2211Hrs – To Fill Or Not To Fill ….
A relatively short 3 hour session today, I slept badly last night, I had a headache and my general energy level seemed down. I’m always torn when I have days like this, half of me acts like a drill sergeant who yells at me to stop acting like a wimp and to get to work, whilst the other, more intelligent side, knows that unless there’s an urgent need it’s usually counter productive to ignore what my body is telling me. Better to stop, rest up, regroup and come back stronger. That’s what I chose to do today.
Before that though I removed all the temporary screws and washers from the mast beam I put together yesterday and then I spent a couple of hours second filling the starboard hull. I’m using a light fairly runny mix of microballoons and resin that goes on nice and thin where needed. It looks as if I’ve put loads on when you look at the hull but it’s not the case, there’s no need and I’m conscious that I only want to sand lightly with a fine paper this timer rather than create more work for myself. I wear a high powered head torch when working with the filler as I’ve found it’s the perfect way of seeing the imperfections left behind in the first coat.
During a break with coffee I sat in the galley and pondered the subject of cold box/ refrigeration. Brad asked what I was doing about it in his comment last night and the answer is ‘I don’t know yet’. It’s one of those subjects that is debated endlessly amongst liveaboards and you’ll get strong opinions both ways. Either a simple well insulated cold box and ice or a decent electrically powered refrigeration system is essential. Given my desire for ‘Gleda’ to be completely self-sufficient for long periods the reliance on a supply of ice isn’t feasible and as I’m determined to ensure that I have a battery and charging set up that’s more than capable of supporting the running of a fridge I’m minded to have one. That said I also want to keep things simple.
I do like the Waeco drawer fridge that Warren fitted on ‘Natural High’. As you can see in the photo it fits perfectly in the space under the oven and is very accessible for smaller items in the galley. It’s an expensive item though and the best price I can find is £450. There’s no reason not to have a well insulated built in ice box in the corner of the counter top as well. I’m certain I’ll do that, again this is what Warren has done on ‘Natural High’. I also think that one of the decent spec portable chest fridges like those that Coleman and Waeco make would be a very worthwhile investment up in the deckpod. Cold beer and chilled rose and white wine are essential after all!
Anyway as always I’d welcome any thoughts. I suspect I might just plan to build in a pots and pans drawer under the cooker anyway and then, depending on how the budget goes I can always slot in the fridge later on.
Here’s a photo of all four beams ready and waiting for the next stage.