I recently acquired an old boat that had a few things that surprised me. One being when I turned on the water
pump the cabin
would fill up with water
from leaking pipes, so I decided to replace all plumbing
. While removing the sink drain I noticed the bottom of the wood that acts as a step / sink was rotting. I went and got a piece of plywood
from a wood shop close by. My original intentions where to get teak
but the carpenter
recommended a plywood
signboard. He told me how to waterproof it and make it last.
After I bought my new board and waterproofed it I did not like the idea of placing anything like the old material on it nor the old sink. I decided to use some leftover marine
. Vinyl for the cover as it will hold spilled water on it long enough for me to wipe it up, and it handles rough weather
. As for the sink a new stainless sink without the drain connection I needed was going to cost me an additional $149. As well as the $20 shop fee to cut the sink hole in the lumber
. I decided I was going to do something nice that looked expensive but wasn't. I settled on a vessel sink. Locally they run 200 - $1,600 you can find some online that are ceramic cheaper, but I wanted fancy and different. I knew just the place to look.
I headed into my local home goods and scouted out at least 5 potential vessel sinks. One was a sea shell that was metal, I wanted it because there was a matching baseplate. I intended to drill an outlet at the bottom and have the water fall on the lower plate but finding a stopper would have been difficult and the metal would have likely corroded in the future. Not worth it's 34.99 price
+ 15.99 base plate price
. I saw a crystal glass for 12.99 and decided I had to make it my sink. At the moment I did not know how or where to get something or someone to drill a 2" hole in it's bottom. I called around and got a quote for 15.99 (no guarantees that it won't brake during drilling) with a diamond drill bit at a glass shop, and $40 at a water cutting shop who wasn't sure if the bowl would fit under his nozzle. I took it to the cheaper place as I have heard success stories. Of drilling glass w/ diamonds before. They did it while I went sailing for the evening. Came back it was flawless.
I drilled the appropriate sized holes in my board and sealed it again. This time I added 5200 sealant
around every gasket
to ensure it maintains it's watertightness. I tested everything after fixing the plumbing
and there where no leaks
, my new Kohler spray faucet works like a charm. Only one problem. The crystal amplifies the sun and causes burns on my vinyl. I places white yellow and blue objects in the path and they didn't burn. So I will end up covering the bottom with a bright decorative object, or tiles.
Enjoy the pictures / attachments and thanks for reading my vessel sink install.