|Leaves, leaves everywhere. I had to be careful I didn't ignite them down below with flying welding sparks!|
|The snow is
still staying away so I decided to do the stanchion mounts today. I have
7 of them smoothed and polished up, ready to go.
Originally, I had planned to make these all level both fore and aft, and port to starboard. But after noticing there is a little play when the pipe is inserted, I decided that angling them slightly outward might be better. This way, they can never lean in further than vertical, and tend to add to the shape of the side of the hull in a more continuous flow. I'm not sure if this is the way everyone does it as there are just no marinas around Alberta with big enough boats.
Also, this provides a little more moving space on deck, by a couple of inches. This is an especially noticeable gain near the front of the cabin where the deck narrows a lot.
|Gena had her hands full today
putting up paneling. She lined up the port lights perfectly and
everything just fell into place ( more or less ) as if it were pre-fabbed.
The section below the berth framing will be left un-paneled for now as were not sure if those corners will even be usable.
|The ceiling is really being
a problem. Because the ceiling in here is actually the deck camber, there is
much less of a curve than the forward cabin and pilot house roofs. Because
of this, the panel is sagging as it can't curve enough to stiffen. The photo
to the right shows this.
Luckily, most of these won't be a problem because they will be held up by cupboards and a doorway frame into the head. But there is one area we're not sure what to do with. A wooden "false" frame may need to be installed bridging across forward of the hatch where all the problems are.
Gena screws the ceiling panel up, the screws will be replaced with pine cone fasteners
|A floor attempt frustrates Gena.
The ply will need to be less thick here, or slotted more to allow a curve
over such a short area. Where the two sections meet, a floppy thin floor
would make carpeting impossible. So a small riser running along the seam
will need to be added.
All in all the rest of the flooring is great!
9 hours - More paneling, welded on 7 stanchion mounts
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