Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Some Over View Photos

The boat got cleaned up last week. It was supposed to be for visitors but perhaps it was more for me as it was a nice moral booster to see the boat all cleaned up and looking quite finished. I thought I would post a few photos.

Genoa track from Port Townsend Foundry is finally installed

Scuttle is finally done with lid hinged, port lights in, gasket and paint and varnish complete.

Looking down the scuttle to the sitz tub and workbench 

Still need to install the windlass

Still need to paint the cabin roof

Looking down the companionway. Double bunk to stb and galley to port. 

Normal state of things. Everything covered up with drop cloths and cardboard.

I needed to get away and there was a good weather window finally. Headed up north to the Mt Washington area. Set up a base camp and skied and snow shoed about for four days. Very relaxing (for the mind).

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Forward Cabin

Been working on the starboard lockers of the forward cabin which is the last big section of interior work to be completed. Right now I just have the three doors to make and the fwd cabin sole to put down which I will work on this week.

I am really pleased with the way this cabin has turned out. I might have mentioned but it has evolved slowly with first me building up the port side with essentially the same layout but pushed further outboard and thus smaller. I pondered over it for a long while during work on other areas of the interior until it finally and quickly fell victim to a sawzall and grinder. I just was not happy with it and in turn made the sitz tub much bigger and brought both the tub and bench inboard.

I was not entirely sure what would happen to the feeling of the fwd cabin once I put up the stb locker wall but was happily surprised that it made no difference at all to the feeling of space. To build this section I started off with all the insulation and hull ceiling and shelves. They all got varnished and then wires got routed. Finally I could install the 12mm plywood and overlay with the 1/2" Douglas Fir staving. Door openings got trimmed with a mahogany bead and the opening to the hanging locker which will remain open got a mahogany nosing. I will let the pictures do the rest of  the talking.

Installing the top removable sections of hull ceiling. Always a nice moment that marks the end of another section of hull ceiling.

Looking into the hanging locker. Can see the wire chase and bronze backing plates for the chain plates. I wanted these exposed so one can monitor them- If they start to go green it is time to re-bed the chain plates.

Looking into the lockers. The hull ceiling here is yellow cedar with four coats of varnish. There are vent holes in the plywood bulkheads. Top Shelves are yellow cedar slates but bottom shelves in this case are 12mm Sapelle plywood as I did not want things falling between slates and in the dead space below.

Now this photo might not fit in here but it is in the fwd cabin. The scuttle hatch lid hold down bolts needed to be retained so they would not damage the coaming. I made these little teak pads with a thin bungee cord loop to hold them out of the way.

Aft Port Quarter Storage Area

While I was waiting for the forward cabin locker hull ceiling to get varnished I thought I would finally get into the aft port quarter storage area and finish the last section of hull ceiling in the boat. Not a big section but just awkward to work in. The transom got finished in bare teak and surface screwed with bronze oval head screws so to be removable. Also fit the locker doors where I thought oil nav lights would be stored. Still some catching up with painting and varnishing.

Two Storage open storage bins. Teak on transom and ash hull ceiling.

Here can be seen some of the Angelique blocking for the boomkin 

Aft Locker. 

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Forward Cabin and Sail Locker

Finally catching up in the forward cabin. The first order of business was the hull ceiling on the port side and then to trim out the sitz tub and put in the lid for the storage bin. This is all bare teak which looks nice with the varnished Douglas Fir and Cedar sitz tub.

The sail locker doors are slat doors for air circulation. Debating whether to make the same kind for the linen and clothes lockers on the starboard side or stay with solid panels like the rest of the boat. Slats would make more sense.

The Sitz tub trimmed out with bare teak.

 A nice little 3/4" brass drain from Toplicht with a small brass spring strainer.

Here is the drain for the sitz tub. Just an inline valve which also serves instead of a drain stopper and drain into a bucket and chuck it. Simple as can be. The hull is open behind the sitz tub so should there be any moisture it can run freely down the hull and into the bilge.

The storage bin forward of the sitz tub holds the high tech pump sprayer for washing and various tool boxes and supplies for rigging etc. The hull is lined with yellow cedar in the bin instead of ash and the shelves are red cedar with bare teak fiddles.

Looking through the sail locker doors. Could not remember if I posted this work before but the sail locker has been done for a while.  Note the massive purple heart samson post and blocking for gammon iron and backing for bob-stay fitting. These last two were fit as close as possible to the irregular fiberglass surface and then set into thickened epoxy so there would be no gaps. The hull ceiling in the sail locker is yellow cedar.

 Purple heart bob stay backing block....ought to hold.

Here are the chain bins. They are plywood glassed over with 6oz cloth and epoxy and trimmed with black walnut. They continue under the bulkhead so are quite big. It is a straight drop from the windlass above and the bins are not draining with the reasoning that I did not a whole lot of muck and stink draining back to the mast step. It will be contained here and I will try to keep it clean somehow.

Right now working on the yellow cedar hull ceiling in the starboard side of the forward cabin which is a hanging locker 2ft 3in and two good sized clothes and linen lockers. This is the last major section of interior woodworking to be completed and then a multitude of smaller jobs and details. 


The first thing to catch up on with the salon was the hull ceiling. A boring job but satisfying when done. I could not install the chain plates until that was in place. This was the process:

1. Fit chain plates to hull and drill for 1/2" carriage bolts
2. Fit ribs to hull for hull ceiling. These ribs are attached with 3M fast cure and then filleted with thickened epoxy.
3. Insulate
4. Fit hull ceiling
5. Now back drill through hull and through hull ceiling to give location for bolts
6. Take a hole saw with a dowel adapter to 1/2" and drill a 2 1/4" hole through hull ceiling
7. Make and fit teak spacers so with the addition of the bronze backing plate the whole thing would be a bit below the surface of the hull ceiling
8. Install chain plates.
9. Have a beer

The Starboard settee and book shelves. There is a shelf in the locker and the shelves are spaced to take a binder or large book at the bottom and a normal hardcover on the top

You can see the tubular webbing pull loops attached with a screw and finish washer to the back side of each settee seat for easy lifting.

 Book shelf cabinet open and closed. Yellow cedar slat shelf inside. 

The ends of the book shelf cabinet are mahogany slats and the shelves are yellow cedar slats. These slat shelves are made with cross bars that are fit into dados in the slats and the slates are in turn glued and screwed (and plugged) to the cross bars. I bit of time to make compared to a piece of plywood but the air circulation should be much improved. Looks nicer too! Here you can see the chain plate bolts through the ash hull ceiling. I did not want to cover them but like to see such structural  things as part of the aesthetic. Here if they start to go green you know it is time to re-bed the chain plates rather than down the road.

Port settee and pilot berth. 

Fwd end of pilot berth and chain plates. I like to see all the structural parts in view.  Here you can see chain plate bolts, tie rod, deck beam knee and backing block for stanchion. The slats for the berth are yellow cedar with spacers between them. Can also see how I dealt with the fiberglass flange. I painted it white and fit pesky little mahogany trim pieces between each deck beam to cover the offending flange. Fussy with all the compound angles but worth it.

The last woodworking job left for the salon is the table but before that can be done I need to install the mast step and water tank above the ballast. Then the two brass posts can be installed and the Pardy style table put in.