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.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Stripped and dirty - the start of a new project.

Here is the pile of plumbing, valves, and hardware I stripped out of C'est la Vie's head today.  Weeks after purchasing C'est la Vie in December 2005, we replaced the holding tank and some of the plumbing hoses.  Now we are stripping down the head and doing a complete rebuild.  Below is an image of the naked & dirty head.

 Due to lack of use and issues with back flooding through the drain while heeled under sail we removed the plumbing from the sink years ago.  The plan is to cover the old sink and faucet openings with a new counter.

We like the Lavac Toilet and plan to keep it. The holding tank is forward of the head, under the port side of the vee berth.  As part of the process we removed the tank.  The current tank is only 10 gallons.  I hope to find a larger tank, but due to space restrictions I think our options will be limited.

Next step is to repaint the inside of the lockers and hull.  I'll continue to post updates of progress on this project.  I also added a link to a new photo album dedicated to this project - Refinishing the Head.