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.


March update

In march, I’ve been settling in more. I’ve got propane hooked up now, built a platform for the V-berth, learned how to make soft shackles, and worked some more on the drawers for the galley. I also got a 2 stroke outboard working again.

I inflated a 1987 Avon Rover 3.10 I have to work on and test the 2 stoke Nissan 8hp (NS8B ) that I picked up from my girlfriends dad. I took apart the carb, super clean, and couldn’t get it to run other then if I started it at WOT, and after many tries. Once running it would only keeping working at WOT, and then die if i tried to lower to idle. Turns out that there was a air leak in the fuel line, since the fuel pump is a vacuum operated, this killed the motor. Some new fuel line later and I’ve got a nicely working outboard. The floor slates in Avon, leave some to be desired, as the transom the dinghy, is a little floppy as the floor boards are not fit in correctly. During my bay test, I could get the dinghy to plane at 15.1knts. I’m also working on cleaning the carb for a 6hp Nissan(NSF6A2) I’ve got. This one will take some more work as there appears to oil from the motor leaking out the prop shaft. Further investigation is required. I’ve setup a 2×3 across the cockpit as the work station for the outboards. Seems to work, provided you can keep the outboard from swinging around as they are in fact top heavy.

While back, I built a holder for two 6lb propane tanks. I’ve only one tank at the moment, but it has proven to work quite well hanging off the stern rail. I ran the line through a new hold in the transom and to the galley.  I still need to add a sniffer and remote solenoid. For now I shut off the tank when not in use.


In the V-berth, there was some sagging or a bad construction or something going on with the “flat” surface that is the V-berth. It kind of slept like a hammock, where near my hips it would sink down and unless you were in the middle, you would be pretend sleeping like you were on a slight heel of a couple degrees. I used some 2×3 and a plywood to create a platform to support the mattress and it not have a slope or a dip. It is flat now, but I’ve lost about 2″ of height in the V-berth. The step into the V-berth is now a must.


I also added some drawers to the galley drawer thing. I’d not hire myself to build someone else drawers if they wanted nice straight and good looking drawers. They work for the intended purpose though, so I consider it a win. I still need to add some kind of face to the drawers and a paint them. To fit this, I moved the ladder over a couple of inches, so it is not longer centered. There is minimum clearance between the ladder and the drawer when slide out.


I’ve started to monitor how many days it takes me to use up water from the 17 gallon water tank. It looks to be about 10 days, but this has only been two fill ups since I started to monitor this. So on average it looks like 1.7 gallons a day, but time will tell how much I am using. I thing my major downfall is in washing the dishes, I use alot there.

Lack of refrigeration is proving to not be as horrible as one would think. Cooking for one with no left overs is the hardest, followed by lack of fresh meat. Canned meat has become the new staple. Veggies, are doing well in the dry storage box, it keeps stuff quite cool in there. I’ve added eggs and spam for breakfast on the weekends. I gave some blocked cheddar a go, I failed at that one, but after doing some research, it would appear that keeping it in olive oil, or wiping with vinegar and wrapping in cheese cloth would be better then putting in a zip lock bag. Though that did work for about a week.  I did find some powdered milk to use for cooking, and I’ve since learned about the single serving UHT milks, that if I can find for cheaper then 10 dollars for a 6 pack, I might get some.

Composting head is still working. I’m finding that the urine is the major source of smell if anything. I’ll have to look into that to figure out how to combat that, but overall this has proven to be less smelly then the old head and holding tank combination.

During this month, I learned out to make soft shackles from the rigging guys at the local west marine.

Random bits of stuff done

I’ve done some re wiring of the boat, I now have fuses!

Started progress on more storage for the galley with a 2 drawer thing.

Built a propane tank holder for the stern rail.


One day while looking for areas for more storage, I started to look at the drawers aft of the hanging locker. There was a good bit of room behind the drawers as they are made, which is just wasted space. In all I’ll be able to gain about 15.5″ of drawer space between the four drawers, which turns into a bit over one more drawer then what I’ve got to start with.

The drawers are angled at a 10 degree, to fit into the cabinet which makes cutting and fitting them a bit harder.

Yesterday, I went to home depot, and bought some FCS birch (waste of money, should have just gotten more MDO). There are a decent bit of voids, and overall seems like less quality wood then MDO, but it was a natural wood, and not the resin overlay on it, which is what I was after. While there, I took advantage of the wood cutting, which on most of the cuts, ended up being a 1/8″ inch short, (I should have measured the first cut). Which would have been fine, but they switched the direction of cut of some of the other cuts, which make the bottoms be 1/8″ to wide. I’m going to be using 1/4″ cedar plywood for the bottom.

I used a miter saw to cut the bevel, and am using the kreg jib to make pocket holes to hold the stuff together then using square dowel as runners to hold the bottom in place in leiu of using a router to cut a slot to slide the bottom in as they are made from the factory.

The top and next one down will be 20″ long, then third will be 17, and the bottom will be 12.5″ (total of 69.5″). The factory drawers were 14.25″ x3 and 11.25 (total of 54″). So a solid gain in space for not taking up anymore area.

I’ll eventually finish this project. Like so many others

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.


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.


Cabinets almost done.

I’ve been busy at working on the cabinets, I’ve about 45 days before I need the boat to be somewhat more livable then it currently is. The end of November is the end of my lease for the over priced apartment in San Diego. I digress, two post ago I put of the frames pictures. Before that, there was the face for the cabinets. Now there are doors on the cabinets and shelves.

Doing some rough calculations, with two cans, it looks like i can store about 124 normal sized can goods in the aft and middle cabinets.


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.