We did manage to glass the hull to deck joint. After removing the failed PlasTEAK caprail (experiment?) we decided to glass over the joint to improve strength and resistance to leaks. I wont bore you with the technical details, but will say the job goes smoother by wetting out glass first then laying on the joint, instead of laying out dry glass and wetting it in place. The latter tends to be more messy if you are not careful (epoxy drips over the side).
|Starboard side. Wetted first, then laid down.|
|Port side. Laid down dry, then wetted. Shown with sacrifical paint.|
|View from the hull side showing the rough cut edges|
So for now we will leave the glassed-over caprail in place, unfaired and rough on the edges until the time comes to finish the deck. Until then, the caprail will get a sacrificial coat of paint to protected it from UV.
|Testing settee and bowl placement|
|Vanity and sink will go here|
Earlier in this blog you saw me write about the Dometic VacuFlush system for head plumbing. Well I have changed my mind in favor of something simpler. Specifically, the Raritan SeaEra macerating toilet. Reason for decision: I would rather not deal with complex repairs of the VacuFlush in my old age! We have a Raritan head on the small boat and have never had a problem in 20 years. I am hoping the SeaEra will perform as well. We have one on order, should be here in a week or so.
More when it happens.