It’s been far too long since I’ve posted on Velkommen’s lengthy water tank replacement project. The project grew, like most boat projects, to be much larger than first imagined. Better to get it right than do it twice.
We are looking forward at the port-side space between the hull and the aft deck, approx. 9′ x 9′ x 2′. The third coat of primer is dry and ready to be painted over. On the left is the muffler, temporarily supported by a 1″ x 4″. The black hoses are for the hydraulic steering and coolant routed through the Hurricane Heater. The lines coming out of the hole in the engine room bulkhead run to the remote Sea Freeze compressor mounted high and center on a shelf bent from 1/4″ aluminum plate. It is partly visible on the right edge. Adjacent to the compressor, also partly visible, is the one of the new SS exhaust elbows. The replacement of this particular elbow began the renovations and alterations that you see.
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The second pic shows the first fitting of the Hurricane heater platform and the battery platform. The starboard side is actually farther along; the painting is complete and the water tank platform and the battery platform have been installed. Besides the battery cables, the water tank fill hoses are wrapped around the red bucket, and then there is the green bonding wire, held up out of the paint by vise grip clamps.
Pic number three shows the first coat of Kirby’s #25 Light Gray gloss coat while it is still nice and fresh. Three coats of primer and three coats of gloss. That’s the treatment. Thankfully, Kirby’s paint does not require special application proceedures. In this case a 4″ nappy-headed roller works pretty well.
No, I’m not going to paint the overhead. Sure, it would be a nice touch, but enough is enough. I’m looking toward ending this project not augmenting it.
BIG Thanks to Ray Robinson (Robinson Woodworking) and Mark Hanger (Mark’s Marine Repair) whose encouragement and advise have been invaluable. And also to Travis Hanson (Hanson’s Marine Services) who matched the gelcoat around the locker doors.