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Saturday, January 24, 2015

Main Cabin Portlights

Before interior finish can reach full velocity, the final portlights in the main cabin must be installed. The original  factory deadlights were custom by the factory, an odd size and are no longer available. We have been undecided how to proceed. Create our own? Have custom aluminum lights made by Diamond SeaGlaze?

Turns out a fellow W42 owner in the area had custom lights made by Newfound Metals, the same manufacturer of the other already installed smaller lights. He has provided me with a picture (posted with permission) of how they look.

We are very impressed with his installation and think the NFM lights look great and do the original factory deadlights justice on look and design. Plus they match the existing lights already installed and are opening ports.

I expect to be ordering a set of these lights very soon.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Shop Cozy

The admiral did not like my idea of heating the new shop with a pot belly wood stove. Too much liability I guess. Instead, she bought me a 240V ceiling heater. Even on the low 3000 watt setting, and with the assistance of the ceiling box air filter to help circulate the air, it warms the space from the 40s to the 60s pretty quickly.

Also, the CNC machine is in its new home. It may still be in pieces, but its all there, lol. Reassembly will be gradual over the next couple weeks.

Monday, December 01, 2014

Shop Insulated and Painted

Shop update.

Finished insulating and painting the interior. Next up is moving the CNC table into its new room. Planning new base cabinets and shelving for the main room can also start now.
The main shop room. New cabinets will go here.

The room for the CNC table
Moving the CNC table, as it is too big for any doorway to the new room, will require dis-assembly/re-assembly. Which means it will have to be re-squared/re-trued, which can take a bit of time. I may take this opportunity to do a few simple modifications to improve reliability and precision.

Sunday, October 05, 2014

New Shop Energized

Work continues on preparing the new shop space.Many thanks to dad who helped install the new 50 amp 220v service and the new electrical panel.
Also added: data network CAT5e and duplex fiber optic cable to satisfy the shop's data requirements.
We are racing against weather to finish the exterior paint, needed to satisfy the insurance company.

This weekend we should wrap up the drainage and plumbing improvements outside the shop.

With luck we will be ready to start work on the interior just as the weather turns cold and wet.

Monday, September 01, 2014

Holiday Weekend R & R

Includes sniffing boats at the Victoria Classic Boat Festival. Damn inspiring stuff. We are reminded how we plan to have ZERO topside varnish. While we can appreciated nice varnished teak, our varnishing days are over (in this life at least).