Forward Shelter (Cabin)

This was originally classed as a Shelter, accessed through a hatch on the forward deck. It was mainly used as a shelter out of the wind and cold for persons recovered from stricken vessels. It also contained lockers, that were used for equipment stowage (searchlight, blankets, a Neil Robertson Stretcher, etc.

After conversion, the superstructure of the engine room was extended forward to include the hatch, and the anchor rope stowage was then internal.

After its service life, the side bulkheads were opened up to make 2 bunks and the forward Bulkhead was opened up to the fore peak to make an access way to the Heads. A watertight hatch was added into the engine room bulkhead, allowing acces through the boat without having to go out on deck in inclement weather or at night! The toolbox was also moved from the centre of the engine room bulkhead, into the forward cabin.

I have now enlarged the opening to the Heads, and made the openings to the bunks larger. And re-sited the tool locker back into the engine room.

  • Looking Aft, engine room hatch open, opening in cabin top to external hatch and Rope locker Looking Aft, engine room hatch open, opening in cabin top to external hatch and Rope locker
  • Rope locker above Stbd bunk space Rope locker above Stbd bunk space
  • Below cabin floor! as found, 3 years out of the water and still watertight! Strum boxes missing! Below cabin floor! as found, 3 years out of the water and still watertight! Strum boxes missing!
  • stb'd bunk showing original (but not working) hold ventilation fan stb'd bunk showing original (but not working) hold ventilation fan
  • Fwd of same bunk space Fwd of same bunk space
  • New enlarged opening, for 21st owner (I could hardly get in the old opening) New enlarged opening, for 21st owner (I could hardly get in the old opening)
  • Inside same bunk space with re-located Hold ventilator fan and new electric bilge pump pipes Inside same bunk space with re-located Hold ventilator fan and new electric bilge pump pipes
  • old opening between heads and fwd cabin old opening between heads and fwd cabin
  • new improved opening new improved opening
  • original lockers needing some repair. original lockers needing some repair.
  • looking better, top cot next! looking better, top cot next!
  • cleaner! cleaner!
  • Engine Bilge Pump's now with new strum boxes. sorting out positions for 24v bilge pumps, Electrics & Pipework. Engine Bilge Pump's now with new strum boxes. sorting out positions for 24v bilge pumps, Electrics & Pipework.
  • Bit messy, but dried out planking, filled with modern "Mastic". New fan for Tank space ventilation. Turquise pipe is new outlet for Electric bilge pumps Bit messy, but dried out planking, filled with modern "Mastic". New fan for Tank space ventilation. Turquise pipe is new outlet for Electric bilge pumps
  • fwd cabin to engine room bulkhead, painted, now ready for electrical conduit and ducting for fans. fwd cabin to engine room bulkhead, painted, now ready for electrical conduit and ducting for fans.
  • Conduit fitted in the style of the RNLI! for Db'l bottom fans & bilge pump supplies Conduit fitted in the style of the RNLI! for Db'l bottom fans & bilge pump supplies
  • Degreased and "spot" primed Degreased and "spot" primed
  • general condition, not bad on a 53 year old boat, just spot primed where paint was slightly flaky. general condition, not bad on a 53 year old boat, just spot primed where paint was slightly flaky.
  • white Pipes are for loo waste tank! white Pipes are for loo waste tank!
  • same view after spot primeing and the top coat same view after spot primeing and the top coat
  • 24v bilge pumps in, engine bilge pumps in. 24v bilge pumps in, engine bilge pumps in.
  • 24v bilge pumps and float switches all rearing to go. 24v bilge pumps and float switches all rearing to go.
  • Electrics to 24v Tank space fan & Electric Bilge pump outlet in bunk space, next fit waste tank! Electrics to 24v Tank space fan & Electric Bilge pump outlet in bunk space, next fit waste tank!
  • Frame in situ, glue needs trimming off! 8 screws and you would never know it was there. You never now someone after me might want the boat to be 100% original. Frame in situ, glue needs trimming off! 8 screws and you would never know it was there. You never now someone after me might want the boat to be 100% original.
  • Basic frame nearing completion. Yes I know its softwood, but shouldn't get wet and will be well painted. Basic frame nearing completion. Yes I know its softwood, but shouldn't get wet and will be well painted.
     
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