2503Hrs – Galley & Sails
Another bitterly cold day, another day spent mainly working inside the boat. I’ve got some stuff done but it’s slow going when it’s this cold. Even though I’m working in the hulls nice and warm with the fan heater on I have to keep the hatchway covered with a piece of ply and a blanket, so I climb the step ladders, slide back the ply & blanket, climb down into the hull, slide back the ply and blanket, take off my woolly hat and gloves, unzip my jacket, start work. Then I need to go and find a bit of wood to cut so I zip up my jacket, put on my woolly hat and gloves slide back the ply and blanket, climb out of the hull, slide back the ply and blanket, climb down the step ladders, find the wood, cut it to size, climb up the step ladders, slide ………….. you get the idea. I reckon I’ve done this twenty times or more today.
Despite the slow going I’ve pretty much finished the ice box. I’m using an idea I found somewhere on line for the lid which uses two small plastic stacking crates. I’ve cut one to form the frame around the top of the ice box and the other will for the bottom of the insulated lid. Using the stacking crates means of course that one fits inside the other perfectly. It all looks a bit messy at the moment not least because I only had black silicon to bed everything down on but if all goes to plan the finished lid should look great.
Chuck left a comment last night asking if I’d built a drain into the ice box. The answer is no, a couple of reasons really, first I’d read somewhere that the drain creates another potential source of leakage of the valuable cold air, secondly I figured it was just another job I could do without. I’ll probably get a small 12v or manual pump to pull the water out or even use a mug and a sponge!
I also did some more construction of the waste bin locker next to the companionway and I’ve now nearly finished the cutlery drawer.
Eric posted a comment last night saying he was a little confused about the purpose of all those hardwood blocks I’ve attached to the hulls. Apologies Eric, once again I’m making assumptions everyone knows what I’m wittering on about and I should know better.
The lashing strakes run down each side of the hull and their primary purpose is to provide somewhere to fasten the rope lashings that help hold the crossbeams in place. These blocks are what the lashing strakes themselves are attached to. Below is a photo of one of the beam lashings on Jacques ‘Pilgrim’ which should clarify.
In other news my sails arrived from Rolly Tasker in Thailand today! I’ve not had chance to do anything other than unpack them and check everything was there but they look great and I can’t wait for the day they catch the wind for the first time.