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  1. q240z

    q240z New Member

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    Demolition continues.

    As a refresher, here's what we started with in the salon & galley.

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    By the end of January we'd gotten the galley torn down to this stage.

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    Yesterday, it was looking like this when we locked it up.

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    Here's the view now, looking directly to the port side from the galley sink. Where once there was a built-in settee, some practically worthless storage, a head and a shower, there now is...anything we can imagine. The plan at this point* is to move the stairs toward the port side by one stair-width or so. There will be a head (no shower) outboard of the stairs with sliding door access from the bottom of the stairs. The head sink will be just below the portlight. The fridge will be centerline at the same level as the galley, basically forward of where the stairs are now. *subject to change without notice.

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    Here's the view of the demo zone from the v-berth. The old centerline doorway to the v-berth will become a wall with storage below.

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    This shot shows where the stairs are now. The gaping hole into the engine room shows where the 60 gallon holding tank will go. The stairs will be moved over to cover the hole. The new head will be where the shower used to be, to the right of the soon-to-be stairs.

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  2. q240z

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    Progress

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    More progress

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  4. alloyed2sea

    alloyed2sea Moderator

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    Star light,...

    ..., star bright.
    First star that I see tonite.
    Lead me to where the sea shines bright: Planet Chromium.
    Disease really. :p
    No cure either.
    Cheers!
    Eric

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    A fellow "sufferer," I see. lol
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    More progress

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    All the cardboard will become aluminum over the next week or so.
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    SeaEric YF Historian

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    Good work! She sure is coming along. The yard looks familiar but I can't quite place it. Point Lookout maybe?
  8. q240z

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    Thanks!

    It's at Coltons. Let me know if you ever want to swing by. I'm there most weekends, as you can imagine. lol
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    The aft deck enclosure and side decks all the way back to it are welded up in aluminum. Thus corrects the design flaw in these boats that causes the aft salon bulkheads and associated cabinetry and frames to rot out.

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    Then there's the engine room and bilge spaces. If you ever need blasting work done, don't even consider having guys who use the Farrow System do it. A bigger bunch of no-skill, high hourly rate whiners I've never met. It took three different groups of them to get the blasting done, but then I had to get a pack of Cubans in the ER and bilge spaces with grinders, SS brushes, and sanders to finally get it ready for coating. For the bilge and interior spaces, I'm using Devoe 231 as the barrier coat/primer. I'll topcoat that with Devoe 224. I'm also mixing in a ceramic insulating material. Basically, they're little teeny ceramic hollow spheres. This allegedly helps greatly to control condensation, which will be important since I'm not using coal tar.

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    We should have a crane day to get the engines, genset, and tank in within 3 weeks or so.
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    Betting odds,...

    ..., on your actually finishing this gargantuan task just took a big jump up. Fortunately, I made my wager early (justknewyoucoulddoit).
    Keep up the good work, I've got alot of dough riding on it (nevermindthenotsogoodstateofmycreditdefaultswaps).
    Cheers!
    Eric

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    wow... !
  12. q240z

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    Thanks!

    But you just wait! The shipwright/painter says it will be splashed by Christmas unless I hold things up with the engine/rudder install. All of the other holes in the hull have been welded up, including the CAPAC system. In fact, some of the worst pitting was in immediate proximity of the CAPAC dinner plates.
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    More progress. We put the Ford Lehman 120hp (1.5gph) engines, Fisher Panda 12.5kw genset, and new 420 gallon aft tank in today.

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    We yanked out the original steel tanks. I'm thinking they'll make nice storage for biodiesel.

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    Stay tuned. Paintwork begins shortly.
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    Priceless Ming Vase,...

    ..., NOT any more.
    Hmmm,..., seems like this Engleshman is bound and determined, non?
    Mais oui,..., seems like vee vill havve too send inn our vverry best detective - Inspector CLouseau to find out vat iz reelly going on mit dis Roamerische, nein? . :eek:
    Stand back vee have a magnifying glass and r not afraid of using it. :p

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    Oh great Inspector what hast thou discovered? I think you will find a very distinctly different Roamer but built to last and not have any of the inherent problems of the original.

    I think I will have to take a drive down route 2 to 4 and then over there to investigate myself. I have to admit to great curiosity.
  16. q240z

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    I'll be at Colton's tomorrow.
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    It's been a while so I figured it's time to report on more pro--gress.

    The tent this year is much larger in scale than last year, and designed to take full advantage of any winter sun that comes in. But I wasted about six weekends getting it dry and stable against mother nature. At first, the plan was to have the sides retractable, so we could just pull them up to the top of the boat and work on the sides when the weather was nice.

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    But winter came in November this year, and you just can't do bodywork at 38*F with a NW wind blowing at 20kts. Then, the retractability proved unworkable because shrinkwrap cracks when it flexes at 20* and the wind was chafing holes in the plastic. So, I built a frame around the boat and re-draped the plastic, shrinking it this time. But then a 75mph windstorm came through while I was gone for a couple of weeks on vacation. The framing at the rear of the boat wasn't built as sturdily as at the front because I didn't have time before departing and figured the rear is pretty well protected. Well, those 75mph winds taught me otherwise. The rear frames moved, which allowed wind to get under the tent and the plastic started flapping, which ended up ripping big holes in four spots that I've since repaired along with bolstering the rear frames. Fortunately, the wind ripping through the place took care of the HUGE condensation problem I was having. Every time I went to the boat, I'd have the heater on for 3-4hrs before the hull would dry enough to begin working. It actually rained inside the tent on a nice, sunny day. But now, it's dry, well vented, and reasonably sturdy. I can finally get to work now that winter's about 2/3 done. :lol:

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    The clear plastic skirt is weighted down around the perimeter and extends all the way up to deck level, and is overlapped by the white plastic on top. btw, shrinkwrap tape is the best freakin' stuff on the planet.

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    The bottom's got four coats of epoxy barrier coat on it and I've started to sling mud. Underwater mud is freakin' spendy, btw @ $38/l! For reference, here's the befores and durings...afters to follow, hopefully soon!

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    The bottom just abaft of the stem:

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    Various and sundry ugliness that's been mitigated:

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    A long view of the bottom:

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    The midships chine:

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    The transom:

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    And what laid beneath the paint at the transom:
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    And now:

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    I'm off to the boatyard again tomorrow to smooth the bottom filler and apply more where necessary. Hopefully, by next weekend I will be putting another coat of epoxy over the then-smooth bottom and then starting on fairing the hull sides.
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    Wow I have just read this post from the start.

    What a big undertaking you have got involved in there.

    Now for the $64,000 question. When will you be cruising on it?
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