|The doubled kingposts used in construction were a simple and sturdy expedient drawn from Vardo construction. . .ho|
|We'll be going for a bit more room between the sink and, well, wood....|
So we'll be sistering the overhead beam and making a single support post, freeing up some three feet of room opposite the food prep area. While we're at it, the sliding doors will be going away, to be replaced by drawers and shelves. The Fridge will be moving under that counter as well.
|The sink setup has worked well....it's location hasn't.|
|Many great meals at this table.|
See, I told you this would be a major rebuild. Just getting started.
|I will never, EVER, have anything but a composting toilet on a boat|
|The cat is, of course, perfect as is.|
Which takes us outside, and to the second category of changes: correcting design and construction flaws.
|Floating Empire among her snow lily pads.|
|Our original look|
I tell you all these things at once because they're all of a piece. After a lot of midnight design sessions, tossing and turning and about 72 pounds of scrap paper, here's what we're doing:
|...and carry the four is seven and....HOW many cubic feet is this?|
|The roof membrane has taken everything nature has thrown at it and shows no signs of it.|
We'll also be adding an additional solar panel and a small woodstove to take the boat completely off grid and off fossil fuels, as was our original intent.
The result should be a sounder, more usable space, based on what we've learned over the last two years, and should yield a "final", simpler, easy to build and live with version of the shantyboat that, hopefully, anyone can build.
We said it was a major rebuild.
So you see why we're gonna be asking for some help with this one. I'm in the process of putting together an Indigogo slideshow on it, so stay tuned. We're hoping to begin with the internal stuff at the end of February.
As always, stay tuned internets.