A Peak Inside; Bits and pieces and appliances…..

Here’s a look at our little stove:

She’s a Dickenson “Newport” solid fuel burning stove with stainless piping that we’ve installed in the Salon.

FINALLY, a smooth calm ride back to her berth — safe, drama-free, cruise…..   You’re also looking at the remains of where the wheelhouse once was.

Now that we actually have a place where I can sew, I haunted Fabricland  for three days straight — bought all the material to full re-cover every cushion on her on a “half off everything” weekend.  Have I mentioned how much I love sales??  This is my sewing area:

Beach views on all sides!

This is an example of WHY I’m recovering the foams:

I think it has potential in the form of a tote?  Damon’s not a fan in the least.

So while I’m struggling to teach myself to sew again (had a little mix up with zippers), Damon’s been doing some finishing in the salon where the couch cushions go:

OOooooooh!!  The inside!  Damon built this panel under the couch to provide an easier and stronger access to a small storage space — the old one was flimsy, and hard to wrestle out.  It’s birch ply trimmed out with cedar.  Butted up against it is a step up to the couch, which Damon laid down cherry tongue and groove flooring.  This picture doesn’t do it justice to how good it looks!!

He took these pictures with his phone, which is why this pic is affected so much by the natural light through the porthole.  But I wanted to show how nice and cleaned up it is — now woodfiller or nails showing.   Now imagine it with navy canvas foamies and some throw pillows of white, burlap, red and a ticking pattern…  I’m very excited about this.

And at the end of the day, this was what Damon saw:

In recent events, we’ve put dibs on a brand new black Nova Kool DC refrigerator, which we’ll pick up this week, and have also decided we’d go with a Dickenson diesel stove that we can get for a good price, as it’ll need a little tinkering.  Kei has also sniffed out her favourite dock person — the one who smells like Smokies and always has a stash of milkbones in his bag.



About madlav

We're living our dream. Nestled in the Inside Passage of British Columbia's stunning Coastal region, we've just taken possession of a beautiful (to us) 45' ferro cement hulled sailboat. Ripped from her mooring during one of our strong storms and run aground, she encountered the only large rock on the beach. Today, she floats. With a temporary patch over the gouge, and tarps over her hatches, a broken rudder, missing wheelhouse, and stripped of pride, the Someday Lady is a battered boat. Optimists and visionaries, we believe that together we can restore the Someday Lady's original splendor, and make our home in her berth. Someday Lady, THIS is our journey!!
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8 Responses to A Peak Inside; Bits and pieces and appliances…..

  1. Penny Houghton says:

    Loving it Valerie!!! Can’t wait to see it all done up when we make our way over there next year 😀 get those cookies cooking!! xxxx

  2. It’s looking very cool. Keep those pictures & posts coming 😀

  3. hayley says:

    wow guys!! you’re doing a great job. can’t wait to see it…

  4. wally says:

    hi just wondering what you can tell me about the type of cement you used to do the patches

    and did you use ‘pure’ cement or mix it with some sort of bonding agent?

    do you reckon the epoxy cover over the top of the repair is necessary?

    wonderful job you guys

    if you could let me know on this that would be brilliant



    • madlav says:

      Hi Wally, thanks for your comment — this is precisely why we have this blog. We just used Portland cement mixed with clean sand (Damon will respond later today with the ratios on this) and just a little water. You CAN add the bonding agent to your mix, but it takes much longer to set, and since our conditions didn’t allow, we just used the bonding agent in a spray bottle around all the areas/edges where we applied new cement to/over old. I believe we chose to put the patch on because of the size of the hole we had, (and replaced ALL of the ribbing and wire)- to further increase the strength, as we only used it on the massive hole, and not on any parts of the beavertail or rudder or smaller patches. Since it’s been in the put back in the water, we have no had any water seep in. Again, Damon will also respond to this post with the proper ratios and exact type of cement and bonding agent.

    • madlav says:

      Hello Wally,

      I used a High Early Strength Portland Cement. Its called HE Portland. It will give you 70% strength within 5 days. We used this due to the fact that we had only a week up in dry dock and I needed it to cure up fast. Its was mixed at a ratio of 50 to 60% Sand. The sand was wash river sand. You could also use just plain play sand for play boxes that you can buy at any hardware store. I also used Starpatch 900x bonding agent. You can put it straight into your mix but it takes longer to cure. I would have if time wasn’t a factor. We sprayed it on all edges of the old cement, metal rebar, chicken wire, etc. The key to success with the portland is keeping it wet for at least 2 days. Longer is better!!! Never let it dry out while its curing. This will ensure good hard concrete with no cracks!! Spray it with water and lay water soaked burlap on it. It works great when you have to leave it for a while.

      The epoxy patch was used also to ensure enough strength with in the short time before we had to be back in the water. Also to ensure it was completely water tight. We used a super thick fiber glass cloth and West System epoxy. The patch now with the metal, cement and epoxy patch is stronger than the rest of the hull.

      I hope this helps! Let me know if you have any other questions.

  5. jomamma says:

    Just ran across your blog… I’ll be back, I find restoration of boats so fascinating. One question… the red floral fabric that was on your cushions looks like something out of a brothel, what was this boat used for in the past?

    • madlav says:

      HAHAHA, I agree with you!!! The material was used only in the settee cushions. The former owner scavenged it and re-purposed it on her cushions. Hilarious 😀

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