Refit: Winter 2008-2009
Winter 2008-2009 Refit | Sunday, February 15, 2009
For some years, I'd been meaning to install a screw
mount for the cockpit table in the cabin, so that at least
it'd be possible to bring the table inside if we wanted.
To that end, I bought a stainless steel water deck fill, and
installed it in the cabin sole after spending a few minutes
with the table determining the best location. I wanted
to be able to move around it, which meant leaving it far
enough aft of the bulkhead for access from the sides.
Eventually, I located and marked a reasonable location for
the mount, which ended up just a bit aft of the finger hole
in the centermost bilge hatch.
Because I wanted the
sole fitting to be flush, so that it wouldn't interfere with
the small Oriental rug that we use in the cabin, I purchased
an inexpensive 3-1/4" Forstner bit to mill a flat-bottomed
hole into which to recess the fitting. With this
chucked into my nearly-useless drill press (it was on its
last legs), and the top of the sole hatch protected with
some tape against chipping, I milled the hole to an
appropriate depth by trial and error. The hole was
just a bit smaller in diameter than the fitting, so I had to
carefully carve away a tiny bit of material with a sharp
knife to make it fit.
I bored a hole through the
center with a 2" hole saw for the neck of the deck fitting,
and installed it with three screws, completing the job.
I didn't do much else, beyond installing the
newly-varnished cockpit coamings and reinstalling several
turn-locks and snaps for the dodger, which I'd removed prior
to painting the nonskid earlier.
to climb a ladder to fix the lifting chain on my garage
door, and happened across this rarely-seen view of the
boat--not necessarily applicable to today's work, but there
Total time today: