New boats don’t come fully equipped – for various reason. Some things make sense, like end-to-end system integration and testing – where you really need to be in the water. Others are weird, like hydronic heat (which would be vastly easier to install during construction). Whenever I see something like this, I suspect weird incentives somewhere in the chain. For example, maybe hydronic heat systems are subject to some kind of tariff that makes it cost prohibitive to install at the ship yard in China. Regardless, we spent a couple hours working with Dave to plan things out, here’s the high-level plan.

  • Install 4-zone hydronic heat and add main engine heat exchanger
  • Install propane system
  • Remove cabinet in salon to make room for couch
  • Install dinghy and chocks. Balance for davit. Add canvas to dinghy.
  • Install sconce lights in salon
  • Install engine room fire suppression system
  • Install splash tiles behind galley stove
  • Move inverter/charger remote panel above helm station next to solar charge controller panel
  • Add reading lights to bunks in kids’ rooms
  • Install BBQ and plumb propane
  • Add switch for courtesy lights (currently controlled from main panel)
  • Install swim step ladder
  • Install captain’s chair
  • Install cell shades on all windows
  • Add graphics / lettering
  • Add small multi-function displays to helms (TBD – depth, etc.)
  • Flush fresh water system
  • System Integration: end-to-end test-and-fix
  • End-to-end detail

Note, that there’s still a bunch of other stuff to do that’s not covered here. Things like bring linen, cups, dishes, etc., apply tabs, register for warranties… We’ll cover those in between the cracks in the other work.

No engine room footage… and I get a few technical details and terminology wrong. Not sure why I’m so out of breath – excitement? But, it gives a good overview of the boat.

She’s here. Have a handful of random pics. Also made a quick video tour, which I’ll edit together later. She’s gorgeous. Lot’s of work to get her ready to cruise, though – five weeks of commissioning.

She’ll spend the night in Stevenson, BC and be delivered to Blaine tomorrow. One day ahead of schedule. Trevor at North Pacific really scrambled to get her to the U.S. and cleaned up for us to visit.

first time in the water

The good news is the cargo ship carrying Turtle arrives in port today. The bad news is, since she was loaded on first and surrounded by containers, she’ll be unloaded last. Current estimate is she’ll be delivered to Blaine Friday or Saturday.

There’s a storage cabinet in the main salon that would normally go between two chairs, but we added the option to make it removable. Initially, we’re going to pull it out and instead put in a couch. We have 90” to work with and the model we chose is 85”.

We’re super excited about this layout, as it makes the salon feel much more like a family living room. The couch itself comes with a “sleep kit” to make (another) bed for guests. It’s also completely modular, breaking into several pieces so we can get it inside.

The couch is very light, so we can move it to access storage behind and to the side.

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Good timing for our new boat!

In Phase 2, outdoor activities for parties of up to four are encouraged. The Governor supports Washingtonians getting outdoors but requests folks follow social distancing guidelines and stay close to home while recreating. State Marine Parks, including docks, mooring buoys and camping are open. Camping at State Parks and at private campgrounds on the four ferry-served islands (Lopez, Orcas, San Juan and Shaw) is open at 50% capacity.
Camping will reopen at San Juan County Parks on June 30, group campsites at county parks will remain closed through the end of the year.
Out of county boaters are requested to provision at their home ports and limit time ashore on the ferry-served islands until we are in Phase 3.
Overnight moorage is open at 50% capacity at marinas and ports on the four ferry-served islands. Please make reservations before showing up at marinas and ports to ensure they may accommodate you.

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