt for the 16 switch panel vs the one with meters, and add in some other meters and have 21 DC circuits, and ELCI +5 for AC, though I don’t think that all will be filled on that one.

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Otherwise it has been raining a decent bit for San Diego, I found that some places leak, that I’ll have to fix. I’ve fixed some, anchor locker and missing window botched tape job. I’ll need some kind of more comfortable mattress in the V-berth, as the one that is up there is a bit worn and used. I’m thinking about a water heater as well, as the water is quite cold. Only having one sink is not bad, the composting head is pretty easy. I have most of what I need down here, and there is lots of space left. Shoe storage is just under the table, I’ve still got a mess (storage) in the quarter berth. Overall I’m digging living on the boat so far.

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Transforming the nav table so far

When I bought the boat, it had the slanted nav table.

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Then I cut it flat. To be like the later models that had the nav table with a flat surface.

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Newest idea of how it is gonna look is this.

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It is cut out of MDO plywood. Which is a pretty solid piece if ply. I’m planning on painting it white. With teak trim. So this type of plywood leads well to that idea.