As we saw October disappear behind us, it has become quite clear, (despite my on going belief), that we would get the boat to Durban this year. Just not going to happen.
If you look at the time line below, my fatal flaw was not giving us enough time for installations. I thought that I would fit these in between other work. Wrong! They should have had their own step in the graphic below. Besides me underestimating the amount of work required, like that I've used 90 meters of cable just on Nikita's cabin and her bathroom, it's also the tight spaces that make a simple task so much more difficult and thus longer. And of course not all the parts are at hand which means shopping lists and trips.
I used to be a regular, visiting Taffy at H&S Timbers for supplies of wood. I no longer do that. And then I was a regular at Lotus Paints for Spot Putty, Primer and 2K White Paint. I no longer go there. I'm now a regular at Plumblink and the Electronics stores. I have no doubt that the time will come to put these behind me too.
With Summer having returned the heat in the boat has become unbearable again. As I'm installing the electronics I am able to put back all wall and ceiling panels. The original construction had a 20mm gap between the deck and the ceiling panel. On recommendation of a fellow boat builder I have filled this with a 20mm insulating foam as I go. The difference between the fiberglass deck and a completed ceiling installation is probably more than 5 degrees lower. So, this has been a success. Tomorrow I will bring our portable aircon back to the boat, close all the hatches in Nikita's cabin and test out the insulation. This will give me an idea of what the boats aircon should achieve aside from relieving the summer heat too.
I spent the last three weeks, fitting out Nikita's cabin and so to finally start seeing finishes installed is really rewarding. From their it's to the opposite end of the boat where our bedroom is. Behind our bathroom wall is a services area which houses the boats aircon and water maker among other bits and pieces. Herein lies a lot of work! My plan is to complete this and then work into our bedroom and then the galley and finally into saloon. The saloon houses our batteries, inverter, solar charging and other devices to power the boat so I expect that to be a big project too. And then finally navigation...
Perhaps I need to redraw the time line next week!?!
The Last three weeks Tash bailed in to help me achieve our Timeline Goals. Alas, we won't make them even after her hard work.
She has spent three weeks, priming, filling, sanding and then repeating. And it never seems to come to an end. After every session you spot more faults and imperfections. In the mean time I was doing a number of left over jobs, which just went on and on as I tried to prepare the boat for spray painting.
Two days ago I decided enough was enough and we had to, for better or worse, begin spray painting. We were going round and round in circles always finding the next fault and filling, priming and sanding again. Unless we said it was over it appeared that it may carry on forever.
So yesterday we declared that priming is over and Tash began cleaning. This is truly a Hallelujah moment for us. It means we can put behind us nine months of working in dust! We are truly excited!
I've updated our Timeline below, but after all of the help from Tash, I still will unfortunately miss the painting target by, I think a week or so...
In the meantime Manten Marina has started on Deusa's exterior. There is a lot to fill including two windows, sanding down of the hull and the deck comings. They are progressing well, which moves somethings ahead of our plan.
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I did a lot of behind the scenes type of work this week, with not much building accept for the galley step.
Just a short video of the beginning of the galley re-fit. That's the kitchen! The galley is the last of the rooms that is a total rebuild, so once I have this underway I feel that the worst of the slog will be behind me. And the worst of the dust!
The first of March and my race to finish Deusa's interior by winter continues. I'm not sure what mid winter is, but I'm going with June/July. This is so much work it's hard to communicate it. Doing this by yourself is a test of character. I wonder if I'm out of my head and out of my mind. Must be. In most of the pictures below you will see the aircon photo bombing. It's a necessary thing! That's why it's there!
Heinz our carpenter didn't last very long. He got into a huff and left, with our deposit. He came up with some crazy stories. Like, his car was stolen, (100 kilometers from the boat), and he says we have to pay for it! Crazy. It's probably best that he is gone. Anyway he left his machinery behind so we will apply to the courts to have it attached and sold for us to get our money back. Tash has already started the process.
But really, I want to be building a boat, not arguing with some psycho.
And so I will continue by myself. I'm making good progress and there's a furniture shop a few blocks away. They will make cupboard doors for us and do some spray work. This will help a lot. There isn't much to show for all my hard work as most of it has been in underlying things that really can't be seen. But that is coming closer to an end meaning that when I do build, it moves really quickly.
Right now I'm waiting for our vanity to be made and various other panels by the counter top people. When I have these, which should be this coming week, I can install them and then measure for further panels. That will be a big leap ahead. In the meantime I have been constructing a new bedroom cupboard
This cupboard is being built in the space where the old Aft Heads was. Sounds simple enough right? Here's a small slide show showing the old heads I removed and rehabilitated the area and started building the cupboard.
After about three weeks of working on our bathroom I'm almost at the point where carpentry can begin. I have built the frame work for the installation. There is still a small amount of painting to do, The slideshow below shows my progress.