Here's the most recent pictures of the galley so far. I'm working on the plumbing right now and hope to have running water in the next couple of weeks. The galley sink is gonna work out great! I'll have to update some more pics, but I've added two spigots on either side of the faucet to accommodate foot pumps for fresh water, which will be filtered and sea water. The foot pumps will mount underneath the drawers. Once I make a bracket for them they'll fit perfectly side by side in the space I left available.
i just put the first layer of gel coat on and it's looking pretty decent. I'm off to go to west marine to get a couple more cans. I'm thinking it'll need a couple more coats. Since I have no experience doing this, like everything else I'm doing, I'm opting for small cans that I can just mix in single batches with the hardener for each layer. It would save a little bit of money to buy a full gallon and mix as I go but I don't want to deal with the mess!
I had to pull the counter top template off this morning before I could sand and prep for gel coat. I had to cut it in half and realized I need it to be assembled in two pieces when it gets installed. I'll have to plan that out carefully when I get to that phase next week...
Round one of fiberglass work today takes the work from yesterday where I glassed in the top of the icebox and continued the progress by filling in some uneven areas and corners. It takes about 3-4 hrs til it starts to harden and cure.
I just finished round 2 before heading out for supplies and a dinner break. I switched to stranded matt fiberglass and topped the whole thing off. I've been having troubles folding woven cloth over sharp corners. The stranded matt seems to lay down nicely as the epoxy resin soaks in. This should be my last round of fiberglass today. I might throw down some filler compound in spots before I call it a day. My goal is to have gel coat going on tomorrow. I'll also be making a template for the counter top tonight out of scrap pieces of wood and finishing a couple electrical projects.
The lower portion of the icebox is what I would consider to be roughed in. The fiberglass hardened up nicely, with the exception of some of the corners that got multiple overlays and ended up a little rough. I had to sand down everything to smooth it out. My plan for the corners is to use a filler compound and round out each corner for a consistent and smooth finish.
I'm using 2" of insulation for the top and lids just to make access more convenient. I cut a bunch of pieces out in kind of a puzzle form so I can lay fiberglass over them to secure the top to the already formed lower icebox. I'll be applying white gel coat to the final product and lay the counter top on top of the icebox with about a 1" ledge around the top for the lid to se down on. It looks like a rough plywood behemoth right now and I'm excited to see it through the next step which will look a lot more finished. I'll be putting in custom slides and shelves once I get the refrigeration aspect figured out.
Everything is going to get hit with white paint. Once I get the right texture I'll move on to trim work. That'll give the boat a warmer feel. I'm using Brazilian cherry for the trim pieces and the sole will be Brazilian cherry and maple.
I have built my icebox using 4" of PolyISO insulation with has an R-value of 12.9 per 2" according to the manufacturer. This will be accessible from the countertop in a side by side freezer/fridge design. I am hoping to have a freezer system with a spillover fridge. I am working with a company to provide a condenser with a coldplate for the freezer. There'll be two fans in the separation wall that will be controlled by a thermostat in the fridge.
The inside of the icebox is lined with 1/4" marine plywood and covered with 6oz fiberglass cloth using West Systems epoxy resin. I plan to apply white gel coat tomorrow.
The previous attempt at a finish coat in the head failed and started falling off all over the place. So, I'm stripping down to the wood and I'm gonna repaint with the same process that the rest of the cabin is going through right now. It's a very dirty process and I'm getting through the scraping and on the sanding.
Here's a short video which shows the operation of my wipers I'm finishing installing. The biggest challenge was putting all 3 wiper motors on one switch with a momentary bypass to allow me to clear spray off the windows. The motors mechanical self park switch kept backfeeding the other motors so they would keep running in the off position until all 3 internal switches were in the same position finally allowing them to stop at the same time. Adding a couple of 5a diodes into the circuit stopped the backfeed and would allow each motor to self park on their own! Problem solved.
Oh man! I'm getting stuff done left and right. Some projects get started in the morning and need time to setup or dry before the next step which gives me time to tinker or start another area of the boat. Yesterday, I plugged away at filling holes and cracks on the main cabin bulkheads to prepare for paint and while that was setting up to dry I worked on electrical odds and ends. I'm almost done with electrical but there's always another project to add somewhere on the boat.
In the middle of the day I made a trip to ikea to buy my galley sink and accessories. I went with the Bredskar 24"x18" sink. They sell a variety of accessories that go with the sink to increase usability. That included some strainers, a wash bin, and a cutting board. I decided to maximize the available space with the biggest sink I could fit. I know counter space is at a premium, but I plan to offset the faucet and use a cutting board to cover most of the sink for food prep.
I took all the doors off to prep and paint the bulkheads. I was able to get a first coat on the galley and most of the helm station and nav table. I'm using an oil based high gloss white and will trim out with Brazilian cherry.
I finished the day by grouting the tile for the stove inset area. All I have left to do for the stove is to run fuel lines and figure out how to secure the stove to the side rails...I have a plan for that! You're supposed to screw down the stove from the front, but it's kind of an awkward setup, so I'll be making some minor mods to utilize pins through the rails and bottom of the stove.
A bit of a random day today. I just sort of plugged away at a bunch of projects switching when I got to the end of materials on hand. I installed a couple 12v outlets into the helm station. I ran a 12v circuit for the nav station which will provide power for the stereo, ham radio and some task lights.
I cut and installed a few small pieces of tile for the stove and started cutting the stove pipe. I'm realizing I'll need to do some more cutting to allow clearance around the stove pipe. I had to go a little more vertical to accommodate the barometric damper which needs to be installed 12" above the stove top...
I also took advantage of the nice weather and put a first coat of paint on the interior cabin. I focused mainly on the metal areas that will be left exposed.
Dream it. Design it. Build it. A hobbyist at heart, I'm usually asked, "Wouldn't it be cheaper and easier to just buy that?!?". Sure, but then I wouldn't understand it and appreciate it like only a do-it-your-selfer can!