Here are some detailed pictures
of our little folding table for
the PK-20 cockpit. The 12"
Table supports are available from Rockler
Hardware. You can probably find the same type in a good,
Real hardware store. They Are just stamped steel, so will probably
rust over time, but they are pretty cheap if replacement is
needed. They sure beat any wooden supports I have tried to make.
If you do find the hardware. Make sure you get the supports
that have the little plastic finger holds for pulling them down.
The original versions and maybe some others do not have those
when the support extends it would literally take a Bite out
of your finger where the parts fold together. Ouch. Blood.
I think the pics are pretty self-explanatory.
I built mine large enough to store a little one burner butane
stove under/behind it. And the case when the stove is in use.
If you plan storage behind, make sure to take into account that
the supports have to fold into the "Under" too and
you have to allow room for them Plus whatever else you plan
to store there. (Sound like I figure that out the hard way?
The stove just fits, but not the way I had planned.)
When the table is down there
is still a small table left for little things but the big table
is pretty much out of the way.
I used a fancy "Rule Joint"
that I use in building drop leaf tables, but a simple butt joint
would be fine. The Rule Joint might help keep a little rain
from getting behind the table, but it just Looks Cool.
I have mine attached with screws
thought the 1/4" sides and into the Wales and chines. Those
"Wales" have really come in handy when I need to screw
something to the inside of the boat.
I've included a couple of pictures
I took yesterday of my new electrical switch box. You are the
first to see it. I bought a Commercial Marine Switch plate with
breakers. It was cheaper than the sum of all the switches and
fuses I would have had to buy separately and Looks professional.
$39 for a 6 illuminated switch
plated with breakers. The interior of the box is still in the
works but the whole face of the wooden box I built folds out
for easy access to the innards. Old Piano hinge cutoff I had
and a cute little push to open latch. It locks pretty tight
when closed, but just a push and the whole thing opens up.
I hope Kay doesn't push it in
the middle of the night and have it come down on her head.
I've got a big Marine battery
in the Starboard side aft compartment, right next to the motor
as the staring battery. I've run #6 wire through Real Plastic
Electrical conduit under the cockpit combing to the main cabin
bulkhead and switch box there.
I've used CPVC for "Conduit"
to the running lights at the bow. You can just see the CPVC
by the toilet in the interior slot top cover pictures. The aft,
white nav light will just be switched right at the battery.
I've got 6 switches, but so far am only using one, for the running
lights. But, I'm sure I'll use them all.
I found an AA battery powered
self contained push to turn on light intended for closet use.
I bought a bunch of rechargeable Ni-MH AA batteries and the
powered light is a lot easier to install than a wired in light,
and it won't ever run down my starting battery. It gives most
of the light we need in the cabin and we have rechargeable flashlights
and an LED "Head Light" for any detailed stuff.
The White running/anchor light
gives cockpit light, but we have been using a bug resistant
candle light for "Mood Lighting" and eating dinner.
Nice soft light and no bugs.
Most everything seems to
be working pretty well. It's getting pretty comfy, but still
a work in progress.
Email me if you need more info.