…of Cabinetry and Wood Work
The beginning of the end of remodeling the interior cabinetry is in sight, which is very good. There is so much else to do that is critical for a small boat heading offshore that projects to remodel cabinetry need to be done and behind us. But, safe and secure lockers with doors that are easily accessible contribute to smooth ADL’s and happier crew. Larger, complex projects are done. But it’s a boat, and boats have no straight lines or square corners, and there is nothing simple about cabinetry on a boat. Errors, and subsequent corrections, keep one humble, if not always mild mannered. Complicated Wood Joinery
Building the chart drawers took a bit of time. In the interests of getting off the dock in 2010 for the Hawaii trip, this project was set aside at the time. Now that the drawers are completed, we can stow many more paper charts. Each drawer is sized to fit nautical charts folded once in half, essentially 37″ by 28″. Why paper in this day of electronic everything, you ask? We do have an electronic chart plotter connected to GPS and digital charts, but the simple answer is that reading paper charts doesn’t require electricity. Also, we like to use the small-scale charts covering large areas to do our route planning and DR (deduced reckoning) notations. Yes, it’s anachronistic, but fun, and no electricity is required! There’s probably a future blog on adventures in nautical cartography for more on this topic.
A variety of small things converged to force a remodel of the instrument panel “dashboard” above the chart table. Although the old chart plotter was going strong, it had a few annoying software deficiencies that only showed up navigating in the open ocean. It was time to buy new electronic charts for the South Pacific, and I wasn’t entirely happy with the brand of charts it used. So we bought a new, slightly larger, chart plotter that takes a different brand of charts.
Also, we decided to install a SSB/HAM HF (single side band/amateur band high frequency) radio to allow long-distance radio communication across oceans as well as downloading weather data. Both of these additions required rearranging the display heads on the instrument panel, which meant a cutting out a new instrument panel altogether. It’s actually much better now. Like the electrical distribution panel, all the displays are on piece of panel hinged at the bottom. This makes accessing and working on the wiring behind the panel much easier. The old panels came to 277½ square inches. The new on is 506¼ square inches. A net increase of 228¾ square inches or an 82.4% improvement.
Now, on to equipment installation, calibration, and testing. I wonder what that will bring.