Saturday, January 19, 2013

Insulating The Garage

Otherwise known as the v-berth. This is in the bow of the boat (pointy end), hence the shape of a 'V'. While it could sleep two people (uncomfortably) it will likely be storage for stuff like sails, fenders, coils of line, etc. Much like a nautical "garage".
Looking forward. Hatches access the anchor locker.
Brackets support the "over" berth. Black stuff is the insulation.
Why insulate the garage? Well, why not? The inventory of the 1 inch Armaflex foam insulation stock said we had enough.

Before attaching the insulation, I had to...

  • finalize wire runs in conduit up inside the bulwark. This is for the bow thruster, windlass control wiring, and the forward battery bank charger/monitoring wiring.
  • 1 inch plywood cleats for attaching the finish cladding
The epoxy coated plywood cleats cannot/should not be screwed into the solid glass hull. Therefore, they were kerfed and glued in with plexus. The cold weather required a bit of electric heater management to get the epoxy and adhesives to cure properly
View from the forward head. With the "over" berth set in place.

Finish Design

The v-berth is now ready for finish work. It has been stated on this blog that we have been grappling with indecision on interior design. And that is still the case. But for the v-berth, design decisions may be within reach. It is the GARAGE afterall. I have seen this area of W42s and other boats finished with nice oiled teak strips along the side of the hull. While we can appreciate the look, I think we want something simple, durable and easy to clean. Something such that when we throw something into the garage, scuffing or breaking something is not a concern. Again, this is the GARAGE. The door to this area will likely be closed most of the time.

My current thought is: plastic laminate on doorskin for the sides and overhead, with some hardwood moulding finish around the corners. Pretty basic and easy to install.

Any reader thoughts?

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