Our home is a bit of a joke.  Its full of things that really belong to the boat and not the apartment.  Its sort of like a storage shed for boat gear that happens to have a bed and a bathroom in it.  And one particular part of our home has become so familiar to us that its now odd and empty without the stern tower.  This SS behemoth has long been sitting in the dining area (or what should be the dining area).  The dog’s food and water bowls sat under it and we used it to hang drying clothes on.  Now gone. What will the dog do?

Today we finally got the stern tower on!

Boomkin tower

After putting it onto the boomkin I had to do some serious hammering to get it to fit down far enough into the female pipes of the boomkin to take the screws that hold it in place.  This caused us much trepidation as we didn’t rightly know if the thing was actually going to fit, but of course it worked out.
Stern tower from the back

With the tower in place, I set about cutting the SS tubes that we got with it.  These came as much longer pieces that slip into the tower side and use a connector to attach to the boom gallows forming a continuous “rail” all the way around the boat.
Cutting the pipe for tower
Stern tower from the front

I’m also happy to report, that though the boat isn’t in her “cruising trim” yet, I think we pretty much nailed that boomkin angle.  I knew it would show the most once the tower was put up, but it looks like it perfectly follows the line and the top of the tower is very level.
Tower from the side

Now all we have to do is clutter up the top of the thing with solar panels and all will be well.  To be perfectly honest, I think the boat looked better without the tower.  But being that its a cruising boat, what can we do?  It *is* the best looking tower I’ve ever seen on a double ender (which are very pressed for stern space).  So I suppose it will be worth the are for the solar panels, but I will miss the clean look.  Oh well.  I was reminded today by a passerby that Sundowner is in fact a beautiful boat.

I often see only the problems, and only the imperfections, but at the end of the day she looks about how a boat should.  And I suppose for that we can be proud.  And I’m proud that my boomkin followed those sheer lines so well.  Until next time, adios.