Interior Fitout

January 27, 2016  Hours spent building to date:  2,042

A head cold and a pretty good-sized blizzard slowed progress, but the next phase of construction after the deckhouse commenced with some interior carpentry.

Day One was spent completely cleaning up the shop, which was coated with sawdust after days of heavy sawing and router work on the deckhouse and beams.

Then I started hacking away:

— The shower sump.  I am very ambivalent about even having a shower on a boat this size, but retrofitting a watertight sump would be very difficult, so I forged ahead.  I built a plywood tunnel over the limber holes so water could get from the front of the bilge to the back, then built a simple watertight box and glassed all the seams.  A tiny bilge pump will take out most of the water.

— Shower grate.  Found one on Amazon that needs fitting and reinforcement, but it isn’t bad.  Made a cherry threshold to close the door against and kick water back down to the grate.

— “Desk” area.  I used to call this a dresser, but there is a large, flat-topped piece of furniture with big drawers across from the  lounge chair in the sleeping area.  When sitting on the edge of the bed, it creates a nice area for a computer, chart books, etc, so “desk” it will be.  The field is mahogany ply with a wild grain and the edges are cherry, so I will probably varnish the top.

— Bathroom sink.  Found a beaten copper bar sink at a good price.  The top will be veneered with a dark piece of sapele that I’ve had for years and should make a nice contrast to the painted surfaces.

I have only a theoretical knowledge of drawer construction, but may try that next.

Shower sump glassed in -- ugly but watertight

Shower sump glassed in — ugly but watertight

Shower grate

Shower grate

Desk top

Desk top

Desk roughed in

Desk roughed in

Bathroom sink -- beaten copper from Mexico

Bathroom sink — beaten copper from Mexico

Sink veneers being glued on

Sink veneers being glued on

2 comments on “Interior Fitout

  1. Ray Gaulke
    January 28, 2016 at 8:43 am #

    Fantastic creativity




  2. Nick
    January 30, 2016 at 7:42 am #

    I’ve read about 1/3 off the adventure.. amazing!

    Greetings from Belgium!


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