Sometimes really small issues get annoyingly large. Like this one: The drawers in my galley have locks that are pretty good. But sometimes when we are in choppy seas on the port tack there is too much weight sitting on the locks and they snap open from the force and vibrations. Not a big problem. But annoying. Something is needed to secure the drawers while under way. Something that’s easy to put in and remove and doesn’t affect the galley when not in use. So we put together this securing mechanism:
Another day with 150m cloud base and a drizzle. Good day for working in the galley. One small issue has been the opening of drawers when heeled over on a starboard tack. If the drawer is full of stuff it is to heavy to lift in the small locking knob. So now I have added a handle too:
The next problem I need to solve is the opposite situation: A more solid locking for port tacks in rough seas. The locks tend to not be strong enough to keep the drawers shut. Sometimes they come open. There is quite a bit of weight pushing on that small lock when the boat heels over. Not sure how to do it best right now. We’ll see.
I am continuing my quest to make a boat that “takes care of the crew instead of having the crew take care of the boat”. Unfortunately I can’t make the boat do the dishes. But I can at least try to improve the situation a bit for the crew member who does them. Most yachts I’ve seen are equipped with a dish rack, but it usually sits on the sink top and takes up valuable space, and the dripping dishes makes everything wet.
So I will try to put the dish rack on the wall above the sink. This space was unused anyway. So I liberate some valuable working space. And it doesn’t have to be stowed away when not in use. Plus now the water will just drip into the sink.
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.
Rudders are in. They fit nicely… almost. Some small mod may be needed due to the bottom shape being a bit deformed. As you can see the team ended up building a ramp instead of digging a hole for the rudder mounting.
The first interior module has also been fixed in place, the famous galley sink. The picture below also shows a lot of the now completed water piping system, which is fully 100% plastic, without any brass valves or other bad metal parts.