Thursday, January 31, 2013

Major Projects Underway

While this post will again be about preparations for the trip, I assure you that it will become infinitely more interesting once we begin our trip.  There are three major projects underway.  First is the install of a 6.5 KW generator.  We chose the Fisher-Panda 6500 as it will fit in the confined space we have or such a unit.  It has a Kobota engine and is only 28"x 23" x 21".  It is being installed by Bristol Marine just forward of the main engine.  Because it is a new instillation, Bristol has to build the exhaust system,  install a new thru-hull fitting for cooling water, and tap into the fuel system.  The second major project is the instillation of a water maker.  We are going with the Spectra Catalina 300.  This will provide us with ample fresh drinking water.  Again, Bristol Marine is going to install the unit prior to launching in April.  The last "big" project is the refinishing of the cabin's teak and holly sole (floor).  I have been picked away at it all winter and have about 60% completed.  The pictures below show the first two steps in the process.  First all old varnish is removed with the assistance of a heat gun.  Next it is sanded with 80 grit, then 120, 220 and finally 330.  The first two coats of Epifane Varnish are cut to 50% with Interlux 330 thinner.  The third through 8th coat is cut to 10% thinner.  The 9th and 10th coats are applied with Epifane's flat finish varnish.  The end result is "like new."  Stay posted for more news as we ready Atalanta for the water.

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