Well here's where we are at this point:
Tanks: Mockups ALMOST done, then will go off to fabrication
|Fitting the structural supports that will go between the tanks on the starboard side. These get fiberglassed to the hull and support the generator above, as well as anchoring the tanks.|
Partitions have just been glassed in. Pretty, right? Well hold that thought...
When the 3 tanks were mocked up in plywood, the 3rd one was slightly too big to maneuver into position in the tight space. So it and the adjacent tank needed to be redone, and the glassed-in partition will be cut out and re measured and recut (remember, boat hulls taper from bow to stern, so each bulkhead is unique!)
That's what the mockups are for, but it would have made more sense to try it BEFORE glassing in the bulkheads!!! just sayin'.......
|Repair of old through hull fitting hole will be as strong as original.|
This required moving a through hull fitting which is the vent for the propane locker.
Ahhh, and now on to the galley. As you may recall, the freezer box has been a terrible energy drain for us, requiring that we run the generator daily for perhaps 1 hour. The refrigerator box, on the other hand, has been relatively efficient. We figured that the freezer had to have bad or lacking insulation causing the problem, and decided after 3 years in the tropics to do something about it. This past weekend, surgery began, as we tore out the existing counter top and the freezer box itself, along with its insulation. Not pretty. At All !!!
|Demolition beginning. Laminate surface removed, as is the freezer hatch (freezer is in the background)|
|"There's yer problem, ma'am" Poured foam insulation along the hull (back wall of freezer) is around 1/4 inch thick!!! Recommendation is for R-28, which is nearly 5 inches!!! Other walls were better, with around 3"|
|Galley today, awaiting new freezer and counters.|
Poor BRAVO is looking a bit shabby now. Hopefully the next few weeks will see progress as the rebuild continues.....stay tuned!