Author: the builder

Delamination!

No foolin. Stripping away the thick gelcoat non-skid from the top of the cabin trunk has revealed large spots of delamination. Delamination is something no (fiberglass) boat owner wants to discover. It is a condition where the fiberglass laminate has…

Last of the LED lighting…

This is the last string of “planned” LED lighting. Recall a string was installed in the aft bilge/steering compartment here. This string is under the floor of the forward salon. The lighting provides easy views into the mechanical and storage…

More LED Lighting…

This time its the aft cabin. This replaces three annoying temporary under-deck cheap fluorescent fixtures along with the cords strung about to power them. As with the main cabin, lights are controlled with a wireless remote (on shelf in last…

How To Strip Gelcoat?

The deck needs some attention this summer. Particularly the top of the main cabin trunk where a permanent design/solution is needed for the companionway slide and door. This will involve some fiberglass work moulding parts and glassing them to the…

More Ice Box

I finally fit the first layer of foam to the ice box cabinet. However, I am pausing here for the moment. A bit more research has suggested that, despite some extra cost, using vacuum insulation panels for the inner main…

Ice Box “Cabinet” Install

Well, I was hoping to get further this weekend, but when the outside temperature is in the 30s, EVERYTHING must wait for epoxy cure, even when using “fast” catalyst. So the ice box cabinet is “in”, that is, “secured in…

Ice Box Dry Assembly

The ice box cabinet is assembled for the most part. Some foam still needs fitting. The “top” will be fitted when the galley countertops are installed. The side face will be fitted with whatever hardwood ply is decided. Dis-assembly and…

Ice Box Design

What better activity for a freezing new years day… After revisiting some of my older thoughts on ice box features, I have made some changes, most in the interest of reducing complication, cost and build time. One or Two? At…