2661Hrs – On The Table
It looks like the pace of boatbuilding work will have to ease off over the coming week as I have other commitments and then on Friday we’re off down to the South Coast for a long weekend. It’s a trip with a mission though as we’ll be heading to the Beaulieu Boat Jumble on Sunday with a list as long as my arm and a wad of cash!
I’ve now managed to get the saloon drop-leaf table assembled after working out how to make some efficient and strong supports. I ended up using some rebated pieces of oak as runners for the slider and then added a stop block and hardwood ramp so that the drop-leaf gets pushed up nice and firmly.
I waxed the runners and slider before screwing and epoxying everything. Once I’ve put a couple of coats of paint on it’ll be ready to fit into the boat.
Thanks for the comments regarding the sink drain. You can guarantee that any mention of holes in a boat will evoke some opinions!
Chuck asked whether the P-trap was necessary given that it’s main purpose in a domestic sink is to prevent smells coming back from the drains. Well I did consider that question myself but decided that with a sizeable hole through the hull connected directly by a short pipe to the plughole there was a good chance that the wind could start whistling through it if it was in the wrong direction! Secondly it struck me that in places where I didn’t want to release grey water directly into the sea I could remove the bottom cap of the P-trap and drain into a container for ditching later on.
Wolfgang commented that on his Tiki 21 he occasionally got water coming through the outlet and wouldn’t feel safe without a sea-cock. It’s a fair point and I confess it’s made me re-consider. I’m pretty sure that due to the size of the Tiki 38 compared to the 21 my outlet will be quite a bit higher than his, but none the less I’ll keep my eyes open for a valve. Cheers Wolfgang.
If I do fit one then gluing the other pipework together probably won’t be necessary but thanks to Jon for the warning about PVC/Polythene.
It’s having the time to sort out small but important details like these that make me realise I made the right decision to postpone the launch.