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It's been a year since the gas tank started to leak 04 Jun 2017 04:50 #251

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Final capacity is 160 give or take a gallon. The front vent is for when the boat is not on level. It would be possible for it to be leaning a bit forward and become airlocked and loss a fair bit of capacity. Now just a lit rock and it vents, if necessary. The section of flooring over the tank goes on as soon as I finish the beams. Nothing at all is under there so it can be permanently decked over. There is an 8x2 that covers the front of the tank and the rear of the forward compartment. This is the joint between the front and rear decks. using the 8x prevents a weak joint at the front and rear deck sections. The cabin should progress very quickly after that. Most of the framing and what not are already roughed and waiting. Then onto the head to finish and finally the Vberth. All of the plumbing and house wiring is relocating to the access box built into the head structure. No wiring below the water line except for the main battery feed and breaker. Oh and of course bilge pumps.Got a SmartPlug shore power hookup waiting, and most of the breakers. Need to order cabling and wires. I have some hoses already as well. Thinking of going with padded vinyl for a lot of the finish work. It'll be lighter and cover some of the less than fair surfaces.

Looking at the actual waterline, I realized that the boat was normally down by the head and to starboard, by about an inch.So I'm starting to think about weight forward, and how to minimize it. Might have to use that secret ballasting material that Bayliner used generously back ion the day.

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It's been a year since the gas tank started to leak 12 Jun 2017 04:27 #252

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Installing the deck support


Test fit the cneter deck section, and the step/Gas tank access.


A look down the the step to see how it lines up


And, an appalling look forward into the cabin where everything is just piled up until the rear section of the deck is done.

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It's been a year since the gas tank started to leak 05 Jul 2017 04:35 #253

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It's been a while so here's what i have been up to.

Foaming the outer void spaces



Center plate and step, bonded and screwed down, permanently.


Moving on to the rear side plates now.

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So more of the flooring done. Starboard plate glued down, and marked for service access.


Port side foaming. I used a plywood plate, and trash bag to form the fill.


What it looks like when the foam is done correctly.


Moving on to plumbing. Flushing tank fill needed to be sized down, due to available area for all the vents and hoses to plumb through. Couldn't find a 90 deg. reducer fitting, so I improvised Not a particularly elegant solution, but it'll work.

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It's been a year since the gas tank started to leak 24 Jul 2017 04:46 #255

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Looking good dude :) On the water tank fill fitting: would there be enough available space to use a threaded bushing in the top of the tank and then thread the smaller 90 degree X hose barb fitting into that? Looks like ya had to reduce it down to 1" hose, is that correct?

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Nope , under the deck, is tight clearance wise. The hose at the fitting is scraping the decking now. I had to reduce the hose size, in order to get all the hoses to fit through the cutouts. I'm planning on cross ventilation for the batteries and holding tank, plus bilge pumps, shower sump, it's a lot of hoses.
Sometimes, compromises must be made.

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Took the week off for vacation. LOL , that means , work on boat. So the progress thus far.

Working on the waste tank fittings and hoses.



Finishing the vent and fill hoses on the port side. All laid out in their rigging tubes.




And the forward port salon deck plat laid in. Couldn't get the pumpout hose to lay down like I originally laid it out. Foam took up a hair more room than I wanted, ( the rigging tube slipped while the foam expanded), so I will glass in an elbow to cover the extra cutout. It's planned that the frig will go here so it will hide the section protruding from the deck, where it will go behind the cabin wall.

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It's been a year since the gas tank started to leak 24 Aug 2017 16:45 #258

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Fantastic work, is the cabin floor ready to go down? I'd love to see a pic from further out (from cockpit looking in) just to get some perspective on all the work you've done. I know your changing some things in there from OEM. Keep at it B)

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The starboard front deck plate is the last to go. Tonight I put in the new seacock, connected all the holding tank lines, and repainted the bilge on that side. tomorrow or Saturday I will glue down that section, fair out the floor, and glass it over.. When I clear out the cabin for the glass work I'll get a pic. Lots of stuff isn't finished. the galley hasn't even been started, and the head has been on hold while I concentrate on the cabin. Still need to plumb in the bilge and shower pumps, Then I can start wiring in the cabin. Then move forward to the galley , Vberth, thruster and head.

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Starboard forward deck plate laid in.


View from cabin entrance and sanding down plates for glass lamination

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You have a cabin floor again!!!! Gotta be nice having a solid surface to work on now, that's great :)

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Yes indeed no more falling about the place. It's tearing up my knees, kneeling for hours at a time. Definitely a job for a younger man.
As they say " I won't do that again", :lol:

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First ply of glass on the floor. Tried using large pieces, but the layup wasn't going well. Switched to smaller sections, and wound up with poor overlaps. Fairing and sanding, before the final laminate is in my future. I'm going to switch to woven 10 oz cloth for the top layer.

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