Day 288 Sticky! Pilothouse Panel!
Paneling the pilothouse will mark and end ( well mostly ) to working with the itchy stuff!
The sides of the pilot house need to be more rigid than usual, but not hard if one bumps into it.
For these reasons, I decided to use wood on the tabs, and some vertical supports as shown in the photos to the right.

Gena had noticed some stiffer panel when we were choosing ours at the store. It appeared to be the same panel glued on to some of that corrugated plastic sheet. We already have some of that from when we used it for window covers and possibly will use for "anti-poke" protection beneath the floor in larger areas.

We just glued it to the panel using PL-400 ( top photo ) and slapped them together to dry for a while.


In the meantime, other panel was cut and fit. Going around the curves of the doorways and companion way frames didn't require much accuracy as they will be covered by some nice framing of some sort.
Two of these can be seen in the photo, ( right ) one leading aft, the other outside. I'm glad we stuck with the same diameter corners because it wouldn't look right if they were different.

Note the seam is under the companionway. Most of the seams are in less exposed areas where the won't be noticable. The ladder will hide this one. The joiner strip looks fine but does break it up in an unusual place.

Other joins are behind stowage areas, under frames, and along under shelves.

We will suggest this panel to anyone building a boat interior. It's really tough, curves easily, has a nice random appearing texture, (although if you look down it the right way you can see a pattern!) and most important is very water resistant. The down side is it is floppy over flat areas and needs to be supported, doesn't have the warmth of wood, and doesn't come in many colors.(White, beige)

This photo shows the panel in place. The cut out is for the fills and pumpout. The panel on the left was glued on to the steel bulkhead coated with coal tar under the dash area.

We decided not to bother with framing on this side of the bulkhead. It would have added weight and subtracted space unnecessarily not to mention complicated our plans for a waterproof sliding door there.

The panel had to be clamped down with boards to ensure it didn't lift away after we left.(below) The bare ends will be paneled tomorrow using leftovers.

Hole left will be behind dash

Boards keep panel flat in a crucial area

Well there it is! Only the odd piece, and the ceiling to go and it's woodwork heaven! The part I have been longing for since we erected the first web frame. Don't be concerned with the crooked join in the photo below, it's just 2 photos stuck together. It's straight!

Under the decks will be doors of some sort. We still haven't decided what kind, sliding, swing, roll, flip-down, or flip up. Gena wants larger 36" doors. I disagree as nothing bigger than 22" will fit into the boat.

Day 288:
8 hours:
Put on side panels, frames, and fore and aft bulkhead panel

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