December 2012: Plumbing


    All a-head full! Time to gut this dripping wet cavity so we can replace the aft bulkhead and redesign it to be more functional AND maintainable. There are so many band-aid fixes in here over the years it is time to wipe the slate clean.


    If this were a head-a-sketch, we just shook it. Now to draw some new lines.


    Whew! The portlights in the forward part of the boat were bedded in this odd cementous compound and extended using these wood blocks (which are teak by the way). Probably shop scraps cut to the same width. The builders were actually not too far off conceptually from the scored-scrim balsa or foam that is used nowadays for composite sandwich cores. If anyone knows of a good method for removing this stuff, please contact me via this website.


    Rachel taking part in the destructive fun, scraping away.


    This is as clean as this space is likely to be until it is time to replace that bulkhead. Moving onto other areas.


    Next up for senseless destruction, the galley. It looks like a lot of decisions were made and remade as to the layout of this space. Unfortunately I think we are going to make a lot of those decisions again! Hopefully we can manage that without the galley feeling any worse for the wear.


    Plumbing it out as are the flameproof panels around the oven. The consensus seems to be to install a gimballing oven where the sink used to be and a deep double sink where the oven used to be. And a statue of a lady with a clock where her stomach ought to be, and a Japanese transistor radio.


    Attending to some drips and rot between the cabinets. We need to remove this hull liner and headliner and figure out that the deal is.


    Sometimes on these boats the most comfortable position is so obvious you didn't think of it until you slip and fall and land with your foot in the locker. We may have to call this the foot locker.


    I've never been so happy to see shiny ring nails pounded into a composite structure. They of course have no good reason for being there but the fact that they're shiny further confirms we don't have any moisture soaked into the deck.


    This is how heavy the scum layer is on all the hull surfaces. A shot of simple green, brush scrub and hose rinse later and it's clean as the day it was painted. I wonder if the oily residue acted as a barrier to other kinds of dirt and scum all this time?


    Oil cooler. Time to see what is broken this time :-D


    Not too sludgy in there but certainly not very clean.


    Broken petcock #2. These cost $34 nowadays and not nearly as cute as these little brass guys. I wonder if I could get a bulk discount... I'm definitely noticing a theme with the broken brass parts that were in constant contact with seawater. Perhaps we should investigate some different valve materials.


    Obstruction of justice. If you consider cooling passages in a heat exchanger to be justice. Which of course I do.