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Project Log:  Wednesday, May 6, 2015

To install the mainmast step, first I removed the headliner from the passageway in the cabin, exposing the starboard set of bolt holes; the port set was accessible through the head.

Thusly prepared, I installed the original mast step with lots of sealant and new bolts, securing them from beneath with nuts and washers.  Afterwards, I cleaned up the excess sealant and reinstalled the overhead panel and trim below.



Much earlier, I'd installed the groundwork for a saltwater washdown pump, mainly to clean anchor chain.  During those earlier stages, I'd installed a special hose fitting in the foredeck, along with a wiring run to the forward cabin where I expected to install a pump, plus hose and fittings to a nearby seacock intended for the purpose (along with servicing the galley sink hand pump).  With all the basics in place, final installation of the chosen pump itself was generally straightforward, if not quick.

I chose to install the pump at the forward end of the holding tank machinery space beneath the v-berth, where there was ample room for installation, inspection, and maintenance.  I secured it to the bulkhead with four screws and the included rubber vibration-damping mounts.

Next, I installed the intake and discharge hoses.  The plugged stub of hose I'd originally attached to the through hull fitting wasn't long enough to reach the pump location, so I removed it and reeved in new hose as needed to lead to the pump's intake, which included a small filter.  I secured the hose along the way as required.


When I originally installed the deck fitting for the system, I'd installed a 1/2" pipe-hose fitting (bronze), as the threads in the fitting required this.  Of course the pump was 3/4" hose, and no bronze fittings were available with 1/2" pipe threads and 3/4" hose nipple, without several adapters.  Rather than adapt endlessly and reduce the hose size, I chose instead to remove the 1/2" nipple, as I found and ordered a 316 SS fitting that adapted properly, which I'd install as soon as it arrived.  Meanwhile, I led an additional length of 3/4" hose from the v-berth and up into the chainlocker (through the dedicated hose lead on the port side) and over towards the fitting, where it would await final connection.

I led the remaining hose aft, along the top of the water tank and through the retaining bulkhead near the new pump, where I connected it to the discharge.  Afterwards, I led the wiring forward from where I'd dead-ended the circuit earlier, and made the wiring connections for the pump, including a 20A fuse.  The main pump switch/breaker was located in the panel at the helm.  The pump tested operational when complete.


To allow the slatted cockpit seats to be removed, mainly to allow access to the new LPG locker location, I installed some T-handle hold-down clamps, two per side.  These held the seat in place but allowed for quick removal.  The top portion of the latch screwed into the teak seats, and I bolted the lower portion to the bulkheads on each side.  For now, I completed only the starboard side, as I wanted to install permanently the LPG locker.


My repairs to the locker lip had cured overnight, and now I screwed the regulator assembly back into position.

To install the locker in the cockpit, I'd earlier determined that it would sit nicely on the cockpit sole, leaving the recessed area outboard near the scuppers accessible for drainage, and that I could secure it adequately by screwing through the locker into the cockpit wall, avoiding fasteners through the deck.  This I did, securing the locker with butyl sealant and a pair of 1/4-20 machine screws into tapped holes in the cockpit. 


During installation, I secured the drain line to the locker, and ran in the LPG line and wiring for the solenoid, which I led through the vapor-tight fittings from the old propane storage area to the new locker. 


All that was required to complete the propane system and render it operational was to connect the solenoid wiring, connect the propane line from the stove to the regulator, and fill and connect the propane tank.  I'd take care of the wiring and hose connection in the immediate future, but for now the day was done.


Total Time Today:  8.5 Hours

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