Its been a busy few weeks since we have last posted. In between pushing on with the build we made a trip to Hobart for a funeral and family catch-up, returning via the east coast for a few days off.
We were pleased to finally finish frame seven. Actually, we were surprised by how long it took to complete. At first glance it looked deceptively straightforward, but, with two skins and four openings, all requiring rebates, edging and radiused corners it turned out to be a fairly technical assembly.
Once done we were free to move aft to begin work on the cockpit area.
We began by installing two sub bulkheads that define the aft end of accommodations in each hull. In the port hull, this bulkhead is the back wall of the bathroom. We made it full length, in order to completely isolate the bathroom from the space behind, where the holding tank will go. Hopefully, this will help to control odors that sometimes emanate from holding tanks.
In the starboard, galley side we made it a half bulkhead to keep it as open as possible. The compressor and heat exchanger from our refrigerator will protrude into this space. We are planning to duct air from an overhead Dorade vent into here to remove heat and help the fridge run as efficiently as possible.
As with many things on a boat, the fabrications in the cockpit area have a number of functions. They incorporate access to the outboard motors, storage for fuel tanks, storage for the hot water system, folding bikes, auxiliary generator, and steering station as well as ducting for electrical cables, steering, and engine controls. In addition, they provide shelter and seating accommodations for us humans and access up to the forward decks.
On a wild and rainy weekend that brought flooding and damaging winds to Victoria, we borrowed Robs camper and cruised up the Tassy east coast. We especialy loved the Bay of Fires, and managed to coax the camper into a spot right on the beach. It was fantastic going to sleep to the sound of 2 metre waves breaking onto the shore, just metres from our spot.
We took advantage of a special at Kogans and picked up two folding bikes. These will be our principal land transport once we move aboard, and sell the car. It will be the first time in nearly forty years we will be car-less.