Hindsight is a wonderful thing (so is Hindsight, our pride and joy, well we think so) however having now had the Mystery 35 on the water in the summer for nigh on five years there are certain items that we (for we read me) would have fitted in a different location! When Jen and I purchased our Hunter Channel 31 hull and deck moulds all those years ago, whilst we didn’t go for the interior pack of wood, we did start off with the appropriate build/fitting out manual with detailed instructions as to the order of build. As for the Mystery, it had always been marketed and supplied in a turn key option by the original builders Hunter Boats; then Select, before their demise, so there was no such ‘paperwork’ available when we purchased our hull and deck from Cornish Crabbers who incidentally had just taken ownership of the moulds when we took the plunge. Methinks at many times during the fit out it was the inept (me) leading the inept (me again).
In hindsight I should have located the excellent Gaslox gas leak detector (Andy my boss now stocking the Alde gas leak detector, same principle) not at almost the bottom of the large port locker, which of course means that every time I want to use gas for the cooker and test I have to half empty the locker to get to the detector! Once you get to it, it’s easy peasy; to test for a leak all you have to do is press the button on the top of the unit and if bubbles ‘appear’ in the glass window you know there is a leak! Advantages of the Alde detector include: its easy to install, no wiring, no sensors to fail if they get wet and it’s reasonably priced! Also on the market is the Pilot gas alarm available with single or double sensors. They do, of course, give an audible warning if dangerous levels of gas are detected and they do have a ‘test’ facility.
Incidentally, as well as the Gaslox, we do also have a portable Honeywell EzSense flammable gas detector pen which we could use to check bilges etc should the Gaslox show bubbles. In hindsight I should also have located the gas on/off tap in a more easily accessible place than the back of the cooker, touch wood being my head, neither Jen nor myself have burnt ourselves or singed an item of clothing switching the gas off after using the appliance. I hope we never do!
On hindsight it seemed a sensible idea to mount the RCD distribution box as close as possible to the excellent Hubbell 240 volt socket located in the aft part of the cockpit however on the fairly rare occasion when we want to heat water by switching on the Quick immersion as we may not have run the engine, it means that muggins (me) has to crawl the length of the quarter berth to the RCD (that’s after removing all the bits and pieces that seem to accumulate up there….. like the battery for the Torqueedo, the Ewincher, Jen’s aircraft carry on bag, two portable solar panels etc to do so) as Jen tells me she suffers from claustrophobia and is unwilling to wriggle down there, a likely tale indeed!
On Hindsight it's a bit of a pain to have to get down on your hands and knees (this crusty old sailmaker has, like many retired carpet fitters and plumbers, dodgy joints that don’t work that well) to plug in the kettle or the 240 charger for this or other appliances if connected to shore power never mind switching on/over the engine start/domestic battery bank. Yes the battery switch needs to be close to the source of energy but maybe we shouldn’t have fitted it in there. Having said that I do know now the various positions for off at 12 o'clock and half past for battery one and two as well as the others. As for the 240 volt twin socket methinks and Jen also wonders why we (I) didn’t locate it in an easy to locate place like the side of the saloon seats/berths next to the folding cup/gin & tonic glass holders?
On hindsight we should have located the Whale in-line water filter in an easier to ‘change over’ location than in the pan cupboard, as can be seen from the first of the below images the opening ain’t that large! When I first ‘plumbed’ in the filter, the sink hadn’t been fitted and it was relatively easy to tighten the jubilee clips at each end of the unit from above. Once the sink was in situ and bedded in silicone it was a tad harder!
Hindsight was our choice of names for our Mystery. Why did we go for that name? Well here are at least two major reasons which sprang to mind but there are now others and still counting. Our original Hunter Channel took three years to complete and launch, this Mystery took twice as long and whilst the former came in on budget, the latter certainly didn’t! Having said that if every piece fell into place, calling ones boat ‘Smug Git‘ or ‘Clever S…e’ doesn’t seem appropriate in these careful what you say days!