I was hoping to do a more of a substantial post on our new dodger but the more I thought about it the more I avoided doing it. So here it is, our lovely enclosure.
Sally Nichols & Joe – Nautical Stitches
Pete Pucella – Forged Cutom Welding
Skip and Mick – Wilmington Marine Center
Wilmington NC has become our second family and it was sad to leave them all. Thanks guys!
The “old” cockpit was fully removed, well almost. We took down the old dodger, the two bench seats and table. New bench seats were built that attached to the house. It’s all soft canvas and windows can be rolled up and roof taken down in the tropics. We opted to make the seats our of wood (on a steel frame) for a much warmer feel and new cushions were made.
We had such a hard time with the design and thought about it for months. We needed to have good coverage, winch access and run lines into the enclosure. I think Carl did a great job with the concept. We still don’t know why but we seem to have better visibility while sailing then the original set up.
The enclosure has made a HUGE difference, it’s like our own little greenhouse. The kids hang out there all the time and baby Crew is happy to be able to come in and out by himself, with the zippers closed it makes for a safe, dry and warm place for everyone. Carl even ran a hose up from the new engine heater (see below) he installed up into the cockpit to spoil us even more.
So what other improvements have we done?
Behind Pri is the new engine heater. When we run our port engine the heater uses the hot water off the engine to heat the boat. Makes a huge difference in the temperature and uses a lot less power than the webasto and no fuel. At least we’ll have one perk about having to listen to the engines.
When we head north we will be bringing at least two extra crew members. We have a 65’ boat so we don’t have a space issue, the only issue is that we seemed to have spread ourselves out in the 65’. Crew is getting moved back into our room and the girls are going in together across from the galley. Carl spent the day making Crews bed up and making a mess of our room. I’ve spent the day moving all the girl’s clothes from the forward bunks to the aft bunks and Crews clothes to ours.
We’ve made a bunch of other changes to the boat and I’ll keep posting about them, from line spools on deck to an extra heater (yeah that would make 3 heaters) to fuel bladders, the list goes on.
I’m off to Australia on Friday so you may not hear from me for a couple of weeks. Wish me luck flying with a 14 month old. I’m already exhausted.