1842Hrs – Two Steps Closer
An enjoyable work session today. The paint in the sail locker had dried nicely so I moved aft into the next compartment which is the ‘Heads’, my separate toilet and shower compartment. The first thing I needed to do was clear it out a bit so that I could get the plans out and start thinking properly about the layout. I know where the toilet is going as I sorted that out ages ago when I was finishing the lower hulls. I’m using a large ‘Porta-Loo’ initially for simplicity but eventually I want a composting toilet. Either way I have no intention of having a waste holding tank so the solution must be self contained.
There’s not quite full standing headroom in this compartment except for immediately under the hatch and a permanently plumbed in shower doesn’t really appeal. I’m thinking about using one of those large garden sprayer containers that can be pressurised by hand pump, fitted with a shower headed hose and operated by a trigger. Self contained, portable and easy to replace. The only permanent fixtures in the compartment will be a vanity unit with sink (already purchased at Beaulieu Boat Jumble a couple of years ago), a freshwater hand operated tap, a hand operated bilge pump and some dry storage. Basically though I want the compartment to operate as a ‘wet room’ so that I don’t have to worry about water getting where it shouldn’t whether it be from showering or hauling wet sails and gear to and from the sail locker.
I decided that it would be easier to decide on my layout if I put in place any fixtures that need to remain the same and there really were only two namely the top two steps giving access into the compartment so that’s what I’ve worked on today. The plans show these steps as being constructed from 9mm ply but I decided I wanted something more substantial so I’ve made them from 18mm. Using my router I was able to round the front edges off nicely and once cut and finished it was a relatively easy job to epoxy them into place on the hull stringers, checking they were level of course!
I’ve had a bit of a brainwave about the compartment layout which I’ll share with you tomorrow.