Every once in a while, with large projects, it's good to step back and look at what's been done rather than what needs to be done.  I think I built a boat.  It's not "finished", nor will it ever be. Like anything, it can always be modified, improved or re worked.


all I want for christmas....

is some Vetus exhaust hose.....and a back ordered gooseneck in a pair tree.


Port side exhaust system install

I't s bit nerve wracking drilling a hole in a perfectly good boat but the installation of engine exhaust systems require it to be done.  Vetus exhaust system documentation specifies minimum and maximum dimensions of various heights so it's more than just drilling holes and attaching tubes.

The exhaust tips specifiy a minimum of 5cm above H2O line.  I gave myself 10 but it still seems a bit close to the water.  (I guess I'll put my trust in the God of Vetus on that one )

The exhaust tip came with a nice pre formed sticky gasket so a couple of minutes with a hole saw and the tip was ready to install.

 A chop saw fitted with an abrasive blade makes short work of the wire reinforced rubber exhaust hose. 

Here's a blurry shot of the port side exhaust configuration.  Again, it's comprised of a water lock, a gooseneck a silencer and an exhaust tip.  All in all, it's a good thousand + bucks worth of plastic and rubber. She should be a quite cat. 


Exhaust system order

Placed an order for my exhaust systems:  When  you're talking cats, there are two of everything so:    2 waterlocks, 2 mufflers, 2 goosenecks and two transom exhaust tips.

Water locks
Vetus LP50

Vetus MP50
Vetus LT50

transom exhaust tips
Vetus TRL50

After comparing prices on the net between Defender, fisheries and West Marine,  Go2Marine won the prize for the best prices. http://www.go2marine.com/index.jsp


Maxwell finds a home

After much fabrication, and assembly, the Maxwell 1200 windlass is now installed.  The model number is supposed to correspond to a maximum anchor pull of 1200 lbs.......  a bit overkill, but it's nice to know I won't be taxing the motor under most circumstances.

I chose to create a fairly large access door for the anchor locker mainly because it will allow me to stand inside the well when handling chain and anchor line. The windlass bracket itself also acts as a nice step down.


Fuel filler hose

Who would have guessed that fuel proof filler hose would be $25.00 per foot?   Oh well......they had it and I needed it.  Enough said. 

Here's an interior shot of my fuel filler pipe.  I chose to use aluminum tube so that I never need worry about fuel smell.  The filler hose is indeed rated for fuel.

and here's the final location of my starboard diesel fuel deck fill. The port side fill is a mirror image.


windlass mount implementation

I've settled in on a windlass mount that should be plenty strong.  The mounting base itself is configured in a way that  will transfer shear forces into the center bulkhead and compressive forces into the forward bulkhead when the anchor is pulling.  Although the windlass will take the loads while weighing anchor, while at anchor, a chain stop will be configured to hold the anchor fast to the ship.

In this instance, I've used thickened epoxy to glue the structure in place. In this photo, you can see strips of peel ply used to keep the fillet material in place in preparation for the seam taping with glass and epoxy.


Windlass planning

In order to feel secure at anchor, the structure that holds the windlass and chain lock is going to need to be robust.  It also has to provide proper alignment between the anchor tube (houser) and the forward anchor bow roller.   To work this out, I've used a cardboard cut out of my windlass and compared this to the set up used in a previous F-41 build.

* note that the longer, smaller diameter tube has been shoved into the aft end of the houser to let me know the angle of the houser tube.

here's a blurry shot of my Maxwell 1200 anchor windlass


Half empty....half full : fuel tank sending unit and guages

Another necessary fuel system detail involves the installation of fuel level sensors in the tanks. I chose a sending unit made by "Sea Choice" because it was reasonably priced and rugged in design.

This  involved using a hole saw to cut an inch and a half hole in the top of the tank , drilling and tapping five fastener holes then screwing the unit in place.

One obvious disadvantage of triangular cross sectional tanks is that a standard linear sending unit will show misleading readings so when the gage reads 1 half, it will really mean 1/4.  Unfortunately, empty will still mean empty.

Here is the final location of the fuel gauges


Deck Fills

I've chosen to use composite deck filler caps for both my port and starboard water tank fills. The standard color for H2O is blue.  They weigh about 4 times less than stainless steel deck fills.

Here's a look at my starboard deck fill installation site. I'm using thick vinyl tubing along with 1 1/4 inch PVC pipe as fill line that goes down to the built in tanks in the hull.


Neck Fills

Never underestimate the need for neck fills.  In my case, I need four of them....two water tank neck fills and two diesel tank neck fills.

I  used a table saw with a carbide tip blade to cut  off short sections of aluminum pipe.  

I then cut grooves in them to help provide a secure fit to the connection hoses.  Two of these pipes will be welded to an aluminum flange and these will become neck fills for my water tanks.  The other two will be TIG welded onto the diesel tanks.


LED lighting

Here's a look at the starboard side hull looking forward.  The light that is shown is the result of four 2Watt LED Marine Dome lights.  This is an amazing amount of light. With all ten house lights on, the combined total lighting for the boat only burns 20 watts. 

here's a link to the LED lights that I purchased: I am pleased with them and with free shipping, they are the most reasonably priced lights that I have found. LED Dome lights

This is the work space located in the starboard hull. I plan on using this space as a little shop area for working on things.


Lavatory / work surface material

I was fortunate to find a .06 thick laminate made from recycled plastic at Home Depot to use as a counter top / work-surface material.   This stuff is made for use in shower stalls,  I applied it using a liquid nails product and then used a lightweight vinyl quarter round as an edge treatment. In the above photo, I've yet to install the back splash and trim.

 I find it fun and challenging to source materials in alternate locations other than marine chandleries. I consider material weight in every decision.  In the long run, when it comes to maintenance I think it will be nice to not depend upon having to have specialty materials and hardware to effect possible repairs.


fuel tanks arrive

The two wedge shaped fuel tanks arrived from the fabrication shop after being TIG welded from five thousand series alloy aluminum sheet.  These tanks have internal baffles and were pressure tested to insure that there will be no leaks.

The fuel tanks will be held into position with wedge shaped  hunks of wood that will be bonded to the inside of the boat hulls.  These wedges will support the lower edges of the tanks and to prevent any risk of galvanic corrosion from affecting the tank, dyneema line will be used to lash the tanks into place under the counter tops that run down the partial length of the hulls. ( where the lavatory sinks and work spaces are positioned. )


goose feathers and the new flooring.

Here's a view of the "galley up" cabin.  Note the new flooring.  Although it has the warm glow of wood, it'a actually a very lightweight yet durable vinyl flooring.  Also, you can see my new 300 lumen LED lights.  These lights are set op on a dimmer and can be turned off individually at the light fixtures as well as the 12 V breaker panel.

can you find the white goose feather? 


bow pole pin

The carbon fiber bow pole is anchored into it's extended position with a 1 inch stainless pin.  To beef up this area, I created a "spool" section from some chloroplast ( plastic cardboard ) then wrapped glass and epoxy around the tip of the bow tube to build up a 1/2 inch thickness.

The bow tube will soon sport a few delrin spacers to allow the bow pole to slide in and out with ease. This should also improve the fit and make the juncture more secure.
internal tube that becomes the receiver for the 1 inch stainless anchor pin

internal tube bonded in place

pouring in epoxy microbaloon mix to reinforce pin tube area
( I created a "dam" with closed cell foam then poured the mix in from the top to 
provide support for the tube from the inside) 

checking the fit of the pin

I intend to use synthetic lines ( dyneema ) for the end of the bow tube so I've also fitted a larger diameter carbon stub tube to keep large brummel spliced ends in place.  Two lines go donwards towards the lower bows then one goes up the the leading edge of the mast where the screacher will fly.

This is the general idea.........


90% with 90% to go.

A walk through:




Turns out that the nuts that I used to fasten the escape hatches pertruded to the point where I felt them to be snagging hazards.  In other words, if I ever have to dive out of one of these openings, I didn't want to get snagged on the bolts. My solution was to create smooth wooden guards that will be screwed in place over the fasteners.  On the back side of each piece I've drilled counter sink holes to cover the fasteners.

As you can see, I have yet to paint the master state room.  I'll wait until I have the walls painted then I'll varnish the wooden pieces and screw them in place just to add a nice detailed look.


Super lightweight carbon fiber salon table

I created a carbon table top by vacuum bagging 12 oz. carbon fiber over inch and an eighth structural foam, then sanding and finishing the top with automotive clear coat. It's really glossy.  To prevent beverages from sliding off the table while under way, I will hold them in my hand.

Here's a photo of my rounded edge carbon fiber table top.  This table is very lightweight and strong.  I could balance it on one finger.  I used a surplus carbon fiber tube of ample diameter as a base and I can sit on the edge of it with no sign of deflection.

Carbon Stanchions.....I guess there will be no sanctioned racing for this boat.

I used my metal lathe to create machined aluminum stanchion ends and drilled holes through them so that they would serve to hold the upper lines. In this instance, I am using 1/4 inch pre stretched dyneema line rather than stainless steel. ( lighter and stronger with minimal stretch )

for the lower life lines, I used heavy duty shrink tubing to anchor small harken lashing eyes to the stanchion tubes.  This worked really well and produced a neat look.

freezing in the fridge

With the freezer section set to 19 deg, the fridge side settled in at 20 deg......much too cold for a fridge.  I discovered that the temporary barrier that I had use as a "spillover" barrier did not seat firml against the edges of the fridge so cold air was making it's way right into the fridge side rendering it essentially part of the freezer.  Next step will be to create an insulated barrier with a thermostatically controlled spillover fan.  This should allow me to control both the freezer temp and the fridge temp.


lost soul found.


Notice to mariners. Missing Tri

Keys boater missing since May 13
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Posted - Wednesday, May 22, 2013 05:30 AM EDT

Jay Rydberg was last known to be in Fort Myers.
An Alaskan man living in Key West the past year has gone missing -- along with the 39-foot trimaran he was traveling on, the Monroe County Sheriff's Office said Tuesday.

Jay Wesley Rydberg, 40, reportedly was living on the sailboat in the Garrison Bight Marina. He'd moved to Florida from Alaska to be near his 11-year-old son, who lives in Lehigh Acres in Southwest Florida.

His sister, Jill Lesseig of Fairbanks, said he sailed from Key West to Fort Myers and was on the return trip last week aboard his boat, the 3/4 Time. She said he called her the morning of May 13 and was calm and relaxed. He told her he should be arriving in May 14 or 15, Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Becky Herrin said.

At 4:13 a.m. May 14, the U.S. Coast Guard detected his Emergency Position Indicating RadioBeacon, known as an EPIRB, and initiated a search that lasted 78 hours. The EPIRB was found 33 miles north of Key West but they found no signs of Rydberg or his vessel.

At the time the beacon went off, weather was blowing 20 knots and there were 3-foot seas. There were no reported storms in the area, according to the Coast Guard.

Herrin said Lesseig said Rydberg worked at manual labor but not sure for whom. She said he was known to ride a bright red bicycle.

Rydberg is white, 5-foot-11, 170 to 175 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. He often grew a beard and has scars on his stomach and is missing his right eye. He reportedly often wore an eye patch.

 Anyone who knows anything about his whereabouts should contact the Sheriff's Office.


engine bulkheads

Peeking out behind that bulkhead under the green tarp is a brand new Yanmar 3YM-20 diesel engine with saildrive and folding propellers.  In this installation, the beds for the two aft cabins are built over the engines.  I've applied the first coats of white epoxy paint in what will become the engine compartments so any oil or fluid leaks will be easy to spot.

For quick oil level checks, access to the engine will be from a front bulkhead mounted hatch. Also, a top lift out hatch will allow entry to the engine compartment by qualified personnel.

starboard side engine bulkhead

Bulkhead bonded into edge of escape hatch

starboard side aft cabin berth location


The finished cabin door

I installed a carbon fiber door handle and then bonded the window to the door frame.  As a subliminal message to would be thieves, I machined an aluminum "Bullet" end cap for the door handle.