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Thursday, September 20, 2012

Upper Chain Locker is In

Once thought as one of the first items to be framed in, ends up being one of the the last. Finish work can now proceed in the v-berth.

As designed in the drawing
A recap of the design: there are two chain lockers. One "upper" one "lower". The upper is intended for chain/rope anchor rode. The lower is intended for all chain. The chain feed into the lower locker is provided by a 4 inch fiberglass tube. The design is to help keep weight lower and closer to the center of the boat.

Construction

I will let the pictures speak...
Initial gluing of "floor" and cleats.
View looking down from the deck access hatch

Pre-painting the inside locker before walling off
The vertical 4 inch fiberglass tube is the hawse pipe into the lower chain locker. It is intentionally cut long. When windlass and chain thru-deck locations are selected, the tube will be cut down and diverted to one of the thru-deck locations.

Testing chain "free fall", through the tube, into lower chain locker

Fresh paint. It will never look this clean again.

How about some (sample) chain?

Final wall installation. Access hatches installed.

Comments on this installation

Installation was tedious and annoying for a 6 foot + person being cramped up into the small bow area. For this reason, using structural adhesive (Plexus), instead of fiberglass and resin, made installation much easier and less messy.

The "floor" and the "wall" pieces were cut from fiberglass reinforced Coosa board. To help improve resistance against wear and tear from falling heavy chain, the surfaces of the Coosa pieces were pre-laminated with random chopped strand mat fiberglass and resin..
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