Wednesday, November 5, 2014

More galley work.....




Trying to decide on fiddles.  It won't be either of these options.



Rear galley shelving sorted. They will be hidden by sliding acrylic doors. Shelves are 12in wide from Uline.




Friday, October 31, 2014

Dickinson Marine Caribbean stove dry fit.....shiny




Dickinson obviously bought a water-jet machine, which means that labels won't rub of with time.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Magical Marine Fairy Dust....

While I'm a big believer in buying "marine" products when they are actually proven to be Marine grade, I am less certain about other products especially ones that will live below-decks.   These items came directly from IKEA.



The top photos are of the  LEDBERG LED 3-piece light strip for $14.99 (30in long).  By simply cutting off the 120v to 12v transformer you get a 12v system.  It has a nice simple clip system.
 


This is the  JANSJÖ LED USB lamp for a very "non-marine" price of $4.99.  I plan to have a number of 12v sockets at various places around the boat and if you need a light you plug in one of these.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Simrad / B&G Zeus 2 Touch

While the galley was being done I installed the B&G Zeus 2 Touch 7" MFD.  Full disclosure, I get a good deal on these from Navico, but they are very impressive to date.  The "Sailsteer" is especially interesting though I have yet to use it in anger.  The autopilot control and the C-Zone integration have also peaked my interest.

The one shortcoming with the system for those who cruise the Bahamas was that charting was limited to a choice of Insight or Navionics.  This has been overcome as C-Map now has charts base on the very popular Explorer paper charts of the Bahamas and these work on the Simrad / B&G systems.  I will be reviewing these Charts in the near future.



Wednesday, October 22, 2014

"Things go better with Coke"

I had this stubborn calcium buildup in the for'd head for some time.  Tried some of the usual stuff with limited success.  Then in a moment of inspiration I poured in a liter bottle of coke that was laying around after a party (our one marina kid wouldn't touch the stuff with a barge pole).   Left it there for a week while I was away and voila;


If you Google "toilet + coca cola" you will discover that I'm not the first to try it.  I just hope my through hull and hoses are intact.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

New galley....almost there

Well pleased;




This will be the actual color of the finished counter-top.  Waterlox Original Sealer




Sink is a Ruvati RVH7110 Undermount 16 Gauge 14" Kitchen Sink Single Bowl.  I have had it mounted on the surface but flush with the counter-top.



Boat Outfitters stock 3 drawer units.


Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Galley Overhaul.......

I finally managed to locate a ships carpenter that I could

a. afford and
b. trust.  So far so good.



The butcher block counter-top is the  NUMERÄR in birch, $169 from IKEA.

The drawer unit is a stock Three Drawer Unit from Boat Outfitters in Florida.  I will use two of these units to replace the existing wooden drawers.  The fit with an inch to spare.  I have found Boat Outfitters to be a very good company to deal with and they sort out any minor issues very efficiently.

These are the two units prior to fitting;


I had them adapt one of the units into one normal drawer and one deep drawer to take nesting saucepans.