1657Hrs- Square Peg -Round Hole
Ok not strictly true…. more a rectangular hole in a slightly oval hole but either way it describes what I’ve been trying to do today, namely join up the large curved main cabin roof with the small curved cabin roof. Done correctly this leaves a perfectly rectangular opening sitting within side decks that match the curvature of the hull. Sounds complicated but actually it’s fairly simple although I confess to making a bit of a meal out of it today. I blame the heat (27’C today), I’m never going to complain too much about it given how little we get in this country but when you’re dripping with sweat, holding onto a pot of rapidly heating epoxy and struggling to get things in the right position it’s tempting!
One thing I have realised today is that despite the long hours I spent last year trying to get the tumblehomes right, I still failed. For anyone following in my footsteps (Adrian), make a big note somewhere – Make the curved cabin sections first and then cut the tumblehomes, not the other way round. I will have to re-cut at least some of them and that will be the third attempt, wasted ply and wasted time but no point beating myself up about it, these things will happen on a build of this scale.
Anyway I eventually got the first stage of the side decks glued up in the right place and, as always, now I know what I’m doing, the other hull will be easier.