SV Pilgrim - 1979 Morgan 382 - Homeport: Beaufort, NC

Monday, June 15, 2015

The Mental Exercise Prior to the Physical Progress

Spending time to fully plan out a project, or at least one component of a large project, prior to making that first cut, boring a pilot hole, or applying an initial layer of epoxy is a wise investment. 

The time I devote to creating templates and testing designs is definitely increasing as my experience working on boats expands. Or perhaps as the size and cost of the boats on which I work is increasing.  I vividly recall the trepidation with which I approached drilling a hole for a drain plug in a new plastic whitewater kayak over twenty years ago.  Now I find myself boring 1-7/8” holes in the hulls of custom built offshore sailing vessels that are closer to 100’ than the length of that long ago kayak.  Perhaps expending time planning prior to action equates to wisdom gained through time and experience, I am, at least chronologically speaking, what most Americans consider middle age.   

Ok, enough philosophical musing.  Let’s talk boat projects.  I’m in the head scratching, throw pasta at the wall and see what sticks, scrap that idea and move on to the next portion of three different projects.

Ice Box Lids…

Test fitting lids after completing modifications to the box.

The fabrication of a new ice box is complete, save for those damn lids.  I cannot figure out how to best add insulation to the inside of the lids and insure a good seal along the opening.

Notes from experimenting with various methods of insulating the lids

Never thought the lids would be the most difficult aspect of the re-build.  See our Ice Box Rebuild Photo Album for images of the latest progress.

Plumbing Drains…

Myriad of plumbing fittings.  Remind anyone of days spent playing with Legos or Tinker Toys?

In an effort to reduce the length of hose runs and not feed too much water to the drain manifold (see – New Deck & Bilge Pump Drain Manifold) we are adding two 1-1/2” thru-hull fittings above the waterline on opposite sides of the hull.  The port fitting will serve as a discharge for the upper, 3700G/H bilge pump.  The plumbing associated with this system required only minor experimentation.

The starboard thru-hull act as a drain for the deck scupper.  As with our previous vessel (SV C’est la Vie) we want the ability to fill water jugs from the deck scupper. The ability to collect (then filter) rain water off the deck proved very helpful on our last extended trip in the islands. 

Test fitting the final draft of the new starboard deck scupper plumbing.

The mechanics of the plumbing took some time to work out. We definitely want to have the details worked out prior to drilling the hole in the hull.  See our Quarterberth Re-fit Photo Album for the current progress on this project.

Electrical Panel…
Designing the inner workings of the electrical panel from scratch is both enticing and daunting.  I began by creating cardboard templates of the space available.

Cardboard templates of the space available for the electrical panel wiring. 

I then experimented with the layout of terminal strips and busbars atop the templates using different color pens to illustrate AC & DC wire runs.

Experimenting with the layout of AC & DC wiring, terminal strips, and busbars.  

Once satisfied with the layout, I taped the templates into position.

Test fitting the electrical panel template in position along the hull.

Then made a few more modifications to the design.  

See our Navigation Station Re-Fit Photo Album for images and notes current progress.

The planning continues.

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