1387Hrs – Attention On Deck
It feels really good to finally be getting some decent work done. This weekend I’ve been concentrating on the stern decks. I’m tackling them slightly out of order as I haven’t yet received my timber order so I haven’t got the timber for the outer hull side stringer, which should really be fitted first. It’s not a problem, I just needed to use an off cut of the correct sized timber to make sure that I got the correct overlap before cutting the decks. The aftermost section of deck is made up of two halves of 9mm ply butt jointed onto the centre deck stringer. Once cut roughly to shape I temporarily screwed them into position before marking the overlap on the outside, and the deck stringer positions on the inside. Then I removed them and pre-drilled pilot holes for the screw fixings before giving them a sealing coat of epoxy. I’ll pre-paint the underside of the port one white before fixing it in position. Photo shows the epoxied deck sections along with the port side deck stringers which I’ll also pre-paint before fixing.
For those with a continued interest in the sad story of Creed’s Tiki 38 I can tell you that I have seen some unpublished information from a credible source that details some of the issues with his vessel. Personally I never had any doubt that Creed would only have taken the action he did because of serious problems with the boat, seeing this information has given me a greater understanding of what they were, I truly hope that some time in the near future, when all the legal issues have been resolved, the full story can be publicised.