2182Hrs – Movin Along
A cold damp day today so no chance of painting the starboard hull, I’m hoping I’ll be able to do that tomorrow as the forecast is slightly better. I actually had some paid work to do today so I only managed 2 hours on Gleda.I got the first two 45mm x 45mm square section glued to the aft beam.
I’ve got the method sorted now and once I’ve applied a neat epoxy prime coat I apply a good quantity of glue mix, lay the 45mm into it then clamping and screwing as I go, I work my way along the length until it’s well down in position. The beam is over 6metres long so I have to add a 2 metre plus length to my stock 4m timber but there’s no need to scarf the joint as it’ll be so well held with the 25mm planks applied later.
I’ll get the other side done tomorrow and that’ll be two of the three long beams ready for planks. The mast beam is a lot shorter so won’t take as long.
I’ve been busy on the boat away from the barn as well. I’ve just taken delivery of an Airhead composting toilet (more on that later), and I’ve ordered the cooker, a Spinflo Nelson jobby, two burners, grill and oven. The reason I wanted these items a little prematurely is that they are big items that, to some extent the other fitting out will have to be built around, again I’ll be talking about these a lot more when I get to them.
I’ve also ordered and received all the stainless fixings for hatches and portlights and the marine bedding compound I’ll need to fit them. I’ve also sent of for a number of quotes for 6mm cast acrylic for the fixed windows.
So it’s all go and it feels great to be moving along with things, oh and talking of moving, Jon asked if the hulls would be out of the barn by Christmas. The answer is no, I’m in no rush to move them and I’d like to take advantage of working undercover for as long as I can. I envisage the move outside happening sometime in March.
Lastly a huge thank you to all of you that filled out my survey (to my delight 24 people so far). I got some fascinating answers that will prove invaluable as I move forward with my other exciting project. I’ll leave it up for a few more days so if you’d like to add your 10 cents worth you can do it HERE