We are making all the access ports in the panel which covers the keel well in the galley. The long groove you see in the picture will house the diesel day tank's level (clear tube). The tank sits right behind it. It's turned out to be quite adorning in its Sapele trim.
Ed Joy design 56' lifting keel & rudder, Jacobs Brothers Built
Claude, Julie, Noah, Lilo, & Finn
Claude: 32 yrs old, circumnavigator, surfer, husband, daddy-O, buddha-like.
Julie: 33 yrs old, loves to be on the water, bookworm, wife, momma, Eeyore-like.
Noah: 7 yrs old, really into reptiles and surfing.
Lilo: 4 yrs old, comedian, thinks helicopters (and anything very very loud... [...] are the best thing ever.
Finn: 1 yr old, really very loud (Lilo loves him), loves engines.
Well... we started a family and now the normal thing would be to buy a house. But the problem with a house is that you can't travel with it and you rarely have adventures with it.
So the plan is : build dream boat: EVA (dream boat definition: Aluminium, tough, low maintenance meaning minimum [...]
paintwork and simple systems (we seriously considering not having a fridge) lifting keel so go anywhere: think estuaries, rivers, the amazon! high tidal zones, ability to beach, comfortable enough for 5 and 2 occasional guests) We live and sail and travel the world until the kids scream enough (probably when they'll be teens so 10 yrs to go) then find pleasant area to settle and when kids go to college off we sail again as a 'free' couple to who knows where.
That's the plan so far anyhow.