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Reports from April, 2004
Log for the
Week Ending April 4, 2004
It was another busy week for non construction-related things, so I had less time
than I had hoped to get things done in the shop--it seemed that everything else
that I had to do took three times as long as expected.
that, I managed to get the floors (cabin sole support members) installed and
permanently glassed in place. As pathetic as it seems, the process took
several hours' work over each of a few separate days, running the gamut from sanding the excess
resin from last week's encapsulation procedure to doing the final tabbing during
their installation. It seems like it should have been such a quick and
simple project, and the fact that it ended up taking much longer only goes to
prove the long-standing theorem of project time-expansion.
more about the floors here.
for the Week Ending April 11, 2004
With the cabin sole support floors in place
(finally), I continued this week by roughing out a 1/2" (or metric
equivalent) plywood cabin sole substrate. I first cut a cardboard
template, and from that created the plywood sole to fit.
here to read more about the cabin sole.
With a cabin sole temporarily in place, I decided to
turn my attention to completing the tabbing on the bulkheads. During
initial installation, I had left the upper portions of the bulkheads untabbed,
waiting until the deck framing was complete before I considered adding the final
pieces. Completing the tabbing was a chore that I managed to successfully
put off time and again, but now there was no avoiding it, so I plunged in and
got the job done. It was a big job, taking far more time than one might
more about the final tabbing here.
I also continued sporadic work on building up the
mast step platform in the bilge. At this point, I am working on leveling
the platform fore and aft, adding fiberglass to the after portion as
needed. Once the platform is level, it will be easy to complete by
laminating a number of overlapping layers of material over the top and out onto
the hull in either direction, further tying the whole structure together.
More details when complete.
Log for the Week Ending April 18, 2004
I had a few hours to dabble on Monday, so I
worked on the cabin sole. With the plywood panel removed from the boat, I
marked out for and cut two access hatches: one in the after section, just
forward of the bulkhead, and the other a bit further forward, in way of the mast
step location. Eventually, the mast step opening will need to be cut into
two sections and shaped around the mast itself, but for now I left the hatch in
Once I had carefully cut out the hatches, I milled
some scrap mahogany to make cleats with which to support the hatches from
beneath. I sanded the cleats smooth and secured them to the underside of
the plywood with resorcinol glue and bronze screws. Then, I used a router
equipped with a 45° chamfer bit to ease the lower inside edges of the
newly-framed openings, a nice detail that provided a more finished look and feel
to the cleats. With the cleats installed, I coated the entire bottom side
of the plywood--and the exposed edge grain--with unthickened epoxy resin to seal
the wood. When that was cured, I painted the bottom side of
the sole with gray Bilgekote paint as a further layer of protection against the
inevitable moisture that would find its way into the bilge later.
Then, after a couple more preliminary steps (see
below), I permanently installed the cabin sole substrate.
here to read more about the cabin sole prep, hatches, and installation.
installing the cabin sole for good, I finally finished the mast step platform
that I had been working on sporadically for a couple weeks. I lost track
of how many layers of biaxial cloth I used in the layup, but the end result was
nearly three inches high at the aft end, and about half that at the forward end
(to account for leveling).
about the mast step here.
the mast step finally complete, I turned to the task of painting out the
bilge areas in the cabin, which would soon be substantially inaccessible once
the cabin sole was installed. It's good practice to coat all areas
of the inside of the hull, as it makes them easier to keep clean, not to mention
more attractive, so I needed to get this done before the sole went in.
Look closely at this photo, as it's the last time you'll see the floors and
bilge area forward of the cockpit.
here to see the final painting.
Log for the Week
Ending April 25, 2004
Now that the cabin sole was permanently
installed, I could begin work on some of the basic interior components. I
decided to do some of this now, before the deck sheathing went on, just to allow
more room to maneuver as needed.
Click here to
read more about installing the first portions of the interior structure.
Unfortunately, the small amount of interior
structure was the only work accomplished this week. I hope to have more
time in the shop next week.