Category «Floors»

Final Floors: Part I

The current floorboards have been around since the early days of the project (once floor supports were installed). They were cut from cheap non-marine grade C/D-X plywood, and have been trimmed/cut over time to accommodate things as the build evolved. Included in that evolution was the addition of dirt, paint and resin drips. Nice clean boards …

Engine Room/Aft Cabin Floors are IN!

One of the last lingering floor tasks. The floors for the engine room and hallway (“tunnel”), while they had been cut and fitted, they were simply resting in place supported by a couple temporary cleats. We had not decided on a final height for the tunnel floor. With me being the tallest (6 feet 2 …

Towards a More Healthier Color

Spent the weekend finishing up the sub-floor in the forward salon. Got the pads that will support the floorboards all level and flush. Also took to the bilge with some paint. Including the forward tank compartments. Took final tank measurements and I may start getting estimates on tank fabrication this week. I must enjoy the …

Final Battery Box Dryfit

Getting back to the Westsail… The picture sequence shows how the battery box is installed. 1. Supports (there will be a tank underneath, and yes, the bilge will be painted)2. Box, lid, sidecleats hold down the lid3. Fiberglass cross members thru-bolt the cleats4. Finally the floor board.

Battery Box Dryfit

Got the battery box roughed together and fitted. These will be the main house battery bank. The battery box will be in the forward center compartment under the main salon floor in place of a fresh water tank normally designed by the factory. There is still some room underneath the battery box for a smaller …

Final Battery Box Design

We have come to a final design for the battery box. It can accomodate up to six size 4D batteries or fourteen golf cart batteries. The overall height is about 15 inches which means it can handle the taller golf cart batteries (like the Trojan T-145). Now T-145’s weigh about 80 lbs each. In order …

Aquadrive/Final Drive is IN!

…with the mounts compressed to recommended tightness. I had to remove a couple shims and flatten the back of the stern tube a bit (with a file) to get things precisely aligned. But the shaft now free-spins on it’s cutless bearing, indicating minimal resistance, a good indicator of proper alignment. The mounting plate was painted …

Dry-fitting the Aquadrive

Completed the dry-fit of the Aquadrive thrust bearing. Why do this now? Well, access. Everything is open in the stern. As things get built up back there access will be more difficult. Reminder that the Aquadrive is a device which separates the thrust of the propeller from the engine. A typical straight shaft installation pushes …

Tank and Battery Plan

The best solution tends to be the simplest one, it is often said. This may be such a case. After going around and around on tank and battery size and placement we have decided on a final layout. Shown in the attached picture. Center tanks will be stepped to the keel. The forward center tank …