I am a bit behind in posting about our actual progress… so… an update of sorts…
We’ve been in Oregon since the end of May but paused the boat work because we were considering getting a bigger boat. We didn’t find anything in our price range within a days journey so… Looks like we went back to the original plan of fitting out this boat. LOTS of work to do.
I am pretty sure I have already posted about this before but now that we are in Oregon I feel like this is sort of a reboot of the project… so… going to go over a few things just as much for my own memory as well as to get any new readers up to speed. :-)
Right now there is honestly nothing to see- we’ll have to actually empty out the entire center cabin and put in bulkheads, electric and plumbing – but there will be regular outlets within reach in addition to the stuff that is wired in and double breakered. But because the space is only 8.5 ft by 6.1 ft by 12 ft – the actual work won’t take long once it begins and then *poof* interior is replaced and decorated.
The exterior work will be functional as well as cosmetic and we’ll end up with a functional single mast ship with standing headroom, exterior usable spacer. We shouldn’t lose any handling or speed – and it will be comfortable.
Forward v-berth (triangular, roughly 7ft each side) with shelves for personal items – and a working loo next to it. It will have an outlet, lighting, all that – and storage for clothing items.
In the main cabin we’ll have a galley with a 2 burner high efficiency alcohol stove, locking office size fridge with working freezer, built in stainless steel sink, new counter top with slide out cutting boards, running cold water with a kettle for instant hot, a foreman grill, rice maker and single burner hotplate. Underneath is food storage that locks so nothing comes loose in bad weather.
Across from that there was a dinette with storage underneath that we’ve turned into a couch/bed, a chart table, wall mounted monitor on an adjustable arm, the plotting computer, radar, radio and all important electronics we don’t want outside. Plus carpet, decorative stuff we can do up in there – and we won’t even spend that much time inside.
The outer deck will have a higher railing, cannon mounts and netting so Nigel won’t go overboard, plus some some more room. We might eventually replace the tiller a wheel to complete the look. The cockpit is nearly 8 ft – plenty of room for outdoor living and comfort in good weather.
Thank you for reading this and we look forward to hearing from you!
– Niccolea (nick-cole-yah)