Head Refit: Plumbing

What’s the difference between a room and a bathroom? Plumbing! 

We ordered our sink off of Amazon, the faucet and shower were local finds, and now we need to install them all! 

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Well, as mentioned a while back. When I built the fiberglass flooring, I planned on making the space accessible to fit a new (replacement) hose through there in the future. This way I wouldn’t have to rip out the floor just to run a hose. The issue is I forgot to run the drain for the sink as well, so I got to test out the practicality of this tunnel I created a little earlier than anticipated.

Luckily, the wood I used is so massive and thick that I was able to bore a hole through it large enough to fit the sink drain hose through without affecting the surface. The sink drain runs down behind the door and then into the dead space behind the wood under the shelf, then down into the base of the shower sump. From there the sump pump picks it up and shoots it back up and out the side of the boat through the (yet to be installed because it got lost in the mail) above water seacock! 

Yes, plumbing makes this a head, and it takes a lot of work to make it such a room as well. 

Save the Oceans!

When we sailed across the Atlantic, we were astonished by the shear volume of floating plastics that are out there. We saw buoys that broke from their anchors, shoes, coolers, all sorts of things floating out there with us. We grabbed the pieces of plastic that were close to the boat, but some were too big for us to bring on board or even manage!

Our YouTube channel just hit 10,000 subscribers and we wanted to celebrate in a way that would make a difference! We have searched through different organizations that actually go out to sea and clean up the plastic that is out there. These organizations have the equipment needed to harvest and process the pieces of plastic that are floating out there and polluting our world.

We found one in particular that really strikes us as having the same goals and ideals as us, and we decided that we would create a fundraiser for them.

http://give.surfrider.org/riggingdoctor

The plan is simple: If each subscriber donates $1, we would be able to raise $10,000 for the organization. Why stop there? Why limit this just to subscribers? Everyone should be able to help out with this cause and pitch in to help clean up the oceans that we rely on to make Earth a habitable blue ball out in space!

Head Refit: Cabinets Part 4

The original design plan with the head refit was to have no doors that open towards the keel. All doors would open fore-aft that way objects hidden in these cabinets would not fall out of the cabinet when the door was opened on a particular tack.  

Obviously, we didn’t listen to our original design theory. 

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When we are on Port Tack, all objects in the cabinet will be leaning towards the hull. This is fine. 

When we are on Starboard Tack, all objects in the cabinet will be leaning towards the door. This is NOT fine! 

Why did we do this? Well, we felt that it would be too constricting to put the cabinet hanging over the sink, so instead, we kept the cabinet where two of the old cabinets used to reside. 

What are we going to do about objects falling? Fiddleblocks, tall tall fiddleblocks that will keep everything at bay.  To make it even sweeter, Maddie came up with the idea of putting a fruit hammock in the cabinet to hold the majority of the items. This means that it doesn’t matter what tack we are on, the hammock will simply swing along with us without a care. It’s basically a gimballed shelf!

Head Refit: Cabinets Part 3

For a long time, the head looked like a horrible dump! When you opened the door, you were greeted by bare fiberglass, waterlogged foam, and the utter lack of a place to stand. With time, this transformed into the inability to stand because everything was covered in wet resin or wet paint.  

As time clocked by, fiberglass turned to sawdust and the head began to take shape. 

Today, we oil the wood and bring it to life because it is finished! 

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A mark of superior interior joinery is to put wood plugs over screw holes. I am not a superior carpenter, no, I am a basic woodworker who values accessibility over aesthetic. I kept the screw heads exposed and placed finishing washers around them to make my life easier should I ever need to pull a board. 

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This tall wall is hiding our chainplates. Yearly, I need to get to them and inspect them properly. Any rust needs to be sanded off and bare spots need to be covered with fresh paint. This is enough of a project, why add “replacing wood plugs” to the to-do list? 

I went the easy and accessible way on this project. All the boards are fastened with stainless steel screws with exposed heads. When the time comes, I unscrew the boards, do my inspection, then screw them back on. Finished! 

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To make everything else “blend in” I carried this look over to the other cabinets that don’t necessarily need easy access. 

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The cabinet below the sink has a double purpose. First, it houses our large containers of dirt that we keep on hand for the composting toilet. Second, it has to hold all of our large or heavy cleaning supplies and keep them from falling out everywhere when we are underway. For this reason, the door to this locker was set facing aft. When we are on either tack, the contents will never lean upon this door. 

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Making the angled door fit in here with all the cleats and other supports was a bit tedious. Since it is mounted at an angle, the door swings in an odd arc. Then the top of the door needed to be cut back in such a way that it would clear everything that occurs above it. Luckily, Cryptomeria is a very soft and forgiving wood. All the cuts were easily made and an orbital sander was able to smooth everything out and make it looks like it was intended to be that way.

Head Refit: Cabinets Part 2

The planks have gone on well, and now I am planking the cabinet that supports the sink. 

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On the cabinet, will sit a lid of pine, and on that will rest the vessel sink.

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The idea for the vessel sink is to remove the sink from the under-cabinet area which will then grant us much more space for storage. 

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The wonder of wood is how it can quickly transform the space from a random construction zone to a space that resembles a room in a home!