The big news this week is the teak deck has been installed in the cockpit and transoms! This is one of the options we chose, and even though it adds weight to the boat, we just love the look and feel of teak when living aboard.
There was a bit of a mix up on the mast pictures for the last update. They were actually not of our mast, but a mast for one of the other boats under construction. There are 8 boats being built right now! The construction team assures me they will make sure they put the correct mast on our boat 🙂
Support pillars for the dinghy davits
Teak deck installation, demonstrating an impressive use of weights to keep the surface flat and even while the adhesive sets!
Decking extends from the cockpit down the transom steps and up the steps to each of the wheel helm stations.
Each transom holds 28, five gallon drums. An important fact that will no doubt come in handy one day!
4 blade folding propeller. This is a nice aspect of the turbo charged engine option, which develops a lot more torque for the same engine size and weight. This allows us to fit a 4 blade prop instead of the smaller 3 blade. The 4 blade produces more power at lower RPM, which means less stress and wear on the engines, less vibration, less noise and more available peak power when needed.
Here’s the propeller in folded position, which reduces drag when under sail with the engines off. Also note the mini skeg in front of the drive shaft. This is a standard feature on Outremer yachts. The skeg is sacrificial, and protects the drive shaft and propeller in the event the boat runs over an object in the water. It can’t really protect against a submerged shipping container, but it does a great job of protecting against logs, branches, trash, fishing platforms, and sleeping whales.
Rotating mast base is now installed along with the traveller cars for the self tacking jib. The anchor windlass is also installed (bottom left of photo).
Side deck and with lifelines installed. There’s an option to use Dyneema lifelines to save weight, (Dyneema is a very strong, thin synthetic line) but we decided to stay with the standard stainless steel lines, because they are more comfortable to lean against and are easier to use to tie on the fenders. The weight difference wasn’t enough to justify the inconvenience.
Salon settee. Air registers for the air conditioning are installed and wiring distribution is complete. The layout, easy access and neat organization of the wiring panels is important. It makes it easier to maintain, and find and fix problems that for some reason always seem to happen at 2AM in 3 meter seas! It might seem obvious, but there are not many boat builders that do as nice a job as Outremer with their systems layout and installation. Our last boat had panels all over the place, and many were in locations that were were very difficult to access. It meant that some faults underway had to be postponed until calmer conditions, which made running repairs more complicated than they needed to be.
Port master suite companionway looking forward.
Stbd companionway looking aft.
Lindsay’s cabin (stbd aft) all finished!
LED strip lighting in salon ceiling.
Port companionway looking aft towards master cabin, with office desk and fold out seat to the right.
Salon. B&G instruments fitted at chart table.
Port side of salon.