Bow PulpitGot the first batch of parts from the jet-cutter. Cut from half-inch 316 stainless steel, these make up the jib/bobstay fitting and the aft mount brackets and backing plates.
|Bow pulpit parts fresh from the water-jet cutter|
These backing plates have a hole pattern that match those of the mount brackets. Three holes each side. I hand tapped 5/8-11 coarse threads in each (that was fun). The pulpit will be thru-bolted to these backing plates atop the caprail. Threaded backing plates allow "one-person-one-tool" install/removal of the pulpit (my favorite kind of removal, though the puplit will be a bit heavy for one person to handle).
|Setting the backing plates (three bolts, both sides) with the jig, until the adhesive cures|
Using the CNC machine, from the CAD drawings, I built a jig from 3/4 inch plywood that was used to spot the holes on the caprail for drilling and setting the backing plates underneath (gooped in with 3M 5200 adhesive). To help keep everything aligned and centered during fabrication, I will provide the same jig to my stainless guy when he builds the platform (next week or so). The hope is this will eliminate any trial-and-error fitting.
InteriorThe few remaining overhead liner cleats were installed in the forward head and aft cabin. Strips of one-inch thick Coosa board (the very low density bendy grade) were gooped(epoxy) and screwed in place. Also installed were remaining under-sidedeck cleats for mounting the grabrails, and top edges of cabinet faces. With all the cleats installed, more insulation was cut, fitted and placed (its gonna be toasty in there this winter).
|Overhead cleats (grey) and insulation (black). Aft cabin.|
|More cleats and insulation. Forward head.|