Category Archives: Forward head

Replacing odd lighting fixtures

Some time in its almost 40 year history, Anna had been fitted with two very odd ceiling lighting fixtures; one in the forward head and one in the passageway between the salon and forepeak. They really ruin the beautiful interior of the boat and gives it a haphazard look. But we’ve been searching in vain for the old style. Then suddenly they just popped up on some web site in Germany.

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Forward head. OK, it’s LED, but it doesn’t even cover the holes of the old fixture.

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Passageway. Ehhh…

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New (left) fixture is a very close match to old ones

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This is what to search for when looking for replacement fixtures

New thru hulls

Anna has ten thru hulls

  1. Engine cooling in
  2. Galley sink out
  3. Cockpit drain port out
  4. Cockpit drain starboard out + bilge pump out
  5. Aft head out
  6. Aft head in
  7. Aft head sink out
  8. Forward head in
  9. Forward head out
  10. Forward head sink out

Of these, we changed seven to bronze in 2010. The remaining three were 316 stainless steel and fairly new when we bought Anna. Although we were concerned about crevice corrosion, it was not until we noticed pitting 3-4 mm deep forming on the flange of one of these thru hulls combined with rusty seepage from the ball valve that we decided to swap the three for bronze.

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Rusty seepage due to some previous owner fitting a 37mm hose to a 32mm hose adapter. Outside flange of thru hull also showed some 3-4mm deep pits.

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Simple tool for pulling out old thru hull

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New bronze fittings. Now with the correct diameter hose adapter.

 

Teak grating for forward head

Both aft and forward heads have cabin soles with welded plastic mat and a drain to the bilge. Good for getting any water out; the aft head has a shower head, which we use sitting down. In the forward head, there’s no shower, but the floor still gets wet from time to time. A few years back we put together a teak grating for the aft head and now the time has come for the forward head.

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New curtains

 

Another great example of the principle that one should never try to estimate how much time a job on a boat will take, since it simply will a) decrease the probability that you will do it and b) be wrong by a factor of about 3 (the job will always take 3 times as much time as your estimate, no matter what your estimate is). Better to just start working; then you will at least save time on planning…

On the HR41, there are 32 curtains (16 portlights), assuming you do not put curtains on the portlight in the cockpit locker. We decided to go for a fabric which matches the gelcoat and also lets some light thru (as opposed to the old/original curtains which were dark blue).

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Old curtains.

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New curtains; 32 pieces, Thankfully, tthe sewing is very simple.

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The fabric prevents people outside from looking in, but still lets quite a lot of light in.

Completing renovation of forward head

The head between the salon and forepeak had been upgraded by the previous owner, but the job wasn’t quite finished.

  • The toilet bowl wasn’t properly secured to the base.
  • Fitting a floor drain.
  • Fitting mahogany mouldings in corners etc

So, we now fixed these little things and it looks, well, finished.