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


grinell smith said...

Looks great. Here's some advice from a guy who's turned a couple wrenches over the years - make that front access hatch very very large! There's nothing quite as likely to make you feel like whipping your tools out into the sea as trying to wrench in tight spots!

Natalie Evans said...


I've been following your build for quite some time now, all the while getting inspired to build my own escape pod. My wife and I were going to be in NW Oregon in a couple of weekends and was wondering if you would be up for some visitors who are thinking of embarking on a similar endeavor as yours. Feel free to email me back: jaleel_da_sheik|at|yahoo|dot|com


PS - fantastic attention to detail, a fabricator after my own heart!