Sunday, January 14, 2018

Pan Oceanic Interior Bulkhead Tambour and Headliner Work

The winter has been pretty cold this years in South Dakota so it was time to head south to Florida to spend some time working on the boat. The Wildthing refit has been going slow because some of us still have full time day jobs. Hopefully that will change in the next year or two and we can devote our full time to getting the boat finished. Is a boat really every done?

Brad has been cutting and fitting all the new headliner pieces which turned out to be more of job than we expected. The main salon headliner is all painted and varnished and pretty much finished. The pilothouse pieces need to be painted and the trim needs to be varnished. The v-berth headliner stringers have been laid out and the headliner pieces have been rough fitted.

The last of the leaks were located around the windlass so that took an afternoon to pull up and re-bed with butyl rubber.  If you have not found out about butyl rubber yet look into it for all your hardware betting needs.  We have already gone back and re-bed items that previously put down with other products. Butyl rubber is the way to go.

This trip we focused on the bulkhead tambour installation. The Pan Oceanic interiors were built with a teak veneer plywood with solid teak trim.

Many leaks in the windows and cap rail over the years caused damage to much of the interior cabinetry.  Much of this damaged woodwork in the salon and galley was removed and has been replaced with new custom cabinetry.  It was decided to first peel off a layer of the veneer on the bulkheads and apply a maple tambour wood product over the top.  Some of the aft cabin and pilothouse has already been done as seen in some previous posts. We spent most of the week fairing out the surfaces cutting and dry fitting the tambour and gluing them into place.

Salon Forward Bulkhead
A maple wood tambour was used to lighten up the interior.  The dark teak trim remained and was stripped and refinished to provide a nice contrast. The tambour is very easy to work with. It comes in 8 foot long sheets that are one foot wide.  The pieces are first cut to length, dry fit then varnished with a clear Epifanes finish.

We were not a big fan of the glossy look so we went with a matte finish.  Brad set up a paint booth in his garage to do the spraying of the varnish on the tambour.

Pilothouse Tambour
The tambour was then glued to the bulheads. A vinly flooring glue product was applied with an one-eighth inch trowel to the back each piece. Long curtain rods were then use to hold the tambour in place while the glued dried overnight.

We also finished up applying tambour to the starboard side of the pilothouse.  This area has a table which can be converted into a nice double bunk if needed.

Salon Forward Bulkhead

Pilothouse Starboard

Pilothouse Aft

Pilothouse Tambour

The PO 46 has two heads. One is in the aft cabin while other mid ship near the galley.  The two heads originally both dumped waste into a 40 gallon tank under the pilothouse birth.  This was less than ideal and created a bad smell within the boat.

The new design was to place smaller holding tanks in each of the heads to contain the waste. All new plumbing, Y valves and pumps were added.  LaVac toilets were selected for use in both heads.

Rough fit of the head components

Running the white waste hose

All Plumbed in 
The plan is to paint the bulkheads in the head with a two part epoxy paint. This will be very durable and make for easy clean up. The finished face frame of the cabinet and sink will then be installed to complete the head.

Work continued on the headliner in the main salon after the panels were all painted painted. The panels were fabricated out of 1/4 inch plastic sheets called Sintra. We installed the panels and the four lights in the headliner. All of the teak battens were then fastened to cover the seams of the headliner.
Conventional brass lights were used which have been converted with new low wattage LED bulbs.

New headliner and lights

Starboard Side

Starboard Side aft

Port Side

Work continues!

~~~ Sail On ~~~ /)

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Spring Break 2014 Cape Coral, Florida

My son and I headed to Florida during Spring Break this year to escape the cold and do a little sailing.  He is a Freshman at the University of South Dakota.  It is kind of cool that he still likes to hang out with his Dad at his age.  Most kids would be off chasing things around the beach and partying all night like rocks stars.

This winter, as most of you know, has been a cold and miserable one in the Midwest and around the country.  Records show that this was the 7th coldest winter on record in South Dakota. We had 66 days below zero and 45 day below -10 degrees Fahrenheit. So it was nice to get a break from the cold and see a little sunshine. Temps were near 80 degrees every day while we were there.

We had a great flight down and were able to take a few shots of the Tampa and St. Petersburg areas as we past by overhead. We have many great memories of the Tampa/St. Peter area.  The boat was actually purchased in Bradenton and moved to a boat yard in Tampa where the refit started.  After it was back in the water it spent a few seasons in a marina in St. Pete before we moved it to Cape Coral.

Tampa/ St Pete



Cape Coral
We worked on a few projects on the interior of the boat and got it rigged for sailing.  A lightning storm has taken out the solar charger so it was replaced and back in action.  The interior work continues with the assembly of the new heads and cabinetry. A lot of work has been done on the headliner this winter.  Last winter the deck and caprail were re-glassed and it turned out awesome.  The new deck now has an easy to clean nonskid surface. The caprail is now water tight and gives the boat a sleeker cleaner look.
Brother Brad is still working part time at his day job so work is progressing. Nothing like working on your boat in the canal behind your house. A nice short commute.  Here are a few shots of us cruising the canals of Cape Coral, the boat and us out sailing.  Winds were pretty light but it was good to get out on the water and make sure everything was working properly.



Hope to get back down in the next few months to help work on the interior. Most of the aft cabin is done. The pilot house chart table area needs completing and the main salon walls need to be tambered. Plenty of work to do but at least we can now see an end to it.
~~~ Sail On ~~~ /)

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Headliner Progress

My brother Brad is down in Florida for the Winter and is hard at work enjoying the Florida warmth and sunshine.  He has had time however to rough out some of the headliner in the main salon and pilothouse.

The old headliner was made out of sheets of 1/4 inch lauan paneling with a vinyl covering.  The sheets were large and you had to take down half of the ceiling to install any deck fittings.  The wood and vinyl were nothing but magnets for moisture and mold.  The new headliner is made of 1/4 Sintra.  This is a plastic material that comes in 4ft by 8ft sheets which will not take on moisture, rot or mold.  The groove was custom cut at a wood working shop. The idea was to give it that slatted look like the classic yacht interiors build by the TaShing boat yard.

Slats first had to be secured to the under side of the cabin top. These will serve as a secure base to screw the headliner panels to.  Sheets of self adhesive foam insulation were placed in all the open area to keep out the heat.  New wiring was also run for the overhead cabin lights and fans. Teak slats are then placed over the top of the headliner to secure them in place and cover the seams.  The panels were kept small to allow them to be taken down if deck fittings needed to be added or modified.

Some latest pics of the pilothouse and head ceiling below.

~~~ Sail On ~~~ /)