- separated the cockpit floor from the deck. It was temporarily sealed last year to keep rainwater from leaking in when she wasn't very level.
- installed temporary floor in the forward head
- built a more permanent landing outside the shop door. Now one can immediately turn left outside the door and walk up the stairs to the boat. No more step down/step up. Reduces the risks of a twisted ankle.
- Reconsidering the design of the forward bow section. Once you get up there and see how fast the hull sides converge, you realize you really dont have as much space as the drawing seems to suggest. Still working on that one.
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Monday, February 27, 2006
Saturday, February 25, 2006
Monday, February 20, 2006
Cut off the ends of the thruster tube and started grinding to shape the edges. There will be a slight flare of the tube on the leading edge to help deflect away water flow from hitting the rear inside of the tube. In turn the rear part of the tube and hull behind will not be flush with the original hull skin. This to reduce the flat surface of the inside tube that faces forward. All of this to help reduce drag. Started the "rough" fairing by using high-strength v/e filler to give things a rough shape. The final step will be to put a layer of CSM and veil glass over the whole area, followed by some fairing compund, then, grind/sand it smooth.
Cut, shaped and tacked in more floor timbers and lower bulkheads up forward. All planned for the forward section are now in place and installation of the aft ones have started. This at least will enable me to put temporary plywood flooring up forward. No more twisting me ankles trying to walk on the sides of the hull! Note, these are not being glassed in just yet. They are tacked in with adhesive. Once the fore/aft/center sections are in, I will hold a "resin and glass" party on some warm weekend (or week) this summer to tab-in and glass over everything. Be sure to invite your friends! Did some musings on design this week... - Thinking about making one of the forward bulkheads watertight. At this time, I have not completely thought out as to what it will take (design/construction technique/effort) to do this, but we are considering it. - Dishwasher. Came across some "portable" dishwashers on the web. Targeted at RVs. My wife has seen one of these installed in one of the new Nordic Tug 53's that looks pretty trick. I am consulting the CAD software to see if and where one can be fitted.
Monday, February 13, 2006
Next, glassing was done on the inside. Three layers of 17oz 45/45 roving knitted with CSM was tabbed between the tube and the hull.
Finally, on the outside, four layers of same kind of glass were overlaid around the ends of the tube, up against the hull. Each one feathering outward an inch greater than the previous, overall reaching out about 5 inches fromthe edge of the cutout.
The final step will be to cut the sides, fair it, and round over the inside edge of the tube. There may be one more layer of glass + viel that will go on just before the fairing is done. With the glassing on the inside done, however, foward bulkhead installation can resume.
Other things that happened this weekend:
- configured dust collector ducting into the garage.
- installed another work light inside the boat
- installed two coiled reel extention cords in the boat fore and aft.
Monday, February 06, 2006
Friday, February 03, 2006
So, next up is reconfiguration the dustcollection system to allow ducting into the boat. Also, need to wire in a new 20 amp circuit in the garage with an outlet leading next to the boat. After that, real boat construction can continue
More pictures of the move can be found here.