New fabric for the saloon.

Thanks to my girlfriends mom, I got all but the two cushions for the starboard settee covered. I still needed to cut these to size and make sure they fit correctly.

To do these I cut the cushions with an electric bread knife. The foam cuts like butter with one of these. For cutting the back cushions, which already had plywood as a back, I used my jig saw and scissors for when the fabric that was there was being a pain.

Once I had these cut to size, I used a new ply wood backing for the bottom cushions and used the existing plywood on the back cushions, then wrapped the fabric around the foam and stapled it to the plywood, just like wrapping a present. Though I used staples for “tape” and fabric for “paper.”

All in all in worked out well considering that I got batting and the fabric from my mother and just had to ship it to San Diego.


Also arrived in the mail today is the drawer organizer for the silverware in the galley. This works pretty well.


I think I’ll try to add some drawer rails to these to make them pull out straight vs drop down as the are pulled out.

More projects lie ahead.





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.


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.


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.



Lots of progress, so little time.

So it has been about a month since the last post.

I’ve stained the redwood, I like how the look came out. I was planning on painting them white, with the rest of the cabin, but this makes it feel more cozy to me. It also matches the look of the rest of the wood that is on the boat, minus some of the teak pieces. It makes me weary of sanding down them to oil them as it would possibly change the color to something that does not match as well, and then I’d have even more colors going on here.

I’ve painted the interior using Rustoleum Gloss White. I used a foam roller for most of the boat, and a rattle can for the corners I could not reach. It makes a hell of a difference on the look and smell for the time being of the boat.

I’ve cut out the hole for the sink, and the dry stores, made some inserts for flush fittings to make the counter top larger. My wood working skills could use a bit of improvement. As I seem to not be able to cut a straight cut.

I’ve worked on adding a shelf to the galley. The bottom post is there to hold it up, but the support for the edge shall come from the top down, vice bottom up.

I’ve build and cut out the area for mounting and re wiring the electrical panels from the galley to the nav table.


Catching up on some past due post.

It has been a couple of weeks sense the last post. Since them, I’ve been to some intersting places in Chula Vista/National City looking for something that would be somewhat better then MDF wainscoting from big box store, or pvc wainscoting. I discovered JW Lumber, which is a outdoor wood supply place. I bought some 5/8″ redwood strips, had the cut down the middle there, and then attached them to the bulkhead to cover up the removal of the teak veneer.  I’m planing on paint the whole saloon white. Though some have said that they like the look of the interesting wood pattern the redwood makes.

It has been a pretty easy process, use the protractor thing I’ve got to measure the angle, use miter saw to cut angle, and then make sure the length fits. I’ve not been the best at making sure the planks fit at the bottom, as well, you will only see if without the cushions there.

I’ve skipped the part where i do the chain plates, as I’m still planing on doing the external chain plates. I’m still deciding on what material to use, there are just so many options. Do I use stainless, which grade, do I want it electro polished, ect. Bronze is always good, easy to machine, costly. Titanium grade 2/5 which comes out close to SS 316L after you polish it, but there is none of the cons of Stainless. Then there is galvanized steel, which is way less then all of the above, but it is not shiny. Which from what I can tell means that it is not good. Con it will rust at some point. Same thing with turnbuckles. They are not shiny and may rust, so spend more money for shiny!

But I’m getting close to paint the boat. As random as it sounds, Rattle cans for rusteolum will by my paint of choice. I’ll need to find some teak trim pieces or learn how to make L shaped trim pieces to cover up my amateur wood working skills. Also it will make the saloon/cabin look nice with white and teak trim.

I’ve also made a little progress with the sink. Still not sure what I’m going to do with this, but for now, the MDO will be the countertop.


Conversion to Dinette

So the table is heavy. And not really all that manageable, or very stable seeming when setup for an under way period. A fixed table, that drops down seems to be a more reasonable idea. This also provides a nice low and center of the boat area to fit a battery box to fit 4 6v GC2 batteries, which should yeild about 400-450 amp-hours. This area will also be easy access.

This is what I’ve got so far.

I’ll hopefully be painting soon, I’ve started the covering of the bulkhead. It really ought to be replaced with a one maybe two piece section, But I’ve got some other plans with moving the loads from chain plates that mount to the bulkhead to the exterior of the hull.



Galley work

Today, I got the counter top cut. I’m still deciding on what will be the best course of action as to what to make the counter top out of, but I’ve a pattern if i go with some kind of composite, or I’ve got the base for Formica or paint. I’m thinking next will be to do the cutout for the sink and dry stores. The router made quite the mess inside the boat.


Yesterday, I finished up shorting the slider and adding the teak to the pot/pan storage and above the slider cabinet. Not the best of work, but it will do.


Also go the shelf and the cabinet face mounted for the stbd cabinet. It is not straight, as the door has a slant when opened, but that is due to how the lip under the liner interferes with the face of the cabinet.


Frames for the cabinet doors

Working with the cabinet some more today, mostly the frames. In doing this, I bought the kreg pocket screw setup. It mostly worked, I had to do some trail and error, that I thought I had worked out on the scrape pieces, but ended up messing up 3 of the pieces. I had to make some adjustments to the kreg unit, and change the direction I was drilling the pocket holes to avoid spiting the teak.

Cabinets instead of shelves.

I’ve been progressing on the cabinets. I’ve gone from the patterns made of OSB, to the 1/2″ MDO plywood cut and fitted. I’ve added the bottom trim piece, and I’ve cut 3 of the 4 cabinet door frames.

Port bulkhead woos.

So, I want a mainly white interior boat, with teak trim accents. I’ve started to strip off the veneer off the port bulkhead. What a pain it has been. I started this, as I’m gonna put something different up, was just planning on replacing the veneer on the bulkhead with some wood slates and paint white. Turns out that the bulkhead is 5 pieces of ply, so It looks like I’ll have to change that out at some point.

This all started with me wanting to see how the bottom of the bulkhead looked, as it has some water damage. Well this just follows suit, find one thing and it leads to more and more.

I also got the third cut out for the pattern of the port side cabinets.