Sunspot Photo Tour - Page 6 of 8

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[Interior view, looking forward from nav station]

Interior view, looking forward from nav station. In the lower-right corner of the picture is the edge of the chart table. Forward of that is the door to the head. Mounted to the upper right of the door is a carbon monoxide detector, to the upper left is a smoke detector. In the upper-left corner of the picture is a corkboard, below that is the edge of the galley counter.




[Interior view, head]

Interior view, head. To use the shower, you first rig a full-size wraparound shower curtain that snaps to the surrounding woodwork. (In the picture, the shower curtain is stowed to the left below the towel.) Then you put a bath mat on the sole outside of the head. Then you connect a shower sprayer hose to the sink spout and hang the nozzle on a hook, out of view on the bulkhead near the towel. When you're done with the shower, the shower curtain and bath mat are clothes-pinned to the lifelines to dry. It's enough of a production that I always use shoreside shower facilities when staying at a marina.




[Interior view, head]

Interior view, head. There is a huge amount of storage space in the head lockers, both the sliding-door lockers above the vanity and the regular lockers below the vanity. In the sliding-door lockers, I store lots of canned food, plus vitamins, shampoo, sunscreen, hand lotion, rubbing alcohol, etc. In the lockers below the vanity, I store engine oil, engine coolant, oil, coolant, and windshield washer fluid for my car, bottom paint, bug spray, winterizing antifreeze, bilge cleaner, laundry soap, paper towels, toilet paper, boxes of tissues, sea boots, cockpit speakers, boat soap, wax, compounding, toothpaste, soap, first aid supplies, etc. You get the idea: EVERYTHING!




[Interior view, galley]

Interior view, galley. Note the storage under the stove for the folding dish rack and a couple of serving trays. The blue bags next to the trash can are extra grocery bags and a bag of aluminum cans for recycling. The pink mesh bag above the refrigerator is for raman noodles. The refrigerator currently doesn't work. I use it for dry storage—the left side is full of Aberfoyle spring water from Wal-Mart, the right side is canned soda and other beverages.




[Interior view, galley]

Interior view, galley. In the back-left corner of the countertop, you can see the potlocker lid. I used to keep the white Teledyne water filter on the sink spigot, but it's really designed for the higher water pressure in shoreside kitchens. The filter is very slow with the lower water pressure on the boat. The white stick you see hanging out the the bottom of the spigot is a Scandvik Water Saver. The main faucet is on all the time, but the Water Saver stops the flow. When you want water, you just bump the stick sideways with your hand and water comes out of the spigot. When you remove your hand from the stick, the water shuts off. This "instant-on/instant-off" feature saves a lot of fresh water, which is a precious resource on a boat.




[Interior view, galley]

Interior view, galley. The locker under the sink is fairly big, but it also has a lot of plumbing parts (engine raw water strainer, washdown pump and strainer, three through-hulls, refrigeration parts, etc.). The double-door to the left is where the engine is located.




[Interior view, galley detail]

Interior view, galley detail. This shows what I call the "galley bumpout". The black rectangular dial to the left is the timer for the engine-driven refrigeration compressor. The large gray rectangle to the right is the propane control panel. The round silver grille is for the bilge high-water alarm. The small gray rectangle is the bilge pump cycle counter. Below the electric outlet is the bilge pump "manual/auto" control.




[Interior view, galley detail]

Interior view, galley detail. Not every kitchen has a four-cylinder diesel engine as a decorator accessory! The engine is located under the galley countertop. You can also access the engine from the aft cabin, by lifting off the bureau. The shiny circular object at upper-left is the refrigeration compressor. Below it, dimly visible, is the alternator. The small gray and black object at lower-left is a noise filter for the alternator; the wiring is for the alternator, too.


 

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