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!?!