Sunday, 21 September 2014

Interior work and main cabin roof supports

The final touches on the forward cabin are almost complete.  I've finished painting, below shows the first coat on the cupboard doors:



And the final coat on the inside:


While I was waiting for the paint to dry I continued in the main cabin, cutting out the access holes through the seat/berth tops.

Before shot after clean up:


And after with two coats on:


I also re-enforced them where the lids sit, then tipped them upside down and painted the areas where the glue would not touch and the underside of the lids.




I have glued in most of the cockpit supports, the hardwood king plank I have left out at this stage so I can access the keel bolt holes and also put the fuel tank in place prior to putting down the floor.  I will fill in the storage each side at some stage.


I've also commence the supports for the main cabin sides and top.  Supports are 40mm x 20mm clear hoop pine, half lap joined into the laminated cabin beams.  The side ones follow the angle of the sides, the others follow the curve of the beam.  The middle ones have a vertical face planed on the them at the cockpit end for the access hatch, there is also another laminated beam to be placed in the middle to support the end of the access from the cockpit.

Below are the first ones in place:


With the cabin front and hardwood lower beam dry fit, forward storage locker port side dry fit and all beams in place.


Same shot looking aft showing the storage locker front.  Both the cabin front and the storage locker fronts are 12mm ply, the cabin front will have 12mm doublers inside and out as well in the middle.



Starboard side showing the deck and 20mm supports in place already, laminated beam and front sitting to the left:



And an overhead shot of the storage.  I am thinking about using this for LPG storage as the galley is directly below it and it will have drains on the deck edge side.  To the right will be an air vent, more on that later.  The space between the air vents each side is where the mast tabernacle sits and is through bolted.



Next steps are put the forward cabin doors, berth supports and sliding door back on and it should be almost done.  Then concentrate on the main cabin sides and roof.

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