|The soaking tub in Oceanus.|
I am finally giving some attention to the boat's head. Since we started working on the boat 18 months ago we have used the space that will become the head for storage. My excuse for not working on it last year was that it was dark; no natural light at all. That changed this summer when I installed a new opening hatch. Now I'm left without excuse.
After a little searching on the internet, I found what I needed: an RV step tub. They are designed for the space just in front of or just behind a wheel well with a seat over the wheel. This arrangement works well for the space I have because the seat will go over the curve in the hull. With shipping, it came to just under $200. I was happy with the general appearance and sturdiness of the tub. The sides oil-canned a little, but I had a plan for fixing that.
Since this is terra incognita for me, I called on my friend Doryman to help. He built a similar tub in his large sailing dory and he has a great brain for fitting things.
We modified the tub slightly by cutting off half of the front ledge and ground some of the surfaces to which we later epoxied fiberglass cloth. Once we cut down the rudimentary cabinet to make room for the tub, we lined the space with pink foam insulation, set the tub in place and used waterproof construction adhesive and a couple of temporary screws to hold it in place. I also sprayed in some expanding foam to fill any voids.
|Insulation around the tub.|
|... and more insulation.|
The next day I removed the screws and added more foam board and expanding foam so the entire tub has at least two inches of foam. I built up the sides of the tub in the front. I glued more pink foam board to the bare fiberglass hull.
|Two braces hold in place a wooden frame at the edge of the enclosure while the epoxy kicks. Three layers of fiberglass cloth cover the foam against the side of the hull.|
There is still a lot of sanding and fairing yet to do before Virginia paints. I think we will use the same white paint we use on the outside of the boat (Brightsides). That should be plenty durable.
The other project is a cabinet that will surround the hanging knee to which the chainplate for the port shroud is bolted. I wanted plenty of space to get at the chainplate for inspection and maintenance. It also ties the hanging knee more securely into the hull.
With the shower and the cabinet in place, I can design the medicine cabinet, which will have a mirror in the door. I can also build the countertop and install the sink and faucet for manual foot pump.
|Virginia sewing the new bimini.|
|Pillow art made by Joi Hess.|