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Saturday, January 30, 2010
Newfound Metals will be introducing stainless deck hatches, intended to replace the aluminum made Lewmar hatches found as OEM equipment on many production boats. Typical size: 24 x 24 inches. This is great news as I dont like those Lewmar hatches but their price is ok. However, if there will be hatches available that will match the portlights I would rather go for those.
We crawled around some boats, new and used, at the boats afloat show. Got some tips from all on good and bad ideas. We were looking at cabinet and finishing details including laminates/woods/etc. In summary, the generally nicer, most practical interiors were on the Island Packet boats. Worst, cheapest interiors were on the Jeanneaus. We didn't even go aboard the Catalinas or Beneteaus. Notable mentions was the Perry designed Northern 44 (formerly the Nordic 44) and the Oyster 52 (at a cool $1.5 million).
The show was a bit smaller than previous years. While there were many boat dealers, there were fewer vendors.
Friday, January 29, 2010
Monday, January 25, 2010
This past weekend saw some duct fitting for the dust collection system integrated into the new cabinets. Though there is still lots to do, I think the worst of the cabinet project is over. Except for the cabinet doors, there should be no more cutting and assembling.
I haven't decided which cabinets will have shelves or drawers or both. This depends on what tools will be stored where, which is still under consideration.
Items are mysteriously finding their way into the cabinets. Mostly temporary storage.
I don't think I will make my end-of-January deadline due to lack of shelves and/or drawers, but I am pleased with the progress so far.
Priming and painting may start this week.
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Saturday, January 09, 2010
Friday, January 01, 2010
- New cabinets for north wall in shop.
- Build out port and starboard settees in the forward salon
- Fabricate and install bow pulpit
- Wall off and seal forward anchor locker
- Finish/trim out the forward v-berth
- Fabricate/install dive tank and propane tank lockers
- Fabricate fiberglass parts for shower and wet locker sumps (among other similar items)
- Caprail installation
- Rubrail installation
- Grind deck for resurface preparation
- Build out/trim aft cabin (begin at least)
- Cockpit hatch into engine room
- Begin icebox construction