Another busy day.
Here is a photo I took this morning of the galley. No reason other than that I realized I hadn’t yet taken a picture of it:
It’s actually about the same size as the kitchen in my studio apartment in Singapore, but it definitely feels a little smaller because of the wraparound; my apartment’s kitchen is along a straight countertop. The sink has dual basins. The LPG stove has two burners; there’s no oven but I think it’d be pretty reasonable to install one. Yes, that’s a microwave; right now I can only use it with shore power, but it’s still nice to have and I’ve cooked a couple bowls of instant noodles in it this weekend. Between the kitchen and the stove there’s a big top-loading compartment. It’s not the fridge, which is opposite next to the nav station.
I was also eying the hatches today. Most of them are 9.5″x9.5″ cutout Bomar hatches, and they are all very crazed and no longer let much light through. From below:
And from above:
I’d say these are pretty good candidates for replacement. Not too hard to do, although they’re not exactly cheap at US$200+ each. There are six of them, four for the cabin and two on the hard dodger.
Late this morning I finished cleaning the deck using the new hose I bought yesterday and pressure from shore water. Cleaning is a lot easier with a decently high pressure spray. I’d say I got rid of about 90% of the grime that’d somehow built up on deck without doing any scrubbing. It’s much nicer to be able to walk around on deck without leaving muddy footprints everywhere. Sparkling deck:
Then I moved on to today’s biggest (and most nervewracking) task: affixing the new vinyl graphics. The process for these is actually pretty simple. After cleaning off the surface with acetone to remove any remaining wax, I placed the graphics and did some measuring to make sure they were well aligned:
Then I used the masking tape on the top as a hinge, removed the backing, and sprayed the surface and the back of the graphics with a water/dish soap mixture to prevent it from immediately sticking. This lets you slide the graphic into exactly the right spot. After that, I used a plastic squeegee to push out the water bubbles, which leaves the graphic with the application tape still attached:
At this point it already looks pretty much done. I just waited about an hour and then peeled off the application tape. Here’s the starboard bow graphic once everything was all done:
The stern graphics were bigger and a little more difficult because I had to do the work from the dinghy. The dinghy is small and I’m big, so it’s not the most stable platform to work from. I also had to continually grab Oia with one hand to keep from drifting too far off. Here’s the dinghy in the water:
Even though it’s small and not one of the fancier RIBs that a lot of boats have, I actually kind of like this little dinghy — it reminds me a lot of the one Skye had years ago. It’s a nice little boat to paddle around in, even if its cargo capacity is lacking. Here are the newly applied stern graphics:
And from a little farther away:
Nothing too fancy, but that’s fine; I like simple.
The only real remaining step with the new graphics is to apply a coat of wax over the areas where I removed the old graphics, including over top of the new ones. I need to wait a while to do that though, as the adhesive needs at least a week to set. Most likely I’ll do the waxing in Singapore.
Near the end of the day I raised the second big awning, which is really cumbersome. It took a while since I had to cut cords with which to tie it off. I think I might prefer a battened awning, as it’s pretty much impossible to move around on deck with this one:
You can also see the new Malaysian ensign flag flying at the stern.
Other small tasks today:
- Refilled the port side water tank
- Found a nearby laundromat and brought some stuff there, mainly cushion covers, sheets, towels, etc.
- Figured out where to keep the air conditioner while underway (there’s just enough space underneath the head of the V-berth)
- Noted that both GPS antennas have BNC connectors
- Cleaned the cabin and wiped down the hardwood floor
In all, a productive weekend. In the morning I’m headed back to work, and probably won’t be back at the boat until the trip down to Singapore.