There is much to update! Just because we haven't been posting here doesn't mean we haven't been working. The big news is that it looks like we are on target for a launch by the end of August. Yep. Our little Cape Dory will be in the water this summer. (Fingers crossed).
This past week was really the first time the progress seemed real to me. We are definitely building up rather than tearing down, and I can list the remaining projects without a spreadsheet.
Our BetaMarine 14 is here, resting at the SeaMarine shop in Port Townsend until we are ready to drop it into its new home behind the companionway stairs. That will be the last thing to happen until we get the boat trucked back to the marina. Then we will focus on the rigging and actually setting the boat up.
But for now, let's take a look at some progress!
The battery "box" in the boat when we got her was nothing more than a rotting plywood shelf with two Costco wet-cell batteries sort of wired to the boat. I still can't figure out how he had them wired.
|The Battery "Solution" as we Found it.|
The next image is of the marine-grade plywood shelf I built and installed in place of the old box.
|The Battery Shelf Tabbed to the Hull and Clear-Coated with Epoxy|
Here is the view looking aft from the companionway:
The Fuel Tank
It may shock to you learn two things. One, the old aluminum fuel tank was leaking and corroded when we bought the boat. And two, finding a direct replacement for it without resorting to expensive custom tanks is pretty much impossible. Here's a glimpse at the old situation:
|The Old Fuel Tank|
|Out of the Boat|
|The Existing Space|
That little nook is a dimension that doesn't exist in modern tank building. For a while, as I searched for a new tank, I had the dimensions memorized. One limitation you can't see here is the same as for the battery shelf: the thru-hull for the cockpit drain limits the fore and aft length of the tank. Behind the bulkhead forward of the tank is the galley, so we can't go that direction either.
I bought a 12 gallon Moeller tank that was pretty close to fitting, but with the existing shelf I just couldn't make it work. So...out comes the Sawzall and the grinder. And the dust mask.
I tore the whole thing out and started from scratch. Again. Here is the new shelf built of 1/4" marine plywood and glassed to the hull.
|The New Tank Shelf Tabbed to the Hull|
|Showing the "Dead Space" Beneath the Shelf|
|With the Facia on and a Cut Out for the Door|
The old electrical system was a total disaster. From the panel to the wiring, everything was a mess. I tore it all out. New wire, new fixtures, and new panels.
The old panel was on the small bulkhead above the galley:
That had to go. Here is the space after it was gone:
There are many more projects under way and just about completed, but I think this post is long enough! More soon.