Thursday, July 25, 2013

Contruction, week 22.

Another two weeks have passed by and construction continues at a nice pace.  Outside down below the water line, you can see the rudder shoe along with the prop shaft hole

Rudder show and prop shaft hole

This is the grounding plate for the SSB radio, and below that you can see the pocket where the main engine keel cooler will be installed.

Grounding plate and pocket for keel cooler

The cockpit appears to be the preferred storage location for building supplies, but you can still see the opening above where the stairs go up to the boat deck.

Cockpit with stair opening
In the salon you can see the space really starting to take shape.  The stack in the middle shows the finished teak which will ultimately be throughout the boat.

Salon with finished stack
The stairs up to the pilot house are a little more finished than before, and you can see the runs of conduit that carry cables from one part of the boat to another.

Stairs to pilot house

Below is the main settee in the salon with curved corner.

Salon settee

It's just a start, but in the galley the cabinet dividing walls start to define the layout which will ultimately be filled by appliances, drawers, and cabinets.

Galley cabinet partitions

Here is one such cabinet showing another hint of the finished teak

Cabinet with finished interior

The main stateroom is really taking shape.  In the foreground is the bed, with a dressing table and drawers behind, along with two hanging closets and the bed side cabinet.  Far right is the doorway to the forward stairwell, guest stateroom, and office.

Master stateroom cabinets

Here's another view of the master stateroom with bed, side cabinets, and windows behind.

Master stateroom

Lots of progress on the guest vanity and surrounding walls.

Guest head

Looking aft, you can now see the office desk and recessed book cases

Office desk and shelves

Looking up the forward stairwell, there are additional recessed book shelves going in.

Forward stair well

In the pilot house, the lower console is now framed out

Pilot house console

Book shelves on the starboard side of the pilot house

Pilot house shelves
Here's the boat deck, and you can see the opening where the stairs come up.  There is an extension to the boat deck that isn't installed yet, so there will be even more room up here once completed.

Boat deck without extension

On the Portuguese bridge, we now have openings for a locker in the foreground, wing station beyond and above, and a vent below.

Locker and wing station

Looking aft in the pilot house, the settee is taking shape along with the doorway into the head.

Pilot house settee

Back on the Portuguese bridge, pumpout and other fittings are starting to appear.

Pumpout fittings

And down in the utility room, the cabinets for the laundry are frames out, including an access panel in the back of the left cabinet to access the stabilizer

Utility room cabinets


  1. Coming along nicely, P. You must be chomping at the bit.

  2. Thanks for blogging. I have a question about the forward guest stateroom. What was the reasons you choose the standard layout over the centre line queen bed that is an option ? It would seem to be more comfortable for guests as they would not need to crawl over each other when getting out of bed. Thanks again for your blog, much enjoying your build process


    1. Ryan,

      I think on of the biggest decision-driving things for anyone building or specifying a boat is the extent to which they will have company aboard. Lots of people always have guest, sometime lots of guests, where others cruise predominantly as a couple with only occasional guests. When I was talking to owners while we were specifying our boat, I would always ask them why they had chosen to do various things differently from what we were contemplating. 90% of the time is was because of the company they expected on board.

      We cruise most of the time just as a couple. No guests, no crew, no hired captain. When we do have guests, it's typically one couple, or perhaps our two kids.

      Now I can answer the question... we basically didn't want to give up the separate office and guest bunk in order to provide for a bed with entry from both sides. With separate rooms, either can be used without interfering with the other, where with the single forward stateroom the office and bunk are all once space. I also expect there is a modest improvement in the ride comfort with the more aft dedicated bunk versus the fully forward bunk.

      As for crawling over someone to get to the inside of the bunk.... well, it IS a boat.... just kidding....we figure that any couple sharing that bunk will be OK, or they can always split up with one in the guest room and the other in the captain's berth.


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