Finishing Hull and Interior Walls By sv Prairie SeaShell on 22 Apr, 2005 4:00 PM
After the hull was fiberglassed it had to be turned over. I called in a crane for this job as the weight was getting to be over 2,000 pounds.
Hull and Interior
After the hull was fiberglassed it had to be turned over. I called in a crane for this job as the weight was getting to be over 2,000 pounds. The temporary framework was left inside to insure that it would not warp as it was turned over on top of the lead keel, that had been poured the year before.
The interior of the boat looked very big at first until we got some interior walls put in. The big pieces that you see running across the bottom of the hull are made of several layers of old growth fir and are there to support the 7,000 pounds of keel that will be bolted on.
I was able to make the transom in the garage in the winter time. It was made with three layers of plywood glued together and bent over a form.Then a layer of cedar was put on and finished with a clear finish to show the wood.
Here you can see the construction of the form that the transom was made on.
The job of putting in the interior walls and framework for the deck took a long time as every piece had to be fitted . Also every piece is several layers thick and glued together with epoxy. This was to prevent warping.
Here you see the deck beams. They are several layers 3/8th inch thick fir glued and clamped over a frame. I could only make one per day.
The beams were covered with three layers of 6 millimeter thick mahogany plywood glued together with epoxy and covered with two layers of fiberglass.
Here a crane is helping put the engine down into the area under the cockpit.
This is the beginning of the propeller strut It was very difficult to get the hole drilled for propeller shaft as I had to go through 5 feet of wood and be accurate within 1/8th of an inch.
Now that the outside looks almost complete it's time to concentrate on completing the interior. The rear cabin with the captains bed is almost done. The galley with double sink, three burner propane stove, fridge, hot water heater, washing machine, microwave, etc. is almost complete. The settee is complete with foam cushions but still needs a table. the forward section is the last compartment to be done.
The backyard ... way back when?
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