Building a 17 meter aluminum cutter
Oooh what pretty chainplates you have!Jules
Today we finished dry-fitting these...they cover the structural reinforcement for the chainplates. They are inside the galley on the port side and in the study/spare cabin on the starboard side. It's nice to finally see some wood in those areas...the black insulation minimalist look isn't growing on me...
Tales of plywood woe...Jules
Since 2009 it has been very difficult to find good quality (BS1088) marine plywood. Since the recession, people here have been opting for the cheaper plywood, which mostly comes from Malaysia. There is a vast difference in quality (mistakes, gaps, poor glue) between the two, and we are finding it hard to compromise. We just purchased the last batch of Joubert and Plysorol in the country as far as we know, & who knows when more will be shipped in. But we think this batch should last us until completion... At least for the important bits anyway.
"Never help a child with a task at which he feels he can succeed."Jules
Noah and Lilo trying their hand at sanding the Sapele mahogany corner trims of the forpeak lockers. They are so keen on participating in the build! That said, we don't practice child labor ;)
Bathtub still a dry fit...06/22/2012
The majority of our bathtub would have been glued and screwed in permanently if not for a mishap due to the latest coat of epoxy not adhering. But it's not such a big deal as it was not the last coat... We going to fill the seams where the sides meet with epoxy and conclude with a white gel coat type finish. There will also be a bench seat in the aft corner. the result will be comfortable... I sat in it today and was extremely surprised at how roomy it was! Perhaps it's not destined to become a weather gear/wetsuit depot afterall... I'm thinking bubbles...
More forepeak progress06/20/2012
The locker walls in the forpeak are no longer dry fitted, but permanently in. Port side locker houses the Anderson manual pump (which acts as a sump pump for the shower and a backup bilge pump) the rest will be storage. Starboard side locker is storage and laundry hamper. However the photo is coming up skew and no amount of fiddling will unskew it... So instead I leave you with a photo of the dry fitted water tank 'covers'. Both tanks are covered. The water tanks are in the engine room and this plywood base will allow us to attach gear to it, like filters etc.
Forpeak floor in06/19/2012
The forpeak floor is in permanently now. There are 3 access ports into that bilge area: the black circular one accesses the custom made grey water tank for the shower, the smaller rectangular one accesses the bilge pump, and the bigger rectangular one accesses bilge. The floor is 15mm ply, coated with uv resistant epoxy. As a finish, we're thinking of putting on a layer of astroturf just kidding, rather a layer of rubberized flooring that can take the abuse of being in a shower/workshop. Yeah i think its an odd partnership too :)