Friday, 21 October 2011

Port cabin sides now inset

Dave has completed scoring and insetting the panels on the port side (photos of stbd side in earlier posts) and is currently going round fully welding all the joins previously stitched in place. eg Gunnels, strakes, panels etc.
Not the most interesting week for him but at least I'm not there getting in his way.
Completion of the major steelwork is now close.

I'll be going down there shortly to get some more paint on and start battening out prior to sprayfoaming.

Friday, 7 October 2011

Port cabin side in place but not yet inset.

Starboard cabin sides almost complete.

This week I have been down for two days to sand the 525m of  v groove T+G planks delivered last week.
Sanding 125 4.2 m planks is a bit tedious even with a decent random orbit sander but it's still a sight easier than sanding it when it's in place, particularly if it's on the ceiling.

Anyway here's the port side with the inset panels in place:

Whilst the front three panels are square, the stern panel curves both inwards and upwards (from about the porthole) so it is much more difficult to fit. Additionally the top edge is 7/16" shorter than the bottom edge which would have resulted in the plank grooving having a "wedged" last plank if all grooves were parallel.
Dave got round this by "tapering" the back 7 planks by 1/16" each. This is too small to see on each individual plank but results in the last groove appearing parallel to the frame.

It has not yet been fitted yet but the internal stiffening channel sections to the stern of the porthole will also be curved.