The Adventures of the Sailing Vessel Air Ops, and Her Crew
Forward Head Renovations
Ripped out bamboo wall coverings, cut out original wooden shelves, re-furbished sink, new faucets, new cabinet, re-built manual Raritan head, ripped out all old sanitation hoses, repainted floor, re-finished teak grate. Built new drawers and cabinets with solid mahogany.
It was a good head. The Raritan toilet worked well, but needed a rebuild. The bamboo wall panelling was seperating in some locations. The ceiling material was sagging. The plastic sliding doors sometimes popped out. The sink was feeling it’s age.
So the demolition began:
Then the big guns had to come out — angle grinder to remove the mold and old glue from the walls, multi-tool , circular saw, jigsaw, etc. to remove shelves:
After grinding, random orbital sanding, creation of dust, mess and more dust…
Of course it is a boat, so there are no straight edges. And the top shelf needed to be closed in and the boat had to be modified to match the new shelves. So we cut backing material, then used fibreglass, then bondo, then fine material to fill in…
Buy mahogany, prep, prep more, prep again….
And now you can start to see the master plan coming together (of course the master plan changed 5 times as we had to adapt….)