Description of Ocean Explorer
This is a view of Ocean Explorer's saloon, looking to starboard and forward across the galley. A bit of the forward stateroom can also be seen. Note the multiple opening ports in this photo and those that follow. These, combined with a total of six opening hatches, provide abundant ventilation for this boat. Note also the multiple handholds which are so useful when underway. There is a deep, double sink in the galley with provision for both fresh and seawater. In the event of loss of the electric freshwater pump, a valve can be turned and the seawater pump can be used to pump fresh water.
This is a view of Ocean Explorer's saloon, looking to port and forward across the navigation station. If you look closely, you will see that the display at the nav station reads 38.3 degrees, which represents the Fahrenheit water temperature taken a few miles from Manitowoc in the course of a Lake Michigan crossing in mid-May 2004. The photo mounted on the port side of the bulkhead is described below:
This photo, which is mounted on the bulkhead at the forward end of Ocean Explorer's saloon, was taken at my parents' cabin on Hungry Jack Lake in northeastern Minnesota in 1952. It shows my grandfather, Olaf Gabrielson, my younger brother, Bill, and me. Grandpa and Grandma had just returned from a visit to their birthplaces in the Lofoten Islands of northern Norway (north of the Arctic Circle). The model ship is a replica of Gjoa, the ship with which Roald Amundsen and his crew had been the first to sail through the Northwest Passage. The model had been built by Grandpa's uncle. Grandpa passed many hours on Hungry Jack Lake teaching me to sail with the model. This is where it all started. I still have the model. I honor my grandfather's memory by having the photo aboard Ocean Explorer. I know he would have been pleased.
This is a view of Ocean Explorer's navigation station and head entry. More about the nav station a bit later. The head contains a separate shower in addition to the w.c. and sink. We also have a shower in the cockpit which we use offshore and in secluded anchorages. Interior wood is cherry which has been finished with Daly's SeaFin Teak Oil. If you peek through the head entry, you can see a door over the w.c. This provides an entry to Ocean Explorer's mechanical area, including the front of the engine (OE has a v-drive transmission; thus, the front of the engine is actually aft). I can crawl right in there to service the oil filter, fuel filter, water pump, v-belt, and forward part of the steering gear. The rear of the engine can be accessed forward by removing the companionway steps.
This is a view of Ocean Explorer's galley and the entry to the aft stateroom. Note the Thermos bottle - this is one of those items that commercial establishments use to dispense coffee. Donna likes to fill it with boiling water in the morning and then stow it in one of the sinks. It provides us with hot water for beverages and soups throughout the day. Any leftover water is used for doing dishes in the evening.
This is a view looking directly aft at the companionway. As previously noted, the companionway steps can be removed in order to access the aft end of the engine, as well as the transmission and stuffing box. This is shown nicely in the photo below.
It is important to keep the engine clean. This engine has eight years and 1500 hours of use on it.
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