Sunday, July 17, 2016

July Update

Since the last update I have been working on finishing up a lot of various jobs on the boat. One of the jobs staring me in the face all this while was the cabin roof painting so finally got around to gluing and filleting on the pads for the secondary winches so I could begin painting. 

Here the margins are masked off and ready for painting with Epifanes Mono-Urethane paint.

Here are the margins painted with thee coats

Next the margins were masked and the coats of non-skid were applied. The first two layers were rolled and the Awlgrip Grip-Tex Coarse was sprinkled on. The third coat was rolled with no Grip-Tex. Was worried about the non-skid looking patchy but turned out great.

Masking for painting the inside cabin sides. Another long procrastinated job done. Three coats of Interlux Brightside over two coats of prime-coat.

Next came a whole lot of interior jobs to finish. The flip up counter between the galley and ice box got it's brass slide catches installed. There is a piece of closed cell foam glued to the underside proud of the catches so if it swings down accidentally it will bounce and not damage the galley

The gravity catch made from some maple that holds the lid behind the stove up. Same as the ice box and credit goes directly to the Pardey's and Taleisin for another great idea that is simple and effective.

The tip out garbage bin under the sink. A spliced cord retains it and can be unclipped to gain access to the galley sink sea cock and some storage.

Finally the wet locker was finished! Closed cell foam contact cemented to the hull and epoxy 'glassed over and filleted to the applied 6mm plywood sides to form a bit of a bathtub. A rod and two hooks to hang hats and wet weather kit.

The solution for the skylight lifters was inspired from a Walsted yacht I worked on a while ago. There are two different lengths and each flops down and is retained by a small 1/4" bronze stud which was made from a bolt cut off. The threaded portion of the bolt is epoxied into the wood and the smooth shoulder is left proud about 3/8" and recesses into a pocket routed into the lifter. The lifter itself swings on a 1/4" round head machine screw that is screwed into a threaded insert.

Gluing up the staving for the front of the head. The pieces are splined together with mahogany.

Finally finished the long neglected forward cabin. Very content with the ergonomics and function.

Spliced retainer cords for flip down lids.

All lockers finished in yellow cedar hull ceiling and slat shelves. 

Hanging locker with wire chase and chain plate bolts and backing plates

Getting the cabin sole fastened down again using Lin and Larry Pardey's method used on Taleisin.
One fore and aft row can be lifted from above with turn buttons. The rest are retained underneath by a barrel bolt and a brass tab that goes into a slot. Simply reach under the adjacent board, slide open the barrel bolt and lift out the board. I used chromed plated brass barrel bolts here, the only non-brass finished hardware on the boat. It was a matter of pragmatism. I needed a lot and they were affordable and won't be seen anyways.

  Drilling jig for the barrel bolt.

Non-skid cleats on the exposed teak hull by the galley and in the back storage area. Epoxied down and held in place with #6 bronze oval head screws

The mast step is notched over four solid fiberglass floors but to keep it from moving athwartships these two bronze brackets were cast and bolted to the floors and the mast step in turn bolted to the brackets. Two bolts per bracket.

The water tank installed. It is retained athwartships by the cabin sole beam knees and sitting 1/2" above the ballast. Self adhesive neoprene gasket material attached to the beams squeezes down onto the tank from above. The galley bulkhead stops it aft and an angelique beam bolted athwartships stops it moving forward. It is not going anywhere but all can be unbolted and removed relatively quickly. The fwd brass table post is sitting on a 1" thick teak platform bolted to the sole beams. The aft brass post sits directly on a beam. Stainless steel mounts were made to retain the posts. The posts are drilled for a Pardey style salon table yet to be made.

The aft brass post houses the wires for the two overhead lights and the power cables for the solar panel outlet on the roof directly above. The solar panel will be on a cord that can be plugged into a Hella Marine outlet or removed as necessary. The wires (14AWG for the lights and 12AWG for the solar panel, colour coded to ABYC standards) come into a PVC junction box and head aft in flexible conduit. The light wires you can see will head starboard into the settee and join up with the rest of the lighting wiring. The solar cable heads aft on the port side. The PVC pipe conduit on the stb side is empty now with a string to pull through future mast cables.

Looking down at the plumbing in progress. The two valves for the two water tanks are stainless and most forward. Second tank is not installed yet and have to get it made. Aft comes the galley salt water intake seacock and then the engine cooling intake seacock. The galley sink drains into the seacock directly below in the cabinet (there are only three seacocks for the boat). The 30GPM Edson bronze bilge pump comes next. All valves and the bilge pump can be accessed by lifting two sole boards.

Some of the hardware on the bench waiting for installation. Starting work on the rudder right now and that will probably be the next post.


  1. Very lovely work as always. Some nice ideas incorporated. Every little bit is very well thought out.

  2. Incredible job Kaj. Very inspirational--seeing your works always makes me try harder.