Welcome Aboard!

These pages will cover the restoration and upgrades I have done to a 1979 Choate 40.
I acquired the vessel in poor condition at a reasonable price and so far have put twice that amount into her.
From the evidence I have found, she had been de-masted, run aground several times, slightly flooded, run hard and put away wet.
Fortunately, she had new standing rig with a used mast from a Catalina 40 and a recent head job on the motor.
The rest of the info I'll segregate into pages for detailed information.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Installing a Watermaker

I haven't really put much personal info in here. It's been more like a documentation of work. Basically it is, but, I think I'l break the monotony a little.

I'm working on taking this vessel to the S. Pacific.  So, a lot of the work/upgrading is based on the tropical climate. I need a vessel that can take strong force winds and be efficient for it's size. And I want a vessel that doesn't leak from top or bottom. I don't mind living in high humidity, but I don't want a swamp under me either. So one of the last internal items to be added is this; Installing a Watermaker.

I would have liked to have a Spectra 200T or Cape Horn due to it's shorter run times in relation to amps. But a couple items makes it unfeasible. The size of the compartment available is just a little too short for the C.H.  As well, the 200T needs to be in warmer waters (>50ยบ F) due to it's pressure. I could have dealt with that buy extremely conserving water until I got farther south before starting up the system. Like maybe Oregon/Cal. border.  But I'd also like to see this thing work before heading off.  So, I'll be going with the Deluxe 150 unit.

Here's the space that it's going into. On the right are two 17 gl. tanks that have been in the vessel, since I acquired it. They are nice and clean. They've only had tap water in them as far as I know.

A closer view. The thruhull on the left is the waste outlet from the head.  It's nice and clean, no smell!

And behind the seat I'm installing an additional 25 gl. water tank.

Here, behind the seat is a nice void where I can install an extra water tank. It's a leaning "V" shape with a little radius from top to bottom, which turned out to be a 63" radius.   Also, it tapers forward (to the left). This is the Stbd side amidship.

After selecting the tank, this is the board size that needs to carry the footprint of the tank.

Here are drawings of the hull shape viewed from top to bottom......

and then fore & aft.  I selected about 4 tanks from a dealer that are pre-made. And then cut out to scale patterns the shape of each tank and tried fitting each into the drawing. I couldn't find anyone to make a custom tank to fit the hull shape.

Here's the tank that I selected. It only fills about half of the space. Had the fittings installed per my instruction. And selected it with two 3/4" pipe fittings on the end and a 2" pipe on top surface. The bottom fitting is for the water-out line. The top 3/4" fitting is for the vent. And the 2" top surface fitting it for a 2" inspection cap and fill-line.

The bottom support is screwed to the bulkhead and tabbed to the hull, to allow flexing on the hull side.

Those forms are cut to support the tank. It's not a perfect match but I'll shim later to support gaps.

Here, the forms partly tabbed in place and wait to cure.

Notched and also added a cross wood it help with support. This is a 25 gl. tank, which weighs in at about 208 lb. So every bit of support will keep it from moving around in a rough sea.

The braces fully tabbed in place. I had to cut away part of the upright edge to get the tank out. A little fault that I had planned for, but forgot, being anxious to get it in. This tank took 3 weeks form start to finish to get in.

Here, the tank fully installed. I sistered in the upright edge and made some brackets to hold the tank down. There are also a couple blocks each on the bulkhead and base to keep the tank from moving.

Now I need to order the Spectra and install it in this space! The white board is a bilge access cover.

More to come after the watermaker arrives. ;-)
It's here, 2/9/13 ............................

And it all fits in with room to spare.

The mounting board epoxied and screwed in place.

Pump in place................................

 All the other pieces mounted in place

A couple steps back for better view...................................

Starting the plumbing.................................

 Here everything mounted with the added product valves for duel tanks.

Here the plumbing to the upper/outboard tank #3 and over board discharge, which it T'ed into a bilge pump line. I doubt I'll be making water if the bilge pump EVER comes on.

Here's all the the piping installed, except the thruhull for the inlet line, which I'll install in the spring durning the haul out.  I heard it was difficult to install water makers but don't know why. Pretty simple to me!

 A view looking aft over the #1 & #2 tanks. They are mis-marked here but the aft tank is now the #2. There is a valve next to the #2 tank that I shut off to isolate #2 from #3. With the valve open the #3 will gravity flow into the #2 tank. This saves having to add another hose and valve under the sink.

A couple views with the settee cover on.....................

And with the lids in place...........................

And then of course the thruhull fitting...... On the inside the bilge was so shallow that I had to custom make a seacock fitting (street elbow) so that it would fit under the deck. Pictures later.


  1. Greetings from Eagle Harbor. I was curious what boat yard do you haul out at for all of the nice work you have done on the vessel. The caprail work is awesome as well as all the other projects you have done.


    @ w42sailor@gmail.com

    1. Thanks!
      The boat has been over at Dagmar's off of I-5 in Everett. They would let one work extensively as long as one didn't pollute or contaminate the ground or other boats. Now it's in the Everett Marina. But I need to haul out one more time to upgrade the mast and add a thruhull.