On February 27, 2012 In Boat, News
Not this past weekend but the one before we finally got to install a new staircase in the boat down into the cargo hold… This would in fact be the 3rd system put in so far but it is the last. Lets go over the systems I had (sadly I have no photos of them).
- The spiral staircase that was originally in the ship. I’ve always wanted a spiral staircase so when I was looking at Pathfinder for purchase it was a major selling feature for me… Until during our trip back with it we discovered how truly terrible undersized and thrown together spiral staircases are. Everyone on the trip ended up sliding down them or nearly through the railings when we hit a wave. Even better was that the top hand rail on it was in fact a plastic tube. Not exactly safe. So we cut that right out first chance we got at TIM and replaced it with…
- A very steep stainless steel staircase with narrow steps. This worked out quite well for over a year. Except that it was VERY steep and the steps were a improperly spaced (each step was a bit too far away), so at the end of the day when you walked up and down them a lot your legs and hips were killing you. Also when taking laundry up and down the stairs it was literally like scaling a mountain at times. Which lead us to…
- Custom polished stainless steel stringers (a stringer is the side beams of a staircase). These were made out of Barrie Metal and Welding for us after we carefully measured the space it would go into. Once they were completed they stayed at my parents place until we were ready for them on the boat (2 weekends ago). And here they are!
The stringers side on of the new staircase.
Right now the steps are pieces of 2×10 spruce. Later on they’ll be replaced with mahogany.
That corner of the cargohold also acts as material storage for paneling etc. Eventually we may be building a laundry room there by walling it in possibly.
These steps are incredibly comfortable to walk up and down. The neat thing is that although they look thin and they do flex a bit when you walk up and down them a bit they’re strong enough to practically park a car on. I also have to modify the hatchway a bit since my head nearly hits some metal on the way up and down the stairs. I’ll be doing that after I finish a through hull fitting to fill the water tanks. I’ll do a post about the water system and all the hookups once I get that all done.
On February 21, 2012 In Boat, News
So as I eluded to in the last post I had been very busy over December and January. What have I been doing? Well when Jeannie came back she saw this in the galley.
The wrapped sink stares into your SOUL!
Dishwasher says “LIFE IS FUNNNNN!”
Which when unwrapped (as the captions suggest as well) turned into these!
Nice eh? K helped me out a lot with the cleaning and sadly I didn’t take a photo of the rest of the galley since we had put in some new chairs (New to the boat anyways) and organized the starboard side counter. It has REALLY opened up the space in the and it’s quite nice now.
So one might ask what the hell took me so long to install these. Well lets go over the task list of getting all this installed (this is the summarized version as well just to tell ya).
- Install and hook up the hot water tank
- Wire up the hot water tank (110Volt)
- Install the water pump for water pressure (12 Volt)
- Hook up the tank and pump to the manifolds installed earlier (Centralized water manifolds are WAAAAAY easier to troubleshoot and maintain. All houses should have them.)
- Hook up the through hull to be used for gray water pump out into the lake
- Create an anti-siphon valve system (I’ll have to take a photo of this to show everyone the madness of what I ended up building. This is to ensure that if the gray water manages to force out all the air and the 1 way valve breaks for some reason that the lake won’t try to drain into the boat)
- Attach the pump out pump to the anti-siphon system
- Attach the pump to the gray water collector tank
- Curse at European wiring for being backwards and rewire up the sensor to the gray water tank
- Run waste lines up to where I wanted to install the dishwasher
- Run a water line to where the dishwasher
- Run 110Volt power lines with GFI’s to the dishwasher area, hot water tank, fridge and the back of the cabinet so we don’t need to use extension cords.
- Wire up the dishwasher
- Try to cut the holes needed in the deck for the waste water, hot and cold water for the sink (this took days alone thanks to the military grade steel I had to try to cut through. I literally destroyed brand new drill bits in this processes. As a side note Milwaukee drillbits are designed to drill through butter and that’s it.)
- Run all the hoses and pipes needed for the sink.
Ya. That’s the extremely summarized version there. I didn’t even cover all the stuff I had to get out of the way of the pipes just to run them. So ya. FUN.
Anyways life on board has drastically improved with running water alone now and the dishwasher has made everyone in the marina very jealous (BWAHAHAHAHHAHAAHA!). So at least now we have fancy schmancy running water inside the place now.
Next post I’ll post pictures of what we did family day weekend with my parents. I’d make that post today but frankly I forgot to take photos. Awesome eh?
On February 07, 2012 In News
So no I haven’t disappeared entirely what I was doing was being very busy over the past month and a bit. One reason I wasn’t posting anything was that I didn’t want to leak all the work I got done on the boat since that was basically part of the Christmas gift to Jeannie (and myself if truth be told). Another reason is that our internet connection on the boat currently is crap so getting a consistent connection is difficult at best. I DO have a solution for that but didn’t want to implement it while Jeannie was away otherwise we might have decided to Skype while she was long distance and then I wouldn’t have been able to surprise her with THIS:
Not the most flattering photo but this is me with a mustache that took nearly 2 months to grow. All this to freak out Jeannie when she got back from NY! Sheesh. The things I do.
So ya. Since I basically decided to not shave since she left that ‘stache took bloody well forever to grow. Jeannie says I kinda look like Guy Fox… My sister agrees. Although I kinda wish I had more photos of during the growing process since I went through the “Pervert” stage followed by a long spell of “Drunken Homeless Bum” stage with this facial fuzz. Anyways I shaved it off the night she landed since Jeannie wasn’t too sure about it (I think she was just trying to not be negative with this ‘stache I hath wrought) and I personally hated the damned thing. So ya. That was fun. A post with photos of the boat will be forth coming once I get some more photos.