Sunday, November 30, 2008

A Closer Look at the Masts

We really haven't taken much of a look at the masts since we got the boat. Haven't had much need to. But next year, while we wont see the rig put on, things like bowsprit and chain plate placement will need to be decided before things get "covered up" on the inside. What does this have to do with the masts? Well, we need to decide if we are sticking with the original 30 year old masts, or, opt for new ones. There are a LOT of things to be considered in making that decision, which I will detail in a future post. One of those things is the condition of the existing masts. These masts have never been used, but have been left out in weather for the past 30 years. Originally kept under the boat, on the ground (supported by blocks) for the last three years. I felt it time to get them up off the ground where I could assess condition and easily work on them. Mom and Dad were in town for Thanksgiving week, and Dad helped me put together some stands to support both masts in order to more easily facilitate work. I'll post some more details of what I find on the masts in a future blog entry.
From Building a Westsail 42: Mast and Rig

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Monday, November 24, 2008

Center Fuel Tank is IN!

Well, for now. Fitted and secured. It will have to come out one more time to install the greywater tank underneath. The greywater tank is on order and I hope arrives early this week. Nothing eventful about this installation. Pretty much went like the others.
From Building a Westsail 42: Tank Installation

Saturday, November 22, 2008

One More Thing...

Before the Last and Largest Tank Goes In
Last tank left is the 100 gallon center fuel tank. The space allows for a taller tank, but, in the future, such a tank could never get through the companionway, so the size of the tank was limited to one that would fit. As a result that has left some empty space underneath.
Now, never wanting to let empty space go to waste, we came up with an idea for usage: grey water storage. What?
Well, my wife, working in the marine construction/repair biz, is always hearing rumours of overboard discharge regulations becoming more restrictive. Boaters are well aware of the existing laws prohibiting black water discharge on inland waters (boats must have holding tanks and pump out at pump out stations throughout the area). But, there are some areas that prohibit discharge of ANYTHING. Including stuff from sink drains. There are a few such areas up in Canada (Desolation Sound) and I think Lake Washington is a no discharge zone. The Dept of Ecology continues the "threat" that discharge regulations may get more restrictive.
So, given this potential restriction, and this empty space we are presented with in the boat, we decided to install a grey water tank. Turns out Ronco Plastics makes an 18 gallon tank that will fit this space just nicely. It will have to be installed from the engine room by "sliding" it through the bulkhead, underneath the center fuel tank. It will have a 1 1/2" inlet and outlet, 1/2" vent, and 6" inspection port all accessible from the engine room. In may not ever get plumbed/used till after launch whenever the laws appear imminent.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Freshwater Tanks are IN!

As in, THEY AINT COMIN OUT!! For a long time at least. Spent the weekend fitting the final water tank (starboard) and ultimately securing, plumbing and filling all 145 gallons of freshwater tankage. The top picture shows the final product with the floorboards and center battery box removed. Second picture shows the compartment just forward of the tanks and the plumbing for the inlets and outlets. For now the plumbing will just be those long stems until I get the mechanical design of that compartment sorted out. And... no leaks!
From Building a Westsail 42: Tank Installation
From Building a Westsail 42: Tank Installation

Sunday, November 09, 2008

Two More

This past weekend saw the installation of the starboard fuel tank and the port water tank. Both went in fairly smoothly. As I am using thru-bolts instead of tapping screws to secure the tanks, and, I am seeking to make any future removal of the tank easy by using tee nuts (you only need one wrench), it has made installation interesting. Its not as simple as dropping the tank in. I have had to initially fit the tank, spot the holes for the bolts, remove the tank, bore the hole, and install the backing tee nut. But, any adjacent tank must be removed in order to get at the spot for the tee nut. So, the fuel tanks need to be removed in order to facilitate installation of the water tanks. THEN the fuel tanks can go back in. Very much like "musical tanks"! Had I known now what I didn't know then, I would have had the tank builder offset the tank mounting tabs relative to the adjacent tanks so the tee nuts would not be covered by the adjacent tank's tabs. Oh well. Save that lesson for the next boat we build (wait... what did he just say?). Also, I figured I should leak test the water tanks to make sure the plumbing fittings are sealed. I installed a temporary valve on the outlet pipe, and ran a hose into the input pipe and filled it up. I took resistance readings of the sending unit at empty and full to help with future calibration. I'll let that sit for a while and see if any water makes its way into the bilge.
From Building a Westsail 42: Tank Installation
From Building a Westsail 42: Tank Installation

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Big Sail Loft

Fun diversion post. Here is a video on Australia's legendary sailor Rolly Tasker and his big sail loft he recently built in Thailand.