It’s time for an update on Velkommen’s water tank project. Mid August of last year was ‘Phase 5′ and then there was the little exhaust elbow repair in January.The last couple of months have been dedicated to the Hurricane heater. It was upgraded to 2012 standards by Gordon Jensen of Latitude Maritime. The heat sheild exhaust blanket was done by National Marine Exhaust. The installation positions the heater partially under the port exhaust elbow (the former problem child) with just enough room for the hydronic lines and the Hurricane exhaust to pass beside the engine exhaust. Both the inboard and aft panels of the heater are removable for service, so the current placement gives as much access as possible within the challenging confines of a lazarette. Everything is mounted on rubber pads to isolate vibration and minimize chafing. I puzzled a while on the placement and containment of the start batteries. I think I came up with a creative solution. It is simple and effective and I’ve never seen another like it.
I even got Ray Robinson’s “seal of approval”, and that’s really tough to get. He slid through the hatch, inspected everything thoroughly, frowned and said, “Damn thing’s overbuilt”. SWEET! That is just the way I want it.