New head

New head

Postby Sailtime » Sun May 28, 2017 6:29 pm

I've had my boat out of the water getting the engine mounts sorted out and have worked on a side project I've been thinking about for a while

The head under the v-berth has been the only part of my boat that i haven't been super stoked on.. it turns into an issue when the girls come along and moving the v berth around when under way is a hassle and sleeping above a recently used toilet not that romantic.

i've been jealous of the stand alone heads i've seen on other tophats so i moved it into the cabin. here's some photos

the toilet is a lavac marine head which a friend of mine has on his boat. direct pump out, no holding tank

mocked it up with cardboard first

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some cabin jigsaw work

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got epoxy involved
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more jigsaw work using the cardboard template
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put some stain on it which i think looks cool
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Re: New head

Postby Sailtime » Sun May 28, 2017 6:34 pm

the new toilet

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there were 4 thru hulls i removed that were no longer used. 2 were ancient, siezed and unmovable, the other 2 looked okay but were too far forward for where i wanted to run the plumbing
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i glassed over the holes and put in a couple of new trudesign thru hulls + seacocks

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Re: New head

Postby Sailtime » Sun May 28, 2017 6:50 pm

finally hooked the plumbing up.. working with that large hose is like wrestling a giant anaconda

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While i was about it i also changed the thru hull + seacock for the engine water intake as suggested by phillip i think as well as the one under the sink so it's new seacocks all round

I had a great time doing this mod which i've been thinking about for sometime

few other little things - while engine was out cleaned bilge of 50 years of oil/gunk, replaced broken bilge pump and replaced the leaking drinking water hose

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glassed over broken speed log/transducer thruhull + 4 x new engine mounts
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lashed a solar panel to the starboard side to stop the house battery going flat
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finally put some new anti foul on the bottom
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Re: New head

Postby Phillip » Mon May 29, 2017 10:16 pm

Lot of work done there mate! :o Well done!

Tell us, what is the extra fin you have over the top of the rudder in your last photo??
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Re: New head

Postby Shaun » Tue May 30, 2017 9:48 am

Very impressive work Shea, good job!
Have you relocated the galley to somewhere else?
I was also wondering what that fin/skeg was above the rudder
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Re: New head

Postby Sailtime » Tue May 30, 2017 3:12 pm

yep i have no idea what that little fin thing is.. i've had a few opinions from some old timers at the yard one who thought it may have been added to improve stability in following seas?


as far as the galley goes - the sink / icebox etc are on the starboard side, the new toilet is where the big stove/oven was sitting which I've taken out cause we don't use it.

the plan is to get a smaller little gimballed burner happening, at the moment we've been using a little butane burner camp stove sitting on the engine step..
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Re: New head

Postby Troppo » Sun Jun 04, 2017 9:13 am

Wow, totally awesome, Shea.

Huge amount of work. Gunna be so different to use when you get back out on the water. I really enjoyed seeing your pictures and following your repairs. Well done!

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