Day 426 Lighting Aft, Shelves
The morning for Gena started out searching for the reading lights to go aft. Once found she quickly installed them and connected the wiring. She asked for my advice on their placement. "I dunno" I said, I won't be using them ( yet! ) as my eyes are fine for reading still.

They needed to be somewhere where they won't be torn off but clumsy elbows in the night, but can't block doors. There was little choice really.

After that, she set off installing the fans to circulate moist air from under the berth and related lockers, out. 2 fans under the berth will provide amble force. These are the standard 6" fans like what we used forward in the galley etc. Here, 6" speaker grills ( the large hole type) act as covers. They come with 4 clamps but we're going to try just 2 for starters as the thing becomes pretty gaudy with 4.

Next to each fan, she installed a switch. The one below is in the head coming from under the cockpit. If turned on with the ceiling fan over the bath, air can be circulated right out of the boat.

The fan in head vents under cockpit

Reading light and triple lighter plug mounted

One of 2 fans under aft berth

<- Back view of fan, needs cover there too!

We have heard over and over again from cruisers already "out there" that proper ventilation in cabinets is tantamount. If moisture gets in there, smelly mold will follow. I've smelled this, and I don't find it too unpleasant, but I guess one would grow weary of it day after day.
Gena also installed a triple switch set that will control over head lights in the aft area. I think one may be for the head but not sure. Time to get going on some more LED lights!

My day involved all of the shelves I have put off due to the weather being too cold being made.

The shelves in the cabinets under the deck in the galley required some careful thought. I couldn't bring them too far forward because of the angle of the cabinet, and the head board. Insetting the leading edge by 4 inches allows taller objects to be placed on the shelf.

Cute bamboo doors!

The lip on the shelf was made from some "already finished" tambour left-overs. Perfect for this!

Getting them in was a little tricky as the sides are actually inset from the frames. Luckily they just fit.

I wasn't so lucky with the triangle shaped shelf for Gena's desk though. There was no way it would go in as one piece. I cut the end off, to be re-attached once on the supports in place, (photo right) to be joined with an oak molding.

Got the book shelf into place and screwed down tight. Right away Gena loaded it up with her books and software he he!

The "gate" still needs to be attached, and another coat of high gloss Varathane applied.

The "split" shelf went in no problem and was re-attached using screws in pre-drilled holes. I must work out a latch assembly. A knob or handle sticking out here may be a bad idea as it is a "rub zone", which means people going aft will be bumping along this area. An appendage here will be a clothing snagger. All the things that must be thought out, jeepers!

We will be going to Vancouver next week so maybe I'll find something there.


Day 426:
12 hours total: Made shelves, installed lighting and fans aft.
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