Progress has been slow over the weeks leading up to these pictures which were taken week 16 (June 3, 2013). Things have been done, but there is very little visible progress. Here's what we have:
The so-called "forward basement" is a set of compartments forward of all the tanks and under the staterooms. It's used for miscellaneous equipment with the remainder available for storage. I hadn't seen any pictures of that area yet, so I asked Mike Jensen (our project manager) to snap a few when he was at the yard that week.
This picture shows one of the compartments in the basement. The stepped shelf is for the hot water tank and the water pump. The framed section behind I think is just to support a cover panel that will dress up the interior. You can also see a couple of hoses hanging there, and just to the right of the vertical hose you might be able to make out the ends of 4 or 5 PVC pipes. These run throughout the boat in different locations and serve as conduits for wires, pipes, hoses, etc. If you have every tried to fish a wire through a boat to install some seemingly simple device, you will quickly appreciate these conduits. At times I've spent an entire day just installing a single wire when there is no conduit.
|Shelf in basement for water heater and pump|
The Lazarette, or Laz for short, is the space underneath the cockpit. The cockpit, by the way, is the aft-most outside area of the boat. The laz is another storage and utility space housing the steering gear, batteries, inverters and chargers, dive compressor, and the boiler for the heating system. They always end up full of other junk too. I hadn't seen any pictures of the laz since the deck went on, so Mike snapped a few.
One of the things I'm really enjoying is seeing the construction process and techniques. It's been full of surprises. None of it bad, just very different from what I would have imagined. The laz is an example. The finished space has a molded deck to make up a nice, finished floor. But it's a big piece and isn't going to fit in through any hatch, so it has to be installed before the laz ceiling/cockpit deck is installed over it. Since that upper deck has been in place for a while, I expected the laz floor section to be in place. Nope! It's in there, but is suspended from the ceiling. The picture below is looking through the door from the engine room and you can see the floor section hanging there. It looks like an elevator that stopped between floors. This provides the necessary access to get the prop shaft and tubes installed before the floor goes down.
|Looking into Laz with floor suspended from ceiling|
Below is a peek into the laz looking under the suspended floor section. The white structure in the center is for all the steering gear, and you can see the holes below and in the foreground where the prop shaft will run.
|Laz, looking aft with floor suspended overhead|
Other parts of the boat are showing progress, but it's been very little. Down in the utility room you can see the rough stairs have been built and some of the walls are going in.
|Utility room stairs|
|From galley, looking down stairs to utility room|
Other parts of the boat show similar levels of progress. The pictures below show the salon and master stateroom where the wood sub-walls have been installed throughout most of the space. These plywood sub-walls form the structure of the walls, but are not the finished surface. Later on a thinner sheet of veneered wood goes over all the exposed surfaces to create the finished teak surface. In this and the next picture, you can see the conduits that I mentioned earlier. In the Salon they are visible under the window on the right. And in the following picture they are under the windows behind the worker.
|Salon with sub-walls installed|
|Master stateroom with walls and conduit|
In the next picture you can see the guest stateroom and office starting to take shape. There is a sliding door divider that separates the two spaces, and you can just see the header for it between and above the two doorways. And for the first time we have two doorways. Each provides an entrance to the forward head, and allows access without disturbing someone in the other space.
|Guest stateroom/office, looking forward to head|
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