Day 316
The diesel heater surround/ doors
I have been looking forward to making the bathroom doors for quite a while and I finally got my chance to start on them today. The doors will be comprised of framing and 2 separate panels to curb warping as it is a very large door. The dry locker door ( photo below, right ) was made with one panel as it has a firm seating against the locker face, but this door will have no support...or reason to stay straight.  
The photo above shows one door roughly in place. I know all the measurements are correct but I just had to test it anyway, and take a picture!

I am using the method I used on the vanity door except this time all of the slots will line up, and they are 5/8". Because the 1/4" ply was actually import and somewhat less than 1/4" good one side, another 1/8" good one side was glued on ( both sides will be visible ) which brought it to 5/8" exactly. This just happens to be the thickness of 2" oak trim so that will be used for connecting the frames.

The frame in the photo is just held together with those, inset 3/8", and they're so tight the whole thing holds together. With glue it will be very strong indeed.

 

 

 

Gena was doing some preparations for the hot air exhaust vent that will carry hot air forced over the engine by the engine fan outside via a cowl vent and through the coaming to vents mounted on the aft of the coaming.
She ended up using "Blue Stuff" on the foam here because she sccidentally used triple rising foam and it, of course, expanded beyound the floor hieght and needed to be cut off. This leaves the foam susceptible to moisture. Aluminum flashing cut and siliconed to the floor  will stop any heat damage to the wood.

We're not sure how hot this will get but we understand from others that it's "pretty hot" so better safe than sorry. Heat can fatigue wood and sealing systems over time by drying it out too much.




 
The photo to the left shows the oak slotted for the bathroom doors. The inner edges have been rounded, but only to where the butting frame meets. This way it is flat still. It was tricky to do this because the router took my lines off lol!
 
The tiny picture shows how it looks. Easier than 45 corners and feels stronger too.  
The doors are a slow process and I usually set some up to finish one evening during the week. If it's raining or whatever outside it doesn't matter because all of the cutting work is done. We're getting to the point where we don't want anymore saw dust in the boat than is necessary so most cutting/routing/power sanding is done outside.  
Under the decks in the pilothouse offers a lot of stowage space. The little shelf doesn't go all the way aft so large items can be stored there and the water heater can be removed if necessary one day. The shelf has been faced to finish and prevent items from pressing against the sliding doors that will be installed.
The water heater is now in place on it's little frame. It's up here because it must be minimum 12" higher than the water coil on the heater, as previously mentioned.

Surrounding the diesel heater in stainless seems to be a good idea, but some holes needed to be cut out for the hot air line ( dryer vent hose ) and the hot water coil hoses.

The removable panel, not yet inserted in the photo below, will have the small hoses notched into the end. The big heat fan hose, which is very pretty when in place, will go through the hole in the bottom panel.


S.S. clamped on with silicone and screws
 

We acquired some thin stainless plate is fairy good condition a while back so might as well make some use of it. Aluminum would have worked the same way but I've seen what happens to aluminum once the salt air gets at it, especially if it's not cleaned regularly. It can't be polished without removing the anodized coating which ends up making an ugly mess.
 In set in the photo above, a small hole ( 4x3 ) leads into the dry locker. The S.S. plate will heat the dry locker but air needs to flow through then back out the top cupboard to get rid of moisture, thus requiring an intake. A nice S.S. grill will cover this once we receive our next order.
The exact position of the flue will be determined be the position of the heater, and it's position will be determined by how the tiles ( yes tiles!! ) will be arranged on the floor. A job for tomorrow.
     
     

Day 316:
10 hours - Put together 1 bathroom door, cut out heater surround, mounted water heater, cut hot air vent, put in aft    P.H. floor, Finished dry locker door.


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