2282Hrs- Five Steps Closer
After tatting about with the galley for a few days without really doing anything I wanted to finish my last work session before Christmas with something to show for it so I cracked on and made the companionway steps.
To be honest it’s a job long overdue as I’ve been up and down my sawn off piece of aluminium ladder more times than I care to remember and once in the hull I then had to move them backwards and forwards as I worked. It felt a bit strange having to refer to the plans again for dimensions because it’s so long since I’ve had to do that what with all the hull filling, sanding and painting I’ve been bogged down in for months. After I got the dimensions and marked things out I decided to reduce the width of the steps by a couple of inches to give a bit more space forward of the companionway in the area where I’ll be building a waste bin.
I also decided to add an additional step on the lower stringer as both Gail and I are on the short side and as things stood it was a big step up to the first tread. I offset this step slightly so that it didn’t intrude into the floor area and also making it easier to step onto.
I cut the steps out of some offcuts of a 18mm structural phenolic birch plywood called Buffalo Board which we had kicking round the yard. It’s generally used for the floors of commercial vehicles and is textured on one side to give slip resistance. After rounded the front corners and routed the edges I was well pleased with the results.
I’ve actually cut all the pieces I need for the starboard hull companionway as well so I’ll be able to fit that when I get back.
So that’s me till after Christmas, not sure when I’ll get back but I have a feeling that by the time Boxing Day has passed I’ll be getting impatient again! Anyway may I take this opportunity to wish all my readers a very Happy Holiday. Whatever your beliefs or preferences I hope it will be a peaceful and relaxing time for all.