Project: EVA
Building a 17 meter aluminum cutter

This part of the boat has so much hidden technical work its crazy. As the fuel tanks are belowand on the othe side of the keel well we neede to sort all the fuel plumbing before tackleing any wood work. We'll post fuel plumbing in another entry. Suffice to say that we can transfer to the day tank from either tank, from tank to tank and in emergency run directly from a tank with no day tank involved. We have also setup a polishing system that can act as backup transfer system. I am quite chuffed about the polishing. I hate the idea of old dirty fuel. We can polish all the fuel in a day using hardly any energy. Thus on sunny days with extry juice we can polish just for fun ;) Did i mention i don't like dirty fuel...
Then there is the water plumbing of which most is in the galley. Water filters are here. We have three taps. One for normal hot and cold unfiltered. Filter water for drinking. And a salt water pump for bulk washing and water saving mode. There is foot pump that works one of the pumps when the pump is switched off.
These are not the best pics of the galley and we are varnishing the trim so everything is dustyand covered in 3m tape. We'll post more detail in coming entries. May be this a job for the gopro. Wow this catching up thing is going to take time!

Where to begin!?

We are officially the worst bloggers ever. I don't think letting a year pass without a single post is normal by anyones standards. Any way lets start with some deck gear and in the nextpost we'll move inside. Here you can see the maxwell 3500 with the deck wash spigots along side. One is for fresh wash down and the other is salt for the super dirty jobs. you can also see the deck paint we've chosen. Only some of the deck has been painted. Weather permitting we'll do the rest in a week or two. You can also see the rollers we designed and made. They each have an inch ID 316 tube pressed in and sit on an inch 316 shaft. The whole system works like magic with 1/2 inch chain. Still to add is a bar to stop the chain jumping under extreme conditions. Thats it for now. Next inside. Galley maybe?


The head has walls now. So for those not familiar with Eva's layout, the aft bulkhead (bottom photo on the right shows it well) separates the head from engine room and the ceiling of the head will be part of the nav table. We've chosen a Lavac head as the one and only in the boat, a trouble-free marine head if there ever was one.

its been a long time!

We have been neglecting to write entries in this blog for months let me fill in the gap: the kids' bunks and cabinets are in place, the floorboards in the galley and study are in place, the wall panels in galley and study are in place, the plumbing for fuel system is nearly complete, the primary and secondary winches (5 out of 7) , jammers, clutches, footblocks, organizers, mainsail traveler track, jib car track, staysail track, and most (4 out of 6) of the dorade vents are installed. And our lights have all arrived and the autopilot is installed. What else? Lots of little things too, like trying to figure out where we'll register her and all the bureaucracy that goes with it. We'll post photos over the next couple weeks so you can see the progress.

04/03/2013 | Ed Joy
Lookin' good.
04/04/2013 | Seal
The woodwork looks great. We're enjoying your blog,
Back to Work

We've been away for a month and now we're back! I dare say we missed her. It is good to step back from a project of this magnitude to reassess and get the big picture again. With our renewed enthusiasm we've tackled the steering, (it's nearly complete) and with the 2 helms it turned out to be less of a 'spaghetti factory' than we anticipated. We're working on getting on the last 4 portlights (in the hull). We've finalized a lot of our electronics purchasing (radar etc etc), decided on and bought our fridge, and the kid's cabin has seen lots of progress. I think we're back in the groove.

12/30/2012 | Jan van Dijk
Hi Claude, read your blog for the first time today. We are busy rebuilding steel 46 foot Dick zaal design Southern Cross in Port Owen. (Actually stripping everything out at the moment). Is it possible to get into contact as I would have lots of questions regarding reputable suppliers etc.

We've been filling in the kid's cabin. The frames for the bottom bunks are in place now, there are so many frames because of the drawers that are there. Meanwhile the galley and study/guest cabin are getting a lot more of their panels fitted, with final coats of paint on etc. We're talking of moving on to the head now (that's kinda touching halfway!)

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Who: Claude, Julie, Noah, Lilo, & Finn
Port: Capetown, South Africa
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