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Jan 272011

Things are moving along nicely. The salon interior has just been finished and work has moved on to the forward bathrooms.

There is comfortable seating space for 9-10 people with this layout. I have also implemented the bar, as you can see in the upper right corner.

(This is an extreme wide angle shot, so the dimensions look a bit distorted…)

The bar has been equipped with the cargo securing system that I will put in throughout the boat: Very strong elastic ribbons, closed by adjustable slip locks.

Jul 282010

So this is what the steering position looks like. In the picture you can also see the now solved winch collision problem. You can also see the steering control valve I talked about in yesterdays post, it’s the small silvery handle to the right of the wheel center.

You can see two joysticks on the switch button panel. The left one is the bow thruster. The smaller right one is the engine throttle and gear control. I hate the Teleflex style big throttles that always break and take too much space and peoples lifelines get caught in them and what not. So I rebuilt the engine to use a small industrial joystick for control, one at each steering position and one indoors in the deck house.

You can maybe also see that it has been raining, which is not so good since we are trying to get the bottom paint done, and that has been taking a bit too long due to multiple epoxy mixing disasters…

Floor safety

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Jul 192010

One of the most common causes of small injuries on an ocean crossing yacht is crew members slipping and falling. Your typical “luxury” cruiser has nice shiny floors. Shiny, however, is not so nice when you have wet shoes and the boat is heeled.

The Journeyman 60 has a high tech floor material made for public swimming pool areas. It is very durable, easy to clean and actually has exactly the same friction when wet as when dry. In combination with well placed grab-rails this should minimize falling accidents.

Another safety aspect of the floors is what happens if the boat experiences a knock-down. On your average cruiser yacht the floor panels are held in place by gravity, and people tend to store all sorts of heavy things underneath. Sometimes even potential murder weapons such as wine or spirit bottles. When the boat turns over, all this stuff falls out and frequently hurt people.

So the Journeyman 60 floor panels are held in place by locks. I use a very nice low profile Southco latch that comes with a separate key:

Jul 182010

I know the list is long, but another thing that annoys me on many yachts is the fridge/freezers. An ordinary cupboard style fridge is very difficult to deal with when the boat is heeling, you open the door and everything falls out… Sometimes designers replace this with a box opening at the top, but since surface area is limited it becomes a big hole with a small opening on top, making it very difficult to see whats inside except for the top items. Not to mention getting the stuff at the bottom out.

To me the obvious solution is something more like the extension drawers found in many restaurant kitchens. A large shallow drawer that extends fully to give you good overview. Plus it should be mounted longitudinally to make it equally easy to open on both tacks.

So as usual, since there is nothing like this available for buying, I had to make my own:

The drawer fronts are not on yet, because since the unit does not fit in through the door it is made as a kit and assembled on the inside. It will be connected to the heat exchangers when we get to Stockholm.

Lots of Work-In-Progress…

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Jul 132010

The last 40 hours I have been sleeping three times, between 3 and 1 hour each time. This makes life slightly weird before you’re used to it. It’s just  like starting an ocean crossing and going on a very irregular watch schedule!

Today’s best news is that the rudder bearing problem is solved, thanks to a special inside pressure tool that my neighbor made.

We are also starting the bottom painting process. This will take a while, it is a total of seven layers of paint and some filler also to get rid of some ugly deformed parts of the hull bottom. First we have to clean all sand and dust off.

Lots of interior work is happening, but it’s still a bit messy so no pictures yet. Steering is also in progress, I hope maybe to give you a picture of a complete helmsman position tomorrow!

The autopilot has been mounted. This is a heavy duty work-boat type autopilot. I am fed up with standard leisure yacht type autopilots which are to weak and to slow to give good steering in anything except flat water…