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Project Log:  Sunday, April 6, 2014

With four coats of gloss varnish, the head door (back) was ready for a coat of rubbed effect satin varnish.

When I'd run the plumbing to the galley sink earlier, I'd installed tee fittings for the eventual lines for the head shower, and now was as good a time as any to install the hoses that would eventually supply the shower.  For better access, I removed the lower shelf in the starboard storage locker forward of the galley.  Drilling access holes as needed, I led two lengths of 1/2" water hose from the tee fittings forward into the locker beneath the v-berth and over to the port side, where I dead-ended them for now pending final hookup to whatever shower device I ultimately installed for the head.  Where the hoses passed through bulkheads, I led them through short lengths of hose as chafe protection.



There was a number of wires dead-ended in the starboard locker, two of which needed to be led into the compartment beneath the v-berth:  one for a 12V USB outlet that I'd located in the forward cabin; the other for an eventual saltwater washdown pump.  I led the wires along beneath shelf and through the forward bulkhead, where I made up the final connections to the outlet, but simply bundled the wires for the pump for now till whenever I was ready to install it.


Similarly, I capped off a length of hose leading back to a seacock in the locker, which seacock serviced the galley sink's saltwater tap as well as the eventual saltwater washdown pump.  With no immediate plans to install the pump, the capped hose, which I secured with its top end above the waterline, would allow me to use the galley tap in the meantime.


The other wired that I'd led forward would eventually service lighting, fans, and a shower sump pump, things for which I'd make final connections a little later.

I was looking forward to powering up the electrical system sooner than later, and to that end the next step was to get going on battery cables and, eventually, batteries.  After some thought, I decided to mount the battery switch in the after portion of the dinette, close to the engine room and battery locations just beyond the bulkhead but easily accessible from outside the engine room, and out of the way.  I prepared a wire chase through the bulkhead, sizing it large enough for the number of cables that would have to run through it, and lined the opening with a section of hose.  I flush-mounted the switch from within the after dinette storage locker; later, I'd build a cover to protect the terminals.


Making final preparations to install the battery boxes, I discovered to my surprise that the after riser on the port box was in the wrong place.  This did not make my day.  The risers beneath the box on this side were required to raise the after corner of the box above the curvature of the hull.  I had no idea how I'd managed to install the riser two or three inches aft of where it was supposed to be, but I did, and somehow I'd managed to miss this error even during earlier test fits, although in my meager defense the box looked right at first glance, sat level in the space, and the flat areas on which the box was supposed to sit were all but invisible when the box was in place, so I guess I just didn't pay close enough attention. 

The two black marks on the side of the box show the proper location for this riser.  It wasn't off a little: it wasn't even close.

This was really annoying and I was fed up, so I quit while I was only a little behind (forget about being ahead).

Total Time Today:  4.5 hours

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