Tuesday, 26 February 2013

More on the Inside.

Once all the insulation had been covered up with timber a little titivation was called for in the way of storage, beds and cupboards.  The front cabin was going to be used as a company office with a settee berth on one side and a desk on the other.  Above the settee berth would be another demountable occasional berth which slots together using dovetail joints and knees to support it.

As you can see full use is made of trotter boxes to accommodate the feet of the berth occupants, don't want them to get too comfy do we.

Here is the office more or less finished.


Offcuts of oak from the flooring were machined up to make the bed in the aft cabin.  This encompasses the weed hatch so heights had to match else there would be a lump in the bed which wasn't me.  Two hatches are in the floor to give access to the propeller shaft, stuffing box and intermediate bearing.

1mm lathes of clear oak were cut 20mm wide and woven to make a breathable panel for the wardrobe and cupboard doors in here.



 All wardrobes are 24" deep and have enough space in them so that air can circulate and there is enough space to hang stuff properly.  Every last bit of space is used for storage, specially when it's your home.


 The companion way steps swing up on gas struts to give a good easy access to the engine room.  It took a bit of working out to get the angles and levers right but it was worth it.  When closed the steps are over centre and held closed.  A little initial lift has them swinging above your head and you're in.


 I made these one Christmas out of iroko ready for when they were needed.  Put too much polish on them and once fitted broke 4 ribs wearing socks.  Don't wear socks anymore, boy that hurt.

 I'll have to take a photo of them actually in operation, remiss of me, sorry.

At the same time as all this the plumbing was being installed.  A wet central heating system was the plan, using cast iron radiators and inch and a quarter steel pipe.  Proper job.  The boiler is a drip feed Kabola E7 running on diesel or kero.

The light green tank is for hot water,  the light blue tank is the expansion vessel for the central heating and the red thing is the boiler.

 Each section of these radiators has an output of 250 watts making this one 2 kilowatts.  Note the two hold down u bolts through steel floors and the sideways stay tapped into the hull frame.  In a seaway I don't want these to move.  The big 3 kilowatt jobbie in the saloon weight in at over 23 stones.  The system uses no electricity and relies on thermo syphon to move the water through pipes.  Basically hot water rises and cold water falls.