Atom's Improvement Projects Page 2

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AtomGalley_2

Single burner gimbaled Primus-type kerosene stove. We use the large aluminum pot for baking by inserting a baking dish and wrappingaluminum foil around the outside to retain the heat. When in port, the stove is removed from its gimbalsand fastened to the countertop. Sink is under the cutting board and water is supplied by a foot pump. See Atom Stove for a look at our new stove.

AtomHead_1

Atom's Lavac toilet behind a watertight bulkhead. Thetoilet rim is just above the waterline to prevent any chance of back-siphoning. Standard marine toilets are delicate and prone to clogging, but you could flush your underwear down a lavac without choking it! See The Foolproof Head for more details.

AtomTank_1

The 30-gallon aft water tank was built into the otherwise useless space between the cockpit footwell and hull.

AtomVberth_2

Forward 43-gallon water tank built into hull underthe V-berth which was raised to increase storage.

AtomVberth_1

The forward V-berth center was filled in, raised 5-inches above the waterline and each of its five lockers is watertight for collision protection. Forward door was replaced by a curtain.

AtomFwdBookshelf_1

I extended the short bookshelf in the forward cabin to a full length glassed-in bookshelf. An added benefit was the extra strength it gives the hull in this area.

AtomFwdBookshelf_2

The aft end of forward cabin bookshelf shows glassed in forward chainplate knee.

AtomSole_1

To get an effect similar to a teak deck, I covered the plywood sole with strips of African iroko and black polysulfide sealant. The port side sliding bunk is in its closed position here.

AtomDoubleBunk_1

This opening double bunk backrest cushion serves as a bunk cushion. Note that there is still clearance to walk forward with bunk open.

AtomDoubleBunk_2

The opening bunk with cushions removed and lee cloths visible. The sliding bunk is simply a piece of 1/2-inch plywood held by tracks on either end and supporting legs and teak face trim bolted to an aluminum angle.

AtomDoubleBunk_3

Detail of forward end of closed sliding bunk shows teak leg that supports bunk in open position. Note barrel bolts at each end to lock bunk in closed position

AtomDoubleBunk_4

Aft end of sliding bunk is supported in open position by a block of teak that slides along top of bottom step. Two lockers under bunk are now accessed through side doors.