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Monday, April 08, 2013

Random Progress

As with most weekends, the last two days saw lots of little progress with nothing really "finished" (what is that word anyway?)...


This area will be clad in plastic laminate, to stand up to the abuse of throwing bags of sails, dirty fenders, canvas bits, boat hooks, etc. Its sort of pointless to finish it in a nice wood. A number of p-lam pieces have been cut and laminated in place.

Laminating the kick panel

kick panel laminated

Hull side panels cut and dry-fitted
Still lots more to do here.

Forward Salon Inner Shelves

These are the shelves that sit behind the cabinet doors (mocked up in the previous post). I used up my remaining stock of plastic pre-laminated half inch plywood. Very handy stuff.

Dinette "Inner" Shelves

There is much potential storage space under the port side deck, next to the dinette. But, when the dinette is installed, access to this space will be difficult. Not ever wanting "dead space" in this boat, I determined the easiest means of access will be through trap-doors. The top space will be accessed through "cubby-holes" next to the dinette. Spaces underneath are accessed by lifting these trap doors. More direct access would be nice, but it is what it is. At least there is "access".

Inner shelves with trap doors (a couple books testing the space)


Rhys said...

I like the "drop-through" cubbyholes.

Would you bother to give those lids latches to lock them down, or is there too little room for anything to go flying if you get knocked down?

I go back and forth on this issue, personally, because I read too many books where little yachts in the '50s and '60s did a 360 degree roll and the worst part was stuff in lockers busting out and creating havoc.

Robert Sutton said...

Nah, once walled in and stuff is in there, things will be pretty confined.

It will be very hard for this boat to do a 360 roll. And if it does, then I am in deeper !@#$%^ of my own making.

Rhys said...

Fair enough! As I said, I go back and forth on this topic, but I know that unlockable cabin sole hatches on new boats get up my nose severely. I just visualize 24 cans of cheaply acquired soup mingling with my largest wrench turning the saloon into a UFC cage match.

I do share your preference to make good use of every cubic inch. I have a plan to use bungie-secured netting to hold fenders in the engine bay instead of keeping them in racks off the UV-drenched stern.

The Incredible Hull said...

Hi Rhys and Robert

I'm with Robert on the small lockers. I do believe in having a way to lock down cabin soles, batteries (obviously), tool kits, canned goods and anything you would not want to collide with your head at speed. Some of this securing can be ad hoc and carried out before an open sea trip, using lashings etc.. A good read on the subject is "Fastnet, Force 10: The Deadliest Storm in the History of Modern Sailing". Many of the injuries were caused by items flying around during the storm. My claim to fame (if the attached photo shows up) is that I was a recovery diver after the Fastnet race 1979, while serving in the Irish Navy. 33 years ago, how the hell did that happen :-(.