The door on this boat, like most, is very heavy teak and glass. The door slides open and closed which is by far the best choice compared to a hinged unit. However, this size and weight of door can be a problem and even a saftey hazard in big seas. The solution is to install an automated door system from First Mate Inc. This is a proven air actuated system that utilizes a silent air compressor. I have seen boaters use other manufactuers who tried to copy this system. They thought they would "save some money" but they had nothing but problems and spent more before they were done. Furthermore, most were not finished before removing the "copy" and installing First Mate!
The "First Mate" air cylinder is installed. Some companies have used electric with gears etc., but the air cylinder seems like a much better choice on a boat. The door can still be opened and closed if the air is off. There are no gears to jam.
The outside opening button has been installed, however the inside is laying on top the counter until we finish the Corian work. The lower left is a small PC of teak added for the installation that has now been varnished.
This is a sample of Mark Ray's Art. Mark will be creating several things for us including the salon floor, comforters for the Master Stateroom and VIP Stateroom, and the mirror for the main salon. We fell in love with his work. Check out his site and you will too. Watch this artist because he is really going places.
Rusty is doing what is needed so that the stove will be recessed. The sink will also be recessed and both will have Corian lids that will give us a clean look and massive amounts of usable counter. Rusty is meticulous and is so organized it is sickening (only because I wish I could get this organized!) His attention to detail is part of what this boat is about.
To soften the hard look all of the doors and drawers, they will be run through a 1" shaper as sugested by the "Camden Kid" Rusty Bryant. This will take off the sharp edge. The door shown has one coat of Varnish. All interior teak will have gloss varnish added for an updated look and ease of cleaning.
The Seaward gourmet stovetop has arrived. The two burners on the left are 7,000 BTUs and the top right is 10,000 BTUs. The use of gas gives us an immediate response and control needed for making everything from the most delicate sauces to boiling things quickly. Electric simply would not work for this boat.
The current TV in the salon works well, however you can see the amount of space that is taken up by the back of the television. Mounting of a flat-screen would give us another area for storing galley items/dvds/cds/etc. The area taken up by this 27" conventional TV should allow installation of a 32" to 37" flat-screen mounted and hinged for access to the cabinet behind. The trick is finding a Flat-screen that will handle the rigors of the boating enviroment.
We found a great deal on a digital 42" Plasma TV. This door with inset was fabricated and then fastened using a piano hinge. A block was fabricated and installed to support the lower right side of the door because of the weight of the TV (over 90 pounds). This is the largest TV that could possibly fit (it's bigger than Art's!) as you will see . . .
A teak box was constructed to frame the TV and create a place for the two 200w Poly-Planer speakers which will be mounted. These headliner speakers, along with two directed at the L-shaped couch and two sub-woofers, should give the sound we are looking for.
The white vinyl headliner for the entire Salon was cut to lengths and sewn together and the seams will now be stapled. The first seam stapled is the one next to the bar. The material is quite heavy and the work tedious.
Each seam is stretched and stapled in place. There are five panels of fabric. This method of sewing together all of the material and stapleling the seams is a clean look. Very little trim will be needed and the usual "big" folds found with using tack strips is avoided. However, if you screw up one panel, you screw it all up!
We discovered the next day that I had missed one light. Note that the lower right side and upper left/center is protruding out of the liner - these are Poly Planer speakers. The speakers are directed at the seating area and are certain to enhance our listning pleasure.
The bare area seen here will get a tough carpet type material glued into it and will be used for rod storage. The material will hold up to the abuse of taking rods in and out. We are also going to put a valance around the area creating a shadow box effect with rope lighting around the inside perimeter. As one enters the Salon, we believe this will soften the look.
There needs to be a safe and handy location for the coffee maker. Currently, there is not a spot that it can be put out of the way. It is too tall to slide back under the cabinet and just seems like it is thrown there in the middle.
This is such a smart idea! It frees up counterspace while also securing the coffemaker. It has its own water-feed so you do not have to pour water into it. It is programable. It does not burn the coffee but brews it while dispensing into the carafe. It also comes with an extra basket so you can brew tea, etc. It also has a pause and serve. In-fact, it's pause and serve utilizes an electric eye and stops the water-flow into the brew basket when the carafe is removed.
The far end of the galley space was the only place for a trash can, but it was in the way. So, we installed this PC of teak with the left hand side designated for trash. The right side has been cut out for the air conditioning intake vent making an area for the dog's bowls and the upper section will house dog food, etc. A two section lid will be fabricated out of Corian. We will also fabricate a plastic trash can that will fit into this box.
The area behind the door has become a place to toss things without the ice maker in place. The door will be removed and the opening trimmed. There is no need to hide the good looking Raritan Icer-etteô so it will be installed in an almost flush manner.
When we could not find the exact fabric that we wanted, so we decided to make our own. A collaboration between C&C, Dockside Canvas and ourselves produced this fabric. C&C helped us come up with the design and Dockside was able to print this one-of-a-kind fabric.
The valance on the upper left covers the air-conditioning troft and is mounted approximately 1 1/2" from the top. This allows air to flow into the room. The valance on the upper right covers the door slide frame-work. The corner boards serve the purpose of covering the water hoses going to the bridge and will also will be used to keep blinds securely in place. Note that the color of the couch pulls the blue colors from the valance and brings it all together.
The Duette blinds from Hunter Douglas are in a very pale aqua color that pulls out of the valance material. Duette's honey-comb design makes them very good for insulative qualities. We chose semi-opaque that provides privacy yet allows light to come through. The LiteRise feature mean no strings. You just pull them up or down to the position desired.
Corian was used to mount the control center in the Salon. Included in these controls are the Generator, Cruisair control, E-Plex brain, and the PolyPlaner master. These parts are checked for fit and once finalized, Corian will be patterned to go up one side of the pilar shown on left and to finish the edge next to the bar on the right.
The current stereo system will not support all of the speakers in the boat and it is not currently giving true stereo or surround sound. We decided that it was best to change every speaker and component on the boat to PolyPlaner because they are made for the boat enviroment and deliver concert hall sound.
We used PolyPlaner for the entire audio system on the boat. The unit pictured is located in the Salon control area and is one of four RD-44 heads in the boat. Each head can turn off all units on the boat, change the main source between CD/AM/FM/SAT TV/DVD/etc. In addition, the units can be used as an intercom.
It has become apparent that the electrical panel will need some changes. Currently there are only (2) 230 volt breakers. With the items being installed on the boat, we will need a total of (8) 230 volt breakers.
We've determined that we need more power and a lot more breakers. We decided to add a second 50 AMP service to the boat. The problem is: where do we put the additional breakers? The people at Bass gave us the solution and more. Utilizing the E-PLEX system from Airpax, they will not only be able to give us the sevice we need within the current space, but give us monitoring and system checks that we did not know were possible. We will be able to monitor the engine room temperature, if the bait freezer is operating properly, what AMP usage is for any other given appliance or unit. The system allows us to add items now or at a later time. In addition to all of this, they are nice people!
When entering the boat we can now push one button that will turn on a light in every room of the boat or a button to turn on exterior lights. We can also push one button to turn off all lights when leaving the boat. At a glance we can read what amps the boat is drawing and how much fuel and water we have on board.
This photo and frame lift up for access to the PolyPlaner CD player and amp as well as other audio and video equipment. Belvedere Yacht Club removed two photos from the mens roon where they had been for many years and put them in a Chinese auction. We paid $1.50 and won the set of two which I had liked since the day I found this lovely club on the Magothy river. They needed reframing and while doing this task we discovered that they are signed A. Aubrey Bodine and date about 1953. The club was founded in 1952. We only had space for one so the other is encased behind this as a treasure.
This is the Imtra light that we will use to replace all current lighting within the boat. This LED puts out more light than a 10w halegen bulb and stays cool while doing it. It also draws a fraction of the amps compared to conventional.
This is the LP Gas Detector and switch from CCI. The solenoid on the right is mounted at the tank which will be located in a vented housing on the bridge. The detector and switch will be located in the galley. Gas is turned on and off with the switch. If gas fumes are detected, the unit turns off the gas automatically and sounds an alarm.
The lids are made from Corian. Now, a liner needs to be made. The left lid is trash and the right lid is for the dog food/supplies. The cut-out on the right is for placement of the dog's water and food dishes.
We used some of the old lights (taken from areas in the boat where we put in new Imtra lights) and added them into the Galley for more lighting here. We will eventually replace these with Imtra LEDs as well.
From the Galley of
EZ2CY AQUA EPICUREAN
Bread Pudding: This recipe is unbelievably good, easy and done entirely in the microwave. Serves four. (Small portions.)
2 tablespoons butter
1 cup milk
1/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 cups day old bread cut into 1 inch cubes. I like to use raisin bread or something similar and interesting from the supermarket bakery. If you don’t have day old, just cut into pieces and let sit in air for a few hours.
In a one quart casserole microwave melt butter for approx 40 seconds. Add eggs; beat well. Blend in milk, sugar, vanilla and salt. Stir in bread cubes and let stand for 5 minutes. Stir gently before microwaving on high for 3 minutes, stir and microwave for 3 more minutes.
Serve and enjoy!
We are very happy with the results. This upper bunk will primarily be used for our grandchildren so a thin roll up mattress will be made for the upper bunk that a sleeping bag can go on. We are confident this will also work well for any fisherman we have stay on board. This was a realatively simple solution/project that opened up this room making it much more funtional and inviting. Sleeping pillows with covers thrown on the back wall will make this work as a couch without a need to store them for bedtime.
The speakers would not fit in the original location under the gunnel because the size of the magnet. We moved the speakers out and up into the cieling. This will likely be better for the room since the upper bunk blocks sound. I thought the wiring was faulty but it was the old speaker that had blown out. The new speakers work fine and sound great.
After removing all of the burgandy velvet lining, we sanded all of the areas and painted them with a gray acrylic latex. The paint will make it easier to clean and it looks great. We have a dark gray liner material that we may install on the bottom shelves, if reguired.
The removal of the rod holders in this room dictates that the headliner be replaced. This is an often overlooked project that is certainly worthwhile. Headliners often harbor odors such a cigarette smoke or stale food ordors.
This is the backside and downside of the TV area. The TV takes up much needed space from the master head. By mounting a flat screen this space will be freed up facilitating the installation of a bathtub. The trick now is to find a flat-screen TV that will stand up to the rigors of boating.
To satisfy our curiosity, we removed the back cedar panel for a look. We found more space. A lot more space, really. We removed the battens and relocated them about 4" back at the bottom of the closet and even more at the top.
Even though the hatch is tinted at night, you can see through it, which creates a need for a cover. The boat came with screens which helped the bug situation but did not help with privacy. In addition, they were framed in teak, contrasting the white headliner, so we took the effort to paint it white.
This photo was taken while laying in the bed. Note the black plug to the right of the RD-44: This plug gives our guests the option to plug in their MP3 player and listen to their personal music using the four speakers and one subwoofer in the VIP Stateroom.
In this stateroom, like most forward V staterooms, there was not a place to sit anything down other than on the bed or the floor. We used Corian to fabricate a shelf in this dead-space area on the port side.
Some Corian, some teak and a few hours give great satisfaction. Now a guest can take a "night-cap" to the VIP stateroom and in the morning not kick over a glass of melted ice that had been set on the floor.
The answer was to cut the shelf and hinge it. This was a simple task and allows for photos, etc to be put on the shelf when not flipped up. Now our feet don't hang off the bed! In essence, this make the bed longer.
While it may sound like a small inconvenience to have to move cloths or shoes in order to close a door, it is not a small inconvenience when it is a daily occurrence. Now is the time to fix the problem by making this a sliding door. This small project will make life much better.
The doors roll in the top track and slide in a grooved PC of track on the floor. The floor track will be exchanged for a PC or Corian that will serve as the threshold. The cover valances and added teak have all been varnished.
This hose will replenish the room with fresh air. Air supplied by the Munter vents on the bridge will be pulled into a collector box with a fan and then pushed into the Master and VIP Staterooms via this hose. A fan to evacuate air will also be installed in both rooms. The E-Plex system will have timers set up to run these fans to replenish about 10% of the air in these rooms at appropriate intervals.
This is another view of the replaced speakers. The small disk is a remote speaker for the television. This is a nice touch since you do not have to have it very loud in order to hear the television. This also insures that guests in other rooms are not disturbed by the sound of late night TV! There are two- of the three-way speakers in this room and the one TV speaker.
I am including the other units in this forum because they are an intergal part of the entire audio system on the boat, with the heart of the system located in the Salon.
This unit is located in the Master Stateroom and drives four speakers and one subwoofer. Two of the speakers are located over the bathtub and two are above the headboard facing down toward the bed. From the Stateroom, we have the ability to turn off all of the audio on the boat.
Former head removed. The previous head did't have the ability to pump the bowl dry, so water would slosh out. It also did't macerate or flush properly, which led to embarrasing episodes for our guests. Luckily, this won't happen again thanks to Raritans Atlantis Freedom. The Atlantes will shred most anything you can put in it and has a dry bowl mode that leaves virtually no water.
The master head now installed. The bone colored china bowl goes well with the tub and the corian counter tops and is a nice contrast to the "granite" look floor. This is the size of toilet found in most homes.
We purchased an elongated bowl for the VIP Head - it fit well into the notch provided. We prefered this bowl because of its comfort to the one in the Master Head, but it does take up a little more room. We love the look of the "granite" style seamless floor installed by Superior Systems, Inc.
The hidden components that make life easier and smell better. Raritan's Electro Scan processes waste better than most sewage treatment plants and eliminates the need for a holding tank in most waters. We intend to clean out the holding tank and remove any remaining offensive hoses that continue to emit foul odors. The holding tank will then be used only should we enter waters such as the Great Lakes. Even then, we will use the Electro Scan first (and add salt) so odors will not be a problem and pump-out will be much better.
This is the final step in our head installation. The Sea-Fresh system from Raritan allows you to choose the use of fresh or sea water at the flip of a switch. The foul odors from creek water in the bowl for more than an hour can be worse than what you would normally put in the toilet. So, Raritan came up with this system so you can leave the bowl with fresh water easily. This eliminates foul odors yet allows the use of sea water when you are at anchor or cruising so you can conserve your water-tank contents.
This is what remains of the linen closet after all the shelves were removed. The hole in the wall is where the TV for the VIP Stateroom was mounted. (We intend on mounting a flatscreen on the wall to replace the conventional TV that took up so much room). Next, we will bring in the new tub and see how we need to configure it to make it work. Walls in boats are not hollow like those in homes so the wires and plumbing may become problematic.
This tub, made of ABS Plastic, came from an RV dealer called Leo's Vacation Center in Crofton, MD. Many items from the RV world can work in a boat because they are designed with the idea of optimizing space. The tub is 54" long and 27" wide. We had to cut 1" off each end in order for the tub to fit our 52" space.
The back wall is installed and allows for plumbing and electric to run behind it. The wall will be coated with a sealer and an vinyl ocean scene applied. The wall will be lit with rope light hidden from a valance.
Apples on a boat? This wallpaper is what was on her when we purchased her. The boat was once named "Abbey Road" and we can only think that the previous owners were avid Beatle fans. Although we enjoy the Apples Label music, the wallpaper has to go!
Here is a picture of the seating area in front of the console. Sculpted cushions, made with Sunbrella fabric, will grace this area for our guests to sit in comfort and style. The back area was reconfigured and will now give full back support.
This sculpted seating was fabricated by Canvas Supply Company in Seattle, Washington. The work is impeccable and extremely comfortable. You won't believe this! The fabric is Sunbrella! Soft, breathable, durable, and incredibly cleanable.
This printed and laminated scene has been applied to the tub wall. The valance light shines on it with the total picture brightening and opening up the area. We can take a bath while looking at the beach and think about going to the TIKI bar.
Life is good!
This is the fourth RD-44 on the boat and is located on the bridge. With the intercom, I can reach anyone on the boat. This head controls four speakers and a large subwoofer. We can also use the amp source button to power-up the XM radio from Garmin. We love this system!