Tuesday, February 2, 2016


The first thing to catch up on with the salon was the hull ceiling. A boring job but satisfying when done. I could not install the chain plates until that was in place. This was the process:

1. Fit chain plates to hull and drill for 1/2" carriage bolts
2. Fit ribs to hull for hull ceiling. These ribs are attached with 3M fast cure and then filleted with thickened epoxy.
3. Insulate
4. Fit hull ceiling
5. Now back drill through hull and through hull ceiling to give location for bolts
6. Take a hole saw with a dowel adapter to 1/2" and drill a 2 1/4" hole through hull ceiling
7. Make and fit teak spacers so with the addition of the bronze backing plate the whole thing would be a bit below the surface of the hull ceiling
8. Install chain plates.
9. Have a beer

The Starboard settee and book shelves. There is a shelf in the locker and the shelves are spaced to take a binder or large book at the bottom and a normal hardcover on the top

You can see the tubular webbing pull loops attached with a screw and finish washer to the back side of each settee seat for easy lifting.

 Book shelf cabinet open and closed. Yellow cedar slat shelf inside. 

The ends of the book shelf cabinet are mahogany slats and the shelves are yellow cedar slats. These slat shelves are made with cross bars that are fit into dados in the slats and the slates are in turn glued and screwed (and plugged) to the cross bars. I bit of time to make compared to a piece of plywood but the air circulation should be much improved. Looks nicer too! Here you can see the chain plate bolts through the ash hull ceiling. I did not want to cover them but like to see such structural  things as part of the aesthetic. Here if they start to go green you know it is time to re-bed the chain plates rather than down the road.

Port settee and pilot berth. 

Fwd end of pilot berth and chain plates. I like to see all the structural parts in view.  Here you can see chain plate bolts, tie rod, deck beam knee and backing block for stanchion. The slats for the berth are yellow cedar with spacers between them. Can also see how I dealt with the fiberglass flange. I painted it white and fit pesky little mahogany trim pieces between each deck beam to cover the offending flange. Fussy with all the compound angles but worth it.

The last woodworking job left for the salon is the table but before that can be done I need to install the mast step and water tank above the ballast. Then the two brass posts can be installed and the Pardy style table put in.



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    1. Thank you john. Feels like the interior woodwork is finally coming together. Will be thinking about wires and hoses soon.