October 5, 2016
After spending the morning working on an unrelated project, I turned back to the foundation, and sanded as needed the fiberglass tabbing I’d installed around the saildrive leg opening. With prep work now complete on the foundation, I test-fit it once more to ensure that my new fiberglass work didn’t impede the opening and space required to rotate the drive during final installation. I didn’t expect it to, but didn’t want to find out later. Fortunately, the opening looked good, and since it clearly allowed rotation room within, I didn’t bother to test-fit the drive leg again, though I’d been prepared to if needed.
Before I could permanently install the foundation–and then the engine–there was some ancillary work to complete in the engine room, beginning with the fresh water system and its myriad hoses. I’d earlier moved the pump and some of the hose runs to give me more room to work and to fit in the new foundation, and the owner wanted to move the pump forward, to the starboard bulkhead, so with an eye towards getting the engine room squared away, I began to sort out and label the hoses so I knew what went where, which would help in reconfiguring the system. Things looked like a mess, but the photos below actually show progress.
With some of the hoses and nearby wiring beginning to sort themselves out, I started some reinstallations on the bulkhead, including the little icebox drain pump, and, below it, the electric fresh water pump in the new mounting location I’d chosen. Later, I’d reroute and shorten the related hoses, and also add an accumulator tank to the system, but had to get the pump in place first. Meanwhile, I routed and secured some of the wiring that ran through the engine room, which I”d been holding out of the way during the foundation work, but now it was time to lay things out so I could install the immediately-related auxiliary equipment required for the engine installation (i.e. fuel filter, raw water system). I’d have to leave the wide space above the pump open so the in-counter trash can had room; it fit in that countertop opening directly overhead.
Total time billed on this job today: 3.25 hours
0600 Weather Observation:
39°. clear. Forecast for the day: sunny, high 60s