The BIG Sailboat Project
TRAILER: Season 2 - The BIG Sailboat Project
Season 2 • 4m 6s
In part 1, Sandra starts off by designing and building her desk workstation to accommodate her computer and audio equipment. Gina frames in the seat area in the main saloon, covers the settee cushions, and builds the dinette table. Sandra adds additional storage racks and cubbies then builds all the various doors for the many cabinets and companionways. Next, Gina and Sandra finish off the head, adding toilet, vanity, and bathtub/shower enclosure. Then then construct the queen size rear birth, all the built-in furniture for the rear stateroom, and additional births and cabinetry forward. The next big projects are the galley, which incorporates both a food preparation area and a media center, and Gina’s workstation. Next, Sandra trims out the pilot house woodwork, and designs and builds the instrument dash and a tilt steering mechanism for the interior steering station.
Part 2 begins with finishing up the wiring including a computer program designed by Sandra that labels and traces circuits throughout the boat. Gina installs three separate electrical panels then tackles the engine hookup. The next big project is the potable water system for the galley and head plus a custom built reverse osmosis water maker. With the carpentry completed, Sandra fabricates the pilot house seats and stow-away seating for the two workstations. Next, she designs foldable dinghy davits that attach to the stern arch and a variety of mounts for other equipment. She even designs and fabricates the mainsheet traveller. With 300 feet of anchor chain stowed, its time for the boat move from Alberta’s interior, across the Rocky mountains, then to Vancouver and the Pacific. While waiting to sell the house, Gina and Sandra work with riggers to fabricate the mast and rig the boat for sea. With the sale of their house, launch day finally arrives followed by sea trials that vindicate their ten years of effort with a truly grand sailing vessel. Part 2 ends with a section on what worked and what didn’t, and Sandra and Gina’s epilogue of the project.