Equipment Storage Cabinet in Stbd. Foreberth:
Engine Coolant and Pressure Gauges at helm:
Refrigerator Storage Boxes and Removable Support Rods:
We initially tried the spring-loaded shower rod poles but found they put too much pressure on the side walls.
The storage boxes are two Sterilite Ultra model 1624 (size 13-3/4"
x 10-3/4" x 5". The two boxes fit the frig locker dimensions very well. The storage boxes are supported by two lengths of 3/4" dia. PVC pipe tubing. The PVC tubes are supported by four oval closet flanges. Click on the following web link for SKU: TUBE341-PC. $0.65 ea.
Using a heat gun, soften the PVC pipe end and gently squeeze them with pliers into an oval shaped end to fit the 1/2" wide closet pole flanges. The tubes can be easily removed for cleaning the frig locker. We screwed our pole flanges in a position so that the top of the PVC tubes are about 2" below underside of frig lid.
Owners berth improved head room, shelves and LED reading lamps:
You either sleep in the berth with your heads/pillows aft and your feet facing forward, or vice-versa. We are of the first group (who do not care to drag ourselves over our pillows when getting in/out of bed) so we intentionally asked the factory to provide as much head room as possible when they constructed Carina. What they provided was better than other Mantas but they still could have achieved more clearance if they did not box out the area. 1st pix before, 2nd pix after.
- I stripped the carpet liner and plywood box paneling out from under the 2nd transom steps. I re-faired the glasswork around the 2nd step so the new carpet liner would lay smooth.
- The full width bookshelf that we also asked the factory to install was just positioned too low to our heads. I removed it and installed shorter width sections between the upper transom step.
Curved fiddle rail and spice shelf over galley stove exhaust fan:
We saw this on another earlier Manta so had the factory provide a curved fiddle over the galley exhaust fan to maximize available area. They sawed this out of a solid piece of teak rather than steam bending it. We also had them install a simple small shelf above more spice storage in the unused area above.
We had a few near misses with our cats falling though the gap between the cockpit back rests and the locker boxes (not to mention a pair of sunglasses and a few drinks). This is light weight trampoline netting trimmed with Stamoid 2" facing tape. The back side is attached to locker storage boxes with DOT snaps. The forward side is on continuous zipper sewn to the existing rear cockpit curtain awning track. Just unzip to access water or fuel fill caps.
Sea Water Strainer:
The factory installed Groco Hydromatic automatic raw water strainer was overkill in my opinion. A very heavy and pricey piece of equipment that consumed high amperage during it's 30 second flush cycle. You are unable to view the strainer filter condition and removing the end plate for inspection of the strainer filter was a somewhat sloppy ordeal.
After 8 years of problematic use, I removed the entire unit and installed a traditional in-line raw water strainer. I purchased a Groco 1-1/2” ARG1500-S with a clear sight glass, stainless steel basket and easy service screw on cap.
I fashioned a 3-way manifold using thick wall polypropylene threaded pipe fittings from McMaster-Carr. Bronze check valves for both the air conditioner pump and the generator intakes were re-used. A support shelf was fabricated out of Starboard that was epoxied to the hull.
At the same time, I also installed two thick wall threaded unions at the air conditioning raw water pump's inlet and outlet ports to make removal or purging of pump easier.
An added benefit of this configuration is you can insert a Hot Tub Bromine tablet into the strainer body and let it slowly dissolve to keep intake hoses clean and free of salt crystallization.