C'est la Vie is a 1966 Charlie Morgan 34.

Her home port is Everglades City, FL. Our typical cruising area is Southwest Florida, the Florida Keys, the Southeastern Atlantic Seaboard, and the Bahamas. We are C'est la Vie's third owners and purchased her in 2005. We continue to maintain and update this classic vessel. Please post any questions or comments about C'est la Vie or our travels via the comment links below.

Monday, October 3, 2011

A new counter top the centerpiece of our head rebuild

After of morning of running about town to purchase boat supplies (see our last blog entry - The Day the Resin Died), I got late start on C'est la Vie projects.  Despite the delinquent start, I made great progress and completed all the plumbing below the counter top.    Now two of our ongoing projects conflict.  The access to the chain plates (metal work that joins the mast rigging to the hull of the boat) is obscured on the port side by the upper head plumbing.  Since we still have work to do on the deck fittings for the chain plates unfettered access to the below deck hardware is important.

I could not resist the urge to install the center piece of our efforts to refinish the head. Using both liquid nails and #10 wood screws with fender washers, the new counter top went into place easily.

We never used the sink in the head -the water pump has been broken for at least two years and we keep the sink drain closed to prevent flooding when heeled to port.  Thus we removed the sink and incorporated the cut out into a hatch to provide better access to the lower plumbing and storage below.

With the afternoon waning I carried the momentum through and installed the doors on the lower lockers before calling it a day.

If anyone is interested in a more detailed pictorial of the creation of the countertop check out our photo album: Refinishing the Head - Summer 2011


  1. It looks amazing! Great job team Lovett! Can't wait to visit that head.

  2. Hopefully it will be a better experience for us all!