|The best ideas happen on napkins with drinks!|
Living just down the street from the boatyard has had definite advantages, and Dennis goes off to "work" there almost every morning, doing whatever tasks and errands Rian will give him! Leaving in the morning, he'll promise to stay "just an hour or two", and then walk back in around 7:00 in the evening, covered in sweat and fiberglass dust, but grinning from ear to ear! Clearly, programming has lost its siren call!
We've been seeing a lot of Mike and Shawn of Cabinetry by Mike Reed lately; now that most of the messy sanding and gel-coating inside has been finished up, it is time for them to step in and begin fitting the beautiful cabinets and frames they've been working on in their shop these past few months. True artists of wood, their considerable skill and craftsmanship is evident in each and every piece they create, and there are no shortcuts taken. Once these cabinets are fitted to the openings, they will be whisked away to the finisher for final staining and sealing. In the pictures below, the trim is a wood called Anigre, while the panels are carmelized bamboo veneer over super-light plywood. The Anigre will receive a light stain in addition to the semi-gloss sealants, to make it blend with the bamboo. The result will be a light, yet warm wood interior topped with creamy soft walls and headliner.
|Finished Sample, stained and sealed|
|Giving life to bare walls, Mike is a master|
Here trim is still unfinished and appears much lighter
|Mike and Shawn are an expert team|
|Looking down the stairs into starboard hull|
|Starboard side cabinets|
Our wrap-around front windows have finally arrived from Australia, but will need to wait crated until almost the very end, as they are one of the last items to be installed.
Our hull windows have arrived and are ready to be fitted into the custom design we opted for, rather than going with traditional small portholes. These tempered glass windows have the portholes set into them, and will allow the hulls to be bright and airy, yet strong enough to withstand blue water passages.
|Tim carefully lowers the engine for final fitting before completing the compartment|
|Ingenuity at Work!|
|A Battery Mock Up|
|Another Uh Oh!|
One of the next big projects will be wiring the boat, and with our combination of Mastervolt C-Zone units (kind of like electrical routers, for my networking friends) and lithium batteries, we felt investing in a professional electrical design team would be money well spent to have the electrical/electronic system function as it should. We have engaged Boksa Marine for this effort, and although XYZZY is probably the smallest "yacht" they've ever worked on, we are really impressed with the level of professionalism and attention to detail they bring to the table. Since we have both a DC system and an AC system, we had to supply lists of equipment and placement for both, and then let Mr. Thomas Boschart work his magic to produce wiring diagrams and load analyses for us. We have something close to 700 wire leads between the two systems! Once the theoretical design is complete, then of course the challenge will be to install it as per the drawings! And hope the lights turn on :)
In between all these projects, we've been getting to know the Sarasota Bay area with our new little dinghy, putting her through her paces, each time happier with our choice! Plugh is a quiet, dependable tender, and her 20Hp Honda outboard gets us where we want to go while staying dry and comfortable. We've been able to anchor off the beach to snorkel, or zip across the bay for dinner and a sunset.
Lastly, July 7th will be a milestone day in our build: Mack Sails is delivering our mast and rigging, and will be stepping the mast to test the rig and measure for sails. While I know it will then come back down again until time for launch, this will be a major step in turning XYZZY into a "real sailboat"! You all can count on another blog entry devoted to that day! And if anyone plans to be in the area at that time, please plan to come by and watch!
|Summer Storm over Sarasota Bay|