With a bit of violence it is possible for the welder to get inside. Good. We don’t need to get a robot…
One of the design faults of most modern cruisers that annoy me is the positioning of the water inlets. I don’t think I have ever been on yacht where there hasn’t been problems with some water inlets being above water at some points of sail.
The effect can be bad, for example not being able to flush the toilet. Or not getting water to the galley. There is also the problem with making water. All watermakers require a salt water supply free of air bubbles. With bubbles in the water the watermaker stops working. And when you’re sailing there is always a lot of bubbles under the hull, even if the water inlet is well below the waterline. So usually you have to stop to make water. For 6 hours or so. Pretty boring.
So for the Journeyman 60 I decided to fix this:
This picture shows the water inlet tank. All seawater will come in through this tank. It sits in the center of the boat at the deepest point of the hull, so it is always under water. Inside the tank there is a system for separating air bubbles from water. The air is let out again and all devices in the boat that need water gets an uninterrupted supply free from bubbles.
No more getting water in a bucket from the galley to flush the toilet on the port tack!
In the beginning of this week the Alunauts delivered a great looking powerboat targeted at handicapped people. I was glad to see it go, because I was hoping that there would be more people for Journeyman work. But for various reasons there are still only 2 people working, so progress since the hull roll-over has not been so quick as I hoped. But the anchorbox has been fitted and the first plates of the deck.
The deck plates revealed a classical mistake: The first two frames (they were built in June last year!) was made according to the preliminary drawings, not the production ones. So they were too wide. But it was fixable with a moderate amount of violence…
But now I am really longing for having the deck plates in place, because it will mean that all the temporary steel bars inside the hull can be taken away and it will be possible to actually walk around inside the boat!
So… all in all yesterdays roll-over adventure went very smoothly and everyone in the team did a great job. Now we enter a new phase of the project and hopefully we will also see more rapid progress. Both because I hope some more of the guys from the Alunaut team will be coming over to the Journeyman, after having delivered the powerboat they are currently working on. And also because the work from here on involves only things that the team is already very experienced in. So there will be less “oh-shit-how-are-we-going-to-do-this” moments. But still, the list of things to be poured into this bowl is looong…