3630Hrs – On The Right Heading
I bit the bullet this morning and dived right into the remaining glassing and filleting in the toilet compartment. After a couple of hours of knee crushing, neck twisting, elbow bashing contortions I had it done. Thank F for that.
I needed a change of scene after that so I moved over to the galley and set about finishing the through hull fittings, seacocks and plumbing. I fitted an elbow to the sink drain so that I could neaten up the pipe run and then got everything clamped and secure.
Next up was the salt water inlet. I started with the pump and worked backwards down the pipe run to find a below waterline location that was both accessible and unobtrusive. I ended up putting the hull fitting through under the lowest kitchen unit shelf. It’s out of sight but still easy to get to, I don’t like having potential sources of oggin ingress where I can’t see them.
Needless to say the seacocks I’m using are all DZR corrosion resistant brass.
Next I moved into the deckpod and worked out a location for the bulkhead compass. The compass was actually a leaving present from the Company I worked for about 5 years ago and it’s been sitting in a box ever since. Once I’d chosen a position I cut the hole and dropped it into place temporarily. In these days of GPS it could be argued that a compass is almost redundant but I think there’s something reassuring about using something relied on by seafarers for centuries, on a night watch it’s gentle glow and movement can be quite hypnotic. I wonder how many hours I’ll spend looking at it over the coming years and what magical places it will guide me to?
To finish off I had a quick look at the deck vent that will cover the Airhead toilet ventilation outlet. Another eBay bargain that needs a bit of fettling but it will work fine.
I’m back on paid work for a couple of days again tomorrow but given that the weather forecast is talking about some warm weather coming in over the weekend I’ll be looking to get the toilet compartment painted while I can.