The Last Bung Blog
Really, this will be my last post about bungs. Not thrilling to read about, I think, but kind of exciting to finish, because you are left with a completely finished surface. No holes, no unsightly screw heads.
I finally plugged three holes that have been open for a long time in the photo below. There was no excuse not to do it before. I just hadn’t purposed to do it as part of any project, so it remained undone. I did these, and 8 holes in the teak bridge deck threshold, which isn’t pictured here.
I’m happy to report that my expectation for the Trawler lamp to provide adequate heat was on target. Several days ago, when Pennsylvania, Baltimore, and the Shenandoah valley were getting a late snow storm, we got a day of rain and 40 – 45 degree (f) temps with blustery wind. Perfect day to check on the effectiveness of my heating system.
I spent a half hour on the boat with the lamp lit and one burner of the new galley stove lit. The boat warmed up quickly, and I was able to shut off the stove after 10 minutes. The lamp, even turned down to a lower setting, kept the chill out of the cabin. We won’t sail in the dead of winter – just early and late season trips. Below freezing weather would demand an insulated boat and a real heating system. But for late and early season sailing, the lamp and stove will be more than sufficient.
This is a poor photo, but just to illustrate the lit stove burner.