I took a break from the boat projects for a few days but went back to it yesterday and today to make some progress on the bathroom. I didn’t spend all day but I dedicated a few hours to it and part of that was my first discovery of Second Wave in Fremont. I can’t believe I didn’t visit this place sooner. Plenty of very useful parts for any mariner and great prices. I was at a loss with my sink drain fittings so I thought I would goof around and put it all together from there. Instead of focusing on the task at hand I just wandered around amused by the giant inventory of random parts. Ideas sprung up and I ended up walking out with some nice brass handles and accessories. I could have spent more but I just wanted to enjoy walking the isles and check out all of the cool stuff. I did solve a problem I’ve thought about a few times before. The door that divides the cabin requires a person to hook it open and has a brass hook to keep it in place. I reinstalled that part after refinishing the toilet platform but I found a great little door latch that the folks at Second Wave gave to me for free (found in a random bin) that will catch the door with a spring and then will release with a push of the trigger as seen below. I kept the hook as the latch isn’t that strong so in the event it fails I have the hook as a backup. I’m not sure how well the design will work but it seems to do what I was hoping. It should also catch the door should someone forget to secure it and it goes swinging around.
Anyways, I never did find that perfect fitting for the drain. I even went to Home Depot to restock on sand paper and brushes but didn’t find it there either. After some consideration I decided on the best approach to the sink draining to the thru-hull below waterline. Just measure the diameter of the drain and put a hose on it, then step it down to the barb at the ball valve.
I spent some time polishing the drain fitting to bring back the shine and with some Dremel help it was just as shiny as the rest of the new bathroom. A nice contrast to the new stuff. I also installed the new faucet using the old hoses until I dig into the freshwater system later. The sink is finished aside from finding a new drain stopper.
I also tackled the holding tank strap install over the weekend and tested it by filling the tank with seawater. It’s only 10 gallons but I wanted to be sure the tank isn’t going anywhere in rough seas. I was originally going to use a wood frame to hold it in place but while at Home Depot I thought of a better less permanent idea using ratcheting tie-down straps and the ‘D’ rings used to secure the hooks of the tie-down straps. I simply drilled them in a place that could easily hold the tank from both vertical and horizontal movement and then ratcheted the tank in place. Easier to write this than to contort my arm and drill around the already installed tank. Lots of profanity and dropping of tools but it’s installed and works great.
The final touches are all that’s left. A little more sanding, several coats of varnish, a little more paint and a couple of bling items like the toilet paper holder, towel holder and door handle and that project is done. I can move on to the muffler and stove projects. I’ll give the rest of December to finish it as the ski season has begun and weekends are not the best time to work on boats.