There's been a persistent rumor that Aries
32 sailboats were manufactured in Sausalito, CA. The joinery (and title, but let's not get technical) in my boat
suggests otherwise, but I now believe I now have definitive proof of the origins.
This all started with my icebox
pissing me off - ice goes in, water
comes out. Stinky water
. On top of my cabin sole
, over the course of a week or so. And my 5 cubic foot box was taking up about 5 cubic yards of boat
. Something's gotta give.
A little beating and cussing and sawzall action later, and we have bare hull
, complete with 30-year-old teak
bits, leaked-out pour-in foam slobbers...
...and a chunk of structural newspaper that could have only been left behind when the boat was manufactured. I speak a little Chinese, but I can't read it. I'm pretty sure this says "made in Sausalito California
with American teak
," but maybe someone can confirm.
Turns out the stainless liner was backed by about 1.5" of foam - better than I expected, and in great shape despite being wet probably forever. The drain tube, located about 3/4" from the bottom so the thing can never really dry, was just stuck into the cabinet behind the icebox
- a cabinet with no limber hole, so everything could drain back under the fridge and, eventually, out on top of my sole. Sweet.
There will be an Engel drop-in going in the hole. The rest will probably end up as unclaimed space - deep lockers are a rarity on this boat, and I'm sure we'll find something to do with it.
The stainless liner is for sale
. I put a small dent in it trying to get it out, but I'm sure that will buff out. If anyone is interested, we can negotiate a price
based on the very minimal damage.