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Month: March 2015

Macavity, Battery Relocation Complete.

Just thought I would put up a couple more pics of the new battery locker and main switch set up to make it clearer as to what I was trying to achieve. It’s fitted in really well and should lower the center of gravity a bit from where they were housed before. All looks much cleaner too. There’s a short, boring film about this work on my youtube channel if you’re a real sucker for punishment. (shoestringsailor)

Quarter berth painted and given over to new battery storage duties. (See new ply shelf in bottom.)

Quarter berth locker painted and given over to new battery storage duties. (See new ply shelf in bottom.)

Battery in it's box and strapped down in position. Same thing in the opposite locker.

Battery in it’s box and strapped down in position. Same thing in the opposite locker.

Old battery locker repaired, painted and fitted with changeover switch and storage tray thingy.

Old battery locker repaired, painted and fitted with changeover switch and storage tray thingy.

Much more like sense this, think I'm going to fill this locker with emergency cherry bakewells.

Much more like sense this, think I’m going to fill this locker with emergency cherry bakewells.

Macavity, Spring 2015 preparation.

Thought I’d better get a wriggle on with my planned work on Macavity for this year. Spent most of the available “good weather weekends” this winter sorting out the project dinghy, so haven’t really started on the big girl yet. As always, I have prepared a massively optimistic wish list of modifications and upgrades that I can choose from. Some jobs are going to be inside and some outside so I should be able to do something whatever the weather. I’ve also commandeered the spare bedroom for the vital varnishing or painting of smaller items such as shelves.

Nice warm spare bedroom, ideal for painting small items of old boat.

Nice warm spare bedroom, ideal for painting small items of old boat.

 

So far I’ve made good progress on my plan to relocate the main batteries to a much more sensible position under the quarter berths. This will move the not inconsiderable weight of these lumps of lead two foot lower and over the keels, where they will be helping stability rather than fighting it. I wanted the batteries to be housed in proper acid spill proof boxes (fairly cheap deals on ebay), and securely strapped down. To this end, I made up a couple of ply shelves which fit nicely into the bottom of the lockers and used a big hole saw to cut some location points for the straps. The shelves are now painted with danboline and ready to be bolted into place.

Old battery used to live here.... which is silly.

Old battery used to live here, in this relatively high locker…. which is silly.

Ply battery trays. One to go either side over the keels. Much more sensible.

Ply battery trays. One to go either side over the keels. Much more sensible.

I already have a large battery changeover switch that I picked up a couple of years ago for a few quid. This fella will go in the companionway locker where the battery had been sited until now. The locker is really a pre made glass fibre box glued in place by Westerly to form the bridge deck. When I looked closer, I noticed that the tabbing fixing it in place had let go in a few places. Having slept on it for a night or two, I decided it would be best to grind off the remaining tabbing and fix the thing in place properly again with new glass and west epoxy. It seems to me that this box is probably structural as it forms the only “bridge” across the boat at the hatchway area and bonds the quarter berth mouldings to the cockpit and hull mouldings. I layed up three layers of glass both inside the locker and underneath, I’m really pleased with the results.

New glassfibre lay up inside companionway locker to reinforce what is clearly a structural "bridge" across the hull.

New glassfibre lay up needed inside companionway locker to reinforce what is clearly a structural “bridge” across the hull.

Thats better, now some more underneath.

That’s better, now some more underneath….

...in these hidden corners.

…in these hidden corners where you can clearly see the join between two pre formed mouldings.

 

I remember getting quite annoyed last year with my navigation equipment. Pencils, dividers and plotters would roll about all over the boat whilst underway and I could never bloody well find them when I needed them. A simple bar of wood with some holes drilled in it would be enough to relieve me of this quite unnecessary stress….. so I made two. One can live under the cooker shelf for spare pencils, dividers, etc; the other can be screwed to the port bulkhead just inside the cabin where I can grab easily from outside.

Cut some old hardwood into strips...

Cut some old hardwood into strips and drill a load of holes in it.

Result, pencils and dividers restricted to easy to find locations.

Result, pencils and dividers imprisoned in easy to find locations….

...like here...

…like here by the main hatch…

..and here, under the cooker shelf.

..and here, under the cooker shelf.

Got carried away and scrubbed the remaining lockers clean with this marvelous mildew remover that I’ve found, it really is the business this stuff, but you need to have plenty of ventilation.

Excellent stuff, cheap but cleans like something really expensive. Don't breath the fumes!!

Excellent stuff, cheap but cleans like something really expensive. Don’t breath the fumes!!

I was wheezing like old Albert Steptoe by the time I’d finished, rekon it releases a fair bit of chlorine whilst it’s working. They then looked clean but a bit patchy, so I painted them with grey danboline. Big difference, won’t be scared of actually putting stuff in them this year.

Clean and mould free but now looking a bit patchy.

Clean and mould free lockers, but now looking a bit patchy.

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Grey danboline bilge paint provides the necessary wow factor. I can safely stash my ball gown in them this year.

 

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