Sorting out the ventilation and insulation has been a major job. The aim is to keep the temperature steady and allow free air flow. This keeps mould growth, which is a problem in all boats, under control. The Skipper has been fitting thicker insulation throughout, added extra vents and has made wooden Dorade boxes which allow air in but keep rain/spray/waves out. There seems to be something about ventilation funnels which means that old ones from big ships are often re-purposed around coastal areas as rubbish bins or statues.
|The Dorade box and funnel from outside|
|The skippers plan of how it works|
The central arch in the front of the boat is now a sail cupboard giving us extra storage space and giving more rigidity to the boats structure. We have to be strong enough to take a battering from waves but stay flexible enough to bend with them. This means that the front room has been split into two smaller rooms which have been/are being done up for two of the deckhands. The eldest will keep the bigger back bedroom but will have to share it with some storage. At least boxes don’t snore.
As well as building, we have been doing some safety stuff. The smoke alarms have been replaced, the fire extinguishers checked and the life raft has been sent off for its service.
|The life raft - currently off adventuring on its own|
Work has started on the galley (kitchen) too with changes to storage, a new fitted bin and lots of research into cookers and table-tops. Outside, the sails have gone back up and the decks have been cleaned down after the winter.